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Alabama-Oklahoma Betting Odds: Opening Line for 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal

Dec 02, 2018 1:02 PM EST

Alabama-Oklahoma Betting Odds

  • Betting Line: Alabama -14.5
  • Over/Under: 79
  • Date: Dec. 29
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

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Oklahoma and Alabama will meet in the semifinals of the 2018 College Football Playoff after they each won their conference titles over the weekend.

Oddsmakers have made the Tide 14.5-point favorites, almost their lowest line of the season (closed -12 vs. Georgia).

Alabama would be favored on a neutral field against anyone in the country by at least 2.5 points, according to our power ratings.

Alabama-Oklahoma Betting Odds

Westgate opened Alabama -14.5. The Tide have stayed there in early betting.

Alabama has been favored in 52 straight games, so naturally it has been favored in every College Football Playoff matchup it has ever played. The Tide are making their fifth appearance in the CFP’s five-year existence.

There have been just two double-digit favorites in College Football Playoff history — Alabama -10 vs. Michigan State in 2015 and Alabama -15.5 vs. Washington in 2016.

How Alabama Reached the College Football Playoff

The Tide took no prisoners all season, winning their first 12 games by at least 20 points before narrowly escaping against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Even with a loss to Georgia, Alabama likely would have gotten in the playoff.

How Oklahoma Reached the College Football Playoff

The Sooners have used the nation’s best offense to carry a porous defense that’s allowed 32.4 points per game, which is 96th in the nation.

Oklahoma’s schedule wasn’t murderer’s row by any means, but the Sooners avenged their only loss to Texas and didn’t suffer any blowout losses like Ohio State did. That ultimately was the difference.

College Football Playoff Betting History

Alabama has never been an underdog in the College Football Playoff, but is just 3-4 against the spread and lost two of those games outright.

Credit:

Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

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