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After 40 College Football Bowl games, it all comes down to this — the College Football Playoff National Championship game between top-ranked LSU (14-0) and third-ranked Clemson (14-0) at 7 p.m. Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and broadcasted on ESPN.

With the LSU basically playing a home game and led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow, the Tigers enter the game as a six-point favorite. And that’s saying a lot, considering the fact that the defending national champion Clemson carries a 29-game winning streak into the contest.

Clemson has won two of the last three national championships, while LSU is looking for its first national title since Les Miles led them to the crown — in the same building — after the 2007 season. The Bayou Bengals would be the first team to win a national title in their home state since Florida did so following the 2008 season. LSU has not gone undefeated since 1958.

In the meantime, we move into the National Football League Divisional Playoff round with two games Saturday – Minnesota (10-6) at San Francisco (13-3) at 3:35 p.m. followed by Tennessee (9-7) at Baltimore (14-2) at 7:15 p.m. – then two more matchups Sunday – Houston (10-6) at Kansas City (12-4) at 2:05 p.m., followed by Seattle (11-5) at Green Bay (13-3) at 5:40 p.m.

Join Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford, Meridian head coach Wade Morton, local sports photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss as The Sports Buzz Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the week’s upcoming college and pro football games.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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