College Football Playoff Championship Preview: LSU vs. Clemson

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LSU faces Clemson on Monday night in New Orleans for the College Football Playoff Championship. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

LSU

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Ga. Southern W 55-3
09/07/19 @ Texas W 45-38
09/14/19 Northwestern St. W 65-14
09/21/19 @ Vanderbilt W 66-38
10/05/19 Utah St. W 42-6
10/12/19 Florida W 42-28
10/19/19 @ Mississippi St. W 36-13
10/26/19 Auburn W 23-20
11/09/19 @ Alabama W 46-41
11/16/19 @ Mississippi W 58-37
11/23/19 Arkansas W 56-20
11/30/19 Texas A&M W 50-7
12/07/19 vs. Georgia W 37-10
12/28/19 vs. Oklahoma W 63-28

Clemson

Date Opponent Result
08/29/19 Georgia Tech W 52-14
09/07/19 Texas A&M W 24-10
09/14/19 @ Syracuse W 41-6
09/21/19 Charlotte W 52-10
09/28/19 @ North Carolina W 21-20
10/12/19 Florida St. W 45-14
10/19/19 @ Louisville W 45-10
10/26/19 Boston College W 59-7
11/02/19 Wofford W 59-14
11/09/19 @ North Carolina St. W 55-10
11/16/19 Wake Forest W 52-3
11/30/19 @ South Carolina W 38-3
12/07/19 vs. Virginia W 62-17
12/28/19 vs. Ohio St. W 29-23

ESPN FPI

LSU: 2

Clemson: 3

Key Stats

Stat LSU Clemson
Scoring Offense 48.9 [1] 45.3 [4]
Total Offense 564.2 [1] 538.4 [3]
Rushing Offense 167.0 [60] 246.1 [11]
Passing Offense 397.2 [2] 292.2 [19]
Scoring Defense 21.6 [29] 11.5 [1]
Total Defense 339.9 [29] 264.1 [2]
Rushing Defense 118.0 [20] 112.6 [15]
Passing Defense 221.9 [56] 151.5 [1]
Turnover Margin 0.64 [16] 1.14 [5]
3rd Down Conv. 0.515 [4] .456 [17]
3rd Down Conv. DEF 0.307 [9] .310 [4]
Red Zone Offense 0.971 [1] .877 [45]
Red Zone Defense 0.763 [4] .750 [2]

[ ] = National rank

Players to Watch

LSU

WR Justin Jefferson, QB Joe Burrow, OL Damien Lewis, C Lloyd Cushenberry, LB Jacob Phillips, DB Kristian Fulton, DB Grant Delpit, DL Rashard Lawrence, LB Michael Divinity.

Clemson

QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne, WR Tee Higgins, WR Justyn Ross, OL John Simpson, OL Tremayne Anchrum, DL Xavier Thomas, DB AJ Terrell, DB K’Von Wallace.

Injuries

LSU

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/04/19 WR Kenan Jones Transferred has left team
10/03/19 RB Lanard Fournette Personal has left team
09/16/19 S Todd Harris Jr. Undisclosed is out for season
09/13/19 WR Dee Anderson Suspension is out for season
01/09/20 WR Terrace Marshall Jr. Undisclosed is probable Monday vs Clemson
01/02/20 OL Damien Lewis Ankle is “?” Monday vs Clemson
01/02/20 LB Michael Divinity Jr. Personal is upgraded to probable Monday vs Clemson

Clemson

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/26/19 T Blake Vinson Undisclosed is out for season
09/20/19 LB Bryton Constantin ACL is out for season
09/03/19 DB Josh Jackson Leg is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Two big time programs square off for the National Championship of College Football. Clemson has been there before, several times. This is LSU’s first CFP playoff title game but they have arguably the most explosive offense in college football history. Clemson appears to have the better defense and a more balanced offense. I think this one could go either way but no CFP champion has repeated as champions so I’ll go with the one that didn’t win last season. The LSU Tigers.

14Powers.com Prediction

LSU 38, Clemson 34

Monday’s’s game kicks off at 8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT). Watch on the ESPN Network.

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