Oregon took care of its business on Friday night, now the other three schools sitting in the top four of the College Football Playoff Rankings will try for a similar result when they hit the gridiron on Saturday.
Oregon, sitting at No. 2 in the CFP Rankings, pounded No. 7 Arizona 51-13 in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night, easily covering the posted spread at the online sportsbooks and all but assuring them a spot in the four-team playoff field.
No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 TCU, and No. 4 Florida State will now try to make their case for staying a part of that field on Saturday, with the Crimson Tide taking on Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, the Horned Frogs facing Iowa State in a Big 12 matchup, and the Seminoles meeting Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.
A win by Alabama on Saturday as a 14.5-point favorite locks them into a playoff berth, while the selection committee would have a hard time keeping defending-champion Florida State out of the field if they finished off an undefeated campaign by topping the Yellow Jackets as 4-point favorites.
TCU, though, is a huge 34.5-point favorite against Iowa State, and if they fail to impress on Saturday they could get jumped in the rankings by No. 5 Ohio State or No. 6 Baylor - the Buckeyes are 4.5-point underdogs against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, while the Bears are 7-point favorites against Kansas State in a Big 12 matchup.
And bettors looking for some advanced college football betting trends for Saturday's conference championship games will note that the OVER has gone 9-2 in the past 11 SEC title games for totals bettors, while the last three ACC title games have all played UNDER the posted total. As well, the underdog has gone 3-0 ATS in the first three Big Ten title games, with the OVER paying out all three times.
As for the Big 12 action on Saturday, the Horned Frogs have gone 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as favorites of 30 or more points as they prepare to host Iowa State, while Kansas State is 14-2 ATS in its last 16 games as a road underdog as it takes on the Bears at McLane Stadium. Oklahoma State is just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games against rival Oklahoma.
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