It's a showdown of undefeated teams with LSU and Clemson facing off for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The teams took different paths to New Orleans. Clemson dominated opponents in almost every single game, including in an overmatched ACC, but escaped against Ohio State in the semifinals. As for LSU, the Tigers played some closer games, but also have five wins against Top 25 CFP teams and crushed Oklahoma by 35 in the semifinals.
Here's how the teams stack up statistically.
Starting QB: Joe Burrow vs. Trevor Lawrence
LSU QB Joe Burrow is putting together one of the best single-season performances in the sport's history. The Heisman winner is completing better than 77 percent of his passes, has 5,208 passing yards and torched Oklahoma in the semifinals with 494 yards and seven touchdowns.
Then there's Trevor Lawrence. The sophomore had a huge game against Alabama in the title game last season as a freshman and had a big game against Ohio State in this season's CFP semifinal: 259 pass yards with a pair of touchdowns and 107 rushing yards with a rushing TD.
|LSU's Burrow||Stat||Clemson's Lawrence|
|10.9||Yards per att.||9.3|
Backup QB: Myles Brennan vs. Chase Brice
What happens if there's an injury? Or if there are some surprising plays that require time for the backups?
Chase Brice has seen more time on the field this season than LSU's Myles Brennan. Brice also led Clemson to a comeback win last season against Syracuse that kept Clemson's undefeated season alive. He was 7-for-13 for 83 yards with an interception.
|LSU's Brennan||Stat||Clemson's Brice|
|8.8||Yards per att.||6.8|
Running back: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Travis Etienne
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Edwards-Helaire didn't need to do much in the Peach Bowl win, as he was still getting back to 100 percent after a hamstring injury. If he's at full strength, LSU will be hard to stop.
Along with his 1,304 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns, Edwards-Helaire is a crucial part of the LSU passing game: No. 3 on the team with 50 catches and fifth in yards with 399. He totaled 103 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns and 77 receiving yards with a score in the 46-41 thriller against Alabama.
Clemson's Etienne is only 7 yards away from becoming the school's all-time rushing leader (Raymond Priester). He's rushed for more than 1,500 yards this season with an impressive 8.0 yards per carry. However, Ohio State did limit him to 36 yards on 10 attempts (one rushing TD), as Lawrence became the more dangerous threat on the ground. Etienne instead stole headlines with his receptions, scoring two in the game — and the winning points on a 34-yard pass from Lawrence with 1:49 remaining.
|LSU's Edwards-Helaire||Stat||Clemson's Etienne|
Top receiver: Ja'Marr Chase vs. Tee Higgins
You won't find many better receiving corps than the ones taking the field in New Orleans.
Higgins had a quiet semifinal with only 4 catches for 33 yards, but he averages almost 20 yards per catch.
Chase, meanwhile, is second in the FBS with 1,559 yards — and is tied with teammate Justin Jefferson for the most touchdown catches with 18.
|LSU's Chase||Stat||Clemson's Higgins|
Another top target: Justin Jefferson vs. Justyn Ross
How dangerous are LSU's receivers? Justin Jefferson is second on LSU with 1,434 yards yet is third in the entire country in that stat.
Burrow-to-Jefferson was the story of the CFP semifinals, too. Jefferson had 14 receptions for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Jefferson scored his four touchdowns by 9:17 remaining in the second quarter.
As for Ross, he's gone 111-94-47 in yards his last three games to help Clemson get to 14-0. Ross also grabbed two touchdown catches in the 45-14 rout of Florida State in October.
Clemson is No. 2 in nation in yards allowed per game — and it was No. 1 before Ohio State jumped the Tigers after the Fiesta Bowl.
In part because of its tougher schedule, LSU doesn't match Clemson's ridiculous defensive numbers, though the two are similar in interceptions and rushing yards allowed per game.
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|339.9||Yards per game||264.1|
|5.0||Yards per play||4.2|
|221.9||Pass yards allowed||151.1|
|118.0||Rushing yards allowed||112.6|
|3.6||Rush yards per att.||3.1|
|21.6||Points per game||11.5|
Kickers: Cade York vs. B.T. Potter
Clemson's Potter is perfect on extra points, as he's gone 77-for-77. But he's not been as consistent as LSU's York on field goals.
York may have missed four extra points, but he's made almost 81 percent of his field goals this season. He's also 12-for-12 on attempts inside 40 yards and is 4-for-5 on 50-plus.
|LSU's Cade York||Stat||Clemson's B.T. Potter|