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Clemson vs. Alabama 1/7/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

Clemson vs. Alabama 1/7/2019 Picks Predictions Previews
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Clemson vs. Alabama Game Notes—These teams have met the past three years in the playoffs with Alabama winning two of the three games. It was Clemson covering two of those games. Last year it was Alabama with the 24-6 win in the semifinals to Clemson as a -3.5 betting odds favorite. The Tigers offense struggled in the loss gaining only 188 yards rushing for 1.9 yards per rush. Tua did not play in that game as Jalen Hurts got the start. Tua relived in the championship game in the finals hitting for the game winning touchdown against Georgia.

Clemson improved to 14-0 following the 30-3 victory in the semifinals to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as a -10.5 betting odds favorite. Tigers built on a 23-3 halftime lead. They gained 538 offensive yards with 211 rushing for 5.7 yards per run. Trevor Lawrence hit on 27 of 39 for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Team had a +1 turnover margin. Travis Etienne ran for 109 yards and a touchdown. On defense Clemson allowed 248 yards to the Notre Dame offense with 160 passing and an interception. They did allow 88 yards rushing on 35 carries for 2.5 yards per run.

Clemson vs. Alabama Predictions 1/7/2019

Alabama moved to 14-0 after the 45-34 victory in the semifinals to the Oklahoma Sooners as a -14.5 betting odds favorite. Crimson Tide were able to hold their early 28-0 second quarter lead. Their offense produced 528 yards with 200 rushing for 4.8 yards per carry. Tua Tagovailoa hit on 24 of 27 for 318 yards with four touchdowns. Josh Jacobs rushed for 98 yards on 15 carries with key fourth quarter runs to help milk the clock. Defensively Alabama did allow 471 yards to the Oklahoma offense with 308 passing and two touchdowns. They did allow 163 rushing yards for 5.1 yards per run.

Clemson vs. Alabama Pick—College football pick is Alabama Crimson Tide -5. Alabama had the more difficult schedule. They did pick up wins to Texas A&M, Missouri, Mississippi St and Auburn at home. They went on the road to beat LSU. A victory to Georgia and Oklahoma on a neutral field. Texas A&M and LSU did win their bowl games against good teams. What was impressive was the Crimson Tide faced LSU and Mississippi St in back to back weeks. That was the hardest part of their schedule. They outscored the Tigers and Bulldogs by a combined 53-0. That was the most impressive back to back wins by any team this season. Crimson Tide pointed to peak their regular season defense for those back to back games. Now Nick Saban will have his defense peak for Clemson with a month off prior to their win against Oklahoma. Crimson Tide got their full game endurance workout in the semifinals. Second game off the layoff for Alabama means their defense will put on a peak performance. Clemson did not face near the competition that the Crimson Tide did. Tigers quarterback Tyler Lawrence is a freshman and will have a tough time facing a Nick Saban defense for the first time. Look, with all those very good defensive teams on their schedule the Crimson Tide still averaged 527 yards and 47.7 points per game. Schedule strength and experience at quarterback gives Alabama an edge in this spot. Tua has been in this spotlight. Play Alabama -5.

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Clemson vs. Alabama 1/7/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

Start Time: 8 PM ET

Location: Santa Clara

Date: 1/7/2019


College Football Odds: Alabama -5

Over Under Total Odds: 58.5

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