Called for by many, for a long time, NCAAF powers finally adopted a College Football Playoff system prior to the 2014 season. Replacing what was an often-controversial Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the College Football Playoff (CFP) system is better than the BCS and a solid foundation to build on. While adding four more contenders would be optimal, four squads are selected to play in the college football National Championship playoffs.
NCAA Playoff Predictions
US College Football Playoffs 2018-19 Year End Review - 2020 Update
Please Note: Free picks return in August 2019 - News and odds updates posted as warranted.
Ugh! That did not go well eh? Hesitant to jump into a playoff feature, without regular season winnings already in the bank, we crashed during the 2018-19 College Football Playoff series. While we cashed tickets all season, within our NCAAF futures feature, we didn’t make any predictions here until the New Year’s Six Bowl games. That started well but ended poorly. We compounded our issues by whiffing on the Clemson vs Alabama CFP National Championship match. Alas, we finished with a 2-6 record and a (-425.76) loss.
We promise to do our best to be better right out of the gate during the 2019-20 season. In the meantime, we offer hearty congratulations to National Championship MVP QB Trevor Lawrence, his supporting Clemson Crew and HC Dabo Swinney. A likeable group, the Tigers youthful exuberance was somewhat lacking with HC Nick Saban led Alabama squads. Holding a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, the Cats offense exploded, plus their defense stiffened, and the Cats rolled over the Crimson Tide 30-3 in final three quarters.
“Despite the loss Nick Saban is a sparkling 139-15 since 2008 in Alabama”
When the final whistle blew – the scoreboard showed a 44-16 blowout by Clemson. We had to go back to October 7, 2000, to find a loss even close to this in the Nick Saban US College Football era. That was a 41-9 spanking by #12 Florida when Saban prowled the sidelines as bench boss of the LSU Tigers. Alabama’s biggest loss, in the era of Saint Nick, was by 14 points as the Tide were rolled 35-21 at #19 South Carolina during the 2010 regular season and suffered 45-31 loss to Oklahoma in the 2014 CFP Sugar Bowl.
Clemson, who first fielded an Independent squad back in 1896, claimed a third NCAAF National Championship. The Tigers won their first title after a 12-0 regular season and 22-15 victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. QB Deshaun Watson was the star when Clemson claimed their second crown with a 35-31 over Alabama in the 2017 CFP title match. We are especially happy for the players that stuck around for their Senior season and avenged a 24-6 Sugar Bowl thumping by the Tide in the 2018. Impressive by all..
“2020 CFP National Championship odds are posted at top online sportsbooks”
Less than 48 hours after the Tigers celebration ended, at Levi’s Field in Santa Clara, CA, Canada’s own Bodog sportsbook has 2020 College Football Playoff Championship prices on their betting board. While things may change, with players still declaring for the NFL Draft in April 2019, or others (Tide QB Jalen Hurts?) transferring to another school, Clemson has opened as tiny +175 chalk. Alabama is not far back with a +250 line while the Georgia Bulldogs have been tagged with a +550 National Championship price.
With NCAA Basketball and March Madness taking over the US College sports scene, this feature will receive updates as warranted. Prior to the 2019-20 regular season, we will jump in with quick weekly updates and well-researched NCAA Football predictions. In the meantime, we have sprinted out of the gate with our hoops futures and free picks early in the 2018-19 NCAAB season. We are also busy with previews and calls on the 2019 NFL playoffs through to the clash to claim Super Bowl 53 on February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA.
NCAA Championship Football Playoff Betting Options
Premium matches, the CFP Committee selects eight teams from the final ranking list to play in four prestigious games that are played under Major Bowl banners that are not sponsoring that year’s Final Four. From the Peach Bowl, to the Sugar Bowl, these matchups are high profile contests. Often featuring teams from the top 12 rankings, playoff Bowl games are competitive, entertaining and packed with betting options before and during the matches. This Conference Championship caliber action is readily available at CSB top rated online sportsbooks.
Following two weeks of Bowl games, the College Football season nears its pinnacle with two semi-final playoff matches. The best of the best, during the NCAAF regular season, get extra time to prepare as the Final Four squads clash during New Year's Day weekend to decide who plays for the National Championship. Some players are hitting the big stage for the first time while others take part in the final match of their University career. Following the teams closely, during weekly futures updates, we have a solid handle on these football betting opportunities.
Void of the Super Bowl two-week break, the National Championship game plays out one week after the semifinal matches. A cherry on top of three days of fantastic pigskin prognosticating, the NCAAF title match is on the Monday night that follows Saturday and Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff action. We remind Canuck Cappers that Championship game single bets are not available at local lottery kiosks - no matter the sport. Don't get hooked into a forced parlay, plus bank bonus offers and enjoy the convenience, by betting with top online bookmakers.
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2018-19 NCAA Football Playoff Previews, Predictions and Results
07/01/19 National Champion Predictions
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Bettors get a "Best vs Best" battle as #1 Alabama clashes with #2 Clemson to close out the 2018-19 US College football season. A soggy field greets the teams when the NCAAF National Championship contest kicks off at 8:00 PM ET at Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara, CA. During semifinal contests, the Crimson Tide advanced with a 45-34 Orange Bowl win over the Oklahoma Sooners while the Tigers trounced Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Both teams are running white-hot heading into in this much anticipate battle.
National Championship: #1 Alabama (14–0) vs #2 Clemson (14-0)
Alabama numbers are affected due to playing a slightly tougher schedule than Clemson. This is the fourth straight year the Tigers and Crimson Tide have clashed in the College Football Playoff series. Alabama won the 2016 Championship 45-40, Clemson claimed the 2017 NCAAF title 35-31, prior to Alabama winning the 2018 Sugar Bowl semifinal clash with Clemson. In their only contest against a similar AP Top 25 team, the Tide rolled over Texas A&M 45-23 while the Tigers claimed a close 28-26 victory over the Aggies.
Evenly matched, here are some key comparisons for the National Championship:
- Alabama Offence: 2nd - Scoring 47.7 PPG
- Alabama Defence: 5th - Allowing 16.2 PPG
- Clemson Offence: 4th - Scoring 44.3 PPG
- Clemson Defence: 1st - Allowing 12.9 PPG
- Alabama Pass Offence: 6th - 325.6 YPG scored 39 TD
- Clemson Pass Defence: 16th - 411 YPG allowed 11 TD
- Clemson Pass Offence: 24th - 274.1 YPG scored 34 TD
- Alabama Pass Defence: 22nd - 433 YPG allowed 19 TD
- Alabama Rushing Offence: 34th - 202.0 YPG scored 33 TD
- Clemson Rushing Defence: 2nd - 92.6 YPG allowed 8 TD
- Clemson Rushing Offence: 14th - 256.3 YPG scored 47 TD
- Alabama Rushing Defence: 19th - 120.3 YPG allowed 9 TD
“All-Time vs Clemson, Alabama is 2-2 ATS 3-1 S/U and 2-2 Over/Under”
Our New Year's Six predictions started well and then faded as we lost some razor close contests. Our Florida and Clemson calls cashed easily as the both teams won going away. Following what should have been a game ending play, an Alabama player was flagged for a personal foul and Oklahoma posted a back door cover with a TD one play later. UCF lost by a half point to LSU, Ohio State allowed 20 fourth quarter points and failed to cover by 1.5 points vs Washington and we whiffed on Georgia who mailed in a 28-21 loss vs Texas.
CFP 2019 Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide -4 (-130) over Clemson Tigers.
Double Result First Half and Final Prop: Alabama/Alabama (-110) at Bodog.
Final Scores: Clemson Tigers 44-18 over Alabama Crimson Tide
Prior NCAAF National Championship Odds Refresh: 1:00 AM ET on December 29, 2018.
07/01/19 College Football Playoff Contenders Odds @ Recommended Bookmakers
|#1 Alabama||-250 to -220||-200 to N/C
||-240 to -210||-250 to -220|
|#2 Clemson||+225 to +180||+280 to +170||+275 to +175|| +300 to +175
28/12/18 New Year's Six NCAA Bowl Games Odds and Picks
Anticipating an eight-team playoff, with Power-Five Conference Champions plus three at-large-bids, the current setup is better than its predecessor. From the first match in 1998, to the 2013 National Championship game, the Bowl Championship Series used a combination of humans, computers and polls to decide who played in the NCAAF title match. Although much of that criteria still comes into play, to various degrees, teams also play their way into the National Championship contest with a Semifinal playoff victory.
Taking priority, over weekly AP Top 25 polls, a 13-member CFP Selection Committee ranks the Top 25 NCAAF teams from Week 9 to 14. Following Conference Championships, final rankings are revealed and the top four teams advance to a pair of semifinal showdowns. As a consolation prize, eight squads outside the Final Four are awarded berths in top-level New Year’s Six Bowl games. Highly competitive contests, many memorable players from these battles often hear their name called during a subsequent NFL Draft.
2018-19 College Football Playoffs - NCAAF New Year's Six Bowl Game Schedule
|Date||Time||New Year's Six||Favorite||Underdog||Venue||Location|
|29/12/18||Noon||Peach Bowl||#7 Michigan||#10 Florida||Mercedes Benz Stadium||Atlanta, GA|
|29/12/18||4:00 PM||Cotton Bowl||#2 Clemson||#3 Notre Dame||AT&T Stadium||Arlington, TX|
|29/12/18||8:00 PM||Orange Bowl||#1 Alabama||#4 Oklahoma||Hard Rock Stadium||Miami, FL|
|01/01/19||1:00 PM||Fiesta Bowl||#11 LSU||#8 UCF||State Farm Stadium||Glendale, AZ|
|01/01/19||5:00 PM||Rose Bowl||#6 Ohio State||#9 Washington||Rose Bowl||Pasadena, CA|
|01/01/19||8:45 PM||Sugar Bowl||#5 Georgia||#15 Texas||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans, LA|
|07/01/19||8:00 PM||Championship||#1 Alabama||#2 Clemson||Levi's Stadium||Santa Clara, CA|
Note: Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl are CFP Semifinal Games - Eastern Standard Time.
Editors Note: Previews were published on 15/12/18 - Odds and picks posted in update.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: #7 Michigan (10–2) vs #11 Florida (9–3)
Michigan stumbled to a 24-17 season opening loss vs Notre Dame and then rode strong defense to ten straight wins before crumbling vs Ohio State in a 62-39 season ending loss. The Wolverines are led by QB Shea Patterson (2364/21/5) RB Karan Higdon (1178/10) and WR Nico Collins (552/6) on offense, plus their defense, which allowed 17.6 PPG. Michigan defeated Florida 33-17 during Week 1 last season and 41-7 in the 2016 Citrus Bowl. Preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft, Michigan stud DT Rashan Gary will not play here.
Rebounding from a 4-7 record in 2017, Florida went 9-3 this year. The Gators signature game was a 27-19 win over #5 LSU in Week 6. QB Feleipe Franks (2284/23/6) RB Lamical Perine (750/6) and WR Van Jefferson (439/6) power the Gators offense, while the defense allowed 20.4 PPG. Florida, who went 8-0 when they rushed for at least 200 yards and 1-3 when they didn’t, will try to run the rock at the tough Michigan defense. UCF upset Auburn in the Peach Bowl last year – the Gators look to do the same as a touchdown dog.
28/12/18 Update: RB Karan Higdon, LB Devin Bush, DE Rashan Gary, ORT Juwann Bushell-Beaty, all key Michigan players, will skip this game to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. The Wolverines also have some nagging injuries while Florida is all hands on deck.
Peach Bowl Pick: Florida Gators +6.0 (-110) @ Bodog
Final Score: Florida Gators 41-15 vs Michigan Wolverines = ATS Win
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: #2 Clemson (13–0) vs #3 Notre Dame (12–0)
Under the bright lights at Jerry World in Texas, Notre Dame and Clemson clash in the second CFP Semifinal match. Similar to Alabama, the Tigers trounced their competition by a 45-14 average count during a 13-0 perfect season. Clemson pounded the clawless Pitt Panthers 42-10 to claim their fourth straight ACC Championship. That match was indicative of the Cats season which was very top-heavy on cupcake contests. Loaded with experience, Clemson Seniors have an ACC record 53-4 mark over four seasons.
Notre Dame, one of six FBS Independent schools, earned the CFP #3 ranking after a 12-0 regular season run. The Fighting Irish made a statement right of the gate as they defeated Michigan 24-17 during Week 1 action. Notre Dame is looking for their first National Championship berth since getting bashed 42-14 by Alabama in the 2013 BCS title match. Sort of vanilla during the regular season, the Irish won their games by a 31-16 margin. These teams last met in 2015 when the Tigers posted 24-22 win at home in Clemson.
28/12/18 Update: While losing star DT Dexter Lawrence is troubling for Clemson, Austin Bryant Clelin Ferrell, Xavier Thomas and Christian Wilkins, produced 25 sacks, 28 QB hits and 86 tackles this season. Experience is a big difference and we are taking the Tigers.
Cotton Bowl Pick: Clemson Tigers -11.5 (-120) @ SportsInteraction
Final Score: Clemson Tigers 30-3 vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish = ATS Win
Capital One Orange Bowl: #1 Alabama (13–0) vs #4 Oklahoma (12–1)
Meeting in the first of two CFP Semifinal showdowns, rock solid Alabama battles offensive juggernaut Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Apart from the SEC Championship game vs Georgia, the Crimson Tide rolled to a first half lead in every game of their 13-0 perfect season. Trailing 21-14 at halftime, pivots Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts switched rolls from the 2018 National Championship game as Hurts relieved Tagovailoa and guided the Tide to a 35-28 win. Alabama crushed their opponents by a 48-15 average final score.
High-flying Oklahoma, soars into South Beach after receiving the CFP #4 ranking over Georgia and Ohio State. Avenging their lone loss, 48-45 at home vs Texas in Week 6, the Sooners tamed the Longhorns 39-27 to claim the Big 12 Championship. Led by Heisman Trophy winning QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma leans heavily on their offense that averaged 49.5 PPG. The Sooners need to score as much as they can as their defense gives up 32.4 points per game. Huge underdogs, Oklahoma did not face a defense as stout as the Tide.
28/12/18 Update: Looking at this match from every angle - it is difficult to move past the huge advantage Alabama has on defense. The Tide D allowed 14.8 points and 295.4 yards per game while the Oklahoma stop unit allowed 32.4 points and 448.1 YPG. Roll Tide.
Orange Bowl Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -13.5 (-125) @ Bet365
Final Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 45-34 vs Oklahoma Sooners = ATS Loss
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: #8 UCF (12–0) vs #11 LSU (9–3)
Semifinal contests are complete but three New Year's Six Bowl games remain and 2019 betting action begins with LSU battling UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. Taking on the toughest 2018 NCAAF schedule, LSU faced seven AP Top 25 teams including Alabama and Georgia. The Tigers were in the Final Four discussion until they lost 29-0 to the Crimson Tide at home during Week 10 action. During a seven overtime slugfest, LSU lost 74-72 to #22 Texas A&M during their season finale. We wonder how much gas the Tigers have left in the tank.
Riding an amazing 25-game winning streak, University of Central Florida is the best team that does not play in a Power Five Conference. During their run, through less than top-calibre teams in the American Athletic Conference, the Knights have outscored their opponents by a 1157-584 combined count over the past two seasons. After QB McKenzie Milton suffered a brutal leg injury, backup Darriel Mack Jr. lead UCF to a 56-41 win over Memphis in AAC Championship game and will need to be sharp again.
29/12/18 Update: UCF beat #7 Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl last year so they won’t be wowed by the big stage or another SEC opponent. LSU is missing several players, due to injuries and suspensions, plus CB Greedy Williams and NG Ed Alexander are sitting out as they prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft. The Knights will keep it close, and have a legitimate shot at winning outright, against a player-depleted Tigers squad. UCF wants to stay in the National Championship conversation - Take points and bet on the Knights.
Fiesta Bowl Pick: UCF Knights + 7.5 (110) @ Betway
Final Score: LSU Tigers 40-32 over University of Central Florida Knights ATS Loss
Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State (12–1) vs. #9 Washington (10–3)
Top preseason contenders, ranked #5 and #6 respectively, Ohio State and Washington fell short of their goals but finished strong to earn a Rose Bowl berth. Ohio State had their National Championship hopes dashed after a 49-20 loss to Purdue in Week 8. The Buckeyes ended the regular season with a 62-39 mashing of Michigan and then defeated Northwestern 45-24 in the Big Ten Championship. Close contests against Nebraska (36-31) and Maryland (52-51 OT) contributed to the Buckeyes not receiving a Final Four bid.
Washington had a promising season side-tracked early as the Huskies lost at home to Auburn 21-16 in Week 1. Still in contention, after a five-game winning streak, the season went up in smoke after losses in two of their next three matches. Rebounding from a 12-10 loss to California, the Huskies closed strong as they won their last four contests. That includes a 28-15 win over archrival #8 Washington State and a 10-3 smothering of #17 Utah in the Pac-12 Championship. Washington needs stout defense vs the Buckeyes.
29/12/18 Update: Despite a 12-1 regular season record, plus earning a second straight Big Ten Championship, the CFP Committee denied Ohio State a Final Four berth. A big motivating factor, HC Urban Meyer will lead the Buckeyes onto the field for a final time as he is stepping down after the Rose Bowl. Washington plays solid defense and closed strong, though against Pac-12 talent, but they have not faced an offensive like the one QB Dwayne Haskins powers. We are laying the points and backing the Buckeyes.
Rose Bowl Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 (-110) @ Bet365
Final Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 28-23 over Washington Huskies ATS Loss
Allstate Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia (11–2) vs. #15 Texas (9–4)
Closing out a fantastic New Year's Six Bowl game betting slate, Georgia and Texas square off in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. After running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Mitchell, plus LB Roquan Smith and T Isaiah Wynn, were taken during the first 35 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft, Georgia reloaded and were in contention all season. The Bulldogs faced a tough schedule as they battled six Top 25 teams and their two losses were to #13 LSU and #1 Alabama. Outscoring their opponents 39-18 Georgia has a balanced attack.
Despite four losses, Texas gets a big game Bowl berth for the first time since the Longhorns lost 37-21 to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship game. Playing six Top 25 teams, the Longhorns earned a trip to the Bayou ahead of Washington State (10-2) Penn State (9-3) and Kentucky (9-3) who all had better records. Texas is stepping up in class here, as they have not faced a squad that's as well rounded as Georgia. Watching the betting lines, bookmakers currently have the Bulldogs as two-touchdown chalk.
29/12/18 Update: It’s fair to wonder what Georgia will have left in the tank following their disappointing 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship. Longhorns HC Tom Herman motivates his troops when they are underdogs as he is a ticket cashing 17-2 ATS machine in various coaching positions with Ohio State, Houston and Texas. However, this Longhorns Crew is not on the same level as Georgia who will wear down Texas with a punishing rushing attack. the Dawgs win going away if they bring their “A” game.
Sugar Bowl Pick: Georgia Bulldogs -12.0 (-120) @ Bodog
Final Score: Texas Longhorns 28-21 over Georgia Bulldogs ATS Loss
2017-18 NCAA Football Playoff Previews, Predictions and Results
2017-18 College Football Playoff Summary
Congratulations to Nick Saban and Alabama. Hoisting his sixth National Championship trophy, five with the Crimson Tide and one with the LSU Tigers (2003) Saban pushed all the proper second half buttons as the Tide rolled over Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Down 13-0 at halftime, rising star QB Tua Tagovailoa started the third quarter as he relieved Jalen Hurts who was 3/8 for 21 passing yards during the first 30 minutes. Tagovailoa was 14/21 for 166 yards, tossed three TD passes and one INT, plus he added 27 rushing yards.
Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 26-10 in the second half and OT to earn their fifth National Championship in nine years. Players change but the Alabama Dynasty continues to roll. We were a middling 3-3 on our six playoff selections and that cost us a (-80.40) unit bankroll hit. Never liking to lose, that dented our parlay and futures investments that turned a profit in 2017-18. Regularly updated, the Canada Sports Betting NCAAF futures feature is tracking the 2019 NCAA odds and top contenders.
NCAA Football 2018 National Championship Predictions
Georgia vs. Alabama Picks: Crimson Tide -4 (-110) & -190 ML @ SportsInteraction
Are you ready for this? The 2017-18 NCAA Football season has reached its pinnacle as #3 Georgia battles #4 Alabama in the National Championship clash on January 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Bulldogs fought back, down 31-17 at halftime, and posted a 45-48 (2OT) win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl semifinal game. With much less drama, the Crimson Tide defence stifled Clemson en route to a 24-6 win in the Sugar Bowl. That leaves us with an all Southeastern Conference title game matchup.
Defense will be front and center as Alabama allowed 11.5 PPG while Georgia gave up 13.2 during the regular season. Sporting the more mobile pivot, the Tide have an edge in the QB battle as sophomore Jalen Hurts is up against freshman Jake Fromm. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel give the Dawgs a slight edge in the running game over 'Bama backs Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow. Nick Saban, who is 11-0 in games when he faces one of his former assistant coaches, is up against his former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
Bottom Line: Big game experience rules here as Alabama wins and covers this contest.
Final Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 26-23 (OT)
College Football Playoff Final Four Semifinal Selections
|Date||Semi-Final Matchups||Time (ET) TV||Bowl Name / Location|
|Jan 1||#2 Oklahoma vs. #3 Georgia||5:00 PM/ESPN||Rose Bowl Semifinal / Pasadena, CA|
|Jan 1||#1 Clemson vs. #4 Alabama||8:45 PM/ESPN||Sugar Bowl Semifinal / New Orleans, LA|
#2 Oklahoma vs #3 Georgia Picks: Bulldogs -2.5 ATS & -130 ML @ SportsInteraction
Oklahoma and Georgia open the chase to 2018 NCAAF National Championship when they square off in the 104th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Game time is 5:00 PM ET and this BIG 12 vs SEC clash features a pair of 12-1 teams. The Sooners are led by 2017 Heisman Trophy winning QB Baker Mayfield (41 TD 5 INT) while true freshman QB Jake Fromm (21 TD 5 INT) guides the Bulldogs. Oklahoma's top three WR combined for 2,628 yards and 21 TD while Georgia's big three had 1,496 yards and 15 scores. That's Advantage Sooners.
Owning a huge edge in the run game, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel posted 2,446 RY and 26 TD for Georgia while Sooners backs Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon had 1,670 yards and 16 scores. Georgia also owns a better defence as the Bulldogs were fourth in the Nation allowing 13.2 PPG while the Sooners were 52nd giving up 25 PPG. This contest is a offense vs defense strength vs strength showdown. The health of Baker Mayfield is now a question mark as he is dealing with the flu. We are laying the line and backing Georgia.
Final Score: Georgia Bulldogs 54-48
#1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama Picks: Tigers +3 & +130 ML @ Bodog
Clemson (ACC) and Alabama (SEC) meet in the playoffs for a third straight year. The Tigers (12-1) and Tide (11-1) split the last two National Championships as Alabama won 45-40 in 2016 and Clemson posted a 35-31 victory in 2017. QB Kelly Bryant (13 TD 6 INT) leads Clemson while QB Jalen Hurts (15 TD 1 INT) guides Alabama. Deon Cain (744 RY 13 TD) and Hunter Renfrow (571 RY 3 TD) were the Tigers go-to wide receivers. Calvin Ridley (896 RY 3 TD) and Jerry Jeudy (244 RY 2 TD) were top targets for the Tide.
This trilogy tussle will be decided by running backs and defense, as neither team has a feared the passing game. Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Hurts (2223 RY 27 TD) power the 'Bama rushing attack - Travis Etienne, Tavien Feaster and Kelly Bryant (2,049 RY 31 TD) fuel the Tigers ground game. These are the top two stop units in College football as Alabama allowed 11.5 PPG while Clemson gave up 12.8 PPG. The Tigers were better in regular season big games facing six Top 25 teams (6-0) while Alabama battled four (3-1).
Final Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 24-6