The college football season comes to an end on Tuesday with the National Championship between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide.
With only two losses between them, there is little doubt they are the best teams to fight it out for the championship.
Bookmakers are siding with the Bulldogs, which is surprising. Alabama is a powerhouse and it should be another exciting final.
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Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Pick
The Alabama Crimson Tide started the season ranked top and they ended it with the top ranking beside their name.
Despite losing to Texas A&M earlier in the year, which threatened their playoff chances, they bounced back with statement wins. The Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia, so they already know how to beat their rival.
They scored a 41-24 victory last month, which is we’re surprised by the bookmakers’ odds. Alabama is paying $2.15 to win, despite being the best team throughout the year and having already beaten the Bulldogs.
Bryce Young is another high-quality quarterback with 46 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Having Young at their disposal, the Crimson Tide have averaged 41.1 points per game, which is slightly better than Georgia.
The Bulldogs allow only 9.5 points per game, which is an incredible statistic. However, they allowed Alabama to score 41 points in the previous meeting, so they couldn’t get any stops.
They looked good when beating Michigan 34-11 to make the National Championship, but Michigan isn’t on the same level as Alabama.
The Bulldogs have always used a good running game. Zamir White ran for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns, which only compares averagely to Brian Robinson’s 1275 yards for 14 touchdowns.
Everything points towards an Alabama win. It knows how to win the big games and it’s never wise to bet against the Crimson Tide.
Punters get lovely odds in head-to-head markets and it’s an option we can’t turn down. They should get the job done on the biggest stage, despite what the sportsbook is trying to suggest.
Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide
Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide Exotic Picks
Most college football finals are high scoring affairs, and despite Georgia and Alabama having good defences, it’s the offence that usually stands up.
Bookmakers have the total points line at 52.5, which is an accurate line. We think the Crimson Tide could win 34-24, which sees the total go over. We don’t see it being a low-scoring game as they are too good offensively.
First touchdown scorer markets are good places to find value. We expect Jameson Williams to have a big outing for the Crimson Tide and he’s favourite for a reason.
The wide receiver caught 75 passes for 1507 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is one of the best players on the field and he’ll be a top NFL draft pick when he enters.
He’s the favourite in the try touchdown scorer market at $7, just ahead of teammate and our second pick Brian Robinson Jr.
The Crimson Tide running back scored 14 touchdowns and he’ll be used heavily throughout the game. We don’t think the Bulldogs will be able to stop him, especially if Alabama uses a lot of play-action.
Punters can also bet into total touchdown passes thrown from Bryce Young. The number is set at 2.5 and we think he hits the over.
Young is a dynamic quarterback and he could link up with his receivers in the endzone. Take the over 2.5, which pays $2.25. It’s another value exotic betting option for the National Championship.
Bet: Over 52.5 points
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.