Free Preview, Odds and Pick for Clemson vs. LSU
Oklahoma’s worst nightmare came true in the Peach Bowl as Joe Burrow and LSU made it look like a scrimmage against the Sooners defense. The Tigers put up 49 points in the first half and 63 for the game with nine touchdowns, eight by Burrow. Can anyone possibly stop the Bengal Tigers' express, even a defense like Clemson’s?
This season, coach Ed Orgeron’s squad averaged 48.9 points a game and they are 9-5 Over. Burrow now has more hardware than Lil’ Wayne and his accuracy has been impeccable at 74.4 percent completion rate. As we have all seen, this is no dink and dunk offense either, as LSU is 5th in the country in yards per pass attempt at 10.7.
Burrow was held in check one time and that was by Auburn, with LSU scoring 23 points and throwing for "only" 321 yards. The keys for the Auburn defense was a continual pass rush to stay in Burrow’s face and force the LSU pass offense to throw - turn and catch – routes, rather than slants and deep shots that lead to bigger plays. Clemson has the talent upfront and the secondary to pull this off, but can they?
Here’s a look at the latest college football odds.
Over 70 points -110
Under 70 points -110
The Tigers from the Palmetto State are rather proud of their offense, which tallied 45.3 PPG. Trevor Lawrence did get off to a slow start coming off a championship season, but found his groove at mid-season and has been a beast since.
As we saw against Ohio State, Lawrence’s skill set is not limited to a strong arm, he’s a good athlete and when the Buckeyes pass rush was making life tough, he ended running for 107 yards, which was a big factor in the Clemson’s comeback and later victory.
The LSU defense improved down the stretch after being torched for 78 points against Alabama and Mississippi, surrendering only 16.2 PPG in their last four contests. Will Clemson exploit some of LSU’s early-season defensive weaknesses?
Doug Upstone’s Free Pick – Over 70 (Visit Doc’s Sports for more College Football Picks)
For college football picks, the total of 70 for the championship is not the highest since the inception of the four-team playoff, with the very first game between Oregon vs. Ohio State at 72.5 (it went Under).
Though we could make a case for a lower score, we have two tremendous play-makers at quarterback and first-round draft choices that can make plays on offense and will side with the Over, calling for a score of 38-35.
Doug Upstone is a top sports analyst for Doc's Sports and one of the sports industry's most respected handicappers. Find more from Doug and other top handicappers at DocSports.com