SEC and Big 12 projections: Beat Clemson in Orange Bowl to move on to Sugar Bowl

(Top teams in Southeastern Conference and Big 12 schedules should, from a viewpoint of logistical importance, tend to get plays by media outlets. The date, time and television networks for every SEC regular-season game are covered here for all 11 conferences, and the Big 12 for 10.)

Tennessee (11-2) vs. Clemson (12-1)

Tidbits: These teams have met four times previously — Tennessee defeated Clemson in 1985, Clemson in 1998, 1998 and 1999 and Tennessee won two SEC championships during the reign of coach Phil Fulmer — but this is the first time this season each was a ranked team entering the matchup. … Clemson has won 13 straight. … Tied as the 10th-highest scoring team in the nation, the Tigers defense ranks No. 9 nationally. … The Vols are playing their eighth straight SEC game. … The last time the Vols were ranked higher than No. 12 came in 2012 when they were ranked fourth. … According to the Vols, there is an Alabama-based sports memorabilia company that has started selling items bearing its moniker. They’re exclusively for home ownership (as opposed to business), using the names of Alabama’s blue jerseys on “Alabama House Made” collectible plates, cups, jugs and brooms. They’re not available for walk-in customers. … Justin Fields replaced a redshirt freshman, Trevor Lawrence, as Clemson’s starting quarterback midway through the season. … Fields set personal highs for touchdown passes (20) and passing yards (3,189) this season. … Clemson has won each of its past four games by five or more points. … The teams last met in the semifinals of the 1981 Citrus Bowl (Clemson won 21-20).

First-round game: Clemson 45, Tennessee 21

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