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3. Clemson Tigers (13-0)
Dabo Swinney has led the Tigers back to CFP after winning the championship last season. They were able to go throughout the season without losing at 13-0. The Tigers beat eight bowl-eligible teams this year.
Their offense scores 46.5 points per game, which ranks fourth in the country. They rush for 252.9 yards per game (ranked 10th) and pass for 294.8 yards per game (ranked 20th).
Sophomore Trevor Lawrence came into the season with high expectations and has delivered. He has thrown for 3,172 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 68.8 percent completion. Six players have over 200 receiving yards for the Tigers this season. Tee Higgins leads the receivers with 52 receptions for 1,082 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Travis Etienne leads the team in rushing with 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Backup Lyn-J Dixon has contributed with 619 yards and six touchdowns.
Clemson has the top defense in the country, which allows 10.6 points per game. The Tigers allow106.2 yards rushing per game (ranked ninth) and 138.5 passing yards per game (ranked first). Linebacker Isaiah Simmons leads the team with 93 total tackles. Defensive back K’Von Wallace has made an impact with eight passes defended and two interceptions.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0)
In his first season as head coach, Ryan Day led the Buckeyes to an undefeated record. Ohio State beat eight bowl-eligible teams this season, including which includes beating Wisconsin twice. Their closest game all season was an 11-point win over Penn State.
The Buckeyes have the highest-scoring offense in the country at 48.7 points per game. Ohio State rushes for 272.2 yards per game (ranked fifth) and pass for 258.8 yards per game (ranked 41st).
Georgia-transfer Justin Fields has come in and been a star for the Buckeyes. He has thrown for 2,953 yards, 40 touchdowns, one interception on 67.5 percent completion. Six receivers have over 200 yards for Ohio State this year. Wide receiver Chris Olave leads the team with 799 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
J.K. Dobbins has had an incredible season for the Buckeyes with 1,829 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Master Teague and Fields have each also contributed on the ground. Teague has 780 rushing yards and Fields has 471 rushing yards.
The Ohio State defense has played incredibly well this season with 12.5 points per game allowed, which ranks third in the country. They give up 99.5 rushing yards per game (ranked seventh) and 148.1 passing yards per game (ranked second). Chase Young was arguably the best player in college football this season with 16.5 sacks. Jeffrey Okudah has been one of the best corners in the country with seven passes defended and three interceptions.
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