With the exception of the Army-Navy game, the regular season is over after Saturday and the race for the four spots in the College Football Playoffs will be decided by the results of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC championship games this weekend. Washington is the only team currently in the top four in the CFB rankings listed by the college football betting lines as an underdog.
There are over/under numbers that are worth looking at, especially the ones in the Georgia-Alabama and Florida State-Louisville matchups.
When looking at the best college football parlays, keep in mind that things get started when New Mexico State and Liberty meet on Friday in the Conference USA title game with the Oregon-Washington matchup in the Pac-12 title contest also meeting on Friday with the winner likely landing one of the four spots for the College Football Playoffs.
If Carson Beck’s final pass of the game resulted in a touchdown instead of an interception, our Week 13 parlay would have hit since the Georgia-Georgia Tech game fell under the 54½-point total while North Carolina State defeated North Carolina and the Miami-Boston College finished over the total.
When looking at the college football odds, the Big Ten title game between favored Michigan and Iowa has the largest point spread with the Texas-Oklahoma State, Oregon-Washington, and New Mexico State-Liberty games also having double-digit point spreads.
Michigan (+190) and Georgia (+200) are the front-runners in the odds to win the national title. Georgia not only continues to sit atop both national polls but the Bulldogs remained ahead of Michigan in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Now it is time to take a look at the best three-game parlay heading into the conference championship games with some NCAAF football picks and parlay options.
Oregon Ducks vs Washington Huskies (+10)
Game: Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
When the teams met during the regular season, it was Washington that came away with the 36-33 victory with Oregon failing on all three fourth-down attempts playing a role in the game of the year in the Pac-12 during the regular season.
Quarterbacks Michael Penix Jr. of Washington and Bo Nix of Oregon combined for six touchdown passes and the Heisman Trophy candidates will be front and center in this matchup as well. What a way for the Pac-12 to play its final game before the majority of the teams head off to other conferences.
With Washington sitting at No. 3 and Oregon now fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, it is pretty clear that the winner of this game will be the first Pac-12 team in the College Football Playoff field since the 2016 Washington team.
The last Pac-12 championship game will be the biggest it’s ever had.
— CFP berth on the line for both UW and Oregon.
— Rematch of their fantastic Oct. 14 game.
— Nix vs. Penix for the Heisman?
Friday night in Vegas.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 25, 2023
Those who bet online certainly are taking note of the 10-point spread and that seems to be a bit on the high side. It is worth noting that only Arizona has a better record against the spread among Pac-12 teams this season than Oregon’s mark of 9-2-1.
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Georgia Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide (Over 54½)
Game: Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. (CBS)
With all the defensive stars who have headed to the NFL in the last couple of years, the Georgia and Alabama defenses don’t look quite as imposing.
Quarterback Carson Beck and Jalen Milroe do things much differently for Georgia and Alabama but both can get their teams into the red zone. Georgia and Alabama rank second and third behind only LSU in scoring offense among SEC teams.
Only LSU scored touchdowns in a higher percentage of red-zone drives than Alabama while the Crimson Tide allowed 244 rushing yards against Auburn so look for some points to be scored in the SEC Championship Game.
Louisville Cardinals at Florida State Seminoles (Under 47½)
Game: Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Fans from Ohio State, Alabama, and Texas will have just a little interest in the outcome of the ACC Championship Game since a slip up by Florida State or an uninspiring win could open the door for one of the teams currently on the outside of the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings.
If Florida State wins to remain undefeated, would that be enough to keep the Seminoles in the top four when the final College Football Playoff rankings come out?
This has not been a banner campaign for the ACC and Louisville is not a national title contender.
The Cardinals and Seminoles rank second and third in the ACC in total defense. FSU lost quarterback Jordan Travis to a season-ending injury and that could make things more challenging for the Seminoles. The total is a low one at 47½ with Louisville and Florida State seeing 13 of its 24 games this season landing over the NCAAF Las Vegas odds total.
This is a game to consider when it comes time to make NCAAF predictions even if the 47½-point total is the second lowest among the title games in the Power-5 conferences.
Questions of the Day
Which player do you think will have a big performance this week in college football?
Look for Georgia tight end Brock Bowers to come up big in the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama.
Which NCAAF parlay combination do the experts recommend for this week?
There are so many enticing options but going with Washington to cover, the SEC title game to go over and the ACC matchup to fall under the total is a good option.