The stakes keep rising as the best teams battle for a spot in the college football qualifiers. Some big Thanksgiving weekend rivalry matches will knock the prank off some key contenders while others will feast on leftover turkey with a winning week over their biggest rivals.
In addition to the implications of the college football playoffs, conference titles are at stake. Winners of “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State as well as the “Bedlam” battle between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will advance their conference league games on December 4. In fact, Oklahoma State has already secured its place in the Big 12 A championship game and a Bedlam rivalry win by Oklahoma will set up a rematch in the Big 12 championship.
Caesars Sportsbook has provided a two-page list of the biggest rivalry games, point spreads, and both percentage bet and amount of money (handful) supporting teams. More money continues to pour in as the games approach with Thanksgiving and Rivalry Week, one of the most popular betting weekends of the year. More fans and recreational bettors will log in and bet a few dollars.
Ohio State (-8.5) vs. Michigan
Ohio State has won 8 in a row in the Great Rivalry and 15 of the last 16. ESPN College GameDay will be in Ann Arbor for the pre-game coverage. Kicks off at 12:00 p.m. ET and TBEN provides TV coverage.
The two teams enter the massive 10-1 rivalry with the Buckeye in a resounding 56-7 victory over Michigan State last week. Ohio State opened a 7.5-point favorite over Michigan. It’s now -8.5 in favor of the Buckeyes and the total also climbs to 65 at Caesars Sportsbook, where I bet on the Wolverines to cover the gap and win the game straight away.
The rivalry known as “The Game” attracted more than 90% of bets spread across Ohio State at Caesars Sportsbook. Last week’s results and the resounding victory for Ohio State swayed the betting line up to 2-3 points.
Bettors are banking on the Buckeye’s powerful offense and Heisman’s favorite red-shirted quarterback CJ Stroud to deliver another knockout blow. Ohio State leads the country in offensive scores (47.2), yards per game (560) and yards per game (7.9). The Buckeyes are the only FBS team this season with three 800-yard receivers.
“How good they are,” Harbaugh told reporters on Monday when asked about the OSU receivers. “What a dynamic. Their ability to run on the road, their ability to capture, their speed in all parts of the terrain – horizontally, vertically. Truly exceptional.
Michigan is no slouch with its top 20 balanced attack averaging 448 yards per game with 218 rushing and 230 passing. The Wolverines defense is giving up 306 yards per game to rank No. 6 in the country and 50 yards better per game than Ohio State. Michigan’s top-rated Big Ten pass defense will need to measure up against Buckeye’s receiving trio. Indoor clashes are also one to watch as the Ohio State offensive line has allowed the fewest sacks in the league while Michigan passer Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo are tied for the Big Ten lead with 10 sacks apiece.
Ohio state moved up to second in the college football playoff standings this week, while Michigan came in fifth with the biggest game of the year. A Big Ten East title, an appearance at the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 4 as a major favorite and a front row ticket to join the four-team college football playoff night.
College football qualifying ranking
- Ohio state
- our Lady
- Oklahoma State
- Ole Miss
Cincinnati is the first Group of 5 program to make the College Football Playoff Committee’s top four at any time during the season in the eight-year history of the Playoffs.
College football rivalry weekend
In addition to Ohio State Michigan, here are rivalry matches added with links to game previews and a betting breakdown from CollegeFootballNews.com. Additional selections from contributing editors and members of the media with additional game analysis provided. Compare game odds, spread, totals and money line of all games on TheLines.com.
Saturday November 27
- Iron Bowl: Alabama to Auburn – 3:30 p.m. ET on TBEN
- Bedlam: Oklahoma, Oklahoma – 7:30 p.m. ET on TBEN
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both 10-1 and the Cowboys have covered 9 straight ATS games. Oklahoma are 0-4 ATS on the road this season and a site-neutral victory over Texas. Oklahoma State is a 4.5 point favorite and the over / under was bet 52-49.5 at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Georgia at Georgia Tech – 12 p.m. ET on TBEN
- Northwestern in Illinois – 3:30 p.m. ET – Big Ten Network
- Indiana at Purdue – 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1
- Oregon State to Oregon – 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
- Virginia Tech in Virginia – 3:45 p.m. ET on ACC
- Vanderbilt, Tennessee – 3:45 p.m. ET on SEC
- Wisconsin, Minnesota – 4 p.m. ET on TBEN
- Arizona to Arizona State – 4:00 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 network
- Kentucky in Louisville – 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2
- Clemson in South Carolina – 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC
- Notre Dame at Stanford – 8 p.m. ET on TBEN
Lots of big game rivalries ahead of next weekend’s conference championship games as the college football playoff image takes shape.
You can bet on it.