- The Alabama Crimson Tide are 13.5-point favorites against the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff semifinals (Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- The Oklahoma-Alabama over/under of 79 is the highest in the five-year history of the College Football Playoff.
The 2018 College Football Playoff is set, with Alabama a 13.5-point favorite against Oklahoma and Clemson an 11.5-point favorite over Notre Dame.
Considering there have only been two double-digit favorites — Alabama over Michigan State (2015) and Washington (2016) — in College Football Playoff history, early point spreads suggest that both Alabama and Clemson are in a tier by themselves, at least in the eyes of oddsmakers.
Sportsbooks are also expecting Oklahoma-Alabama (Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN) to be an extremely high-scoring affair, evidenced by the current over/under of 79.
According to Bet Labs, a closing total of 79 would set a record for the highest over/under in the five-year history of the College Football Playoff.
The current record comes from the 2015 matchup between Florida State and Oregon that included a total of 74. The Ducks won, 59-20, pushing that game over.
Here’s a list of all College Football Playoff over/unders to date:
In very early betting, 52% of tickets and 75% of dollars wagered on the total have played the over.
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