The first semifinal of the College Football Playoff quickly got out of hand, so hopefully the nightcap between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson has a bit more drama.
No. 1 LSU crushed No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 earlier on Saturday, making a statement and securing a spot in the national championship. Now, the Buckeyes and Tigers battle it out in the Fiesta Bowl for the chance to go against Joe Burrow and LSU’s vaunted offense.
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Clemson (13-0) entered the season ranked No. 1, but some early scares and a generally unimpressive schedule caused the defending national champions to drop to No. 3 in the Playoff rankings despite going undefeated. Led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the offense averages 547.7 yards per game, which is plenty of production when combined with the best-ranked defense in the nation (10.6 points and 244.7 yards allowed per game).
Had Ohio State (13-0) beaten Wisconsin more convincingly in the Big Ten championship game, the Buckeyes may have been the No. 1 seed in the Playoff. They outscored conference opponents by an absurd 436-116 margin in the regular season, boasting a pass rush spearheaded by Heisman finalist Chase Young and a balanced offense quarterbacked by another Heisman finalist, Justin Fields.
Who gets the chance to prove themselves against LSU will be decided Saturday in Arizona? Follow along as Sporting News tracks live scoring updates and highlights from the College Football Playoff semifinal game between Ohio State and Clemson:
Ohio State vs. Clemson score
Ohio State vs. Clemson live updates, highlights from CFP semifinal game
8:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Ohio State. Well then. J.K. Dobbins finds a hole and is gone, 68 yards untouched on the first play of the drive. Flashes of Ezekiel Elliott, some would say. Buckeyes 10, Clemson 0.
8:39 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Clemson. B.T. Potter pushes a 49-yarder wide right, a couple of plays after the Buckeyes nearly get an interception. Ohio State keeps its lead.
8:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Ohio State. The Tigers defense toughens up with goal-to-go, and the Buckeyes settle for three points on the opening drive. Ohio State 3, Clemson 0.
8:25 p.m.: With the help of a crazy catch from Garrett Wilson, Ohio State is inside the 10-yard line.
8:21 p.m.: Ohio State begins with the ball after a touchback.