College Football Conference Championships – Lines, Looks and Trends

College football this weekend has conference championships and other games that could have postseason implications. The season has winded down and teams know that with each game their hopes of playing for the national championship will continue or be extinguished.

Missouri has played well this season as the underdog with a 5-1 SU and ATS record. The Tigers are 8-1 SU in their past 9 games as dogs.

Last week the Tigers were dogs and won outright after rallying in the final quarter to defeat Arkansas 21-14 and take the SEC East title for the second consecutive year.

On Saturday, the Tigers will face Alabama as 14.5-point dogs in the SEC Championship game.

This season Alabama was just 3-5-1 ATS for the 9 games the Tide was a favorite by double-digits. However, if you count the last four games of last season, the Tide was 3-9-1 ATS over its past 13 games favored by double-digits.

Missouri is No. 13 in the nation in scoring defense allowing just less than 20 points per game. Missouri has thrived for the past few years as an underdog. Alabama is likely to win outright, but the Tigers will be a solid choice ATS.

Since losing to Arizona 31-24 on October 2, Oregon is 7-0 SU and ATS.

The Ducks have won each game by 12 or more points. Oregon is sitting as the 14.5-point favorite at this time for Friday’s Pac-12 Championship game.

As a dog, Arizona is 2-1 SU and ATS this season. Arizona defeated both Oregon and Utah, as an underdog, but lost SU and ATS against UCLA as the dog.

Baylor meets Kansas State on Saturday with both teams hoping to make the inaugural College Football Playoff. No line has been opened as, books wait to see if Bryce Petty the talented quarterback for Baylor can play after suffering a concussion last weekend.

Kansas State is 9-5 ATS in its past 24 games played as an underdog on the road.

This year the Wildcats won the game outright in two games in that situation against West Virginia and Oklahoma. However, they also were resoundingly beat by TCU in that same situation as a road dog 41-20.

Georgia Tech will not have two top playmakers on Saturday against Florida State in the ACC Championship. DeAndre Smelter has a torn ACL and Broderick Snoddy has an injured leg. Both account for a great deal of offense for the Ramblin’ Wreck.

Ohio State will be without starting quarterback J.T. Barrett in their Big 10 Championship Game against the Wisconsin Badgers. Cardale Jones a sophomore will start in Barrett’s place. The Buckeyes are currently an underdog by 4 points to Wisconsin according to Bovada and topbet.