Tigers to play Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl

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The game is perhaps most notorious for an interception by Clemson's Charlie Bauman with two minutes left, in which Bauman picked off an Art Schlichter pass and was punched by Hayes upon running out of bounds on the Ohio State sideline.

Bowl season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 20 and will run through the national title game on Monday, Jan. 13.

LSU will play Oklahoma and Ohio State will face defending national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

It will be the overwhelming subplot in this showdown - undefeated powerhouse programs that have taken a backseat to LSU and can only get their shot at LSU by knocking off the other.

Most Clemson football fans wanted to play LSU in the first-round just because of the fact that the National Championship game is in New Orleans.

The Buckeyes rank in the top five nationally in total offense (fifth, 531.0 yards/game) and total defense (second, 247.6 yards/game) and have three wins in the last three weeks over teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25. On ESPN, shortly after the pairings were released, he was asked how he can play the disrespect card with 28 straight wins.


Ohio State is no stranger to Arizona or the Fiesta Bowl. This will be the Buckeyes' ninth Fiesta Bowl appearance and seventh since 2003. Clemson's only win against those teams was its 62-17 victory Saturday against Virginia. Their last appearance came after the 2016 season, when they were shut out by Clemson in the semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl.

"Do I feel we should have been the 1 seed? Yeah. But LSU's done an unbelievable job and what Joe (Burrow) has done", Day said. The Buckeyes enter the playoff with a 19-game winning streak.

"We've played them a couple times, and this is easily the most talented and most complete Ohio State team that we've played", Swinney said. This will be the third consecutive year the Sooners face an SEC team.

Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

LSU and Ohio State are also led by transfer quarterbacks.

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