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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Clemson Tigers Prediction Picks from the National Media

"Are we done here?"
"Are we done here?"
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The National Media is a bit more split on tonight's National Championship Game than you might think.

Not counting CBS' lame Against the Spread picks* or the ones of your RBR staff, the national media has predicted the Crimson Tide to successfully defend their crown by a count of 31 to 28.

Name Affiliate Winner Pick
Andrea Adelson ESPN Clemson 28-24
Edward Aschoff ESPN Alabama 27-20
Anthony Becht ESPN Clemson 27-24
Mike Bellotti ESPN Clemson 27-24
Mack Brown ESPN Clemson 31-28
Heather Dinich ESPN Alabama 21-20
Brock Huard ESPN Alabama 30-28
Chris Low ESPN Alabama 34-24
Ivan Maisel ESPN Alabama 27-24
Ryan McGee ESPN Alabama 31-28
Brett McMurphy ESPN Alabama 34-17
Todd McShay ESPN Alabama 27-20
Andy Staples Sports Illustrated Alabama 31-28
Pete Thamel Sports Illustrated Clemson 28-27
Lindsay Schnell Sports Illustrated Clemson 38-35
Brian Hamilton Sports Illustrated Clemson 24-20
Joan Niesen Sports Illustrated Clemson 35-31
Colin Becht Sports Illustrated Alabama 24-20
Gabriel Baumgaertner Sports Illustrated Clemson 24-20
Barton Simmons 247Sports Clemson 24-23
Travis Haney 247Sports Alabama 28-17
Chris Hummer 247Sports Alabama 31-28
Charlie Potter 247Sports Alabama 31-24
Anna Hickey 247Sports Clemson 33-30
Stewart Mandel FoxSports Clemson 24-20
Bruce Feldman FoxSports Clemson no score given.
Michael Casagrande Alabama 21-20
Drew Champlin Alabama 38-31
Joseph Goodman Clemson 27-24
Rainer Sabin Alabama 28-20
Kevin Scarbinsky Alabama 28-27
John Talty Alabama 27-24
Creg Stephenson Alabama 33-29
Steven Lassan Athlon Alabama 31-27
Mitch Light Athlon Alabama 27-24
John Gworek Athlon Clemson 23-21
Rich McVey Athlon Alabama 34-24
Mark Ross Athlon Clemson 27-24
Braden Gall Athlon Clemson


Allen Kenney Athlon Clemson 24-21
Bryan Fischer Athlon Alabama 31-27
Jim Weber Athlon Clemson 31-30
Kevin McGuire Athlon Alabama 26-23
J.P. Scott Athlon Clemson 31-20
Matt Connolly The State (Columbia, SC) Clemson no score given.
Josh Kendall The State (Columbia, SC) Alabama no score given.
Nancy Armour USA Today Alabama no score given.
Nicole Auerbach USA Today Clemson 31-24
Paul Myerberg USA Today Clemson no score given.
George Schroeder USA Today Clemson no score given.
Dan Wolken USA Today Alabama 27-20
Scott Keepfer Greenville (SC) News Clemson 24-17
Manie Robinson Greenville (SC) News Clemson 26-18
Duane Rankin Montgomery Advertiser Alabama 28-27
Brad Senkiw Anderson (SC) Independent Mail Alabama no score given.
David Wharton Los Angeles Times Clemson 38-35
Jon Solomon CBS Clemson 20-17
Tom Fornelli CBS Alabama** no score given.
Dennis Dodd CBS Clemson* no score given.
Jerry Palm CBS Alabama** no score given.
Robby Kalland CBS Clemson* no score given.
Ben Kercheval CBS Clemson* no score given.
Chip Patterson CBS Clemson* no score given.
Josh Alabama 26-17
Brent Alabama 31-21
CB969 Alabama 38-23
Erik Alabama 31-17

*Against the Spread only.

**Against the Spread but picking Bama to cover is a Bama win; counted in the 31.

Almost all casinos and offshore bookings have steadfastly stayed at Alabama -6.5.