Former Clemson head coach and current ACC Network analyst Tommy Bowden joined Tiki And Tierney on CBS Sports Radio Friday. Clemson takes on Ohio State Saturday with a chance at the title game on the line. How can they get by the Buckeyes?
“DeShaun Watson is an excellent thrower, and they got really good skill people,” said Bowden. “Watson creates all kinds of adversity for a defense with his abilities to run. Ohio State has J.T. Barrett in practice, so they will be well schooled for it.”
Speaking of Barrett, while he’s been able to use his feet, the same can’t be said for his arm. Barrett has struggled throwing the ball down the field for Ohio State this season.
“Sometimes for a quarterback, you’re not in sync for some reason or another,” said Bowden. “No different than a baseball pitcher. Sometimes highly skilled positions, they run through those same technique flaws. If he has one of those against Clemson, it’s really going to hurt.”
If Clemson can get past Ohio State, they would take on the winner of Alabama-Washington on Monday, January 9th. What would the more compelling matchup be if the favorite Alabama wins?
“The national average fan would want Ohio State-Alabama,” Bowden said. “Two historically rich tradition programs. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban, two of the best coaches in the modern era. If Saban doesn’t call that onside kick last year, they might lose the game. Nationally, they would want Urban Meyer-Nick Saban.”
Another ACC QB has had quite the season and that’s UNC’s Mitch Trubisky. Will he be a good NFL player?
“Mitch Trubisky is as good as any at what he does in the type of offense,” said Bowden. “I think the NFL is going to like him because his size. He is more of a pocket passer…not as mobile as Barrett or Watson or Lamar Jackson. He’s been productive. He can throw the ball around a lot. He’ll have a very successful career in the NFL.”