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Best bet for second half of a wild CFP National Championship Game

Clemson jumped out to an early lead in the national title game, but LSU has stormed back into the lead. We break down the second half point spread and total, and offer a best bet.

NCAA Football: College Football Playoff National Championship-Clemson vs Louisiana State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers came right back from a 10-point deficit and leads the Clemson Tigers 28-17 at halftime. Clemson will be looking to make a comeback of its own in the second half. Oddsmakers put LSU at -0.5-point favorites in the second half with the over/under set at 33.5.

Clemson went ahead 17-7 early in the second quarter with a 36-yard touchdown run for Tee Higgins on a reverse, but LSU scored three unanswered touchdowns to go into halftime with an 11-point advantage.

Both quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow each scored short rushing touchdowns, but Ja’Marr Chase was the star with six catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Two receptions went for more than 50 yards.

Burrow threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 16 of 28 passing and has 55 yards rushing with the touchdown. Lawrence completed 12 of 22 passes for 176 yards.

In the running back battle, Travis Etienne rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries with 34 yards on three receptions. On LSU’s side, Clyde Edwards-Helaire went for 34 yards on five carries with 25 receiving yards.

Despite the relatively high-scoring half, this one started out slowly. Six of the first seven possessions of the game ended with punts. At the time, it was maddening for over 67.5 bettors — like me — as four punts came in the opponent’s territory, and Clemson made a 52-yard field goal on a fourth-and-3 situation.

Second half pick

The advantage for both teams is clearly on the offensive side of the ball, so let’s go with the over 33.5. Both teams left points on the board with drives stalling in opponents’ territory. Buckle up, folks. We’re in for a good ol’ fashion shootout in the second half.

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