College Football National Championship Betting Odds: Opening Line For Clemson vs. Alabama
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- Early in the second quarter of Alabama's win over Oklahoma in the semifinals, oddsmakers opened the national championship game point spread vs. Clemson.
- The Tide will be favored in their 54th-straight game and fourth straight in the College Football Playoff against Clemson.
2019 College Football National Championship Odds: Clemson-Alabama
- Odds: Alabama -6.5
- Over/Under: 61
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
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Oddsmakers have posted opening point spreads for the 2019 college football national championship game, making Alabama a 9-point favorite over Clemson. It dropped to -8, then -7, then to -6.5 within an hour. At William Hill, Alabama opened -5.5.
Westgate opened the over/under at 57.5 and moved to 59.5. Most offshore books opened at 61.
The line opened early in the second quarter of Alabama’s game against Oklahoma, when the Tide were up three scores.
The Tide and Tigers have played in the last three College Football Playoffs, including in consecutive national title games. Alabama leads the series 2-1 after winning 24-6 last season in the semifinals.
The Tide have been favored in 54 straight games including this one against Clemson — they were last an underdog to Georgia in 2015.
Clemson was last an underdog against a team not named Alabama in the 2016-17 College Football Playoff, when it was a 1-point dog to Ohio State and won 31-0. The Tigers were also a 1-point dog at home to Louisville earlier that season.
In the 2016 and 2017 national title games, Clemson was a 6.5-point favorite — covering both and winning one outright. Last season in the semifinals, Clemson was +3 and did not cover.