This weekend is filled with conference championship games to tantalize our college football viewing and betting pleasure. While there might not be as many games as usual for your college football picks, we’ve put together three picks that we see as locks for you to wager on.
Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Odds: Oklahoma State -5.5
These teams matched up in the regular season, with Oklahoma State coming out on top at home, 24-14. Both teams have an outside chance at moving into the College Football Playoff top four if things go right, so there will be plenty of motivation for both to win this rematch.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders will be a key for the Cowboys, both in his production and avoiding mistakes. The first meeting between these teams saw him go for 255 combined passing and rushing yards, but he also threw three interceptions to keep the Bears in the game.
We like Oklahoma State to come out on top again in this one, with Sanders leading the way. When you’re betting online, take the Cowboys to win by a touchdown and get into the College Football Playoff.
Pick: Oklahoma State -5.5
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Odds: Georgia -6.5
This is a big one, with both the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs currently in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama had to survive Auburn in four overtimes last weekend, coming from behind just to force the extra stanzas. Meanwhile, No. 1 Georgia warmed up for the SEC Championship Game by routing the non-conference foe Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 45-0.
The Crimson Tide have a strong offensive attack, though it’s slanted to the air, where quarterback Bryce Young has thrown for 3,901 yards and 40 touchdowns. The question is, how much time can he get against a ferocious Georgia defense that is allowing just 6.9 points per game and has recorded 41 sacks this season.
Alabama is no slouch on defense either, allowing just 19.9 points per game, but Georgia is going to be motivated for a big showing against their rival. Stetson Bennett completed only 14 passes last week, though he attempted only 20 and four of his completions were for touchdowns. He’ll find his spots against the Crimson Tide and lead the Bulldogs to their 13th win this season.
Pick: Georgia -6.5
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
Odds: Michigan -10.5
This is new territory for the Michigan Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh’s squad is making its first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game after beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 42-27 to win the Big Ten East Division last weekend. A win gets Michigan in the College Football Playoff for the first time, but it might not be that easy.
The Hawkeyes have won four straight to earn their second trip to the Big Ten title game, and they want to make the most of a second chance after they fell to Michigan State in their first appearance in 2015. Iowa hasn’t exactly been blowing teams away, however, and its competition of late isn’t up to the caliber of Michigan.
The Wolverines’ defense should be able to keep the Hawkeyes in check for much of this game, with a running game led by Hassan Haskins (1,232 yards, 18 touchdowns) powering Michigan to the win. Harbaugh’s crew should be able to outdo the NCAA odds and win in an easy one in Indianapolis.