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Clemson vs Alabama : College Football Championship Game Spread

Clemson vs Alabama : College Football Championship Game Spread
Older than any of the major sports Championships in North America, first contested way back in 1869, the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Championship will be awarded for the 147th time tonight. Following a bunch of blowouts during the NFL Wild Card Weekend, Alabama vs Clemson is shaping up as close contest. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are set to clash at 8:00 PM ET on January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Florida.

Clemson vs Alabama Championship Game 2017

For the first time since the USC Trojans and Oklahoma Sooners battled in back-to-back contests to decide the 2003 and 2004 NCAAF BCS titles, the 2017 Clemson vs Alabama Championship game is a rivalry rematch. It’s been 363 days since the Crimson Tide posted a thrilling 45-40 victory over the Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, back on January 11, 2016. That contest was packed with explosive plays, as there were four touchdowns that covered 50 or more yards that included a game-turning 95-yard TD kickoff return by Alabama speedster Kenyan Drake.

My Team's Next MatchClemson Tigers

Providers of a blueprint, that many teams try to emulate, the Nick Saban led Alabama football program is a model of consistency as they are aiming for back-to-back titles for the second time in six years. The Crimson Tide, who were champs in 2016, 2013, 2012 and 2010, are looking to nail down their fifth NCAAF Championship in eight years. As a Southeastern Conference (SEC West) powerhouse, Alabama has posted a 28-1 record over the last two seasons. Following an undefeated 13-0 regular season run, the Tide rolled old school style as their punishing defense and 269 total rushing yards led to a 24-7 victory over the Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl CFP Semifinal.

Back in the USA college football title game for a second straight year, Clemson is trying to claim their second NCAAF Championship. Unlike Alabama, it’s been a while since the Tigers were #1 in the Nation as their first title was won back on New Year’s Day in 1982 when the Tigers clawed out a 22-15 victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Clemson went 12-1 during the regular season with a shocking 43-42 loss to then unranked Pittsburgh Panthers serving as the only blip on the radar. Clemson had a hot offense coming into this game last year as well. The Tigers mauled #3 Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl CFP Semifinal as standout QB Deshaun Watson scored three touchdowns (2 run 1 pass) and the defense limited the Buckeyes to just 235 yards on offence. 

Clemson vs Alabama Prediction

BET ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (-200) ML at SPORTSINTERACTION (Clemson 35-31 Final)

Along with the bright lights and big stage, the 2017 NCAA Football National Championship contest comes with plenty of Clemson vs Alabama predictions. After days of dedicated “match specific” research, and a solid 4-0 run during NFL Wild Card Weekend, let’s add our pick to the mix. As was the case last year, Alabama comes in this contest with a stout defense that held opponents to 11.4 points per game and ranks 1st against the run and 14th versus the pass. Clemson is 17th and 19th against the pass and run respectively and the Tigers ranked 7th allowing 17.1 PPG. Sticking with our defense wins Championships mantra, that delivered a winner in a close game last year, we are backing ‘Bama by laying the SportsInteraction (-200) money line price and rolling with the Tide.

College Football Championship Game Betting Tips

Our number one college football championship game betting tip is to be careful when wagering against Nick Saban in the NCAA. These teams were twins scoring wise as Clemson posted 39.5 points per game while Tide averaged 39.4 PPG. That said, these offenses are totally opposite as Alabama was 11th rushing (246.7) and 81st passing (214.2) while Clemson was 62nd rushing (175.4) and 7th passing (327.8). Another factor that is similar in this rematch is Alabama being more battle tested during the regular season. The Tide rolled to an impressive 8-0 record against Top 25 teams (352-131) by an average score of 36.1 to 14.6 per game. Clemson went 3-0 against ranked squads and the wins were close contests (121-105) that averaged a 30.3 to 26.3 final count. The Tigers defense came to life against the Buckeyes who matched Alabama’s scoring average this season. The NCAA Championship game odds are available at any of the top ranked bookmakers here at Canada Sports Betting and our LIVE scoring widget updates in real time during the match. 

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