Bears headline busy weekend as slight chalk against Texans

As incredible as it is to believe, the football season is already gearing up for the postseason. College football is down to the last few remaining conference games, and the NFL is already entering Week 10.

Here's a quick look at this weekend in football betting, with odds as of Friday morning, starting with Saturday's collegiate play.

In the Big Ten the Michigan Wolverines, still with a berth in the conference championship game in mind, were favored by 10 points at home over those pesky Northwestern Wildcats (Noon ET, ESPN). Also, in a game that will probably decide the other Big Ten title-game participant, the Indiana Hoosiers – not the hoopsters, the football team – were seven-point home dogs vs. the Wisconsin Badgers (noon ET, ESPN2). And the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who hold the tiebreaker in the Legends Division over Michigan, were favored by eight points at home over the Penn State Nittany Lions (3:30 pm ET, ABC).

Down in the SEC the Alabama Crimson Tide, still No. 1 in the BCS standings following their comeback victory over LSU last week, were 14-point home faves over Johnny Manziel and his high-flying Texas A&M Aggies (3:30 pm ET, CBS). Also, the Georgia Bulldogs - who can clinch a spot in the SEC title game with a victory - were favored by 15 points at home over the Auburn Tigers (7 pm ET, ESPN2). And in a game matching two teams both one victory away from becoming bowl-eligible the Rebels of Ole Miss were favored by three points at home over Vandy's Commodores (7 pm ET, ESPNU).

Among the other BCS contenders No. 2 Kansas State was favored by 7.5 points at TCU (7 pm ET, Fox); No. 3 Oregon was favored by 28 points at Cal (10:30 pm ET, ESPN); and No. 4 Notre Dame was favored by 19 points at Boston College (8 pm ET, ABC).

Looking ahead to Sunday in the pros:

In a battle of 4-4 teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were favored by three points at home over the San Diego Chargers (1 pm ET, CBS).

In an interesting NFC South bout the 8-0 Atlanta Falcons were favored by 2.5 points at the 3-5 New Orleans Saints (1 pm ET, Fox).

Up in the ol' Black-and-Blue Division the 4-4 Detroit Lions were favored by two points at the 5-3 Minnesota Vikings (1 pm ET, Fox).

In a game that allures like a car wreck on the side of the road the 3-5 Dallas Cowboys were favored by two points at the 3-5 Philadelphia Eagles (4:25 pm ET, Fox).

And in the premier matchup of the NFL weekend the 7-1 Chicago Bears were favored by a point and a half at home over the 7-1 Houston Texans (8:30 pm ET, NBC).


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