The college football championship weekend odds are live at BetRivers.com and despite there being a handful of matchups between ranked opponents, the lines are a lot more interesting than you may expect. Of the ten championship games taking place this weekend, over half feature a favorite of at least one touchdown.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to run through the notable college football championship weekend odds and inform you on the numbers that matter.
College Football Championship Weekend Odds:
UAB (5-3) at Marshall (7-1). 7:00 p.m. ET (Friday)
Moneyline: Marshall -210, UAB +170
Spread: Marshall -4.5
Over/Under: 41.5 points
Click here for the full list of C-USA Championship odds.
Time to give some love to the little guy! Well, not exactly the little guy, but you know what I mean. The Conference USA championship hangs in the balance on Friday night in Huntington. The Thundering Herd will need to regroup quickly after getting shutout 20-0 by Rice two weeks ago. Oddly enough, UAB escaped with a 21-16 victory against those very same Owls last week. Both sides feature stellar defenses, each ranking in the Top 35 in the country. The Under is 5-2 in the last seven games in this series.
#15 Northwestern (6-1) at Ohio State (5-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Ohio State -1000, Northwestern +600
Spread: Ohio State -19
Over/Under: 57 points
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The Buckeyes look primed and ready to play for a national title, but first, they need to get past Northwestern as three-touchdown favorites in the Big Ten Championship game. Justin Fields is clearly the headliner for Ohio State, and it’s easy to see why. He’s thrown for 1,407 yards, 15 touchdowns, and three interceptions this season while completing more than 78% of his passes. Northwestern has ridden its defense to a 6-1 record, and this is a rematch of the conference title game from two years ago, in which the Cats lost 45-24. Northwestern is 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings.
#12 Oklahoma (7-2) at #8 Iowa State (8-2). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Oklahoma -195, Iowa State +155
Spread: Oklahoma -5.5
Over/Under: 57 points
Click here for the full list of Big 12 Championship odds.
It didn’t take Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma long to get things in order after starting the conference season 0-2. The Sooners have now won six straight behind freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler and the emergence of running back Rhomandre Stevenson. The real story in the Big 12 Championship game is Iowa State, with the Cyclones looking for their first conference title of any kind since 1912. Their balanced attack of Brock Purdy and Breece Hall can give defenses fits, but the Sooners are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall.
#4 Clemson (9-1) at #2 Notre Dame (10-0). 4:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Clemson -360, Notre Dame +275
Spread: Clemson -10.5
Over/Under: 60.5 points
Click here for the full list of ACC Championship odds.
If the sequel matches the original, then we should be in for a treat during the ACC Championship game in Charlotte. The Tigers are determined to avenge their only loss of the season, a 47-40 overtime loss to Notre Dame in South Bend. This time, they have Trevor Lawrence back under center, and he’s arguably the best player in the country. The Irish are a perfect 10-0 this year and yet still find themselves as double-digit underdogs. The early money has poured in on Clemson, which is 5-0 in its last five games at a neutral site.
Air Force (3-2) at Army (8-2). 3:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Air Force -148, Army +120
Spread: Air Force -2.5
Over/Under: 37 points
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It may not be a bowl game, but don’t discount the importance of the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy, which will be on the line Saturday at West Point when Army welcomes Air Force. The Falcons are looking for their third straight win after a 35-7 disposing of Utah State. They average 336 rushing yards per game, which is good for second in the country. Speaking of rushing, it won’t surprise you to hear that the Black Knights also love running the football. Army is 8-2 on the season and blanked rival Navy 15-0 two weeks ago. They’re averaging 280.4 yards rushing per contest, and the Under is 6-0 in the last six meetings.
Illinois (2-5) at Penn State (3-5) 5:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Penn State -715, Illinois +500
Spread: Penn State -15.5
Over/Under: 52.5 points
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Fine. Fine! Let’s take a closer look at a game that has zero championship implications whatsoever. Illinois was feeling itself after a huge 41-23 upset win over Nebraska back in late November, but the Illini have now lost two straight and fans have shifted their attention to basketball. Penn State has finally gotten its act together after beginning the season 0-5, and the Nittany Lions are now aiming for their fourth straight win. The Illini are 6-1 ATS in their last seven in Happy Valley.
College Football Championship Weekend Odds: Schedule
Friday, December 18:
7:00 p.m: C-USA: UAB (+170) at Marshall (-210). Marshall -4.5. O/U 41.5.
7:30 p.m.: MAC: Ball State (+330) vs. Buffalo (-480). Buffalo -13.5. O/U 67.5.
8:00 p.m.: PAC-12: Oregon (+123) at Southern Cal (-152). USC -3.5. O/U 54.
Saturday, December 19:
12:00 p.m.: Big Ten: Northwestern (+600) vs. Ohio State (-1000). OSU -19. O/U 57.
12:00 p.m.: Big 12: Oklahoma (-195) vs. Iowa State (+155). Oklahoma -5.5. O/U 57.5.
3:30 p.m.: Sun Belt: Louisiana (+128) at Coastal Carolina (-157). CCU -3.5. O/U 55.
4:00 p.m.: ACC: #3 Clemson (-360) vs. #2 Notre Dame (+275). Clemson -10.5. O/U 60.5.
4:15 p.m.: Mountain West: Boise State (-230) vs. San Jose State (+180). BSU -6.5. O/U 54.5.
8:00 p.m.: SEC: Alabama (-770) vs. Florida (+480). Alabama -17. O/U 74.
8:00 p.m.: AAC: Cincinnati (-715) vs. Tulsa (+480). Cincinnati -14. O/U 46.