Appropriate for 2020, this is a championship weekend unlike any other. There are way more games, including WTF matchups such as Nebraska-Rutgers and Arizona State-Oregon State.
Although we welcome all the colorful ornaments on the tree, we’re focusing this column on the conference title games. Here are 10 intriguing betting opportunities on PointsBet (lines as of Thursday morning):
1) Ohio State to shut out Northwestern +1200 (Name A Bet): Is this our way of trolling Darren Rovell, the self-proclaimed king of Northwestern sports memorabilia who stands to make $238,000 if the Wildcats win this game? Maybe. We’re also highlighting our new weekly Name A Bet contest, so this wager serves two purposes. Or three: If you bet this and it hits, you have lifetime bragging rights on Rovell.
2) Clemson-Notre Dame over-under 59.5: I’ll venture to say that even Tigers fans enjoyed Clemson-Notre Dame I, a smorgasbord of touchdowns (9), yards (991) and turnovers (4). Will Saturday’s game also wake up the senses, especially with Trevor Lawrence, rather than D.J. Uiagalelei, slinging it around for Clemson? Of our early bets, 89% have been placed on the over.
3) Iowa State to beat Oklahoma +170: Take advantage of this promo: Your first In Play college football bet on a moneyline underdog is risk-free up to $50. Meaning, if you throw $50 down on the Cyclones (to win $85 plus $50), but the Sooners win, you receive $50 in Free Bets.
4) Oregon to beat USC +130: The promo is also good for this Friday night tilt and for Northwestern-Ohio State. A word of warning that ESPN’s Chris Fallica uncovered this oddity: Since 2015, only two underdogs have won outright in 23 Power Five title games: Penn State over Wisconsin in 2016 (as a two-point dog) and Oregon hammered Utah last year as a 6.5-point dog.
5) Alabama-Florida Pick Your Own Spread: If you don’t want to pick a side on the 17-point spread, you can select your own line and obtain better (or worse) odds. Florida +7.5 pays +225, better than 2-to-1 on your stake. Florida +28.5 comes with a -323 price tag. If you expect the Tide to roll, consider Alabama -27.5 at +196.
6) Ohio State or Notre Dame to win the CFP championship +230 (Name A Bet): You can’t cash this bet after Saturday’s games, but you probably also won’t be able to get it at +230 if both Midwestern teams make the College Football Playoff.
7) Teddy’s Booster of the Week: Kyren Williams to total 2+ touchdowns against Clemson in ACC title game (Boosted from +120 to +160): Williams rushed for three touchdowns against Clemson at Notre Dame Stadium. He had a receiving touchdown at North Carolina. He can ball. Will he score twice Saturday? (P.S. My last booster hit: Aaron Rodgers to have more completions than Patrick Mahomes on Dec. 13. It was boosted from -115 to +110.)
8) Largest lead in the UAB-Marshall game. To the right of Fixed Odds, click on PointsBetting. It opens a new world of opportunities. Pointsbetting works as a multiplier: The more you’re right, the more you win. (And the more you’re wrong, the more you lose.) Here’s a safe one if you’re new to pointsbetting, under Match Stats: Total touchdowns. The under is 5.1 and the over is 5.7. You can’t lose much, but a shootout could pay off nicely.
9) Total touchdowns scored in Tulsa-Cincinnati: The total of 45.5 is more befitting a service academy game. That means fewer touchdowns and a better theoretical chance to guess how many. Under Touchdown Wagers you will find offerings such as: Exactly 0 touchdowns (+9000), Exactly 1 (+3000), Exactly 2 (+1300) all the way up to Exactly 11 (+2800) and 12+ (+3300).
10) Doubles Wagers in Boise State-San Jose State: Based on their combined record of 11-1, these masters of the Mountain West deserve our attention. So how about a parlay? San Jose State +6.5 and over 55.5 pays +295. On the low end, a Boise State win (by any number) and under of 55.5 pays +146.