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2019 Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Betting

This year’s Fiesta Bowl will be a matchup between the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 3 Clemson Tigers with the winner moving on to the National Championship Game. Despite being a No. 3 seed, the Tigers are listed as a slight favorite against the Buckeyes. The 2019 Fiesta Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2019 with a start time of 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Along with the Peach Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl will determine which teams play for the national championship, so every team in the country wants to go to either Phoenix or Atlanta in late December.

2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at a Glance

College Football Playoff Semifinal

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

TV: ESPN

Matchup: No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 3 Clemson Tigers

Odds: Clemson -2, total 63.5

Bettors have been taking the Tigers in this matchup since the odds first came out. The game opened as a pick and Clemson is now a 2-point favorite. The total opened at 61.5 and bettors are taking the over, as the number is now 63.5. Ohio State and Clemson are both unbeaten but it was LSU that received the top seed and got a more favorable semifinal matchup against Oklahoma, while the Buckeyes and Tigers have to play one another. Clemson and Ohio State met in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl and it was all Clemson, as they rolled to a 31-0 win.  This year’s game should be a lot closer, as the teams look very evenly matched.

Clemson has done nothing but win, as they have now won 29 straight games and they seem to be peaking, as they routed Virginia in the ACC Championship. Ohio State didn’t play that well in the Big Ten Championship, but they rallied to get past Wisconsin.

Clemson is fourth in the country in points per game, averaging just over 46 per contest and they are 1st on defense, giving up just over 10 points per contest. It should be noted, however, that Clemson had a much easier schedule than Ohio State so some of their numbers may be skewed.

Ohio State led the country in points scored at just over 48 points per game and they were 3rd in the country in defense, giving up just over 12 points per contest. Ohio State has star power with Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins on offense and Chase Young on defense.

Matchup to Watch

If the Buckeyes are to have a chance to win this game then they have to contain Clemson’s passing game. They do have Chase Young who led the nation in sacks, but they have to contain Clemson’s receivers. Ohio State has a good cornerback in Jeff Okudah and he will have to go against Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Those two receivers combined for 107 catches, 1,824 yards and 21 touchdowns.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Format

The Fiesta Bowl came about after the champion of the Western Athletic Conference failed to receive a bowl invitation in both 1968 and 1969. In 1970, Arizona State went undefeated and felt slighted by not getting invited to a “major” bowl game. Instead, the Sun Devils accepted an invitation to the Peach Bowl, capping their 11-0 season with a 48-26 victory over North Carolina.

The WAC champion received a berth in the Fiesta Bowl starting with the 1971 season and ASU made the most of it by winning the first three games and four of the first five. In 1978, both Arizona and Arizona State left for the Pac-10, taking the game with them and leaving the WAC without a connection to the Fiesta Bowl.

With no conference tie-ins, the bowl continued to draw high-profile programs. The 1986 edition pitted No. 1 Miami against No. 2 Penn State in what was essentially the national championship game. Both schools were independents at the time and chose to meet in the desert. In 1998, the bowl became part of the BCS and hosted two national championship games. The Fiesta Bowl is now one of the New Year’s Six games under the new CFP format and will host a national semifinal every three years.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2019 LSU UCF 40-32
2017 Penn State Washington 35-28
2016 Clemson Ohio State 31-0
2016 Ohio State Notre Dame 44-28
2014 Boise State Arizona 38-30
2014 UCF Baylor 52-42
2013 Oregon Kansas State 35-17
2012 Oklahoma State Stanford 41-38 (OT)
2011 Oklahoma Connecticut 48-20
2010 Boise State TCU 17-10
2009 Texas Ohio State 24-21
2008 West Virginia Oklahoma 48-28
2007 Boise State Oklahoma 43-42 (OT)
2006 Ohio State Notre Dame 34-20
2005 Utah Pittsburgh 35-7
2004 Ohio State Kansas State 35-28
2003 Ohio State Miami, Fla. 31-24 (OT)
2002 Oregon Colorado 38-16
2001 Oregon State Notre Dame 41-9
2000 Oregon State Notre Dame 31-21

The Fiesta Bowl experienced a quick rise to major bowl status due in part to its destination and because there were no conference affiliations after the WAC was released in the late 1970s. This allowed the game to invite a number of high-profile independent programs and teams that failed to win a conference championship.

A stretch of five consecutive years to close out the 1980s featured matchups between teams ranked in the AP Top Ten, further cementing the status of the game as a major player in the bowl lineup. The 1998 season saw the Fiesta Bowl host the first BCS National Championship Game, won by Tennessee, 23-16, over Florida State. The bowl hosted the Big 12 champion in years it didn’t host the title game in the BCS era. That arrangement continued until 2013 when the BCS gave way to the College Football Playoff.

In 2007, the game moved to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and into the new University of Phoenix Stadium. The new venue was christened with what many call one of the greatest bowl games ever played. Underdog Boise State surrendered 25 unanswered points to Oklahoma, but the Broncos tied the game late in regulation and won it in overtime with a two-point conversion. Both plays are etched in permanent college football lore.

The bowl hosted its first CFP Semifinal in the 2016 season when Clemson pitched the second shutout in the game’s history over Ohio State to advance to the CFP title game; which it won over Alabama.

Most All-Time Wins at PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
7 Penn State 1977, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2017
5 Arizona State 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1982
5 Ohio State 1983, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2015
3 Boise State 2006, 2009, 2014
2 Florida State 1987, 1989
2 Nebraska 1995, 1999
2 Oklahoma 1976, 2010
2 Oklahoma State 1974, 2011
2 Oregon 2001, 2012

The 2003 Fiesta Bowl featured a matchup between Big Ten champ Ohio State and Big East champ Miami. The matchup was a double-overtime thriller that saw the Buckeyes win a controversial national championship in what was the first national title game to go to overtime.

Ohio State is no stranger to the Fiesta Bowl, appearing in a record eight games. The Buckeyes were handed their first shutout loss in the Urban Meyer era by Clemson in the 2016 game, after which the Tigers went on to defeat Alabama in the CFP Championship game.

Penn State has enjoyed its visits to the desert during bowl season. The Nittany Lions made their seventh appearance in last year’s game and defeated their seventh different opponent, knocking off Washington, 35-28. In all, 38 programs have appeared in the bowl with 40 of the 47 games featuring teams ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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