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Ohio State running back Trey Sermon runs past Clemson safety Lannden Zanders during Buckeye's 49-28 win in the College Football Playoff semifinal game in the Sugar Bowl on Friday, in New Orleans.

Ohio State was motivated, far better than Clemson

What happened? I am not sure, but I didn't see 49-28, Ohio State over Clemson, anywhere on the radar. In fact, I saw a similar score, only with the Tigers coming out on the very long end of the stick. There is no doubt though, the Buckeyes …

Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave catches a touchdown pass in front of Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans.

Fields' day: No. 3 Ohio State routs No. 2 Clemson 49-28

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Numbers have fueled Ohio State all year. There was 29-23, the score of last season's painful playoff loss to Clemson. Six, the number of games the Buckeyes played in …

Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers (3) and the Tigers will face Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Friday.

What will be deciding factors for Tide-Irish, Tigers-Buckeyes

The last time Alabama and Notre Dame played each other, it was a BCS championship blowout won by the Crimson Tide. The last time Clemson and Ohio State faced off - just last year - they played one of the best semifinals in the College Football …

Clemson linebacker James Skalski (47) and the Tigers will have their hands full with the Ohio State offense in the Sugar Bowl on Friday.

Offense wins championships? CFP defenses face big challenges

My how times have changed in college football since the last time Alabama and Notre Dame met. The Crimson Tide rode the nation's best defense into that January 2013 national championship matchup, yielding a paltry 184 yards and eight points a …

Clemson's Clyde Trapp (0) led the Tigers with 15 points in a 77-67 win over No. 18 Florida State on Tuesday.

Trapp, Honor carry Clemson past No. 18 FSU 77-67

CLEMSON - Clemson coach Brad Brownell had seen enough bad plays from Nick Honor and challenged the Fordham transfer to play the way he's seen in practice. Honor responded in a big way as the Tigers rallied in the second half to defeat No. 18 …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers will face Ohio State in the semifinals of the College Football playoffs for the second year in a row, this time in the Sugar Bowl, on Friday.

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia …

ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTOClemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Heisman Trophy finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence, Trask

Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Florida's Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman will be awarded Jan. 5 during a virtual ceremony. The coronavirus pandemic …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSClemson head coach Dabo Swinney, center, voted Ohio State 11th in his vote for the coaches Top 25 poll. The second-ranked Tigers will take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in a College Football semifinal playoff game.

Dabo low-balls Ohio State; Buckeyes 11th in his poll

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney had long discussed the inequality of teams that play double-digit games against those who play shorter seasons. He applied that reasoning when he voted in the final Amway Coaches' rankings, …

Honor, Simms lead Clemson past Morehead State 66-51

CLEMSON (AP) - Nick Honor scored all 14 of his points in the second half, Aamir Simms had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Clemson beat Morehead State 66-51 on Monday. Simms scored eight of Clemson's first 11 points of the second half, and Honor …

Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson (22) celebrates after sacking Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, back left, during the Tigers’ 34-10 win in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday in Charlotte. Clemson will face Ohio State in one of the College Football Playoffs semifinal games, while Notre Dame will take on Alabama.

Clemson, Ohio State get CFP rematch in Sugar Bowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Shortened schedule and all, Ohio State is headed back to the College Football Playoff and a familiar foe will be waiting. Despite playing just six games because of a …

Notre Dame will soon be without defensive coordinator Clark Lea, who was named the next head coach at Vanderbilt on Monday.

Clemson next for soon to be Lea-less Fighting Irish defense

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Clark Lea is on the way out at Notre Dame just as his defense has been on the way up. The 38-year-old Lea, a Tennessee native, was named head coach at alma mater Vanderbilt on Monday. Before he focuses on rebuilding the …

Clemson's Al-Amir Dawes and the Tigers moved into The Associated Press Top 25 this week ahead of their ACC opener against Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Clemson cracks top 25, won't play USC Saturday

The Clemson Tigers will open their Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball schedule as a ranked team, but they won't get to play in-state rival South Carolina on Saturday. Clemson, coming off a 64-56 win over Alabama on Saturday in Atlanta, …

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers are back to full strength ahead of their rematch with Notre Dame in the ACC championship.

Notre Dame, Tigers back to full strength heading into ACC championship game

No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson expect to be rested and at full strength when they meet in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Saturday. That wasn't the case when the teams first played a month ago, and adds even more intrigue to the …

Laurence Manning's Aaron Medley and the Swampcats will face Pinewood Prep on Monday.

Laurence Manning basketball and National Signing Day highlight this week's 5 Things to Watch

1. PINEWOOD PREP VISITS LMA MONDAY High school basketball will be very scarce in the area until after the first of the year because of shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be …

Clemson's Aamir Simms scored 16 points in the Tigers' 67-51 win over Maryland on Wednesday.

Clemson locks down Maryland 67-51 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

CLEMSON (AP) - Aamir Simms scored 16 points, Al-Amir Dawes and John Newman III each added 12, and Clemson beat Maryland 67-51 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Clemson made five 3-pointers in the opening nine minutes to build a …