Buckeyes Have Plenty Of Holes To Fill

Be prepared to see a lot of new faces at The Shoe this upcoming season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have seen more than a dozen key contributors from last year’s squad either graduate or declare for the NFL Draft. The offense suffers the biggest hits with Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller Nick Vannett and Taylor Decker all leaving Columbus.

Despite facing a mass exodus of starters and quality players, with five Buckeyes-alum likely going in the first round of the draft, Ohio State is still tied for the best odds to win the NCAA Championship next season.


NCAAF Championship: Bama vs Clemson

The Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet in the College Football National Championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11. Alabama offers a convenient heel for the game with the Nick Saban-led team dominating the college football landscape for years now. Clemson has spent the early years of the new millenium toiling in mediocrity until Dabo Swinney came on board and has made the team a national powerhouse. ‘Bama last won the national title in 2012 compared to Clemson who have not been the top team in the nation since 1981.

Despite a combined 27-1 record this season, Alabama and Clemson have been stay away bets all season with each team going 8-6 and 7-7 ATS respectively. After starting the season a lowly 3-5 ATS, Alabama has gone on to cover 5-1 in their last six. Clemson has covered in their last two with an average scoring margin of plus-14 points.

Alabama is coming off a complete joke of a semi-final game as they slapped Michigan State 38-0.  Though much has been made of Heisman winner Derrick Henry’s play this season, rightfully so as he has 25 rushing touchdowns this season, quarterback Jake Coker has saved his best play for the end of the season. The senior signal caller has completed 74.7 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the past four games.

Bama’s defense has been the same as always, one of the best in the nation. The Tide have only given up 14.4 points per game this season, third best in the nation, and have only twice allowed an opponent to score 20 or more points. 

Clemson had a bit of a cakewalk themselves in their semi-finals as they bowled over Oklahoma 37-17. The Tigers remain undefeated this season and have a scoring differential of plus-18.3 through their 14 games so far.

Clemson’s offense goes through Deshaun Watson. The sophomore quarterback, and second runner-up in the Heisman vote, has thrown for 31 touchdowns while adding another 12 with his feet. Clemson’s offense uses a lot of options for Watson, which allows the quarterback to throw or tuck the ball as a designed runner.

It will likely be priority number one for the Clemson’s defense to stop Henry, but their front seven will need to generate pressure on Coker as well as the senior has proven he can be the focal point of the offense when needed. Clemson’s D ranked fourth in the nation with sacks and their front seven did a great job in the Orange Bowl game by harassing Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

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NCAA Football Championship Game Odds

The Alabama Crimson Tide are no strangers to the spotlight, but the Clemson Tigers are the new kids on the block in the second annual College Football Playoff Championship Game. The Tide will be seeking to claim their 16th national championship, while the Tigers have just one title (1981) to their name.


NCAAF Championship Game Props

Only one game is left to play in the college football season and it features the best two teams in the nation. Clemson and Alabama have proven to be the best of the best this season, but don’t fret because there is only one game left to bet this season.

Bovada has all the ridiculous props you are used to seeing for big football games for the National Champioship game. Here are a few quick insights into some of these props.


Oregon vs TCU Alamo Bowl Odds

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A battle of two teams on the fringe of the top ten takes place in this year’s Alamo Bowl when the #15 ranked Oregon Ducks take on the #11 ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Both teams were middle of the road bets this season with Oregon posting a 7-5 ATS record and TCU going 6-6 ATS.

Oregon finished the season strong, with six straight wins, with an average win margin of 11.6 points in those games. 

TCU rattled off an impressive eight straight wins to start the season, but injuries crept up on the team leading to two losses in their last four games.

Both teams averaged over 40 points this season, with the total going OVER in four of Oregon’s last five games thanks in part to a leaky defense. TCU, however, has seen a major dip in their scoring, averaging just 27.25 points in their last four games, with the total going UNDER in five of their last six games.

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West Virginia is an UNDER Bettors Dream

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West Virginia and Arizona State will be the final appetizer before the National Championship, but bettors can not sleep on the Cactus Bowl. The Mountaineers have been a fantastic UNDER play, as they have failed to go over the closing total in 17 of their past 21 games.

WVU is having difficulties this season with penalties, which has caused them to be the most penalized team in the entire nation. West Virginia has five losses on the season, but four of those came during a four-game stretch where they played Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU (with the final two having their starting quarterbacks at the time). 

This is going to be a de facto home game for Arizona State, as it will be played in Phoenix. The Sun Devils have shown inconsistencies this season, but quarterback Mike Bercovici has put up some great numbers in his final season. Bercovici has thrown 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season, but three of those picks came in games in which he failed to throw a score.

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Iowa vs Stanford: Rose Bowl Odds

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The Iowa Hawkeyes were four points away from making the college football playoff, but instead will square off against the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl. Iowa has struggled to cover against Pac-12 opponents, with the Hawkeyes going just 2-6 ATS in their past eight games against the conference.

Iowa’s defense has been stellar this season as they have allowed just 18.5 points and 334 yards per game. Opponents have only allowed two of their opponents to score more than 20 points this season. Quarterback C.J. Beathard has been great at protecting the ball this season, only giving up one interception in the past six games, which allows the defense to put the offense in good positions.

Stanford comes into the game with one of the premier offensive weapons in the game. Christian McCaffery broke Barry Sanders 27-year old record for most all-purpose yards in a season, while the running back tallied nearly 1,100 more yards than anyone else in the nation. Stanford also has senior quarterback Kevin Hogan who has six touchdowns and no picks in the past three games.

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Offense Galore In Recent OK State Games

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Oklahoma State may have dropped their past two games but the Cowboys have been a boon for OVER bettors has they have gone over the closing total in their past six contests. OK State and the Ole Miss Rebels will clash in the famous Sugar Bowl on New Years Day.

The Cowboys were in perfect playoff position before they closed out their season with back-to-back losses to Baylor and Oklahoma while allowing a combined 103 points. Oklahoma State fit in well to the high flying Big 12 this season, with the team ranked seventh in the nation in passing yards and eighth in points per game. Cowboys’ quarterbacks have combined for 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the season.

Ole Miss went a little under the radar this season with some high-profile losses, but the Rebels have been a great, well-rounded team. Ole Miss has an average scoring margin of +17.2 points so far this season. Quarterback Chad Kelly has a combined 13 touchdowns (seven passing, six rushing) and no turnovers in his past three games.

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Notre Dame Failing To Win The Big One

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Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in the history of college football, but the Fighting Irish have not won a big one in quite some time. Notre Dame has lost seven consecutive games in the month of January. The Irish will hope to end this streak when they take on Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

It’s amazing to think about how far Notre Dame has come this season. This is a team that has lost their best six players to season-ending injuries, including starting quarterback Malik Zaire. Despite the setbacks, Notre Dame has been able to trot out one of the best offensive trios in the nation with quarterback DeShone Kizer, running back C.J. Prosise and receiver Will Fuller. There are more injury concerns around Prosise, as he missed two of the final three games of the season.

Ohio State has been one of the best in the nation, but have excelled in the classic ground and pound technique. The Buckeyes have only allowed 14 points per game this season while ranking 12th in rushing yards. Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 100-plus yards in all but one game this season.

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