2019 College Football Playoff Predictions | Favorites To Win | Betting Odds
It’s never too early to give a small breakdown about the College Football playoffs. The committee decided to go Oklahoma and Notre Dame instead of a two-loss Georgia team. For many, it was the right call, for me, it was the easy path. I do think the Bulldogs deserved to be in despite their loss against Bama. But here we are. The final four will be played on December 29th. Let’s give it a quick a look.
Betting Odds to Win The 2019 College Football National Championship
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 2 Clemson Tigers – Favorites To Win
How crazy is that Clemson has never been a favorite in their previous five College Football Playoff games. This is the first time. The Tigers opened at 11.5-point favorites over Notre Dame at Mybookie.ag. Across several platforms, the line has dropped one point. At Mybookie.ag, the betting line hasn’t moved at all. People are taking advantage of the double-digit number in the spread, and 52% of the betting public has taken the Irish early on. This might end up moving the line down.
The only two times a College Football playoffs game had a team favorite by double-digits was Alabama against Michigan State (-10) in 2015 and against Washington (-15.5) in 2016. Both times Bama covered the spread. This is uncharted territory for Notre Dame. They reached the National Championship back in 2012 during the BCS system. They will have to earn a spot in the College Football final by beating a team we all expected to be here. The Irish, instead have overachieved just by entering the last four. Notre Dame beat four ranked teams this season. But they had the advantage of not having to play a Conference Championship game.
Clemson was expected to be here. The fact that they have gotten to five College Football playoffs tells you a lot about what Dabo Swinney has put together at this program. The Tigers won eleven if their 13 games by a double-digit difference. The only schools who were able to stay with them were Syracuse and Texas A&M. They were so overwhelmingly better than their competition that they put 77 points over Louisville, and scored over 50 points four times this season.
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. 4 Oklahoma Sooners – Favorites To Win
I think Georgia is better than Oklahoma, but I won’t lie. I’m intrigued about the matchup between the Tide and the Sooners, mainly because their playing styles are so far away from for the other. Bama is a 14-point favorite at MyBookie.ag. The betting line hasn’t moved at all since it opened. 52% of the betting public is taking the Tide to cover the spread early on.
The question about Alabama will be the health of QB Tua Tagovailoa. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in the SEC Championship game against Georgia during the weekend. The game is on December 29th, but a high-ankle sprain takes its time to heal. If Tua can’t go, then Jalen Hurts will be under center. Hurts’ story was great as he got personal revenge against the Bulldogs. But the Tide is less scary with Jalen leading the offense. I don’t think anybody can deny that.
Oklahoma has about 20+ days to find any sort of defense to matchup against Bama. Their defense is porous, giving up 32.4 points per game. QB Kyler Murray needs to go bananas for the Sooners to have any type of chance to reach the College Football National Championship game. Murray against Nick Saban and that talented Bama defense promised to be a matchup no one should miss.