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Wagering opportunities abound for Alabama-Clemson title game


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 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


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


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 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

Veteran WRs coach Gunter Brewer joins Louisville staff

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After a brief foray in the NFL, Gunter Brewer is back in college football and, more specifically, back in the ACC.

Brewer was announced as Louisville’s wide receivers coach on Tuesday, completing Scott Satterfield‘s initial staff.

This will be Brewer’s fourth different tour of duty in the ACC. He joined the conference as a Wake Forest wide receiver in 1985-86, then joined the Deacons’ coaching staff as a strength and conditioning assistant in 1986-87. He returned to the conference as North Carolina’s wide receivers coach from 2000-04, then coached the Tar Heels’ wideouts again from 2012-17.

In between those stints, Brewer has coached wide receivers at East Tennessee State, Marshall, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. He has tutored two Biletnikoff Award winners and a third finalist — Randy Moss at Marshall (1997 winner) and Dez Bryant (2008 finalist) and Justin Blackmon (2010 winner) at Oklahoma State. (Blackmon also won the honor in 2011, but Brewer was at Ole Miss by then.)

Brewer spent the 2018 campaign as the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. His NFL stint ended with Alshon Jeffrey‘s drop against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional round.

Les Miles hires NAIA head coach to Kansas support staff

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Stay with me here, but Les Miles has made a smart, visionary hire to help his offensive coaching staff.

Bethel University head coach Brent Dearmon is leaving his post to become a senior offensive consultant at Kansas. The announcement was made by Bethel; KU has yet to confirm the hire.

“It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to come back home to Bethel and help rebuild the program,” Dearmon said in a statement. “This place will always be very a special place to me and my family. Bethel molded me into the player I was, the coach I am, and the man God designed me to be.”

Dearmon led Bethel, an NAIA school in McKenzie, Tenn., to its best season in school history. The Wildcats went 10-1, including an undefeated regular season and a ranking as high as No. 3, while averaging a staggering 55 points and 540.3 yards per game.

Dearmon’s offense was the highest scoring unit not just in NAIA, but all of college football.

Meanwhile, Kansas is still without an offensive coordinator after Chip Lindsey left to become the head coach at Troy.

“We are happy for Coach Dearmon and this opportunity for him but at the same time we regret to see him leave,” Bethel AD Dale Kelley said. “He did a marvelous job and the team was exciting to follow. The excitement around the program this past year was phenomenal. We wish him and his family the very best.”

The 2018 campaign was Dearmon’s first as head coach at Bethel, his alma mater. He had spent the previous three campaigns as the offensive coordinator at Division II Arkansas Tech, and prior to that deposited two seasons as an analyst on Gus Malzahn‘s staff at Auburn.

Missouri, Colorado reportedly ink home-and-home to celebrate Fifth Down anniversary

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Colorado and Missouri are set to reunite to celebrate the anniversary of one of the most infamous officiating gaffes in college football history, according to a pair of reports.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Friday that the Buffs and Tigers will play a home-and-home in 2025 and 2030, which was confirmed on Tuesday by CBS Sports‘s Dennis Dodd.

The 2025 game will be in Boulder and the 2030 game in Columbia, according to the Post-Dispatch. Specific dates have not been disclosed.

The pair will “honor” the anniversary of the famous Fifth Down game, an Oct. 6, 1990 game in which officials mistakenly gave Colorado two second downs in the closing moments of their meeting in Columbia. That mistake allowed Buffaloes quarterback Charles Johnson to score a 1-yard keeper as time expired, allowing Colorado to escape with a 33-31 win. Adding to the controversy, replays showed Johnson’s knee was down before the ball reached the goal line, but Colorado was allowed to keep its ill-gotten win and went on to share the 1990 national championship with Georgia Tech, the school’s only title.

Colorado and Mizzou have not met since both schools left the Big 12 following the 2010 season. Missouri won the final five games, including a 26-0 blanking in 2010, and holds a 41-31-3 all-time lead in a series that dates back to 1930.

The series will not be the first time either school faces a former Big 8/12 bunk mate since their respective departures. Missouri has a home-and-home with Kansas State set for 2022-23, while Colorado faces Texas A&M in 2019 and ’20, meets Nebraska in 2023-24 and squares off with Kansas State in 2027-28.

Colorado is set to open its 2025 season with Georgia Tech on Aug. 30 and visit Houston a week later. Mizzou has games with North Dakota, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts set for 2025. Neither team has another game on the docket for 2030 as of yet.

Penn State transfer TE Danny Dalton lands at Boston College

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One of the dozen(ish) members of the Penn State football program who has decided to transfer from the Nittany Lions this offseason has found himself a new college football home.

Over the weekend, Danny Dalton took to Twitter to announce that he has decided to transfer to Boston College and continue his playing career with the Eagles.  The tight end is on schedule to graduate from Penn State in June, meaning he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2019.

Including the upcoming season, the Marshfield, Mass., native will have two years of eligibility remaining.

A three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2016 recruiting class, Dalton was the top-rated player at any position in the state of Massachusetts.  After not playing at all his first two seasons in Happy Valley, the 6-4, 247-pound redshirt sophomore appeared in three games