Sugar Bowl picks from Vegas legend

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In what is fast becoming a classic college football rivalry, top-ranked Clemson will face fourth-seeded Alabama in the Sugar Bowl as the nightcap of a New Year’s Day College Football Playoff double-header. Although the Crimson Tide were the last club invited to the dance, they opened as one-point favorites and the line has since moved up to 3.5. The Over-Under is 47 points, unchanged from the opener.

These clubs have met in the last two national title games and split the outcomes, with Clemson prevailing in a thrilling finish last year. The Tigers are back to defend their title, but this time see Alabama in the national semifinals.

Before you lock in your picks, you need to see what Vegas legend Kenny White has to say. For many years, the world’s biggest sportsbooks raked in millions off his expertise. Now, he’s using his experience to crush the books as an expert for SportsLine.

White, a two-time winner of the prestigious Stardust Football Invitational, enters the stretch run of college football bowl season on a scorching 15-7 run on his college football picks.

Now, White has broken down every angle of the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl showdown between Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoff. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

White knows that two years ago, Alabama held on in a high-scoring affair, but Clemson got its revenge last year when iconic former quarterback Deshaun Watson led a game-winning drive in the final minute.

This season has seen the clubs take different journeys to a similar destination. The Tigers lack the explosive playmaker on offense from a year ago, but the physical Kelly Bryant has proved to be an ample dual-threat. The Tigers are putting up 35.4 points and 449.2 yards per game, both top-30 marks nationally.

Moreover, Clemson’s defense (No. 2 in the country with 12.5 ppg allowed) has preserved a handful of close games. They had wins over No. 13 Auburn, No. 14 Louisville, No. 12 Virginia Tech, No. 20 NC State, No. 24 South Carolina, and No. 7 Miami, the latter a 38-3 blowout.

Alabama has added more offensive punch to go with its top-ranked scoring defense (11.5 ppg). Led by the explosive Jalen Hurts at QB, the Tide are averaging 39.1 points, No. 11 in the country.

Both clubs survived one loss to get here. Clemson was upset by Syracuse, a 24-point underdog, but went on to win the ACC title and dominated opponents the rest of the way. Alabama was upset by Auburn and denied a spot in the SEC title game, but was invited to the College Football Playoff on the strength of its overall profile.

Will the Tide rise again, or will Clemson remove all doubt that it has become a perennial contender by knocking off Alabama once again or at least covering the spread? Visit SportsLine now to get Kenny White’s strong ATS pick for the Sugar Bowl showdown between Clemson and Alabama, all from a Vegas legend who’s 15-7 on college football picks, and find out.