After a month of waiting, Ohio State and Clemson will finally face off Saturday night.
The No. 2 Tigers will take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal.
Clemson will be looking to return to the College Football Playoff title game for the second straight season. The Tigers lost to Alabama in 2015. Ohio State hopes to give itself a chance at a second CFP crown in the past three seasons. The Buckeyes defeated Oregon to win the 2014 College Football Playoff.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Ohio State and Clemson.
Ohio State vs. Clemson game time, details
Time: 7 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
The line: Ohio State is a 3-point favorite.
What TV channel broadcasts Ohio State-Clemson?
It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
What other TV options exist for Ohio State-Clemson?
Per ESPN Media Zone, the following channels will also broadcast the game:
Command Center Telecast (ESPN2): A split-screen with multiple camera views simultaneously, which could include the main ESPN camera angle, the SkyCam view and isolated camera feeds of both head coaches at any given time. Enhanced statistics and real-time drive charts supplement the game action.
SkyCam (ESPN3): Permanent view from above the action and behind the offense on most plays.
ESPN Deportes: Lalo Varela and Pablo Viruega will be on the Spanish-language call of the game.
How can I watch Ohio State-Clemson online?
The game can be watched online via WatchESPN. In addition to the traditional broadcast, ESPN3 will also show feeds that include hometown radio announcers. Furthermore, there will be a DataCenter broadcast that shows statistics, tweets and analysis in real time.
How can I listen to Ohio State-Clemson on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 84. Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus, the Ohio State radio network. A full list of Ohio State radio affiliates can be found here. For Clemson fans, a list of radio affiliates can be found here. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game nationally.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst), Sam Ponder (sidelines), Tom Rinaldi (sidelines)
Ohio State vs. Clemson keys to the game
1. Ohio State’s offensive line vs. Clemson’s pass rush
What goes down in the trenches will play a huge role in this game. Led by All-Americans Pat Elflein (center) and Billy Price (right guard), Ohio State is one of the best run-blocking teams in the country. However, the same can’t be said for the line’s pass blocking. The Buckeyes allowed eight sacks against Michigan, and it nearly cost them the game. Right tackle Isaiah Prince has been the main culprit this season when things go wrong, but there have been breakdowns across the line.
Against Clemson, the Buckeyes will face a huge test. The Tigers rank third nationally in sacks per game (3.54). Their defensive line is an absolute force. Ohio State believes it can fix its offensive line over the course of bowl prep. The Buckeyes’ success depends on it.
2. The turnover battle
If there’s one criticism of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson that can be made, it’s his interception total. He threw 15 interceptions in 13 games this season. (Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, by comparison, threw five picks in 12 games.) Ohio State’s defense thrives on turnovers, and the Buckeyes will have the opportunity to capitalize.
Watson makes some elite throws, but he also tries to force passes into some windows that he shouldn’t. If the Buckeyes can take away some possessions — or even score on defense — they have to like their odds.
3. Home run plays
In a game between two great teams, big plays matter. The difference could come down to which team is able to break a tackle or gain the separation that leads to a long score. Whichever offense connects on huge gains or long touchdowns against a great defense will put itself in position to win.