Watch Tigers vs Tigers Live Stream: Clemson’s Brent Venables and LSU’s Dave Aranda, respectively — who have been gifted two weeks to draw up something special for the game’s biggest stage.
Circa opened the total at 72 and dipped to 70 within 10 minutes on the night of Dec. 28. The number stuck at 69.5 from Dec. 30 until Saturday morning, when it dipped a full point to 68.5.
Given the fact that the game is being played just over 70 miles from LSU’s campus, the Bayou Bengals were able to stroll into NOLA casually as the orange-and-white Tigers had to fly into town just a few weeks after taking a far trip to Glendale, Arizona, for the Fiesta Bowl semifinal.
The game will tie a bow on a wild season that has seen LSU rise up as a power in the SEC West thanks in large part to the play of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. All this as Clemson — the reigning and now defending national champions — cruised through the ACC en route to another conference title and a 29-game winning streak. It’s a new twist to a four-team even that has been dominated by Alabama and Clemson over the past four seasons.
Here’s what our CBS Sports panel of college football experts believes will go down on Monday night. Keep on scrolling for their individual national championship game predictions.Louisiana State rolls into this 8 p.m. ET kickoff having scored 46 points or more in five of its last six games, cracking 50 points four times in that stretch. That includes a blowout victory in the Dec. 28 CFP semifinals, when the Tigers (14–0 SU) got seven Joe Burrow touchdown passes in the first half of a 63–28 smoking of Oklahoma as 12.5-point Peach Bowl favorites.
Defending national champ Clemson will make its fourth championship game appearance and is going for its third title in four years. The Tigers (14–0 SU, 11–3 ATS) haven’t lost a game since a 2017–18 CFP semifinal against Alabama, which they avenged by routing the Crimson Tide in last season’s final. In this year’s CFP semis, Clemson rallied from a 16–0 second-quarter deficit to beat Ohio State 29–23 as 2.5-point Fiesta Bowl faves.
Most of the movement on this game came in the first few hours after it posted on the afternoon of Dec. 28. There were 18 moves within the first eight hours, before the line settled at LSU -5 for a few days.
“We currently need Clemson, taking a bunch of LSU money from our opener of 3 up to 6,” Lindeman told Covers on Saturday night. “We finally saw some interest in Clemson at 6, and the number has come back some now. We’ll see our biggest bets (Sunday), but as it stands now, we’re hoping the defending champs can stay inside the number.”
Circa’s position with the futures book will take time to clarify, as the sportsbook newcomer has an interesting option that allows bettors to parlay such wagers. For example, one could parlay CFP futures with the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals or NCAA Tournament.
“We’re in a unique position with futures, as we do well to Clemson on straight bets, but do poorly on parlays,” Lindeman said. “We actually won’t know what we’re rooting for until the NCAA Tournament and NBA/NHL Finals roll around.”
It will be a hell of a matchup between the two top quarterbacks in college football. Burrow, who has 55 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 204.60, has a chance to put together the most prolific season in college football history. Meanwhile, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence hasn’t lost a game through two seasons nor thrown an interception since Oct. 19, 2019. Those two stars will be up against two defensive coordinators — Clemson’s Brent Venables and LSU’s Dave Aranda, respectively — who have been gifted two weeks to draw up something special for the game’s biggest stage.