The 2019-2020 National Championship Game is set as the #1 LSU Tigers take on the #3 Clemson Tigers in New Orleans. These two teams looked the best two teams all season and this game should be fun for all neutral fans tuning in.
LSU will be looking to win their fifth National Championship after winning the BCS title game in 2003 and 2007 and claiming the titles in 1958 and 1962. The Tigers have lost out on a national championship in 1935, 1936 and 2011.
Clemson is looking to win their fourth National Championship, second in a row and third in four seasons. The Tigers also won the title in 1981 after going 12-0 and beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Clemson has never lost when playing for a title.
Below is my pick for the National Championship between the #1 LSU Tigers and the #3 Clemson Tigers. All lines are from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
#1 LSU Tigers (-6) at #3 Clemson Tigers: O/U 69.5 points (-110/-110)
#1 LSU made quick work of the #4 Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff semifinal game a few weeks back. The Tigers scored 49 first half points, thanks to seven Joe Burrow touchdown passes, to put this game on ice before the second quarter ended. LSU ultimately ended up winning the game 63-28 and almost hit the over of 76 points by themselves. The Tigers have now won 12 of their 14 games by double digits, including their last five games by at least 20 points. LSU is 9-4-1 against the spread and the over has hit in eight of their 13 games with a total in 2019.
#3 Clemson came back from a 16-0 first half deficit and knocked off the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23. It looked like Ohio State had took a three touchdown lead, but a drop in the end zone forced the Buckeyes to kick a field goal to make the score 16-0. The Tigers then went on to score 21 unanswered points and held on at the end thanks to an interception in the end zone thrown by Justin Fields. This was Clemson’s first win by single digits, and less than for that matter, since beating North Carolina by one point in late September. Clemson is 11-3 against the spread and the under has hit in seven of their 14 games this season.
Series History: These two teams have met three times before and it is LSU that leads the all-time series 2-1. LSU won the first two meetings, in 1959 and 1996, but Clemson came away with the win the last time these two played in 2012.
Free Pick: I like LSU to finish off a 15-0 season in style. I am backing LSU -6 in the National Championship.
YTD College Football Results: 84-63-2
Bowl Record: 15-6