Let’s run it back. No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State will meet in the College Football Playoff for the third time in the seven-year history of the sport’s postseason tournament. It will also be the second meeting between the two teams on the biggest stage in just a year after the Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 29-23 in a game that basically went down to the final play.
Clemson is set to make the team’s sixth Playoff appearance, and its sixth consecutive. The Tigers have won two national championships in the last four years, beating Alabama both times, in 2017 and 2019. The Scarlet and Gray will make their fourth appearance after winning the first-ever Playoff against Oregon in 2015.
Both teams made it through a difficult season to win their conferences and make it back to this point. Clemson went 10-1, with its lone loss coming to No. 4 Notre Dame in the regular season, but avenged that overtime defeat in the ACC Championship Game with a 34-10 victory. Ohio State only played five regular season games but went unbeaten through and came from behind against No. 14 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game.
While the Buckeyes won’t have media availability until the week of the game, the Tigers allowed players to speak to the media this week, including defensive lineman Bryan Bresee, linebacker Baylon Spector, offensive lineman Cade Stewart and wide receiver E.J. Williams.
Below is everything these players said in regards to Ohio State before the game.