Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Match Preview and Betting Odds 2018/19
January 02, 2019
- Spread: Alabama by 6
- Over/Under: 61
- Money line: Clemson +175.00; Alabama -238.10
Some fans may be tired of seeing Clemson and Alabama play for the national title. But there is an excellent reason why they are—they are the two best teams in college football. Both faced what was believed to be serious competition in their respective semifinal game. Neither had any trouble walking away with a win.
So, for the third time in four years, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will face off in the CFP National Championship game. This year has the potential to be the best game yet between the two.
Both have top-ranked offences (Total yards: Alabama—5th; Clemson—4th). Clemson has a bit more balance on offence (256.3 yards/game rushing and 274.1 yards/game passing). Alabama is known more for running the ball but was a better passing team this season (202 yards/game rushing and 325.6 yards/game passing).
Alabama has had more success at what matters most—scoring. They have averaged 47.7 points/game to 44.3 for Clemson.
But while both have outstanding, talented players on offence neither has faced a defence quite like the one they will see in the national championship game. Clemson has allowed less than 275 total yards a game this season (92.6 yards/game rushing/ 182.1 yards/game passing). They have been just as stingy with the points, too (12.9 points/game allowed).
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Alabama’s defence is not as good statistically, but a case could be made that they faced better offences in the SEC than the Tigers did in the ACC. But they are still going to be the toughest defence that Clemson—and especially freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence – has faced this season.
Both are incredibly talented and very tough teams. But one of them is going to beat the other and be crowned National Champions.
So—who’s going to win?
This is a tough one to call. Both teams pretty much bulldozed their way through the competition this year winning by double figures in almost every game. Clemson had a four-point win over Syracuse when Trevor Lawrence was injured early and a two-point win over Texas A&M. In that game, Lawrence was ineffective as was Clemson’s pass defence, but Kelly Bryant was able to save the day.
Alabama didn’t have a real challenge until the SEC Championship game against Georgia. Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the game but was not playing well before his departure. Jalen Hurts had to come in and save the day.
Georgia was able to pass and run on the Crimson Tide defence.
Both teams are vulnerable to high-powered passing games. But, to be fair, the quarterback play will still have to be exemplary. Tagovailoa led the nation in passing efficiency; Lawrence ranked 15th. So, both teams could have good days throwing the ball.
This one could come down to who can run the ball and take some time off the clock. Both are capable of running the ball well. But Clemson’s defensive front is extremely tough to run on; Alabama’s is just tough.