The Clemson Tigers will have a chance to avenge last year’s CFP National Championship loss to top ranked Alabama when the two squads meet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Monday night (7:00pm ET, ESPN). Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the Tigers, the college football odds makers at Bovada.lv are predicting another Crimson Tide title. The latest 2017 CFP National Championship Alabama vs Clemson odds have Nick Saban’s crew listed as a -6 against the spread and -225 money line favorite.
Clemson, no doubt, knew it would be an underdog in the title game the moment it secured an easy 31-0 victory over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. It probably rejoiced at the fact as well.
Not only did the Tigers prove they are the same caliber team as Alabama in last year’s championship clash, racking 31 first downs and 550 total yards to the Tide’s 18 and 473, respectively, they also perform incredibly well when getting points.
Playing on Dabo Swinney’s Tigers as an underdog has been a wise investment, especially in bowl play. That was proven out again in Clemson’s aforementioned destruction of Ohio State. The Tigers, who were lined at +3 in the contest, improved to 5-1 straight up and 6-0 against the spread as a bowl dog under Swinney with the win.
Obviously, last year’s CFP finale marked another ATS victory for the team as it slipped just inside the six point line, but it still represented a win for Alabama. In fact, it secured a fifth national championship for Nick Saban and his fourth title since taking over in Tuscaloosa in 2007.
Alabama will look to continue that unprecedented run on Monday and if it is able, it will mark just the second time Saban has produced an unblemished record. The other came in 2009 when the Mark Ingram led Tide finished 14-0.
2017 CFP National Championship Betting Trends:
Clemson is 11-3 against the spread (8-6 straight up) in its last 14 games playing as an underdog.
Clemson is 7-1 against the spread under Swinney when playing as a +6 or more underdog.
2017 CFP National Championship Alabama vs Clemson Odds: College Football Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Clemson Tigers +6 (+100), Over 51 (-110), +185 (Moneyline)
Alabama Crimson Tide -6 (-120), Under 51 (-110), -225 (Moneyline)