Clemson Vs Alabama Spread & ATS Pick

Clemson Vs Alabama Spread & ATS Pick

Deshaun Watson and the third-ranked Clemson Tigers will look finish off the goal they fell agonizingly short of completing a year ago when they take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP National Championship on Monday night.

The Tigers are identical 6.5-point favorites against the Tide just like they were in last season’s championship showdown. This game gets underway live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida at 8:00 PM ET and will air live on ESPN. Now, let’s find out which title hopeful is offering the most value.

Clemson Tigers Vs Alabama Crimson Tide Spread & ATS Pick

What: NCAA Football National Title Game
Who: No. 2 Clemson Tigers (13-1) at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (14-0)
When: Monday, January 9, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET  
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Spread: Alabama -6.5
Moneyline: Clemson +205 vs Alabama -255
Game Total: 51.5
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
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Why Bet The Clemson Tigers To Beat The Crimson Tide

The Tigers (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS) have won four straight games and looked absolutely phenomenal in shutting out No. 3 Ohio State 31-0 in their Fiesta Bowl national semifinal matchup last weekend to easily cover the spread as a 1-point underdog.

For me, the best reasons to bet on the Tigers to pull off the championship upset is that Clemson has a player that I believe is the best in the nation at his position.  While Louisville’s Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy this season, I maintain that it is Clemson superstar Deshaun Watson that is the best quarterback in all of college football.

The composed Watson has completed a blistering 67.3 percent of his passes this season while throwing for a stellar 4,173 yards with 38 touchdowns, even though he has tossed a high, 17 interceptions.

The fleet-footed, dual-threat future NFL performer has also rushed for 581 yards and eight touchdowns while helping Clemson to put up a whopping 39.5 points per game to rank 13th nationally in scoring.

Another great reason to back the underdog Tigers in this matchup is Clemson’s outstanding, but underrated defense. This season, Clemson ranked eighth in total defense (306.9 ypg), 16th against the pass (183.8 ypg), 19th against the run (123.1 ypg) and a stellar seventh in points allowed (17.1 ppg).

Not only that, but the Tigers also have a couple of sure-fire future NFL performers on the defensive side of the ball, including junior linebacker Ben Boulware and powerful freshman defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell. 

Why Bet The Alabama Crimson Tide To Beat The Tigers

Look, by now, you probably know that the best reason to back Alabama (14-0 SU, 10-4 ATS) to win the national championship is a defense that is so tight, it makes Fort Knox look like a piggy bank.

Seriously though, the Crimson Tide are ranked first nationally in total defense (244.4 ypg), first against the run (62.4 ypg) and first in points allowed (11.4 ppg). The Tide have held a whopping nine opponents to 10 points or less this season, including No. 4 Washington in their convincing 24-7 Peach Bowl semifinal showdown last weekend. The Tide are led by superstar defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, but have several other standout defensive stars that can and make plays all over the field.

Alabama has also found out they have a seriously gifted young quarterback in Jalen Hurts. The freshman signal-caller has completed an impressive 64.6 percent of his passes this season while throwing for 2,620 yards with 21 TD passes and a manageable nine interceptions. Hurts has also rushed for 891 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging over five yards per carry.  Alabama is ranked 15th in scoring nationally (39.4 ppg) this season – and a lot of that is because of the stellar play of Hurts.

Last but not least, I’ve got to say that running back Bo Scarborough looks like he could be a load to handle in the championship game after rushing for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against No. 4 Washington last weekend.

Clemson Vs Alabama ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

Last year, Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 but narrowly failed to cover the spread as a 6.5-point favorite while the game’s 85 combined points played well over the 53.5-point O/U Total.

This time, Alabama is still a 6.5-point favorite, but now, a convincing 61 percent of public bettors likes Clemson to cover the CFP national championship spread and I say rightfully so.

Before this season started, I picked Clemson to get back to the national championship and win it all behind a great effort from Deshaun Watson and I believe that’s exactly what’s going to happen, although right now I’m thinking the Tigers’ underrated, but impressive defense will have as much to do with their championship game outcome as Watson will.

If Clemson could contain Ohio State’s dual-threat superstar quarterback J.T. Barrett a week ago, I believe they’ll do the same to Alabama’s Jalen Hurts while forcing the young signal-caller into at least one costly mistake and possibly two.

I also think Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams could beat the Tide’s defensive backs for at least one and probably two huge deep balls that could seriously alter the outcome of the championship game.

While Alabama has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall, the Tigers have put together a perfect 6-0 ATS mark in their last six bowl games while also going a robust 8-1 ATS in their last nine neutral site games and a solid 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Deshaun Watson leads the Clemson Tigers to the outright ‘upset’ victory!

My final score prediction is Clemson 31 Alabama 28

Detroit Lions Vs Seattle Seahawks Betting Line & Predictions

Detroit Lions Vs Seattle Seahawks Betting Line & Predictions

Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will look to shake off their three-game losing streak while trying to pull off the upset over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks when the two Super Bowl 51 hopefuls square off in their NFC wild card battle on Saturday.

The Lions are 7.5-point underdog when this game gets underway live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. This intriguing pairing gets underway at 8:15 PM ET and will air live of NBC. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the most value.

Detroit Lions Vs Seattle Seahawks Spread & ATS Pick

What: Detroit Lions (9-7) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)
When: Saturday, January 7, 2016
Start Time: 8:15 PM ET  
Where: Seattle, WA
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Spread: Seattle -7.5
Moneyline: Detroit +300 at Seattle -385
Game Total: 43
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live
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Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Seahawks

Detroit (9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS) finished the regular season ranked a modest 20th in scoring (21.6 ppg) and respectable 13th in points allowed (22.4 ppg) but have had problems running the ball as they finished the regular season ranked 30th in rushing at just 81.9 yards per game.

Despite their late-season swoon, the Lions got a fantastic season out of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford as the strong-armed signal-caller passed for a stellar 4,327 yards this season to help the Lions finish the regular season ranked 11th in passing (256.9 ypg).

The Lions also have talent at the skill positions in the form of wide receiver Golden Tate and veteran wideout Anquan Boldin (8 TDs).

Why Bet The Seattle Seahawks To Beat The Lions

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (10-5 SU, 8-8 ATS) finished the regular season ranked an uninspiring 18th in scoring, but were mostly stupendous on the defensive side of the ball in ranking fifth in total defense, eighth against the pass, seventh against the run and a stellar third in points allowed (18.2 ppg).

More importantly, Seattle went 7-1 SU at home this season while Detroit only managed to go 3-5 SU on the road. Seattle has tons of talent on both sides of the ball and beat Detroit the last time these two teams met, winning 13-10 at home back in 2015.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

51 percent of public bettors like Detroit to cover the spread and I can certainly understand why seeing as how the Seahawks have been mediocre at best offensively this season.

Nevertheless, with the home team in this NFC rivalry going 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings and Seattle being virtually unbeatable at home the last few seasons, I like the Seahawks to win and narrowly cover the wild card betting line.

Detroit has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and a winless 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. In addition to that, Detroit has given up a whopping 73 points in their last two games and is just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record.

Despite their struggles to score the ball this season, Seattle has managed to go 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss and a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

My Final Score Prediction is Seattle 31 Detroit 21

Raiders Vs Texans Line & Final Score Prediction

Raiders Vs Texans Line & Final Score Prediction

The 3-point underdog Oakland Raiders will look to overcome the loss of superstar quarterback Derek Carr to beat the defensive-minded Houston Texans when the two AFC Super Bowl hopefuls square off in their AFC wild card matchup on Saturday.

The Raiders and Texans will throw down at NRG Stadium in Houston at 4:35 PM ET with this matchup airing live on ESPN. Now, let’s find out where the value in this matchup lies.

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans AFC Wild Card Betting Line & Predictions

What: Oakland Raiders (12-4) at Houston Texans (9-7)
When: Saturday, January 7, 2016
Start Time: 4:35 PM ET  
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Spread: Houston -3
Moneyline: Oakland +170 at Huston -200
Game Total: 37.5
Watch: ESPN
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Why Bet The Oakland Raiders To Beat The Texans

The Oakland Raiders (12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS) had the look of a potential Super Bowl 51 participant – until MVP-caliber quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken leg in Week 15.

Oakland finished the regular season ranked sixth in total offense (373.3 ypg), 13th in passing (253.2 ypg) and sixth in rushing (120.1 ypg) while averaging a stellar 26.0 points per game to rank seventh in scoring.

Unfortunately, the Raiders have lost two of their last three road games and were absolutely mediocre across the board defensively while ranking 26th in total defense (375.1 ypg), 24th against the pass  (257.5 ypg), 23rd against the run (117.6 ypg), and 20th in points allowed (24.1 ppg).

The good news is that the Raiders have gone 6-2 SU in their eight regular season road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up loss.

Oakland does have a trio of other legitimate stars in wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and all-world linebacker Khalil Mack and have gone 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their AFC counterparts and a consistent 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games following an ATS loss.

Why Bet The Houston Texans To Beat The Raiders

The Texans (9-7 SU, 6-9-1 ATS) may not get a whole lot of love from the national media or NFL oddsmakers, but they have great opportunity to achieve some postseason success for a couple of reasons, most notably, Oakland loss of Derek Carr.

The Texans were phenomenal on defense this season and enter their wild card matchup against Oakland ranked first in total defense (301.3 ypg), second against the pass (201.6 ypg), 12th against the run (99.7 ypg) and a respectable 11th in points allowed (20.5 ppg).

Houston has a trio of gifted skill position stars of wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller and running back Lamar Miller (1,073 rushing yards) and an excellent head coach in Bill O’Brien that I don’t believe will not be out-coached by many – if any – other coach this postseason.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

It’s a damn shame that the Oakland Raiders are going to have their fantastic 2016 season derailed by a costly injury to gifted quarterback Derek Carr, but that’s exactly what I expect to happen to the AFC West runner-ups in their wild-card clash against the Texans.

After witnessing the Raiders fall to Denver 24-6 regular season finale I believe that another similar outcome is in store for the Oakland in their wild card matchup against Houston.

The Texans may be far from a complete team, but there’s a reason why 51 percent of the betting public likes Houston to get it done in this wild card showdown.

The road team in this rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, but I’m thinking the Raiders won’t be able to win with Matt McGloin as their starter, not to mention I don’t think they’ll have an answer for Texans wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The Texans win and cover as 3-point favorites!

My Final Score Prediction is Houston 24 Oakland 17