Odds for First Touchdown Scorer in Clemson vs LSU National Championship Game Favor Running Backs

Travis Etienne, Cyrus Fagan
Travis Etienne has scored a touchdown in 11 straight games. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Clemson Tigers look to win back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championships on Monday night, but will be facing off against the top-ranked LSU Tigers at the Superdome in New Orleans. With an over/under set at 67.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, we could see plenty of points scored.

While we have two terrific quarterbacks dueling it out Monday night between Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and LSU's Joe Burrow, the odds favor the running backs to score first. The top odds for the first touchdown scorer in the 2020 CFP title game are tied at +500 between each team's leading rusher in LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Clemson's Travis Etienne.

Despite being held scoreless in back-to-back games, Edwards-Helaire tops the odds for LSU. He has ran for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns this season (T-No. 11 in NCAA).

Tied with Edwards-Helaire atop the odds, Etienne is currently on a 11-game streak of finding the end zone. The last game he was held scoreless was against Syracuse in Week 3. He has rushed for 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns (T-No. 9 in NCAA), while adding another four touchdowns through the air.

Rounding out the top-5 odds to be the first touchdown scorer in Monday night's title game are LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase (+650), Clemson WR Tee Higgins (+700) and LSU WR Justin Jefferson (+700).

With the way each one of these title contenders has poured on the scoring throughout the season, there are plenty of offensive options that could take the ball into the end zone first for either team.

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