Clemson vs. LSU Picks & Betting Predictions: 4 Best Bets for the 2020 National Championship Game

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  • The latest betting odds for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson show that the spread has continued to move in Clemson's direction prior to kickoff.
  • Does Clemson have value at the current line? And which player prop bets make the most sense to target? Our college football betting experts pick out their favorite spread bets and props for LSU-Clemson.

There are no shortage of betting markets offered for Monday’s college football national title game, and it can be a little difficult to sift through.

That’s especially true when you have so many dynamic players capable of smashing their props, two quarterbacks who can lead effortless comeback drives to create live betting value, and two coordinators who are among the best in the country at making adjustments.

We’ve boiled down all the offerings into our four favorite bets, including one on the full game and three player props.

Let’s get to it.

Clemson vs. LSU Betting Picks

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Spread Picks

I love LSU football, I love their fans, I love Joe Burrow, I love Joe Brady, I love the receivers, and I love Coach O.

With that being said, I’m putting my money behind the Tigers from Clemson in the national title game.

I’ve been consistently higher than the market on LSU the entire season until … I wasn’t.

It can happen quickly, especially with a seemingly unstoppable offense.

I was stunned to suddenly be so low on LSU compared to the market when the Tigers played Oklahoma, but they dominated and deserved another hefty bump in my power ratings.

In the semifinal game I made LSU an 8-point favorite against Oklahoma and that line closed 4-5 points higher.

Even with that bump, I still make this game a pick ‘em, so I have to take Clemson and nearly a touchdown worth of points in the CFP title game based on my power ratings. — Kyle Miller

Kyle’s Pick: Clemson +5.5

Player Props

Diondre Overton Over 34.5 Receiving Yards (Bet now at bet365). This line is available at a few books, but the 34.5 offered at bet365 is too low.

The right side in the slot is expected to be a hot bed of activity for Clemson, according to LSU efficiency charts. I covered this in-depth in my full betting breakdown of the national title game.

Overton has been apart of designed play-action and screen passes, and may be Lawrence’s most open target with a pair of LSU star corners trying to shut down Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross on the outside.

The senior has averaged just over 30 yards in the past five games, and the matchup gets him over 35 here. — Collin Wilson

[In New Jersey? Bet now at bet365]

Joe Burrow Over 26.5 Rushing Yards (Bet now at DraftKings). This line is available at 28.5 a few different books, but the best price as of Sunday night is 26.5 (+100) at DraftKings.

Clemson’s defense should match up with LSU’s receivers on the outside, similar to how Collin described LSU’s defense will match up with Clemson. That should open up the middle of the field.

I think we see a big game from LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the passing game, and we see Burrow use his legs more than he has all year. People forget how athletic he is.

I’ll be keying in on all Burrow rushing props — he’s averaged just over 22 yards per game rushing this season, but will be forced to use his legs a little bit more here. — Stuckey

[In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana or West Virginia? Bet now at DraftKings]

Justyn Ross Under 69.5 Receiving Yards (Bet now at DraftKings). There’s been something wrong with Justyn Ross all season, and his numbers have regressed since a stellar freshman year.

Justyn Ross had just 47 yards on 12 targets in the Fiesta Bowl. Yes, he was banged up… but all season, there’ve been issues. He’s been a shell of what we saw last year…

— Hale Yes! (@ADavidHaleJoint) December 30, 2019

Despite peppering Ross with target after target against Ohio State, he rarely had separation and didn’t make much happen after the catch. He dealt with a shoulder injury against the Buckeyes and missed most of a game in November with a rib injury and hurt his hip flexor in September.

Ross relied on huge plays last season to reach those ridiculous yards per catch and yards per target numbers you see above. He had nine plays of 40-plus yards in 2018. This year, he has just two.

Clemson continues to look toward Ross, so I don’t feel as confident in under 5.5 catches (especially juiced at -140 or more, which is what most books have as of Sunday night).

But the big plays have not been there — maybe some combination of natural regression and injury — and he’ll need one big play to top 69.5 yards against LSU’s athletic corners. I’ll bet against that. — Steve Petrella

[In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana or West Virginia? Bet now at DraftKings]

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