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Early Money On Alabama to Cover Against Clemson in College Football National Championship

Dec 30, 2018 9:38 AM EST

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Slade Bolden

  • Alabama is a 6.5-point favorite over Clemson in the 2019 College Football National Championship Game (Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
  • According to The Action Network's public betting data, early money is backing the Crimson Tide to cover the spread.

Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal matchups are barely in the books, but bettors are already turning their attention to the 2019 College Football National Chamionship Game between Clemson and Alabama.

With Clemson an easy winner over Notre Dame and Alabama dominating the first quarter against Oklahoma, some sportsbooks posted the Tide as 9-point favorites against the Tigers in early, low-limit openers.

The national championship point spread quickly dropped to Alabama -6.5 in less than hour. At around 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, market-setting sportsbooks opened the Crimson Tide as 6.5-point favorites.

While some are still at 6.5, plenty of sportsbooks have adjusted down to 6 as well.

Interestingly, The Action Network’s public betting data is reporting that 56% of tickets wagered on the spread are on Alabama, suggesting relatively balanced action.

However, 76% of early money is backing the Tide.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the money is particularly sharp, especially considering that the line has moved against Alabama.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — which track and report professional betting action in real-time — have remained silent since oddsmakers opened lines for this matchup, indicating that wiseguys have yet to reveal their hands.

With more than a week until this game kicks off, there’s still plenty of time for more money — both sharp and public — to come in on Alabama-Clemson.

As a result, be sure to download The Action Network’s mobile app to track real-time odds and betting percentage updates for the 2019 College Football National Championship Game.

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