The Thanksgiving holiday ushers in one of the best weekends of the year for betting on college football given the sheer number of rivalry showdowns that are on the slate this upcoming weekend. Many of these games will also have a big impact on the upcoming bowl season and College Football Playoff.
With the help of SBR Odds, here is a trio of games to circle that offer some of the best betting value on the board when it comes to their stats, facts and recent betting trends.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-4.5) at Auburn Tigers
Alabama is closing in on another trip to the SEC title game and the College Football Playoff with one big obstacle still in its path Saturday in one of the most bitter rivalries in all of college football. The Tide are a perfect 7-0 in conference play this season behind an offense that is seventh in the nation in points scored (41.4) and a defense that leads the country in points allowed (10.2).
Auburn’s only loss in the SEC this season came against LSU on Oct. 14 as part of an overall record of 9-2. The Tigers stunned Georgia 40-17 two weeks ago as 2.5-point home underdogs, and they kept things rolling this Saturday in a 42-14 rout of Louisiana-Monroe as heavy 38-point favorites at home. They are averaging 37.6 PPG and holding teams to just 16.6 points on the other side of the ball.
The Crimson Tide have won five of their last six games against Auburn straight-up and they have a 4-2 edge against the spread. However, when it comes to the last six games played in Auburn, the Tigers have covered in four of those contests. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six meetings overall.
Ohio State Buckeyes (-11) at Michigan Wolverines
The Buckeyes are 9-2 SU with a 5-6 record ATS. They have gone 3-1 both SU and ATS in four pervious road games, and they have locked up a spot in this season’s Big Ten title game. A spot in the College Football Playoff remains possible. Ohio State has one of the best balanced offensive attacks in the country, resulting in the third-highest scoring average on the board (44.9 points).
Michigan can play the role of spoiler behind a bruising run game that is averaging 194.2 rushing yards a game. The Wolverines have also been stout on defense with a points-allowed average of 17.1 that is ranked 11th in the country. Coming off a tough 24-10 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday as 6.5-point underdogs on the road, they bring a SU 8-3 record into this season finale while going 4-6-1 ATS.
Ohio State has gone 5-1 both SU and ATS in its last six road games against the Wolverines, and the total has gone OVER in six of the last eight meetings in Michigan.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-2.5) at Stanford Cardinal
Notre Dame’s dream of landing a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff pretty much came to an end two weeks ago in a stunning 41-8 loss to Miami as a 3.5-point road favorite. Last Saturday, the Irish struggled to get past Navy in a 24-17 victory as a 20-point favorite at home. At 9-2 SU with a 7-4 record ATS, Notre Dame is sixth in the nation running the ball with 290.5 yards per game.
The Cardinal are in line for a spot in the Pac-12 Championship out of the North Division -- if Washington State loses at Washington this Saturday -- at 7-2 SU in conference play as part of 8-3 record overall. They are 4-6-1 ATS after failing to cover in Saturday’s 17-14 victory against California as 14-point home favorites. This is another team that loves to move the ball downfield on the ground with an average of 215.7 rushing yards per game.
Head-to-head in this heated rivalry, Stanford has won four of the last five meetings at home SU, but Notre Dame has the 4-1 edge ATS in those five games. The total has stayed UNDER in six of the last seven meetings.