National Championship 2020: A Clash Of The Tigers
It's about as safe a bet as you can make on the 2020 National Championship odds - the Tigers are going to be the national champions. There can't be any other outcome, since it's the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers and defending national champion Clemson Tigers (No. 3), slated to meet in the final on Jan. 13 at the Merecedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The current National Championship odds at Bovada
- Spread - LSU -6.5 (-105), Clemson +6.5 (-115)
- Moneyline - LSU (-225), Clemson (+185)
- Total: 70 - Over (-110), Under (-110)
Clemson A Solid Underdog Wager
The 2020 national championship odds mark the fifth straight game that a team from the SEC is favored to win the College Football Playoff title game. But those SEC teams are 2-2 straight up and 0-4 against the spread in the title games. LSU is 9-3-2 against the spread this season.
Fun Stat: LSU played 2 Top 4 teams in the month of December.— Saturday Down South (@SDS) December 29, 2019
The combined score was 100-38.
Clemson is used to being an underdog in the national championship game. The Tigers were five-point underdogs to Alabama last year and won outright 44-16. They also won over the Crimson Tide as 6.5-point underdogs in 2017.
Clemson is a reliable play in the odds to win a national championship. The Tigers are 3-0 against the spread in national championship games.
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LSU A Dominant Juggernaut
The Tigers flexed their muscles against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, scoring a lopsided 63-28 victory. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner, threw for an NCAA bowl game-record seven touchdowns and 493 yards in the win over the Sooners. Burrow also ran for a TD.
He leads the NCAA with 55 TD passes. Burrow is just the fifth QB in NCAA history to pass for over 50 TDs and 5,000 yards in a season.
LSU beat the #5 Georgia Bulldogs 37-10 in the SEC title game. The Tigers also show victories against #9 Florida (42-28), #12 Auburn (23-20), and #13 Alabama (46-41).
Clemson Just Keeps On Winning
Clemson has won 29 games in a row. The Tigers are 25-0 straight up and 19-6 against the spread with sophomore Trevor Lawrence at quarterback. This will be the first time they've been an underdog in a game since last season's national championship odds against Alabama.
Clemson rallied from a 16-0 deficit to beat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games. However, they've only faced two ranked teams all season long - the Buckeyes and the No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Championship Game.
The Tigers may not beat LSU outright but they are a reliable against the spread wager.
Irresitable Force vs Immovable Object
LSU is the nation's leading offense, averaging 564.2 yards per game. The Tigers are also the NCAA's No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 48.8 points per game.
They've scored 60 points or more in three games and been held under 36 points once. LSU and Ohio State share the lead in TDs with 87, but right behind them at third overall is Clemson with 82.
Clemson is the NCAA's No. 2 total defense, allowing 264.1 yards per game. The Tigers have allowed an NCAA-low 18 TDs this season. They're the nation's No. 1 scoring defense, permitting just 11.5 points per game.
But LSU put up 37 points against Georgia's No. 2 defense and 42 points against Florida's N. 7 defense.
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