Don’t have a rooting interest in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game? Perhaps these title game prop bets will peak your intrigue.
For the gambling novice, a prop bet is pretty much a fancy term for “betting on anything and everything.” Prop bets can vary from “Who will have more receiving yards?” all the way to “What color will the Gatorade be that gets dumped on the winning coach.”
See, gambling is fun.
The most important prop bet, of course, is who will be favored to win the game. The oddsmakers at SportsBettingDime.com gave Alabama 1-3 odds of winning and gave Clemson 5-2 odds.
The gambling site also deemed Alabama tailback Derrick Henry as the favorite to win offensive MVP at 5-7 odds. Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker is listed second at 9-2 odds, followed by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson at 5-1 odds.
Don’t worry, the props only get more interesting. For instance, the odds that the first score of the game comes from either offense is listed at 1-11 odds, a low-risk, low-reward proposition. If you want to roll the dice (this is gambling after all), bet on the defense or special teams units getting the first score. The defenses are listed at 16-1 odds to get the first points on the board while special teams are listed at 24-1.
SportsBettingDime.com also thinks Alabama is more capable of blowing out Clemson. The website gave the Crimson Tide modest 14-1 odds to beat the Tigers by 30 points or more, while Clemson received 38-1 odds to do the same thing.
There’s also a prop that handicaps the possibility of a scoreless game at halftime. The website gave that scenario 32-1 odds of occurring. If you still think defense is alive and well in college football (it isn’t), then that’s the best for you.
Finally, there always have to be some bets regarding Nick Saban leaving Tuscaloosa, Ala. The website listed 2-3 odds that Saban would be asked about leaving for the NFL by ESPN in a pregame or postgame interview. For the ultimate conspiracy theorists, the website gave 6-1 odds that Saban would announce he was leaving Alabama to go to the NFL within seven days of the title game.