2020 College Football National Championship Preview

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LSU & Clemson face off in the 2020 College Football National Championship game at 8pm on Monday, Jan 13.

Tomorrow night, it all ends. LSU or Clemson? Burrow or Lawrence? The nation’s #1 Offense or its #1 Defense?

We won’t cover much of those specifics here. Smarter people than me at ESPN & SI can give you better insights on personnel, statistics, & schematic match-ups – all on-field factors that an otherwise-employed casual blogger doesn’t have the bandwidth to touch on.

Instead, we’ll focus on insights from our own proprietary information…data that exists here on Hierank.com, and nowhere else.

This data alone with no other input or human insight picked better than 95.5% of ESPN’s 500,000 fan pool in their Capital One Bowl Mania this year, picking 28 of the first 40 bowls correctly.

Therefore,

Hierank Data + Knowledgeable Fan
=
An Unbeatable Combo

Lastly,

Q)
What is Hierank’s proprietary data?

A)
Hierank spits out a 0-100 Game Power performance rating for every team, each week.
This rating is based on the difficulty of the opponent faced, and the game’s final outcome & ‘closeness’ (in terms of both score spread & ratio).
This week-to-week information on performance for every single team can be broken down countless of useful ways, from looking at averages to trends, to outlying performances, and more.

Schedule Summary

LSU Football 2019 Schedule
LSU had the best on-average performance, really shining early and late-season, with a few small performance-dips around the season’s middle.
Clemson Football 2019 Schedule
Clemson had the second-best overall play on-average, more consistent than LSU, with a steady performance-rise that continues going into the Championship game.

Without further ado, let’s dive into these 5 factors, awarding our choice tomorrow night to whoever wins the majority:

  1. Overall Power
  2. Trending Power
  3. Power vs Common Opponents
  4. Power vs Strongest Five Opponents
  5. Power vs Last Five Opponents

1. Overall Power

LSU

101.2 Power
76-127 Normal Power

Clemson

95.3 Power
81-110 Normal Power

Winner

LSU

2. Trending Power

LSU

Clemson

Winner

LSU

3. Power vs Common Opponents

Shared Opponent(s): Texas A&M
With only one shared opponent (a surprise for a top SECACC matchup), this will be viewed as a nearly-inconsequential factor in our decision.

LSU

100 Power vs Texas A&M
Average: 100 Power

Clemson

84 Power vs Texas A&M
Average: 84 Power

Winner

LSU

4. Power vs Strongest Five Opponents

LSU

145 Power vs #4 Georgia
123 Power vs #6 Florida
104 Power vs #7 Alabama
136 Power vs #9 Oklahoma
96 Power vs #11 Auburn

120.8 Power vs Top Opponents

Clemson

126 Power vs #3 Ohio State
84 Power vs #27 Texas A&M
75 Power vs #35 North Carolina
101 Power vs #40 Virginia
99 Power vs #45 Louisville

97 Power vs Top Opponents

Winner

LSU

5. Power vs Last Five Opponents

LSU

136 Power vs #9 Oklahoma
145 Power vs #4 Georgia
100 Power vs #27 Texas A&M
68 Power vs #153 Arkansas
71 Power vs #75 Ole Miss

104 Power vs Recent Opponents

Clemson

126 Power vs #3 Ohio State
101 Power vs #40 Virginia
101 Power vs #48 South Carolina
111 Power vs #63 Wake Forest
78 Power vs #146 NC State

103.4 Power vs Recent Opponents

Winner

LSU

Summary

It looks like it’s pretty clear; but anything can happen. We’ll see tomorrow night!

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