Alabama and Clemson will face off in the Sugar Bowl in the second game of the College Football Playoff at 8:45 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The Crimson Tide are a 3-point favorite. Find full odds and our picks on the game below.
Alabama-Clemson, Sugar Bowl betting odds
Alabama, the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff, is a 3-point favorite against top-seeded Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal game in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The over/under for the game is 47 points.
Alabama-Clemson betting picks
SEC Country asked 24 of its writers to predict the score of the Sugar Bowl and 15 picked Clemson. Three of SEC Country’s Alabama writers chimed in, with two taking Alabama. You can see all of the score picks right here, along with picks for the Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma.
Alabama-Clemson betting preview
Clemson will be playing against Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts for the second consecutive season, and the Tigers have talked about Hurts 2.0 this week. The sophomore quarterback has 1,940 passing yards with 15 TD passes and just 1 interception. He’s also been good running the ball, gaining 768 yards with 8 more scores.
Alabama won’t be facing Deshaun Watson, who threw for 825 yards, 7 TDs and 1 interception in the last two championship games against the Crimson Tide. Instead, Alabama gets its first taste of Kelly Bryant, who’s been excellent in his first season as Watson’s successor. Bryant is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 2,678 yards, 13 TDs and 6 interceptions. He also has 646 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
— This is the 18th meeting between Alabama and Clemson with the Crimson Tide leading the all-time series, 13-4.
— This will be the third time the two teams have met in the postseason. They’ve split their first two meetings in the past two College Football Playoff championship games.
— About those two title game meetings: Alabama won the first one in 2016 in Glendale, Ariz., 45-40, while Clemson evened the score last season in Tampa, Fla., 35-31.
— Alabama won its only neutral-site game this season, beating Florida State, 24-7, in the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
— The Crimson Tide have fared well in domes. They are 25-7-1 all-time in domes 17-4 with Nick Saban as coach.