How to Bet the 2020 College Football Championship Game

Posted by Derrick Harper on January 7, 2020 in

It’s the biggest game of the year in college football and a dream matchup for fans, as the LSU Tigers face the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Championship Game. With the game in the Super Dome in New Orleans, a short drive from the LSU campus, the Bayou Bengals are 5.5-point favorites with an over/under of 69.5 points.

In the more compelling of the two semi-finals, Clemson escaped with a close win against Ohio State. Dabo Swinney’s team struggled early, found their stride in the second half, and still barely escaped with a win against the previously undefeated Buckeyes. The win puts Clemson’s winning streak at 29 games as they seek their second straight national championship.

Meanwhile, the Bayou Bengals made quick work of Oklahoma, blowing out the Sooners in the first half in a game that got a little out of control. To say the LSU offense was clicking on all cylinders would be an understatement. The Tigers won the game 63-28, with Heisman winner Joe Burrow tossing seven touchdown passes.

Let’s take a look at the latest NCAAF Odds while making some predictions.

How to Bet the 2020 College Football Championship Game

Encore?

Surely, it’ll be tough for Burrow to top the seven touchdown passes he had against Oklahoma. However, that kind of performance wasn’t that out of the ordinary for him. He was nearly as good in the SEC Championship Game against a far better Georgia defense. He also has great weapons around him.

Against Oklahoma, Justin Jefferson was the primary target, but Terrace Marshall and Ja’Marr Chase are just as capable of being the main man against Clemson. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the X-factor, as he’s had more time to get healthy after being a non-factor against Oklahoma due to injury.

Of course, the Clemson defense is no pushover. Despite giving up over 500 yards of offense against Ohio State, the Tigers forced two interceptions against a quarterback who only threw one during the regular season.

More importantly, the Clemson defense was great in the red zone, forcing three field goals of 35 yards or less. Unlike last year, the Tigers have some holes on defense, but they’re still plenty talented and will be pleased if they can play bend-but-don’t-break defense against LSU.

A New Mobile Quarterback

It wasn’t his arm but rather Trevor Lawrence’s legs that won the semi-final for Clemson. Swinney’s game plan emphasized using Lawrence as a runner, and the sophomore was up to the task, running for over 100 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown scamper.

However, that doesn’t mean Clemson will utilize a similar game plan against LSU. They will want to get Travis Etienne going after he had just 13 touches against Ohio State despite being the team’s leading receiver in the game.

This game could come down to how the LSU secondary handles Clemson’s wide receivers. Ohio State did a nice job containing Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins, although injuries also played a role in that. The two Clemson receivers are tall and lanky receivers who are matchup problems waiting to happen.

Moreover, Lawrence hasn’t thrown an interception in seven straight games, so he doesn’t make many errant or ill-advised throws. The LSU defense will have to find a way to disrupt him and force one of the most poised quarterbacks in the country into making mistakes.

Tigers vs Tigers

The one thing we know for sure is that the Tigers will win this game; it’s just a matter of which one. LSU being favored is justified after the way they’ve dismantled both Georgia and Oklahoma.

However, the safer pick is with the team that has won 29 games in a row and survived against Ohio State despite not playing their best game. Bet on Clemson to beat the 5.5-point spread because LSU will be hard-pressed to win this game by a comfortable margin.