Barrett Sallee

CFB Guru

A nationally known college football writer for CBS Sports, Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and delivered in a big way, going 28-18 in his popular Best Bets column. He hosts shows on SiriusXM College, writes for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ. His previous work appeared on Bleacher Report, Scout.com, CNN, MLB.com, FoxSports.com, Athlon Sports and various print publications throughout the Southeast. He is a regular on local, regional and national radio programs, including The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and the SEC Network. For Barrett Sallee media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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UNDER 56.5 UNDER 56.5

New England 13 vs L.A. Rams 3
2/03
NE 13 vs LAR 3
2/03
WIN
Thu 1/31

The last two Super Bowls have been high scoring, and the over-under of 56.5 in this one suggests that oddsmakers understand the rise of creative offenses and how dangerous these two specific units are. The Under has hit in 20 of the 36 games these two teams have played this year, and I fully expect both to come out slow like heavyweight boxers in a title fight. That will be enough to go under the total -- although it will be dicey at the end.

L.A. Rams +2.5 LAR +2.5

New England 13 vs L.A. Rams 3
2/03
NE 13 vs LAR 3
2/03
LOSS
Thu 1/31

The Patriots offensive line hasn't given up a sack, and the Rams have Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. If you know for certain who is going to win that battle, you're smarter than most. I'll take the Rams defense to win the battle more times than not, force Brady into just a few mistakes and the Rams thunder-and-more-thunder tandem of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson to grind it out to an ourtright win.

Clemson +5.5 CLEM +5.5

Clemson 44 vs Alabama 16
1/08
CLEM 44 vs BAMA 16
1/08
WIN
Mon 1/7

Don't be fooled by the fact that Trevor Lawrence is a true freshman. He's nearly as experienced as Tua Tagovailoa. Lawrence has 326 career passing attempts and already has proven himself on a big stage. Tagovailoa has 371 career passing attempts and likewise has proven himself on a big stage, twice. Both quarterbacks have had pressure in their faces, but I trust Lawrence a little more right now based on the fact that Tagovailoa is banged up, the Tide offensive line struggled against a good front seven in the SEC Championship Game and Clemson is the most talented defensive front in the country. This one is much closer than the number indicates.

3-1 IN LAST 4 CLEM ATS PICKS | +185

OVER 58 OVER 58

Clemson 44 vs Alabama 16
1/08
CLEM 44 vs BAMA 16
1/08
WIN
Mon 1/7

If you have one bet to make, take the over. These two wide receiver groups are both top five nationally in terms of overall talent and depth, and the secondaries of the two teams are the weak points of the defenses. Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa will have the game in their hands, go shot-for-shot and blast through that over/under with ease. This is more like a 70-point game or 80-point game.

Alabama -14 BAMA -14

Oklahoma 34 vs Alabama 45
12/30
OKLA 34 vs BAMA 45
12/30
LOSS
Thu 12/27

ORANGE BOWL -- I absolutely love the matchup between the Alabama defensive front and the stout Oklahoma offensive line. In a game in which just a few defensive stops could decide the game, my money is on Quinnen Williams and Co. doing enough to stop the Kyler Murray show at least a couple of times. At that point, it's all she wrote. Oklahoma's defense isn't going to stop the Tide.

4-2 IN LAST 6 OKLA ATS PICKS | +175

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