Betting the College Football Playoff
It’s bowl season, and that means that it’s almost time for betting the College Football Playoff. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame all received tickets to the Playoff.
Alabama will meet Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, and Ohio State will play Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Both games will take place on New Year’s Day.
The winners will meet in the National Championship Game on Jan. 11 at Hardrock Stadium in Miami.
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Alabama
Notre Dame will face Alabama in the Rose Bowl. This year’s game will take place from Dallas inside AT&T Stadium due to California’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Notre Dame will enter the Rose Bowl at 10-1. The Fighting Irish suffered their first loss of the season in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson.
The Irish are a 19.5-point underdog against the Crimson Tide. The over/under for the contest has been set at 65.5.
Notre Dame’s offense has carried the team in 2020. Senior quarterback Ian Book has been the man for the Irish all year long. Statistically, the Irish have a better defense than the Tide. Despite this, there’s no doubt who the better team is in this playoff matchup.
Alabama has looked as strong as ever all season long. Its closest victory of the season came against the Florida Gators in the SEC title game. The Tide defeated the Gators 52-46 to continue their undefeated streak in 2020.
Mac Jones, Najee Harris, and DeVonta Smith are the leaders on the offensive side of the ball. This group, along with a strong offensive line, has allowed the Tide to average 49.7 points per game in 2020.
If Notre Dame won this game, it’d be one of the biggest upsets in College Football Playoff history. I’m rolling with the Tide on New Year’s Day.
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No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
Ohio State struggled in the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern. The Wildcats almost upset the Buckeyes, which would’ve knocked the team out of the Playoff. However, they made the top four, and they’ll face the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
This game has the potential to be a very tight contest. Ohio State is 6-0, while Clemson is 10-1.
Ohio State is the most talented team that Clemson has faced this season. Clemson defeated Notre Dame in the ACC Championship Game, 34-10.
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Clemson is a 7.5-point favorite, and the over/under for the Sugar Bowl has been set at 65.5. Ohio State didn’t have countless starters play in the Big Ten Championship Game because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
However, Northwestern exposed some of Ohio State’s weaknesses. I guarantee Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will try to capitalize on these flaws.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is one of the most highly touted NFL prospects in years. Ohio State struggles in the secondary, so Lawrence is poised for a big night.
The only way Ohio State keeps this game close is if it disrupts Lawrence in the pocket. The Buckeyes will need to rush the future first pick and force him into some mistakes.
I don’t believe this will happen. Clemson takes the Sugar Bowl, and it will meet Alabama to decide the champion of college football. Good luck this year betting the College Football Playoff.