LSU The Early Favorite Over Clemson in College Football National Championship After Odds Opened Saturday Night

Not long after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second college football semifinal Saturday night, Clemson found themselves as a 3-point underdog to LSU in the upcoming national championship.

But it didn't take long for the line to move quicker than an LSU touchdown from Joe Burrow to Justin Jefferson. By noon on Sunday, most betting lines have moved to at least 5-6 points. The over/under increased by half a point to 69 in some books, and decreased from 71 to 69 in other places.

LSU scored 63 in their win over Oklahoma in the other semifinal on Saturday. Burrow threw seven touchdown passes in the first half, including four to Jefferson in the 63-28 blowout of the Sooners.

The betting lines could see more back and forth over the next two weeks prior to the January 13 meeting between LSU and Clemson at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

By Sunday afternoon, the line was LSU (-6) as the favorite at the DraftKings Sportsbook and also at FanDuel, while the over/under sat at 69.5.

Teams that have been favored to win the previous five college national championships are 2-3 straight up, according to ESPN.

Clemson and LSU both enter the game with perfect 14-0 records this season. Clemson is 11-3 against the spread (ATS) this season while LSU is 9-5 ATS.

LSU is also 9-5 in covering the over this season, while Clemson is 6-8.

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Wide receiver Justin Jefferson #2, linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson #18 and quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrate on the podium after winning the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, 63-28, over the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Here are some facts to consider for the CFP national championship:

  • Clemson has won 29-consecutive games
  • Clemson has won two of the last three national championships, including twice over Alabama of the SEC
  • Clemson won both of its national championships as the underdog
  • LSU is the No.1 seed, and no top seed has ever won the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014
  • No Heisman Trophy winner has never won the CFP title—LSU's Joe Burrow is this year's winner
  • LSU has played in the last three national championships game held in New Orleans, winning titles in 2003 and 2007 before losing in 2011 to Alabama
  • LSU has now beaten five teams ranked in the final CFP top 25—the lowest ranked is Alabama at No. 15
  • Clemson has beaten just two teams ranked in the CFP top 25—No. 2 Ohio State and No. 24 Virginia in the ACC championship game
  • LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who played sparingly Saturday while nursing an injured hamstring, could be back at full strength by the championship game
  • LSU is the only team in college football history to have a 5,000-yard passer (Joe Burrow), a 1,000-yard rusher (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase) on one team

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