- The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes have the shortest odds to win the National Championship at +140.
- There are only three remaining undefeated teams in all of college football.
- The No. 2 LSU Tigers have averaged 560.4 total yards per game on offense this season.
ATLANTA – With the dust settled from the college football regular season, the postseason has finally arrived with Conference Championship Week.
This is an important week as the remaining teams try to make their final case to the selection committee as to why they deserve the final spot in the College Football Playoff. A loss this week can completely derail a team’s playoff hopes and erase an entire season's body of work.
This will be one of the most exciting weeks in college football, and we can expect to see some elite performances from some of the teams in the nation.
No. 7 Baylor Bears vs. No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (-9) @ 12 p.m. ET
These teams met earlier this year with the Oklahoma Sooners overcoming a 25-point deficit to end Baylor’s undefeated season in Week 10.
The Bears (+260) will be looking to avenge that loss in a big way as a win over the Sooners (-320) would keep their slim College Football Playoff hopes alive. Both teams come into this game with identical 11-1 records.
However, it is the Sooners who are 9-point favorites and attempting to capture their 5th consecutive Big 12 Conference championship. A victory would also represent the sixth straight time Oklahoma took down the Bears.
Sportsbooks see this game as a classic Big 12 conference shootout with the total in this game set at 65. Take the over as both teams will have no problem putting points on the board in this matchup.
This will be a close game, but Oklahoma has the edge and has already proven they can beat the Bears this season. The Sooners are looking to show the selection committee that they deserve the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff if the Georgia Bulldogs cannot pull off the upset against the LSU Tigers. Oklahoma already has a stronger playoff resume than the No. 5 Utah Utes and they still have a Heisman finalist in Jalen Hurts as their quarterback. Take the Sooners on the moneyline because this game will be a nail biter and the nine-point spread won’t be covered.
Winner: Oklahoma Sooners (-320)
No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 2 LSU Tigers (-7) @ 4 p.m. ET
The SEC Championship Game will be the most anticipated game on Saturday. The No. 2 LSU Tigers (-265) have dominated every team they’ve faced this season and their quarterback Joe Burrow pretty much has the Heisman Trophy in his back pocket with -3300 odds. Burrow has been the best quarterback in the nation this season and will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft as well.
The Tigers are only favored by 7.5-points in this game and rightfully so as the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (+225) have had one of the best defenses in the country throughout the season. The Bulldogs defense ranks second in the nation in the defensive categories of points per game (10.4) and rushing yards (71) through 12 games. If Georgia’s defense can limit the LSU offense that will give them the best shot at staying in the College Football Playoffs.
Georgia’s defense is a major reason why the 55.5-point over-under for this game is likely to go under. Despite LSU’s high-powered offense, take the under, as the total has gone this way in Georgia’s last five games against SEC opponents.
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If the Georgia offense can control the clock by running the ball with D’Andre Swift and limit their turnovers, it’ll keep the LSU offense off the field. That won’t be an easy task but Georgia does have the talent on their roster to win this game so they cannot be written off. Take the Tigers straight up as it is hard to see a team stopping Joe Burrow right now.
Winner: LSU Tigers (-265)
No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 3 Clemson Tigers (-28.5) @ 7:30 p.m. ET
The No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers became the last team in the ACC Coastal division to make an ACC Championship game with their victory over the in-state rival the Virginia Tech Hokies. Unfortunately, they’ll have to face the No. 3 Clemson Tigers who have yet to lose a game this season and are looking to begin their quest to repeat as back to back national champions.
Getting out of the ACC Championship game hasn’t been a difficult task for the Tigers either, as they’ve won four straight ACC titles and are 28.5-point favorites to extend that streak to five. The ACC has been weak this year and the Virginia Cavaliers won’t be able to match up with a powerhouse team like Clemson.
Expect Clemson to win, cover the spread, and push the 57-point total in this game over.
Winner: Clemson (-28.5)
No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (-16.5) vs. No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers @ 8 p.m. ET
The Big Ten Championship game will feature the most talented team in the nation in the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes. They will meet a familiar opponent in the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers – a team they beat 38-7 earlier this season. The Buckeyes are 16.5-point favorites in this game and have won their last seven games when they’ve faced the Badgers.
Ohio State has won two straight Big Ten championships and they’ll likely get their third straight conference title on Saturday. The Badgers offensive line will have a hard time trying to stop Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Young who leads the nation with 16.5 sacks on the season. In the first game against the Badgers, the defensive lineman had six total tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles. Young 16.5 sacks may not be able to post these exact numbers again, but his impact on the game will be felt.
The total in this game is set at 56.5 points and the under seems like the best bet to take here. Most of the scoring will be coming from the Ohio State offense led by another Heisman trophy finalist in quarterback Justin Fields. The Badgers are a good team, but nothing has changed since the last time they played the Buckeyes. Expect Ohio State to cruise to an easy victory (again) over an inferior Wisconsin Badgers team.
Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes (-16.5)
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