On Wednesday, 23rd-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers face the 14th-ranked Clemson Tigers at the Discover Orange Bowl. This postseason matchup features two high-octane offensive teams. The Sun Life Stadium will host this game. Kick-off is set at 8:30PM ET.
This season, Clemson set school records for passing yards, total yards and scoring which earned them their first ACC title since 1991. QB Tajh Boyd leads the Tigers' fast-paced offense. He has the tools to spread the team's offense to several different wide receivers. His main targets are All-America Team TE Dwayne Allen and frosh WR Sammy Watkins.
Clemson's running game belongs to TB Andre Ellington. During the regular season, Ellington rushed for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns. QB Boyd has plenty of weapons at his disposal; expect the Tigers to use all their offensive options when they face the Mountaineers.
West Virginia have an average running game but they do have an outstanding quarterback and receivers that could compensate their lack of a high-profile running back. QB Geno Smith has the ability to throw in big yardage and was only intercepted seven times this season.
QB Smith has two outstanding receivers in his disposal. They are Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Bailey has 67 receptions for a school record of 1,197 yards and 10 TDs. While Austin averages 191.2 all-purpose yards per game and one of the high-profile kick returner in college football and averages 26.5 yards per return.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Clemson Tiger as a 3-point favorite to beat the West Virginia Mountaineers. The team that has the capability to stop an offensive juggernaut will eventually win the Orange Bowl trophy.