The first weekend of December is here and was the college football season begins to wrap up, the college football Week 15 odds at BetRivers.com are mighty interesting, as teams scramble to add games as conference championship games are set to take place next week.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to run through the notable college football Week 15 odds, a Big Ten showdown and USC vs. UCLA in a traditional rivalry game out west.
College Football Week 15 Odds:
Illinois (2-4) at #15 Northwestern (5-1). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Illinois +510, Northwestern -770
Spread: Northwestern -14.5
Over/Under: 41 points
The Illini followed up their huge upset over Nebraska with a 35-21 loss to Iowa, ending their two-game winning streak. Now there are issues at quarterback after starter Brandon Peters was replaced by freshman Isaiah Williams. The Wildcats had their dreams of a perfect season dashed last weekend when they were upset 29-20 by Michigan State. The Total is set at 41.0, but the Over is 8-2 in the last ten games in this series.
Rutgers (2-5) at Maryland (2-2). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Rutgers +220, Maryland -278
Spread: Maryland -8
Over/Under: 58 points
It’s been quite a roller-coaster season for the Scarlet Knights. They opened the year with a stunning win against Michigan State, lost four consecutive games and then fell to Penn State 23-7 last Saturday. They also lost to Maryland at home 48-7 just last year. Maryland has been affected more than most teams by COVID-19, and the last time we saw the Terps, they lost 27-11 to Indiana in a game that saw Tulia Tagovailoa throw three interceptions. Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.
Wisconsin (2-2) at #19 Iowa (5-2). 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Wisconsin -117, Iowa -104
Spread: Iowa +1
Over/Under: 41.5 points
Wisconsin may be coming off a 14-6 home loss to the Indiana Hoosiers, but that hasn’t kept the money from coming in on the Badgers as they make the trip to Iowa City. The Hawks opened as three-point favorites and are now home underdogs, as bettors clearly favor Wisconsin. The Total has also gone Under in six of Iowa’s last seven games at home, primarily because they prefer to run the football with Tyler Goodson and Mekhi Sargent in the backfield.
Washington (3-1) at Oregon (3-2). 4:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Washington +170, Oregon -210
Spread: Oregon -6
Over/Under: 55 points
The regular season wraps up in the Pac-12 with Washington hitting the road after suffering its first loss of the season, a 31-26 decision at the hands of Stanford. Quarterback Dylan Morris is still easing into the offense, having thrown four touchdowns and three interceptions this year. The Ducks have been one of college football’s bigger disappointments and were stunned by Cal 21-17 last Saturday. However, Oregon hasn’t lost at home in two seasons, and the Huskies are 1-7 in their last eight as an underdog.
LSU (3-5) at #6 Florida (8-1). 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Florida +800, Tennessee -1430
Spread: Florida -23
Over/Under: 67.5 points
Hard to believe that the defending national champions are headed to The Swamp with a 3-5 record, but the Tigers lost a ton of talent to the NFL and were just whipped 55-17 by Alabama. Florida has already clinched its spot in the SEC title game, so the big question for the Gators is how they’ll manage wanting to stay sharp versus keeping their stars healthy. Quarterback Kyle Trask is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Tennessee, but the Gators are 0-3-1 ATS versus teams with losing records.
#15 USC (4-0) at UCLA (3-2). 7:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: USC -141, UCLA +116
Spread: UCLA +3
Over/Under: 62.5 points
One of the more underrated rivalries in the sport suddenly becomes very important on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. If USC wins, they’re in the Pac-12 Championship game. A loss would send Colorado, assuming the Buffs can beat Utah. Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis carved up Washington State last weekend with five touchdown passes–four to wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown. UCLA appears to have quietly improved under Chip Kelly and has won two straight after topping Arizona State 25-18. The Bruins are 4-0 ATS in their last four.