Clemson vs Alabama Predictions: Who Wins the Championship?
The 2017 college football championship is set and the Clemson vs Alabama predictions are everywhere as everyone is looking forward to this great rematch between the two best teams in the country. These teams met a season ago in the same game and it was Alabama that was crowned the champion, but this season Clemson seems like the more focused, stronger team heading into the championship game.
The college football odds do not indicate that the Tigers are the better team as the football betting odds favor the Crimson Tide. Before making Clemson vs Alabama predictions the handicapper has to look at the latest odds. Alabama opened up at MyBookie.ag, the best sportsbook to bet on the college football game, as seven point favorites. The sharp bettors and public came in quick to take the (+7) with Clemson and is an obvious reaction to the complete domination that Clemson showed in the win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The line is now as low as (-6) at some sportsbooks.
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The dominating win over Ohio State was very impressive. Clemson blanked the Buckeyes for the first time since 1993 and their front defensive line was incredible. On offense quarterback DeShaun Watson overcame an early interception to have a great game. He passed for 259 yards and ran for 57 yards in the big win. Watson put on an all-time performance with 478 total yards against Alabama last season and he will be ready for revenge.
The Alabama win may not have been as pretty but it was a blowout. The Tide scored ten points off turnovers and once again had a defensive touchdown. Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled in this outing going 7 of 14 for 57 yards passing, with three sacks. He ran 19 times for 50 yards. The offense was powered by running back Bo Scarbrough who powered through the Washington defense on numerous occasions to beat down the Huskies.
Clemson vs Alabama Betting Trends
Both teams have some awesome betting trends in their favor for the big game. The Tigers are 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 bowl games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Clemson vs Alabama Predictions
Clemson has not won a national title since 1981 and they are trying to earn the respect that the Crimson Tide already has. Alabama is trying to cement their legacy with the fifth championship in eight seasons by becoming the first FBS team to go 15-0 in college football history. Alabama, by the way, leads the series 13-2, having won 13 in a row, but this is a different Clemson team in the last couple of years.
This will be a game that will be dominated by defense and decided by turnovers. Clemson is plus-one in turnover margin on the season. The past 21 national champions were at least plus-three in turnover margin.
Alabama will dominate with defense and the difference will be controlling the clock with the running game and turnovers.