Will Donald Trump Be at the CFP National Championship? Why President's Attendance Is Good News for LSU Against Clemson

President Donald Trump will be in attendance on Monday night as LSU and Clemson go head-to-head in the College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The White House last week confirmed a report from Louisiana-based The Advocate, which earlier this month had suggested the president will be at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the two undefeated programs left in the FBS contest the national title.

Monday night's matchup marks the third time Trump has attended a college football game this season and the second he's been in the stands for an LSU game.

In November, Trump was in attendance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as the Tigers defeated Alabama 46-41 in the "Game of the Century" to hand the Crimson Tide a first home defeat in four years and for just a fifth time since Nick Saban took charge of the program in 2007.

Trump's presence in New Orleans could be a good omen for LSU, who arrives in the championship game as the No. 1 team in the CFP.

Aside from LSU's win over Alabama earlier this season, three of the four games Trump has attended since taking office have seen the favorite prevail.

In January 2018, Trump was in the stands in Atlanta, Georgia, as Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in the CFP National Championship.

The Crimson Tide was a four-point favorite going into the game, while Army was a seven-point favorite when it beat Navy 17-10 in the annual contest between the two programs in December 2018.

Trump was present then and returned to Lincoln Financial Field last month, when Navy, a 10.5-point favorite, won 31-7.

LSU is a 5.5-point favorite over Clemson and will be hoping to continue the trend that sees favorite teams prevail when the president is in attendance.

Ed Orgeron's team is 9-5 against the spread this year and has covered by an average of 7.7-points per game. Significantly, the Tigers have covered in each of the games they were single-digit favorites—against Texas, Alabama and Georgia when they were favorites by 6.5, five and seven points respectively.

If Trump's presence is a good omen for LSU, the reverse also applies. The president received a rousing reception in Tuscaloosa when LSU took on Alabama and was warmly welcomed by the fans ahead of the matchup between Navy and Army.

The reaction was in stark contrast to the response that was reserved for him ahead of Game 5 of the World Series in October.

A New York Yankees fan, Trump sat with five wounded veterans as he attended his first major league game since becoming president at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

However, loud boos and chants of "Lock him up" met him when he was shown on the stadium's giant screen during the third inning.

The boos subsided once the video screen showed U.S. service members waving to the crowd, but resumed just before the beginning of the fourth inning.

Later in the game, fans behind home plate were spotted holding placards calling for Trump to be impeached.

The president can expect a different reception in Louisiana, a state where he won 58.1 percent of votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the game between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Kevin C. Cox/Getty
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