Along with the traditional pointspread, total and money line offerings made available at online sportsbooks for the National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and LSU Tigers, there will be a bevy of prop wagers also in the offing.
Along with the traditional pointspread, total and money line offerings made available at online sportsbooks for the National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and LSU Tigers, there will be a bevy of prop wagers also in the offing. From individual player props to alternate pointspreads to betting on who will score the first touchdown, Monday night will be nothing short of a college football bettors wet dream! With the amount of star power set to take to the gridiron, a plethora of moneymaking options await! Without further ado, let’s dig into some of the offerings and see if we can’t put a bow on the 2019-2020 college football betting season by adding some extra units to the bottom line.
College Football Odds
Joe Burrow Passing Yards Under 365.5
As remarkable a Heisman Trophy winning campaign No. 9 just put forth, I’m betting against him going HAM in this spot against the Tigers No. 1 ranked pass defense. Now granted, Clemson took on one of the more laughable schedules of any of the four teams to qualify for the College Football Playoff, but Dabo Swinney’s kids made minced meat of that schedule in going 13-0 and covering 10 of those games against the closing CFB betting lines. On top of that, they laid an average of nearly 30 points per game in those contests! Brent Venables is a wunderkind when it comes to putting the clamps down on electric offenses. Remember what his defense did to Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama Crimson Tide last season? While Clemson’s defense lost a number of pieces from that championship team, the talent that replaced it has shown time and time again that it can and will lock its opponent down when it matters most. Just like it did to Ohio State throughout the second half of the play-in game. Burrow was nothing if not masterful this season, but he’s about to run up against his stiffest test to date. I expect Venables’ defense to play a key role in how the game ultimately plays out, and because of it, limit the reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s big strikes through the air.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Rushing Yards Under 99.5
As great Clemson was at shutting down opposing passing games, it just might be even better slamming the door shut on opposing ground attacks! For the season, the Tigers concede just over 110 yards per game (No. 11) at a miniscule 3.1 yards per carry (No. 8). Though Ohio State had its way on the ground in the semifinals racking up 196 total yards on 39 overall carries for over 5.0 yards per carry, J.K. Dobbins will ultimately become a premiere running back at the NFL level down the road. As great Edwards-Helaire was in the regular season racking up nearly 1,300 rushing yards and 16 TD, I’m not so sure his production was more a product of LSU’s offense simply carving all opposition up through the air which allowed him to roam free. That won’t happen against Clemson’s well-coached stop unit. On top of that, he could be working on a balky hamstring that was injured in the play-in game against Oklahoma. If not 100 percent and Clemson limits LSU through the air as I expect, the junior running back is going to have a very tough time exceeding this impost.
Total First Downs Under 54.5
LSU cashed over tickets at a near 62 percent clip this season. On the flipside, Clemson saw low scorers play out in seven of its 13 played games. I’m in the latter’s camp and truly believe Venables defense will be the ultimate decider as to why Clemson pulls off the repeat. Though LSU sports the lesser of the two defenses on paper, it’s still a solid unit that allowed for it to go undefeated by way of limiting all opposition faced to an average of just 342 yards per game (No. 32). Not too shabby when running up against the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Texas and most recently Oklahoma after limiting the explosive Sooners offense to just 322 total yards and 16 first downs. Even with LSU moving the chains a whopping 31 times, the combined amount of first downs came nowhere close to this offering. If in fact this game does turn out to be the shootout linemakers suggested when opening the total above 70 points, I’ll wipe the egg off my face for taking this stance. Regardless, I’m expecting real estate to be tougher to come by than expected and for both squads’ punters to get a ton of burn. Good luck and enjoy the game!