After an intense Rivalry Week, it’s time to figure out who will lift their conference trophies after the regular season and in one case, the winner gets a pass to the BCS title game.
We know that Notre Dame is one of the contestants ready to suit up for the national championship and its partner is going to come from the SEC. The Alabama Crimson Tide are going to have a shot at defending their crown while the Georgia Bulldogs will look to crash the party.
We’ve got that game featured in our Saturday two-game college football betting parlay along with another key matchup in the Big 12.
Alabama Crimson Tide @ Georgia Bulldogs
Odds: Alabama -9.5
Everything is on the line in the SEC championship game as the winner will go on to face Notre Dame for the BCS crown. Both teams easily handled their state rivals in preparation for this game and this is going to be a heavy-hitting contest that you don’t want to miss. The Crimson Tide haven’t allowed a point in two games and are first in the country in points against, although Western Carolina and Auburn aren’t the toughest competition in the nation.
Outside of a close win over Florida and getting beat down at South Carolina, Georgia, who has won three of the last five against Alabama, has also been fantastic. That loss in Columbia looms large because Alabama’s defense is better than the Gamecocks.
While the Crimson Tide have the better defense, Georgia has an advantage at the quarterback position. Aaron Murray is not only one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, he’s one of the best in the nation. The burden will be on him to lead the way and overcome a stellar Crimson Tide defense.
This’ll be close for the first half, but ‘Bama eventually covers the NCAA football betting spread and heads to another BCS title game.
Pick: Alabama -9.5
Texas Longhorns @ Kansas State Wildcats
Odds: Kansas State -12.5
The Longhorns’ defense has improved since getting exposed by West Virginia and Oklahoma, but they’re going with Case McCoy under center since David Ash was hurt in their 20-13 loss to TCU last week. Texas can throw the Big 12 race for a loop by taking out the Wildcats, who lost the #1 ranking in the country two weekends ago as they were thumped at Baylor, and their week off was likely a very unhappy and angry week, which may not work out well for the Longhorns. Kansas State has won six of the last eight against Texas and they’ve covered the spread in all eight games. The Wildcats’ defense is probably embarrassed about the way they played at Baylor and they’re going to take that out on McCoy, who isn’t half the quarterback that his brother Colt was for the Longhorns. This could get ugly and Kansas State will stroll to the Big 12 title by virtue of their earlier win over Oklahoma.
Pick: Kansas State -12.5