This is one of those treats that sports has for it’s fans. The game is set for January 9th, and this is the game that fans have been hoping for all season long, as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the preseason, meet for the CFP championship for the second year in a row and betting lines are up waiting for you.
Last season’s game was a thriller that saw Alabama hold off a late charge by Clemson to win its third title in five years.
With the Crimson Tide entering the championship game undefeated, and largely unchallenged, they have been tabbed as favorites according to books. Alabama shows as a 6-point favorite on the spread and -235 on the moneyline. The underdog Clemson squad is currently listed at +195 for the biggest revenge game in the program’s history.
Alabama’s mixture of explosive offense and stifling defense has led to the Tide posting an average scoring margin of plus-27.9 points. They have won all but one game this season by at least 10 points and have won by 20 or more on eight occasions.
Clemson has only closed as an underdog twice this season, at +1 and +1.5 respectively, and ended up winning both games SU.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have seemingly been on top of the college football world forever. No matter how many players graduate, no matter how many freshmen need to step into a big role, Alabama is always one of the best teams in the nation.
However, there is one area the team has struggled in for bettors, which is as a single-digit favorite. Since the start of the 2010 season, Alabama has been a single-digit fave 24 times. In those games, the Tide are a respectable 17-7 SU, but a mere 9-14-1 ATS.
The bulk of those losing ways came during a span that stretched from the end of the 2012 season to the start of the 2014 season when Alabama went 0-6-1 ATS as a single-digit favorite.
Nick Saban and company opened as 6.5-point favorites for their national championship game against Clemson. This is only the second time this season that Alabama will close as a single-digit fave, with the Tide beating LSU 10-0 as 7-point favorites earlier this year.
The Tide’s offense was carried by Bo Scarbrough in the semifinals, as the sophomore rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns against the Huskies. Jalen Hurts struggled, going 7-for-14 with just 57 yards and three sacks in the Peach Bowl. It was the first time all season Hurts looked like a freshman, as he has accounted for at least two touchdowns in 10 outings this season.
Clemson enters the rematch with Alabama coming off its most dominant performance of the year, as the Tigers shut out Ohio State 31-0. The Tigers defense held the Buckeyes to 215 yards and nine first downs while registering three turnovers. Even though Clemson has been largely strong stopping the run this season, opposing running backs have gashed them more than once.
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