The college football national title will be decided on January 13, 2020, and the matchup is officially set. The LSU Tigers will face the Clemson Tigers in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The College Football Playoff National Championship game gets going at 8:00 p.m. ET. It will air on ESPN and various other ESPN channels, and can be viewed via live online stream at WatchESPN.
LSU opened as a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, but the line quickly climbed to 5.5. The point total opened at 71, but was down to 69 within eight hours. LSU is -200 on the money line, while Clemson is +163. LSU is 9-3-2 against the spread this season, and has gone over the point total nine times. Clemson is 11-3 ATS and has gone over the point total six times.
LSU got to the national title game with a 63-28 blowout win over Oklahoma. Joe Burrow had a first half for the ages, throwing for seven touchdowns to blow this one open quickly. Justin Jefferson set Peach Bowl records for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. The LSU defense did give up some big plays to Oklahoma, but generally took care of business when necessary.
LSU generally avoided too many injuries in the win over Oklahoma, but they have a couple of note. Guard Damien Lewis was carted off the field with what sounds like a lower leg injury. Wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. left the game with a shoulder injury, and his status is uncertain for the title game.
Clemson was able to come back against Ohio State for a 29-23 win. The Buckeyes blew several chances to turn this game into an early rout, settling for three field goals in the first half to take a 16-0 lead. Clemson hung around and between a couple big plays and a couple critical officiating calls, they climbed back into it. They took the lead with 1:49 left on a Trevor Lawrence 34-yard touchdown pass to Travis Etienne. Cornerback Nolan Turner picked off Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the end zone with 37 seconds left to ice the game.
Clemson suffered several injuries in their win over Ohio State, but got all their notable injured players back. Wide receiver Tee Higgins suffered a head injury and was reportedly done for the day, only to return in the second half. Trevor Lawrence suffered what appeared to be a head injury of his own but returned a couple plays later.
We’ll be tracking all the news as it arrives for this matchup. We’ll have updated odds and line movement, injury news, and plenty more through the end of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.