2019 National Championship Betting Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets on Clemson-Alabama


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Jan 08, 2019, 07:02 PM EST
  • Our college football experts are giving out their favorite betting picks for the 2019 national championship game between Clemson and Alabama.
  • After offering our favorite props, we wanted to share which side or total we fancy on Monday night.

For the fourth straight season, we will get a Clemson-Alabama showdown, as the Tigers will look to even up the College Football Playoff series at two apiece.

Can the Tigers keep it close with a true freshman quarterback, or will Nick Saban and The Tide assert their dominance to win a fifth national title in eight years?

We’ve enlisted our staff to tell you what they think, and what they’re betting. To see their favorite prop bets, click here.

Clemson vs. Alabama Staff Betting Picks

  • Odds: Alabama -4.5 | O/U: 58
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Location: Santa Clara, Calif.

Collin Wilson: Alabama First Quarter -0.5

There is a game flow both of these teams have followed for most of the year.

Alabama has spent much of the season boat racing teams in the first half before taking its foot off the pedal in the second.

Alabama has scored on its first drive in every 2018 game except Georgia, LSU, and Auburn. Clemson has followed a much different pace, as they have failed to score on their first offensive drive in nine of 14 games. Much like the Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame, a few offensive possession are needed before the Tigers are an efficient and explosive offense.

That could come from a freshman quarterback or making adjustments to play calling in the second quarter. But whatever the case, an Alabama -0.5 first quarter wager is warranted, even though I’m on Clemson for the full game.

Also, if you have yet to get a stake in this game and have the ability to bet live, it may make sense to take Alabama before kick and Clemson before its last second quarter possession if the Tigers will receive the ball in the second half.

Stuckey: Clemson +4.5

As I talked about on our championship preview podcast episode, I have this game as essentially a coin flip between the two best teams in the country.

After a very anti-climatic bowl season (except for that thrilling Washington backdoor), I think we get an absolutely thrilling national championship. I simply have to take the points here with a Clemson team that might actually have the better overall defense — not sure I’ve ever said that before ahead of an Alabama game. I think we get Georgia-Alabama part deux.

I just hope we don’t need a field goal in overtime this year to cover because I do not trust Clemson’s special teams unit one bit.

BlackJack Fletcher:  Clemson ML +180