Reviewing The Odds For College Football's Conference Championship Games

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:08 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 3:08 PM UTC

The College Football season will kick off in almost a month and sportsbooks released their Conference Championship Game odds for the coming season two weeks ago, here's our rundown.

Conference Championship Odds Out For Betting Season
Las Vegas SuperBook released their NCAA Division I College Football Conference Game Championship odds—as well as 2016 College Football Team Win Totals along with its renowned Games of the Year and Regular Season Team Win Totals—on July 10 and of the eight conferences which have odds, Boise State is easily the largest chalk lined to win its championship game with 2nd-year Head Coach Tom Herman and Houston the only other conference chalk priced under Even odds to win its respective title tilt in early December. As far as the two biggest monster longshots at Opening, both Purdue and Rutgers were priced at 500/1 to win the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 3. The 2016 College Football season kicks off on Aug. 27 when California faces Hawaii in the Sydney Cup at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Here are the opening numbers from the SuperBook for the AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, MAC, MWC, Pac-12 and SEC championship games.


American Athletic Conference Championship Game
Houston Cougars 10/11
South Florida Bulls 5/2
Cincinnati Bearcats 5/1
Temple Owls 7/1
Navy Midshipmen 15/1
Memphis Tigers 18/1
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 30/1
Connecticut Huskies 30/1
East Carolina Pirates 50/1
Central Florida Knights 60/1
Tulane Green Wave 100/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Team with Best Conference Record


Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game
Clemson Tigers 3/2
Florida State Seminoles 5/4
Louisville Cardinals 6/1
North Carolina Tar Heels 12/1
Miami (Fla) Hurricanes 12/1
Virginia Tech Hokies 20/1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 25/1
Pittsburgh Panthers 25/1
Virginia Cavaliers 50/1
Duke Blue Devils 60/1
Boston College Eagles 80/1
North Carolina State Wolfpack 80/1
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 80/1
Syracuse Orange 200/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC


Big 10 Championship Game
Ohio State Buckeyes 5/4
Michigan Wolverines 3/2
Iowa Hawkeyes 6/1
Wisconsin Badgers 10/1
Michigan State Spartans 12/1
Minnesota Golden Gophers 60/1
Northwestern Wildcats 60/1
Penn State Nittany Lions 60/1
Illinois Fighting Illini 100/1
Indiana Hoosiers 100/1
Maryland Terrapins 100/
Purdue Boilermakers 500/1
Rutgers Scarlet Knight 500/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN


Conference USA Conference Championship Game
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 3/1
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 3/1
Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders 3/1
Marshall Thundering Herd 3/1
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 7/1
Rice Owls 15/1
UTEP Miners 25/1
Florida Atlantic Owls 25/1
Florida International Panthers 40/1
Old Dominion Monarchs 40/1
Texas San Antonio Roadrunners 50/1
North Texas Mean Green 100/1
Charlotte 49ers 200/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Highest-Seeded Team


Mid-American Conference Championship Game
Western Michigan Broncos 2/1
Bowling Green Falcons 9/2
Northern Illinois Huskies 9/2
Toledo Rockets 4/1
Ohio Bobcats 5/1
Central Michigan Chippewas 6/1
Kent State Golden Flashes 25/1
Buffalo Bulls 60/1
Ball State Cardinals 100/1
Miami (Ohio) Redhawks 100/1
Eastern Michigan Eagles 200/1
>Championship Game Friday, Dec. 2 at Ford Field, Detroit


Mountain West Conference Championship Game
Boise State Broncos 5/9
San Diego State Aztecs 9/4
Air Force Falcons 6/1
Nevada Wolf Pack 18/1
Utah State Aggies 25/1
Colorado State Rams 30/1
Fresno State Bulldogs 40/1
UNLV Rebels 40/1
New Mexico Lobos 80/1
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 100/1
Wyoming Cowboys 100/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Highest-Rated Team in College Football Poll


Pac-12 Conference Championship Game
Stanford Cardinal 3/1
Washington Huskies 3/1
USC Trojans 3/1
UCLA Bruins 3/1
Oregon Ducks 8/1
Utah Utes 15/1
Washington State Cougars 15/1
Arizona State Sun Devils 20/1
Arizona Wildcats 30/1
California Golden Bears 80/1
Colorado Buffaloes 80/1
Oregon State Beavers 100/1
>Championship Game Friday, Dec. 2 at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara


Southeastern Conference Championship Game
Alabama Crimson Tide 3/2
LSU Tigers 5/2
Tennessee Volunteers 5/2
Georgia Bulldogs 10/1
Ole Miss Rebels 12/1
Auburn Tigers 20/1
Arkansas Razorbacks 30/1
Texas A&M Aggies 50/1
Missouri Tigers 80/1
Kentucky Wildcats 100/1
Mississippi State Bulldogs 100/1
Vanderbilt Commodores 100/1
South Carolina Gamecocks 300/1
>Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Georgia Dome, Atlanta


Oddsmakers Seeing Conference USA Race, Championship Game Wide Open One This Coming Season
One of two conferences with four teams who all opened as co-favorites to win its title tilt is Conference USA with saw the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Marshall Thundering Herd all opening a 3/1 to win their conference. 

Last year in the Conference USA Championship Game at Ford Field, Western Kentucky rolled over Southern Mississippi, 45-28, easily covering as 7-point favorites. But this season, all four schools seem to be in the Conference USA hunt with 4th-year Head Coach Skip Holtz (39-19-1 ATS as Underdog) and fifth-favorite Louisiana Tech maybe even worth a look with the Online Sportsbooks Big Four possibly beating on up each other, although the Bulldogs did lose 8 Starters on Offense. 

Of note: A different—as in completely different—team has ended up winning the Conference USA Championship the L7 years: East Carolina, Central Florida, Southern Miss, Tulsa (now in AAC), Rice, Marshall and Western Kentucky with the Eastern Division representative winning 5 of the 7 years. So now you know.

Schedule-wise, Western Kentucky is at Louisiana Tech, MTSU and Marshall; Southern Miss has a favorable schedule to get to the title tilt with Marshall and Louisiana Tech at Home; MTSU gets Louisiana Tech and WKU at Home in two huge games; and, Marshall gets MTSU and WKU at Home, but within a 3-week span at the end of the season. So, these teams will all likely beat up on each other but getting through the Western Division seems easier than getting through the Eastern Division from this distance. If Lousiana Tech can win on Sept. 24 at MTSU, the Bulldogs may have the path of least resistance and at 7/1 odds, may create the positioning for a Hedge if they get there.


2016 NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PICKS: Houston 10/11 to win American Athletic Conference Championship Game; Louisiana Tech 7/1 to win Conference USA Championship Game; Washington 3/1 to win Pac-12 Conference Championship Game 

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