The top four NCAA Football teams do battle this Friday and we have betting predictions and tips.
Notre Dame and Alabama do battle in the Rose Bowl and it’s Ohio State vs. Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. The winners make it to the College Football Final, so it’s all on the line this week.
All four teams are capable of winning and we look at the best NCAAF picks for punters.
Friday College Football Picks
Notre Dame vs. Alabama @ AT&T Stadium
Alabama has been the form team of the year and they are the top-ranked side coming into the College Football Playoffs.
The Crimson Tide are a perfect 11-0 after beating Florida 52-46, but there were some concerning signs in that game. Florida is a capable team, but Alabama gave up 46 points when they averaged only 19.5 on the season.
It was a slack defensive effort from a team that gave up only 36 points combined from their previous four games. To make matters worse, they now come up against a Notre Dame team that has a better defensive average with only 18.6 points.
The Fighting Irish are 10-1 on the season after losing to Clemson 31-10. It was a disappointing effort given that they had already beaten Clemson earlier in the season.
We question the ability of Ian Book in the big time and that could be a huge difference in the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
Alabama QB Mac Jones has a deadly arm and he has accounted for 32 touchdowns this year, as opposed to only 15 touchdowns for Book. To go along with that, Alabama has a better rushing attack, so finding positives for Notre Dame isn’t easy.
They will need to get off to a positive start if they are to have any chance. However, bookmakers aren’t giving them much hope, despite what has been one of their best seasons to date.
Bookies have Alabama as the –19.5 favourites and they are capable of covering the spread. However, that is a big line to cover in such an important contest.
We see value with Notre Dame, who should be able to keep this game within the 20-point margin.
Bet: Notre Dame +19.5
Ohio State vs. Clemson @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
It has been a strange season for both the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers, but they deserve their shot at the title.
Ohio State is the first 6-0 team to make it into the College Football Playoffs and many questioned their eligibility. However, they are a quality side that boasts an offensive powerhouse.
Quarterback Justin Fields has scored 15 touchdowns from only six games and although he is prone to throwing interceptions, he is still improving.
Ohio State averages 529.2 yards per game, which is more than Clemson, but the Tigers’ offense is NFL-like. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and Amari Rodgers are all NFL bound and they are extremely talented.
When Lawrence was out due to COVID, the Tigers struggled and suffered a loss to Notre Dame, but since his return the Tigers have been electric.
Clemson defeated Pittsburgh 52-17 before beating Virginia Tech 45-10 and Notre Dame 34-10. They were all sizzling performances and we’re not surprised to see bookmakers open them as short-priced favourites.
There isn’t much value in the head-to-head line for punters but we fancy the Tigers to cover the spread. It is currently set at 7.5, which should be achievable for Clemson to cover.
They often get off to a good start and because of their stout defense, Ohio State will have a hard time scoring enough points to keep up.
Take Clemson to cover the spread and progress to the final.
Bet: Clemson –7.5
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.