LSU opens as favorite over Clemson for CFP final

Clemson, Trevor Lawrence
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Top-ranked LSU opened as a moderate favorite over No. 3 Clemson for the College Football Playoff title game, in odds posted by sportsbooks late Saturday night.

After trouncing No. 4 Oklahoma 63-28 in the CFP semifinal at the Peach Bowl, LSU opened as a 5.5-point favorite at DraftKings and FanDuel, with the latter moving the line down a half point less than an hour after being posted.

PointsBet and BetAmerica each had LSU favored by five. All four sportsbooks had the money line on LSU between -200 and -222.

LSU had grown to a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings by Saturday while remaining at 5.5 at FanDuel and PointsBet.

The title game is set for Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, just 80 miles away from LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and his Tigers continued their magical run Saturday, cruising past the Sooners with a bowl-game record eight total touchdowns from Burrow. Seven of those came on first-half passes, as LSU led 49-14 at the break and cruised home.

Clemson had to overcome more adversity against a tougher opponent, prevailing 29-23 over No. 2 Ohio State. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Travis Etienne in the final two minutes, and an interception with 37 seconds left halted Justin Fields’ attempt to retake the lead for the Buckeyes.

The win extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 29 games. Clemson — the defending CFP champion — has not lost since the CFP semifinals two years ago.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)