Orange Bowl notes: USA Today 're-rank' has both Buckeyes, Tigers in top 10

Tajh Boyd vs. Braxton Miller gets nod over Winston vs. Marshall as best QB bowl battle

Clemson's Tajh Boyd celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Tajh Boyd celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

How does the Tajh Boyd vs. Braxton Miller duel stack up among the quarterback battles on this year's 35-bowl schedule?

According to USA Today, it's the best of the best.

Ranked No. 2 is FSU's Jameis Winston against Auburn's Nick Marshall in the BCS championship game.

USA Today Re-Rank Has OSU 7th, Clemson 10th: In i's final pre-bowl 're-rank,' USA Today has both Ohio State and Clemson as top-10 teams - the Buckeyes at No. 7 and the Tigers at No. 10.

The list includes all 125 FBS teams, from best (Florida State) to worst (Georgia State).

Here's what a combined ACC-SEC list looks like:

1. Florida State, 2. Auburn, 3. Alabama, 8. South Carolina, 9. Missouri, 10. Clemson, 14. LSU, 22. Texas A&M, 23. Georgia, 24. Duke, 26. Miami, 35. Vanderbilt, 44. Virginia Tech, 47. Georgia Tech;

50. Ole Miss, 54. Mississippi State, 61. North Carolina, 63. Boston College, 65. Maryland, 70. Pittsburgh, 72. Syracuse, 83. Florida, 84. Tennessee, 85. Wake Forest, 93. Arkansas, 102. N.C. State, 106. Virginia, 109. Kentucky.

More Of The Same: A couple of notes courtesy of Clemson football SID Tim Bourret - the Ohio State game will be the sixth vs. an AP top-12 team in the last 15 games for Clemson; the Tigers are the only team with a chance to beat a top-10 BCS opponent in both 2012 and 2013.

Healthy Tradition: Together, Clemson and Ohio State have combined for 80 bowl appearances - 44 by the Buckeyes and 36 by the Tigers. Ohio State will be making a record 10th BCS bowl appearance, and will be playing in the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1977. Clemson will be making its fifth Orange Bowl appearance, and it's second in three years.

Officially, Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowl games, having been forced to vacate its 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.

Urban Meyer is 7-1 overall in bowl games, including a 4-0 mark in BCS bowl games. This will be Meyer's first bowl game as OSU's coach, as the Buckeyes were ineligible for post-season play in 2012.

Running Buckeyes: Meyer's Ohio State offense tilts to the rushing game, with a pair of thousand-yard rushers in the backfield. Running back Carlos Hyde has rushed for 1,408 yards this season, despite missing three games. Quarterback Braxton Miller has just over 1,000 yards on the ground.

Ohio State leads the nation in yard-per-carry with a 7.0 average.

Combined, Clemson and Ohio State are averaging 86.5 points and 1,020 yards per game.

Odds & Ends: Clemson's team hotel will be the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach, while the Buckeyes will stay at the Westin Diplomat...Both schools received a 17,500 ticket allotment...Ohio State will be designated as the home team, based on its higher ranking...The first official team functions will begin Dec. 28 in Miami...The Clemson Alumni Association, the athletic department and IPTAY will host the One Clemson Tailgate Party on game-day, Friday, Jan. 3, from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the 100 Level at Sun Life Stadium...Kickoff is 8:30 p.m.

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columbiabill writes:

What is a re-rank?

33dtb writes:

in response to columbiabill:

What is a re-rank?

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