No 3 Ohio State was without two starters and several other key reserves against No. 2 Clemson in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs on Friday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans

Start guard Harry Miller and Master Teague III are both eliminated, according to the team’s availability report.Defensive end Zach Harrison, who has two sacks and 4 5 tackles for loss in a reserve role, also missed the game, as did reserve defender Tyler Friday

Clemson announced the defensive end Xavier Thomas will miss the game Thomas was in “logs,” said coach Dabo Swinney earlier this week Thomas, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the spring, has 35 sacks and four tackles for loss in seven games (one start). p>

Teague started each of the first six Ohio State games, while Miller started all games except the Michigan state game Teague leads Ohio state in both carry (89) and rushing touchdowns (6), despite Trey Sermon has recently surfaced with 443 rushing yards in his last two games, including a team record of 331 against Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game freshman Miyan Williams is likely to see more action behind Sermon against Clemson

The state of Ohio doesn’t list the reasons for the absence of players, although several Buckeyes, who later appeared in previous availability reports, confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19, star-wide receiver Chris Olave, linebacker Baron Browning and top punter Drue Chrisman, all of whom missed the Big Ten championship game against Northwestern, didn’t show up on Friday and are expected to play

Olave has 36 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns while Browning is third on the team with 23 tackles and has a forced fumble and fiddly recovery

Safety Ronnie Hickman, who has played five tackles this season, will be a playful decision for the state of Ohio Starting quarterback Justin Fields, who injured his thumb on his throwing hand in the Big Ten title game, did not appear in the report

Clemson finished his COVID-19 testing before traveling to New Orleans The state of Ohio went through one final round of testing on Friday morning, according to the Big Ten protocols

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