Week 11 of the college football season is upon us, and here at Bang the Book, we are looking at some of the best college football odds that are currently on the board.
Are you all revved up and ready to go for the 2013 college football season? Week 11 is here, and that means it’s time to break down all of the NCAA football odds that you have in front of you to sink your teeth into!
If all of these games were to be played over the weekend, it would be called “Separation Saturday.” Of course, the issue is that the biggest games of the week are going to be played on Thursday and not on Saturday.
However, the week gets started right away on Tuesday, and we are back to dealing with MACtion! The Bowling Green Falcons are one of the biggest favorites of the week at -23.5 on the road against the overmatched Miami Redhawks. The better game on Tuesday though, pits the Buffalo Bulls up against the Ohio Bobcats. These two teams are amongst the best teams in the MAC East, and the winner is going to likely end up in the MAC Championship Game against either the Northern Illinois Huskies, or the team that is highlighting the Wednesday night game, the Ball State Cardinals. The Cards should be taking down the Central Michigan Chippewas easily on Hump Day, as they are -20.5. If there is a concern though, it is that the de facto MAC West title game is next week against Northern Illinois.
The other midweek games on the undercard including the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at -13 against the Troy Trojans in Sun Belt play, while the New Mexico Lobos are -2.5 at home against the Air Force Falcons on Friday. The Louisville Cardinals are -28 against the winless and hapless Connecticut Huskies.
But these two games on Thursday are as good as any games that you’ll see on the docket on any day of the week. Four of the nation’s Top 10 teams are going to battle it out, and at the end of the day, there will probably only be two teams of the four that have a legitimate chance of being National Championship contenders. The first of the two games pits the undefeated Baylor Bears up against the Oklahoma Sooners in a game that will put one of these teams in first place in the Big XII. The Sooners were eight-touchdown favorites 10 years ago when these two teams played, but now, they are two-touchdown underdogs in what will amount to be the biggest game of the year in the conference.
What has been dubbed as the “game of the year” for quite some time though, is the clash in the Pac-12 North between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks. Aside from the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers, this is probably the most important game of the entire season. The winning team is going to win the Pac-12 North, barring a collapse by the other, while the losing team is, at best, going to be getting a spot in the Rose Bowl if the winner ends up playing for the BCS National Championship. QB Marcus Mariota probably has his Heisman Trophy campaign on the line, while the Stanford defense is trying to flex its muscles for a second straight season against one of the most explosive offenses that we have ever seen in college football. Stanford is back at home, where its hometown fans are expecting a win. The Cardinal though, 10.5-point underdogs.
Moving on to Saturday, the big games just keep on coming. The LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide played for the National Championship two seasons ago. They won’t play for all of the marbles this year, but LSU would love to keep Alabama from getting back to the title game. Getting beyond 21 points in this game has been impossible for the last several seasons, as four straight games have failed to reach the ‘total’. This year, the #1 team in the land has a defense that isn’t as dominating as it has been, while LSU’s offense seems to be a heck of a lot better than it has been. The over/under is a relatively high 53.5, while Bama is favored by 12.5.
The UCF Knights are 10-point favorites over the Houston Cougars in a game that will determine which one of these teams will seize control of the AAC going into the last four weeks of the regular season. Meanwhile in the ACC Coastal Division, the Miami Hurricanes are favored by 6.5 over the Virginia Tech Hokies. The winner of this game will almost certainly end up playing against the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game.
The lead in the Pac-12 South could be on the line when the UCLA Bruins face the Arizona Wildcats at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Bruins are giving 1.5 points to the Cats, but that isn’t going to stop Arizona from wanting to get some revenge. The U of A was beaten 66-10 last season when these two teams met.
The Fresno State Bulldogs are on the road this week in a potentially dangerous game against the Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys can score a heck of a lot of points, and they are getting 10 to start off against the potential BCS busting boys from the Mountain West.
Over in the SEC, the Florida Gators are giving 10 to the Vanderbilt Commodores, while the Missouri Tigers and Auburn Tigers are laying 14.5 and 7.5 respectively in games against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers.
The two biggest favorites of the weekend are both on the road. We have already discussed how Louisville is favored by four scores against Connecticut. The Florida State Seminoles though, are -35 on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. FSU has four games left to the season, three of which are complete walkovers.
The highest ‘total’ of the week is only 74, which is relatively low for a highest ‘total’ of the week. Baylor and Oklahoma are the ones who have to beat that lofty number. Meanwhile in the Big Ten, the Purdue Boilermakers and the Iowa Hawkeyes are only expected to hit 45 points.
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