Alabama favors more points than any team in the short history of the College Football Playoff, but most bookies have been relegated by historical point spread.
The Crimson Tide is the unanimous 19.5-point favorite presented in the Not Dame Over the Rose Bowl game, presented by Capital One, the first two CFP semifinals on Friday (4 pm ET, ESPN). According to ESPN statistics and information, only two bowl games have been widely spread since 1978. The last time the Fighting Irish underdogs were in 2008 was against Southern Cal (-32.5).
The historical point spread has not slowed down the action on Alabama, with the Crimson Tide putting nearly twice as much money on it as it did on Notre Dame in many American sportsbooks. In FanDuel, about 70% of the money that was placed at the Rose Bowl point was on Alabama.
In the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the second semi-final on Friday (8 pm ET, ESPN), Clemson was a rising favorite over Ohio State. The Tigers opened as the nearly 7-point favorites above the Buckeyes. The line had soared to Clemson-7.5 in several sportsbooks by Friday morning, with lopped action on the Tigers. Entering game day, 80% of bets and 79% of the money at Sugar Bowl points were at William Hill US Sportsbooks at Clemson.
Nick Bogdanovich, director of trade for William Hill US, said, “By the time another team like Ohio State or Notre Dame steps in, the public will bet on Alabama and Clemson in the semifinals every year.”
Alabama is the Odd-Even favorite to win the National Championship and has attracted huge funds. South Point Sportsbook veteran Las Vegas bookmaker Jimmy VeCarro reported placing a $ 125,000 bet on Alabama to win the national title at -185 odds.
Clemson is second favorite at +275, followed by Ohio State at 10-1 and Notre Dame at 30-1.
Alabama William Hill is listed as a 4-point favorite over Clemson in the potential national championship game in the US.
The largest bowl point spread according to ESPN statistics and information: