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2015-16 NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship Game Expert Picks & Predictions

2015-16 NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship Game Expert Picks & Predictions

No one can argue about the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game matchup between Alabama and Clemson. Both teams have proven to be the two best teams in the country over the length of the season. [sc:NCAA-CHMP250 ]However, an argument can be made for either team taking home the title.

With that said, let’s check out some of the top college football experts’ views on how this game will play out and who they’ve got to come out on top. Meanwhile, don’t forget to get a complete breakdown of Bama-Clemson with our national championship game preview here.

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2016 CFP National Championship Game Expert Picks

Bleacher Report

EXPERT PICK
Tim Daniels Alabama, 27-21

[sc:NCAA240banner ]Bleacher Report featured columnist Tim Daniels is predicting a much closer matchup in the title game as compared to the two national semifinals, which both ended in blowouts. He is pretty confident in Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s ability to keep the game relatively close, and cover the spread as +7 underdogs.

However, he’s much more confident in Alabama’s defense and its ability to limit the Heisman finalist enough for the Tide to eke out the win. That isn’t much of a surprise considering how Bama simply dominated Michigan State en route to a shutout in the national semifinal.

Campus Insiders

EXPERT PICK
Pete Fiutak Alabama, 37-14

Campus Insiders’ Pete Fiutak is much more emphatic with his pick of the Tide. Despite listing down five key points to the matchup – which included Alabama’s perceived weakness handling dual-threat QBs and Clemson’s terrific running game – Fiutak still came to the conclusion that the Tide’s current status as 7-point favorites is probably a bit too low.

He predicts that the Tide will win the title by more than three touchdowns. While that seems pretty excessive, keep in mind that Bama has won its last six games in a row by two or more touchdowns, which would still comfortably cover the touchdown spread.

Heavy

EXPERT PICK
Jonathan Adams Clemson, 24-20

Heavy’s Jonathan Adams certainly went heavy with his prediction. He went against the first two experts, as he predicted that Clemson won’t just cover the 7-point spread as underdogs; it’ll go on to win straight up and be crowned national champs.

Adams’ main reason for this big upset pick is Watson. He notes Alabama’s checkered history with mobile quarterbacks in recent years, with Johnny Manziel and Nick Marshall the primary examples. Adams believes that Watson’s ability to make plays with his feet, coupled with the Clemson defense’s ability to slow down the Bama rushing attack, will be enough for the Tigers to take the title.

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