Nick Saban and Alabama are consistently in the mix to win it all and Neil Monnery expects them to be victorious again on Monday night...
"With Henry stuffed it was QB Jake Coker who led the offense against Michigan State. When you go 25 for 30 with 286 yards through the air and two scores without a pick. You have played extremely well. He has waited his chance and knows his job isn't necessarily to win the game, but not to lose it."
Alabama Clemson Tide v Clemson Tigers
Start-time: Tuesday 01:00
TV: Live on BT Sport/ESPN
First let me get this out of the way. I am seriously bored with Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney constantly bleating on about how no-one believes in his team. They are the number one ranked team in the country and have been favoured by Vegas and Betfair in every game bar one this season. You can't keep playing the under-appreciated card when in fact you have had the top ranking and top seed in the tournament. It makes people like me root for Nick Saban and Alabama to win, that says everything.
Away from some commentary, we are in year two of the College Football Playoff. Last year it was the hot late Ohio State Buckeyes that ran through the field but this time around it is the top two teams in the country facing off.
Both came through their semi-finals with far more ease than I anticipated. Clemson cruised past the hot Oklahoma Sooners without breaking too much of a sweat. On the other side of the bracket though, Alabama didn't break any sweat as two huge plays either side of the half crushed Michigan State and laid the foundations for a 38-0 win for the SEC Champs.
One part I wasn't surprised at though in that game was how the Spartans bottled up Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry. I really do think he is the worst winner of that award I have seen, certainly when I look at how great Christian McCaffrey was this season for Stanford. He deserved that award. Henry needs to step it up and perform on Monday night if Alabama are set to be crowned as the best team in college football yet again.
With Henry stuffed it was QB Jake Coker who led the offense against Michigan State. When you go 25 for 30 with 286 yards through the air and two scores without a pick then you have played extremely well. He has waited his chance and knows his job isn't necessarily to win the game, but not to lose it. With the Crimson Tide D, they can carry the load and expectations for that front seven is full of NFL calibre talent.
For Clemson all they do is win. Deshaun Watson is a fine dual threat QB. Clearly better when running and orchestrating the option offense rather than dropping back as a classic pocket passer, he ran for 145 yards against Oklahoma and has rushed for triple digits in five of his last six games.
If he can find holes against Alabama then he'll do fine but I'm really not sure they'll find any holes. Alabama can dominate the point of attack on the defensive side of the ball and there is a reason the spread has opened up at Alabama -6.5 points.
I firmly believe that Clemson will be overpowered and Alabama will walk away as champions. The only question is what spread to take because the straight up 2/5 on the Sportsbook is too boring. Looking around the Sportsbook and you can get 4/1 on Alabama to win by 7-12 points and that is a good price. To win by 13+ is only 6/4.
A couple of other odds against plays to keep you interested, 5/4 Clemson score under 19.5 points and the same price for under 47.5 total points in the game.