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SEC Breakdown

By Jay Skipworth

There's one game left for the college football season and, as usual, a team from the SEC is playing for the National Championship. LSU is in the seat this season and facing a familiar conference adversary in the Clemson Tigers. This is shaping up to be a tremendous game. As for the rest of the conference, I went 6-3 in my bowl game picks bringing my overall picks record to 89-26, 77%. 

College Football Playoff
National Championship, New Orleans, LA
LSU vs. Clemson
January 13, 7:00 PM - ESPN

Stopping LSU's offense is a tall task, but it's not impossible. It takes a team with the kind of defensive line that can create pressure while maintaining containment on the outside. LSU's QB Joe Burrow is nothing short of phenomenal and when you surround him with a talented offensive line and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, WRs Ja'Mar Chase and Justin Jefferson, it's easy to get excited about what the Bayou Tigers can potentially do. However, Clemson is no slouch on offense. QB Trevor Lawrence can run, can throw, and his cast of characters (WR Tee Higgins, RB Travis Etienne) can break a game wide open at any moment. So, who holds the advantage? The team with the more impactful defense. See, for all the talk these offenses receive (most of it deserved), something tells me this may end up more like the 2010 BCS Championship that featured two high-flying offenses in Oregon and Auburn. The defenses dictated that game and I think with the amount of time between the semifinals and this game, I think these two genius Defensive Coordinators (LSU's Dava Aranda and Clemson's Brent Venables) are going to determine the outcome. And with that in mind, Clemson gets the slightest edge and wins a back-to-back National Championship over an opponent from the SEC. 

Clemson 23, LSU 21

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