Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Beasley will be having a performance to forget against the Buckeyes.
The Matchup: No. 12 Clemson (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (12-1), Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Discover Orange Bowl)
Defensive end Vic Beasley got off to one heck of a start for the Tigers.
The junior racked up 20 tackles (12.0 for loss), 9.0 sacks and forced two fumbles over the team’s first six games. He was instrumental to Clemson’s 6-0 start and No. 3 ranking in the polls.
However, Beasley has since slowed down, tallying just 7.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in the team’s last six games.
That slide will continue against one of the top rushing attacks in the nation.
Through 13 games, the Buckeyes rank No. 3 in rushing offense (317.5 YPG). Behind the prowess of running back Carlos Hyde (183 CAR, 1,408 YDS, 14 TD) and quarterback Braxton Miller (153 CAR, 1,033 YDS, 10 TD), the team has found the end zone 42 times on the ground.
Furthermore, Ohio State has rushed for 270 yards or more in seven consecutive games.
Beasley and the rest of the Tigers defense will be in for a nightmare in this one.