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Under just barely cashes as LSU thumps Clemson to win national title

The LSU Tigers are your 2020 college football national champions! They beat Clemson 42-25, with the game just missing on going over the 67.5 point total.

Joe Burrow of the LSU Tigers reacts to a touchdown against Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The LSU Tigers are your College Football Playoff national champions with a 42-25 victory over the Clemson Tigers. The final game of the season led to a fun night of action for sports bettors.

This was an absolute roller coaster of emotions for over 67.5 bettors, who witnessed six of the game’s first seven possessions end with punts. But after a 31-point second quarter, it the over appeared to be easy heading into the second half with LSU ahead 28-17. The game reached 67 points with 12:08 left in the fourth quarter with zero points the rest of the way, and LSU took a knee to close it out at the Clemson 4-yard line.

If you took the over, it’s tough to sleep after that one. We’ll get through this together.

Clemson started out hot in the second half, forcing a three-and-out followed by a three-yard touchdown run for Travis Etienne, who rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. A two-point conversion cut the lead to three 28-25, Clemson never scored again.

It looked like the LSU -5.5 spread could be in jeopardy down the stretch, but Joe Burrow found Terrace Marshall Jr. for a 24-yard dagger touchdown early in the fourth quarter to squash the idea of a potential backdoor cover for a 42-25 lead.

Burrow finished with 463 yards passing with five touchdowns, completing 31 of 49 passes. Ja’Marr Chase was the star for LSU with 221 receiving yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 106 yards. For Clemson, Trevor Lawrence completed 18 of 37 passes for 234 yards.

At halftime, I recommended the over 33.5, but that didn’t quite work out with just 22 points scored in the second half. LSU was favored by 0.5 points in the second half and covered the number.

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