Injuries Impact Betting Lines in Two Important College Football Games

Week 15 of the 2014 College Football season has conference championship games that highlight the schedule.

While it appears the top three teams for the College Football Playoff ranking seem to be set if Alabama, Oregon and Florida State can win their respective conference championship games. This weekend, the status of two quarterbacks will go a long way in determining the fourth and final team that will enter the final four, when the four teams are announced on December 7.

The situation of the two quarterbacks has impacted the betting lines already.

J.T. Barnett the starting quarterback for Ohio State will not play for the Buckeyes in their Big 10 Championship Game against Wisconsin. Barnett broke his ankle last Saturday in the team’s win against Michigan.

Cardale Jones has passed only 19 times this season but will replace the injured Barnett at QB.

The Buckeyes opened as an underdog by 3 points and that has been bet up to +4. Oddsmakers such as Bovada and said that if Barnett were not injured Ohio State would have opened as a slight favorite.

Topbet and betonline also lowered the Buckeyes odds to win a national championship to 8 to 1 from 6 to 1.

The other injured quarterback is Bryce Petty at Baylor. He is questionable for the Big 12 championship after suffering a concussion last weekend. This has kept sportsbooks from posting a line on this game.

Petty suffered his concussion during the third quarter of the Bears victory over Texas Tech by the score of 48-46.

Baylor was up 45-20 near the end of the third quarter but could only score a field goal after Petty left the game.

The Bears were cruising to a SU and ATS win before Petty was lost. The line had been -28 in favor of Baylor and the difference was already 25 points when the Bears quarterback was hurt.

Most books were going to post Baylor as a 9-point favorite but cannot put that up before the final word is released about the status of Petty.

Many expect TCU to be in the No. 4 spot on Tuesday when the four teams in the CFB rankings are released. Last week’s No. 4 Mississippi State lost to Ole Miss this past weekend, while TCU easily defeated Texas. TCU will host Iowa State this weekend and opened as a 30-point favorite and is already at -32.

Some books believe Baylor should move past TCU if the Bears beat Kansas State since the Bears have already beaten TCU during this season.