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Stanford Steve and The Bear: Our thoughts on Clemson-LSU
Jan 9, 2020
  • Chris Fallica

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    ESPN Staff Writer
    • Lead researcher for “College GameDay” since 1996
    • Voter on ESPN CFB Selection Committee
  • Steve Coughlin

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    ESPN Staff Writer
    • Known as “Stanford Steve”
    • Played college football at Stanford
    • Producer for SportsCenter with SVP

The apex of the college football season is finally upon us. Defending champion Clemson (14-0) will take on Heisman winner Joe Burrow and LSU (14-0) for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday.

“Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica break down the game as only they can, offering their top picks and some props to explore, and also a bonus bet for the FCS title game.

Note: Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.


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)

Stanford Steve (43-36-3 overall; 4-6 in bowls): There was plenty of talk after the Fiesta Bowl questioning how Clemson would match up with LSU, and plenty of people thought Ohio State would have matched up better because of the physicality the Buckeyes showed in Glendale — which many thought was the best way to beat LSU.

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