TheClemson Tigerswill try to become just the third program this century to win back-to-back national championships when they square off with theLSU Tigerson Monday in theCollege FootballPlayoff National Championship 2020. Clemson (14-0), which won the national title in 2016 and 2018, can joinAlabama(2011-12) andUSC(2003-04) as the only programs to repeat as national champions this century. The defending champions are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 bowl games.
Meanwhile, LSU (14-0) is looking to win its first national championship since the 2007 season, and kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET. LSU is a 5.5-point favorite in the latest LSU vs. Clemson odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 67.5, down from an open of 69. Before making any Clemson vs. LSU picks or national championship predictions, be sure tocheck out the picks from SportsLine college football expert Barrett Sallee.
Sallee is a true insider — a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread — and his best bets have helped bring in some huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, posting a winning record in his weekly best bets column since that point. He is on a blistering roll again, going on a 38-18 run with his best bets.
In addition, Sallee has had a particularly keen eye for both teams. He is 7-1 on his last eight picks involving LSU, including its rout ofOklahomain the Peach Bowl. He is 6-0 on his last sixcollege football picksinvolving Clemson, including its victory overOhio Statein the Fiesta Bowl. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Sallee has dialed in onLSU vs. Clemsonand released a confident against-the-spread pick that is available only at SportsLine.Go to SportsLine to see it. Here are thecollege football linesand trends for LSU vs. Clemson:
- Clemson vs. LSU spread: LSU -5.5
- Clemson vs. LSU over-under: 67.5 points
- Clemson vs. LSU money line: LSU -220, Clemson 180
- LSU: QBJoe Burrowhas 55 passing touchdowns, three shy of the single-season FBS record
- CLEM: Won 29 straight games, the longest active streak in FBS
Why LSU can cover the spread
Sallee knows that LSU has arguably the best receiver in the country,Ja’Marr Chase. The sophomore from Metairie, La., leads the nation in receiving touchdowns (18) and ranks second in receiving yards (1,559). He also averages a healthy 20.8 yards per reception, which is sixth in the country. For his dominant season, Chase earned the Biletnikoff Award, honoring the nation’s best receiver.
In addition, Sallee has taken into account thatClyde Edwards-Helaireis one of the top all-around running backs in college football. So far this season, he has rushed for 1,304 yards while adding 50 catches for another 399 yards. With his running-and-catching ability, Edwards-Helaire is 14th in the country in all-purpose yards at 137.0 per game.
Why Clemson can cover the spread
Even so, LSU is no guarantee to cover the LSU vs. Clemson spread in the College Football National Championship 2020. Clemson has one of the top defensive players in the entire country in linebackerIsaiah Simmons. The track star and former safety leads the defense in sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (14.0) while also contributing 97 tackles, seven pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. For his dominant season, Simmons was named an unanimous All-American, the sixth player to earn such honors in Clemson history.
The model also has taken into account thatTravis Etienneis one of the top running backs in the country. The junior from Jennings, La., leads the nation in yards per rush (8.0) and ranks ninth in rushing touchdowns (18) and 12th in rushing yards per game (109.7).
LSU vs. Clemson expert picks from a college football insider
We can tell you Sallee is leaning under, but he also has isolated a critical X-factor that has him going big on one side of the spread. He’s sharing it only at SportsLine.
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