NJ Online Sportsbook Betting Preview For 2019 College Football Playoffs

The frenzy of college football bowl activity will pause Saturday afternoon for all to focus on the national playoff semifinal games. At stake is a trip to the National Championship game on January 13, 2020, in New Orleans. 

New Jersey sports bettors will have plenty of wagering options to get involved in the action tomorrow. Here is a snapshot look at the game lines, facts and trends for both games and some props to consider from PointsBet Sportsbook in NJ. 

Peach Bowl betting at a glance

  • Time: 4 p.m., ESPN
  • Teams: Oklahoma (4) vs. LSU (1)
  • Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Betting Lines: LSU -14; Total  76
  • Money Line: LSU -500; Oklahoma +380

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Oklahoma vs. LSU betting trends and fast facts

  • This match-up features this year’s top 2 Heisman finishers: Winner, QB Joe Burrow of LSU and runner-up QB Jalen Hurts from Oklahoma.
  • LSU led the nation in total offense (554.3 yards per game) and scored 48 points per game (3rd nationally). This is LSU’s first appearance in the Playoff since the current format began in 2014.
  • Oklahoma won its fifth straight Big 12 championship and is making a third straight Playoff appearance. The OU offense finished second in the FBS in total yards (554.2) and fifth in points per game (43.2).
  • These teams last met back in 2004, when LSU beat OU 21-14 for the BCS championship.
  • There was one 2019 common opponent for both teams: Texas. LSU beat the Longhorns 45-38 and the Sooners beat Texas 34-27.
  • In the brief 5-year history of the Playoff, the No. 1 seed has never won the national championship. The winners have come from the No. 2 seed (three times) and No. 4 seed (two times).
  • In 2019, LSU was 8-5 ATS. Under coach Ed Ogeron, LSU is 2-1 ATS in bowl games and 5-2 ATS at neutral sites.
  • The Sooners were 5-8 against the spread in 2019.  They are also 3-5 against the spread and 5-3 straight up at neutral sites under Lincoln Riley since 2017.
  • While only 5 of Oklahoma’s 13 games went over the total in 2019, it’s important to note that the last two Sooners Playoff games against SEC teams have been high-scoring affairs, losing to Alabama 45-34 last year and to Georgia in 2017 54-48  (2 OT).

Oklahoma vs. LSU betting props

The following numbers come from PointsBet:

  • The individual team points totals are LSU 45 and Oklahoma 31
  • ‘Half-Time/Full-Time’ results pricing:
    • LSU/LSU: -303
    • Oklahoma/LSU: +800
    • LSU/Oklahoma: +1200
    • Oklahoma/Oklahoma: +650
  • With the #1 and #2 average yards per game offenses, logic says that this will be a high-scoring “shootout.” Here are some boosted pricing game and player props from PointsBet:
    • Total Touchdowns: Over 10.5 (+130)
    • Jalen Hurts Passing Yards: Over 270.5 (+125)
    • Joe Burrow Passing Yards: Over 370.5 (+140)
    • Joe Burrow Passing TDs: Over 3.5 (+130)
    • Clyde Edwards-Helaire Rushing Yards: Over 70.5 (+125)
  • If it truly becomes an offensive shootout, PointsBet offers pricing around these total points bands:
    • 60+ Total Points: -556
    • 70+ Total Points: -263
    • 80+ Total Points: -130
    • 90+ Total Points: +200
    • 100+ Total Points: +350

Fiesta Bowl betting at a glance

  • Time: 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Teams: Clemson (3) vs Ohio State (2)
  • Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Betting Lines: Clemson -2; Total of 63
  • Money Line: Clemson -130; Ohio St +110

Clemson vs. Ohio State betting trends and fast facts

  • Ohio State led the nation in scoring offense (48.7 points per game) with Heisman finalist QB Justin Fields at the helm. On the defensive side, another Heisman finalist, Chase Young, led a stout defense that was tied for third in scoring defense (12.5 points per game).
  • Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day is 16-0 since taking over for Urban Meyer.
  • Defending national champ Clemson is currently riding a 28-game win streak under head coach Dabo Swinney.
  • The Tigers ranked fourth in scoring offense (46.5 points per game) and first in scoring defense (10.6 points per game).
  • Clemson has won all three historical matchups against Ohio State. The first time the teams met was in 1978 Gator Bowl when OSU coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson’s Charlie Bauman in the Tigers 17-15 win. In the 2 other more recent matchups, Clemson beat the Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl (40-35) and 2016 Fiesta Bowl semi-final (31-0).
  • Ohio State was the favorite in every game this season, finishing 9-4 against the spread, but only 1-3 in its last 4 games.
  • Clemson was also favored in every game, finishing 10-3 vs the spread, including 4-0 in their final four games.
  • Ohio State has an ATS bowl record of  5-0 as an underdog since 2014.
  • This is a fascinating match-up with both teams in the top 5 in both offensive and defensive stats. It will be interesting to see how the 1st quarter plays out as Clemson outscored opponents 170-17, while Ohio St was almost as impressive, holding a 136-38 edge in the opening 15 minutes of the game. 

Clemson vs. Ohio State betting props

As I referenced above, both teams have dominated in the 1st quarter. Here is PointsBet’s current first-quarter pricing:

  • First Quarter Moneyline: Ohio State +100/Clemson -120
  • First Quarter Spread: Ohio State +0.5 (-130)/ Clemson -0.5 (+110)
  • First Quarter Total: 14.0 points 
  • PointsBet is also offering a series of boosted game and player props for the Clemson-Ohio St match-up:
    • Total Touchdowns: Over 7.5 (+100)
    • Trevor Lawrence Passing TD’s: Over 2.5 (+130)
    • Trevor Lawrence Passing Yards: Over 270.5 (+125)
    • Travis Etienne Rushing Yards: Over 95.5 (+125)
    • Chase Young Sacks: 2+ Sacks (+150)+150
    • Justin Fields Passing + Rushing Yards: Over 360.5  (+125)
    • J.K. Dobbins Rushing Yards: Over 110.5 Rushing Yards (Boosted From +135)

There is also an additional promotion from PointsBet for the Clemson vs Ohio State game. If your team scores the first TD of the game, you win. This applies to pre-game, moneyline bets only, with 1st $50 wagered.

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