Alabama vs. Clemson 2018 Sugar Bowl Betting Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 28, 2017 in

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the second College Football playoff game on New Years Day. The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Clemson Tigers in New Orleans. The 4th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are seeking their third straight trip to the title game, which is why they are the 2018 Sugar Bowl Betting Odds favorite. The Crimson Tide finished the season 11-1 and second place in the SEC – West.

For the Clemson Tigers, they are also seeking their third straight national title trip. The Tigers are looking to win the title for the second straight season under Dabo Swinney. The Tigers finished with a 12-1 record and won the Atlantic Coast Conference title. The Alabama Crimson Tide are -3 over the Clemson Tigers on New Years Day.

Crimson Tide vs. Tigers 2018 Sugar Bowl Betting Prediction

  • When: Monday, 8:45 PM ET
  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: Watch ESPN
  • Radio: 102.9 FM (Alabama) / 105.5 FM (Clemson)
  • Sugar Bowl Betting Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -2 (Over/Under at 47 points)

Weather Forecast

  • Mostly Cloudy: 4°C/39°F
  • Humidity: 77%
  • Precipitation: 13%
  • Wind: 18 mph NNE
  • Cloud Cover: 64%
  • Type of Stadium: Indoor

2018 Citrus Bowl Betting Odds & Expert Pick

Team Records

  • All: Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1 / Clemson Tigers 12-1
  • Home: Alabama Crimson Tide 8-0 / Clemson Tigers 8-0
  • Away: Alabama Crimson Tide 3-1 / Clemson Tigers 4-1
  • ATS: Alabama Crimson Tide 5-7 / Clemson Tigers 8-4-1
  • Over/Under: Alabama Crimson Tide 5-6 / Clemson Tigers 4-8

Why Bet the Alabama Crimson Tide?

Nick Saban. Enough said. Despite that – Saban’s last time he saw the Tigers, he lost in the national title game. This is the rubber match between these two teams, and it’s hard to bet against the mastermind of College Football. The Crimson Tide has not played since November 25th when they lost to Auburn.

The Crimson Tide are led on the offensive side by quarterback Jalen Hurts. The signal-caller threw 15 touchdowns this season to only one interception. The Alabama offense also sports an elite receiver in Calvin Ridley. Ridley was held to just 38 yards in the loss to Auburn. Ridley had 100 yards games twice for the Crimson Tide, and 3 touchdowns on the season.

Why Bet the Clemson Tigers?

Dabo Swinney has worked his magic with this team. Gone was DeShaun Watson from the national title team, but in came Kelly Bryant. The quarterback torched Miami in the ACC title game for 252 yards and a touchdown. His top target in that game was Ray-Ray McCloud with 100 yards.

Despite being the defending champs, Clemson is not the favorite at the 2018 Sugar Bowl Betting Odds.

The Tigers run game saw Travis Etienne emerge along with Tavien Feaster. The real story for Clemson this season was their elite defense. The Tigers allowed just 54 points in their first 5 games of the season. The lone loss for Clemson was a 27-24 affair at Syracuse.

Latest Sugar Bowl Betting Trends

  • Alabama is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Alabama is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
  • Clemson is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Expert Pick and Prediction

This should be another thriller. These two teams are familiar with each other, and simply do not like each other. The Tigers are going to look to keep the game into a sloppy slugfest. That’s something different from last season when DeShaun Watson was an elite passer and they won high scoring affairs.

Alabama will do everything right. One mistake could beat you against the Crimson Tide. When you are making your final prediction, take Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide. They are a little better and hungry. Take the Alabama Crimson Tide -3 over the Clemson Tigers on New Years Day.