We have already looked at the first College Football Playoff Semifinal contest on New Year’s Day.
In the Rose Bowl, -19.5 point favorite Alabama should move on to its fifth CFP Championship game in the seven-year history of the tournament.
But which team will join the Crimson Tide?
Could it be another team looking for its fifth title game appearance, and third national championship?
It sure could be.
Clemson has played in four of the last five CFP Championship games, but fell last season to LSU 42-25. The Tigers beat Ohio State 29-23 in the semifinal last year, though, and most sports books think Clemson is going to repeat the feat, to set up a fourth Alabama-Clemson CFP National Championship contest on January 11.
Clemson is currently an eight-point favorite over the Buckeyes, and is -around 340 on the money line: Ohio State is +260, with the total 66.5, one point higher than the first game.
After watching both teams play in their respective conference title games, Clemson should be able to slow down the Buckeyes enough, but the same probably can’t be said for Ohio State’s defense against the loaded Tigers.
Clemson should be able to post enough points to take down the Buckeyes, and the -8 line could be -7 with added juice. The Clemson team total of 37 looks promising as well.