ESPN prediction for the Orange Bowl

ESPN prediction for the Orange Bowl

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ESPN prediction for the Orange Bowl

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ESPN recently published an article (subscription required) predicting the score of every college football bowl game.

ESPN senior writer Adam Rittenberg, who authored the article, sees seventh-ranked Clemson (11-2, 9-0 ACC) beating No. 6 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl later this month.

Rittenberg has the Tigers taking down the Volunteers, 42-31.

“Hard Rock Stadium will be extremely orange for this one, as Tennessee makes its first New Year’s Six bowl appearance in the CFP era,” Rittenberg wrote. “Both teams have had quarterback changes, one because of injury (Tennessee’s Joe Milton replacing Hendon Hooker) and the other because of performance (Clemson’s Cade Klubnik replacing D.J. Uiagalelei). Clemson doesn’t have opt-outs for bowls, and the Tigers should benefit from having Myles Murphy, Bryan Bresee and others against a Vols offense that, even without Hooker, packs a punch. The Tigers also can start to build behind dynamic young quarterback Klubnik.”

The Orange Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The contest is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

The game will be the 20th all-time meeting between Clemson and Tennessee. The Vols lead the series, 11-6-2, though the Tigers won the last meeting between the teams — a 27-14 victory in the Peach Bowl to end the 2003 season.

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