Undefeated LSU and undefeated Clemson meet in New Orleans on Monday night to decide the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers are seeking the program's third national championship in four seasons, but the top-ranked LSU Tigers stand in the way.
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Behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU has returned to the sport's biggest stage for the first time in 12 years. Burrow enters the contest with 5,208 yards and 55 touchdowns, sitting just three scores shy of tying the Football Bowl Subdivision's single-season record.
LSU will attempt to hand an elite signal-caller his first career loss.
Trevor Lawrence is 25-0 as a starter at Clemson, which is riding a 29-game winning streak as the reigning champions.
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Burrow ranks second nationally in yards per game (372) and attempt (10.9), and he leads the FBS with 55 passing scores. The senior has also scampered for 311 yards and four touchdowns, adding a valuable mobile element to the attack.
His favorite targets are Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, who've each caught an FBS-high 18 touchdowns. Chase has 75 receptions for 1,559 yards, while Jefferson boasts 102 grabs for 1,434 yards. For good measure, each of Terrace Marshall Jr., Thaddeus Moss and Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 40-plus catches.
Early on, LSU unveiled the revamped scoring attack to great success while surviving a trip to Texas. The scheduled stiffened in October, but the Tigers held off Florida and Auburn before earning a marquee win at Alabama to open November.
LSU closed the regular season with three comfortable wins, smacked Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and crushed Oklahoma 63-28 in the Peach Bowl.
Clemson ran all over Georgia Tech in the opener before navigating a less-than-stellar September. Lawrence threw five interceptions in the first three contests, and the Tigers needed to stop a two-point conversion with 1:17 remaining to avoid an upset at North Carolina.
That scare in Chapel Hill basically served as the turning point.
After an idle weekend, Clemson became a monster. The Tigers notched eight straight wins of 30-plus points, ending with a 62-17 triumph over Virginia to win the program's fifth straight ACC title.
While always a net positive despite his interceptions, Lawrence shook the sophomore slump midway through the year. He's thrown for 1,897 yards and 22 touchdowns with zero picks in the last seven games, adding 327 yards and three scores as a runner.