Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide CFP National Championship Game - 1/11/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) at Clemson Tigers (14-0)
College Football: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers +7 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Monday in the CFP National Championship Game.
The Clemson Tigers are the number one ranked team in the nation arriving at this game at 14-0 for the season. The Clemson offense is averaging 38.4 points and 512 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 26 times. Tigers QB Deshaun Watson has completed 68.2 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and he has rushed for 1,032 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wayne Gallman leads the Clemson rushing attack with 1,482 yards and 12 touchdowns and Artavius Scott has 89 catches and five touchdowns. The Clemson defense is allowing 20 points and 3-1.6 yards per game with 16 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, and 43 sacks. B.J. Goodson leads the Tigers with 98 tackles including 5.5 sacks, T.J. Green has 84 tackles, and Ben Boulware has 79 tackles and the big news for Clemson is that Shaq Lawson and his 10.5 sacks should be ready to go for this game. Clemson has been ranked on top since the initial BCS rankings but they have taken on and have relished the underdog role.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 13-1 this season and hit this game ranked number two in the nation. The Alabama offense is averaging 34.4 points and 423.8 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 17 times. Crimson Tide QB Jake Coker has completed 67.1 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he has rushed for two scores. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry leads the Alabama rushing attack with 2,061 yards and 25 touchdowns and Calvin Ridley is the top receiver with 83 catches and seven touchdowns. The Bama defense is allowing 13.4 points and 256.8 yards per game with 18 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, and 50 sacks. Reggie Ragalnd leads the Crimson Tide defense with 97 tackles, Reuben Foster has 64 tackles, and Jonathan Allen has 12 sacks. Alabama has looked like a team on a mission but it would be tough to match last week’s total domination of Michigan State.
Clemson is 4-0 against the spread in their last four bowl games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games. Alabama is 4-0 against the spread against the ACC, 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, and 3-10-1 against the spread in their last 14 non-conference game.
The total for this game keeps dropping likely due to how well both of the defenses played last week but I still see this game going over the total and the lower it gets the stronger the play is.