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NCAAF: Opening Semi-Finals Spreads

After more than four months of football, only four teams remain with a chance to win the national championship. Clemson will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl while Alabama and Michigan State will meet in the Cotton Bowl with a berth in the finals on the line. Only moments after the official announcements were made the spreads hit the board with the Crimson Tide and the Sooners opening as favorites.

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs Oklahoma (-3)

Despite being ranked No.4, Oklahoma is opening as a three-point favorite against top-ranked Clemson according to BetOnline.

The Sooners ended their season on a seven-game winning streak with an average scoring margin of plus-32.5 points per game. Oklahoma ranked third in points for (45.0 ppg) and 21st in points allowed (20.8 ppg). A switch to the Air Raid system has rejuvinated the Sooners offense with the Baker Mayfield throwing for 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

Clemson has been ranked No.1 in the country for a majority of the season thanks a balanced team that sits in the top 30 in almost every major statistical category. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been a part of the Heisman conversation with the sophomore accounting for 23 touchdowns and two turnovers in the his final six games of the regular season.

Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs Michigan State (+9)

Though this line opened with Alabama as a huge nine-point favorite, it is justifiable with the Crimson Tide possibly being the scariest team in the nation on a neutral field.

Alabama’s one loss this season came against then No.15 Ole Miss back on September 20, but since then the Tide has only allowed an average of 11.7 points per game. Derrick Henry has also firmly asserted himself as the Heisman favorite with 1986 rushing yards and 23 trips to the endzone.

The Spartans have been playing playoff games for a while, with their Big Ten championship game against Iowa basically a win-and-your-in situation. Michigan State has not blown anyone away this season, but have beaten Ohio State and Iowa in their last three games, which goes to show they can beat any team in the nation. 

Orange Bowl Opening Spreads: Clemson vs Oklahoma
  • Clemson +3 (-105)
  • Oklahoma -3 (-115)
Odds as of December 6, 2015 at BetOnline
Cotton Bowl Opening Spreads: Alabama vs Michigan State
  • Alabama -9 (-115)
  • Michigan State +9 (-105)
Odds as of December 6, 2015 at BetOnline