Will Watson lead Clemson?
Deshaun Watson will be the most dynamic player on the field in the College Football Playoff Championship. Can he lead Clemson past mighty Alabama tonight?
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.
Watson has led Clemson (14-0, 7-7 ATS) to an unbeaten season but the Tigers face their toughest challenge yet in Alabama (13-1, 8-6 ATS) tonight. Watson is a dual-threat QB, having thrown for 3,699 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 1,032 yards and 12 touchdowns. Oddsmakers have a lot of options listed for Watson in this title game. His over/under for passing yards is listed at 236.5 and passing touchdowns at 1.5. His over/under for rushing yards is listed at 54.5 and his odds to score a rushing TD are set at +105.
While Watson is a very capable player, he meets up with the nation’s top defense. Bama is giving up just 13.4 points and 256.7 yards per game. The Tide just held Michigan State to only 239 total yards in the semifinal. For Watson, he put up 187 passing yards with 1 touchdown while rushing for 145 yards and a score against Oklahoma in Clemson’s 37-17 semifinal win. Watson has thrown for 237 yards or more in 9 games this year and has had multiple passing TDs in 10 games. He has rushed for 55 yards or more in 7 games and has scored a rushing TD in nine 9 different games.