Are Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers a good ATS pick as nearly touchdown underdogs when they take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the college football National Championship on Monday night? Are the Tide an even better Moneyline pick to win outright? Should you bet on the Over…or…maybe, the Under?
If you want to know how to bet the upcoming 2016 CFP National Championship, then read on. I’ve got some helpful tips that will assist you in your efforts to cash in on this season’s highly-anticipated championship game rematch between the Tigers and the Tide. Let’s get started.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The CFB Championship Game
2016 CFP National Championship
Clemson Tigers (13-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (14-0)
When: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Time: 8:00 PM ET
NCAAF Odds: Alabama -6.5 / Total: 51
Moneyline: Clemson -105 vs. Alabama -116
The first thing you need to know is that Alabama Crimson Tide (14-0 SU, 10-4 ATS) has not lost a game since the 2014 season, making them a very attractive SU moneyline pick against Clemson in the national championship. Clemson (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS) has only suffered three losses since the start of the 205 season, so it’s not like they’re easily beatable as well.
Clemson has compiled a perfect 6-0 ATS mark in their last six bowl games and covered the spread against the Tide in last season’s national championship. The Tigers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine neutral site games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an SU win and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Alabama is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games and an identical 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams from the ACC.
Home and Away
Clemson went 6-0 SU but just 2-4 ATS on the road this season while Alabama went 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their five road dates this season.
Over/Under Total Betting
The Crimson Tide went 6-8 O/U this season including 2-7 O/U at home and 4-1 O/U on the road. The Tigers went 7-7 O/U this season including 3-5 O/U at home and 4-2 O/U on the road.
Favorite and Underdog Betting
Alabama went 10-4 ATS this season as they were favored in every contest while Clemson went 2-0 ATS as an underdog this season.
Championship Game History
Last year, the Clemson Tigers cashed in as a 6-point championship underdog against the Crimson Tide to give underdogs 3-2 ATS mark over the last five national championship matchups. However, over the last eight title games, the favorite has gone 5-3 ATS with Alabama cashing in three times as a favorite. Dogs and favorites have split the last 10 national championship matchups evenly and the same goes for the last 16 national championship overall.
By the Numbers
Clemson holds the slight edge in scoring at 39.5 points per game to 39.3 points per contest for Alabama. Clemson also holds the edge in passing while Alabama has the superior rushing attack.
Last but not least, you should know that 60 percent of public bettors like Clemson to cover the national championship spread – and so do I!