Deshaun Watson, Clemson set up national title rematch with shutout of Ohio State

Deshaun Watson, Clemson set up national title rematch with shutout of Ohio State

It was pretty much a given that Deshaun Watson would make a few mistakes on Saturday night.

An interception or two seemed inevitable for the Clemson quarterback prone to occasional bad decisions and wayward throws this season.

But, once again, Watson proved more than explosive enough to overcome any setbacks, making big plays with both his arm and his legs to lead the No. 2 Tigers past No. 3 Ohio State, 31-0, in a semifinal playoff at the Fiesta Bowl.

The victory cemented his reputation as highly dangerous if not a bit erratic. It also set up a rematch of last season’s College Football Playoff championship game against top-ranked Alabama.

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USC's Clay Helton and Penn State's James Franklin follow similar coaching paths to Rose Bowl

Everything started to turn not long after Clay Helton talked to the public about getting punched in the face.

It was at the end of September and USC was in a bad way. Sports Illustrated and others in the college football pundit class were speculating that Tom Herman, then the coach at Houston, could become the next coach of the Trojans  — after Helton was fired.

USC was 1-2, about to be 1-3, with two players under investigation for sexual assault.

At one point, Helton was forced to address a false but widely circulating rumor that a transferring player had punched him.

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