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Alabama opens as 7-point favorite over Clemson in playoff title game

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Alabama wide receiver T.J. Simmons celebrates with fans after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game between Alabama and Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7.

The college football national championship game is set. So is the betting line in Las Vegas.

Defending national champion Alabama is a minus-7 point betting favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook against Clemson in this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. It’s a rematch of last year’s championship game, where Alabama prevailed 45-40 in a back-and-forth affair.

Undefeated Alabama, which beat Washington this afternoon 24-7 in the Peach Bowl, is playing for its fifth championship since 2009. In the three years of the college football playoff, the Crimson Tide is the lone team to reach the championship game each season.

Clemson beat Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl to earn a chance to redeem last year’s close loss to Alabama.

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