The first weekend in December is reserved for championship games in the 10 Division IA (FBS) conferences. Some games will obviously be bigger than others but this is still one of the best betting events of the season.
The championship games in the five major conferences will set the four-team field for this season’s college football playoffs. The title games in the five Mid Majors will fill in some of the blanks for the biggest bowl games this year.
All the action at your top-betting online sportsbook gets underway on Friday night at 8 p.m.. The 11-1 Utah Utes are still in playoff contention as a Top 5 team in the rankings. They will face the 10-2 Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 title game as 6.5-point favorites. The total line for that game has been set at 50.5 points. The Ducks have won five of the last seven meetings but Utah is on an eight-game winning streak both straight-up and against the spread.
Saturday’s schedule kicks things off at 12 p.m. with the Big 12 title game between the 11-1 Baylor Bears and the 11-1 Oklahoma Sooners. Each team has an outside chance at a playoff spot but they would need to win this game with authority. The Sooners are nine-point favorites with the total set at 62.5 points. Oklahoma has the SU five-game winning streak in this matchup with Baylor going 6-3 ATS in the last nine meetings. The Sooners beat Baylor 34-31 in the regular season, but they failed to cover as 10.5-point road favorites.
Moving to Saturday’s 4 p.m. start in the SEC, the Georgia Bulldogs will take on the top-ranked LSU Tigers in that conference championship game. LSU is favored by seven points with the total set at 57 points. These two did not meet in the regular season. Georgia ended the season 11-1 (7-5 ATS) on a 6-0 SU run with a 4-2 record ATS. The Tigers are a perfect 12-0 SU while going 7-3-2 ATS. The series is tied 5-5 SU in the last 10 meetings with LSU holding the 6-3-1 edge ATS. The total has gone OVER in seven of the last eight matchups.
The ACC title game between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers is set for 7:30 p.m. and Clemson is a heavy 28.5-point favorite. The opening total line is 54 points. The 12-0 Tigers have beaten Virginia in four of the last five meetings SU and they have covered ATS in six of their last seven games this season. Virginia upset Virginia Tech last Friday 39-30 as a two-point home underdog to earn a spot in this game. The Cavaliers are 9-3 SU with 6-5-1 record ATS.
The final championship game in a major conference is a matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS) in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have been opened as heavy 16.5-point favorites for the 8 p.m. kickoff with the total set at 54 points. Ohio State is a perfect 12-0 SU with a 9-3 record ATS. One of those wins (SU and ATS) came against Wisconsin at home on Oct. 26 in a lopsided 38-7 victory as a 14.5-point favorite. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings SU with a 6-1 record ATS.
From a betting standpoint ATS, my lean would be towards all five favorites in these major matchups. With playoff spots on the line for all five teams giving points, I like their chances to cover with relative ease.