Clemson cashes on gut-wrenching backdoor cover as Alabama claims title


Down 45-33 with 17 seconds on the clock. Clemson has the ball on Alabama’s 24-yard line. DeShaun Watson receives the snap and hits Jordan Leggett down the seem for a touchdown.

Alabama backers everywhere cringe or cry out.

Clemson convert the touchdown and the National Championship ends 12 seconds later 45-40. The Tigers cover the 6, 6.5 or 7-points (depending on what number you got them at), leaving Alabama backers to rip out their hair and rip up their tickets in one of the more brutal backdoor covers in recent memory.

And since it was Alabama seeing the large majority of the spread money, this is a result books could live with.

“Clemson scoring at the end of the game to cover the 7-point spread was big for us, as we had over 70 percent of that markets action on Bama to cover the 7-points,” Michael Stewart of CarbonSports told Covers Tuesday morning.

The number was even high at other books.

According to William Hill US, 78 percent of the total spread money was on the Tide heading into the game. While over at Pinnacle Sports, 59 percent of all spread wagers were backing Alabama.

It was the first time in the Nick Saban era that Alabama won the National Championship, but didn’t cover the spread.


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