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Wagering opportunities abound for Alabama-Clemson title game

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If you’re the wagering type — and I’ll bet you I’m not — this post has your name written all over it even as it has my name in the byline.

Monday night, Alabama and Clemson will square off for the fourth straight year in the College Football Playoff — for CFT’s previews, click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE — and, for the third time in that span, the matchup will determine college football’s national champion.  The Crimson Tide opened as anywhere from a six- to a seven-point favorite, although most sportsbooks now have the Tigers as a five-point underdog heading into the game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

But the opportunities to wager aren’t solely limited to the point spread as BetOnline.ag has released myriad prop bets on which you can lay down some of your hard-earned money, from the over/under on the two teams’ first-half points to margin of victory to whether the game will go into overtime to whether backup Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts will throw a touchdown pass.

Below are all of the game lines and prop bets for the championship game, again courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

GAME LINES

Clemson vs Alabama
Clemson +5 (40% of public on Clemson)
Alabama -5 (60% of public on Alabama)
Over/Under 58½ (51% on the over, 49% on the under)

Clemson vs Alabama (First Half Only)
Clemson +3
Alabama -3
Over/Under 29

Total Points O/U – Clemson
Over/Under 26½

Total Points O/U – Clemson (First Half Only)
Over/Under 13

Total Points O/U – Alabama
Over/Under 31½

Total Points O/U – Alabama (First Half Only)
Over/Under 16

GAME/SCORING PROPS

Team to Score First
Clemson +120 (6/5)
Alabama -150 (2/3)

Time of First Score
Over 5½ Minutes EVEN (1/1)
Under 5½ Minutes -120 (5/6)

Will the Team That Scores First Win?
Yes -200 (1/2)
No +175 (7/4)

First Score of Game
Clemson Touchdown 2/1
Clemson Field Goal 6/1
Alabama Touchdown 5/4
Alabama Field Goal 6/1
Safety by Either Team 33/1

Race to 10 Points
Clemson +150 (3/2)
Alabama -170 (10/17)

Race to 20 Points
Clemson +175 (7/4)
Alabama -210 (10/21)

3 Straight Scores by Either Team
Yes -210 (10/21)
No +175 (7/4)

Longest TD of the Game
Over/Under 55 yards

Will there be a Defensive or Special TD in the Game?
Yes +160 (8/5)
No -180 (5/9)

Will the Game go to Overtime?
Yes +1200 (12/1)
No -2000 (1/20)

Last Team to Score
Clemson +120 (6/5)
Alabama -140 (5/7)

Double Result (First Half/Second Half)
Clemson – Clemson 3/1
Clemson – Alabama 6/1
Tied – Clemson 16/1
Tied – Alabama 12/1
Alabama – Clemson 8/1
Alabama – Alabama -110

Margin of Victory
Clemson by 1 to 6 Pts 4/1
Clemson by 7 to 12 Pts 7/1
Clemson by 13 to 18 Pts 16/1
Clemson by 19 to 24 Pts 28/1
Clemson by 25 to 30 Pts 50/1
Clemson by 31 to 36 Pts 80/1
Clemson by 37 to 42 Pts 100/1
Clemson by 43 Pts or More 125/1
Alabama by 1 to 6 Pts 13/4
Alabama by 7 to 12 Pts 7/2
Alabama by 13 to 18 Pts 6/1
Alabama by 19 to 24 Pts 8/1
Alabama by 25 to 30 Pts 16/1
Alabama by 31 to 36 Pts 25/1
Alabama by 37 to 42 Pts 40/1
Alabama by 43 Pts or More 66/1

PLAYER STAT PROPS

Player to Score the 1st Touchdown
Travis Etienne (CLEM) 5/1
Jerry Jeudy (BAMA) 7/1
Damien Harris (BAMA) 8/1
Tee Higgins (CLEM) 10/1
Henry Ruggs III (BAMA) 10/1
Irv Smith Jr. (BAMA) 12/1
Najee Harris (BAMA) 14/1
Joshua Jacobs (BAMA) 14/1
Devonta Smith (BAMA) 14/1
Tua Tagovailoa (BAMA) 14/1
Alabama D/ST 16/1
Amari Rodgers (CLEM) 16/1
Justyn Ross (CLEM) 16/1
Jaylen Waddle (BAMA) 16/1
Clemson D/ST 20/1
Jalen Hurts (BAMA) 20/1
Hunter Renfrow (CLEM) 20/1
Milan Richard (CLEM) 20/1
Adam Choice (CLEM) 25/1
Tavien Feaster (CLEM) 25/1
Trevor Lawrence (CLEM) 33/1
Diondre Overton (CLEM) 33/1
No Touchdown Scored 150/1

Quarterback Props

Total Passing Yards – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Over/Under 264½

Total Completions – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Over/Under 22½

Longest Completion – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Over/Under 40½

Total TD Passes – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
No TD Passes 4/1
One TD Pass 7/2
Two TD Passes 5/2
Three TD Passes 9/2
Four TD Passes 7/1
Five or More TD Passes 10/1

Total Passing Yards – Tua Tagovailoa(Alabama)
Over/Under 299½

Total Completions – Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Over/Under 22½

Longest Completion – Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Over/Under 50½

Total TD Passes – Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
No TD Passes 7/1
One TD Pass 4/1
Two TD Passes 3/1
Three TD Passes 7/2
Four TD Passes 5/1
Five or More TD Passes 6/1

Will Jalen Hurts Attempt a Pass?
Yes -300 (1/3)
No +250 (5/2)

Will Jalen Hurts Have a Rushing Attempt?
Yes -300 (1/3)
No +250 (5/2)

Will Jalen Hurts Throw for a TD Pass?
Yes +400 (4/1)
No -500 (1/5)

Will Jalen Hurts Rush for a TD?
Yes +500 (5/1)
No -650 (2/13)

Receiving Props

Total Receiving Yards – Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Over/Under 55½

Total Receptions – Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Over/Under 4

Longest Reception – Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Over/Under 24½

Total Receiving Yards – Justyn Ross (Clemson)
Over/Under 69½

Total Receptions – Justyn Ross (Clemson)
Over/Under 4

Total Receiving Yards – Hunter Renfrow (Clemson)
Over/Under 47½

Total Receptions – Hunter Renfrow (Clemson)
Over/Under 4

Total Receiving Yards – Amari Rodgers (Clemson)
Over/Under 32½

Total Receptions – Amari Rodgers (Clemson)
Over/Under 4

Total Receiving Yards – Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
Over/Under 76½

Total Receptions – Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
Over/Under 5

Longest Reception – Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
Over/Under 30½

Total Receiving Yards – Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)
Over/Under 49½

Total Receptions – Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)
Over/Under 3½

Total Receiving Yards – Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
Over/Under 41½

Total Receptions – Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
Over/Under 3

Total Receiving Yards – DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
Over/Under 49½

Total Receptions – DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
Over/Under 3½

Total Receiving Yards – Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
Over/Under 30½

Total Receptions – Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
Over/Under 2½

Rushing Props

Total Rushing Yards – Travis Etienne (Clemson)
Over/Under 86½

Longest Rush – Travis Etienne (Clemson)
Over/Under 24½

Total Rushing Yards – Damien Harris (Alabama)
Over/Under 49½

Longest Rush – Damien Harris (Alabama)
Over/Under 20½

Total Rushing Yards – Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
Over/Under 52½

Matthew Baldwin’s decision leaves Ohio State with two scholarship QBs

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And then there were two.

Seeing the Justin Fields writing on the wall, Tate Martell transferred from Ohio State in mid-January and ultimately landed at Miami.  Three months later, another OSU signal-caller, Matthew Baldwin, confirmed on Twitter Thursday night that he too has decided to take his leave of the Buckeyes and place his name into the NCAA transfer database.

“[S]pring was a tough time for me personally. My family and I have prayed and talked a lot about where I belong and what is best for me,” Baldwin wrote as part of a very classy Twitter post revealing his decision. “In the end, we feel like it’d be better for me to step away from Ohio State.”

A four-star member of OSU’s 2018 recruiting class, Baldwin was rated as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the country coming out of high school in Austin, Texas.  Baldwin didn’t play a down for the Buckeyes as he continued his rehab from an ACL injury he suffered late in his high school career at Lake Travis.

With the twin departures of Baldwin and Martell, OSU is now down to two scholarship quarterbacks — the Georgia transfer Fields (HERE) and West Virginia transfer Chris Chugunov (HERE).  Fields was widely expected to be the Buckeyes’ starter under center in the 2019 opener; Baldwin’s decision ensures that, barring injury, that will indeed be the case.

Arkansas to add former Notre Dame OL Luke Jones

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A week and a half after word broke Luke Jones was intending to leave Notre Dame comes the announcement Jones is going to be playing closer to home. The Arkansas native announced with a message on Twitter he is coming home to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

“I would like to thank the University of Note Dame for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing college football,” Jones said in a brief message on his Twitter account. “However, I have decided to transfer and play football for the University of Arkansas. I will be enrolling in the summer and am excited for this new chapter in my life!”

Jones spent a brief moment with the Notre Dame program as he was a member of the Class of 2018 in South Bend. Prior to committing to the Fighting Irish, Jones had been committed to the Arkansas football program in his recruiting process, but Notre Dame emerged victorious in the recruiting game during a coaching change with the Razorbacks.

Jones will be required to sit out the 2019 season under standard NCAA transfer rules, although those seem to be more like guidelines these days, so we’ll wait to see if there is a chance Jones gets to jump into the mix in the offensive line for the Razorbacks this fall.

Ex-Pitt TE Tyler Sear announces transfer to Temple

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Tight end Tyler Sear is hopping on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and heading from one metropolitan corner of the state to the next. Sear announced on his Twitter account on Thursday he is transferring from Pitt to Temple.

The Class of 2017 recruit of the Panthers left the program last October for what was simply described as personal reasons. It was unknown if the leave of absence was a short-term or long-term plan as the decisions about the status were being kept close to the vest within the Pitt program.

Sear did battle some injury concerns during his time at Pitt that prevented him from potentially reaching his full potential for the Panthers. He caught two passes for nine yards last season prior to his stepping away from the team.

Perhaps a clean slate with a new program will do Sear good as he steps in to try contributing with the Owls in the AAC. Sear will have to sit out the 2019 season due to standard NCAA transfer rules, unless an exception is granted by the NCAA. It is unknown if a waiver will be filed by Sear and Temple for immediate eligibility.

Sear has not used a redshirt year yet so he could burn that in 2019 while waiting to get back on the field if he is forced to sit out the 2019 season. That ould leave Sear with two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2020 season.

Michigan CB Myles Sims enters transfer portal

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Add another name to the growing list of players entering the transfer portal. This time it is Michigan cornerback Myles Sims. According to a report from 247 Sports, the former four-star prospect in Michigan’s Class of 2018 is evaluating his options.

Any player who adds his name to the transfer portal is allowed to make contact with potential programs of interest, but it does not automatically mean that player is gone for god. Sims will have the option of pulling his name out of the portal in the event he decides to stay in Ann Arbor. How quickly Sims will make any decision one way or the other remains to be seen.

Sims did not see the field last season for Michigan so he can use the 2018 season as his redshirt year. That gives the former four-star recruit four years of eligibility remaining, although he will likely have to burn one year of eligibility by sitting out the upcoming 2019 season.

Standard NCAA transfer rules require a player to sit out a full season before being ruled eligible to play again, although exceptions have been made a bit more frequently over the past year. Whether or not Sims will have the chance to play right away this fall will have to wait to be determined when he decides what his plans will be moving forward.