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Week 15 of the college football season will be highlighted with seven championship games on tap. The action starts Friday with the MAC Championship and concludes Saturday with six more title games.

Check out the matchups, odds and betting notes on all seven games below.

MAC Championship - Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green
Date: Friday, Dec. 6 (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Odds: Northern Illinois opened as a 3-point favorite.

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Bowling Green (9-3 SU, 9-3 ATS) closed the season with four straight wins and covers.

-- For the second straight season, Northern Illinois (12-0 SU, 8-4 ATS) went 12-0 in the regular season.

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-- The last meeting between this pair occurred in 2011 and NIU captured a 45-14 road victory. Including this win, the Huskies have won the last three meetings.

-- Northern Illinois will be making its fourth straight trip to Ford Field for the MAC title game. The Huskies have won the last two years after coming up short in 2010.

-- The last three MAC title games were decided by seven points or less.

-- Bowling Green has earned one trip to the MAC Championship and it lost to Miami-Ohio 49-27 during the 2003 season.

-- The ‘under’ is on a 3-1 run in the title game.

Preseason Future Odds to win the MAC
Northern Illinois 3/2
Bowling Green 11/4

CUSA Championship – Rice vs. Marshall
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m.)
Venue: TBA
Location: TBA

Odds: TBD

Betting Notes and Trends

-- These teams didn’t square off in the regular season. Marshall has won the last two meetings against Rice but both games were by four points or less – 54-51 in 2012 and 24-20 in 2011.

-- Neither team has played in the conference title game.

-- The home team has won three of the past four championships and the ‘over’ is 3-1 during this span.

Preseason Future Odds to win the CUSA
Marshall 3/1
Rice 10/1

SEC Championship - Auburn vs. Missouri
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (CBS, 3:00 p.m.)
Venue: Georgia Dome
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Odds: Auburn opened as a 3-point favorite but the early action has dropped the number to 1 ½ points

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Missouri (11-1 SU, 10-1-1 ATS) and Auburn (11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) have both been golden for gamblers this season.

-- Mizzou went 5-0 on the road while Auburn went 3-1, the lone loss coming to LSU (35-21).

-- The West Division has won four consecutive championships.

-- The ‘over’ is on a 4-0 run in the SEC title game.

-- Auburn has gone 2-2 in its four appearances in the SEC Championship. The Tigers captured the 2010 title by defeating South Carolina 56-17.

-- This will be Missouri’s first appearance in the SEC Championship.

Preseason Future Odds to win the SEC
Missouri 50/1
Auburn 60/1

ACC Championship – Florida State vs. Duke
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Bank of America Stadium
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Odds: Florida State opened as a 30-point favorite. The line has dropped to 29

-- These schools didn’t meet this season. In the previous two years, Florida State defeated Duke 48-7 in 2012 and 41-16 in 2011.

-- This will be Florida State’s fourth appearance in the ACC Championship. The Seminoles have gone 2-1 in their first three trips to the title game.

-- Double-digit favorites in the ACC Championship are 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS.

-- Duke has never played in the ACC title game.

Preseason Future Odds to win the ACC
Florida State 5/4
Duke 60/1

Pac 12 Championship – Arizona State vs. Stanford
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ESPN, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium
Location: Tempe, Arizona

Odds: Arizona State opened as a 3-point favorite and the number moved to 3 ½

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Stanford defeated Arizona State 42-28 on Sept. 21 as a seven-point home favorite. The win for the Cardinal was the third straight over the Sun Devils. ASU has won four of its last five meetings against Stanford from Tempe and the lone loss came by four points (17-13) in 2010.

-- This will be the third Pac-12 Championship played. The home team won the past two years but the underdog managed to cover in a losing effort. The ‘over’ is 2-0.

Preseason Future Odds to win the Pac-12
Stanford 5/2
Arizona State 8/1

Big 10 Championship – Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (FOX, 8:15 p.m.)
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Odds: Ohio State opened as a 6 ½-point favorite and the number quickly dropped to 6

Betting Notes and Trends

-- The last meeting two meetings between these schools were decided by a combined four points and the road team captured both games. Ohio State won 17-16 in 2012 and Michigan State captured a 10-7 win in 2011.

-- Similar to the Pac-12, this will be the third conference championship.

-- Michigan State played in the inaugural title game in 2010 and came up short to Wisconsin, 42-39. The Spartans managed to cover as nine-point underdogs.

-- The ‘over’ has gone 2-0 in the first two championships with a combined 81 and 101 points scored.

Preseason Future Odds to win the Big 10
Ohio State 4/5
Michigan State 5/1

Mountain West Championship – Fresno State vs. Utah State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (CBS, 10:00 p.m.)
Venue: Bulldog Stadium
Location: Fresno, California

Odds: Fresno State opened as a 3 ½-point favorite and the number dropped to 3

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Fresno State has won five straight against Utah State, with a 31-21 home victory by the Bulldogs being the last meeting between the two schools.

-- This year’s title game will be the inaugural Mountain West Championship.

Preseason Future Odds to win the MWC
Fresno State 8/5
Utah State 7/1

Odds provided by CRIS
Preseason Future Odds provided by the LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas


  
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