The top-ranked LSU Tigers will look to cap off their phenomenal 2019 campaign in style when they take on the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 13 at 8:00 PM ET, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. With this year’s national championship featuring two undefeated teams, let’s find out why LSU looks like a great team to back as a 5.5-point favorite in this highly intriguing championship showdown.
Reason to Bet on the LSU Tigers to Win the 2020 National Championship
- When: Monday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
- 2020 National Championship Odds: LSU -5.5 / Total: 69.5
Let’s get started where the Tigers are most dominant. LSU finished third nationally in scoring by putting up a mind-boggling 47.8 points per contest. The Tigers finished second in passing yards per game (268.8 ypg) and first in total offense as senior quarterback Joe Burrow had a stupendous Heisman Trophy-winning season by passing for 4,715 yards with 48 TD passes and just six interceptions. The Tigers topped the 40-point plateau a whopping nine times during the regular season while putting 50 points or more on the board six times and going over the 60-point mark twice. Burrow and LSU’s revamped offense basically has their way against every single defense they played this season.
The Tigers might be known for their defense because of their exciting offense, but LSU finished the regular season ranked an encouraging 27th in points allowed (21.2 ppg) while also ranking 24th against the run and fifth nationally in takeaways (16).
As previously stated, Joe Burrow won the Heisman this season and he’s basically outplayed every other counterpart along the way, including Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm, Kellen Mond and Tua Tagovailoa among others. One more outstanding game where he outperforms Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence that hard to envision.
While head coach Ed Orgeron is now getting a lot of love for his team’s stunning success this season, prior to this season, he had recorded just double-digit winning season in seven years as a head coach. Still, he was smart enough to hire former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Brady who has completely transformed the Tigers’ passing attack with many of the same concepts he learned under widely-respected Saints head coach Sean Payton. The hire has completely transformed the Tigers into a team that can’t be stopped.
Last, but not least, LSU is far more battle-tested playing in the powerful SEC than Clemson ever will be in the far more mediocre ACC. LSU has beaten a bunch of legitimate national championship hopefuls including Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia while Clemson’s toughest opponent this season came against Ohio State in the CFP semifinals. The Tigers are battle tested and certainly won’t be afraid of the defending national champs.