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Vegas Play of the Day: Ohio State vs. Clemson

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Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, left, throws to a receiver Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md.

We’re entering the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won the 2015-2016 season, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015. Bern stepped away in the middle of the 2016-2017 season with a 16-12 record and $13,317 bankroll, with Mike Grimala taking his place.

Ohio State minus-2.5 vs. Clemson: $550 to win $500

Both Clemson and Ohio State played one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The Tigers fared well, posting a plus-283 scoring differential in 13 games.

The Buckeyes were even better, outscoring opponents by 342 points despite playing one less game. Oh, and Ohio State’s slate was a little tougher to begin with.

According to FEI ratings, Ohio State’s strength of schedule was No. 8 in the country. Clemson’s was No. 16.

The pro-Clemson sentiment going into this game isn’t registering with me. Scratch that, I get where it’s coming from.

Clemson won its last two regular season games by a combined 91-20, while Ohio State struggled to slip by with a 47-43 advantage. The Tigers are the play because they looked better at the end of the season, right?

Wrong. Ohio State was better all year, and laying less than a field goal with it against any other than Alabama is a bargain.

Clemson had close calls of its own this season, but isn’t being punished by the betting market for them because they didn’t happen recently. Ohio State should have locked up a second berth in the College Football Playoff championship game by tonight.

Current Standings: Keefer (31-22-2, $11,311), Brewer (21-17-1, $10,645), Grimala (2-2, $10,000), Granger (4-8, $6,550)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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