Ohio State's defense will be Deshaun Watson's toughest test yet ... this season

We already know that head coach Urban Meyer will have his players and coaching staff ready, but this video will get Buckeye Nation ready as well.

But despite finishing the regular season with a loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes had four wins over top-10 opponents, including three in conference play, Wisconsin, Nebraska and MI, which some feel will help them in their preparations for Clemson. The players' drive to get back was great, Swinney knew, but not something that could sustain them through 12 grueling, grinding months where any number of distractions and events (injuries, off-field problems, National Football League futures) could have waylaid the season.

For Clemson, they are looking for their second consecutive CFP title game appearance.

There is a delicate balance of preparation from a coaching standpoint, but also making sure players are properly conditioned for the bowl game. The two have worked together for so long, and had so much success, that at this point they are nearly on the same wavelength. He wore this year's ACC championship hat to during interviews on Monday and is aware of how he took a Clemson team on the cusp of being a national contender to join Alabama as the only back-to-back playoff teams. "I love bowl games, I love seeing some of these matchups".

A timely turnover could swing the momentum of this game in Ohio State's favor.

"They told us yesterday that we've had over 750 Clemson snaps or something like that from the scout team. We've been going hard", Hubbard told ESPN. Ohio State's corners often play man-to-man coverage, so it will be interesting to see if Watson will test the Buckeyes early with some deep balls. But the quarterback got a gentle dig in, offering a reminder of what happened to Oklahoma in September when the Sooners called Ohio State's defense "basic". He missed last season with a fractured neck and is expected to be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2017 National Football League draft. The preparations for Watson could have some effects that stretch further than the Fiesta Bowl. A victory will give Watson at least one more game in college. So it's going to be fun and just go out there and show what I've got, show what I'm capable of doing at this stage. You should be embarrassed.' Trust me, we all look. The Tigers have won the previous two, a 17-15 win in the 1978 Gator Bowl, and the 40-35 win in the 2013 season Orange Bowl. OSU's secondary is a big reason why the team's defense has found so much success this season, as the team's cornerbacks and safeties may be just as talented as Clemson's receivers.

"It all starts up front with our defensive line". The Buckeyes aren't great at getting pressure.

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Now the Buckeyes are two wins away from their second national championship in three years but all four teams that are still alive in the College Football Playoff are very good teams in their own right and there are no lay-ups going into the national semifinals. I mean, just a little adversity hit, something that we wasn't really expecting.

Is it Saturday night yet?

J.T. Barrett has done it all for Ohio State this season.

Ohio State's postseason game last season was also here, though the memories for the Buckeyes are much better. "They have guys that attack the ball in the air like receivers".

On special teams, Ohio State's Cameron Johnston is the Big Ten Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, having ranked fourth nationally and first in the conference in net punting (46.2).

Swinney was't suggesting change - he believes the four-team playoff is good for the sport - he is merely against adding teams to the playoff.


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