Looking At Alabama Versus Ohio State National Championship Game Odds

Highly favored Alabama and underdog Ohio State are both undefeated heading into tonight’s CFP National Championship game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes are the last two teams standing for tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship.

One team was a season-long front-runner while the other overcame COVID-19 issues.

And here they are, highly favored Alabama and underdog Ohio State, both undefeated and clashing for the national championship title. Both have significant wagering cache with the NJ sports betting crowd.

Here is a closer at the matchup and NCAA National Championship Game odds.

Breaking down Alabama vs. Ohio State

Alabama is 12-0 and favored in the nine-point range across NJ sportsbook apps. Besides being at the top of the rankings most of the year, they are the BCS No. 1 seed. The Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame 31-14 in the semifinals.

Ohio State, 7-0, almost didn’t qualify for the BCS because it had only played five games entering the final regular-season weekend. It notched No. 6, entered the four-team championship and then scored a significant upset over Clemson, 49-28, as a seven-point dog.

The Crimson Tide attracted the early love of the bettors even at high odds. Here are some key numbers:

  • Alabama garnered 68% of the DraftKings Sportsbook handle entering the weekend.
  • Alabama also secured a majority on the moneyline at 56%, despite its seemingly prohibitive line of -315.
  • Ohio State is an attractive +240 if it can deliver the upset.
  • The over-under of 75.5 has appealed to the under crowd, with 65% thinking the total will go under.

Alabama averages a little more than 48 points per game compared to 43 for Ohio State.

Alabama gives up 19 points per contest, Ohio State 22. The betting crowd seems to be of the belief that defenses will rise to the occasion in this game.

Ohio State has a decided rushing advantage of 272 yards per game compared to 185 for Alabama.

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From an NJ sports wagering perspective, bettors have a number of options, including a number of different props.

At DraftKings, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones is expected to throw at least three touchdown passes. The over 3.5 was paying -103 and the under was -125 as of early this morning. 

Justin Fields of Ohio State has a -129 marker for over 2.5 touchdown passes, while the under was +120. He threw a whopping six in the game of his life in Ohio State’s thrashing of Clemson.

If you take the under in either case, you are hoping for a running back or even a quarterback sneak to steal one of the tallies.

Seeking value for the big names? They will have to be the first touchdown scorer.

On the FanDuel Sportsbook side, Fields’ over-under passing yardage is set at 290.5, with the price at -113. This is a playable bet, especially if you believe he can duplicate the 385-yard total from the Clemson game.

Jones has a standard of 365.5 yards. The over is -120, and the under is -106.

Note the difference between FanDuel and DraftKings if you like the yardage prop. Fields is 309.5 at DraftKings and 290.5 at FanDuel. Jones is 380.5 at DraftKings and 365.5 at FanDuel.

On the touchdown end, Jones has a standard of 3.5, with the over at -128 and the under at -102.

Fields has a playable number at 2.5 touchdowns, with the over at -120 and the under at -106.

Johnny Avello says betting is going well

Ohio State has been the Cinderella team in this matchup.

After making the postseason, the Buckeyes turned in a masterful performance against Clemson. They were unstoppable, amassing a whopping 639 yards. Pretty high numbers for a team getting more than a touchdown in the final.

All that did was spike wagering expectations for this showdown. Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites the betting for this game is really going well.

“This is probably going to the biggest handle for a single college football game of all time,” said Avello. “The reason is because the matchup is great. Any time Ohio State is involved in a game, that team seems to be a money magnet. People just love to bet Ohio State, especially with points. We expect to see plenty of Ohio State action.”

The betting sentiment bears him out. The Sugar Bowl, involving Ohio State and Clemson, was DraftKings’ most-wagered bowl game of the season. Alabama-Notre Dame was second.

Ohio State gets the opportunity to complete a season-long redemption mission.  The Buckeyes were beaten in the BCS semifinal 29-23 last year by Clemson after having a 16-0 lead. They avenged the Clemson loss and now seek the Holy Grail.

“They could not stop thinking about that earlier Clemson game since they lost it,” Avello said. “And then some experts came out and called them the 11th best team in the country, and you know they didn’t like that.”

Looking at Justin Fields and Ohio State

There’s another interesting element to this game from a wagering standpoint.

Fields had an outstanding game against Clemson

It was the game of his career. He tossed six — count ’em, six — touchdown passes. Two of them were bombs.

“Fields is a talented kid,” Avello observed.  “I like him a lot. He has a good presence on the field, and he has an awareness of his receivers, and yet there’s another way to look at this. He threw some passes in that game against Clemson in which a fingernail could have separated whether the pass was complete or incomplete. …

“The question is whether he is going to be able to duplicate that against this Alabama team.”

Bettors will soon find out.

As far as watching the game goes, we are hours away from kickoff.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Tigers Wild With Tonight’s National Championship Game Betting

NJ sportsbooks, FanDuel and DraftKings, offering several ways to bet on LSU Tigers vs Clemson Tigers. Early Masters betting on Tigers Woods also in play.

The College Football Playoff National Championship game is tonight in New Orleans. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN. 

The culmination of college football betting season comes down to the No. 1 LSU Tigers versus the No. 3 Clemson Tigers.

FanDuel Sportsbook has LSU as a 5.5-point favorite. Here is the wagering breakdown as of Friday:

  • 82% of bets and 83% of the money for LSU is on the spread.
  • 68% of bets and 50% of the money for Clemson is on the moneyline.
  • 59% of bets and 50% of the money is on the over.

Of course, NJ sports betting customers have options beyond the traditional point spreads, moneylines and total points.

Current college football playoff odds

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  • A qualifying wager must have odds of -200 or greater.
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There is no doubt that touchdowns will play a major factor. LSU is averaging 48.9 points per game. Clemson is scoring 45.3 a contest. The over/under is 67.5.

It makes perfect sense that FanDuel would build a promo around scoring with its college football touchdown bonus

Here’s how it works:

  • Place a pregame wager against the spread of $25 or more.
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But it’s not the only wager in which touchdowns will come into play. Total points (67.5) are a major factor with the two odds boosts:

  • LSU to win and 70-plus total points score (now paying +270).
  • Clemson to win and 70-plus total points scored (now paying +580).
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Tiger Woods and the Tigers

It seems only fitting when the Tigers are playing the Tigers, somehow, someway that Tigers Woods enters the equation. Of course, he is not playing today.

DraftKings has posted six odds boosts, two of which fall under the Tiger and Tiger category. Let’s call it very early Masters’ betting (the tournament takes place April 9-12):

  • Clemson Tigers to win and Woods to win the Masters (now paying +3300).
  • LSU Tigers to win and Woods to win the Masters (now paying +1600).

Those who don’t like Tiger’s chances can stick with the Tigers:

  • First offensive play to be a pass attempt (now paying +105).
  • Clemson to score first, total game points over 69.5, and Clemson to win (now paying +760).
  • LSU to score first, total game points over 69.5, and LSU to win (now paying +365).
  • Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow to record over 6.5 combined passing touchdowns (now paying +140).

So, either way, the Tigers are a safe bet tonight.

College Football Finals Preview: Catch A Tiger By Its Tail

A snapshot look at the game details, lines and some of the important facts and trends for the National Championship Game at NJ sportsbooks.

The college football bowl season culminates Monday night when LSU faces Clemson in the National Championship. 

It wasn’t that long ago, back in the BCS era (pre-2014), where many fans clamored for some type of college football playoff. Now that a 4-team playoff is in place, many now suggest that there needs to be more than 4 teams involved.

Flawed system or not, this year’s national championship game features the two best teams squaring off, SEC Champ LSU Tigers (14-0) vs ACC Champ Clemson Tigers (14-0).

New Jersey sports betting customers will have plenty of wagering options to get involved in the action on Monday night.

Here is a snapshot look at the game details, lines and some of the important facts and trends for the National Championship Game.

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Watch and bet on the College Football National Championship

Date: Monday, Jan. 13

Time: 8 p.m., ESPN

Teams: Clemson (#3) vs LSU (#1)

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Betting Lines: LSU -5.5; Total 69.5

Money Line: LSU -220; Clemson +175

Betting on the College National Championship

I’ve posted the point spread above as LSU -5.5, as this is where most of the New Jersey mobile sports betting apps currently have the line pricing.

The notable outliers are detailed below:

  • LSU -6.0: Caesars and FoxBet
  • LSU -6.5: Golden Nugget

NCAA College Football Championship facts

National Championships

  • LSU: 3 (1958, 2003 and 2007)
  • Clemson: 3 (1981, 2016 and 2018)

The Superdome

The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted four national championship games since 2004. LSU has appeared in all of them. The Tigers won in 2004 and 2007 and lost to Alabama in 2011.

Resting Up

In the previous National Championship games, the average time between the semi-final game and championship was 10 days. This year it will be 16 days.

Previous Clemson vs LSU Meetings

This will be the only the 4th time Clemson and LSU have squared off.  All previous meetings have been in bowl games.

LSU holds a 2-1 series edge winning the 1959 Sugar Bowl 7-0 and the 1996 Peach Bowl 10-7.

In the last meeting of the 2 teams, Clemson beat LSU 25-24 in the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Holding on to the Lead

The last team to hold a lead over LSU was Auburn, which led 13-10 in the third quarter of their October 26th match-up.

Since then, 6 LSU opponents have come and gone, including 3 who were ranked in the top 4 of the national polls at the time, and LSU has never trailed in any of the games.

Clemson saw its 34-quarter streak of leading its opponent, which dated back to the second quarter of the Sept. 28 game against North Carolina, ended when the Tigers fell behind 16-0 against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Amazing Stats

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has not thrown an interception in his last 202 pass attempts.

Clemson has turned the ball exactly 1 time since October 19th.

LSU is the first team in college football history to produce a 5,000-yard passer (QB Joe Burrow), 1,000-yard rusher( RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire), and two 1,000-yard receivers (WR Ja’Marr Chase and WR Justin Jefferson) in the same season.

Awards Locker

LSU QB Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, given to the best individual player in college football.

Burrow also won:

  • Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards (both of which hold a similar set of criteria as the Heisman
  • Davey O’Brien Award (given to the top quarterback in the country)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

While Burrow’s awards shelf is full, he wasn’t the only LSU Tiger to receive post-season accolades.

Safety Grant Delpit won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, Ja’Marr Chase took home the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top wide receiver, and the Tigers’ offensive line won the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s top unit.

Head coach Ed Orgeron has been honored as National Coach of the Year from 3 different sources and passing coordinator Joe Brady earned the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant.

For Clemson, there was only one national award winner this season, All-American Isaiah Simmons, who won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

Offensively and Defensively Speaking

In terms of net yards per play, LSU’s offense averaged 7.9 yards per play (#2 in the country) and Clemson averaged 7.5 yards per play (#4 in the country).

On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson allowed an average of 4.1 yards per play (#2 in the country) while LSU has surrendered 5.05 yards per snap (#27 in the country).

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Clemson vs LSU betting stats & trends

Clemson is 14-0 overall; 11-3 Against the Spread (ATS), 6-8 O/U

LSU 14-0 overall; 9-5 ATS, 9-5 O/U

Monday night’s game will mark just the second time Clemson has been an underdog the last two seasons.

The last time this happened, Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the 2019 championship game. Clemson is 8-2 against the spread and 6-4 straight up as an underdog since the Playoff format began in 2014.

Clemson is 12-2 straight up and 12-2 against the spread on neutral sites since 2014. LSU is 8-3 straight up and 8-3 against the spread in the same situation.

While LSU is 9-5 against the spread this year, they were 3-0 in the games that had a single digit spread. Those were outright victories against Texas (-6.5), Alabama (+5) and Georgia (-7).

Big Game = Big Props

A few New Jersey sportsbooks have posted individual game and player props for the Clemson vs LSU game.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, nothing says “Big Game” quite like a coin-toss prop:

Bet on LSU vs Clemson at NJ sportsbooks

888Sport also offers a straight “heads” or “tails” opening coin toss wager:

College football championship betting odds at NJ sportsbook

PointsBet Sportsbook offers quarterback passing yards props  for Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence:

National college football championship betting trends

Unibet offers individual player rushing yardage props. It’s important to consider this stat, Clemson is 17-0 when RB Travis Etienne has 100 yards or more rushing:

Betting on the NCAA college football championships

DraftKings also offers props on first, last and anytime touchdown scorer:

LSU vs Clemson betting odds

BetMGM Sportsbook is offering several price boosts for the game:
NCAAF championship game odds

National Championship Game FAQs

How far is the LSU campus in Baton Rouge to the Superdome in New Orleans?

81 miles.

How much are tickets to the game?

According to TicketIQ, the average price for tickets is $2,059. At that price, it’s the 4th most expensive National Championship game this decade

What is the significance of the LSU jersey #18?

Each season, a new LSU Tiger will be wearing jersey No. 18.

The tradition of handing down the number began with quarterback Matt Mauck, who passed the number down to Jacob Hester after the 2003 season.

Now, the team votes to award the number to one player each season. Sophomore LB K’Lavon Chaisson is wearing #18 this season.

What is the special ESPN coverage for this game?

ESPN is touting its “Megacast” coverage for this game.

The Megacast features extensive coverage across the entire ESPN networks.

The coverage begins at 5 p.m. EST with pregame coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPNEWS leading to the main telecast on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST.

For the main telecast, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call play-by-play with Tom Rinaldi to report on LSU and Maria Taylor covering Clemson.

ESPN will employ 100 cameras and 100 microphones to produce viewing options such as:

  • Field Pass on ESPN2
  • LSU Hometown Radio on SEC Network
  • Clemson Hometown Radio on ACC Network
  • Coaches Film Room on ESPNU
  • Command Center on ESPNEWS
  • Data Center on ESPN Goal Line
  • Sounds of the Game on ESPN Classic

The ESPN mobile app will feature such viewing options as:

  • Refcast
  • Skycast
  • All-22
  • Techcast

NJ Sports Betting Fans Celebrating New Year’s With 4 College Bowl Games

New Year’s Day 2020 features four college bowl games that give New Jersey sports betting customers some opportunities to cash out.

Taking advantage of some stellar college football bowl betting opportunities should be a top New Year’s resolution, especially for New Jersey sports betting customers.

Legal online sportsbooks in the Garden State have a lot of tantalizing lines on New Year’s Day college bowl games, including:

  • Citrus Bowl
  • Outback Bowl
  • Rose Bowl
  • Sugar Bowl
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NJ Sportsbooks college bowl betting lines

Sports betting apps in New Jersey predict close finishes in all four contests. With the lines set, the key to betting wisely is information. There are a few important matters that bettors should take note of.

Betting on the Citrus Bowl

One of the games slated for 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1 features a Big Ten-SEC tumble. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan Wolverines clash in the 2020 Citrus Bowl.

Bama is the favorite in this one as far as legal sports betting in New Jersey goes.

Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won’t play in this game but the Crimson Tide have history on their side. Alabama is 6-1 straight up and against the spread in its last seven games against a Big Ten opponent.

To strengthen the case for the Tide, Michigan is a miserable 0-16 SU and 7-9 ATS over its previous 16 contests in which the opposition was favored.

Mac Jones has filled in admirably for Tagovailoa, throwing for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Betting on the Outback Bowl

The other 1 p.m. ET contest is also a Big Ten vs. SEC match, and it involves another team from the Heart of Dixie. The Auburn Tigers face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2020 Outback Bowl.

The script stays consistent, as once again the SEC team is favored.

While Minnesota’s defense struggled in its final three regular-season games, its reputation shows in the point total. In five of the last six games involving the Golden Gophers, the over was hit.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as favorites. While there may be some continuity concern with head coach Gus Malzahn calling the plays on offense himself, the over for this game looks like a can’t miss.

Betting on the Rose Bowl

For Big Ten fans, New Year’s Day 2020 is a treat. A third team from that conference, Wisconsin, faces Oregon out of the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET.

This game represents the first of those three instances in which the Big Ten team is favored, however. That spread is smaller than its predecessors, as Garden State books predict a close one.

The Rose Bowl points to the opposite conclusion. The Badgers and Ducks both finished the season with top-1o defenses and boast one of the best defensive lines (Oregon) and secondaries (Wisconsin) in the nation.

Both teams went 7-6 on the Under during the regular season. While that’s not a strong record, coupled with the personnel it’s probably the safest bet out of this game.

Betting on the Sugar Bowl

The SEC gets a third appearance in the 8:45 p.m. ET nightcap. The Sugar Bowl pits Baylor against Georgia this year.

The Big 12 team is the underdog in its lone New Year’s Day slot. Again, New Jersey sportsbooks call for a tight contest.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer‘s recovery from the concussion he suffered in the Big 12 title game is the biggest storyline for the Sugar Bowl. If Brewer can’t go, inexperienced Gerry Bohannon will see his second consecutive big-game start for the Bears.

No matter who starts for Baylor, Georgia’s chances will depend on their own quarterback’s performance. Jake Fromm has a great opportunity to not only end his junior campaign on a high note but perhaps improve his NFL Draft stock in this one as well.

Regardless of the outcomes of all four of these games, New Jersey college football betting fans should see some college football betting wins. Those who do will see their 2020 start off with a bang.