Anticipation continues to rise for a huge celebration at LSU on Monday night, so much so the school has made contingency plans for both professors and students.
LSU announced Friday that classes will be canceled both Monday and Tuesday at its Baton Rouge, La., flagship campus, with few students likely focused on their studies anyway. The university will remain open, with LSU saying more details are to come.
No. 1 LSU (14-0) and No. 3 Clemson (14-0) will meet Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game, which will be something of a home game for LSU since it will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, about 80 miles from the main campus.
If the action at sportsbooks around the country is any indication, there will be plenty to toast on Monday night.
LSU opened as a 3-point favorite over Clemson, according to ESPN, with that number up to a 5 1/2 points as of Friday afternoon according to DraftKings and PointsBet.com.
"We're going to need Clemson for a whole pile," Jeff Davis, risk director for Caesars Sportsbook, said this week to ESPN.
ESPN also reported that somewhere between 80-90 percent of betting money is being placed on LSU.
LSU arrived at the title game after a 63-28 semifinal victory over Oklahoma on Dec. 28 at Atlanta. Clemson advanced the same day with a 29-23 victory over Ohio State at Glendale, Ariz.
If anybody thinks canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday are a gift, guess again. The school also announced the university registrar will update the academic calendar in a move that will "likely require scheduling make-up days."
--Field Level Media