Alabama Vs. Clemson: Tigers National Title Trends

Monday, December 31, 2018 5:16 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 5:16 PM UTC

Betting the College Football Playoff National Championship? Here's a key numbers primer for the Clemson Tigers, including against-the-spread records, lines, and trends in bowl games, conference matchups, and contests under head coach Dabo Swinney.

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

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Clemson Tigers National Title TrendsClemson 2018 Betting Records

SU Record: 14-0
Avg. SU Margin: 31.3
ATS Record: 9-5
Avg. ATS Margin: 7.0
Avg. Line: -24.4
O/U Record: 6-8
Avg. O/U Margin: 1.2
Avg. Total: 56.0

Bowl Game Results (Since 1980)
Season Team Opponent Final Line Total SU W/L ATS W/L O/U Record
1981 Clemson Nebraska 22-15 4 N/A W W N/A
1985 Clemson Minnesota 13-20 -4 N/A L L N/A
1986 Clemson Stanford 27-21 -3.5 N/A W W N/A
1987 Clemson Penn St. 35-10 -2 N/A W W N/A
1988 Clemson Oklahoma 13-6 -1 N/A W W N/A
1989 Clemson W. Virginia 27-7 -7 N/A W W N/A
1990 Clemson Illinois 30-0 -3 N/A W W N/A
1991 Clemson California 13-37 0 N/A L L N/A
1993 Clemson Kentucky 14-13 -2.5 N/A W L N/A
1995 Clemson Syracuse 0-41 -2 N/A L L N/A
1996 Clemson LSU 7-10 6.5 N/A L W N/A
1997 Clemson Auburn 17-21 4 N/A L P N/A
1999 Clemson Mississippi St. 7-17 -3 N/A L L N/A
2000 Clemson Va. Tech 20-41 6 N/A L L N/A
2001 Clemson La. Tech 49-24 -6.5 N/A W W N/A
2002 Clemson Texas Tech 15-55 5.5 N/A L L N/A
2003 Clemson Tennessee 27-14 4.5 N/A W W N/A
2005 Clemson Colorado 19-10 -10.5 N/A W L N/A
2006 Clemson Kentucky 20-28 -10 58 L L U
2007 Clemson Auburn 20-23 -2 46.5 L L U
2008 Clemson Nebraska 21-26 -1 56 L L U
2009 Clemson Kentucky 21-13 -7 52.5 W W U
2010 Clemson S. Florida 26-31 -5 41 L L O
2011 Clemson W. Virginia 33-70 -2.5 63 L L O
2012 Clemson LSU 25-24 5 58.5 W W U
2013 Clemson Ohio St. 40-35 2 71 W W O
2014 Clemson Oklahoma 40-6 5 50 W W U
2015 Clemson Oklahoma 37-17 3.5 63.5 W W U
2015 Clemson Alabama 40-45 6.5 50.5 L W O
2016 Clemson Ohio St. 31-0 1 56.5 W W U
2016 Clemson Alabama 35-31 6.5 51.5 W W O
2017 Clemson Alabama 6-24 3 46.5 L L U
2018 Clemson Notre Dame 30-3 -13 55.5 W W U

Bowl Game Trends (Since 1980)

Since 1980, Clemson is a profitable 8-6 SU and 10-3-1 ATS (76.9 percent) catching points on the college football odds board in bowl games. The Tigers are covering a 4.5 average line by 6.2 points per game. They are an eye-opening 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS behind head coach Dabo Swinney under these conditions.

Swinney is 8-4 SU and 9-3 ATS leading Clemson in bowl games. He is 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS against top-10 ranked teams. Swinney is a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS in ranked matchups when the lower seed, covering a 3.6 average line by a whopping 13.8 points per game.

Since 1980, the Tigers are just 5-13 SU and 6-11-1 ATS when allowing more than 17 points in a bowl game. This includes a 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS mark behind Swinney.

Since 2006, Clemson is 0-5 SU and ATS in bowl matchups against opponents averaging less than 175.0 rushing yards per game for the season. They are 8-2 SU and 9-1 ATS versus those accruing more. Alabama is gaining 202.0 yards per game on the ground in 2018.

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We'll play in the national championship for the third time in four years next Monday, Jan. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Here's how 🎥🔥🐅#CFBPlayoff | #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/Td0mRaWVEB

— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 30, 2018
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Clemson vs. SEC (Since 1980)

Since 1980, Clemson is 34-30-1 SU and 32-32-1 ATS against SEC foes. Nearly half (27) have come against state rival South Carolina. The Tigers are 5-9 SU and 11-3 ATS spotted more than 4 points on the board in this span.

The Tigers are 5-7 SU and 6-5-1 ATS against the SEC in modern bowl game matchups. They average a paltry 19.9 points per game.

Clemson vs. Alabama

Alabama is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in head-to-head battles against Clemson in the modern era (post 1980). The Crimson Tide has put up 24 points or more in each contest, averaging 33.5 overall. The Tigers post 22.8 per tilt.

Under Head Coach Dabo Swinney

Clemson is 14-6 SU and ATS (70.0 percent) on neutral soil all-time under Swinney, covering a -2.3 average line by 6.2 points per game. The Tigers have eclipsed their projected team total in 14 of the 20 games, averaging 32.5 points.

Swinney is 15-6 SU and 17-4 ATS (81.0 percent) versus teams ranked in the top 11 all-time, covering a 2.4 average line by 7.4 points per game. He has covered the spread in nine of the last 11 in this situation.

Swinney is 12-16 SU and 18-10 ATS (64.3) all-time as the betting underdog. When catching 5 points or more, his records improve to 6-8 SU and 12-2 ATS all-time.

The “under” is 36-13 (73.5 percent) when Swinney squares off against an opponent forcing more takeaways than the Tigers for the season. In 2018, Alabama generates 1.6 turnovers per game, as opposed to 1.4 for Clemson.

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