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Whenever you hold a College Football Playoff National Championship game in an open stadium in January, you're always going to face the chance of poor weather playing a factor in both the outcome and betting lines of that game.
And for better or worse, that's exactly what we have on our hands in Santa Clara, California's Levi's Stadium as the home of Monday night's 2018-19 CFP National Championship between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.
With kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. local time, the latest weather reports for Santa Clara tomorrow night at kickoff are projecting temperatures as low 53 degrees and cloudy conditions with a 20 percent chance of rain.
Alabama fans who have made the trip to Santa Clara, CA for the National Championship game are dealing with some nasty weather as a big storm system pounds the coast. Windy with locally heavy rain today & tonight. High today 57, low tonight 47. Risk of showers tomorrow High 61. pic.twitter.com/Slgyel26Sm— Rich Thomas (@RichThomasWX) January 6, 2019
The Crimson Tide initially opened the matchup as 6-point favorites over Clemson via FanDuel Sportsbook, but Bama has since dropped as low as 4.5-point favorites as of Sunday afternoon. Alabama and Clemson could also be looking at wind gusts of nearly double-digit mph too.
There's nothing easy about getting to Santa Clara, the weather is a gamble (my brother says its horrible as of now) in an outside stadium, and travel costs are inflated. This would have screwed more than just Bama and CU fans, but I get YOUR frustration.— Mark Sturgis (@SturgisSports) January 6, 2019
Low 50-degree weather and rain isn't exactly Lambeau Field in January, but the fact that both of these programs and the majority of their fans both hail from the deep South certainly shouldn't go unnoticed.
Tickets for Monday night's title bout have also been struggling to move off the shelf, with some of the sales prices plummeting by nearly 90 percent. All of these factors leading up to kickoff could spell a slightly altered product on the field than what we could have been expecting if it were played in a dome.
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