Betting lines and odds per Bookmaker.eu:
First, your playoff odds. Alabama enters the day a true tossup to make the playoffs, and the Big 10 is on the outside; or at least Vegas sees it that way:
Will Alabama qualify for the CFP?
Yes -115 No -115
Will Auburn qualify for the CFP?
Yes -120 No -110
Will Georgia qualify for the CFP?
Yes +130 No -160
Will Clemson qualify for the CFP?
Yes -355 No +250
Will Oklahoma qualify for the CFP?
Yes -210 No +155
Will Wisconsin qualify for the CFP?
Yes +100 No -130
Will Ohio State qualify for the CFP?
Yes +180 No -250
Which conference will win the CFP National Championship?
Big Ten +350
Big 12 +450
Next, your points spreads for today’s conference championship games. I like Ohio State to cover an ugly one, call it a touchdown or so. Take the over (81) on Memphis-UCF: I have no idea how the defenses will hold up there. Troy opened as a 2-point ‘dog to Arkansas State (in Conway,) but are now a 1-point favorite. I like the Trojans there too. Finally, North Texas has done a great job rebounding and making the CUSA title game. But Lane Kiffin’s castoff talent and power spread will be too much for the Eagles. Fresno State may not beat the Broncos two weeks in a row, but I don’t think they lose by 8.5 either.
I am steering well clear of: Auburn-UGA, TCU-Oklahoma, and Clemson-Miami. My suspicion is that the higher-ranked team will prevail in all of those, but you’re also relying on Dabo, Gus and Oklahoma to all win big games on the same day. I’m not willing to put my wallet there.
College Football Week 14 Opening Odds (line/total)
Miami vs. Clemson (-7.5, 48)
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (+5.5, 53.5)
Georgia vs. Auburn (-3, 51)
Memphis at Central Florida (-7, 81)
TCU vs. Oklahoma (-7, 61.5)
Idaho at Georgia State (OFF)
UL Lafayette at Appalachian State (-15, 57.5)
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina (OFF)
Troy at Arkansas State (-2, 57.5)
South Alabama at New Mexico State (-8.5, 55)
North Texas at Florida Atlantic (-10, 74.5)
Akron vs. Toledo (-18.5, 54)
Fresno State at Boise State (-8.5, 48)
Massachusetts at Florida International (-2, 55)
UL Monroe at Florida State (-27, 54.5)