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Crimson Tide Favorites Heading Into CFP

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Twenty five days have passed since the College Football Playoff qualifiers were announced and still five days remain before the final four take the field. As was the case three weeks ago, Alabama (+190) remains the favorite to win the college football national championship.

However, as the Rose and Sugar Bowl kickoffs draw near, both national semifinal matchups’ point spreads continue to move.

Georgia-Oklahoma was a pick’em upon original release on December 3 through the morning of December 15, but by the time night fell the Bulldogs were 1.5-point favorites over the Sooners. On December 26, the line moved for a second time as Georgia grew to a 2-point favorite. The O/U point total has remained at 60 points since its inception on December 5. The OVER has hit in five of Georgia’s and Oklahoma’s last 10 regular season games this season.

Although they are favored over the Sooners, Georgia’s national championship odds are worse, at +333, than Oklahoma’s at +300.

As the No. 4 seed, Alabama opened as 2-point favorites over the Tigers. The Crimson Tide dipped as low as 1.5-point favorites before growing to 2.5-point favorites within the first 72 hours. The Sugar Bowl odds remained steady for three weeks until it grew to Alabama -3 on December 27.

 

Sugar Bowl OVER/UNDER Steady at 47

Like the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl’s O/U has been locked at 47 total points for three weeks. The Tigers hit the OVER only four times in 12 games this season. The UNDER has hit in six out of their last eight games. Alabama hit the OVER five times in their last 10 games. The Tigers and Tide combined for 66 points in the 2017 national championship game with 28 fourth-quarter points scored.

Clemson’s national championship odds have faded slightly from +250 nine days ago to +260.

On the injury front, it was confirmed earlier this week that Alabama freshman linebacker Dylan Moses will miss the Sugar Bowl after sustaining a foot injury during bowl practice. Moses was inserted into the starting lineup and saw more playing time the final two games because so much of Alabama’s linebacking corps was, and in some cases still is, on the mend.

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield missed the team’s trip to Disneyland due to an illness. However, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said his quarterback will be ready come Monday.

 

*Odds as of December 28, 2017

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