Top 25 Betting Recap - Week 14
December 2, 2013
By Mike Rose
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Week 14 of the 2013 NCAA football betting season is in the books, and today, we're going to be taking a look at each of the Top 25 teams in the BCS rankings and see how they did from an ATS (Against the Spread) perspective in this go around this past week.
(Results in parentheses represent SU Result-ATS Result)
1) Alabama (L-L vs. Auburn 34-28)
Unless both FSU and OSU lose next week, the Tide's rule atop the BCS seems to have come to a close.
2) Florida State (W-W vs. Florida 37-7)
It was the worst offensive showing of the year for the Noles, but they are now the odds on favorites to win the National Championship.
3) Ohio State (W-L vs. Michigan 42-41)
Michigan had a lot of fortitude to go for two at the end. Ohio State held on, and it has been rewarded with the #2 spot in the nation.
4) Auburn (W-W vs. Alabama 34-28)
First the Immaculate Deflection and now the miracle of the Iron Bowl; these Tigers have been touched by angels!
5) Missouri (W-W vs. Texas A&M 28-21)
The gritty Tigers earned their way to the SEC Championship Game by outscoring A&M 21-14 in the second half.
6) Clemson (L-L vs. South Carolina 31-17)
Clemson continues to be significantly worse than its in-state rivals, and the SEC continues to be much better than the ACC.
7) Oklahoma State (Bye)
The Cowboys still need more help, but they’re at least plausibly in the National Championship hunt now that Alabama has been beaten and Clemson is out of the way.
8) Stanford (W-L vs. Notre Dame 27-20)
The defense bailed Stanford out at the death against Notre Dame.
9) Baylor (W-L vs. TCU 41-38)
Only beating TCU by three didn't give Baylor any style points. A BCS at large bid isn't a given, and the Bears don't control their own destiny in Week 15 to win the Big XII.
10) South Carolina (W-W vs. Clemson 31-17)
This one finally got a little ugly late, but South Carolina won the turnover battle 6-0 in the Palmetto State showdown.
11) Michigan State (W-L vs. Minnesota 14-3)
Sparty can play the ultimate spoiler next week against Ohio State. MSU should be in the Rose Bowl regardless of what happens as long as the Buckeyes play for all of the marbles.
12) Arizona State (W-W vs. Arizona 58-21)
The romp of Arizona makes ASU the first Pac-12 South team to host the league's conference title game.
13) Oregon (W-L vs. Oregon State 36-35)
The Ducks don't deserve a BCS bowl bid after barely beating OSU in the Civil War.
14) Northern Illinois (W-L vs. Western Michigan 33-14)
QB Jordan Lynch broke the record for the most rushing yards by a QB in a game in NCAA history for the second time this year. More important? Fresno State lost. The road to the Fiesta Bowl is clear now. The Huskies are one win away from a second straight appearance in the BCS.
15) Wisconsin (L-L vs. Penn State 31-24)
Wiscy is headed back to the Sunshine State this bowl season. The Badgers blew any BCS chances by losing at home as 25-point favorites to Penn State.
16) Fresno State (L-L vs. San Jose State 62-52)
QB Derek Carr says to blame him for Fresno State losing its chance at the BCS. He threw for over 500 yards and put 52 on the board. The Bulldogs should have done the rest against SJSU.
17) LSU (W-L vs. Arkansas 31-27)
QB Zach Mettenberger was hurt in what almost ended up being an embarrassing loss at home.
18) Oklahoma (Bye)
With all of the losses on Saturday, Oklahoma might have an Orange Bowl bid on the line if it can beat Okie State in Bedlam.
19) UCF (W-L vs. South Florida 23-20)
The Knights sure wanted to be more impressive, but they already own a share of the AAC title and can lock up a BCS bowl bid in Dallas next week.
20) Louisville (Bye)
Beating Cincy to finish 11-1 with a bid to the Champs Sports Bowl is about as good as it gets for the Cards, and even that isn't a given with Notre Dame perhaps taking that spot.
21) Texas A&M (L-L vs. Missouri 28-21)
If that really was the last regular season game for QB Johnny Manziel, it wasn't one to remember. His Heisman chances are over with as we see it.
22) UCLA (W-W vs. USC 35-14)
Dominating USC really helps in recruiting and on the bowl ladder in the Pac-12.
23) USC (L-L vs. UCLA 35-14)
Expect that to be the end for Ed Orgeron with the Men of Troy. A new coach should be named this week, and the loss to UCLA probably ensured that it won't be Coach O who gets the full-time gig.
24) Duke (W-W vs. North Carolina 27-25)
Duke has 10 wins for the first time ever. Who cares if the Dookies lose by 70 to FSU next week!
25) Notre Dame (L-W vs. Stanford 27-20)
We're all left wondering what might have been this year had QB Everett Golson not been kicked off the team.
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