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This week is an interesting week for college football. We have a mixed bag of write-in games, regularly scheduled games, and 10 conference championship games. Winning the conference is cool but for some teams, these matchups have major implications in terms of the odds to make the College Football Playoff.
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Before placing your bets, take a look at how each team performed this season both against the spread and on the OVER/UNDER. Here are some of the most useful college football conference championship betting trends for every title game.
AAC Championship: Tulsa vs Cincinnati
Need to know: If one or both teams cannot play in the championship game, the game won’t be played and the team ranked highest in the College Football Playoff rankings will be considered the AAC champion for New Year’s Six bowl purposes. That team would be Cincinnati.
ACC Championship: Clemson vs Notre Dame
Need to know: If Clemson wins, Notre Dame could drop in the playoff rankings but will likely still remain in the top four. If Notre Dame wins, Clemson would drop out of the top four and likely end up in the Orange Bowl as the conference’s New Year’s Six representative.
Big Ten Championship: Northwestern vs Ohio State
Need to Know: If Ohio State wins, they are likely to make the College Football Playoff. However, it will need to be a convincing win to get the CFB committee to put them into the playoff ahead of teams with eight, nine and 10 games played. No Big Ten team has ever won four straight outright conference championships. Ohio State can do that with a win.
Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs Iowa State
Need to Know: This is Iowa State’s first appearance in the Big 12 title game. Oklahoma has won the last three. These two teams already met in early October when Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 37-30.
C-USA Championship: UAB vs Marshall
Need to know: This is Marshall’s first championship appearance since defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23 in the 2014 title game. This is UAB’s third consecutive appearance in the title game. Last year, the Blazers lost 49-6 to Florida Atlantic. Marshall was 7-0 before being upset by Rice two weeks ago in a shutout 20-0 loss.
MAC Championship: Ball State vs Buffalo
Need to know: This is Ball State’s first conference title game appearance since 2008, when they lost 42-24 to Buffalo. This is Buffalo’s third appearance, their last being in 2018 in a 30-20 loss to Northern Illinois. Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson tied the FBS record for rushing touchdowns in a game with eight scores in a 70-41 win over Kent State. He also had 409 rushing yards.
MWC Championship: Boise State vs San Jose State
Need to know: The Spartans are set to make their first MWC championship game appearance in program history, while the Broncos will appear in their fourth consecutive conference championship contest and fifth overall.
Pac-12 Championship: Oregon vs USC
Need to know: USC is making its third championship appearance and looking for its first 6-0 overall start since 2006. Washington was originally set to compete. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, the team did not have the necessary number of players available to participate. If USC can’t play for the same reasons, Colorado (4-1) would replace the Trojans.
SEC Championship: Alabama vs Florida
Need to know: Alabama sits on top of the playoff rankings and would secure the top seed by beating the Gators. Nick Saban and company have not lost in its six SEC championship game appearances since 2009. In the last six title games Alabama has won, four have been by double digits.
Sun Belt Championship: Louisiana vs Coastal Carolina