After dismantling Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Friday, No. 1 Alabama will head into the CFP Championship Game as an overwhelming favorite to win another national championship.
Standing in the way of the Crimson Tide is No. 3 Ohio State, which had its own statement victory Friday night when it routed Clemson.
Now, the team that won the first playoff title back in early 2015 will take its shot against the one that has the most title game appearances (five) in the seven-year history of the playoff.
Both teams are unbeaten, but it is the 12-0 Crimson Tide that are getting the royal treatment here by the sports books. Alabama is an eight-point favorite with PointsBet, William Hill, and most books right now a week away from the contest, with the over/under total now around 75.5 points, which is pretty crazy for a title game. In fact, it is the highest number ever for a title contest.
Here is a quick stat to tell you just how dominant this Alabama program has been for the best part of a decade. The Crimson Tide have been favored for 79 games in a row, and in 151 of their last 152.
For those thinking, the one time they were an underdog in the last decade was at Georgia on October 3, 2015, heading to Athens off a loss to Mississippi. The Crimson Tide was +1.5 that day against the Bulldogs, and won 38-10.
Ohio State has played five less games, thanks to the Big Ten season starting in late October. But the Buckeyes had over 600 yards of offense against Clemson, and deserve to be here.
Can they stick around with this Alabama team with so many weapons on both sides of the ball?