We are just a few days before the College Football final four teams collide in pursuit for one spot in the National Championship Final Game. So, get your staff and business ready for the semifinals because they will bring along some serious action.
An interesting ingredient of this year’s playoffs is that we actually have the possibility to live and enjoy once again the previous College Final if Alabama and Clemson succeed in their respective match-ups.
Nonetheless, Clemson’s path to the final is not that easy and Alabama’s rival the Washington Huskies have well proven their right to be in the semi-finals and will surely bring all they got. So, let’s go over Saturday’s matchups and how the lines have behaved in the recent days, to make the most profit from the College Football Playoffs.
Peach Bowl: Washington vs. Alabama
As they have been the entire season, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorites to win. Not only their semifinal game but also to consecutively win the NCCA Championship. However, they will face the No. 4-seeded Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl.Washington is averaging third with 44.8 points per game and might be able to hurt early Alabama with their powerful offense guided in the hands of quarterback Jake Browning, who will try to connect with wide receiver John Ross and running back Myles Gaskin. Their defense has improved considerably, but even if they can score first, holding back Alabama is no joke.
The Crimson Tide are the only unbeaten team. They rank first in the nation in scoring defense, 11.8 points per game. Since the last season, Alabama has dominated the entire division. In fact, they opened at -250 once the final four teams were announced, which is the biggest chalk any team has faced all season in the futures market.
- Alabama -14.5 Total: 53.5 -110 either
Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson
Saturday’s doubleheader closes at 7:00 pm, featuring No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes against the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. The evening’s second semifinal is a much more even matchup, and it is a great opportunity to burst the lines.Signal-caller J.T. Barrett will try to lead the Buckeyes to success, but his defense will have to struggle big to provide him with enough time to make the play. According to handicappers, Barrett doesn’t handle well the pressure. He has completed 66.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 21 touchdowns to just three interceptions when he is in a comfortable zone, but his completion percentage drops to 46.8 percent when he is pressured. His yards per attempt went from 7.7 to 4.9, and his QB rating dropped from 112.7 to 67.9.
The Buckeyes are at +500 to win the Championship, line that has been stable basically for the whole season. In a similar position are the Clemson Tigers, coming at +550. However, Clemson’s defense ranked fifth with 3.4 sacks per game and could get Barrett in trouble.
This matchup is hard to call. We will have to wait and see if The Buckeyes will be able to spoil the Tigers’ intentions to return to the Championship Final.
- Ohio State -3 Total: 60 -110 either
Remember the Semifinals begin next Saturday, December 31st. At 3 pm with Peach Bowl, followed by the Fiesta Bowl at 7 pm. Happy New Year’s Eve!