Wild Card weekend: Packers big chalk despite loss to Vikings
The college football postseason comes to an end this weekend, while the NFL playoffs are just getting started. Here's a quick look at this weekend's football betting action, with pointspreads current as of Friday morning.
Friday night gives us one of the last major bowl games, as Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and his 10-2 Aggies of Texas A&M renew acquaintances with the 10-2 Oklahoma Sooners in the 77th edition of the Cotton Bowl, played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (8 pm ET, Fox).
As of Friday morning most online sportsbooks were listing A&M - which used to play Oklahoma just about every season as a member of the Big 12 Conference before moving to the SEC this season - as a three-point favorite over the Sooners.
Saturday the NFL kicks off Wild Card weekend with a pair of games. First, in a rematch of a Wild Card game from last season, the 12-4 Houston Texans host the 10-6 Cincinnati Bengals (4:30 pm ET, NBC). Then in an NFC North divisional showdown the 11-5 Green Bay Packers host the 10-6 Minnesota Vikings (8 pm ET, NBC).
In Friday's Wild Card betting the Texans, who lost three of their last four regular-season games, were favored by 4.5 points over the Bengals who won seven of their last eight games. And the Packers were favored by 7.5 points over the Vikings, who just beat Green Bay in their regular-season finale last Sunday 37-34.
Wild Card weekend then concludes Sunday with two more games. First the 10-6 Baltimore Ravens, who lost four of their last five games, play host to hotshot rookie QB Andrew Luck and his 11-5 Indianapolis Colts (1 pm ET, CBS). Then fellow star rookie QB Robert Griffin III and his 10-6 Washington Redskins host another first-year standout pivot in Russell Wilson and his 11-5 Seattle Seahawks (4:30 pm ET, Fox).
As of Friday morning the Colts, who went 2-14 last year, were listed as seven-point underdogs vs. the Ravens; and the 'Skins, who are in the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, were listed as three-point home dogs against the surging Seahawks.
Finally, the college football season comes to an end Monday night when the 12-1 Crimson Tide of Alabama shoot for a second consecutive national championship when they take on the 12-0 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the BCS title game in Miami (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
As of Friday the BCS championship game betting line had 'Bama favored by 10 points over the Golden Domers.