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Ohio State faces Clemson in Fiesta Bowl for spot in national championship game

Ohio State faces Clemson in Fiesta Bowl for spot in national championship game
Posted at 1:22 PM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-04 14:42:20-05

Ohio State will play Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl for a spot in the national championship game.

The Buckeyes lost to Penn State on Oct. 22, but closed the season with a double-overtime victory over then-No. 3 Michigan. The Nittany Lions rallied from 21 points down to beat No. 5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship.

The Tigers (12-1) were No. 3 in the next-to-last College Football Playoff rankings and leapfrogged the Buckeyes after beating No. 18 Virginia Tech 42-35 in the ACC championship game.

Clemson finished No. 3 in the AP Top 25, a spot behind Ohio State (11-1).

Led by dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson lost to Alabama in the national championship game last season.

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Alabama takes on Washington in the Peach Bowl in the other semifinal game.

Ohio State and Clemson will kick off at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 31 in Phoenix; Bama and Washington kickoff is 3 p.m. ET in Atlanta.

Winners of the Fiesta and Peach Bowls will play for a national title on Jan. 9.