NCAA Football Final 2018 Live stream Watch Online, The national championship 2018 are in the playoffs for the first time this decade and begin their quest for their first postseason victory in over two decades when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the College Football national Championship 2018.
Date: Monday, Jan. 8
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, GA
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Odds: Alabama -4.5
TV Info: ESPN
Broadcasters: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
Odds for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game have been released. The No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide opened as a four-point favorite over the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs at most books. The Tide reached their third-straight national title matchup by steamrolling the Clemson Tigers 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl on Monday evening, while hours earlier the Bulldogs escaped a double-overtime shootout with a 54-48 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl.
Oddsmakers are expecting a closely contested national championship, as evidenced by the relatively small, four-point spread to open betting on the game. It’s the 112th time in 113 games dating back to 2010 that the Tide will be favored. Interestingly enough, Alabama’s lone matchup as an underdog during this span came in 2015 at Georgia, which resulted ‘Bama pulling off a 38-10 upset.
Scott Cooley of BookMaker.eu explained the reasoning behind the line that his shop put out for the title game:
The way the semis unfolded certainly factors into the oddsmaking for this matchup, given that Alabama played such a complete game and looked like juggernauts while Georgia simply appeared to be on the right side of a shootout. The thought was to be higher than a field goal to give Alabama the respect it deserves, but not near a touchdown where we’re giving too much value to a quality Georgia club.
Pertinent injuries are mentioned and could affect the predictions at a later date. For instance, if Will Grier is available, West Virginia’s chances of winning increase substantially. We’re using the latest report as the expectation in those cases.