The National Championship is set. The Alabama Crimson Tide is a touchdown favorite over the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T.
Top-ranked Clemson manhandled fourth-ranked Oklahoma 34 to 17 in the Orange Bowl before second-ranked Alabama demolished third-ranked Michigan State 38 to 0 in the Cotton Bowl. The National Championship will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on Jan. 11, 2016. Kick-off is at 8:30 pm ET.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide Vs No. 2 Clemson Tigers College Football Playoff National Championship Spread
The College Football Playoff National Championship betting spread favors Alabama by a touchdown to beat Clemson. If you are betting the moneyline straight up then the Tide pay 100 on 260 while the Tigers pay 220 on 100. The game total is 53.5.
The Crimson Tide have been favored in 80 of their past 81 games, including all three national championship game appearances under coach Nick Saban. They’ve won all three of those title tilts.
Clemson is 3-12 all-time against Alabama and has lost the past 12 meetings. It’s the Tigers’ worst record against any opponent they have played at least 10 times, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Since 1999, the beginning of the BCS era, the betting favorite has won 10 of 17 national championship games. Oregon was a six-point favorite over Ohio State last year in the first championship game of the playoff era. The Buckeyes won 42-20.
What: College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Who: (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) at (1) Clemson Tigers (13-0)
When: Monday, January 11, 2016
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Bama -7
Moneyline: Alabama -260 vs Clemson +220
Game Total: 53.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Alabama vs Clemson
Bet The #2 Alabama Crimson Tide -7 Because…
Alabama’s offense can’t be stopped. Michigan State had one goal on defense. The goal was to stop the Heisman Trophy winner. The Spartans accomplished that by holding Derrick Henry to 75 yards on 20 carries and a single touchdown. But, look what happened? Alabama QB Jake Coker went off by completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards. He threw 2 touchdown passes. WR Calvin Ridley caught 8 passes for 138 yards. He caught both of Coker’s touchdown passes. Alabama’s offense is unstoppable.
Bet The #1 Clemson Tigers +7 Because…
Clemson’s offense might be the one offense in the nation that can break down Alabama’s defense. The only way to break down a defense like Alabama’s is to force their Deep Cover safeties to cheat up to stop the run. That means rushing the ball against the best run defense in the nation. The Tide allows a paltry 74 rushing yards per game. The Tide defense held the Spartans to 29 rushing yards. Clemson rushed for 312 yards against Oklahoma. RB Wayne Gallman rushed for 150 yards and a 5.8 per carry average. QB Deshaun Watson rushed for 145 yards and a 6.0 average. If Clemson has success running the football, they’ll have a shot.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Clemson averaged 228.2 rushing yards per game. QB Deshaun Watson rushed for over 1,000 yards and a 5.5 average on the season. He proved against Oklahoma that his ability to rush with the football hasn’t waned since the post-season started. The key in this game is going to be Alabama’s ability to stop Watson’s ability to pass the football.
Clemson is an interesting team in that they force teams to go into a Cover 2 Deep on defense. Alabama is likely to start out going Cover 2. How will Clemson respond? They will respond by rushing the football. If Alabama is able to stop Clemson’s rushing attack, the Crimson Tide is likely to win and cover the spread because they won’t have to cheat their safeties up.
Alabama faces a tougher defense, much tougher, actually, than it faced in the semifinal. Clemson’s defense is on par with Florida’s. The Gator’s held the Tide to 29 points. Not bad considering that the Gators don’t have much of an offense. Clemson does. It’s going to be much easier for the Tigers to start passing the ball if Alabama brings up a safety. If Alabama doesn’t, Clemson will have success rushing the football.