Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2012 NCAA football betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 14!
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS) vs. #3 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS)
Spread: Alabama -8, Total: 50.5
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 ET
The Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs are playing in the biggest SEC Championship Game, potentially ever. We have seen #1 play #2, we have seen some epic upsets, and some tremendously close games, but we probably haven’t seen too many SEC Championship Games that have meant as much as this one with so much money on the line. The winner of this game will go to the National Championship Game and will be favored to take home the title against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The loser will be on their way to the Capital One Bowl in all likelihood. It’s just an unbelievable difference between these two bowl games, and the loser is going to pay a heavy, heavy price for defeat. The Tide haven’t played against the Dawgs since 2008, a 41-30 win for Alabama “Between the Hedges” that really sparked this whole Alabama run to title game after title game both at the national level and the conference level. UGA is hoping for a better result than it had last year in the SEC Championship Game, a bad loss to the LSU Tigers that ultimately sent it to the Outback Bowl.
#18 Texas Longhorns (8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) @ #6 Kansas State Wildcats (10-1 SU, 9-2 ATS)
Spread: Kansas State -10.5, Total: 62
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS – Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 ET
The season isn’t a total waste for the Wildcats in spite of the fact that they know they have no chance left to play for the BCS National Championship. Just like last year’s Oklahoma State outfit that started at 10-0, only to fall out of the race and end up at the Fiesta Bowl as the Big XII champs, that’s what’s on the line here for KSU as well. The Cats will win the Big XII with a win (or an Oklahoma loss) and head to the desert for a very lucrative bowl game against almost certainly the Oregon Ducks. A loss, and it could be a long fall straight out of the BCS (if Oklahoma wins earlier in the day). QB Collin Klein is probably playing for the right to go to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Texas isn’t going to go quietly after last week’s loss to TCU, though. A loss, and all of a sudden, even the Cotton Bowl seems to be in real question. It’ll be QB Case McCoy that starts this one over QB David Ash, which really just seemed like an inevitability when push came to shove in a year in which Ash was always threatened to lose his job.
#16 UCLA Bruins (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS) @ #8 Stanford Cardinal (10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS)
Spread: Stanford -8, Total: 44.5
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA – Friday, November 30th, 8:00 ET
The Bruins have to be tired of seeing the Cardinal at this point. They have been beaten in four straight games both SU and ATS by Stanford, including last week’s 35-17 drubbing at the Rose Bowl when these two clashed. They both know all about the other now after playing 60 minutes last week, but the prize in this one is significantly bigger. The winner will head to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl for the Granddaddy of them All, while the loser will be shipping out to the Alamo Bowl or a bowl game of the sorts. The winner of this game, especially if it is Stanford’s Head Coach David Ash, will have a real gripe to be able to win National Coach of the Year honors. The winner will also be playing for the right to finish ranked in the Top 10 in America, while the loser probably won’t get that chance with its bowl bid when push comes to shove.
#11 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2 SU, 5-6 ATS) @ TCU Horned Frogs (7-4 SU, 5-6 ATS)
Spread: Oklahoma -6, Total: 59.5
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX – Saturday, December 1st, 12:00 ET
It’s ironic that these two are conference rivals after all these years and that they are playing with such a big prize on the line for the Sooners. Oklahoma will likely know whether or not it is going to be playing for the BCS by the time this one kicks off. Should Kent State win the MAC Championship Game (more on that later on), the chances are going to be awfully thin to get to the BCS, as it would require a win and a Kansas State loss to win the Big XII and get to the Fiesta Bowl. The Horned Frogs have spoiled the Sooners a number of times before, including back in 2005 when they came to town and beat the then Top 10 ranked Sooners 17-10 in Norman as 25-point underdogs. It really was the win that put Head Coach Gary Patterson and the crew on the map, and it was the game that propelled them up from being one of the ankle biter teams to one playing in one of the big time conferences. Bowl games across the country will be paying close attention to this one.
#12 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-2 SU, 6-5-1 ATS) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS)
Spread: Nebraska -3, Total: 49
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN – Saturday, December 1st, 8:17 ET
The Big Ten Championship Game will feature the Badgers for the second straight year, and they are hoping to get back to the Rose Bowl for the third straight season. Of course, Wisconsin still hasn’t won a Rose Bowl in that time, but that’s another story for another day. This game could be brutal, as these two teams really have grown to not like each other in just two years of playing against each other in the Big Ten. Last year, the Badgers whooped up on the Huskers 48-17 at Camp Randall, while this year, there was a measure of revenge for Nebraska with a 30-27 win in the cornfields. The Badgers did cover both numbers, and they are a much better team now than they were at that point over the course of the year. RB Montee Ball has already broken the record for the most touchdowns in the history of a BCS career, and he is going to hope to build upon that on Saturday night at the Drum.
#13 Florida State Seminoles (10-2 SU, 4-8 ATS) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Spread: Florida State -14, Total: 61.5
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC – Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 ET
The Seminoles are going to have some real problems coming into this game. They’ve only had a week to prepare for the triple option, which they haven’t had to face since 2009, and they are going into this game without two of their three best defensive linemen, DE Brandon Jenkins, who has missed most of the year with a foot issue, and DE Tank Carradine, who tore his ACL last week. The team also has to be disheartened after losing to the hated Florida Gators at home last weekend. Georgia Tech meanwhile, has to have this game to be bowl eligible, though if last year was any indication when the 6-7 UCLA Bruins were able to go to a bowl, it is only going to require a waiver to get the team to the second season. Tech has won two straight and has gone 2-0-1 over the course of the last three meetings in this series, but that dates all the way back to 2003. The winner goes to the Orange Bowl. The loser will fall down the ACC bowl ladder and will likely end up either at the Russell Athletic Bowl or the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
#21 Northern Illinois Huskies (11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS) vs. #17 Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS)
Spread: Northern Illinois -7.5, Total: 58
Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Friday, November 30th, 7:00 ET
There has never been a game in the history of the MAC bigger than this one. Should Kent State upset Northern Illinois, it will be headed to the BCS in all likelihood, and the possibility is there that the Huskies could be off to the BCS as well if enough factors go right on Saturday and if the victory is impressive enough. There could be a Heisman Trophy finalist playing as well in QB Jordan Lynch, who might ultimately end up leading the nation in rushing. With a big time game on Friday night, Lynch could be on his way to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, though we know that he isn’t going to win the honor. The last two times these teams met, the Huskies blew up the Flashes, winning 40-10 in 2010 and 42-14 in 2008. NIU has won and covered four in a row in this series, and three of those wins have come by at least 30 points. That probably won’t be the case in this one with the MAC title on the line.
#20 Boise State Broncos (9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS) @ Nevada Wolf Pack (7-4 SU, 2-8-1 ATS)
Spread: Boise State -8, Total: 58.5
MacKay Stadium, Reno, NV – Saturday, December 1st, 3:30 ET
The Broncos and Wolf Pack have followed each other from the WAC to the Mountain West, but they continue to be programs that are headed in parallel directions. Bigger and better things are ahead for Boise State in its move to the Big East in a few months, but Nevada is on the up and up as well. The Wolf Pack are headed to the New Mexico Bowl in a few weeks regardless of what happens in this one. Boise State is very much so up in the air, knowing that it could end up in the BCS with a convincing win and a lot of help, or it could go anywhere from Las Vegas to Honolulu, and several places in between. This is the end of a frustrating season for the Boise State offense, though the team has come on strong with 42 and 49 points in its last two games. The more interesting battle will be between the Nevada offense, which has scored at least 31 points in every game this year, and the Boise State defense, which ranks fifth in the nation in scoring. The Wolf Pack have covered three in a row in this series, and the home team has won the last three outright.
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