Thursday’s Top Sports Betting Matchups: Dec. 31

Thursday’s Top Sports Betting Matchups: Dec. 31, The year goes out with a bang for bettors with a pair of College Football Playoff national semifinal matchups on the slate this New Year’s Eve. The winners of these two games will meet on Jan. 11 in the CFP National Championship.

Thursday’s Top Sports Betting Matchups: Dec. 31

To get things started, the Big 12’s No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners will square-off against the ACC’s No. 1 Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens in this season’s Orange Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

VietBet Sportsbook is the best college football site for US Players and currently on its betting board the Sooners are favored by four points with the total set at 63.5. Oklahoma went 11-1 straight-up this season with a profitable 9-3 record against the spread. The Sooners finished the season by covering in six of their last seven games with the total going OVER in six of those contests.

Clemson is the only team in the nation with a perfect record on the year at 13-0 SU, but it falls to just 6-7 ATS. The Tigers have failed to cover in four of their last five games and the total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine games. Clemson is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last five games played at a neutral site.

The second national semifinal matchup pits the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans, out of the Big Ten against the SEC’s No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. VietBet has the Tide listed as 10-point favorites and the betting odds for the total have been set at 46.5. This game is set to get underway at 8 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Michigan State won the Big Ten this season with a 7-1 SU run through the regular season followed by a tight 16-13 victory over Iowa as a three-point favorite in the title game. The Spartans are 12-1 SU overall with a 5-7-1 record ATS. They turned things around for bettors down the stretch with a 5-1-1 record ATS in their last seven games.

Alabama survived an early season loss to Ole Miss to run the table the rest of the way to a SU record of 12-1. The Tide has gone 7-6 ATS over this same span of games, but they have also been kind to bettors lately with a 4-1 record ATS in their last five games. Alabama comes into this showdown with a 5-1 record ATS in its last six games against a team from the Big Ten.

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