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Championship week in college football has arrived, and the games start on Friday night. Every conference is on the line this weekend, and a few games have drawn much interest.
The biggest storyline this week involves the SEC Championship Game. Will Alabama end Georgia’s 29-game winning streak and advance to the College Football Playoff? We also have an epic rematch between Oregon and Washington to decide the Pac-12 title.
Every week on WSN, we break down the biggest college football games from a betting standpoint. Check back weekly for all the picks you need to know!
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Moneyline: Oregon (-360) | Washington (+280)
Spread: Oregon -9.5 (-115) | Washington +9.5 (-105)
Total: Over 65.5 (-110) | Under 65.5 (-110)
Oregon and Washington will battle for the Pac-12 Championship on Friday night. The spread in this game is approaching double digits in favor of the Ducks. However, Oregon lost the first meeting between these two teams, so it’s bizarre to see this big of a line when Washington is undefeated and the third-ranked team in America.
Oddsmakers never give gifts, so don’t think Washington +9.5 is the easy side of the line. Some sharp money is coming in on the Ducks, even with a -9.5-point spread. Oregon is getting 30% of the bets but 50% of the money in this contest.
A smaller number of bets but a larger amount of money indicates that bigger bettors are riding with the Ducks. This is one of many reasons why I’m confident Oregon can win by 10+ points.
The Ducks dominated the season's first game between these two teams on the road. They outgained them by nearly 130 yards, ran for 100 more yards, and didn’t turn the ball over once through an interception or fumble. Yet, they were 0-3 on fourth down, and Washington was 2-3.
This was one of the most significant differences in the game, and if Oregon converts on these opportunities, the game isn’t close. Bo Nix is playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and Oregon is also superior on the defensive side of the ball.
They rank first in the conference in the least points allowed per game (15.9). Washington is sixth, giving up 23 points per game. This game could get out of hand relatively quickly, especially with the mission Oregon has been on since losing earlier in the year.
Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Moneyline: Georgia (-210) | Alabama (+172)
Spread: Georgia -6.5 (-105) | Alabama +6.5 (-115)
Total: Over 54.5 (-110) | Under 54.5 (-110)
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.
The spread is 6.5 points in favor of Georgia. It sat at 5.5 most of the week and continues to rise. Alabama has some value if it gets to seven points, but it’s still hard to count on Jalen Milroe in this game.
The quarterback has improved a lot since losing to Texas earlier in the year, but he still isn’t great. He is a phenomenal athlete who can still make plays with his arm and legs, but the processing speed isn’t the best at times, and he scrambles earlier than needed.
It has paid off for Alabama, but you have to be flawless to beat Georgia, a team that has won 29 games in a row. Nick Saban said this week that the Bulldogs are the best team in the country, and he isn’t wrong.
Additionally, Alabama has to defend Brock Bowers this week after the tight end missed the Georgia Tech game to rest his ankle. Despite missing three games, Bowers led the team in receiving this season and will be a top pick in the NFL Draft.
The most viable bet in this game is to go over the 54.5-point total. These are two great defenses, but both teams are way better than nearly every opponent they have seen this season. Talent domination definitely helps the defensive statistics.
Both teams should be able to score points. Georgia is second in the SEC in scoring (39.6 PPG), and Alabama is third (35.8 PPG). The Crimson Tide are 9-2-1 to the Over this season while Georgia is 6-6, but they haven’t played a brutal schedule in the SEC East.
We’ll see aggressive play calling, explosive plays, and points. This has been the trajectory of this series over the years, as three of the past four games between the two teams have gone over the total.
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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