The 2014 NCAA football live stream and TV schedule for bowl season is winding down, as several of the biggest games of the post-season are on the way. Among them will be a 2014 Orange Bowl battle between two schools who flirted with undefeated seasons and were among potential entrants in the BCS Championship picture. The current No. 12-ranked Clemson Tigers and current No. 7-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes suffered upsets during their seasons that have led them to a bit of a consolation prize now with the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 3. The latest of the televised and live streaming NCAA football bowl games on the schedule comes to fans courtesy of the ESPN networks.
A Jan. 3 report via NY Times indicates that tonight’s game will feature head coach Urban Meyer of Ohio State looking to win his fifth bowl game and maintain a perfect 5-0 record in BCS games. He previously won three of them while coaching Florida and then another while coaching Utah. Now he seeks to guide his team to what is probably not the big win they wanted to cap off their season, but a noteworthy one nonetheless. It will feature two of the nation’s “most electrifying” quarterbacks with Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Braxton Miller of Ohio State.
Up until this game, Miller has racked up 1,860 yards passing along with 22 touchdowns on 146-of-231 completed passes. Boyd has compiled nearly double that yardage, with 3,473 yards total, 29 touchdowns and 252 passes completed out of 373. Clemson ranks at 11th in the nation in therms of passing with 329.3 yards a game. Ironically, Ohio State doesn’t rank anywhere near the top ten with their 200.9 yards a game, but they do rank third in the nation in rushing and third in post scored with 46.3 points a game. Carlos Hyde has been the main man on the rushing attack this past season, rushing for 14 touchdowns and 1,408 yards with an average of 7.7 per carry. Braxton Miller is second in the category with his stats of 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns on 153 attempts.
While Urban Meyer fully knows his own quarterback's capabilities, he's also familiar with Boyd's and had nothing but praise for the opposing Clemson QB, telling the media via ESPN:
"I've been watching Tajh Boyd play for many years now and I think he's transitioned from a good player to a great player. He's a dynamic thrower. And as with most excellent quarterbacks, his surrounding cast might be the best in America."
For Clemson, the name Sammy Watkins has also become very familiar with college football viewers, as he's the top receiving target for Boyd. Watkins led the team in yards receiving this season, as many might expect, putting together a season of 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns with 85 catches, averaging almost 15 yards per catch. Martavis Bryant also chipped in with 800 yards, five TD’s and an average of 20.5 yards a catch on 39 receptions. The fact that Boyd is mobile and was second on the team in rushing to Roderick McDowell certainly has helped this team form a dynamic scoring attack, ranking them ninth in the nation with 40.2 points per game.
That said, it could be a fast-paced and high-scoring game between the two schools in Florida tonight. Odds makers initially had the over/under set at 67 points for these two teams, but it has since risen as high as 72 points at some books. Ohio State started off as the favorites by 5 points for tonight’s game but have fallen slightly to as low as 2 1/2 at some books. Weather is expected to be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early, and a kickoff temperature around the mid 60’s.
Friday night's Orange Bowl 2014 edition has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The game will be televised in standard and hi-definition formats for cable or satellite TV viewers on ESPN. Additionally, this game can be viewed live streaming online, where available, through the WatchESPN broadband sports network. Only select cable and satellite companies grant their customers access to this live stream service at this time, so check here for more info on availability by region.