Championship Game Betting Trends to Consider for Your College Football Picks

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 8:54 PM GMT

Often the anticipation outweighs the actual outcomes of conference championship games but no matter, once the college football odds are posted from the sportsbooks it is time, let the speculation begin.

Give credit to Roy Kramer, the architect of championship game as the commissioner of the SEC. His vision of understanding what southern football fans wanted made the game an instant hit and others would later follow, but none have surpassed the original.

These title tilts have taken on even greater importance with the advent of football playoffs last year and Super Six Bowls, with the Power 5 conferences looking to fill four slots. Those making college football picks also have more to think about as do professional football handicappers.

You will have plenty to read about with the teams, but what about trends that have occurred in certain conferences, are they worth following and can they help you against the college football odds? Decide for yourself by continuing to read further.

 

SEC Showdown Points Towards Total
This will be the seventh meeting in the SEC championship game between Alabama and Florida and they met in the first three and four of five. This will be the 24th rendition of this contest. Of the 23 conflicts, only five times has the underdog won the game outright, however, put a spread on the game and that changes matter quite a bit. Now we find the underdog at 12-10-1 ATS. In truth, the favorite in the last nine games has done better at 5-3-1 ATS.

Though both the Crimson Tide and Gators are known for their defenses this season, the total has been lopsided, with those making sports picks cashing at places like WagerWeb. Betting the OVER has been incredibly smart at 10-2 since 2003, which includes the last six in a row.

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Lean with Underdog in ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference seems to have found a home in Charlotte after a few very lightly attended games in the beginning. This is just Clemson's second visit and first since 2009 and North Carolina will be play in this conflict for the very first time.

This postseason event has been more prone to upsets, with the favorite just 6-4 and 4-6 ATS. Nevertheless, the underdog has won just once in six matchups (3-3 ATS), but the club catching points has covered three of the last four.The total is split right down the middle at five apiece, with the UNDER in mini-run of 3-1. Seems unlikely that will continue with these two offenses.

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Two Important Numbers in Big Ten
The Big Ten was late to come and capitalize on a postseason game and this will be their fifth try at it this year. This will be Iowa's first time to the big game and the second for Michigan State. Though the sample size is small, it is decisive with team catching points a perfect 4-0 ATS. In the past three, the underdog has been the SU winner. Last year, Ohio State might not even had made the field for the Final Four except they demolished Wisconsin 59-0 as 4.5-point dogs and left everyone amazed and earned a spot. Also, points have come in abundance, with the OVER 4-0.

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Underdog Has Worked in Pac-12
Of the major conferences, the Pac-12 was is the only one not to play at a neutral site, until this year, moving the contest to Santa Clara.

The favored squad has won three of the four, but only beaten the spread one time, which was last year, with Oregon routing Arizona 51-13 as 14.5-point home favorites. This will be Stanford's third appearance and the first for USC in improbable season. The total is split 2-2, with the past two both UNDER's.

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AAC Lidlifter
Though will be the first such game for the American Athletic Conference, we mention it because if Houston wins, they are all but assured of Super Six Bowl appearance. The Cougars have played in this type of game three times when members of the Conference USA and were 1-2 SU and ATS, all as favorites. Just think, Temple was an independent a decade ago after being kicked out of Big East and was a MAC member only four years ago.

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