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. 

<h2 style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live Game Odds">2019 National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">8 p.m., January 27 (ESPN)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California</h2><p> </p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3699994, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,169,1602], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3699994, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,169,1602], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3699994, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1096,93,169,1602], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Alabama Crimson Tide National Title Trends</h2><p> </p><h2><strong>Alabama 2018 Betting Records</strong></h2><p><strong>SU Record: </strong>14-0<br /><strong>Avg. SU Margin:</strong> 31.5<br /><strong>ATS Record:</strong> 7-6-1<br /><strong>Avg. ATS Margin: </strong>3.2<br /><strong>Avg. Line:</strong> -28.2<br /><strong>O/U Record:</strong> 7-6-1<br /><strong>Avg. O/U Margin:</strong> 7.1<br /><strong>Avg. Total: </strong>62.8</p><h2><strong>Bowl Game Records (Since 1980)</strong></h2><table border="1" style="width:100%"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Season</th> <th>Team</th> <th>Opponent</th> <th>Final</th> <th>Line</th> <th>Total</th> <th>SU W/L</th> <th>ATS W/L</th> <th>O/U Record</th> </tr> <tr> <td>1980</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Baylor</td> <td>30-2</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1981</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Texas</td> <td>12-14</td> <td>-2</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1982</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Illinois</td> <td>21-15</td> <td>-5.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1983</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>SMU</td> <td>28-7</td> <td>4</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>USC</td> <td>24-3</td> <td>-5.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1986</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Washington</td> <td>28-6</td> <td>-2</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1987</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan</td> <td>24-28</td> <td>-1</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1988</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Army</td> <td>29-28</td> <td>-14</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1989</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Miami (FL)</td> <td>25-33</td> <td>9</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1990</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Louisville</td> <td>7-34</td> <td>-8</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1991</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Colorado</td> <td>30-25</td> <td>-2</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1992</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Miami (FL)</td> <td>34-13</td> <td>8</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1993</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>N. Carolina</td> <td>24-10</td> <td>3.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1994</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Ohio St.</td> <td>24-17</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1996</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan</td> <td>17-14</td> <td>0</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1998</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Va. Tech</td> <td>7-38</td> <td>5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1999</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan</td> <td>34-35</td> <td>-1</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Iowa St.</td> <td>14-13</td> <td>-6</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2004</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Minnesota</td> <td>16-20</td> <td>-1</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2005</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Texas Tech</td> <td>13-10</td> <td>3</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Oklahoma St.</td> <td>31-34</td> <td>2</td> <td>51</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Colorado</td> <td>30-24</td> <td>-4</td> <td>52</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2008</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Utah</td> <td>17-31</td> <td>-9</td> <td>45.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2009</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Texas</td> <td>37-21</td> <td>-4</td> <td>46</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2010</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan St.</td> <td>49-7</td> <td>-10</td> <td>51.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2011</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>LSU</td> <td>21-0</td> <td>-2</td> <td>40.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2012</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Notre Dame</td> <td>42-14</td> <td>-10</td> <td>41</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2013</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>31-45</td> <td>-16.5</td> <td>51.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2014</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Ohio St.</td> <td>35-42</td> <td>-8</td> <td>59</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Michigan St.</td> <td>38-0</td> <td>-10</td> <td>44.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>45-40</td> <td>-6.5</td> <td>50.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Washington</td> <td>24-7</td> <td>-15.5</td> <td>51.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>31-35</td> <td>-6.5</td> <td>51.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>24-6</td> <td>-3</td> <td>46.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Georgia</td> <td>26-23</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>47</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2018</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>45-34</td> <td>-13.5</td> <td>79.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><h2>Bowl Game Trends</h2><ul> <li>Since 1980, Alabama is just 8-5 SU and 4-9 ATS laying more than 5.5 points on the<a href="" title="Live College Football Odds"> college football oddsboard</a> in bowl games. This includes 10 clashes (7-3 SU, 4-6 ATS) under head coach Nick Saban.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Orange Bowl Champions!&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#OutworkYesterday&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CapitalOneOrangeBowl&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CFBPlayoff&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RollTide&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;December 30, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Alabama vs. ACC (Since 1980)</h2><blockquote data-lang="en"> </blockquote><ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li></ul><h2><a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Live Game Odds">Alabama vs. Clemson</a> (Since 1980)</h2><ul> <li>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.</li></ul><h2>Trends Under Head Coach Nick Saban</h2><ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li></ul><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Clemson National Title Trends</a></h2>
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