Free 2019 National Championship Prediction: Tigers vs Crimson Tide Odds
Looking for #2 vs. #1 Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide free picks? College Football National Championship betting sees the Tigers taking on the Crimson Tide Monday January 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Clemson Alabama National Championship free pick.
College Football Handicapping: National Championship
(14-0) Clemson Tigers #2 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide #1 (14-0)
Date: Monday, January 7th 2019
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -9
NCAA Betting Over Under / Total Odds: 61
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Well, no one can begrudge the format in college football this season, as the two best teams are clearly playing for the national title in the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It is a rematch that’s happened frequently over the past few seasons, and although variety may be the spice of life, don’t tell Clemson coach Dabo Swinney or ‘Bama legend Nick Saban.
Both teams feature electric underclassmen on offense and stacked, talented depth everywhere else on the roster.
Clemson and Alabama both stomped their competition in the National Semifinal contests too; though ‘Bama surrendered a few more points to a dangerous Oklahoma offense (including Heisman winning QB Kyler Murray), neither of the results were in jeopardy.
It should be another dandy in the Bay Area in the New Year, in what will be the fourth meeting of these two in the CFP era.
Since Swinney grabbed this program up by the bootstrap a half decade or so ago, the element that has really separated Clemson is the amazing job on the recruiting trail.
Evidence of this comes with stud freshman QB Trevor Lawrence, WR Justin Ross and sophomore WR Tee Higgins. At the skill positions, it’s the young bucks that get the job done for the Orange and Purple.
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention super soph RB Travis Etienne, who’s racked up 1,572 rush yards and 22 TDs on the campaign.
On the other side of the ball, Clemson’s defense has been excellent for a few years now, thanks to the embarrassment of talent they’ve stacked in the Palmetto State. The Tigers’ ‘D’ has been yielding just 13.9 points per game this season, in this era of dynamic offenses, that metric is truly remarkable.
Clemson is talented and well-coached up and down, and the Tigers have more than shown they can run with Alabama with the first two meetings of these teams in the National Championship, which were some of the best in the sport’s history.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Virtually every comment just bestowed to Clemson can be applied to ‘Bama, except perhaps magnified.
Coach Saban has built the best dynasty in college football history, and he’s done what would have been inconceivable a couple of decades ago – he has superseded Tuscaloosa deity Bear Bryant as the most important figure in Alabama football lore.
Indeed, the Tide are going for their sixth national title under Nick Saban’s guidance, and the seasons that Alabama hasn’t won it all, it has been ousted in the semifinal game.
One of the utterly steadiest marquee teams is led by sophomore Heisman runner-up Tua Tagavailoa under center. Other skill-position dynamos asserted themselves versus Oklahoma – WRs Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, RB Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris, TE Hale Hentges.
‘Bama’s offensive and defensive lines can bully the opposition consistently, so it should be an excellent match-up of the Tide’s size and pro readiness on the lines against Clemson’s athleticism and agility.
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Despite those that might grumble about the sport’s lack of parity over recent years, everyone is hoping for another instant classic with this game, and they should get it.
Clemson has grabbed one of the three previous titles played between these two (2016), but the Tigers will surely be hungry for more against Coach Swinney’s alma mater.
4* Free NCAA Over Under Total Betting Pick: 63 (Over 61)
If any team has the electric speed to trouble Alabama, it’s the Tigers (and not LSU, anymore). Still, one has to think it’s only a fool that bets against the Tide. Saban has a seemingly limitless supply of motivation for this football program, they can always summon supplies of inspiration when the big game rolls around.
Alabama’s many future NFL’ers know they will be playing in the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium again before long, so they’ll look to raise the eybrows of the pro scouts in attendance.
I expect an excellent game with a hearty helping of scoring, but I also think Alabama should once again emerge as champions, with a close game that has Tide fans chewing their nails to the quick.
National Championship Free Score Prediction: Alabama 35 – Clemson 28
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