NCAA Football Betting Odds: Championship Week Line Movements & Last-Minute News
Ladies and gentlemen, after 14 longs weeks of grueling and exciting college football, we've reached what matters (second) most; Championship Weekend. There are 20 teams with a chance to win their respective conference title. And for a handful of them, (six) this game is the last obstacle they must overcome if they want to be playing in the College Football Playoff at the end of December.
There are plenty of scenarios that could play out that shake up the Top-4 teams as it stands right now but those are just scenarios and it would take 5,000 plus words to go through each one. What I will say is this; this week's college football action starting on Friday with Utah vs Oregon in the Pac-12 Title game is going to be thrilling and a hell of a lot of fun to bet on. Enjoy it while it's here because in just 30 days, college football will be done for another season.
Here are notes for some of Saturday's games around the country, in no particular order.
No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs @ No. 2 LSU Tigers (-7, 55.5 ): This Georgia vs. LSU game is one of the biggest games of the Championship Weekend as it pits two SEC powerhouses against one another and the No. 2 and No. 4 ranked teams in the country. Many believe that the only way for Georgia to keep a place in the top four and make the CFP is by winning this game. Based on the opening line, oddsmakers thought this game was going to be fairly close as LSU was tabbed as just four-point favorites. Bettors, on the other hand, have pounded the Tigers, so much so that the line has shot to seven points . Georgia comes into this game with one or two injury concerns to deal with, while LSU is ultimately healthy for the most part. Many are saying that this Georgia defense is the best unit LSU will have faced all year and that they are going to have a tough time moving the ball up and down the field. As for the total, it opened up at 56 but has since been bet down to 55.5, and we can see this game staying under as both defenses rise to the occasion on the biggest stage.
No. 23 Virgina Cavaliers @ No. 3 Clemson Tigers (-28.5, 57): Let's not kid ourselves here. Virginia is in way over their heads in this ACC Championship Game against Clemson . The total sits at 55.5, and we can see Clemson reaching the 50-point mark on their own. Because of the explosiveness of the Tigers offense, the total has risen 3.5 points from the original mark of 53.5. As for the point spread, the line opened with Clemson laying 24.5 points, but that's quickly been scooped up, and so the line now sits at 28.5. That's a lot of points to lay in a championship game, but Clemson and (maybe OSU) might be the only team who could cover the number with ease. There are no key injury concerns for either team to deal with, so we will get best against best on Saturday night.
UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns @ No. 21 Appalachian State (-6, 56): When No. 21 Appalachian State takes on the Ragin' Cajuns, it'll be seeking a bit of Sun Belt history in the process. For starters, Appalachian State's 11-1 record is the best 12-game mark in Sun Belt conference history. The Mountaineers will also be vying to become the first Sun Belt team and the first Football Bowl Championship team from the State of North Carolina to win 12 games in a single season. So, what do the oddsmakers and bettors think of this game? Well, oddsmakers opened this game up with the Mountaineers laying 3.5 points on their home field, but that number has since been bet up to where it currently stands at six. This will be the fourth meeting in two seasons between these two teams. Therefore, with the familiarity between these two programs, it's a little surprising to me to see this number reach the touchdown mark. UL-Lafayette is by no means a pushover as they are 10-2 on the season and riding a six-game winning streak coming into this game. They were held in check in the earlier meeting vs App. State on October 9, mustering just seven points while giving up 17. The total is right where it should be for a Sun Belt game, but we lean to the under in this spot.
No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers @ No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (-16.5, 56.5): It's tough to envision a scenario where the Badgers keep up offensively with the Buckeyes. Ohio State leads the nation in points per game (49.9) and scoring margin (38.1) but were ineffective for the most part in their first matchup with the Badgers on Oct. 26. the Buckeyes needed 28 unanswered points in the third/fourth quarter as they pulled away for a 38-7 win. My guess is that the Buckeyes will adjust to what the Badgers do defensively, and this game won't even be close. This game opened up with the Buckeyes laying 18 points, but it's been bet down to Ohio State -16.5. As for the total, this game could go either way. The Badgers could have the games of their lives defensively and contain Ohio State for portions of the game (their only real shot at winning) and the game will stay under the number. Or the Buckeyes will score early and often on their way to a rout in the Big Ten title game .
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