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There was hope for the challengers going into the semifinal matchups, but it was not to be. As expected by the college football lines, heavily-favoured Clemson and Alabama dominated their opponents this past Saturday and will meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth year in a row, with the upcoming meeting on January 7 marking their third bout in the national title game.



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While both teams are undefeated heading into the national championship game and clearly the best teams in the country, the NCAA football odds favour the Crimson Tide, as Nick Saban’s squad has had to face much tougher opposition in the SEC than the Tigers, who made easy work of their noticeably weaker ACC schedule. Still, Clemson knows how to get the best out of their players against the best college football program over the last decade.


The Tigers were able to squeeze out a close victory in the 2016 championship game and came incredibly close the following year as well. But they were humiliated in last season’s semifinal matchup against Nick Saban and company in a 24-6 rout, so motivation won’t be an issue for Dabo Swinney’s group. Here’s an in-depth look at the college football betting lines for the upcoming battle of the two undisputed greatest teams in the sport today.




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Alabama Crimson Tide –235 NCAA Football Odds


The Oklahoma Sooners managed to outscore the mighty Crimson Tide in the second half 24-10, but the outcome of the game was never really in question, as Lincoln Riley’s squad fell behind 28-0 at the beginning of the second quarter. The deficit proved too much for the Sooners despite Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray finding his form as the game progressed. The Tide prevailed in a comfortable 45-34 win, securing their spot in the national championship game for the fourth year in a row.


Looking for their third national championship in just four seasons, Alabama has the experts on their side once again, with the NCAAF odds favouring the Tide by a 6.5-point spread over Clemson. In terms of moneyline betting, Alabama’s 2019 College Football Championship odds are -225, which isn’t surprising considering the type of show they’ve put on throughout this season. On the college football odds board, the total is set at 60 points for the game, with the Under warranting a slight premium at -115 odds (the Over is set at -105 odds).


‘Bama has the firepower to contend with Clemson, but as mentioned above, the Tigers won’t be intimidated by their opponents in the slightest, so Nick Saban has to ensure his squad is ready for a fight. Both teams showcase spectacular play in the trenches on either side of the ball and quarterback play from both Tagovailoa and Lawrence is a sight to behold. Have your popcorn ready for this one.


Clemson Tigers +185 NCAA Football Odds


Unlike Alabama, who suffocated their opponent from the very beginning of their semifinal tilt, Clemson’s fans had to sweat it out a bit longer. Their team was tied 3-3 when the first quarter expired against Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. From the second quarter onwards, however, it became evident that Clemson was simply too much for Notre Dame, who failed to score for the rest of the contest in a 30-3 annihilation by the Tigers.


True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence looked like a bona fide star and a future first overall NFL selection on the biggest stage in college football, carving up the touted Notre Dame defense for 264 yards (Cotton Bowl record) and three touchdowns (College Football Playoff record) in the first half alone. While Clemson is known for their elite defense, which played stellar football even without suspended defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, their young quarterback is perhaps their most important X-factor when it comes to facing a scary Alabama offense.


Trevor Lawrence and his flawless delivery will attempt to overcome their underdog +185 NCAAF Championship odds, and he’ll have some help. Running back Travis Etienne rushed with a purpose against Notre Dame, inflicting most of his damage in the second half. Etienne would finish with 109 yards on the ground and a not-too-shabby 7.8 yards per carry, but facing Alabama’s stingy defense could prove to be a different story. This Clemson-Alabama matchup should be a compelling one, so make sure you tune in and check out Bodog for more NCAAF Championship betting odds and options.



*Odds as of January 2, 2019



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