4 Best Player Props for Clemson vs LSU CFP National Championship Game
By Max Staley
The long wait is finally over, and the 2020 College Football Playoff comes to a close with a matchup between two of the nation's best at 8 p.m. EST on Monday night. The No. 1 LSU Tigers are currently 5-point favorites over the No. 3 Clemson Tigers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you're looking for an alternative way to wager on this one, here are four of the best player props for the CFP National Championship game between Clemson and LSU.
1. Trevor Lawrence - Total Rushing Yards: Under 53.5 (-112)
Trevor Lawrence was dangerous on the ground against Ohio State, but he could struggle to have a repeat performance here. He's eclipsed 53 rushing yards in only three of his 14 games this season. In fact, while Lawrence had a season-high 16 carries against Ohio State, he actually had a pretty pedestrian rushing performance if we remove his explosive 67-yard-touchdown carry. Taking that play out of the equation, Lawrence had 15 carries for 40 total rushing yards. If LSU can take away the big play, Lawrence could struggle to reach 54 total rushing yards against the No. 24 run defense in the country.
2. Justyn Ross - Total Receiving Yards: Over 67.5 (-112)
Justyn Ross has a habit of showing out in big games. He's played three career CFP games, racking up at least 68 receiving yards in two of those three, and he's averaged 116.0 receiving yards per game across those three performances. With Clemson checking in as a 5-point underdog, the Tigers could easily be trailing in this one, which could cause plenty of throws to go Ross' way.
3. Joe Burrow - Total Passing Yards: 366.5 (-112)
Don't let the high total deter you, Joe Burrow is the hottest player in the country, and he has a chance to eclipse 366 passing yards – even against the best statistical defense in FBS. He's averaging 372.0 passing yards on a per-game basis, exceeding 366 passing yards in half of his starts this year, including three 400-yard-plus performances. In his last three games against top-10 opponents (Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma), Burrow reached at least 390 passing yards twice, averaging 411.7 per contest during that three-game span. Yes, Clemson allowed the fewest passing yards (138.5) and points per game (10.6) this season, but Burrow is just playing too well to ignore.
4. Justin Jefferson - Total Receiving Yards: Over 99.5 (-112)
If Burrow is passing at the level we think he could be, then it stands to reason that Justin Jefferson could be in line for a big day as well. In that same three-game stretch against top-10 opponents, Jefferson exceeded 100 receiving yards twice, averaging 140.3 in that same span. Jefferson has eclipsed 99 receiving yards in seven of his 14 games played, including three of his last five, and he certainly has a chance to do so again here.
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