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After a commanding 45-34 rout over No. 4 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Orange Bowl, No. 1 Alabama continued cementing its status as the undisputed and now 5.5-point favorite over Clemson to win the National Championship this season. 

But FanDuel Sportsbook didn't have to wait until the College Football Playoff to express its incredible vote of confidence in the Crimson Tide winning it all this year. That's because they went ahead and paid out all of the book's future bets placed on Alabama to win the title in advance. 

As in, more than one month in advance. 

Back on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. EST, FanDuel Sportsbook decided to pay everyone who placed a bet on the Crimson Tide to win the national title this year, 38 days before the College Football Playoff National Championship game.​​

The payout will initially cost FanDuel a reported $40,000 and could cost the company upwards of $400,000 when taking into account all of the parlays that have Alabama to win the title in them.

But here's the real kicker, if Alabama doesn't win the National Championship, FanDuel will then have to pay out bets on Clemson to win it as well. 

Paying out futures bets early is actually a common practice by sportsbooks as a way to generate publicity and attention. So if everything plays out according to the odds, FanDuel will payout Alabama bettors and hope to acquire new clients in the process.

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