Last year Alabama prevailed 45-40 and is currently the betting favorite at Oddsshark at -6.5 to make it back to back championships.
The Crimson Tide of Alabama are perfect 14-0 this season and 10-4 against the spread. Clemson comes into this year’s championship game with a record of 13-1 and 7-7 ATS.
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Alabama will be without their Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin, who was dismissed by head coach Nick Saban just a week from the championship game. Kiffin is already committed to be the head coach at Florida Athletic next year.
Alabama beat Washington in the Peach Bowl 24-1 to earn their spot in the championship game.
Clemson trounced Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl 31-0 for the right to try and turn the tables on the Crimson Tide this year.
“What a night,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told CNN. “What a journey. I just can’t tell you how proud I am of our team, our staff. Just incredible resolve, relentless pursuit to get back here and to try to find a way to win. Just awesome, man.”
The Over/Under for this year’s game is 51 despite the fact these two teams put up 85 points in last year’s match up.
Alabama’s defense has been very stingy this year, giving up 12 points or less in 10 of their wins including two shutouts and in two games giving up just a field goal.
The total has gone Under in five of Alabama’s last seven games.
The total has gone Over in four of Clemson’s last five games. The fewest points they have scored this year is 19, which came in their opener against Auburn. They have scored more than 30 points 11 times this year.
According to Oddsshark, the game matches up the Alabama Crimson Tide No. 15-ranked offense (39.36 PPG) against a Clemson Tigers defense that ranks No. 7 at 17.07 PPG. The Alabama Crimson Tide passing attack has averaged 212.14 yards per game, more than the Clemson Tigers give up through the air (183.79 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Clemson Tigers feature the league’s No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 112.17 yards per game. Alabama, meanwhile, ranks No. 37 in rushing offense at home.
The championship game will be televised on ESPN with a start time of 8:00 ET.