When Clemson takes on Ohio State on Friday in the Sugar Bowl, the Tigers offense will need to work around offensive coordinator Tony Elliott’s absence from the sidelines.

An announcement came on Wednesday that Elliott would not be available for the OSU game due to COVID-19 protocols, and will not travel to New Orleans with the team.

The question of how the OSU defense will handle Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is one of the keys to the game, and without Elliott in charge, the Tigers offense will be without his direction.

The matchup between the Tigers and Buckeyes is a rematch of last season’s Fiesta Bowl, with OSU looking to avenge their season-ending loss to Clemson after losing a first-half lead.

The Sugar Bowl will kick off at 8:00pm on Friday, Jan. 1 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.