When you start hearing things like Egg Bowl, Iron Bowl, Civil War and Territorial Cup you know exactly what time of year it is; it’s rivalry week. Thanksgiving weekend is the last in the college football regular season and the sport will not look the same once this campaign has concluded. So, like the Pac-12 Conference I guess we better go out with a bang. Rivalry games are always tricky to bet on because in so many of the contests emotion is much stronger than stats and trends making those matchups harder to handicap. Still we have to look at the college football betting line at BetRivers sportsbook to determine where the best odds are for our college football picks.
On top of the rivalries there are also teams looking to reach a conference championship. With a number of leagues ditching the division format and instead taking the top two teams to the title game there are some interesting scenarios out there. Three teams are tied atop the AAC standings with unbeatens Tulane and UTSA squaring off for a chance at the title game. The Mountain West could have a three-way tie for first if San Jose State beats UNLV. The biggest game is the Big Ten Championship between Michigan and Ohio State, otherwise known as simply ‘The Game.’ The winner does have to get past Iowa in the official Big Ten title game, but that’s just a formality. Playing in the Big House NCAAF lines and odds have the Wolverines as a 3.5-point favorite to beat the Buckeyes for a third straight year.
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Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers (UNDER 26)
It’s frightening to see the total drop this low and still back the UNDER. I have to admit, though, the Hawkeyes are painful to watch and I can see why fans have glorified the team’s punter over the years. Things weren’t so bad earlier in the season until Cade McNamara was lost for the season with an injury. Deacon Hill has done his best though that’s not very good. I guess somebody has to be it and in the case of worst total offense it’s Iowa, which averages just 246.5 yards.
The Hawkeyes average 18.5 points but have scored more than 20 points once in their past six outings and the teams in those games combined to average 24 points. Nebraska isn’t much better on offense ranked 121st nationally in scoring. Meanwhile, both rank among the top 15 in the FBS in scoring defense. I’m hesitant but I’ll make a college football bet on the UNDER.
UTSA Roadrunners (+3.5) at Tulane Green Wave
With a spot in the AAC Championship game at stake UTSA will attempt to do something only one other league member has accomplished over the last two seasons: beat Tulane. And a healthier Frank Harris gives the Roadrunners a good chance to do that. Backing UTSA with NCAAF betting odds of +3.5 I don’t need them to win just not to lose by more than three points. Considering the number of close games the Green Wave has played that’s a possibility too. They had four straight one-score wins by a total of 14 points prior to last week’s 24-9 win over FAU. They were also just 2-7 against the college football point spread before that game.
Like he’s done his entire career Harris dazzled in last week’s 49-21 romp over USF passing for 411 yards and three scores with an additional 112 yards and three more TDs on the ground. He missed a few games earlier in the year during a 1-3 start but since his return UTSA has won seven straight by an average of nearly 19 points.
Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+24)
This isn’t the same Tech squad that’s lost five straight in the series by an average of nearly 34 points with no game closer than 23 points. Their six wins are the most since 2018, which is the last time the Jackets went to a bowl game. They also have impressive ACC wins over Miami and North Carolina. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t expect GT to win the game, but stranger things have happened. I just think they’re ready to be competitive in a rivalry that hasn’t had that the last few years.
And with the SEC title game against Alabama coming a week after this game, there will be some sort of letdown by the Bulldogs. They certainly don’t want any of their starters to get injured in this game and taking a few plays off isn’t unheard of. That alone should spark the Jackets making them a college football best bet on my parlay.
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