We learned in week 12 that Houston is a very good team while Big Ten powerhouses #2 Ohio State and #3 Michigan survived scares from Michigan State and Indiana respectively. Let’s look at all bet-worthy things that happened east of Old man River.
Houston Cracks #6 Louisville, #1 Alabama, #2 OSU, #3 Michigan, #4 Clemson Win Saturday, Don't Cover ATS
Greg Ward and Houston reminded Lamar Jackson and #5 Louisville Thursday night nobody comes to H-town and beats the Cougars as the Cardinals (18 Fumbles lost, #1 FBS) were humbled, 36-10, losing outright as 17-point underdogs (HOU +700 M/L, BetDSI), denting their College Football Playoff chances as Houston won for the 15th straight time at Home.
On Saturday in week 12, the top four ranked teams all won, with #1 Alabama (12.2 ppg, #2 Scoring Defense) winning its 23rd straight, with the Crimson Tide (8-3 ATS) awakening after trailing 3-0 after 1Q to beat Chattanooga, 31-3 (ALA -48½) while #2 Ohio State survived at Michigan State, 17-16 after Spartans Head Coach Mark Dantonio went for a 2-point conversion late (OSU -24½) and #3 Michigan—at Ohio State Saturday (ABC, 12 p.m. EST; OSU -7½ -105, 5Dimes)—also found a way to victory in Ann Arbor against a gallant Indiana side, 20-10 (MICH -24). Deshaun Watson (5/1 to win Heisman Trophy, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and #4 Clemson defeated Wake Forest, 35-13 (CLEM -24) which means the CFP rankings—revealed Tuesday in the CFP Top 25 Rankings (ESPN, 7 p.m. EST)—will likely be exactly the same.
#7 Badgers Drink Boilermakers in Madtown, #21 Western Michigan Rolls on Snowy GameDay
#7 Wisconsin continued to play great Defense (12.7 ppg, T-#3 in FBS) and cover ATS (9-2) as the Badgers pounded Purdue, 49-20 (WIS -28) meaning three of the top seven schools in the FBS are from the Big Ten as well as three of the top four Scoring Defenses (MICH, OSU, WIS). And #21 Western Michigan (10-0 SU) blanked Buffalo, 38-0, covering (WM -35) on its last drive of the game in snowy Kalamazoo. The Broncos have the best Point Spread Record in FBS since 2014, going 26-11 ATS (70.3%).
Department of Trends: Pittsburgh Overs, Temple ATS Both Improve to 9-1 on Season
The Over has W9 straight in Pitt games after Saturday’s 56-14 win over Duke (61), the Under is 9-2 in Cincinnati games while Temple improved to an FBS-best 9-1 ATS with its 31-0 shutout at Tulane (TEMP -15). The top five teams in the CFP rankings last week were all from east of the Mississippi River (Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, Louisville) and none of them covered ATS.
Free NCAAF ‘East’ Week 12 Picks: Florida +9½ over FSU, Alabama -18½ over Auburn, UConn over Tulane
NCAAF Picks ATS Record: 22-8-0