National Championship: Looking At The LSU Tigers Versus The Clemson Tigers
The time has finally come this season! On Monday, January 13th, 2020, the National Championship between the LSU Tigers and the Clemson Tigers will be played. The number one ranked LSU Tigers come into this game looking almost unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball, look to be improving on defense, and even have a little home-field advantage as the game is in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Clemson Tigers come into this National Championship game with the number two overall defense in the nation, a high powered offense, and the experience of being on this stage before. This National Championship between the LSU Tigers and the Clemson Tigers should be a classic in the battle of the Death Valleys. Let’s look at the tale of the tape between these two teams going into this National Championship.
The number one ranked LSU Tigers come into the National Championship with a record of 14-0 on the season. The latest win was in the Peach Bowl their Semi-Final playoff game against Oklahoma 63-28. A major part of the LSU Tigers’ success is their explosive offense led by quarterback Joe Burrow. The 2019 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has had 5,208 yards passing with 55 touchdowns and only six interceptions this year. Burrow’s play for the LSU Tigers will be one of the reasons they have a strong chance of winning this game against Clemson.
In the rushing game for the LSU Tigers, Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads the way with 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. The LSU Tigers offense will need to find running room against Clemson’s defense to make it harder for Clemson to win.
Joe Burrow’s main target in the passing game will be a factor in this National Championship game. Ja’Marr Chase has 75 receptions with 1,559 yards and 18 touchdowns for the LSU Tigers this year. He will look to play a major role in this National Championship.
The LSU Tigers defense may not have been playing to a championship level all year, but they are peaking at the right time. They held Oklahoma to just 28 points in their playoff semi-final game. The LSU Tigers defense is allowing 339.9 yards per game, 221.9 is passing yards, and 118 in rushing yards. The LSU Tigers have 17 interceptions this season and are only allowing 21.6 points per game. The leading defensive player for LSU is safety Grant Delpit and he will play a key role in the LSU Tigers beating Clemson.
An X-factor for the LSU Tigers is that the National Championship is in New Orleans, Louisiana. It could be a factor for LSU as it could be like a home-field advantage in the Big Easy.
Now let’s see how the Clemson Tigers match up in this game.
The number three ranked Clemson Tigers also come into this National Championship with a 14-0 record on the year. The Clemson Tigers also are riding a 29-0 win streak dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. Clemson looks to win their 30th straight game, back to back National Championships and a third title in four years.
In the 2019 season, the Clemson Tigers have had a very successful offense led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. Trevor Lawrence has had 3,431 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions this year. Travis Etienne has rushed for 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 192 carries. These two players will be major factors on the offensive side of the ball in this National Championship game. Trevor Lawrence’s main target in the passing game has been wide receiver Tee Higgins as he has had 1,115 yards and 13 touchdowns on 56 catches. This offense will try to pick apart this LSU defense to put up points in this game.
The Clemson Tigers defense been stellar all year and is ranked number two in the nation in total defense. The Clemson Tigers are only allowing 264.1 yards per game with 151.5 being passing yards and 112.6 being rushing yards. They are only allowing 11.5 points per game and are really forcing turnovers. The Clemson defense has 19 interceptions and has 11 fumble recoveries in 2019. This defense plays a good overall team defense and doesn’t rely on one player or position group. Look for the whole defense to be flying around against the LSU Tigers offense.
An X-factor for the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship against LSU is their experience in the big game. Clemson has been here before and should be prepared for the bright lights of this championship. The Clemson Tigers led by head coach Dabo Swinney have made the playoffs now five times and this makes four National Championship appearances. The experience could be an X-factor in this title game in what could be the Clemson Tigers’ toughest test yet.
It all comes down to this in the National Championship in New Orleans, Louisiana. On Monday, January the 13th, 2020 at 7 p.m. central time the LSU Tigers and the Clemson Tigers meet to battle for the title. It’s a fight of Tigers, a clash of undefeated teams, and a battle of Death Valleys. This National Championship should be a classic game between the LSU Tigers and the Clemson Tigers no matter who wins. Either way, this game could be one for the ages. Are you Geaux Tigers for LSU or are you All In for Clemson?
Prediction: Clemson Tigers 38 LSU Tigers 35
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