Alabama Vs. Clemson: Crimson Tide National Title Trends

Monday, December 31, 2018 12:25 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 12:25 PM UTC

Betting the College Football Playoff National Championship? Here's a key numbers primer for the Alabama Crimson Tide, including against-the-spread records and lines in bowl games, conference matchups, and under head coach Nick Saban. 

2019 National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson8 p.m., January 27 (ESPN)Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

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Alabama Crimson Tide National Title Trends

Alabama 2018 Betting Records

SU Record: 14-0
Avg. SU Margin: 31.5
ATS Record: 7-6-1
Avg. ATS Margin: 3.2
Avg. Line: -28.2
O/U Record: 7-6-1
Avg. O/U Margin: 7.1
Avg. Total: 62.8

Bowl Game Records (Since 1980)
Season Team Opponent Final Line Total SU W/L ATS W/L O/U Record
1980 Alabama Baylor 30-2 -3.5 N/A W W N/A
1981 Alabama Texas 12-14 -2 N/A L L N/A
1982 Alabama Illinois 21-15 -5.5 N/A W W N/A
1983 Alabama SMU 28-7 4 N/A W W N/A
1985 Alabama USC 24-3 -5.5 N/A W W N/A
1986 Alabama Washington 28-6 -2 N/A W W N/A
1987 Alabama Michigan 24-28 -1 N/A L L N/A
1988 Alabama Army 29-28 -14 N/A W L N/A
1989 Alabama Miami (FL) 25-33 9 N/A L W N/A
1990 Alabama Louisville 7-34 -8 N/A L L N/A
1991 Alabama Colorado 30-25 -2 N/A W W N/A
1992 Alabama Miami (FL) 34-13 8 N/A W W N/A
1993 Alabama N. Carolina 24-10 3.5 N/A W W N/A
1994 Alabama Ohio St. 24-17 -3.5 N/A W W N/A
1996 Alabama Michigan 17-14 0 N/A W W N/A
1998 Alabama Va. Tech 7-38 5 N/A L L N/A
1999 Alabama Michigan 34-35 -1 N/A L L N/A
2001 Alabama Iowa St. 14-13 -6 N/A W L N/A
2004 Alabama Minnesota 16-20 -1 N/A L L N/A
2005 Alabama Texas Tech 13-10 3 N/A W W N/A
2006 Alabama Oklahoma St. 31-34 2 51 L L O
2007 Alabama Colorado 30-24 -4 52 W W O
2008 Alabama Utah 17-31 -9 45.5 L L O
2009 Alabama Texas 37-21 -4 46 W W O
2010 Alabama Michigan St. 49-7 -10 51.5 W W O
2011 Alabama LSU 21-0 -2 40.5 W W U
2012 Alabama Notre Dame 42-14 -10 41 W W O
2013 Alabama Oklahoma 31-45 -16.5 51.5 L L O
2014 Alabama Ohio St. 35-42 -8 59 L L O
2015 Alabama Michigan St. 38-0 -10 44.5 W W U
2015 Alabama Clemson 45-40 -6.5 50.5 W L O
2016 Alabama Washington 24-7 -15.5 51.5 W W U
2016 Alabama Clemson 31-35 -6.5 51.5 L L O
2017 Alabama Clemson 24-6 -3 46.5 W W U
2017 Alabama Georgia 26-23 -3.5 47 W L O
2018 Alabama Oklahoma 45-34 -13.5 79.5 W L U

Bowl Game Trends
  • Since 1980, Alabama is just 8-5 SU and 4-9 ATS laying more than 5.5 points on the college football oddsboard in bowl games. This includes 10 clashes (7-3 SU, 4-6 ATS) under head coach Nick Saban.
  • The Crimson Tide are 9-6 SU and 5-10 ATS when coming off a win by more than a touchdown entering a bowl game since 1980. They topped Oklahoma by 11 points (45-34) in the 2018 Orange Bowl.
  • Since 1980, Alabama is 21-2 SU and 19-4 ATS holding teams to fewer than 28 points in bowl games. Three opponents have scored four touchdowns or more against the Tide this season: Arkansas (31), Georgia (28), and Oklahoma (34). Alabama has never allowed more than three opponents to reach this points threshold in any season under Saban.
  • Over the last three-and-a-half decades, Alabama is an impressive 10-4 SU and ATS in bowl matchups against teams that won by two touchdowns or more in their previous effort. Clemson thrashed Notre Dame 30-3 last time out in the 2018 Cotton Bowl.

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Alabama vs. ACC (Since 1980)
  • Alabama is 15-4 SU and 11-8 ATS against the ACC since 1980, covering a -12.4 average line by 2.6 points per game. Three of four bowl matchups in this span have come against Clemson in the College Football Playoffs.
  • On neutral soil, ‘Bama is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in this span, all but one matchup played outside of the Saban era. Going off a -7.7 average favorite, the Crimson Tide wins by a 33.6 to 17.3 average score line. Six of nine opponents have failed to score more than 14 points.
Alabama vs. Clemson (Since 1980)
  • Alabama is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in head-to-head battles against Clemson in the modern era (post 1980). Alabama has put up 24 points or more in each contest, averaging 33.5 overall.
Trends Under Head Coach Nick Saban
  • The “over” is 21-8-2 (72.4 percent) when Alabama plays on neutral soil behind Saban. Posting 34.8 points per game, the Crimson Tide has surpassed their projected team total in 22 of 31 contests.
  • Saban is just 20-8 SU and 12-15-1 ATS (44.4 percent) against teams ranked No. 6 or higher. Versus those rated from 7-25, he is 40-9 SU and 30-18-1 ATS (62.5 percent) all-time.
  • Alabama is 27-12 SU and 17-22 ATS (43.6 percent) under Saban kicking off a favorite with a line in-between a field goal and 10 points. It has yet to cover the spread in four College Football Playoff contests under these conditions, coming up 6.8 point shy of a -6.1 average line.
Clemson National Title Trends
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