Clemson Vs Oklahoma Russell Athletic Bowl Odds, TV Schedule & PickSportbet.com Staff
Its a matchup of two defensive-minded teams in Dec. 29’s Russell Athletic Bowl featuring the Clemson Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Florida. The Tigers enter their meeting with the Sooners with the nation’s top overall defense while Oklahoma boasts a stout group of run stoppers, leading to a great bowl game to bet the under on if you can find the right total.
Russell Athletic Bowl
Clemson Tigers vs Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Dec. 29, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Orlando, Florida
Stadium: Florida Citrus Bowl
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Clemson Vs Oklahoma
Point Spread: Sooners -3
Game Total: 52.5
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Clemson will win the Russell Athletic Bowl if
They slow down Samaje Perine and rattle Travis Knight!
If the Clemson Tigers want to win the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl, then they will need to significantly slow down elusive running back Samaje Perine and rattle returning starting quarterback Travis Knight.
Pulling off the first task would appear to be far tougher than the latter, but if there’s any team built to stop a pair of dangerous offensive players, I guess it would be the Clemson Tigers.
Perine won the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year award after unfurling one of the best first-year campaigns by a running back in college football history.
Perine rushed for a stellar 1,579 yards to finish in 10th place on the all-time single-season rushing list for an FBS freshman. The fleet-footed freshman’s jaw-dropping campaign ranks as the seventh best in Oklahoma school history.
Perine also set an FBS record by rushing for an astounding 427-yards and five-touchdowns against Iowa State on Nov. 1 first, just one week after Wisconsin superstar Melvin Gordon set the record with his own 400-yard-plus outing.
Clemson ranked first in the nation in total defense, third against the pass (161.9 ypg), seventh against the run (97.7 ypg) and seventh in points allowed (17.6 ppg). The Tigers voracious defense also leads the nation in tackles for loss (122) and yards allowed per play (4.03).
The Tigers will also need to rattle the talented, but inconsistent Knight, and they look like they have an excellent chance of doing just that if you ask me.
Knights is returning after missing three consecutive games after suffering a bad hit against Baylor on Nov. 8 and accompanying transient paraplegia. Prior to that outing, Knight had struggled in throwing 14 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.
Knight threw at least one interception in three straight games, including the Baylor contest while also tossing at least one pick in six of his previous seven starts. As a matter of fact, Knight tossed at least one interception in each of the Sooners’ four losses on the season while tossing two picks in two of those defeats.
Oklahoma will win the Russell Athletic Bowl if
Rattle Cole Stoudt and win the turnover battle!
If the Oklahoma Sooners want to end their 2014 campaign on a positive note they are going to need to rattle Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt and win the turnover battle against a powerful Tigers’ defensive unit.
Rattling Stoudt may not be as hard as it sounds, seeing as how the former senior starter lost his job to Athletically-gifted freshman DeShaun Watson late in the season. To put things in its proper perspective, Stoudt completed just 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards in 266 attempts with a poor six TD passes and 10 interceptions.
Watson surpasses most of Stoudt’s numbers – in about half the playing time. The fleet-footed Watson completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 1,472 yards in just 138 attempts while tossing a stellar 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.
Who will win the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl?
I like the Clemson Tigers to get the narrow SU and ATS win because they have the far better defense. I’m expecting modest performances out of both starting quarterbacks in this contest, putting the onus on each team’s defense.
— RussellAthleticBowl (@RussellAthBowl) December 22, 2014
Clemson has some of the best two defensive players in the nation including two-time All-American linebacker Vic Beasley, who leads the ACC in sacks with year with 11 and three fellow all-conference performers in defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, cornerback Garry Peters and linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Clemson won a blistering eight of its final nine games while holding six of those opponents to 17 points or less. The Tigers have a lot to play for and they’ll win – if Cole Stoudt doesn’t throw it away!