Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 12

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 12, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

And now, they’re in the driver’s seat. The Kansas State Wildcats now know that they have nothing left to worry about this year if they can just find a way to win two more games. They first of these two this week comes against the Baylor Bears, whom they are favored over by 13 points on the college football betting odds. The Cats have had a great history against Baylor in the past, going 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in the three meetings dating back to 2007. However, QB Robert Griffin III lit up this team over the course of the last two years, and the same might be said for…

Nick Florence as well. Florence is going to hope to follow in RG3’s footsteps, as he led the offense to over 1,100 yards in the last two seasons against Kansas State. Griffin threw for nine TDs in that stretch as well. Of course, Florence isn’t looked upon as RG3 by any stretch of the imagination, but maybe he should be. Last year, Griffin accounted for 4,992 yards and a total of 47 touchdowns, averages of 384.0 yards and 3.6 TDs per game. This year, Florence is averaging 394.8 yards and 3.4 touchdowns per game. The numbers are awfully similar for sure. However, Florence hasn’t really flown as far under the spotlight this year as…

Marcus Mariota has. The Oregon Ducks are -20.5 at home this weekend against the Stanford Cardinal, and Mariota is one of the big time reasons why. It was just assumed that Head Coach Chip Kelly was going to go with QB Bryan Bennett under center, but instead, the offensive genius put the frosh under center for the Quack Attack. All Mariota has done this year is average 268.0 yards and 3.1 TDs per game in the Pac-12, and that’s all in spite of the fact that RB Kenjon Barner and WR De’Anthony Thomas have combined for 26 TDs on the ground. Mariota is actually the top rated passer in America, and he could be well on his way to greatness this year. Of course, what has to be worrying the Ducks is the fact that the…

USC Trojans are going to likely be on the schedule again. The Men of Troy wrap up the Pac-12 South with a win this weekend over the hated Bruins of UCLA, and if they do that, they are going to get the Ducks for a second time this year. USC is favored by just 3.5 this weekend at the Rose Bowl, but the fact of the matter is that this is what Head Coach Lane Kiffin and his Trojans have been reduced to. They have a shot to play the ultimate spoiler, as they can take both Oregon and the…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of the National Championship hunt. It is clear that Notre Dame is going to just have to beat USC to get to the title game should either Oregon or Kansas State ultimately lose a game this year, but that game has to come on the road at the Coliseum, where there hasn’t been much success over the years for the Golden Domers. We have seen those two teams play some fierce games over the years, and the one in two weeks should be no exception. The Irish shouldn’t have any troubles this week with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 24-point favorites, though we do have to admit that the Deacs are playing for their bowl lives in these last two weeks, needing one win from somewhere to get to the second season. Of course, if Notre Dame fails to beat USC, the team that is going to be back in the saddle this year is the…

Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide had their chance to run the table, but they were beaten by the Texas A&M Aggies last week at home in shocking fashion. Now, they’re down to the No. 4 team in the country, and they know that they need to get their acts together if they are going to ultimately end up back in the title game this year. Winning out is the first priority, something that is a given between now and the SEC Championship Game. Of course, if the Tide do end up getting some breaks and some or all of the teams that are above them end up losing, the team that could be back in the thick of things is the forgotten…

Georgia Bulldogs. It seems like forever ago that Georgia was beaten down by the South Carolina Gamecocks on the road in Columbia, but as long as there is no slippage along the way, UGA is likely just a loss away for two of the three of Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Oregon away from controlling its own destiny to play for the National Championship. It would take the ultimately spoiler role in two weeks against Alabama to make it happen, a role that is being embraced this week by the…

Utah State Aggies. It seems odd to think that Utah State, of all teams, is the only team in the country that doesn’t have an ATS defeat on the campaign. This week, the Aggies get to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who very well could be two wins away from going to the BCS if they can get some help along the way. QB Chuckie Keeton and the crew are favored in Ruston this weekend by a field goal though, and that could be a sign of an upset to come. That’s the same type of sign that we were given last week with…

Johnny Manziel and his Texas A&M Aggies being dogs by just 13.5 to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Many thought it was just an overreaction to seeing what Johnny Football had been doing to some of the lesser teams in the SEC, but what we have seen is that this young man is the real deal. There already have to be NFL scouts that are looking at what Manziel is doing in the SEC and smiling, as he is going to have over 3,500 passing yards, at least 20 TDs through the air, at least 1,300 rushing yards, and probably at least 20 rushing touchdowns when the season is said and done with. That’s why all of a sudden, Manziel is considered one of the two favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this year, and the only man that he is going to have to take down to become the first frosh ever to win the honors is QB Collin Klein of the…

Kansas State Wildcats. For Klein, the numbers are great, but it is clear that this is about wins and losses. Should the Wildcats ultimately make it to the BCS Championship Game, it’s going to be quite difficult to see any other result that Klein, a -300 favorite on the Heisman odds, taking down the honor. If Klein slips though, it is clear that Manziel’s numbers are going to be there to pick up the pieces, and if this really is about being one of the best players on one of the best teams in the country, Manziel definitely could take the cake.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.