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Podcast: Breaking down where Ohio State has advantages over Clemson

If college football games are won in the trenches, that might be good for OSU.

Clemson v North Carolina State Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

On the latest episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, we take a look at the areas on the field where the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes might be able to have success against the No. 3 Clemson Tigers in this Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal Fiesta Bowl.

While it is difficult to determine much with any certainty, since the game is a significant step up for both teams in terms of competition, the Buckeyes should have the advantage on each line of scrimmage, whether they are on either offense or defense. That would benefit J.K. Dobbins and the running game, especially depending on how healthy Justin Fields’ knee is.

With the Buckeyes on defense, if Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette, and Shaun Wade are able to at least hold their own against Clemson’s receivers Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, et al. Ohio State probably has a really good shot to win.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hangout in the Holy Land episode if we didn’t have a bit of hesitation over whether or not linebackers Peter Werner and Tuf Borland can play against elite talent.