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- Sharps are betting both the spread and over for tonight's college football national championship game between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide (8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- Using The Action Network's betting tools, we examine how professionals are playing Clemson-Alabama.
High-profile matchups, like tonight’s college football national championship game between Clemson and Alabama, drive massive interest from fans, plenty of coverage from mainstream sports media and monster television ratings.
With the entire sports world focused on just one game, casual bettors come out of the woodwork to bet on a contest that everyone will be watching. But just because a game is “big” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s also a smart bet.
This is one of the key differences between recreational bettors and professionals — also known as “sharps” — who consistently win over the long haul.
Casual bettors overwhelmingly wager for “action,” while sharps only bet if a line is offering value, even in a game as big as the college football national championship.
As a result, championship matchups are often devoid of money from professional bettors, even if a game is attracting plenty of action overall.
However, tonight’s Clemson-Alabama showdown has been a very popular target of professional bettors, who have taken positions on both the spread and over/under.
Clemson-Alabama Spread: Sharp Action
Oddsmakers at market-setting sportsbooks — those that accept high-limit wagers from respected bettors — opened the point spread for the national championship game at Alabama -6.5.
According to The Action Network’s public betting data, 59% of bets have taken the Crimson Tide, yet the line has dropped to Alabama -5.5 at most sportsbooks across the market.