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NCAA Football Championship Money Line odds (As of January 9)
Louisiana State University (LSU): 1.38
With less than a week left until the momentous battle for the College Football Championship, bettors remain bullish on LSU taking home the title!
LSU has been phenomenal this season, they showed early signs of how good they were when they unveiled their revamped scoring attack against Texas in September. Although their schedule stiffened in October, the Tigers were able to hold off Florida and Auburn, before earning a marquee win at Alabama to open November. In their last two games, LSU defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and crushed Oklahoma 63-23 in the Peach Bowl.
Led by Heisman winner, QB Joe Burrow, LSU head into the championship game in peak form, matching their record-setting offense with a healthy, and continuously improving defense. Burrow ranks second nationally in yards per game, 372, and attempts, 10.9. He leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 55 TDs.
Over and above his strong and accurate arm, the senior QB rushed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. This dual-threat element of his game has added to the complexity of covering the LSU offense.
Over the 2019/2020 season Burrow’s favorite targets have been Ja’Morr Chase and Justin Jefferson, combined they caught 18 TDs, Chase had 75 receptions for 1,559 yards, whilst Jefferson had an impressive 102 receptions for 1,434 yards.
Another key to LSU’s successful year has been junior running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire has been dominant throughout the season, he rushed for 1,304 yards and scored 16 TDs.
Entering the national title, LSU leads the country in yards (564.1) and points (48.9) per game. As of Thursday at PlayNow.com , LSU were 5.5-points favorite’s vs Clemson, with money line odds of 1.38. Over 70 percent of bettors are backing LSU.
Standing in the way of LSU are the formidable defending champions, Clemson.
Clemson had some-what of an inconsistent year, they started off with a strong win over Georgia Tech and went on to navigate a less-than-stellar September. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence threw five interceptions in the first three games of this season, and the team needed to stop a two-point conversion with 1:17 remaining to avoid an upset at North Carolina.
This near loss served as the turning point for Clemson’s season.
After a bye-weekend, Clemson stepped up and balled out. They went on an eight games, 30-plus points winning streak, ending with a 62-17 win over Virginia which gave them their fifth straight ACC title.
Although Lawrence remained net-positive despite throwing the picks, he shook off the slump mid-season. In the last seven games, he has thrown for over 1,800 yards, with 22 TDs and no picks. The biggest change in his game from his rookie year has been his ability to extend plays with his legs, he has rushed for over 500 yards and has 8 rushing TDs.
Trevor goes into the LSU game with an amazing supporting cast on the offensive side of the ball. Running back Travis Etienne has rushed for 1,932 yards and has 22 TDs. Clemson also has an elite wide receiver pair in Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross who have 1,115 and 789 receiving yards, respectively.
The Clemson defense is undeniably special.
Clemson has allowed more than 17 points just twice and never more than 23, which happened in the 29-23 triumph over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The defense ranks second nationally in yards allowed per game and yards per play.
As of Thursday at PlayNow.com , Clemson were 5.5-point underdogs vs LSU, with money line odds of 2.73.
With both teams being unbeaten this season, there could not be a more balanced tie. Clemson and LSU match up equally on both sides of the ball and have explosive quarterbacks who have performed well at the highest level. It will truly come down to which team is able to execute their game plan with minimal to no errors.