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College Football Conference Championship Odds, Picks & Predictions

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com

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College Football Conference Championship Odds, Picks & Predictions

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It’s time for the most glorious college football betting day of the year.

This conference championship weekend slate is looking pretty juicy, filled with close matchups and serious CFP implications in terms of the national title odds.

The SEC Championship definitely looks like a Game of the Year candidate with Georgia vs Alabama, teams widely considered the top two squads in college football throughout most of the regular season. The Tide are in a rare underdog role getting +6.5 points and looking to book their ticket to the College Football Playoff with an upset win over Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs.

The SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and AAC title games all have major stakes in terms of the CFP, with any one result potentially changing the playoff landscape.

We’ve got our eye on those title games and more on betting apps, with picks for all Power 5 championships and the AAC title game.

College Football Conference Championship Odds

Conference Championship Best Bets

Oregon ATS over Utah

Utah obviously got the better of Oregon the first time around, essentially ending the Ducks’ playoff chances with a 38-7 home win. It was one of those games where everything went wrong for Oregon and progressively got worse, including a 78-yard punt return touchdown with just seconds remaining in the first half.

Utah completely shut down an Oregon rushing attack that’s been potent all year, and those things can be tough to adjust mid-game with linemen communicating what they’re seeing to coaches in real time as things rapidly snowball. We expect Oregon to figure it out in practice this week, scheme better and return the favor on a neutral field. We like the college football odds on Oregon +2.5 over Utah Friday night at DraftKings.

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Baylor ATS over Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State already handed Baylor a 24-14 loss back in October in a game that was 14-7 going into the fourth quarter. This should be another close one. Baylor couldn’t get out of its own way in the first game, committing nine penalties and converting just 3 of 15 third-down attempts.

Baylor has the better rushing attack and can cover or win outright by avoiding third-and-long situations created by penalties. We’re on Baylor +5.5 over Oklahoma State at BetMGM.

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Alabama ATS over Georgia

The Tide defense checks in at No. 7 in the country and just put on a dominant performance in the Iron Bowl. They’ve held three of their past four opponents under 300 total yards of offense and the Bulldogs don’t win with offense.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett isn’t asked to do much thanks to that elite rushing attack, but he hasn’t thrown for more than 288 yards in any game this season. He also figures to face more pressure than he’s ever seen against this Alabama front seven. Bottom line – Alabama’s defense is good enough to keep the Tide in this matchup until the end.

We’re taking the dog here with Alabama getting +6.5 at most sportsbooks and betting sites.

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Houston ATS over Cincinnati

Cincinnati is under tremendous pressure to win this one and become the first non-Power 5 team to make the College Football Playoff. The Bearcats could come out tight given what’s at stake. Houston has nothing to lose, and this is a great matchup for the Cougars.

Houston is a strong running team, and the Bearcats defense is far better against the pass. Houston’s defense is also excellent against the run and could give Cincinnati problems up front. Regardless of how this shakes out, we expect a winning margin in the single digits.

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Michigan ATS over Iowa

There’s just no path for Iowa’s offense to do enough to keep the Hawkeyes in it. Michigan’s defense just held Ohio State to 64 rushing yards on 30 attempts, and Iowa’s offense is only successful when it controls the line of scrimmage.

The Wolverines can shut down the run and create uncomfortable passing situations with plenty of pressure on Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras, generating turnovers in the process. Iowa’s defense has also slipped in recent weeks and Michigan should grind out a double-digit victory in Indianapolis. We’re on the Wolverines -10.5

Pittsburgh ATS over Wake Forest

Wake Forest’s defense is just awful. The Demon Deacons have given up at least 500 yards six times this season. They’ve also allowed 300-plus rushing yards four times, including 333 to Clemson, 330 to North Carolina and 416 to Army. Pittsburgh has one of the best offenses in the country and should basically score at will.

Wake Forest’s offense is obviously scary, but the Panthers have an excellent defense and have held opponents under 90 rushing yards in four of the last five games. That’s the big difference here. This will definitely be a shootout in Charlotte, but Pitt’s offense won’t stop until the clock hits zero. We’re on Pittsburgh -3.

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Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.