2021 CFP National Championship Game Ohio State vs Alabama Odds

2021 CFP National Championship Game

2021 CFP National Championship Game Betting

The “experts” as usual were half-right. The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with ease in a 31-14 win that could have been far uglier in the Rose Bowl Game. As a result, the Crimson Tide has earned a spot in the CFP National Championship Game for the fifth time since its inception. But the pajama boys were totally caught off guard in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 49-28 win over the Clemson Tigers in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Ohio State will play in their second CFP National Championship Game. They won the first-ever CFP National Championship Game over the Oregon Ducks six years ago.

2021 CFP National Championship Game at a Glance

Date: Monday, January 11th, 2021

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

TV: ESPN

CFP National Championship Game Matchup & Odds

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes +8.5

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide -8.5

Total: 75

National Championship Game Preview

The Alabama Crimson Tide opened as an 8-point favorite over the Ohio State Buckeyes for the CFP National Championship Game with an over-under set for 76.

Although Alabama beat Notre Dame 31-14, they failed to cover the spread as 18.5-point overlays. The game stayed under the total of 65.5. It was clearly obvious that Alabama head coach Nick Saban took his foot off the gas early in the second half. Alabama could have named the score. Gamblers backing the Crimson Tide had to be frustrated. While Fighting Irish backers got their Christmas present from St. Nick, albeit a week late.

Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones threw for 25/30, 297 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Najee Harris ran for 125 yards on 15 carries. And DeVonta Smith caught 7 passes for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. This trio has been touted for the Heisman Trophy all season. Any of the three would be worthy candidates.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has won a total of 6 national championships with 1 at LSU and 5 at Alabama. By all accounts, he is considered the greatest college football coach of all-time.

The Ohio State Buckeyes easily got the money as 7-point dogs in their 49-28 win over the Clemson Tigers. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney clowned all week leading up to the game with numerous shots taken at the Bucks, including the fact that he ranked OSU 11th in the coach’s poll.  Instead, Dabo feasted on humble pie.

The Buckeyes win was no accident. Ohio State outgained Clemson 639-444 with 34:05 time of possession. And it was Justin Fields instead of Trevor Lawrence that was the quarterbacking star of the game. Fields threw for 22/28, 385 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Trey Sermon powered to 193 yards on 31 carries with 1 TD. And Chris Olave had 6 catches good for 132 yards and 2 TDs.

Head coach Ryan Day is in his second season as Ohio State head coach. Last year his team lost to Clemson in the CFP semifinal. This year Day remained quiet during Swinney’s jawbone insults. Revenge is a dish best served cold and Day got the last laugh.

Ohio State is now 7-0 straight up, 4-3 against the spread, and 4-2-1 over the total. Alabama is 12-0 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 7-5 over the total.

National Championship Game Format

The College Football Playoff replaced the BCS starting in the 2014 season. Instead of solving the problem, the CFP has made things worse. In fact, many college football community members believe that the BCS was better and at least “got it right” when it came to choosing the top two teams.

The CFP National Championship Game is played between the winning teams of the two semifinal games. A committee selects the four teams with criteria that have become increasingly cloudy.

National Championship Game Prediction

The Alabama Crimson Tide will go down as one of the greatest teams in college football history if they win this game. But their defense, while good, is not invincible. The Ohio State Buckeyes only got to play 7 games because of the pandemic. But their curb-stomping of Clemson proves their worthiness.

The foregone conclusion is that Alabama will win this game going away. Which is a good reason to take the inflated price and points with Ohio State.

National Championship Past Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2020 LSU Clemson 42-25
2019 Clemson Alabama 44-16
2018 Alabama Georgia 26-23 (OT)
2017 Clemson Alabama 35-31
2016 Alabama Clemson 45-40
2015 Ohio State Oregon 42-20

The LSU Tigers capped off a perfect and dream season with a 42-25 win over the Clemson Tigers for their first-ever title in the College Football Playoff era and their first national championship since 2007. A crowd of 76,885 was on hand in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in, appropriately enough, New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy the month prior, thew for 463 yards and 5 touchdowns to win the most valuable player honors. Ja’Marr Chase caught 9 passes for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns for LSU.

Most All-Time Wins at National Championship

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
2 Clemson 2016, 2018
2 Alabama 2015, 2017
1 Ohio State 2014

Since the era of the College Football Playoff began in 2014 the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have dominated with 4 appearances and 2 wins for each school.

2020-21 College Football Bowl Games

Monday, Dec 21, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Appalachian State vs. North Texas

Brooks Stadium
Conway, SC
2:30 PM ET
ESPN

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Tulane vs. Nevada

Albertsons Stadium
Boise, ID
3:30 PM ET
ESPN

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl
UCF vs. BYU

FAU Stadium
Boca Raton, FL
7:00 PM ET
ESPN

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
3:30 PM ET
ESPN

Montgomery Bowl
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic

Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
7:00 PM ET
ESPN or ESPN2

Thursday, Dec 24, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

New Mexico Bowl
Hawaii vs. Houston

Toyota Stadium
Frisco, TX
3:30 PM ET
ESPN

Friday, Dec 25, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Camellia Bowl
Buffalo vs. Marshall

Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL
2:30 PM ET
ESPN

Saturday, Dec 26, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Cure Bowl
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina

Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
12:00 PM ET
ESPN

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Louisiana vs. UTSA

Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Dallas, TX
3:30 PM ET
ABC

LendingTree Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State

Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, AL
3:30 PM ET
ESPN

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Cheez-It Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Miami

Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
5:30 PM ET
ESPN

Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas vs. Colorado

Alamodome
San Antonio, TX
9:00 PM ET
ESPN

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Duke's Mayo Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin

Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
12:00 PM ET
ESPN

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Iowa vs. Missouri

Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN
3:30 PM ET
ESPN

Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Florida

AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
7:15 PM ET
ESPN

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa vs. Mississippi State

Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
12:00 PM ET
ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs. Army

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, TN
4:00 PM ET
ESPN

Arizona Bowl
Ball State vs. San Jose State

Arizona Stadium
Tucson, AZ
4:00 PM ET
CBSSN

Texas Bowl
Arkansas vs. TCU

NRG Stadium
Houston, TX
8:00 PM ET
ESPN

Friday, Jan 1, 2021

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Georgia

Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
12:30 PM ET
ESPN

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Auburn vs. Northwestern

Camping World Stadium
Orlando, FL
1:00 PM ET
ABC

Rose Bowl Game (Semifinal Game)
Alabama vs. Notre Dame

AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
5:00 PM ET
ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Semifinal Game)
Clemson vs. Ohio State

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
8:45 PM ET
ESPN

Saturday, Jan 2, 2021

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
NC State vs. Kentucky

TIAA Bank Field
Jacksonville, FL
12:00 PM ET
ESPN

Outback Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Indiana

Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
12:30 PM ET
ABC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Oregon vs. Iowa State

State Farm Stadium
Glendale, AZ
4:00 PM ET
ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl
Texas A&M vs. North Carolina

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:00 PM ET
ESPN

Monday, Jan 11, 2021

Bowl Location Time (ET) / TV

CFP National Championship
Ohio State vs. Alabama

Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
8:00 PM ET
ESPN
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