December 20, 2013

Prepare for 'war'

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Much will be made about the rather prolific offenses of Ohio State and Clemson and rightfully so.

It's math: the Buckeyes are averaging 46 points and 519 yards a game (fourth and seventh nationally, respectively) and the Tigers average 40 points and 503 yards per contest (11th and 12th nationally.)

When the two teams meet in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami, Fla., it's simple to boil such a matchup down as one that could turn into a battle of heaping bevy of offensive measurables. Don't be so naive.

"People are saying 'Well, it's going to be a big shootout,'" said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

"No we're going to have to play our tails off to move the ball against them … it's going to be a war."

And if they didn't before, the Buckeyes are familiar with the type of "war" Meyer speaks of after falling to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7. The loss, of course, snapped a 24-game winning streak and ended Ohio State's likely berth in the BCS national championship. War is hell, right?

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