CFB: Top prop bets for title game

Sportsbooks are gearing up for Monday's college football title game between Alabama and Clemson by offering a variety of proposition wagers. SportsLine analyst Josh Nagel gives his five favorite prop bets for the contest.


If you're interested in something other than the standard side or total, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has released a handful of prop bets for Monday night's College Football Playoff title game between Alabama and Clemson.

The wagering menu was released Friday night, so some of the prices and numbers offered are sure to see adjustments before kickoff.

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Clemson +197 O/U 51
vs. Alabama -225 -6.5

But after giving the betting sheet a thorough first review, here are six prop bets that I'd strongly consider firing on for Monday night's game:

Adjusted game total (Over 57.5, +230): I'm of the belief that the Over on the original total of 50.5 is a strong value play. A willingness to give up an extra touchdown on the scoreboard would garner a lucrative and tempting overlay at this price.

These teams combined for 85 points in last year's title game, and I wouldn't be surprised if they shatter this total as well. This prop is definitely worth an investment.

Longest TD of the game (Over 48.5, -110): Both teams are loaded with explosive playmakers. Quarterback Deshaun Watson, receiver Mike Williams and running back Wayne Gallman lead the way for Clemson, while quarterback Jalen Hurts, running back Bo Scarbrough and wideout Calvin Ridley are among the game-changers for the Crimson Tide.

Last year's title game featured four touchdowns of longer than 48 yards -- all by Alabama -- so it stands to reason we?ll see at least one such play Monday night and cash this prop in the process.

Will there be a defensive or special teams touchdown scored? (No, -150): Most observers are aware the Crimson Tide have scored an astounding 15 non-offensive touchdowns, meaning they average one per game This alone would seem to suggest value getting a plus-money payback on this prop, but I am going to take it the other way.

The public is bound to hammer the "yes" on this wager, meaning the price should plummet on the other side. Seeing as the "no" is usually at least -200 in a major football game, this is a bargain to bet against what is still a relative rarity.

Longest completion by Deshaun Watson (Over 36.5 yards, -110): Big plays don't come easily or often against the Tide, but Watson has proven he can make them. We need just one from him to hit this wager.

It could come in the form of a deep pass to Williams, one of the best receivers in the country, a well-timed screen pass to a running back against a blitz or a downfield launch after Watson escapes the rush. This is a value spot on the best play-making QB in the country to deliver with what he does best. 

Total receiving yards by O.J. Howard (Over 43.5, -110): The veteran Alabama tight end had a breakout game in last year's finale, catching five passes for 208 yards and two scores.

He was also the favorite target of Hurts in the semifinal against Washington, as his four catches accounted for 44 of Alabama?s 57 total passing yards. Hurts likely will look for him often underneath when Clemson brings pressure.

Total rushing yards by Wayne Gallman (Under 57.5, -110): Although I expect Clemson to have some success on offense, it's likely to be generated by Watson and not the base running attack.

Washington tried desperately to establish the run game and pounded away with an explosive back in Myles Gaskin, but he managed just 34 yards on 10 carries. Expect a similar fate for Gallman, who had 45 yards on 12 rushes in last year?s title game.