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College Football Betting: National Championship Game Odds

The Alabama Crimson Tide came this close to missing the College Football Playoff. After they lost the Iron Bowl to the Auburn Tigers, Alabama needed some help to make it back in – and they got it, earning the No. 4 seed and a shot at redemption. Now the Tide (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) find themselves in Monday’s all-SEC National Championship Game against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (13-1 SU, 10-4 ATS), and at press time, Alabama is a 5-point favorite on the college football lines with a total of 45. Kick-off from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is 8 PM ET on ESPN.

For all intents and purposes, this will be a home game for the Bulldogs. And by at least some measures, they might be the better team in this matchup. Georgia played a tougher schedule this year, including a non-conference 20-19 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (–5 at home) in Week 2. The Irish went on to win the Citrus Bowl. Only one team managed to beat the ‘Dawgs this year: the same Auburn Tigers who took down Alabama. This should be an incredible title game between two worthy contenders, and Bovada Sportsbook has fresh college football odds and props for Monday’s action.
 

Did the Tide Peak Too Early?

Alabama punched their ticket to their third-straight National Championship Game by getting their revenge on the Clemson Tigers. The Tide dethroned the reigning champs 24-6 at the Sugar Bowl, paying out as 3-point favorites after dropping the cash to Clemson in their other two meetings. However, there’s no question that Alabama isn’t nearly as strong a team as they were last year. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has made positive strides in his sophomore year, but the offense as a whole just doesn’t have the same oomph, leaving the under at 8-5 for the Tide on the 2017-18 NCAAF lines.

The Bulldogs are in their first College Football Playoff, and they’re playing in their first major bowl game since the 2008 Sugar Bowl, so they don’t have quite the same national profile as Alabama. Georgia also barely managed to scrape by the Oklahoma Sooners (+2) at last week’s Rose Bowl, winning 54-48 in overtime after trailing 31-14 at halftime – the largest comeback in Rose Bowl history. Yet here are the Bulldogs with a chance to win just their third official college football title, and their first since 1980. They’re competent on both sides of the ball, and they have arguably the best special teams in the nation, with PK Rodrigo Blankenship going 17-for-20 on field goals and a perfect 61-for-61 on extra points.
 

Linebacker Issues for Alabama

There’s another obstacle for Alabama to overcome in Monday’s title game. Their linebacker corps was already hobbled going into the Sugar Bowl; Shaun Dion Hamilton is out for the year with a fractured kneecap, and his replacement, Dylan Moses, joined Hamilton on the shelf after breaking his foot during practice three weeks ago. Now you can add linebacker Anfernee Jennings to the pile. Jennings hurt his knee during the win over Clemson, after recording a sack and three tackles for a loss. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and will miss the National Championship Game.

The Bulldogs are at relatively full capacity going into the title game, aside from some minor injuries and disciplinary issues. Even though both teams play in the SEC, they’ve only met seven times on the football field, and four times since Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide program in 2007. Alabama went 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in those games. Their most recent meeting was in 2015, before Kirby Smart became Georgia’s head coach. This is a different Bulldogs team with freshman Jake Fromm at quarterback. He’s outperformed Hurts this year, and the tailback combo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel has combined for 31 touchdowns and over 2,400 yards rushing.

Early College Football betting action appears to be split fairly evenly between these two teams. If you’re not sure who to put in your college football picks, there are already over a dozen different ways to bet on the National Championship Game, with even more lines expected to hit the College Football props market before kick-off. For example, you can bet on which team will score first (Alabama is a –140 favorite), or whether the National Championship game will go into overtime like the Rose Bowl (Yes is available at +650). Live betting will also be available on what should be an amazing night of football, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

*Odds as of January 5, 2018