National Championship Game Preview - Alabama vs Clemson ATS Picks

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
betcris National Championship Game Preview  Alabama vs Clemson

The Alabama Crimson Tide play the Clemson Tigers for the college football national championship on Monday, January 9 th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in a game that can be seen on ESPN. It will be a rematch of last year’s title game that the Crimson Tide won 45-40. Alabama comes into this game unbeaten on the season and off a win against Washington in the semifinal while the Tigers have lost just once and are coming off a shellacking of Ohio State in the semifinal.

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers

Date and Time: Monday, January 9, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

CFB Championship Odds at BetCris: Alabama -6.5, O/U 51.5

Alabama vs. Clemson TV Coverage: ESPN

The two best teams in the country will meet for the second season in a row with Clemson looking for revenge for last year’s defeat. Oddsmakers see a similar result this time around with the Crimson Tide favored by 6.5 points. Clemson has been a good bowl underdog in recent years winning five of their last six. Alabama is almost always favored in their games as they have been favored in 96 of their last 97 games. Alabama has been very good against the spread this season going 10-4.

Clemson has been waiting all season for this matchup as they want a chance at the Tide again after losing last season. “Play the best team in the country in Alabama,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said, “They’ve earned that. But you can best believe we’re going to show up. And we’re going to lay it all on the line and see if we can find a way to finish.

The Tigers defense is coming off a shutout against Ohio State and there is no question that this year’s Clemson defense is better than last year’s. It will need to be because the Crimson Tide feature the best defense in the country and one that is very capable of shutting down Deshaun Watson and the Tigers. Watson was great in last year’s title game but the defense let Clemson down. This time around Watson may be the one who makes mistakes. He has had the tendency this season to throw interceptions. “I just go out there and play ball and don’t worry about mistakes,” Watson said. “The great ones make mistakes, too.” If Watson makes mistakes against Alabama on Monday then Clemson is likely to lose as Alabama has scored 11 defensive touchdowns this season.

The Tigers have waited an entire year for this matchup and now they get it. “Alabama has been the standard. There’s really no argument to that,” Swinney said. “So sooner or later if you’re going to be the best, you’ve got to beat them.

Key Stat

The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non- conference games. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the ACC.

The Under is 4-1 in the Tigers last 5 non-conference games. The Under is 10-4 in the Tigers last 14 bowl games. The Under is 4-0 in the Crimson Tide’s last 4 non-conference games. The Over is 9-3 in the Crimson Tide’s last 12 bowl games.

Alabama vs. Clemson Free Picks

Alabama is favored by 6.5 points in college football odds at BetCris with the total at 51.5. Last year when these teams met for the title the game turned into a shootout but both teams are different this time around. The Tigers are much better defensively than they were a year ago and Alabama is simply dominant on defense.

The Tigers are also not quite as good offensively as they were a year ago and Alabama definitely isn’t as strong on offense. I think this game will be much different than last year’s title game so I will go under the odds of 51.5 at BetCris.

Alabama vs. Clemson ATS Pick: Under 51.5 at BetCris

Alabama vs. Clemson Score Prediction: Alabama 23 – Clemson 13

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