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.

<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>[/]{"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><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Clemson Tigers National Title Trends</h2><h2>Clemson 2018 Betting Records</h2><p><strong>SU Record:</strong> 14-0<br /><strong>Avg. SU Margin:</strong> 31.3<br /><strong>ATS Record:</strong> 9-5<br /><strong>Avg. ATS Margin: </strong>7.0<br /><strong>Avg. Line:</strong> -24.4<br /><strong>O/U Record:</strong> 6-8<br /><strong>Avg. O/U Margin:</strong> 1.2<br /><strong>Avg. Total:</strong> 56.0</p><p> </p><h2>Bowl Game Results (Since 1980)</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>1981</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Nebraska</td> <td>22-15</td> <td>4</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Minnesota</td> <td>13-20</td> <td>-4</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1986</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Stanford</td> <td>27-21</td> <td>-3.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1987</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Penn St.</td> <td>35-10</td> <td>-2</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1988</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>13-6</td> <td>-1</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1989</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>W. Virginia</td> <td>27-7</td> <td>-7</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1990</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Illinois</td> <td>30-0</td> <td>-3</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1991</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>California</td> <td>13-37</td> <td>0</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1993</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Kentucky</td> <td>14-13</td> <td>-2.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1995</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Syracuse</td> <td>0-41</td> <td>-2</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1996</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>LSU</td> <td>7-10</td> <td>6.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1997</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Auburn</td> <td>17-21</td> <td>4</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>P</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1999</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Mississippi St.</td> <td>7-17</td> <td>-3</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Va. Tech</td> <td>20-41</td> <td>6</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>La. Tech</td> <td>49-24</td> <td>-6.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2002</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Texas Tech</td> <td>15-55</td> <td>5.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Tennessee</td> <td>27-14</td> <td>4.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2005</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Colorado</td> <td>19-10</td> <td>-10.5</td> <td>N/A</td> <td>W</td> <td>L</td> <td>N/A</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Kentucky</td> <td>20-28</td> <td>-10</td> <td>58</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Auburn</td> <td>20-23</td> <td>-2</td> <td>46.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2008</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Nebraska</td> <td>21-26</td> <td>-1</td> <td>56</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2009</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Kentucky</td> <td>21-13</td> <td>-7</td> <td>52.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2010</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>S. Florida</td> <td>26-31</td> <td>-5</td> <td>41</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2011</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>W. Virginia</td> <td>33-70</td> <td>-2.5</td> <td>63</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2012</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>LSU</td> <td>25-24</td> <td>5</td> <td>58.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2013</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Ohio St.</td> <td>40-35</td> <td>2</td> <td>71</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2014</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>40-6</td> <td>5</td> <td>50</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Oklahoma</td> <td>37-17</td> <td>3.5</td> <td>63.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>40-45</td> <td>6.5</td> <td>50.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Ohio St.</td> <td>31-0</td> <td>1</td> <td>56.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>35-31</td> <td>6.5</td> <td>51.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Alabama</td> <td>6-24</td> <td>3</td> <td>46.5</td> <td>L</td> <td>L</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2018</td> <td>Clemson</td> <td>Notre Dame</td> <td>30-3</td> <td>-13</td> <td>55.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><h2>Bowl Game Trends (Since 1980)</h2><p>Since 1980, Clemson is a profitable 8-6 SU and 10-3-1 ATS (76.9 percent) catching points on the <a href="" title="Live NCAAF Odds">college football odds board</a> 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;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.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Here's how 🎥🔥🐅&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CFBPlayoff&lt;/a&gt; | &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ALLIN&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) &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><blockquote data-lang="en"> </blockquote><h2>Clemson vs. SEC (Since 1980)</h2><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> </p><h2>Clemson vs. Alabama</h2><p>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.</p><p> </p><h2>Under Head Coach Dabo Swinney</h2><p>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 <a href="" title="Free NCAAF Picks">Tigers have eclipsed their projected team total</a> in 14 of the 20 games, averaging 32.5 points.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Alabama National Title Trends</a></h2>
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