For five consecutive seasons the defending national champion Clemson Tigers have made the College Football Playoff and have won two of the last three national championships. Yet the Tigers are underdogs with the CFB odds in this year’s title matchup against the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals have the most devastating offense in college football and the way that they annihilated the Oklahoma Sooners in the Peach Bowl only enhanced their reputation with gamblers. In Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and LSU’s Ed Orgeron we have two head coaches that have mastered the modern art of coaching. Swinney and Orgeron get the maximum out of their players yet do so without running joyless North Korean style prison camp style programs. The nation’s top players gravitate to these schools and leaders.
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- Clemson Tigers vs. LSU Tigers
- Date and Time: Monday, January 13, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- CFP National Championship Betting odds at BetCris: Clemson +5.5, LSU -5.5, Total 69
- Clemson vs. LSU TV Coverage: ESPN
Clemson Tigers vs. LSU Tigers Betting Analysis
Betting action should be split with the CFB odds as Clemson is the defending national champion playing in their fourth national championship game in the last five years. By contrast LSU has not played in the college football playoff but has been the most impressive team in college football this season and boasts record setting Heisman Troiphy quarterback Joe Burrow.
Clemson Tigers Current Form
Clemson enters the national championship game with a record of 14-0 straight up, 12-3 against the spread, and 6-7 under the total. The Tigers are coming off a thrilling and controversial 29-23 win and payout over Ohio State in the college football playoff at the Fiesta Bowl. Clemson rallied from a 16-0 deficit midway through the second quarter to pull off the win as 2.5-pont chalks with the game staying under the total of 62. Clemson has national metrics of fourth for scoring offense and first for points allowed. The Tigers won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship going away.
LSU Tigers Current Form
LSU also boasts a perfect record of 14-0 straight up, 9-5 against the spread with 9-5 over the total. The Tigers destroyed Oklahoma 63-28 in the college football playoff at the Peach Bowl and are the Southeastern Conference champions. The Bayou Bengals rank third in the nation for scoring offense and 27th for points allowed.
Key Clemson Tigers: QB Trevor Lawrence (3431 YDS, 67.6% COMP, 9.3 AVG, 36 TD, 8 INT, 15 SACK, 173.2 RTG, 93 RSH, 514 YDS, 5.5 AVG, 8 TD), RB Travis Etienne (192 ATT, 1536 YDS, 8.0 AVG, 18 TD), WR Tee Higgins (56 REC, 1115 YDS, 19.9 AVG, 13 TD), PK BT Potter (77-77 XP, 12-20 FG, 113 PTS), LB Isaiah Simmons (97 TACKLES, 6 SACKS, 3 INT)
Key LSU Tigers: QB Joe Burrow (5208 YDS, 77.6% COMP, 10.9 AVG, 55 TD, 6 INT, 29 SACK, 204.6 RTG), RB Clyde Edwards Helaire (199 ATT, 1304 YDS, 6.6 AVG, 16 TD), WR Ja’Marr Chase (75 REC, 1559 YDS, 20.8 AVG, 18 TD), PK Cade York (83-87 XP, 21-26 FG, 146 PTS), S JaCoby Stevens (85 TACKLES, 5 SACKS, 3 INT)
Clemson and LSU Vs. The Line
The Clemson Tigers are:
- 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games as a dog
- 4-2 over the total when getting points
- 7-1 on the board in their last eight away games
- 0-5 under the total on the road
- 10-1 with the odds in post season
- 3-6 under the total in post season games
- 1-0 straight up and against the spread vs. LSU with 0-1 under the total
The LSU Tigers are:
- 8-2-1 against the spread in their last 11 away games
- 5-2 over the total on the road
- 9-3-1 vs. the line as a favorite
- 3-4 under the total in their last seven games as a chalk
- 4-1 on the board in the post season
- 4-2 over the total in post season games
Clemson is the proven champion with the time-tested wagering value as a dog and post season team. Look for the Tigers defense and past championship game experience to be the difference in this one.
Clemson vs. LSU Best Bet: Clemson Tigers
Clemson vs. LSU Score Prediction: Clemson 31, LSU 30
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