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LSU opens as favorite vs. Clemson and line climbs from there

LSU faces Clemson for all the marbles in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. We’ve got a look at the early odds for the game.

Quarterback Joe Burrow of the LSU Tigers post the “LSU” sticker on the oversized bracket to indicate advancing to the National Championship in New Orleans after winning the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 28-63 over the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

It’s an all tiger affair in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The LSU Tigers will face the Clemson Tigers in New Orleans on Monday, January 13th for college football supremacy. This marks LSU’s first trip to this version of the National Championship game, and is Clemson’s fourth trip in five years. They’ve won two of the last three national titles.

LSU opened as a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the point total was set at 71. In the hours since the title game odds opened, LSU has increased to a 5.5-point favorite, while the point total has dropped to 69 points. LSU is currently -200 on the money line, while Clemson is +163.

LSU advanced to the National Championship courtesy of a rout of the Oklahoma Sooners. The two teams exchanged touchdowns early in the first quarter, but it went south in a hurry for Oklahoma. Heisman winner Joe Burrow had arguably the greatest half in college football history considering the stakes, throwing seven touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 49-14 halftime lead. He added a rushing touchdown in the second half as LSU cruised to a 63-28 victory.

Clemson advanced with a 29-23 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second semifinal game. Ohio State jumped on top courtesy of J.K. Dobbins, and had a chance to turn the game into a laugher early. However, they blew multiple opportunities to break the game open and settled for three field goals along with a touchdown in the early going. What could have been a 20+ point lead to open the game was 16-0. A couple key calls went Clemson’s way as they came back and clinched it with a late touchdown followed by an interception of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Both teams will enter the title game at 14-0 straight up. LSU is 9-3-2 against the spread and has gone over the point total nine times. Clemson is 11-3 ATS and has gone over the point total six times.