Free NCAAF Sugar Bowl 2018 College Football Expert Picks – Alabama vs Clemson Prediction
New Year’s day is one of the biggest days for college football. One of the big games is the Sugar Bowl, which puts the number one ranked Clemson Tigers against the number four ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. My Sugar Bowl 2018 NCAAF college football expert pick is below and odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free college football picks instead of paying for them.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Clemson Tigers vs Prediction
Alabama and Clemson meet in the college football playoff for the third straight season. Last two meetings the teams met in the Championship game. Alabama won two years ago, but Clemson took last season’s meeting. Clemson took care of business in the ACC Championship game against Miami. The Tigers won the meeting 38-3. Alabama lost their last game to the Auburn. That loss knocked Alabama out of the SEC Championship game. Auburn and Georgia met in the SEC Championship game instead.
This matchup puts Quarterbacks Kelly Bryant and Jalen Hurts up against each other. Kelly Bryant threw for 2678 yards on 362 attempts. Bryant threw 13 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. On top of his passing stats, Bryant ran for 646 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bryant went down with an injury in the Tigers only loss of the season. Clemson lost 27-24 in Syracuse against the Orange.
Jalen Hurts has been great once again for Alabama. Hurts has thrown for 2005 yards on 224 attempts. He has thrown 15 touchdowns against only 1 interception. Hurts has also run for 768 yards and 8 touchdowns. These two Quarterbacks could be the game changers in this matchup. Both the Alabama and Clemson defense are playing at a very strong level. Alabama’s defense allows an average of 259 yards per game. The Crimson Tide’s defense is stout against the run allowing only 95 rushing yards per game. Clemson’s offense is rushing for an average of 205 yards per game. If Clemson can establish the running game, they could run the tempo of the game.
Alabama Crimson Tide -3 (-112) at Clemson Tigers +3 (-108)
Clemson’s defense has allowed an average of 278 yards per game. The Tigers allow around only 165 yards passing yards per game. Alabama passes for 206 yards per game. The Crimson Tide will look to beat the Tigers defense through the air on Monday night. Last time these two teams met it ended up being a shootout between the teams. Clemson ended up winning 35-31. Another thing to take into consideration when betting on this game is that Alabama’s defensive coordinator will be taking a job at Tennessee next season.
Jeremy Pruitt will be on the sideline for Alabama for the last time on Monday night. This could be a distraction to the team. The Clemson Tigers come into the Sugar Bowl as the number one seed, but they are underdogs in the game. Clemson has played at a high level all season long and they have beat Alabama in the past. On top of that, betting on Clemson gives a better payout. I like the number one seed and defending champs in this game.