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College Football Betting: Week 11

Two of this season's biggest matchups in college football take place this week, with a Top 5 clash taking place in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday and an SEC-rivalry renewed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday.

Both games could have huge implications in the BCS picture.

Third-ranked Oregon will pay a visit to fifth-ranked Stanford on Thursday, as the Ducks look to stay undefeated and in the hunt for a BCS Championship berth. A win would likely push the Ducks back into second in the BCS standings, as they've exchanged positions with Florida State the last two weeks.

Florida State (.9525 BCS average) is third in both the USA Today coaches' poll and the Harris poll, while it gained ground on the Ducks after Saturday night's impressive 41-14 victory over Miami. Florida State is No. 1 in the computer ratings. Oregon is second in the polls and third in the computers.

The top two in the final standings play in the BCS Championship Game.

Oregon, which is laying 10.5 at 5Dimes, has covered four of its last five trips to Stanford and is on overall winning runs of 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in the series.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama ranks first in the polls by a large margin and is second in the computers with just five weeks remaining in the regular season. The Crimson Tide remains on course for its fourth trip to the BCS title game in five seasons. Alabama - which has won three of the last four national championships - is laying 11 to its arch-rival in the SEC.

Bama won last season's meeting, 21-17 in Baton Rouge, La., but failed to cover the 7-point spread. The Tide whitewashed LSU the previous meeting, 21-0, in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Since 2008, these two have alternated back-to-back wins. If the pattern were to hold firm, it is LSU's turn to win.

The Tigers have covered seven of their last eight meetings with the Tide, in Alabama, while the UNDER has cashed in four straight times.

In the only other Top 25 meeting this week, No. 6 Baylor is laying -14.5 at home to 10th-ranked Oklahoma on Thursday night.