College Football Betting Trends- Week 14 Matchups
Alabama is still the No. 1 team and the nation and Florida State remains No.2 after a pair of easy victories this past Saturday, but the rest of the BCS’s top five has a whole new look due to losses by both Baylor and Oregon. Ohio State remains ranked No. 3 followed by Auburn at No. 4 and Missouri at No. 5. This new look gives the SEC three of the top five spots.
Something will have to give this Saturday in the Iron Bowl when the 11-0 Crimson Tide go on the road to Auburn to take on the 10-1 Tigers in one of the biggest rivalries in college football. Alabama has won the past two seasons in lopsided romps, but this series has remained close over the past nine meetings with Auburn holding the slight 5-4 edge straight-up. Alabama has been opened by 5Dimes as an 11-point road favorite for this year’s clash.
There are a number of annual rivalries on tap this Saturday between ranked opponents starting with No. 6 Clemson on the road against No. 10 South Carolina. The Tigers come into this showdown 10-1 straight-up and 6-5 against the spread. The Gamecocks are 9-2 SU with a 5-6 record ATS. This series is knotted at five games apiece over the past 10 meetings with South Carolina holding a slight 6-4 edge ATS. The Gamecocks have won the last four meetings SU and have been opened as five-point home favorites.
Notre Dame is back in the BCS rankings at No. 25 after beating BYU 23-13 this past Saturday as a one-point home underdog. It comes into its annual tilt against No. 8 Stanford as a 14-point underdog on the road. The Irish are 8-3 SU overall, but just 4-6-1 ATS. The Cardinal bounced back from a tough 20-17 loss to USC in Week 12 as 3.5-point home favorites with a 63-13 romp over California this past Saturday as 31.5-point favorites at home. They are now 9-2 SU this season with a 6-5 record ATS.
Johnny Manziel will finish up his second season as No. 21 Texas A&M’s starting quarterback with a trip to Faurot Field to tangle with the No. 5 Missouri Tigers. His chance to win a second-straight Heisman Trophy may have taken a serious hit with the Aggies 34-10 loss to No. 17 LSU this past Saturday. Texas A&M is now 8-3 SU on the year and 5-6 ATS. The Tigers come into this SEC battle at 10-1 both SU and ATS overall and 6-1 SU in conference play. They have been opened as 4.5-point home favorites for this contest.
The final head-to-head matchup between ranked teams on this Saturday’s slate is a long-standing rivalry in the Pac-12 between No. 22 UCLA and No. 23 USC. The Bruins are coming off a devastating 38-33 loss to No. 12 Arizona State as three-point home underdogs that cost them a shot at the South Division title. They are now 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS. The Trojans hammered Colorado this past Saturday 47-29 as 21-point road favorites to improve to 9-3 SU (6-6 ATS) overall and 6-2 SU in the Pac-12. They have won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins SU but the series is tied 5-5 ATS. This time around USC has been opened as a 3.5-point favorite at home.