Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers
Date and Time: Monday, January 9, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
College Football Championship Odds at BetDSI: Alabama -6.5, O/U 51
Alabama vs. Clemson TV Coverage: ESPN
Alabama and Clemson met in a classic last year that the Tide ended up winning 45-40. It was a shootout with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson putting up 478 total yards which were still not enough as the Tide gouged the Clemson defense all night. That type of game should not be in the cards for Monday as Clemson’s defense is much better than it was a year ago while Alabama’s defense is also better.
Clemson has a potent offense that could give Alabama trouble on Monday night. The Tigers feature Watson but they also have a great receiver in Mike Williams who looks ready to start in the NFL right now. Clemson should be able to put up more points than Washington did in the semifinal game and the Tigers defense should be able to contain Alabama’s offense.
The key in this game could be the Clemson run defense against Alabama’s rushing attack. The Tide averaged 5.7 yards per rush while Clemson allowed just 3.5 yards per rush. If Clemson can force Alabama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts into obvious passing situations then the Tigers should have a chance to win.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Tigers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
The Over is 4-1 in the Tigers last 5 games overall. The Under is 4-0 in the Crimson Tide last 4 non-conference games. The Over is 4-0 in the Crimson Tide last 4 games in January. The Over is 3-0-1 in the Crimson Tide last 4 vs. the ACC.
Alabama vs. Clemson Free Picks
The Crimson Tide stunningly made a change at offensive coordinator this week as Lane Kiffin was basically fired and told to get out and go to his new job at FAU. Taking over the play calling duties will be new coordinator Steve Sarkisian. It is hard to see how Alabama is going to have a ton of success on offense against Clemson and I can’t see the Tigers doing much against the Crimson Tide defense. I will take this game under the total.
Alabama vs. Clemson ATS Pick: Under 51at BetDSI
Alabama vs. Clemson Score Prediction: Clemson 21 – Alabama 17