NCAAF Picks: Bet Alabama & Clemson To Go 'Over' 50.5 In National Championship

Jake Walker

Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:53 PM GMT

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) will meet the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (14-0) in the National Championship Game next Monday. The total for this game is set at 50.5 on the College Football odds board.

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College Football Pick: Over 50.5

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama looked like a team on a mission in last Thursday's 38-0 dominant win in the CFP semifinal against Michigan State. Quarterback Jake Coker had the game of his career, throwing two touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and going 25-for-30 for a career-best 286 passing yards.

The Crimson Tide averages 34.4 points and 423.8 total yards per game. Jake Coker has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has two rushing touchdowns. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry has 2,061 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns and Calvin Ridley has 83 catches and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama allows 13.4 points per game (1st in the nation) and 256.7 total yards per game.

 

Clemson Tigers
Clemson is coming off a convincing 37-17 win in the CFP semifinal against Oklahoma last Thursday. The Tigers dominated the second half and shut down the Sooners' high-scoring offense, which had averaged 52.0 points over the last seven contests.

The Tigers score 38.4 points and average 512.0 total yards per game. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also has 1,032 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Running back Wayne Gallman has 1,469 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns and Artavius Scott has 89 catches and six touchdowns. The Tigers allow 20.0 points and 302.0 total yards per game.

 

Betting Trends
Alabama averaged 36.6 points over their last five games while Clemson scored 37.8 points per game in that span. The 'Over' is 2-3 in Alabama's last five games and 3-2 in Clemson's last five games. 

 

Final Analysis
The total for this game opened at 53.5 on the College Football odds board and it keeps dropping, probably because of how well both defenses played last week, but these two teams have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball and I see this game going over the total. I'm taking 'Over' 50.5 with my College Football picks.