A bowl ban kept Ohio State from playing on a pivotal postseason stage in 2012. Michigan State and its vaunted defense kept the Buckeyes from playing in the national championship this season.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have won 24 of their last 25 games, but none of those victories came against an opponent ranked in the Top 15. On Friday, in the Discover Orange Bowl, No. 7 Ohio State will have the opportunity to validate its historic run against the No. 12 Clemson Tigers.
The Buckeyes (12-1) are approaching the Orange Bowl as a chance to not only get back to their winning ways, but to also prove that they’re the championship-caliber team that winning 24 consecutive games would suggest.
Ohio State senior center Corey Linsley wants the Buckeyes to show their true colors, according to Tony Gerdeman of The-Ozone.
Obviously by validating it in our eyes, it will validate in the eyes of others. The thing we’re worried about is just showing our character, showing who we are as people by working hard and working towards a win.
That win will need to come against a team that’s perfectly equipped to exploit Ohio State’s biggest weakness.
Led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers boast one of the most dynamic passing attacks in the country. Junior receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, who average 169 receiving yards per game, present matchup nightmares on the perimeter.
That dynamic trio lifted Clemson all year as the Tigers rank 11th in the country with 329.3…