College football rivalry weekend odds will decide BCS title foes
Oklahoma has to win and big win on the road against their biggest intrastate foe, while Florida has to win and win big at home against the hated Seminoles. At stake is a shot at the national championship and odds to win the BCS crown.
SEC odds - No. 23 Florida State (8-3) at No. 2 Florida -16.5 (10-1) O/U 57.5
The key match up in this game will be the Seminoles defense against the Gators’ offense. The Seminoles have the nation’s seventh ranked defense and the Gators’ offense has averaged just over 52 points in their current seven game win streak.
If the Gators win this game and next week’s SEC Championship game against Alabama they will play in the BCS National Championship game. The Seminoles can still play in the ACC title game if Maryland can beat Boston College. The Gators’ offense is on fire and they are playing at home, so look for them to cover the spread.
The Over is also a good pick as the Gators can’t take the foot off the gas if they get a big lead.
Big 12 odds - No. 3 Oklahoma -7 (10-1) at No. 13 Oklahoma State (9-2) O/U 72
The Sooners have a chance to play in the Big 12 title game, but they have to win this game against an OSU team that is undefeated at home and have the nation’s eighth ranked rushing offense.
The Sooners trail the Longhorns, who beat Texas A&M yesterday 49-9, in the BCS standings and if they win this game they may move ahead of them since they have played a tougher schedule. The Cowboys have the nation’s 76th ranked defense and they will face a Sooners offense that ranks first in points scored per game and third in yards per game.
The Sooners are too strong offensively and they will win this game and cover the spread.
No. 19 Oregon (8-3) at No. 17 Oregon State -3 (8-3) O/U 60
This is THE game for the Beavers, as if they win they will play in the Rose Bowl. The key match up in this game will be the Beavers and their 13th ranked defense against the sixth ranked rushing offense of the Ducks.
The Beavers have won six games in a row and are undefeated at home this season. Look for the Beavers to win a close game, but still cover the spread.
New Orleans Saints (6-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -4 (8-3) O/U 47
If the Saints lose this game they will, pretty much, be out of the NFC South race and they will have to finish the season strong to snag a NFC Wild Card. This game features MVP candidate QB Drew Brees against the Bucs and their fourth ranked defense.
The Saints’ defense is weak, as they rank 22nd in the league. The only way the Saints may win is if the game becomes a shootout. The Bucs’ defense is too strong to give up a ton of yards, so they should win this game and cover the spread.
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at New England Patriots -1 (7-4) O/U
Both teams are in tat of their respective division races, as the Patriots are in second place in the AFC East and the Steelers are in first place in the AFC North.
The Patriots won a big game last week in Miami and scored 48 points, but they will have a tougher time scoring on the Steelers’ defense, which is ranked first in the league. The Steelers are banged up, as RB Willie Parker may not play although he did practise Thursday and they also have four offensive starters out.
The Patriots’ offense is starting to click, so look for them to win a close game and cover the spread.