Clemson, Lawrence fa­vorites for next sea­son

Orlando Sentinel - - FOOTBALL -

If there’s any con­so­la­tion for Clemson af­ter Mon­day night’s loss to LSU, it’s that it could very well be back in the na­tional cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

West­gate Sports­book re­leased its odds for next sea­son — and Clemson is at the top. The Tigers are given 9/4 odds to take their sec­ond na­tional ti­tle in three years, and third since the 2016 sea­son.

The Tigers are the fa­vorite, fol­lowed by

Ohio State (3-1), Alabama (6-1), Ge­or­gia (8-1) and LSU (8-1).

Rea­sons for con­tin­ued suc­cess for Dabo Swin­ney’s pro­gram starts with the re­turn of quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence boasts a ca­reer record of 25-1. He’s the early Heis­man Tro­phy fa­vorite, ac­cord­ing to sports­bet­, ahead of Ohio State quar­ter­back Justin Fields, South­ern Cal quar­ter­back Ke­don Slo­vis and Ok­la­homa State run­ning back Chuba Hub­bard.

Lawrence threw for 3,665 yards, 36 TDs and eight in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son as a sopho­more.

“We’re go­ing to be fine,” Lawrence said Mon­day. “We’ll be back.”

Fi­nal poll: LSU fin­ished No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the third time in school his­tory, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3.

LSU (15-0) re­ceived all 62 first-place votes.

The Tigers also won AP ti­tles in 2007 and 1958.

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