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Alabama Biggest Favorite in CFP History and Surprise Heisman Frontrunner

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Dec/20/2020

There's been plenty of criticism with the CFP committee's rankings this season, and our semifinal odds show a huge disparity between two teams. 

Alabama is listed as a 19-point favorite against Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, which marks the largest spread in CFP history.

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List of CFP Biggest Spreads

2020/21 Rose Bowl: Alabama (-19) vs. Notre Dame

2018/19 Orange Bowl: Alabama (-14.5) vs. Oklahoma

2019/20 Peach Bowl: LSU (-12.5) vs. Oklahoma

2016/17 Peach Bowl: Alabama (-12.5) vs. Washington

2018/19 Cotton Bowl: Clemson (-10.5) vs. Notre Dame

2015/16 Cotton Bowl: Alabama (-10) vs. Michigan State

2014/15 Sugar Bowl: Alabama (-7.5) vs. Ohio State

2014/15 Rose Bowl: Oregon (-7.5) vs. Florida State

2020/21 Sugar Bowl: Clemson (-7) vs. Ohio State

- Favorites are 9-3 straight up and 8-4 against the spread in semifinal history

- Favorites are 10-7 straight up and 8-9 against the spread in CFP history

The totals for this year's two CFP semis are the fifth and sixth highest, respectively.

List of CFP Highest Totals

2018/19 Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oregon (80.5)

2019/20 Peach Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma (75)

2014/15 Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State (74)

2014/15 CFP NCG: Oregon vs. Ohio State (72.5)

2020/21 Rose Bowl: Alabama vs. Notre Dame (65.5)

2020/21 Sugar Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State (65)

2019/20 Fiesta Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State (63.5)

2017/18 Rose Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Georgia (62.5)

2015/16 Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma (61.5)

- Overs are 9-8 in CFP history

- Overs are 5-7 in CFP semifinal history

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History is not on Notre Dame's side as the biggest upset in CFP history was just 7.5 points.

List of CFP Largest Upsets

2014/15 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State (+7.5) over Alabama

2016/17 CFP NCG: Clemson (+6.5) over Alabama

2014/15 CFP NCG: Ohio State (+6) vs. Oregon

2018/19 CFP NCG: Clemson (+5) over Alabama

2015/16 Orange Bowl: Clemson (+3.5) over Oklahoma

2016/17 Fiesta Bowl: Clemson (+1) over Ohio State

In terms of CFP National Championship odds, Alabama is the odds-on favorite.

Alabama  -170

Clemson  +200

Ohio State  +600  

Notre Dame  +1800  

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