Dec 09, 2014

Clemson vs. Oklahoma Reactions

The internet exploded with reactions Sunday night once the teams were chosen for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Aside from the New Year’s Six bowls, few games will display as much talent as the matchup between Clemson and Oklahoma.

Clemson began its season with two early losses to Georgia and Florida State, but the emergence of freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson combined with the nation’s No. 1 ranked defense among FBS schools makes the Tigers a dangerous team.

The Tigers’ top-ranked defense will have its hands full with Oklahoma’s eighth-ranked rushing attack, led by star back Samaje Perine. Despite a rocky ending to their regular season, the Sooners’ injured quarterback Trevor Knight could return in time for the Russell Athletic bowl to partner with Perine, making for an exciting game.

To get a more in-depth look to each team’s season breakdown, click here.

Starting Oklahoma center Ty Darlington is looking forward to playing at the Citrus Bowl. He graduated in 2012 from Apopka High School – just 16 miles from the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

SB Nation ranked all 38 bowl teams in terms of watchability. They evaluated each matchup based on quality of each team, evenness of the matchup, excitement of the game, and the morale of the teams after regular season. The Russell Athletic Bowl ranks No. 4 out of all the bowl matchups. To see the complete breakdown click here.

Yahoo Sports ranks RAB No. 14 out of the 38 matchups. The game is in the top half of the rankings due to the anticipation of Samaje Perine’s performance against Clemson’s top defense.

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