Following a 13 week regular season, Conference Championship Weekend, plus a slew of Bowl Games and a pair of playoff semi-final fights, two teams remain standing. That brings NCAA football betting fans to the Grand Finale, the National Championship Game. While it would make sense to expand the postseason, to something that is similar to the NFL format, there is nothing quite like a "winner take all" battle - no matter what setup proceeds it.
National Football Championship Predictions
Steeped in tradition, the history of the NCAA Football National Championship can be traced back to 1869 as Rutgers and Princeton were retroactively named co-national champions of what is officially considered the first season of US College football. Controversial, even way back then, deciding the top team has been hotly debated each season ever since. Though still not perfect, an expanded postseason would be much better, adding a playoff system helps decide a consensus Champion.
Many systems were tested over the years, including the Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance, but both of those were flawed - especially since they left out the Big Ten and Pac-10 teams. Attempting to bring some clarity to anointing a National Champion, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was introduced in 1998. The BCS was also fraught with controversy as it relied heavily on computers and polls to determine the two schools that played in the BCS National Championship Final.
NCAAF 2018 National Championship Results
2018 College Football Final
Bowing to public pressure, or realizing the obvious, today's College Football Playoff system was put into place prior to the start of the 2014 season. Similar to the NFL Super Bowl location process, US cities with a stadium that has a minimum 65,000 seating capacity, bid for the right to host the College Football Final. On January 12, 2015, the inaugural CFP match was played at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Here is our view on Georgia vs Alabama.
#3 Georgia vs #4 Alabama Pick: Crimson Tide -4 (-110) & -190 ML @ SportsInteraction
Another exciting season of US College Football draws to a close when #2 Georgia battles #4 Alabama in the National Championship game on January 8, 2018. Kickoff for this epic title fight is slated for 8:00 PM ET at the sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. The current playoff system is now in its fourth year and this is the fourth time the NCAAF Champion will not be the #1 ranked team in the Nation. That is due to to the Crimson Tide defense smothering the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers during a 24-6 victory in the Sugar Bowl.
Making it an all SEC clash, the Bulldogs advanced to the Championship showdown after a thrilling 54-48 double overtime win over #2 Oklahoma Sooners. Despite sporting the #4 ranked scoring defense (13.1 PPG allowed) Georgia was shredded by QB Baker Mayfield and the Sooners running backs. While Alabama does not have the same high octane offense, anyone considering the Dawgs over the Tide has to be concerned. Another concern is 'Bama head coach Nick Saban owing an 11-0 record when facing his former assistant coaches.
Georgia HC Kirby Smart is up next as he was the Alabama DC from 2008 to 2015. After winning four titles with Alabama, plus one with the LSU Tigers, Saban is aiming for his sixth ring which would tie him with Crimson Tide coaching legend Bear Bryant for the most titles in NCAAF history. In a contest that will feature a defense first mantra, Alabama received some bad news as top LB Anfernee Jennings will miss this game after suffering a knee injury in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide has rolled through a ton of injuries and we see that continuing.
Bottom Line: Expecting a low scoring contest - Back battle tested Alabama.
Final Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 26-23 (OT)
|Date||National Championship Game||Time (ET) TV||Stadium / City|
|Jan 8||#3 Georgia vs #4 Alabama||8:00 PM/ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA.|
College Football Champions
From 1869 to 2017, only 50 Universities have claimed an NCAAF title banner. Won during an era, long since past, Princeton has won or shared the most NCAFF National Championships as the Tigers have 28 titles. The Yale Bulldogs are next with 27 and Notre Dame is third as the Fighting Irish have 22 Championships. That is ancient history though as Princeton and Yale haven't been contenders for decades while Notre Dame last reigned supreme in US College Football way back in 1988.
Power Five Conferences have ruled recently - particularly the Southeastern Conference who claimed five titles during an eight year run from 2009 to 2016. Alabama won four of them, Auburn claimed one, while Florida State (ACC) Ohio State (Big Ten) and Clemson (ACC) were the three non-SEC Champs. Proving how fallible computers and polls can be, the #1 ranked team as yet to win under new playoff system as #4 Ohio State, #2 Alabama and #2 Clemson were the first three winners.
Players soak up NCAAF title appearances as only a handful move on to the NFL. The ones that do advance to the next level are usually stars as players like Joe Montana (Fighting Irish/49ers) Tom Brady (Wolverines/Patriots) Marcus Allen (Trojans/Raiders) and Tony Dorsett (Panthers/Cowboys) all own a National Championship and a Super Bowl ring. Remember, local lottery retailers in Canada do not offer single wagers on the NCAAF title match - CSB top ranked online sportsbook do!
Championship Wagering Sportsbooks In Canada
Prior to the Monday night National Championship match - NFL Wild Card contests play out on the weekend. That sets up an action packed three days as online bookmakers load their betting boards with options on the NCAAF title game plus the first round NFL playoff games. The pros take over from there as the Divisional and Conference Championship matches lead to the battle for the Vince Lombardi trophy on Super Bowl Sunday. Canadian sports lottery schemes pale when compared to offshore Championship wagering sportsbooks who offer single wagers on every title fight.
Once the American Football seasons end, the NHL and NBA garner bettor's attention since both leagues are entering the final weeks of their regular season schedules. With playoff pushes in high gear, hockey and hoops betting options are the main focus at online sportsbooks during the long winter days of February and March. Instead of shovelling out and driving to the local gas station, Canucks can conveniently wager on all the action without leaving the house. Baseball is also just around the corner and top CSB bookmakers cover the action all the way to the MLB World Series.