The Clemson football team came away with a hard-fought win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, but LSU certainly considers itself a winner from the Fiesta Bowl.
The Clemson football team came away with a 29-23 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.
Dabo Swinney told the media following the game that even the coaches were sore coming out of the hard-fought match-up.
Throughout the entirety of the game, Clemson football had several players wind up in the injury tent. The Tigers saw WR Tee Higgins go out of the game early in the first half and not return until the third quarter with what he called ‘soreness.’
Trevor Lawrence suffered a major blow and had a stinger in shoulder following a hit that was ruled as targeting on Ohio State DB Shaun Wade. Travis Etienne took a huge shot on a kick return. Justyn Ross was shaken up. Amari Rodgers found his way to the injury tent.
Ohio State and Clemson were both hard-hitting teams and that showed as the game progressed. Both teams saw players shaken up on hits and Clemson DB K’Von Wallace told the media after the game that he was “too tired to cry” after the emotional victory.
While Clemson and Ohio State played a classic, LSU played in a laugher.
The SEC Tigers scored seemingly at will and it took only a quarter to know what the outcome would be of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game ultimately ended up with a 63-28 final, but the Tigers could’ve put more on the board if they wanted to.
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron did make an interesting decision to keep his starters- including QB Joe Burrow– in the game late. As a matter of fact, even the ESPN announcers began to wonder out-loud why the Tigers’ starters were still in the game with them up five touchdowns.
Even with the starters playing longer than they probably should have, it’s clear that LSU enjoyed watching Clemson and Ohio State beat each other up while they essentially had a bye to the CFB Playoff National Championship game.
We shouldn’t hear any SEC fans talk about LSU having to face a grind because the Tigers will have essentially had a month and a half off when they play Clemson football.
Clemson, on the other hand, left everything on the field against Ohio State before ultimately coming away with the victory.
Dabo Swinney will need to get his team rested up and prepared quickly.
While the physical nature of the Fiesta Bowl won’t be the difference in the National Championship, it certainly doesn’t hurt LSU as we head to New Orleans.
The SEC Tigers certainly consider themselves winners from the Fiesta Bowl, and really, they should consider themselves winners from the CFB Playoff system that awarded them the No. 1 seed in the playoff and an opportunity to skip having to play Clemson in the first-round.