Prediction: Clemson 35, LSU 31
Brian Keyes, assistant sports editor
Joe Burrow threw seven touchdowns in a game. Joe Burrow threw seven touchdowns IN A HALF — in the playoffs! That's more touchdowns than Northwestern threw all season. Clemson might be first in the country in fewest passing yards allowed, but Burrow just completed what might have been the statistically greatest passing season in college football.
I'm backing the REAL best quarterback in the country.
Prediction: LSU 42, Clemson 30
How can anybody pick against Joe Burrow at this point? It truly baffles me.
The Heisman winner is the perfect archetype for an underdog-turned-hero story that could rival “Rudy.” After some struggles on the field following his transfer to LSU, Burrow burst onto the scene in 2019 and has thrown for over 5,200 yards and 55 touchdowns.
The quarterback for the Tigers is a certified stud.
Plus, he’s also completely committed to his team and his coach. I mean, just watch his Heisman acceptance speech.
Those are the sniffles of a leader that will do whatever it takes to bring a championship home to Baton Rouge.
Prediction: LSU 41, Clemson 31
This is a tough one — the Tigers have been elite all season, yet on the other hand the Tigers are dominant on both sides of the ball. I'm expecting a real battle between what I think are the two most talented teams in college football.
The big question: can the Tigers slow down the Tigers' highly-touted quarterback enough to let their own gunslinger do what he does best? Personally, I say no; I think the Tigers proved a lot in that semifinal win over that other top-4 team, and they'll come out ready to play.
I also think their colorful head coach wins the X's and O's battle against that weirdo from the other school.
Prediction: Tigers 28, Tigers 27
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