If you live in Columbus (or the surrounding metro area) and you have Time Warner or AT&T U-verse and you want to watch Ohio State vs. Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl this evening, you're in luck. If for whatever reason you're not glued to your televsion on Time Warner Cable Channel 1301 (HD) or U-verse 1602 (HD), you've got options.
Orange Bowl Must Reads
Preview: #7 Ohio State vs. #12 Clemson
Ohio State looks to close their season on a high note while Clemson looks to erase memories of an embarrassing 70-33 loss in the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Orange Bowl Must Reads
Same goes for South Carolina residents. Whether you're in Clemson, Charleston, Columbia, or Myrtle Beach, if you've got Time Warner, Charter, or AT&T U-verse, you're not just limited to cable (though ESPN HD certainly works fine if you're in front of your television).
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Rankings and records: Ohio State is ranked 7th in the final ever BCS standings, while Clemson is ranked 12th. The Buckeyes went 12-1 this season, winning the last ever Leaders division championship and finishing with a perfect 8-0 record in Big Ten play. The Tigers are 10-2, finishing second in the ACC Atlantic division behind #1 Florida State with a 7-1 ACC conference record. Clemson is 1-0 all-time against the Buckeyes in a bowl game that's notorious for a rather infamous reason.
Odds: Ohio State are 3-point favorites. The over/under at press time was 70.5.
Weather: Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-low 60's (sorry, Columbus), but there could be a 20 mph wind at kickoff.
Three names to know
Tajh Boyd. A finalist for both the Manning and Unitas Awards, the All-ACC Second Team player was a former Ohio State commit who reportedly didn't want to compete with Terrelle Pryor and instead valued the better chance at early playing time. He wound up redshirting, and after not seeing a ton of action in 2010, turned into a stellar three year starter for the Tigers.
Sammy Watkins. The electric junior is a threat to take the ball to the house every time it's in his hands. Whether on special teams, on designed runs, or on receptions (which could be in high supply given the injuries/ineffectiveness of the Ohio State secondary), Watkins epitomizes an electric playmaker.
Vic Beasley. The All-America end is talented, don't get us wrong, but he also picked inopportune times to have some of his least effective games of the year. There's also the matter of this gem directed towards All-Big Ten tackle Jack Mewhort:
"All the (reporters) ask me about Jack Malone or whatever and how does it feel to go against great tackles," said Beasley, who obviously hasn't quite learned his opponent's name. "But I'm a great end, too. I think I deserve some respect, too."
Could prove to be a #Pray4VicBeasley kind of evening.
Two things at stake
Ohio State could clinch a career BCS bowl "grand slam", having won a Fiesta Bowl, a Rose Bowl, a Sugar Bowl (yeah, yeah), and an Orange with a victory in the final year of the BCS.
Clemson could atone for their embarrassing 70-33 boat race-ing at the hands of Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia and put themselves in a strong recruiting position with a program first ever BCS bowl win.
How to watch
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Location: Miami Gardens, Florida
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium; 76,100 capacity
Tickets: Find available seats here.
Last year's score: Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10
Last year's attendance: 72,073
Last year's TV rating: 6.5 Nielsen
Last year's payout for each school: $17 million per team
Team with the most all-time appearances: Oklahoma with 18.
Team with the most all-time wins: Oklahoma, 12-6