Can Ridley get past Clemson?

Alabama vs. Clemson: Will Calvin Ridley stifle the Tigers’ pass defense?

Calvin Ridley may not get a lot of attention for his ability, but he could be the reason Alabama is able to top Clemson in tonight’s College Football Playoff Championship.

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According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Alabama is favored in this championship game, as the Crimson Tide are getting odds of -6.5 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 50.5 points. These two meet tonight at 8:30PM ET on ESPN from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Ridley has had a very good season for Alabama (13-1, 8-6 ATS), especially considering the Tide rank just 67th nationally in passing yards. The freshman receiver caught 83 passes for 1,031 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2015. Tonight, the Tide are up against Clemson (14-0, 7-7 ATS), which has a very strong pass defense. The Tigers are ninth in pass yards allowed, giving up just 177.2 per game. That could be a tough test for a freshman receiver and a quarterback that hasn’t necessarily played in a lot of big games in Jake Coker.

Oddsmakers expect some good things from Ridley tonight, as he is getting an over/under of 7 receptions and 87.5 receiving yards. His odds to score a touchdown in the contest has been set at -110. Ridley is coming off his best game of the season, as he caught 8 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns against Michigan State in the semifinal. Ridley has had 7 catches or more in 6 games this season and he also has 88 yards or more in 6 games as well. One thing to note with the Clemson pass defense is that Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard had 7 catches for 87 yards in the Orange Bowl against the Tigers.

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