by Matt Fischer
Free picks, predictions and best case scenarios for college football’s championship weekend. Consider this your college football betting cheat sheet.
We break down 10 match-ups for this weekend’s college football. See their data driven power ranking (in parenthesis) and predictions plus how I’d bet each of these college football games.
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- Utah (12) vs Oregon (13) – Pac-12 Championship Game
- Ohio State (1) vs Wisconsin (5) – Big Ten Championship Game
- LSU (2) vs Georgia (4) – SEC Championship Game
- Clemson (6) vs Virginia (31) – ACC Championship Game
- Oklahoma (14) vs Baylor (15) – Championship Game
- Cincinnati (20) vs. Memphis (18) – AAC Championship Game
- Appalachian State (23) vs Louisiana (38) – Championship Game
- Boise State (33) vs Hawaii (28) – MWC Championship Game
- Miami-Ohio (57) vs Central Michigan (80) – MAC Championship Game
- Florida Atlantic (46) vs UAB (97) – Conference USA Championship Game
Utah (12) vs Oregon (13) – Pac-12 Championship Game
This game is Friday with major College Football Playoff predictions. Utah wins and they should look up the 4 seed. The Ducks can salvage a season they hoped would end in the CFB Playoff with a Pac-12 Championship.
Best Case for Utah – Utah wins 38-11
Best Case for Oregon – Oregon wins 39-15
Formulator Prediction – Oregon wins 27-24
How to Bet Utah vs. Oregon – Oregon +6.5
Ohio State (1) vs Wisconsin (5) – Big Ten Championship Game
The Buckeyes dominated the Badgers 38-7 in October. The neutral site will help some and having played a spread offense last week will as well but Ohio State is unlike any other offense in the country.
Best Case for Ohio State – Ohio State wins 48-14
Best Case for Wisconsin – Wisconsin wins 36-22
Formulator Prediction – Ohio State wins 37-20
How to Bet Ohio State vs. Wisconsin – Wisconsin +16.5
LSU (2) vs Georgia (4) – SEC Championship Game
The winner is a lock for the playoff but LSU is hoping to win and grab that top seed. Can the Georgia defense stifle the LSU offense? I don’t think the Georgia offense can hang with LSU.
Best Case for LSU – LSU wins 41-13
Best Case for Georgia – Georgia wins 40-21
Formulator Prediction – LSU wins 33-23
How to Bet LSU vs. Georgia – LSU -7
Clemson (6) vs Virginia (31) – ACC Championship Game
Clemson tends to make statements in ACC Championship Games. UVA is riding high off the win over in-state rival Virginia Tech. I think the Clemson defense shows up and shuts down Virginia.
Best Case for Clemson – Clemson wins 45-12
Best Case for Virginia – Virginia wins 30-25
Formulator Prediction – Clemson wins 40-17
How to Bet Clemson vs. Virginia – UNDER 55.5
Oklahoma (14) vs Baylor (15) – Championship Game
Baylor had this game one and let it slip through their hands losing 34-31 to OU on November 16. That has to still be haunting the Bears. I think they go to the wire again with the Sooners.
Best Case for Oklahoma – Oklahoma wins 40-16
Best Case for Baylor – Baylor wins 43-22
Formulator Prediction – Oklahoma wins 33-27
How to Bet Oklahoma vs. Baylor – Baylor +9
Cincinnati (20) vs. Memphis (18) – AAC Championship Game
These teams played a week ago with Memphis winning 34-24 so it’s tough to guess how this game will go with a quick turnaround. Will a neutral site make a difference? I think Cincy sticks within a score this time with a New Year’s Day bowl invite on the line.
Best Case for Cincinnati – Cincinnati wins 41-17
Best Case for Memphis – Memphis wins 44-14
Formulator Prediction – Cincinnati wins 29-28
How to Bet Cincinnati vs. Memphis – Cincinnati +9.5
Appalachian State (23) vs Louisiana (38) – Championship Game
Interesting coaching match-up as both head coaches could have new jobs next week. Both are hot names for many openings.
App State won this match-up on the road in early October 17-7.
Best Case for Appalachian State – Appalachian State wins 42-14
Best Case for Louisiana – Louisiana wins 40-15
Formulator Prediction – Appalachian State wins 31-25
How to Bet Appalachian State vs. Louisiana – Louisiana +6.5
Boise State (33) vs Hawaii (28) – MWC Championship Game
On the blue turf of Boise, The Broncos beat the Warriors 59-37 on October 12. Can Hawaii close the gap this time? The line was Boise -12.5 with a total of 60 that day. For the rematch, Boise is a 14 point favorite with a total of 64.
With a potential cold, rainy day in Boise, I look for the Broncos to run the ball and keep the clock running.
Best Case for Boise State – Boise State wins 52-16
Best Case for Hawaii – Hawaii wins 40-10
Formulator Prediction – Boise State wins 38-26
How to Bet Boise State vs. Hawaii – UNDER 64
Miami-Ohio (57) vs Central Michigan (80) – MAC Championship Game
Central Michigan was a major turnaround story this year as they were 1-11 last year and may be MAC Champs by Saturday night. Miami is well balanced with a experienced offensive line that’ll help their freshman QB make plays to pull the upset.
Best Case for Miami (OH) – Miami wins 40-13
Best Case for Central Michigan – Central Michigan wins 48-11
Formulator Prediction – Miami wins 29-27
How to Bet Miami (OH) vs. Central Michigan – Miami +6.5
Florida Atlantic (46) vs UAB (97) – Conference USA Championship Game
Lain Kiffin tries to bring his second C-USA title to theFAU in three seasons. Will his team be distracted by the rumors swirling that Kiffin is leaving for a Power 5 job? I don’t think so.
Best Case for Florida Atlantic – Florida Atlantic wins 36-10
Best Case for UAB – UAB wins 38-17
Formulator Prediction – Florida Atlantic wins 37-14
How to Bet Florida Atlantic vs. UAB – FAU -7.5
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