It is championship weekend in college football with a number of huge conference title showdowns on the slate. The following are our top two plays for Saturday’s matchups as well as a look at which teams the OddsShark Consensus is backing this week. All lines provided by TopBet.
Pick of the Week
This Saturday night No. 13 Florida State will face Georgia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte as a 14-point favorite for this season’s ACC title. The 10-2 Seminoles were once considered a national title contender but an early-season loss to Clemson ended that dream. Nonetheless, they are ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (41.5) and seventh in points allowed (15.1). The 6-6 Yellow Jackets backed into this title game by default with North Carolina and Miami ineligible for the postseason. While they do have a potent rushing attack that is averaging 323.3 yards a game, they will have major trouble running with the Seminoles with a defense that is giving up an average of 30.7 points a game.
There is no Big 12 championship game but No. 6 Kansas State can lock up the conference title with a victory over No. 18 Texas this Saturday night. The 10-1 Wildcats are out of the BCS title race, but still one of the top teams in the nation behind Heisman hopeful quarterback Collin Klein and an offense that is averaging 40.5 points a game. They face a Longhorns defense that is giving up close to 30 points a game. You get the feeling that Kansas State feels it has something to prove in this game and should easily cover the current 10.5-point spread as home favorites.
The OddsShark Consensus
With a limited schedule of games this weekend the consensus has gravitated towards a matchup that is well under the radar. They are backing 2-9 Hawaii as a 6.5-point home favorite against 2-10 South Alabama at 69.4 percent.
A few other teams high on the list has Pittsburgh as a 7-point road favorite over South Florida at 68.3 percent, Texas State beating New Mexico State as a 14-point home favorite at 68.2 percent, and West Virginia covering a 19.5-point spread as a home favorite against Kansas at 66.6 percent. The top play on the total line at 73 percent is the UL-Lafayette vs. Florida International game going OVER 60 points.
The Best of the Rest
The best of the best is on tap this Saturday afternoon when No. 2 Alabama squares off against No. 3 Georgia at the Georgia Dome in this season’s SEC Championship Game. The winner earns the right to advance to a BCS title matchup against No. 1 Notre Dame. Alabama is currently favored by 7.5 points and the total is set at 50.
The two teams that will play in this year’s Rose Bowl will also be decided this weekend. Friday night, No. 16 Stanford and No. 8 Stanford will meet for the second time in seven days for the Pac-12 title. The Cardinal are 8-point home favorites this time around with the total set at 44.5.
The other half of the Rose Bowl matchup will come from the winner of this season’s Big Ten Championship between No. 12 Nebraska and Wisconsin on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Cornhuskers are favored by 3 points and the total is set at 49.