Last season’s College Football Championship Game featuring Alabama Crimson Tide and The Clemson Tigers, was without a doubt one of the most exciting games that college football fans have ever lived. The thrilling back and forth battle kept the fans on edge for the entire game, and we will be able to live it once more. The rematch is up!
Next Monday, January 9th, The Tigers, and the Tide will face each other in their second consecutive Championship Final Game, becoming the first rematch since the College Football Playoff’s Title game was introduced in 1998. In their first matchup, Alabama walked away with a tight 45-40 victory. It was a war up to the final second, scoring between both teams 40 points just in the last quarter.
How The Books Perceive It
Even though this is a pretty close matchup and a highly anticipated rematch, the Crimson Tide, opened the books as a clear favorite, not only because they are the defending Champions, but also because of their brilliant and flawless regular season.
Alabama is entering the Final undefeated and have won all but one game this season, by at least 10 points, and have won by 20 or more on eight occasions, posting an average scoring margin of plus-27.9 points.
On the other side of the field, Clemson has had some highs and lows during the whole season. Nonetheless, they seemed to be getting stronger during their last games, illustrating a pretty interesting fact to consider before posting your lines. The Alabama Crimson Tide opened the odds as a clear nine-point favorite against Clemson. Nonetheless, after Clemson’s smashing 31-0 victory at the Semifinal against Ohio State, most books have displayed a tendency of narrowing the gap a little bit every day, and most of the experts and handicappers are predicting an even closer matchup than last season’s.
According to major books all over the world, Alabama is 10-4 against the spread this season, while Clemson is 7-7. However, The Tigers have only closed as an underdog twice this season, at +1 and +1.5 respectively, and ended up winning both games. The best and most recent example is their last game against Ohio State, earning their dominant 31-0 victory.
Right about now, the Alabama Crimson Tide is -6 favorite, but lines keep moving, so, take a close look at this one and remember to make a proper use of the key numbers because you can expect a high traffic of bets coming in.
2016-17 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
- Date: Monday, Jan. 9 / Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. / ESPN
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Alabama -6 (-120) -225 OVER 51 (-110)
Clemson +6 (EVEN) +185 UNDER 51 (-110)