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College Football Betting: Championship Week Part 2

Posted by The Wiesguy on 11/30/2015 8:29:39 PM

This is the continuation of Championship Week and unlike the previous article all of these games have playoff implications. Yes, I think there is some weirdo scenario where Stanford can sneak in, though it does involve them winning by a final score of something like 49-0. I never would have thought it preseason but the best championship game this week might be that ACC tilt.

Big 10 Championship Game

Michigan State Spartans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Saturday December 5

7:30PM

Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana

Spartans -3.5, 52.5

This appears to be a win and you’re in game as few believe Iowa will be a qualifying one loss team with their weak schedule. If Michigan State makes it, it will be one of the more dramatic teams in recent history as their two biggest wins were decided on the final play of the game. That is not to say this isn’t a quality MSU team, in fact you can easily argue that good teams make their own luck. As a result they are the favourite and QB Connor Cook is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go. If this game were a couple of months ago MSU would have probably been at least a TD favourite on a neutral site. I suggest backing Sparty but give up a little to get it at -3, for safety sake.

PAC 12 Championship Game

Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans

Saturday December 5

8:00PM
Levi’s Stadium - Santa Clara, California

Cardinal -4.5, 60

Odds are that Stanford will win and will be known as the team that just missed the cut this year. They have already beaten USC once this year, on the road, and are favoured to do so again. Stanford definitely deserves to be favoured in this game but I think that USC is a huge buying opportunity. Talentwise they are going to be the top team on the field and they have an advantage at the quarterback position. That doesn’t mean they are going to win (just look at their record) but I think this puts them definitively in the play on category. They are 0-2 ATS as a dog this season but both those games were on the road. This one will have a different feel.

ACC Championship Game

Clemson Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Saturday December 5

8:00PM

Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC

Tigers -5, 66

This is the only game where I think the loser could still make it into the playoffs (if it is Clemson). As you can see from the number oddsmakers are not expecting Clemson to run roughshod over the Tar Heels, whose lone loss was to South Carolina in the first week of the season. They don’t have any great wins but this team is very good on both sides of the ball and very balanced on offense too. I like senior QB Marquise Williams to come up with some big plays, including a couple with his legs. I know Clemson is good but I am not sure they are ready to roll in a game where so much is expected of them. Take the Tar Heels plus the points.

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