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Today we cover the CFP National Championship Game between #1 LSU and #3 Clemson. We have game details, a prediction, and 2020 NFL Draft Prospects to watch.

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff National Championship-Head Coaches Press Conference John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Intro:

Greetings Faithful! First, an OUTSTANDING win for our San Francisco 49ers on Saturday! It’s on to the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers! The 49ers are one victory away from a trip to the Super Bowl in Miami!

We have reached the pinnacle point of the college football season. Welcome to the CFP National Championship Game in the Big Easy, New Orleans! You have the number one team in the country, the LSU Tigers against the defending national champion, Clemson Tigers. It’s the battle of the Tigers, battle of Death Valley’s, and a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams left in college football. The stakes? College Football’s ultimate prize that is the CFB National Championship. Will Clemson defend their crown and become the undisputed dynasty of college football? Will LSU cap off a remarkable season with one last big win in their home state of Louisiana? Let’s jump in and find out!

Game Details:

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#1 LSU (14-0) vs #3 Clemson (14-0)

Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Time: Kickoff 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Watch: ESPN
Line: LSU -5.5

How LSU Got Here:

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff Semifinal-Oklahoma vs Louisiana State Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

LSU has had a season to remember thus far. Led by Heisman winning quarterback Joe Burrow, the Tigers navigated through a tricky and difficult SEC conference. After defeating the Georgia Bulldogs to claim the conference outright, they earned the number one seed in the College Football Playoff. Waiting for the Tigers in the semi-finals was the number 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, led by Heisman finalist Jaylen Hurts. While points were expected in this one, LSU made light work of their overmatched opponents, and by halftime, the game was well in-hand. LSU would go on to win 63-28 to assure they would be playing for a national championship in a “home” like environment in New Orleans.

How Clemson Got Here:

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After becoming the first team since 1897 to go undefeated at 15-0, the Tigers picked up right where they left off last season. After an up and down slate in September that included a two-point conversion save against unranked North Carolina on the road, the Tigers put it into fourth gear and absolutely crushed their opposition. They rode this wave of momentum all the way to another ACC Championship, where that same wave overwhelmed Virginia. This earned Clemson a berth in the College Football Playoff and a date with the BIG 10 Champions Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. This game was an absolute classic. Clemson overcame a 16-0 deficit and a game-saving interception to secure their spot in the title game.

Prediction:

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The easy answer is LSU, right? They have met and exceeded all their challenges and expectations this season. They have the best player in the country at the most important position. Oh, and they are playing in the next closest thing to a home game that you can ask for in New Orleans. For all those reasons, I will not be surprised if LSU caps off a dream season hoisting the trophy. Now, with all that said, I am going to take the Tigers from little ol Clemson. These Tigers are battle-tested. They have a pretty darn good quarterback too in Trevor Lawrence, who, by the way, has never lost a game at the collegiate level. Has won this game in a landslide fashion once already against the college football factory known as Alabama, and as a team, these Tigers have won 29 straight ball games. Say what you will about the ACC, you don’t win these many games in a row by accident. It will be close; it will be tight; it will be the defending champions smiling when the confetti falls.

Clemson 35, LSU 31

NFL Draft Prospects to Watch:

Clemson:

Travis Etienne, RB, #9, - Clemson
Height: 5’10” - Weight: 200 lbs.
2019 Stats: 1,500 yards, 8.2 AVG. 17 Touchdowns, 298 reception yards, 29 receptions, 2 touchdowns.

Isaiah Simmons – Linebacker - # 11 – RS Junior - Clemson
Height: 6’3” – Weight 230 lbs.
2019: 61 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions.

Tee Higgins, WR, No. 5 – Clemson
Height: 6’4” – Weight: 216 lbs.
2019: 56 receptions, 1,115 yards, 13 touchdowns, 19.9 AVG.

LSU:

Kristian Fulton, CB, No. 22 – LSU
Height: 6’0” – Weight: 201
2019: 32 tackles, 1 interception.

Grant Delpit – S - #9 – Junior - LSU
Height: 6’3” – Weight: 208 lbs.
2019: 59 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 7 passes deflected.

Justin Jefferson, WR, No. 2 – LSU
Height: 6’3” – Weight: 192
2019 Stats: 1,207 yards, 88 receptions, 14 touchdowns, 13.7 AVG.

Who are YOU excited to see in this year’s National Championship Game? Who do you have winning tonight’s big game? Please share in the comments below?