Ohio State impressed the offenders with its Clemson discomfort, but the bookies are still listed as Alabama’s touchdown underdogs for the January 11 college football playoff national championship game.
The Crimson Tide national title game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) has a 7-point favorite consensus over the bookies.
Ahead of Friday’s playoff semifinals, Alabama was included in the Caesar Sportsbook by William Hill in an 11-point selection list above the Buccaneers in the front line at a potential championship game match. However, after the Ohio Stats pushed Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl, Sportsbooks presented Alabama as a 7-point favorite against the Bookies.
The line briefly ticked to Crimson Tide -7.5 late Friday night, but by Saturday morning it was -7 sitting on almost every sportsbook.
The Crimson Tide also held a comfortable win in their semifinals to top Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl. Alabama has been favored to advance to 79 consecutive games and 151 of its last 152 championships.
The total / under total on the championship game is 76 sets, making it the highest total for the championship game in the BCS and college football .L playoff era.
The semifinals were a boon for most sportsbooks, with both Notre Dame (+19) and Ohio State (+7) – Underdog covering the spread. Most of the bookies took a heavy side of Alabama and Clemson and took it to the chin.
A bettor in Indiana, however, won a big victory over the Bookies. Fanduel has placed a 3 1.3 million bet on Ohio State, the only “Indiana Man.”