As if NCAA football betting cappers needed a reason to tune into “Rivalry Week”, there are a wealth of Top 25 duels that you should keep an eye out for. #1 Notre Dame’s trip to USC would be here, but Trojans’ QB Matt Barkley won’t suit up, giving the Fighting Irish a major edge in Los Angeles.
Oregon Ducks @ Oregon State Beavers
Odds: Oregon -9.5
The 2000’s have been good to the “Civil War” as both programs have been pretty solid, which leads to some big games. The #5 Ducks have won four in a row over the 15th-ranked Beavers and will have plenty of motivation after falling 17-14 to Stanford in Eugene to take them out of the BCS title race (unless they get a lot of help). The Beavers bounced back from their own loss to the Cardinal by romping over California, but can their defense slow down Oregon enough in what should be a shootout? They’ll do enough to cover the college football betting spread, at least.
Pick: Oregon State +9.5
Florida Gators @ Florida State Seminoles
Odds: Florida State -8
This game will be the opposite of Oregon-Oregon State as Florida (third) and FSU (fifth) are in the top five in terms of points allowed. The #10 ‘Noles have won the last two meetings against the #4 Gators, who will have starting QB Jeff Driskel back in the lineup, but how effective will he be on his sprained ankle? The Seminoles are going to the ACC title game, while Florida isn’t playing in their conference-championship game, so the Gators have a little more to play for in this heated rivalry. However, FSU’s offense has been up and down all season and they’re going up against the best defense they’ve played all season, and you know head coach Will Muschamp will have the Gators fired up to go into Tallahassee. Eight points is far too many with a defense as good as Florida’s.
Pick: Florida +8
South Carolina Gamecocks @ Clemson Tigers
Odds: Clemson -4
This is one of the more underrated rivalries in the nation in terms of passion, although those in the know realize how much this game means to both programs. The 13th-ranked Gamecocks looked like they were looking ahead to Clemson as they struggled with Wofford, but they have a defense that is ranked 13th in the country in points allowed, while Clemson is fourth in points scored. Clemson’s defense is much improved from last year and South Carolina doesn’t have the weapons to expose their weaknesses, although Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw is capable of having a big game if you give him room. The Tigers have their own stud under center in Tajh Boyd, who set school records as Clemson smashed North Carolina. Clemson should eventually run away with this game to end a three-game skid against their rivals.
Pick: Clemson -4