No. 1 LSU (14-0) meets No. Three Clemson (14-0) within the School Soccer Playoff championship sport on Monday, Jan. 13 on the Mercedes Benz-Superdome in New Orleans. Video games time is scheduled for Eight p.m. ET.
Clemson superior to the championship sport by an oft-criticized ACC schedule, although the Tigers did rating an exciting 29-23 victory in opposition to Ohio State within the Fiesta Bowl semifinal. Trevor Lawrence led the game-winning drive and has the possibility to guide a second nationwide championship run with coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson is on a 29-game win streak.
LSU can be near dwelling for this title sport, a part of a season the place this system has been revitalized with a new-look offense that led to a Heisman Trophy run for Joe Burrow. Ed Orgeron has guided LSU by a tricky schedule, together with wins over six top-10 groups, and that is the final piece.
Here is the whole lot to find out about betting on LSU vs. Clemson, together with up to date odds, developments and our prediction for the 2020 School Soccer Playoff championship sport.
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LSU vs. Clemson odds for School Soccer Playoff championship
- Unfold: LSU -5.5
- Level complete: 69.5
- Moneyline: Clemson +180, LSU -220
LSU is a 5.5-point favourite, in keeping with odds at BetOnline.ag. The road opened at 66.
LSU vs. Clemson all-time collection
That is the fourth assembly between the Tigers, and sure would be the highest-scoring sport between the groups. LSU gained the 1959 Sugar Bowl 7-Zero and 1996 Peach Bowl 10-7, however misplaced the final assembly 25-24 within the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Three developments to know
— That is simply the second time Clemson has been an underdog the final two seasons: The final time that occurred, Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 within the championship sport. Clemson is 8-2 in opposition to the unfold and 6-Four straight up as an underdog because the Playoff began in 2014.
— Clemson is 12-2 straight up and 12-2 in opposition to the unfold on impartial websites since 2014. LSU is 8-Three straight up and 8-Three in opposition to the unfold in the identical state of affairs.
— LSU is 9-5 in opposition to the unfold this 12 months, but it surely lined in all three video games that had a single-digit unfold. These had been victories in opposition to Texas (-6.5), Alabama (+5) and Georgia (-7).
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Three issues to observe
Can Clemson sluggish Joe Burrow?
Burrow did not shrink back from the Playoff highlight in opposition to Oklahoma. He set a number of CFP data with 493 passing yards and eight complete touchdowns. Will that proceed in opposition to the highest move protection within the FBS? The schematic matchup between LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing sport coordinator Joe Brady and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables can be fascinating, but it surely comes down as to whether Clemson’s strain lands on Burrow, who took 29 sacks this 12 months. The second a part of that’s whether or not Burrow escapes the strain. That is going to be enjoyable to observe.
Who takes momentum earlier than halftime?
Count on the primary quarter to play out tight, however each groups are at their finest within the second quarter. LSU outscored opponents 228-81, and Clemson outscored opponents 211-38. This might be the place the momentum swings to at least one facet, and the opposite crew should play catch-up within the second half. Lawrence rallied the Clemson from a 16-Zero deficit in opposition to Ohio State within the Fiesta Bowl, and that began within the second quarter. LSU, in the meantime, buried Oklahoma with a 28-point second quarter.
Will Trevor Lawrence lastly lose?
Lawrence is 25-Zero as a starter, and he had an up-and-down sport passing in opposition to Ohio State earlier than a 94-yard drive for the go-ahead landing. Lawrence beat the Buckeyes with 16 carries for 107 yards and a landing: one other added dimension to his sport. Lawrence will check an LSU protection that ranked 56th within the FBS but in addition options All-People Grant Delpit and Derek Stingley Jr. in its secondary. Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins mixed for 80 receiving yards in opposition to the Buckeyes. They might want to get extra in opposition to LSU.
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Stat that issues
Clemson is 17-Zero when Travis Etienne has 100 or extra yards speeding, but it surely was his playmaking skill within the passing sport that made the distinction in opposition to Ohio State. He had three touchdowns in final 12 months’s romp in opposition to Alabama, and the Louisiana native will search for one other huge sport. LSU, in the meantime, is 8-Zero when Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushes for 100 yards or extra; he had an additional week to relaxation a hamstring harm that restricted him within the victory in opposition to Oklahoma. Which run protection can stop the large play?
LSU vs. Clemson prediction
This must be a traditional, and neither Burrow nor Lawrence will disappoint. LSU will seize that momentum within the second quarter behind two landing passes from Burrow, who will evenly distribute the ball to his gifted receivers. Clemson will rally within the third quarter behind huge performs from Lawrence and Etienne, however Burrow — like he did in opposition to Alabama — will shut the door with a pair of landing drives within the fourth quarter. LSU hangs on and turns into the fourth totally different faculty to win a CFP championship.
LSU 38, Clemson 31