Free College Football Playoff National Championship Game Prediction: Crimson Tide vs. Buckeyes Odds
Looking for Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes free picks? 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game betting sees the Crimson Tide taking on the Buckeyes on Monday, January 11th at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football bowl game predictions like this Alabama Ohio State College Football Playoff National Championship Game free pick.
College Football Handicapping: College Football Playoff National Championship Game
(12-0) Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)
Date: Monday, January 11th, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -8
NCAA Betting Total: 75
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Alabama advanced pretty easily against Notre Dame, though it was not the slaughter that many expected.
Ohio State definitely made a statement in their win against Clemson. They definitely belong among the best teams in the country regardless of the schedule.
The semi-finals give us some hope that this game might be more competitive than expected.
Alabama beat Notre Dame 31-14 in a game that was not as close as that 17 point margin indicates. After getting up 21-7 Alabama seemed to be a little disinterested.
The 31 points they scored was the lowest total of the season for Alabama. Don’t fret Tide fans, I do not think that defenses have figured this group out in the least.
I know it is normal for Nick Saban to lose coaches to other jobs, most recently Steve Sarkisian to Texas. I don’t know the true impact but it could not have helped it will help them this week.
The Alabama defense does not get enough credit this season. They are giving up just 19ppg, though they have been prone against the best offenses they have faced.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes beat the Tigers pretty good. They scored 35 points in the first half against the Tigers and stymied them at nearly every turn.
I wonder how many NFL scouts Justin Fields might have won over with that game against the Tigers. He displayed great toughness and talent in the win.
Trey Sermon also was unbelievable. Since becoming a factor for OSU he has unlocked the offense. He has over 600 yards over the last three games.
Ohio State will probably look to establish the run to work some clock. Most teams think that way against Alabama but in the case of the Buckeyes they might be able to do it.
The question for OSU is whether they can really slow down the Alabama attack. The Buckeyes defense has been awesome against the run, 2nd, but poor against the pass, 116th.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- OSU are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
- OSU are 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games on grass.
- Under is 7-3-1 in OSU last 11 games on grass.
- ALA are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten.
- ALA are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite.
- ALA are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in January.
Free College Football Playoff National Championship Game NCAA Football Pick
Ohio State really showed me something against Clemson. Maybe it was because we haven’t seen them much this year or maybe it was because they are that good. I am not sure.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio State +8
That last point is critical in this one. The way these teams can function on offense it does not seem like there will be a lot of field goal attempts. Touchdowns are going to be needed to be scored for Ohio State and that makes me confident they are can stay within one score.
No half measures.
We will know early in this one whether we have a game.
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