Two Tigers enter, but only one will hold the trophy at the end!
Yes, we are talking about the anticipated Clemson vs LSU match. College Football Playoff National Championship game will have many eyes on it as two storylines unfold. Will Clemson finally establish themselves as one of the elites in the nation’s eyes? Will LSU show they are as dynamic and dominant as they had been sold to us by the early results? Let’s break down what we can expect in this upcoming match-up.
First, we need to point out the coincidence that both team names are the same. As in the Clemson Tigers are going to be facing the LSU Tigers. So, for the benefit of the reader, from here on we’re only going to use Clemson or LSU and omit Tigers all together.
Last time LSU won a national championship was in 2008 by defeating Ohio State 34-24. Last time Clemson won a national championship was last year against Alabama with a score of 44-16. Both teams come into the game with high-flying offenses and excellent defense. Neither has lost a game this season and their winning margin has been by double digits.
LSU is led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who had a remarkable season. He has 5,208 passing yards; 55 touchdown passes and only six interceptions in 14 games this season. Burrow had the LSU offense firing on all cylinders against Oklahoma, throwing seven touchdown passes in the first half alone.
Clemson is led by sophomore Trevor Lawrence. He burst onto the national scene last year after he took the starting quarterback role from Kelly Bryant. His performance against Alabama in their blowout national championship role had people calling for the NFL to change its draft rules so he could go pro immediately. He has 3,431 passing yard, 36 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He had two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown against Ohio State.
On offense, LSU have running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and dynamic receivers Chase and Justin Jefferson. They combined for 4,297 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. On defense they are led by K’Lavon Chaisson who has 6 ½ sacks and JaCoby Stevens who has five sacks on the season.
Clemson offensively is led by Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. They combined for 3,440 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. Defensively they have Isaiah Simmons leading the charge with 7 sacks and 3 interceptions, and Tanner Muse with four sacks of his own.
Talent wise, both teams seem to be evenly matched. LSU has confidence in their abilities and Clemson has confidence in their experience. LSU is stepping on the stage as the favorite, despite not competing in almost 10 years. Once more in the polls, Clemson comes as the underdog to defend their championship and that’s how they like it. Game starts at 8PM EST, Monday January 13th and will be broadcast by ESPN live from New Orleans.
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