Early look at the Buckeyes

Here's an early look at No. 7 Ohio State as the Tigers gear up for their second BCS game in three seasons.

Just moments after word that Clemson was headed back to the Orange Bowl, ESPN anchor Reese Davis subtly brought the topic up for conversation.

Yep, it was that West Virginia nightmare from January of 2012.

"I don't have to remind you what happened to Clemson the last time they went to the Discover Orange Bowl," Davis said. "They got 70 hung on them."

Be prepared, because that's going to come up a few more times over the next few weeks.

Fortunately, for the Tigers, they'll get a chance to exorcise those demons from two seasons ago with matchup against the team just about everybody outside of its borders loves to hate, The Ohio State University.

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes -- it's not a bad way for Clemson to help close down the BCS era.

Here's a quick rundown of how Ohio State has looked this season:

Quarterback Braxton Miller did miss two games early in the season with a knee injury, but he's bounced back since returning. Miller has completed 146 of 231 passes for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a rating of 157.94. On the ground, he's picked up 1,033 yards and scored 10 times.

Overall, he's widely considered to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and could be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation this weekend.

Running back Carlos Hyde leads Ohio State in rushing with 1,408 yards with 14 touchdowns on 183 carries.

Wide receivers Philly Brown and Devin Smith are the two top pass catchers for the Buckeyes. Brown has 55 receptions for 655 yards and 10 touchdowns. Smith has 42 catches for 655 yards and eight scores.

Running back Jordan Hall has 536 yards and eight touchdowns on 81 carries. Tight end Jeff Heuerman has caught 25 passes for 409 yards and eight touchdowns.

As a team, Ohio State is fourth in the country in scoring [46.3] and rushing offense [317.54]. The Buckeyes are seventh in total offense [518.5].

On the defensive side of the ball, Ohio State is led by linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is first on the team in tackles [134] and tackles for loss [22.5]. He's fourth with six sacks.

The Buckeyes' run defense is seventh-best in the country, yielding an average of 102.62 yards per game. But their pass defense is among the worst in the country, giving up 259.5 yards per game, which is tied for 104th. Opponents are scoring 21.3 points per game against Ohio State.

So, if you like points, there will probably be a few put on the scoreboard in Miami Gardens on Friday, Jan. 3.

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