The eyes of the football world will turn towards Levi's Stadium on Monday as the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game as 5.5-point favorites on the NCAA football odds.
Alabama opened as a 6.5-point favorite before seeing its position on the NCAA championship betting odds eroded. But while volatility in the game line odds has garnered attention, sports bettors should not overlook the wide variety of props bets, specials, and alternative point spreads available for Monday night's matchup.
Clemson fans looking to give themselves some breathing room on the spread have ample alternate lines from which to choose. The Tigers covered as 6.5-point underdogs in each of their previous two CFP National Championship clashes with the Tide, including a 35-31 victory two years ago.
Wagering on an alternate line of Clemson +6.5 in Monday's contest pays out on -135 odds, with the odds vaulting to a short -155 on an alternate line of Clemson +7.0. Alternate lines favoring the Crimson Tide are much more generous, with a wager on Alabama -4.5 paying out on -125 odds, shortening to just -140 on a line favoring the Tide by 3.5 points.
Props bets covering all aspects of Monday night's contest are also available. The NCAAF championship props action begins with the coin toss, with both Clemson and Alabama sporting -105 odds of winning the toss.
The Crimson Tide have scored first in 10 of their past 11 outings and are -135 favorites to be the first team to tally points on Monday, with the scoring opening on an Alabama touchdown listed as a +115 wager. The Tigers lag as an intriguing +100 bet to draw first blood, while the odds of either team scoring a special teams or defensive touchdown are at a lengthy +140.
Alabama needed overtime to claim last year's CFP National Championship title, escaping with a 26-23 win over Georgia. However, matters have been settled in regulation time in the four previous meetings between these two teams. That trend is expected to continue on Monday, with a finish in overtime set as a lengthy +700 longshot.
First Touchdown Scorer on Monday NCAA Football Odds
Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris has emerged as a +600 favorite to be the first touchdown scorer in Monday's game. The 21-year-old senior has scampered for nine scores this season, capped by a two-touchdown performance in Alabama's 45-34 win Oklahoma in last week's Orange Bowl.
Harris also sports -200 odds to score a touchdown at anytime on Monday, trailing Clemson rusher Travis Etienne, who leads the way as a short -230 favorite to reach the end zone for the 13th time in 15 games this this season.
Under center, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa makes his second CFP National Championship Game appearance listed as a -130 favorite to throw for OVER 297.5 passing yards, while Clemson passer Trevor Lawrence sports -130 odds of topping 259.5 passing yards.
Tagovailoa is also pegged as a -120 wager to toss for OVER 2.5 scoring passes, and is a +150 bet to find the end zone OVER 3.5 times, while Lawrence sports heavy -200 odds of completing UNDER 2.5 touchdown passes in NCAAF championship betting.
*Odds as of January 4, 2019
Original source: http://www.bovadasportsbook.com/ncaa-championship-betting-props/