It seemed as though Alabama and Clemson were on a collision course from the very beginning of the season. For the fourth consecutive season, the Crimson Tide and Tigers will face off in the College Football Playoff, and for the third time in those four meetings, this game will determine the national champion.
Given that the College Football Playoff National Championship is one of the most high-profile football games of the season, there are plenty of options for betting on the game's outcome and on individual performances. Chris Fallica, Will Harris, Phil Steele and "Stanford Steve" Coughlin are here to offer insights and picks for the game. Their analysis includes a handful of props that could prove valuable in what's likely to be a tightly contested title game.
Game time is Eastern. All lines from Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
College Football Playoff National Championship
Alabama Crimson Tide (-4.5) vs. Clemson Tigers
Monday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
PickCenter consensus: 57 percent picked Alabama
Harris: The defensive front sevens have the advantage for both teams, but both sides are weak in the secondary, with a lot of skill on the field for both offenses. That has me leaning over the total of 59 in what will be a pass-first affair.
The early sharp money is backing Clemson, as a line that opened at -6 or -6.5 is now -4.5 or -5 at most stores. We expect a competitive game as well, but we lean toward