College Football Week 14 Picks And Conference Championship Match-ups

It all comes down to conference championship weekend for the top teams looking to secure s spot in the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day bowls. I provide college football Week 14 picks and conference championship previews for all five power conference match-ups, plus the American Athletic Conference where undefeated Cincinnati is trying to become the first Group of 5 team to make the four-team College Football Playoff.

Here are the College Football Playoff rankings heading into conference championship weekend, and odds to win the national title, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

For full analysis of all the college football Week 14 picks and conference championship games below, check out my coverage, picks and analysis at Offshore Gaming Association. I’ve added my analysis and pick on the ACC title game between Pitt and Wake Forest below. Note the odds and lines change, and may differ from original post as I update the information and betting odds and lines.

Check back for additional updates and betting data on the teams and games, and compare odds from TheLines at leading online US sportsbooks.

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Week 14 AP Top 25 Conference Championship Match-ups

Friday, Dec. 3

No. 10 Oregon vs No. 14 Utah / 8:00 ET / ABC

Saturday, Dec. 4

No. 1 Georgia vs No. 4 Alabama / 4:00 p.m. ET / CBS
No. 2 Michigan vs No. 2 Iowa / 8:00 p.m. ET / FOX
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs No. 5 Baylor / 12:00 p.m. ET / ABC
No. 17 Pittsburgh vs No. 18 Wake Forest / 8:00 ET / ABC
No. 3 Cincinnati vs No. 16 Houston / 4:00 ET / ABC

Oregon vs Utah РAllegiant Stadium РLas Vegas, NV
Line: Utah -3 and Total 57.5 a Caesars Sportsbook

Opinion: Utah

Georgia vs Alabama РMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga
Line: Georgia -6.5 and Total 50 at Circa Sports

Lean: Alabama   

Michigan vs Iowa РLucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Line: Michigan -11 Total 43.5 at SuperBook

Following last week’s Michigan win and mauling of Ohio State as a big underdog, we tread lightly knowing the Wolverines are the stronger side but spotting more points based on that win and cash for us.

Lean: Iowa 

Oklahoma State vs Baylor РAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Line: Oklahoma State -5.5 and Total 46.5 at BetMGM

Opinion: Oklahoma State

Pittsburgh vs Wake Forest РBank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Line: Pittsburgh -3 and Total 71.5 at WynnBet

We’ve been fading Wake Forest (10-2) and their sieve defense since the Demon Deacons 8-0 start. The are 2-2 SU/ATS since and we were unlucky, or Wake was fortunate, to escape against NC State 45-42. That won’t happen Saturday against the Panthers much stronger defense and the Panthers (10-2) even better passing attack behind senior QB Kenny Pickett. Both Wake and Pitt have top-10 passing attacks with Pickett passing for more than 4,000 yards this season and 40 TD passes. He’ll go out in style as an ACC champion with the Deacon’s deficient defense unable to contain him and the Panthers offense that averages more than 500 yards per game. No surprise if Pitt double-rushes Wake Forest noting too that Pitt has out-gained common opponents by 547 yards while going 5-0 and wins over Clemson and North Carolina. Wake Forest went 3-2 with plus 235 yards and losses to Clemson and North Carolina while getting torched for 48 and 58 points. Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman was sacked 7 times by Clemson, and Pitt’s defense and pressure is even better and has 46 sacks this season. Pitt’s pass defense appears suspect based on stats, as teams are forced to pass more with the Panthers dominant run defense ranking top 5 in the country. Feeling here is Pitt is for real, and Wake Forest has been more perception than reality. Panthers pound their way to the ACC title.

Pick: Pittsburgh

Cincinnati vs Houston РNippert Stadium РCincinnati, OH
Line: Cincinnati -10.5 and Total 52.5 at FanDuel

Lean: Cincinnati 

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