Clemson vs. LSU - 1/13/20 College Football Playoff Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Clemson Tigers (14-0) at LSU Tigers (14-0)
College Football: Monday, January 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: LSU Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 68.5
The LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers meet Monday in the college football championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The LSU Tigers look to complete their undefeated season with their fourth national title in school history. The LSU Tigers have won all seven non-home games. Joe Burrow is completing 77.6 percent of his passes for 5,208 yards, 55 touchdowns and six interceptions. Burrow has three or more touchdown passes in six straight games. Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson have combined for 2,993 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns while Terrace Marshall Jr. has 43 receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 166.9 yards per contest, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads the way with 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, LSU is allowing 21.6 points and 339.9 yards per game. Jacob Phillips leads the LSU Tigers with 105 tackles, K'Lavon Chaisson has 6.5 sacks and Derek Stingley Jr. has six interceptions.
The Clemson Tigers look to complete their undefeated season with their fourth national title in school history. The Clemson Tigers have won all seven non-home games. Trevor Lawrence is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,431 yards, 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Lawrence has three or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross have combined for 1,904 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Amari Rodgers has 28 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 246.1 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 11.5 points and 264.1 yards per game. Isaiah Simmons leads the Clemson Tigers with 95 tackles, Tyler Davis has 5.5 sacks and Tanner Muse has four interceptions.
Clemson is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 bowl games, 17-4 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall. LSU is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 13-6 in Tigers last 19 bowl games. The over is 11-5-1 in Tigers last 17 games overall.
The LSU Tigers have been the best and most dominant team in the country all season long and should be favored in this contest, especially in pretty much a home game in New Orleans. The problem is we're getting a lot of points with a Clemson Tigers squad that hasn't lost in over two years and has possibly the best quarterback in the country in Trevor Lawrence. LSU is the better team from top to bottom, but Clemson has done nothing but win these last two seasons, you just don't want to leave free points on the table. I'll take Clemson and a line we don't get often. In fact, this is the first time since New Years Eve of 2016 since Clemson has been an underdog to a team not named Alabama. Give me the points.