NCAAF Odds: Why Pick Clemson to Win the National Championship
The Clemson Tigers enter the national championship game on Monday as a significant NCAAF odds underdog. It’s true that the Alabama Crimson Tide have a fearsome defense and simply destroyed the Michigan State Spartans in the Cotton Bowl semifinal. However, the 14-0 Clemson squad has been easy to overlook — as the betting world found out when they carried off the “upset” in their win over Oklahoma. Let’s look at some reasons why you should pick Clemson to win the game.
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Control of the line of scrimmage
Before the 2015 season started, many observers thought that Clemson’s offensive and defensive lines would suffer simply because of the high number of players who graduated. When you turn over a lot of your trench players, there is generally a gap in quality for a year or so as the new recruits learn the system. However, the Tigers have brought in such talented players as left tackle Mitch Hyatt, a true freshman who has melded well with the veterans to provide pass protection and open holes for the running game. The defensive line features star Shaq Lawson, who looks to return from his leg injury, as their anchor, but there is also Christian Williams, a true freshman holding his own at defensive tackle.
A program reborn for NCAAF Betting Greatness
It has been 34 years since Clemson last played for a national championship. However, in 2012, they won the ACC and appeared in the Orange Bowl, only to get routed by West Virginia. After that game, coach Dabo Swinney retooled his staff to make the program tougher. Since that bowl debacle, they have gone 45-7, finishing in the top 15 in the final AP Top 25 in that time. They have won three bowl games, knocking off LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Swinney is already Coach of the Year for 2015, but he has one more game to show that Clemson has arrived.
Better to be young and inexperienced
Last year, very few expected the Ohio State Buckeyes to qualify for the College Football Playoff, let alone win the whole thing. A lot of people thought that they had made it a year ahead of schedule, given that their roster would largely return for this season. This year, of course, Ohio State didn’t even make it to their conference championship game, even though this was the year when their top recruits entered their “prime” years. This puts forth the theory that, especially in the college game, it’s better to show up when you’re still naive and loose than when you are experienced and all of those expectations have built up in your head.
Deshaun Watson Clemson’s QB and Star
No other player in the NCAA gained 800 yards rushing and 3,500 yards passing. When he starts and finishes a game, Clemson is 16-0. When teams overcommit to halt the runs of tailback Wayne Gallman, Watson takes off himself. He has gained a reputation for beating the opposition in all phases of the game, week in and week out.