Week 13 NFL Preview: College conference betting picks
Most everything having to do with bowl games and BCS berths and the like will be decided this weekend in college football, with the playing of the various conference championship games.
Throw in a full slate of late-season NFL games and we've got the makings of a great weekend of football wagering.
Friday night offers up the first two conference championships games, as Northern Illinois and Kent State meet at Ford Field in Detroit to settle things in the MAC (7 pm ET), while Stanford hosts UCLA in an instant rematch for the Pac-12 title (8 pm ET).
As of Friday morning the Huskies, who won the MAC championship last year, were favored by seven points over the upstart Golden Flashes, while the Cardinal, who just beat UCLA last Saturday 35-17, were favored by eight points over the Bruins.
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In the C-USA championship game Tulsa hosts Central Florida (noon ET, ESPN2). As of Friday AM the Hurricane, who just beat the Knights two weeks ago 23-21, were favored by two points.
In the game that will decide one-half of the BCS national championship matchup defending national champion Alabama goes against Georgia in the SEC title bout (4 pm ET, CBS). The Tide, who didn't win the SEC last year before going on to beat LSU for the BCS championship, was favored by 7.5 points over the Bulldogs, who lost the SEC championship game last year.
In the ACC championship game in Charlotte Florida State, which just lost to Florida, was favored by 14 points over 6-6 Georgia Tech (8 pm ET, ESPN).
And in the Big Ten championship game 10-2 Nebraska takes on 7-5 Wisconsin in Indianapolis (8:15 pm ET, Fox). As of Friday morning the Huskers, who rallied to beat the Badgers 30-27 back in September, were favored by three points over UW, which has lost three games in overtime this season.
As for Sunday in the pros …
The NFC North-leading Bears were favored by four points at home over the Wild-Card contending Seahawks (1 pm ET).
In an old Black-and-Blue battle the 7-4 Packers were favored by eight points over the 6-5 Vikings (1 pm ET, Fox).
The 7-4 Colts, who own the top AFC Wild-Card spot at the moment, were five point underdogs at the 4-7 Lions (1 pm ET).
The AFC East-leading Patriots were favored by nine points at the 5-6 Dolphins (1 pm ET).
In an interesting inter-conference matchup the 8-3 Broncos were favored by seven points at home over the 6-5 Buccaneers (4 pm ET).
In that nasty AFC North rivalry the 9-2 Ravens host the Big Ben-less Steelers (4:25 pm ET).
And to cap off the weekend Monday night the 5-6 Redskins were three points home dogs vs. the 7-4 Giants (8:40 pm ET).