The college football season has reached its crescendo. Clemson (14-0) will take on LSU (14-0) for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday.
The game will offer plenty of betting opportunities. ESPN betting analysts Preston Johnson, Doug Kezirian, Bill Connelly and Phil Steele are here to offer their best bets for the game.
Connelly: 32-21-2 (2-2 in bowls)
Steele: 36-44-1 (6-6)
Johnson: 36-28-1 (2-4)
Kezirian: 49-39-1 (2-4)
Note: Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted.
CFP National Championship
Clemson Tigers vs. LSU Tigers (-6, 69.5)
(8 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)
Connelly: I have three reasons for leaning toward Clemson in this one:
1. The line is a mirage. Although it feels like a -6 line is likely to trend slightly toward the favorite (because the 7-point win is on the table), six-point favorites are historically right at 50% against the spread since 1978, per ESPN Stats & Info.