The College Football Playoff kicks off Saturday with No. 1 LSU facing No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 2 Ohio State taking on No. 3 Clemson to determine who will advance to the National Championship in 2020. We should get insanely good football with every Heisman finalist, including the winner, Joe Burrow, in action this weekend. Burrow will go up against Jalen Hurts, while Justin Fields and Chase Young will face reigning CFP MVP Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers.
While we don’t yet know who will face who in the National title game, we did get a sneak peek at what the lines could look like from DraftKings Sportsbook Director Johnny Avello. Here’s what he believes the lines could look like depending on who wins in the semifinal matchups on Saturday:
- Ohio State -2 vs. LSU
- Ohio State -12 vs. Oklahoma
- Clemson -3 vs. LSU
- Clemson -14 vs. Oklahoma
I think the most surprising takeaway here is that LSU isn’t going to be favored in any of the projected National Championship games despite being the No. 1 overall seed. I get the line being short on OSU vs. LSU, which makes sense since both teams were so close this season, but Burrow and the Tigers were dominant in the best conference in football. I’d imagine the line on that would get bet closer to even, or eventually swing in LSU’s favor before the game.
I also get Clemson being favored a bit over OSU in a National Title game — they’re the reigning champions and could come out and surprise everyone again by steamrolling OU. But let’s not discredit the Sooners here. They’re going to be double-digit underdogs in both scenarios and that makes for a decent betting opportunity. Yes, the Sooners are far inferior to their potential opponent, but anything goes in the CFP. We’ve seen teams emerge and shock the favorites — Clemson has done it twice to Alabama and Ohio State did it to Oregon in 2014.
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