The Crimson Tide could be –7 again by kick-off. They’re one of the most popular teams in college football, and they’ve been immensely profitable this year at 14-0 SU and 10-4 ATS. But there’s been some palace intrigue in Tuscaloosa, as offensive co-ordinator Lane Kiffin has already left the team after accepting the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic. Steve Sarkisian will take his place a little earlier than expected.
Clemson (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS) looks better than last year’s squad, especially after blanking the Ohio State Buckeyes (–1.5) 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semi-finals. The Tigers haven’t won the National Championship since 1981; Alabama has claimed four titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015) since Nick Saban took over the program 10 years ago.
NCAAF Odds: Clemson Tigers Get Another Shot at ‘BamaThe Clemson Tigers beat the spread at last year’s National Championship Game, but they couldn’t beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. They’ll try again Monday night (8 PM ET, ESPN) in Tampa; the spread is the same at Alabama –6, down from –7 at the open, with a total of 51.
It’s been an amazing year for the Crimson Tide (14-0 SU, 10-4 ATS), but they might be in some disarray after offensive co-ordinator Lane Kiffin left the team – he’s coaching Florida Atlantic next year. That could be the difference-maker for the Tigers (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS).