College Football Bowl Picks – New Year’s Eve Edition
There are three major bowl games today, including the start of the College Football Playoff. All our odds are quoted from BetOnline.ag (Full Review) and are accurate at the time of publishing. We encourage bettors to line shop for the best price before placing a wager.
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The College Football Playoff kicks off with No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 4 Washington at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday.
The Tide look to repeat their National Title from last season, and they are in a position to do so after an undefeated season. Alabama will play their second game in a row at the Georgia Dome after defeating Florida 54-16 in the SEC Championship Game. They finish the season with a 13-0 record and first in the AP poll.
The Huskies finish the year 12-1 after giving Colorado a 41-10 beat down in the Pac-12 title game. However, they have a tough task ahead of them trying to put up points against Alabama’s no. 1 ranked scoring defense.
The Tide opened as -14.5 favorites. However, the line has settled, for the most part, at Alabama -14. This is despite the Tide receiving over 60 percent of wagers so far.
It’s so tough to pick any team against this fearsome Alabama defense, but if there’s a team that can find some success – it may be the Huskies. They do have some guys that can get deep and will game plan around the short to intermediate routes that Alabama hasn’t allowed to go for much yardage all season.
Keeping an eye on the point spread will be crucial. Washington loses a lot of their value if they’re +13.5, rather than +14. The Crimson Tide are certainly capable of winning this game by a massive margin, but it’s hard not to like the points in this spot.
Pick: Washington Huskies +14
Fiesta Bowl – Ohio State Buckeyes (3) vs. Clemson Tigers (2) +1.5 Total: 58.5
Ohio State and Clemson will fight it out in the second game of the College Football Playoff in the Fiesta Bowl at Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Arizona. The winner of this game will take on either Alabama or Washington in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 9 to decide a national champion.
The Buckeyes just missed the College Football Playoff last year but finished this season strong with a 12-1 mark. Ohio State lone loss came against Penn State, which didn’t give them the conference title, but they got into the CFB Playoff due to big wins against Wisconsin, Michigan, and Oklahoma.
Clemson was in the title game last season but ultimately fell to defending champion, Alabama. The Tigers are standard setters in their conference, running the table for the most part, and finishing with a 12-1 record, with their only loss coming against Pittsburgh. They finish the season with the no. 2 ranking nationally.
Ohio State opened as a -3.5 favorite. The odds shifted early Saturday morning, however. The Buckeyes are now just -1.5. As far as betting action, it’s been fairly even on both sides, with a slight edge to Clemson.
Congratulations to those of you who got Clemson at +3 or better. The odds shift now makes the decision a little bit harder. However, I do think Clemson wins this game outright. They’re so tough up front, and their secondary isn’t bad either. This should be enough to keep Barrett, Samuel, and Weber in check. I think Clemson puts up big numbers offensively, even against a stout Buckeyes defense and books their ticket to another title game.
Pick: Clemson Tigers +1.5