However, Notre Dame has made a habit of defying the odds so far this season, so they're likely using the underdog status as fuel. They're 6-1 ATS when playing with at least eight days rest, and their 14-5 ATS record on neutral fields includes an 8-2 ATS mark as a neutral field underdog. The sophomore has been electric this season, tossing 41 touchdown passes against only four interceptions.
The model has factored in that Alabama's prodigious offense starts with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In the victory over the Sooners, he completed a staggering 89 percent of his attempts and threw more touchdowns (four) than incompletions (three).
Alabama has yet to face a defense this season that is as formidable as Clemson's, which is allowing 4.05 yards per play and 12.9 points per game.
The Tigers now have just one task in the way of winning a National Championship.
Alabama (14-0) advanced to the national championship game for the fourth consecutive season and will play January 7 in Santa Clara, California, against familiar foe Clemson, which beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl.