The Big Ten hasn’t lacked for high-profile games especially in the last few weeks. The biggest of them all is coming up Saturday when Ohio State and Michigan renew acquaintances. Huge games in the Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12, and SEC could also juggle both The Associated Press Top 25 poll and College Football Playoff rankings.
Buckle up, a crazy regular season is about to draw to an end and it could be the most entertaining week yet with division titles at stake and rivalry games taking place.
With these games and so many others which easily could have made this list, it is going to be an eventful finish to the regular season for those who bet online.
College Football Betting Special Games
Ole Miss Rebels at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date, time, TV: Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
NCAA Odds: Mississippi State -1½ (62)
Ole Miss and Mississippi State might share the same home state and are a two-hour drive apart, but their approach to winning football games couldn’t be more diverse.
Ole Miss (9-2, 5-2) leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing for the second year in a row. It is the only FBS team with four players with at least 500 rushing yards. Ole Miss is also second nationally with 39 attempts on fourth down and the Rebels have converted 25 times.
No team attempts fewer rushing plays than Mississippi State (7-4, 4-3) who have run the ball 229 times in 11 games. The Bulldogs attempt an FBS-high 54 passes per game. A Mike Leach-coached team has led the country in passing attempts per game in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers is second in the country with 4,115 passing yards while Rebels quarterback Matt Corral is 14th in passing efficiency.
Ole Miss leads the series 63-46-4 although since the Golden Egg has been presented to the winning team in 1927, the Rebels lead 57-29-5.
This is the 30th time the rivalry game will be played on Thanksgiving. Ole Miss leads 15-13-1 including winning eight of 13 Thanksgiving Day games played in Starksville.
The Rebels are eighth in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll while Mississippi State missed making the top 25 by 61 points. The Bulldogs would almost certainly return to the top 25 with a win.
Boise State Broncos at San Diego State Aztecs
Date, time, TV: Friday, Nov. 26, noon, CBS
Odds: Boise State – 2½ (44½)
One ranked team playing at home against an unranked team, is listed by the college football spreads as an underdog this week and the San Diego State Aztecs are the lucky owners of that piece of trivia.
The Boise State Broncos (7-4, 5-2 in the Mountain West) are coming off a dominant defensive showing in a shutout of New Mexico last week but are in the middle of the Mountain West in most defensive categories. San Diego State allows fewer yards, fewer rushing yards, and fewer points than Boise State.
The teams rank first and second in the Mountain West in scoring defense so this has the makings of a defensive slugfest.
San Diego State (10-1, 6-1) is currently ranked 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Boise State could break into the poll with a win on Friday.
Their place in the polls is secondary to their quest to reach the Mountain West championship game.
San Diego State leads Fresno State by a game in the West Division but the Aztecs’ lone conference loss came to Fresno so they would need a win or a Fresno State loss to San Jose State to clinch a berth.
Boise State is in a three-way tie atop the Mountain Division standings with Utah State and Air Force who play teams with a combined 3-11 conference record.
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines
Date, time, TV: Saturday, Nov. 27, noon, FOX
Odds: Ohio State -8½ (64½)
There have been some amazing matchups in the Big Ten season but this could top them all.
The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 in the Big Ten) jumped ahead of Alabama and into the No. 2 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings while Michigan is just on the outside looking in at No. 5. The winner of this game will certainly finish the regular season holding down one of the top four slots while the loser will be eliminated from the national championship race.
Ohio State (+300) is second to only Georgia in terms of odds to win the national championship.
There is something else on the line. The winner of the game will win the Big Ten East Division title and earn a spot in the Big Ten championship game. Ohio State is the four-time defending Big Ten champion and is tied with Wisconsin for the most title game appearances. Michigan (10-1, 7-1) is one of seven conference teams yet to make an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud has moved ahead of Alabama’s Bryce Young to become the Heisman Trophy frontrunner. Michigan is second in the Big Ten in passing defense allowing just 178.4 yards per game. Michigan is the only team in the country to have two players with at least 10 sacks as both Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo have exactly 10 sacks.
Ohio State has won the last eight games in the series with five of the last six being decided by more than 10 points. Each of the last seven games has gone over the scores and odds total.
Oregon Ducks at Oregon State Beavers
Date, time, TV: Saturday, Nov. 27, 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Odds: Oregon -7 (60½)
This game could have had so much more meaning on a national scale if the Oregon Ducks had defeated Utah a week ago. However, the 38-7 loss knocked the Ducks out of the top four in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Oregon currently sits at No. 11 so this will be the fifth year in a row no Pac-12 team is part of the four-team playoff.
The Ducks have a one-game lead on Oregon State and Washington State in the Pac-12 North Division race. A win would give the Ducks the division title and a chance for a rematch against South Division champion Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Oregon is 4-0 in Pac-12 title games.
There is not much to separate the teams statistically. Oregon State averages four more yards and 0.4 more points per game while Oregon gives up slightly fewer points and yards per contest.
Oregon State’s B.J. Baylor leads the Pac-12 with 1,199 rushing yards while Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, who could be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, is in the top five in both sacks and tackles for loss. Thibodeaux is also the first player in Oregon’s program history to be a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented annually to the National Defensive Player of the Year.
Game Wrecker. @kayvont is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the national defensive player of the year.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) November 23, 2021
Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Odds: Oklahoma State -4½ (50)
The Big 12 regular-season title goes to the winner of this one. Although the Oklahoma Sooners are No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings and the Oklahoma State Cowboys check in at No. 7, there would have to be absolute chaos among the teams ahead of them for either program to receive one of the four playoff spots.
Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 in the Big 12) leads the country with 42 sacks and 93 tackles for loss. The Cowboys’ ability to get the pass rush going could hold a key to this one as they will try to follow the same script that worked so well for Baylor by applying pressure on talented Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) has had some pass-blocking issues this season.
Oklahoma has beaten Oklahoma State six straight times and covered against the college football odds in five of the last six games. There were 114 points scored the last time Oklahoma State was favored in its matchup against Oklahoma