Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida will be the site for the 2017 CFP National Championship Game, as the Clemson Tigers take on the Alabama Crimson Tide for all the marbles. With memories of the 78th Iron Bowl and the 2016 National Championship Game still fresh in everyone’s minds, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are reacquiented once again, this time with a lot more on the line, according to college football predictions experts.
It’s been more than three years since that shocking finish at Jordan-Hare Stadium and less than a year since Bama’s 45-40 win over the Fighting Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium. However, there will be no shortage of bad blood in the rematch, which is something NCCAF betting aficionados are looking forward to.
Opening kickoff for the 2017 CFP National Championship Game is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast live on ESPN. According to 2017 CFP National Championship oddsmakers and most free college football predictions, Saban’s bunch will be the team to beat yet again this year.
The latest college football point spreads have the Crimson Tide (-7) listed as seven-point favorites to defeat the Tigers (+7) by a touchdown and a point-after. The Over-Under for this contest is set at a combined total of 51 points, and alternate straight-up/money lines go as follows: Alabama (-225) vs. Clemson (+190).
As far as predictions for this game are concerned, I find it extremely hard for Clemson to outlast Bama in this one particularly because of one area. Personally, what separates these teams in my eyes is defense, as it simply doesn’t get much better than the Crimson Tide’s resistance.
However, the question isn’t whether Alabama can beat Clemson. Instead, what every college football bettor wants to know is: Can they do it by more than seven points? As everyone recalls, last year’s game came down to a five-point college football odds differential in favor of the Crimson Tide. This year, I foresee a similar result happening, as I have Bama winning this contest by a single score.
- 2017 CFP National Championship Predictions: Clemson Tigers (+7)