The college football championship game will feature the Clemson Tigers facing the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of last year’s meeting for the title. The Tigers and Crimson Tide get things started from Tampa Florida at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Alabama Crimson Tide favored by -6 ½ points with over under odds 51 points.
Alabama was able to win the National Championship a season ago beating Clemson 45-40 but failing to cover the spread as a -6 point favorite. The Crimson Tide on defense has no answer for a Tigers offense that produced 550 yards. Deshaun Watson threw for 405 yards with four touchdowns and a pick. Clemson and Alabama were tied at 24-24 then the Crimson Tide had a couple of back breaking big plays. Jake Coker completed a 51 yard touchdown pass then after a Clemson field goal the Crimson Tide returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to take a 38-27 lead that held up in the end.
Clemson faced Ohio St in their semifinal game and put on a dominating defensive effort in a 31-0 victory as a +1 point underdog. They held the Ohio St offense to a combined 3 of 16 on third and fourth down plays. They forced three turnovers in the win. At issue was Deshaun Watson throwing for one touchdown but two picks. Turnovers have been an issue for this Clemson team as they better be careful because Alabama is the king of scoring touchdowns on defense this season. Watson may have hurt his draft status as the threw for 38 touchdowns but 17 interceptions which is a poor ratio for college quarterbacks being targeted as an NFL prospect.
Alabama is playing for an undefeated season as the team is 14-0. Their defense led them to a 24-7 victory in the semifinals to the Washington Huskies covering as a -12 ½ point favorite. Alabama held the Huskies to just 194 yards and produced a defensive touchdown on a pick six. Bo Scarebrough led the Alabama offense on the ground with 180 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was unimpressive passing for 57 yards.