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Dabo Swinney gave Ohio State ample bulletin board material by ranking them no. 11 in the last coaches poll, and the Buckeyes reacted to the slight by punching Clemson in the mouth. A 49-28 beatdown.
Justin Fields was magnificent in the game. He threw for 385 yards and a whopping SIX touchdowns on 13.8 yards per attempt. It’s clear that he made himself a lot of money in the upcoming NFL Draft with this performance, especially considering he got scrunched like an accordion on a first half targeting hit by James Skalski. Trey Sermon carried the ball 30 times for 191 yards and was a major factor in keeping the game iced.
I wrote in October, before this season kicked off, that Ryan Day is the most underpaid, underrated football coach in America. He proved it today with an offensive gameplan that persistently found the holes in Clemson’s defense and exploited them. The Buckeyes’ defensive line also deserves a ton of credit for battering Trevor Lawrence all night.
As for Swinney, even if you agree with his underlying logic that Ohio State deserved to be dinged for only playing six games, he didn’t do his team any favors by giving the Buckeyes something extra to be galvanized by.