Free 2016 National Championship Prediction: Crimson Tide vs Tigers Odds
College football betting on the 2016 CFP National Championship sees the Alabama Crimson Tide taking on the Clemson Tigers Monday January 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
CFP National Championship 2016
Clemson Tigers (14-0) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)
Date: Monday January 11
Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -7
NCAA Betting Total: 51
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After winning their Semi Final matchups, the BCS Playoff held to form as the #1 Clemson Tigers and #2 Alabama Crimson Tide square off for a BCS Title.
Defense dominated both games as they both fell underneath the listed totals during both teams Semi Final games. Alabama racked up 38 points themselves, but with their shut out of the Spartans, the total did not go over. As for Clemson, they used a dominate 2nd half defensive performance to shut out the Sooners, leaving over backers frustrated after a solid first half had the game trending over.
The Crimson Tide have been simply dominated their opponents this season.
They bring in a 13-1 record with the lone blemish being an early season matchup against Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide defense had a very rare off game as they saw the Rebels rack up 43 points in a 43-37 loss.
With the exception of that performance, teams rarely found the end zone against this Crimson Tide defense. Alabama did allow 23 points to the Aggies, but besides that, the next highest points total allowed was 17 to Wisconsin in the first game of the season.
This Crimson Tide defense allowed just 13.4 points per game on the season. They held teams like Michigan State to 0 points and Arkansas to 14. They allowed less than 14 points a ridiculous 10 times this season.
Their O/U record sits at 5-9 on the season. The offense was extremely good, but they like to use the entire play clock and win the time of possession. Alabama uses RB Derrick Henry to wear opponents down with runs right up the middle.
The Tigers are just the opposite which makes this total very interesting.
The Tigers run and gun and like to take their shots down field. On the season they scored 38.4 points per game. They bring in an O/U record of 8-6 on the season. Why is their discrepancy on the over not more lopsided? The defense has quietly stepped up for the Tigers.
While the offense gets all the recognition, the defense allowed just 20.0 points per game on the season. Clemson
The defense did struggle down the stretch of the season though. In their final two games of the season, the Tigers allowed South Carolina and North Carolina to score 59 points combined. Teams score on Clemson when they take their shots on long balls as the secondary is probably the weakest part of this Tigers defense.
Clemson’s defense did step up in the Semi Final game in a big way allowing a fast paced, high scoring, Oklahoma offense to get just 17 points. The Sooners and Crimson Tide have very different styles of offense, which will make this total very interesting.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 6-1 in Crimson Tide last 7 games in January.
- Under is 4-1 in Crimson Tide last 5 games on grass.
- Over is 8-2 in Crimson Tide last 10 bowl games.
- Under is 10-3 in Tigers last 13 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 6-2 in Tigers last 8 non-conference games.
Free Championship NCAA Football Prediction
This game will be so interesting on so many levels. Two very different offensive styles clash, leaving so many questions defensively.
Will Alabama open the playbook or stick to allowing Henry to wear teams down? How will Clemson’s fast pace be able to deal with the Alabama quick to the ball defensive style?
4* Free NCAA Over/Under Betting Pick: Under
Both teams will be very tentative as they won’t want to make an early mistake. Look for a lot of run plays and clock ticks as this game is lower scoring.
2015 BCS National Championship Free Score Prediction: Alabama 23- Clemson 16
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