Las Vegas odds makers have made Alabama a heavy favorite to win the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, and the majority of experts seem to agree. Those who cover the sport give the Crimson Tide the edge over the No.1 ranked Clemson Tigers in Monday’s title game.
Clemson hasn’t lost this season, but Alabama has looked like the nation’s best team over the last few months. Nick Saban’s squad has won 11 games in a row, limiting 10 opponents to 16 points or less. Few teams have given them much of a challenge, and it wouldn’t be surprising to several experts if the Crimson Tide win this one handily.
Alabama dominated the Cotton Bowl, shutting out Michigan State, 38-0. During their current winning streak, Alabama has faced six teams ranked in the top 18 during the time of their matchup, winning each contest by at least 14 points.
The Tigers haven’t been quite as dominant, allowing six opponents to lose by 10 points or less. In their only matchup against a team from the SEC, Clemson defeated last-place South Carolina by just five points.
There is a segment of experts that believes Clemson will remain unbeaten. The ACC isn’t nearly as strong as the SEC, but Clemson has defeated their share of tough opponents. The nation’s No.1 team has four victories over top-10 teams, including a 20-point victory over No.4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
Below are expert predictions for the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports: Alabama
Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: Alabama
Robby Kalland, CBS Sports: Alabama
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Alabama
Chip Patterson, CBS Sports: Alabama
John Solomon, CBS Sports: Alabama
Andrea Adelson, ESPN: Clemson
Matt Fortuna, ESPN: Clemson
David Hale, ESPN: Clemson
Danny Kanell, ESPN: Clemson
Jared Shanker, ESPN: Clemson
Colin Cowherd, FOX Sports: Alabama
Clay Travis, FOX Sports: Alabama
Bobby Ilich, IB Times: Alabama
Greg Price, IB Times: Clemson
Anthony Riccobono, IB Times: Alabama