November 30, 2012

Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 14

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 14, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

And after all of this hoopla about the SEC being out of the BCS National Championship hunt, here they are again, right in the thick of it again. For the seventh straight year, it looks as though an SEC rep is going to win the title, and the team that is favored to do so is the Alabama Crimson Tide. You can find the Tide at -185 or so to win it all at this point, and early betting lines already have them as 10.5-point favorites over the most disrespected 12-0 team in the history of college football, the…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish. There’s no doubt in our minds that the Golden Domers aren’t the best team in college football this year. Head Coach Brian Kelly is going to be rooting his butt off for the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, but in the end, the team probably is going to have to take on the rightful best team in America, the Crimson Tide. But to be a 10.5-point dog in the National Championship Game when you’ve really done a remarkable job all season long holding teams down? That’s pretty ludicrous if you ask us. Just like it’s ludicrous that the…

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are getting 14 points in the ACC Championship Game against the Florida State Seminoles. The Jackets definitely aren’t the better of these two teams, and they have underachieved this year, but this is as tough of a matchup in a conference title game as you’re going to get. There isn’t a single player on this Florida State defense that has ever played against the triple option at the major college level before, as the last time that G-Tech was on the slate was back in 2009. It’s just a pain to try to prepare for, especially without your two best defensive linemen (Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins are both out for the season), and you are coming off of a crushing loss to your arch rival in your own stadium. Of course, that’s nothing compared to what the…

Kansas State Wildcats have to do. At least Florida State only lost to its rival. The game ultimately didn’t mean much to the program, knowing that the squad is probably going to the Orange Bowl one way or the other. KSU though, is two weeks removed from losing out on a chance to play for the National Championship. Of course, the bye week will help heal all wounds, and the fact that the Big XII Championship is still up for grabs will as well, and the Heisman Trophy potentially is too for QB Collin Klein. The best part of all? The Texas Longhorns look like they’ve given up on the season after losing on Thanksgiving Day. That’s why the Cats are favored by almost two full touchdowns. At least Texas won’t put it in the tank as badly as the…

Wisconsin Badgers could have at the outset of the year. Those first few games were just butt ugly for Wisconsin, but now, the team is on the verge of its third straight Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers are the real deal though in spite of their 7-5 record, and the argument could be made that the game that changed their season was when they went to Lincoln and competed, but ultimately lost to these Nebraska Cornhuskers, the same Huskers that they’ll be facing off with at Lucas Oil Field on Saturday night. The Badgers have a lot on the line in this one, as they will fall down the Big Ten bowl ladder quite a bit if this one is lost. It’s not the same that the…

Connecticut Huskies have on the line, though. UConn is taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday, and they are one of the two teams that are going to be on the field this weekend that have to win to qualify for a bowl game. The defense for the Huskies has to be proud of itself, as this is the unit that ultimately held off the Louisville Cardinals last week to keep their season alive. It’s going to be a tough road to sow, but at least UConn is playing at home in its quest to be bowl eligible, and it is a pup by just 4.5 points. The team that has to go on the road is the…

Pittsburgh Panthers. MAC teams and Sun Belt teams across the country are hoping that the Panthers lose this one, as that would send more money into those conferences, where another bowl bid would be gained. Instead, it really looks like U-Pitt is going to get the job done and get into a bowl in spite of the fact that it lost to Youngstown State earlier this year and struggled with so many teams that it had no business struggling with. QB Tino Sunseri and RB Ray Graham would love to close out this year with a win over the South Florida Bulls, and if that were to be the case, a potential trip back to the Sunshine State would be in order, perhaps for the St. Petersburg Bowl, where the…

UCF Knights might be waiting. The Knights have a tough task ahead this weekend, as they are playing in the Conference USA Championship Game and are short 2.5 point underdogs against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Golden Hurricane won when these two teams met three weeks ago right here at Skelley Field, and the likelihood is there that that will be the case once again. RB Latavius Murray and the Knights are going to be challenged by a team with a great offense and a defense that is stingier than it seems. Does that sound familiar? It sounds like the exact same task that the…

Kent State Golden Flashes have to go through on Friday night. The Flashes are likely just one win away from shocking the world and crashing the BCS. There really was thought to be no hope for a non-AQ school to get into the BCS this year until all hell broke loose. The Louisville Cardinals lost twice to drop out of the Top 16 of the BCS, and so many middling teams kept losing to give Kent State the chance to move up. Don’t think that this is an opportunity for the Golden Flashes solely. The Northern Illinois Huskies could put together numbers that are impressive enough to get into the BCS if this one is won with a lot of help as well. QB Jordan Lynch might be a guy that could beat some major conference schools with a month of preparation, and we would love to see it happen. This MAC Championship Game is the most important non-AQ game that we have seen in years and years, but it still pales in comparison to what the…

Alabama Crimson Tide are going through on Saturday afternoon. Think about it. The winner of the SEC Championship Game gets to go to Miami to play for the National Championship, and with that will come some awesome recruits and a ton of money for the university. The losing school will have to pat itself on the back for a good year and go off to the Capital One Bowl in all likelihood. That’s great, but it’s not all that special, and it leaves the losing team with a significantly smaller paycheck. It’s the SEC’s world that we are all just playing in, and it doesn’t get any bigger, nor do the stakes get any higher, than what we are going to see on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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