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NCAAF: Championship Weekend Odds

Barring a shocking development, the BCS National Championship Game has already been set as a rematch between LSU and Alabama. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of fascinating college football betting angles this Championship weekend.

Here’s a look at some key motivational factors on various college football odds this week.

Wisconsin and Virginia Tech seek revenge

Virginia Tech picked up its first and only loss of the season back in early October at home against Clemson, and Wisconsin lost its first game of the season back in October at Michigan State. Now, with the ACC and Big Ten championships and automatic BCS Bowl bids hanging in the balance, both teams have a chance to exact revenge on the team that cost them their shot at a National Championship. Virginia Tech is a 7-point favorite and Wisconsin is a 9.5-point favorite, both at 5Dimes.

UCLA biggest underdog in conference championship history

As a 32-point underdog at Bovada this Friday night, UCLA is the biggest underdog ever in a conference championship game on the road against Pac-12 rival Oregon. Oregon is in little-to-no danger of losing outright, but the Bruins have plenty of motivation to put forward their best effort. The players may rally behind coach Rick Neuheisal for his final game, and after losing 50-0 to USC and being ridiculed all week by the media and this spread, UCLA should be playing for pride.

Less motivation for Cincinnati

With West Virginia’s win over South Florida on Thursday night, Cincinnati’s hopes of earning the Big East’s BCS Bowl berth seem to have come to an end. The tiebreaker for the BCS Bowl berth between West Virginia, Louisville, and Cincinnati (if Cincinnati wins Saturday) would be BCS ranking, which favors West Virginia. A share of the Big East title still gives Cincinnati something to play for as a 9-point favorite at BetOnline at home against Connecticut, but they likely won’t be as fired up as they would have been after a West Virginia loss.

Oklahoma has eight straight wins over Oklahoma State

Over the last eight years, the Bedlam matchup between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State has been completely dominated by the Sooners. Oklahoma is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS over the last eight years including a win and cover in each of the last six meetings. With the Cowboys at home and going up against an Oklahoma team missing its best wide receiver (Ryan Broyles) and starting running back (Dominique Whaley), they won’t get a much better chance than this to break the streak. Oklahoma State is a 3.5-point favorite at TopBet.