CFP Title Game Looms

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Cameron McHugh and Nick Lorensen

Wrapping up the 150th season of college football will be the 7th ever college football playoff final between the LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers. The teams combined for an unbeaten record in 2019. 

“Geaux Tigers” loudly exclaimed LSU head coach Ed Orgeron after every game this season, and he had good reason to do so. They dominated on their way to an undefeated season, beating six top ten teams and easing through arguably the toughest conference in the nation.  

The Tigers were led by 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow. Burrow was a transfer from “THE Ohio State University” and was 31/39 in his two years in Columbus. His first year in Baton Rouge wasn’t that impressive, but he went off this year. He averaged 372 yards per game for a grand total of 5,208 passing yards and 55 touchdowns. He is looking to complete quite possibly one of the best college football seasons ever with a national title. 

Burrow is surrounded by a great supporting cast as well. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a smaller back who is still able to pack-a-punch. Edwards-Helaire has been a great factor in both the rushing and receiving game, combining for over 1700 scrimmage yards, and 17 total touchdowns. Burrow’s receivers consist of Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, and Terrace Marshall Jr, all of whom had over 12 touchdowns on the season and over 14 yards per reception.  

On the other side of the ball Clemson has the “golden child” Trevor Lawrence. He has been one of the highest talked about quarterback prospects since his stellar play in last year’s playoffsLawrence led Clemson to their second title in three years during the playoffs last season in a blowout of a very talented Alabama roster. While only a sophomore, Lawrence is expected to be a great factor at the next level when he is eligible for the draft. 

Clemson also has an amazing team around their star QB, with possibly the best running back in the nation with Travis Etienne. Etienne is also a dual-threat back similar to Edwards-Helaire, combining for over 1900 total yards and 22 TDs. Wide receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross make up one of the best receiving corps in the nation, with 1904 yards and 21 TDs from Trevor Lawrence on the year. 

The team was under a lot of scrutiny this season because of a soft schedule, but they dominated everyone on it. They beat #2 Ohio State in a thriller of a Fiesta Bowl on December 28th to make it to the championship. 

The championship game will kick off at 8:00 on Monday January 13th.  It will be broadcasted on ESPN.