Clemson Tigers vs LSU Tigers Picks, Odds, CFP Championship Predictions 1/13/2020
Game: Clemson Tigers vs LSU Tigers
Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: LSU -5
Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the site where Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers will play the Clemson Tigers on Monday, January 13. LSU opens this matchup as 5-point favorites. Clemson is 11-3-0 ATS and 6-8-0 when betting on the total. LSU is 9-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 9-5-0 against the spread.
In the Semifinals, the Clemson Tigers took on the Ohio State Buckeyes and ended up getting the win by a score of 29-23. Trevor Lawrence paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 67 yards and he notched 1 TD in the game. He scurried for 107 yards via 16 carries which meant he was running for 6.7 yards per run. Travis Etienne was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 98 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 32.7 yards per catch for the game. Lawrence went 18/33 with 259 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception. The Tigers ran the football 29 times and totaled 158 yards which had them averaging 5.4 yards per rush. On the day, they finished with a total of 62 plays which gave them a total of 417 yards. For the game, the Tigers earned 21 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 47 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson gave up 30 completions on 46 tries totaling 320 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.2%. On the ground, the Tigers gave up 196 yards on 39 carries which means they had an average of 5.0 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded a total of 516 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
The Tigers head into this game 14-0 for this year. For total yardage, they sit in 1st in the conference and 2nd in D-1 with 7,538 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 45.3 points per contest, which has them at 4th in D-1. As a unit, they are averaging 246.1 yards on the ground per game which is 2nd in the conference. The Tigers have one of the best defenses in the nation, giving up 11.5 points per game ranking them 1st in the conference. In terms of yards rushing, Clemson is giving up 112.6 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the conference and 15th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.1 yards per carry putting them 2nd in the conference and 9th in the nation overall. In total, they have conceded 1,576 rushing yards through 14 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Tigers have conceded 4,091 yards. Opponents are completing 52.1% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.5 yards per try.
In the other Semifinal, the LSU Tigers played the Oklahoma Sooners and won 63-28. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Tigers was Joe Burrow who went 29/39 with 493 yards through the air and threw 7 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Chris Curry led the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 20 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for 89 yards by way of 16 carries which gave him an average of 5.6 yards per run. Justin Jefferson was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 227 yards on 14 receptions. He had an average of 16.2 yards per catch for the game. The Tigers ended up rushing 32 times and totaled 160 yards which earned them an average of 5.0 yards per carry. On the day, they finished with a total of 74 plays for 692 yards. Overall, the Tigers totaled 31 1st downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 49 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, LSU conceded 16 completions on 34 attempts totaling 225 yards, and a completion percentage of 47.1%. Against the run, the Tigers conceded 97 yards on 28 carries which gave them an average of 3.5 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they gave up 322 yards and earned 1 turnover.
The Tigers come into this matchup with a record of 14-0. In discussing the offensive production, the Tigers have one of the best offenses in college football. LSU is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 167.1 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 61st in Division 1. As a unit, they have a total of 2,339 rushing yards through 14 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Tigers average 564.4 yards per contest overall which has them at 1st in Division 1 and 1st in the SEC. The Tigers are allowing 21.6 points per game which puts them at 7th in the SEC and 28th in the nation. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 302 points in total. In regard to rushing yards, they are conceding 118.6 yards per game which puts them at 22nd in D-1 and 4th in the Southeastern Conference. For 2019, they have conceded 1,660 yards rushing and 15.4 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the country. They are allowing 221.9 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Tigers are currently ranked 9th in the Southeastern Conference.
Who will win tonight's Clemson/LSU college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take LSU -5
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