Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Game Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 4.08.35 PMThis year’s National Championship game is a rematch of last year’s contest as #2 ranked Clemson Tigers look for better luck this year against #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tampa. The Tigers beat Ohio State 31-0, while the Tide took out Washington 24-7. Alabama won last year’s game by a score of 45-40. This contest has a start time of 8:00 pm EST on January 9.

Vegas odds have the Crimson Tide listed as 6 point favorites, while the total has been set at 53. The game has a start time of 8;00 pm EST and will be televised on ESPN.

Breaking Down The Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers are in the title game once again and will be looking to make amends for last year’s 45-40 loss at the hands of Alabama. They got here by taking out the Ohio State buckeyes 31-0, in an extremely impressive defensive display. Defense isn’t usually what comes to mind when people think of the Tigers, but this team has played solid defense this year and that had a great game plan against the buckeyes. They will need to have a strong game plan for this one as well. The defense really struggled in last year’s meeting vs the Tide as they allowed 473 yards in that game, including 335 through the air. This year they will have to concentrate more on the run vs this team and they just held the Buckeyes to a mere 88 yards on the ground and that was a top five rushing offense coming in. The Tigers come in ranked 8th in total yards allowed, 16th vs the pass, 19th vs the run and 7th in points allowed, giving up just 17.1 ppg. On offense they have been led by Deshaun Watson, who threw for 4173 yar4ds and 38 TDs, but did have 17 INTs. He also ran for 581 yards and 8 TDs. Last year he threw for 405 yards with four TDs and just 1 INT vs the Tide. He will need another big game here. The Tigers come in ranked 12th in total offense, 7th in passing, 63rd in rushing and 13th in scoring, putting up 39.5 ppg

Breaking Down Alabama Crimson Tide

Can anyone beat the Crimson Tide? This team just continues to win national titles, even though they lose a ton of talent each year. Last year they were in a wild game in this contest and allowed Clemson 550 yards of total offense, including 405 through the air. That defense is not known for allowing numbers like that and they have allowed more than 16 points just twice all year and they have allowed just 6.83 ppg over their last 6 games. Don’t expect that to happen here, although they did just allow 194 total yards in their win over Washington to get to this game. The Tide comes in ranked 1st in the nation in total defense, 12th vs the pass, 1st vs the run and 1st in points allowed, giving up just 11.4 ppg. Very strong defense, but this will be the best offense that they have faced this year so far. On offense they have been led by freshman QB Jalen Hurts, who threw for 2620 yards and 21 TDs, while also rushing for 891 yards and 12 more TDs. He played very well last week in what many felt could be a tough spot for the youngster. The experience in that game can only help him here. It also helps that he has Damien Harris (1013 yards rushing) and Bo Scarbrough (719 yards rushing) to0 help him out. Scarbrough had 180 yards rushing last week vs a tough Washington defense, which is an Alabama Bowl record. The Tide comes in ranked 31st in total offense, 85th in passing, 11th in rushing and 15th in scoring, putting up 39.4 ppg.

Trends: The Tigers have gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The Over is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record, while the Under is 10-4 in their last 14 bowl games.

The Crimson Tide have gone 14-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. The Over is 19-6-1 in their last 26 neutral site games, while the Under is 5-1 in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

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UTSA Roadrunners vs New Mexico Lobos NCAAF New Mexico Bowl Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 12.56.54 PMSaturday afternoon CFB action as the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners rumble with the New Mexico Lobos in the New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The Roadrunners went 6-6 and will be playing in their first ever bowl game, while the 8-4 Lobos have gone just 3-7-1 in bowl history. This contest has a start time of 2:00 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Lobos listed as 7 point favorites, while the total has been set at 61.5. The game has a start time of 2:00 pm EST and will be televised on ESPN.

Breaking Down The UTSA Roadrunners

The UTSA Roadrunners are in just their 6th year of existence at the FBS level and this is their first bowl game that they will be playing in. They never got here under Larry Coker, but first year coach Frank Wilson was able to turn the trick for them. They went just 6-6 on the year and lost two of their final three games, but still got into a bowl thanks to beating Charlotte 33-14 in their final game of the season. The Roadrunners have been led this year by QB Dalton Sturm, who threw for 2052 yards with 18 TDs and just 15 INTs. Not great numbers, but he didn’t make a ton of mistakes either. The offense for the Roadrunners was not great overall as they come in ranked 97th in total offense, 76th in passing, 91st in rushing and 63rd in scoring, putting up 29.9 ppg. On the defensive side of the ball, they have been a bit better as they come in ranked 58th in total yards allowed, 81st vs the pass, 52nd vs the run and 69th in points allowed, giving up 28.3 ppg. Their run defense has been decent this year, but the triple option of the Lobos is the best in the nation, so they they will really have to be on their toes for this one.

Breaking Down The New Mexico Lobos

Bob Divie couldn’t get the job done at Notre Dame, but he has done a very solid team in building this Lobos team and after going just 11-26 in his first 3 years here, they have now gone 15-10 the last two years and after falling last year in this game, their next step is to win a bowl game for the first time since 2007. This year they were 8-4 and finished in a tied atop the MWC West Division. The Lobos have been led by their powerful ground attack, which comes in ranked 1st in the nation, grinding out 360.9 ypg on the ground. This is not an easy offense to stop at all and no one has been able to this year so far. Leading the ground game has been Teriyon Gipson, who has run for 1209 yards and Tyrone Owens, who has run for 1084 yards and 7 TDs. That is a strong 1-2 punch and the Roadrunners will have their hands full with this offense. Overall, the Lobos are 27th in total offense, 127th in passing and 21st in scoring, putting up 37.8 ppg. On the defenses side of the ball they have been average at best as they come in ranked 56th in total yards allowed, 71st vs the pass, 61st vs the run and 95th in points allowed at 32.4 ppg.; They will give up points, but their offense has been able to put up more.

Trends: The Roadrunners have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Over is 6-2 in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, while the Under is 5-1 in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.

The Lobos have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, but just 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. CUSA. The Over is 12-2 in their last 14 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game, while the Under is 8-2 in their last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.

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Army Black Knights vs Navy Midshipmen NCAAF Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-10 at 1.21.49 PMCFB action on Saturday afternoon as the Army Black Knights (6-5) wage war on the Navy Midshipmen (9-3) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, This is the last regular season game for both teams, but they will both be in Bowl games as well. The Midshipmen has won the last 14 in this series and they own a 56-49-7 lifetime record vs Army. This game has a start time of 3:00 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Midshipmen listed as 6.6 point favorites, while the total has been set at 47.5. The game has a start time of 3:00 pm EST and will be televised on CBS.

Breaking Down The Army Black Knights

Last year the Black Knights had just 2 wins the whole season, but they have bounced back to post a 6-5 record so far and have already been invited to play North Texas in the Heart Of Dallas Bowl, later in December. This has been a very nice turnaround, but before they get to their bowl game, they would love to end a 14 game losing streak at the hands of the Navy. Last year they fell by just 4 points in this game and the year before it was by just 7 points, so they have been right there in both games. Can they get over the hump in this one? We shall see. The Knights have been led by their dominant ground attack that ranked 2nd in the nation, putting up 328.7 ypg so far. They have been led by Andy Davidson, who has run for 818 yards, but he is listed as questionable for this one. Still, they have some good solid backs in their stable and will be taking on a below average run defense. The Black Knights are 68th in total offense, 128th in passing and 62nd in scoring, putting up 30.0 ppg. The defense is really what has led this team as they come in ranked 5th in total yards allowed, 6th vs the pass, 21st vs the run and 14th in points allowed, giving up just 19.1 ppg. Their run defense will be key here vs a very strong Navy ground attack.

Breaking Down The Navy Midshipmen

The Navy Midshipmen have had a solid season as expected, but they would love to make it 15 in a row here vs Army and also get the taste out of their mouths from last week’s 34-10 loss to Temple in the AAC Championship game. Still, they are 9-3 on the year and will be facing Louisiana Tech in the Armed Forces Bowl. Navy has been led by QB Will Worth, who has thrown for 1397 yards and eight TDs, while also rushing for 1196 yards and 25 more TDs, but the bad news here is that he is out for the rest of the seaso. That is a big blow to this team and it could be the break that Army needs to break their long losing streak in this series. Taking over at QB will bs Zach Abey, who threw for 104 yards and rasn for 70 yards in the loss to Temple. This is a downgrade at the QB slot. For the year, Navy ranks 35th in total offense, 124th in passing, 3rd in rushing and 18th in scoring, putting up 39.1 ppg. On defense they have really struggled as they are 86th in total yards allowed, 105th vs the pass, 67th vs the run and 82nd in points allowed giving up 30.4 ppg. With a new QB and a leaky defense, it will be interesting to see how the Midshipmen far in this one vs a team that they have dominated.

Trends: The Black Knights have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, but just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win. The Over is 7-3 in their last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game, while the Under is 13-3 in their last 16 games in December.

Navy has gone 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, but just 1-4 ATS their last five games in this series. The Over is 10-2 in their last 12 games on fieldturf, while the Under is 7-1 in their last 8 neutral site games.

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Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Tech Hokies NCAAF ACC Title Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.19.37 AMThe 4th ranked Clemson Tigers look to get back in the NCAA Playoffs by beating the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC Title game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The Tigers are 11-1 and off a 56-7 win over South Carolina, while the 9-3 Hokies are off a 52-10 win over Virginia. This game has a start time of 8:00 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Tigers listed as 10 point favorites, while the total has been set at 57.5. The game has a start time of 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on ABC.

Breaking Down The Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers were in the NCAA Title game last year, but lost 45-40 to Alabama. Should they win this game they will have a shot taking the next step, which would be winning it all. The Tigers have gone 11-1 this year, with their lone loss being a shocking 43-42 defeat at home to Pittsburgh, in a game that they were 21 point favorites in. Had they won that game then they probably wouldn’t need to win this one to get in, but they do. Leading the Tigers this year has been Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson, who has thrown for 3620 yards with 34 TDs and 14 INTs. That may be a bit too many INTs and they did cost him in the loss to Pittsburgh as he threw three INTs in that game and also had three in the Louisville game, which they nearly lost. He needs to avoid those mistakes, even though Va Tech is not great at forcing turnovers. Watson leads an offense that comes in ranked 12th in the nation in total yards, 5th in passing 70th in rushing and 17th in scoring, putting up 40.0 ppg. When many think about Clemson they think about all the offense they have, but this team knows how to play defense as well and they will need to play some solid defense in this one vs a very underrated Va Tech offense. The Tigers come in ranked 8th in the nation in total yards allowed, 12th vs the pass, 25th vs the run and 9th in points allowed, giving up just 17 ppg.

Breaking Down The Virginia Tech Hokies

At the beginning of the year there were a few teams in the Coastal Division that could walk away with a berth in the ACC Title game and the Hokies were one of them. Well, here they are after posting an ACC record of 6-2, while going 9-3 overall. They have had a strong season and it really has been a quiet one for them, but now they have a chance to win the ACC Title and keep the Tigers from the NCAA Playoffs. The Hokies have been led by dual threat QB Jerod Evans, who has thrown for 3045 yards and 26 TDs, while also rushing for 713 yards and 8 TDs and he is just a freshman. He also has thrown just 5 INTs on the year and it could very well come down to the QB who makes the least mistakes. This is not a spectacular offense, but they are solid and come in ranked 38th in the nation in total offense 39th in passing, 50th in rushing and 35th in scoring, putting up 35.0 ppg. They will test a good Clemson defense. Speaking of defense, the Hokies have a very solid one as well, as they come in ranked 18th in total yards allowed, 17th vs the pass, 39th vs the run and 20th in points allowed, giving up just 21.1 ppg. That defense will clearly have to step up here vs the 2nd best offense in the ACC and if they can’t at least slow down the Clemson offense, then they could be in for a very long night.

Trends: Clemson has gone 7-0 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win, but just 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf. The Over is 5-1 in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game, while the Under is 15-6 in their last 21 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.

The Hokies have gone 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, but the dog is 4-1 ATS the last 5 games in this series. The Over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, while the Under is 18-7 in their last 25 conference games.

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers NCAAF Big 10 Title Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 9.17.08 AMThe 7th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2) battle the 6th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) in the Big 10 Title game. The two surprise teams will now duke it out for league supremacy at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday evening. This CFB contest has a start time of 8:00 pm EST. Badgers listed as a small favorite.

Vegas odds have the Badgers listed as 1.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 46.5. The game has a start time of 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on FOX.

Breaking Down The Penn State Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions have come out of nowhere to represent the East in the Big 10 Title game. They got here mainly thanks to their big win over Ohio State earlier in the year. The Lions have had a strong year as they have gone 10-2 overall, including 8-1 in the Big 10. Their lone loss in conference play was vs Michigan, which was their conference opener and they have not lost since. Could they actually sneak in the playoffs with a win in this game? We shall see. The Lions have been led by their defense this year and it has been a good one as they come in ranked 20th in yards allowed, 29th vs the pass, 41st vs the run and 31st in points allowed, giving up just 22.8 ppg. The Lions allowed 31.4 ppg through their first 5 games, but have allowed just 16.6 ppg over their last 7 games. They will not be taking on a great offense in this one, so their defense could have a strong showing. The offense has been solid this year as they come in ranked 53rd in total yards, 51st in passing, 59th in rushing and 25th in scoring, putting up 36.6 ppg. Trace McSorley has done a fine job in leading this offense as he has thrown for 2976 yards with 21 TDs and just 5 INTs,. He has had help with a solid running game that has been led by Saquon Barkley, who has run for 1219 yards and 15 TDs. They will have a tough test vs a very good Wisconsin defense.

Breaking Down The Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers have had another strong season as they are 10-2 and have gone 7-2 in the Big 10. They have won their last six games in a row to get into the title game and have been led by a very strong defense over that stretch as they have allowed just 12.2 ppg over their win streak. Every year it seems that this team has a very stout defense and this year is no different. The Badgers come in ranked 7th in the nation in total yards allowed, 23rd vs the pass, 3rd vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 13.7 ppg. They are very stout on this side of the ball and will have their hands full with a very solid Penn state offense that has a few good weapons on it. On offense, the Badgers have been a less than average team this year, but with their defense they haven’t needed to score a lot. The Badgers have been led by a solid ground game this year, with Corey Clement having a solid season. So far he has run for 1143 yards and 13 TDs. overall the Badgers rank 91st in total offense, 106th in passing, 44th in rushing and 66th in scoring, putting up 28.5 ppg so far. Running the ball and playing excellent defense has been a trademark of this team for years and if they take this game it will be that formula that does it for them.

Trends:  Penn State has gone 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, but just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game and 3-10-2 ATS in their last 15 games on fieldturf. The Over is 6-1 in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

The Badgers have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game, but just 1-4 ATS their last five games in this series. The Under is 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a winning record.

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