We might as well call it the Super Bowl of college football since that’s essentially what it is. The 2019 season concludes on Monday, January 13, with the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Tigers from LSU and Clemson. It’s almost too bad the game isn’t taking place in El Paso where the undefeated powerhouses could just make it the Tiger Trifecta at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. But I digress. Not only are we expecting a great game between two great teams loaded with future NFL stars, just like the NFL title game this one comes with plenty of additional betting opportunities. You can wager on the final spread and total if that’s what you like, but proposition bets certainly add to the excitement. And BookMaker.eu has plenty of props available to whet your appetite.
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CFP National Championship Odds at BookMaker.eu
LSU Tigers -5.5
Clemson Tigers +5.5
This is the first time all season Clemson is playing as an underdog. Taking a look back to the last time these Tigers were getting points puts us at this game last year when they got 5-points on the closing line against Alabama and responded by handing Nick Saban his worst loss as Tide coach, 44-16, for their second national title in three years. And Clemson is on a heater with its cover win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal its fifth straight and eighth in the last nine games. And if you consider playoff experience as a determining factor, Clemson is playing in the national championship for the fourth time in five years.
The lack of CFP visits sure didn’t hinder LSU. Making their first playoff appearance those Tigers steamrolled Oklahoma, 63-28, in the semis behind seven touchdowns passes from Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, all of them in the first half. And this is as close to a home game as you’re going to get with LSU making the short trip to the Big Easy from Baton Rouge. Both teams have scintillating offenses, but I do think we’ll see some defense. Clemson conceded a season-high in yards to Ohio State, but stiffened when it had to and led the FBS in points and total yards allowed per game. LSU’s group was overshadowed by the record-setting exploits of Burrow.
Clemson scores first +120
LSU scores first -150
With two high-powered offenses going at it there will be points scored. And a number of props on the board at BookMaker.eu have to do with scenarios on that side of the football. One team prop is which team scores first. LSU outscored opponents 159-47 in the first quarter of all games producing 72 points on their 14 opening drives. They failed to score on their opening drive just twice and produced a touchdown in each of their last six opening drives and nine total.
Auburn was one opponent that didn’t allow points on LSU’s first possession and those Tigers were the only team to hold LSU scoreless in the first quarter. Auburn had one of the stingier defenses in college football, but not as good statistically as Clemson’s. This prop might depend on which team wins the coin toss so a piggyback wager might be the way to go.
Joe Burrow Passing Yards
There wouldn’t be a prop bet without the Heisman Trophy winner and most prolific passer in the game on it. Sure enough, you can bet on Burrow’s passing yards. His 77.6 percent completion rate has allowed Burrow to throw for 5,208 yards, an average of 372 per game. That puts him over the total, but there are elements to consider. When facing FBS teams that finished among the top-35 in defensive passing efficiency, Burrow averaged 341.6 yards per game. He cleaned up against some lesser defensive teams averaging over 390 yards in the other eight contests. That gives plenty of value to the under. And with a healthy Clyde Edwards-Helaire there may be fewer pass attempts.
Travis Etienne Rushing Yards
Etienne was a force in the Clemson backfield rushing for 1,536 yards this season, an average of nearly 110 yards per game. However, in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, Etienne was stonewalled by Ohio State totaling just 36 yards on 10 carries. The early money flowed to the over on this prop forcing a spike in the total. With LSU boasting a strong secondary there’s a good chance Etienne gets more than 10 carries. And there’s an even better chance of him breaking off a few chunk plays. However, should Clemson fall behind the run game will likely be abandoned making the total a tough reach.
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