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Championship Game Matchups, Odds, Trends, History



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Week 14 of the 2021 College Football season will be highlighted with 10 conference championship games.

2021 College Football Championship Matchups

The betting action begins on Friday Dec. 3 with two matchups before the remaining eight games are played on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Listed below are all of the matchups, odds and betting notes for the 10 title games.

(Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS)

Conference USA Championship

Western Kentucky at UTSA

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 3
  • TV-Time: CBSSN, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Alamodome
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Betting History

-- The favorite has cashed in four of the past six CUSA title games, with the OVER-UNDER splitting 7-7-1 across the past 15 installments.

-- Western Kentucky last appeared in this game in 2016, and they're 2-0 SU/ATS all-time in CUSA Championship Games. UTSA has never appeared in the title game.

Opening Odds: Western Kentucky -1, 75

Betting Notes & Trends

-- Western Kentucky rolls into this game with five straight covers, and the Hilltoppers are also 5-0 ATS across the past five as a favorite. In addition, they're 7-3 ATS across the past 10 games on the road, while going 7-3-1 ATS in the past 11 road games against teams with a winning home mark, which UTSA certainly qualifies.

-- UTSA saw its perfect regular season ruined in the finale at North Texas, falling 45-23. That might be good news for bettors, as the Roadrunners are 8-1 ATS in the past nine following a straight-up loss, and 8-3 ATS in the past 11 following a non-cover.

-- The Roadrunners are also 6-1 ATS in the past seven against teams with a winning overall record, while going 10-4 ATS in the past 14 games overall and 7-3 ATS in the past 10 in the Alamodome.

Pac-12 Championship

Oregon vs. Utah

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 3
  • TV-Time: ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Allegiant Stadium
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Betting History

-- The Ducks are back in the Pac-12 title game for the third time in three seasons. They have won the past two, including a 37-15 win over Utah in 2019. The underdog has cashed in each of the past two, and six of 10 title games overall.

-- The Utes have appeared in this game in 2018 and 2019, but they're 0-2 SU/ATS in those two showings.

Opening Odds: Utah -3, 58.5

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Ducks enter on a 5-2 ATS roll as an underdog, although they failed to cover as a 'dog in Salt Lake City on Nov. 20 as a 3.5-point underdog, falling 38-7. Oregon is just 4-9 ATS in the past 13 following a straight up victory, and 8-20 ATS in the past 28 following a cover.

-- The Utes haven't fared well in neutral-site affairs, going 0-4 ATS in the past four neutral-site battles, while going 16-7 ATS in the past 23 Pac-12 contests. They're also 4-1 ATS in the past five. Unlike Oregon, Utah has followed success with more success, going 13-5 ATS in the past 18 following a straight-up win.

-- The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five as an underdog for Oregon, while the OVER is 6-2 in the past eight overall for Utah, while going 10-4 in the past 14 as a favorite. The OVER is also 5-1 in the past six against winning teams for the Utes.

Big 12 Championship

Baylor vs. Oklahoma State

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: AT&T Stadium
  • Location: Arlington, Texas

Betting History

-- This is the first time in five installments where Oklahoma hasn't appeared in a Big 12 title game. The UNDER has dominated this championship game, going a perfect 4-for-4 in the past four title games.

-- This is the first trip to the title game for the Cowboys, while Baylor is playing in just its second-ever championship game. The Bears lost 30-23 in overtime against Oklahoma in the 2019 installment, covering a 9.5-number as the UNDER connected.

Opening Odds: Oklahoma State -6.5, 48.5

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Bears have covered in eight of the past 11 games overall, while going 16-5 ATS in the past 21 games against teams with a winning overall record. The Bears are also 13-4-1 ATS in the past 18 as an underdog.

-- The Cowboys are an impressive 6-0-1 ATS in the past seven as a favorite, while going 9-1-1 ATS in the past 11 games overall. In addition, the Pokes are 20-6-1 ATS in the past 27 against teams with a winning overall record, while cashing in five straight neutral-site affairs.

-- The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five overall for Baylor, while going 5-1 in its past six as an underdog. The UNDER is 18-8-1 in the past 27 for OK State, while hitting in six of the past seven neutral-site games.

-- In the previous 22 meetings between these teams, the favorite has cashed 16 times, and Baylor is just 5-11 ATS in the past 16 head-to-head battles.

MAC Championship

Kent State vs. Northern Illinois

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Ford Field
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan

Betting History

-- These teams just met on Nov. 3 at Dix Stadium in Kent, with the Golden Flashes outlasting the Huskies 52-47 to cover a 3.5-point number as the OVER comfortable connected.

-- Kent State makes it first appearance in the MAC title game since 2012, its only previous appearance, and they suffered a 44-37 loss to NIU in 2OT as the OVER connected. NIU certainly knows its way to Detroit, appearing in the MAC Championship Game seven times in the past 11 installments. They have won four times during that run, and they're 3-4 ATS in the past seven MAC Championship Game appearances.

-- The underdog is a perfect 5-0 in the past five MAC title games, with the UNDER 4-2 across the past six championship games.

Opening Odds: Kent State -2, 72

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Golden Flashes have cashed in four of the past five games overall, while Kent State is 4-0 ATS in the past four games as a favorite. For NIU, they're 4-1 ATS in the past five games against teams with a winning record.

-- The Huskies have had a difficult time in neutral-site affairs, going 5-17-1 ATS across the past 23 such games, while going 2-14 ATS in the previous 16 appearances in the month of December. They're also 3-13 ATS in the past 16 neutral-site games as an underdog.

-- The OVER is 8-3 in the past 11 MAC games for Kent State, while going 5-1 in the past six overall for NIU. The Golden Flashes are 3-7-1 ATS in the past 11 tries vs. NIU.

Mountain West Championship

Utah State at San Diego State

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: FOX, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park
  • Location: Carson, California

Betting History

-- Underdogs have ruled the MWC since its inception, going 6-1 ATS across the past seven installments (6-2 ATS overall). The UNDER has also cashed in five straight MWC title games, while going 7-1 in eight championship games overall.

-- Utah State makes it first appearance in the title game since 2013, the first-ever MWC Championship game. They lost to Fresno State that after with the Bulldogs covering and the UNDER hitting.

-- San Diego State was in this game in both 2015-16, winning each game 27-24, while going 0-2 ATS.

Opening Odds: San Diego State -4.5, 49.5

Betting Notes & Trends

-- Utah State is 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall, while going 5-1 ATS in the past six games on the road. They're just 2-5 ATS in the past seven against teams with an overall record, and they're just 1-4 ATS in the five appearances in the month of December.

-- San Diego State is 10-4 ATS in the past 14 games at home, including 4-2 ATS in the past six its current temporary home in Carson, Calif. The Aztecs are 0-3-1 ATS in the past four as a favorite. These teams did not face each other in 2021.

-- The UNDER is 5-2 in the past seven road games for Utah State, while going 10-1-1 in the past 12 appearances in the month of December. The UNDER is 22-8-1 in the past 31 MWC games for the Aztecs, while ging 35-15-1 in the past 51 at home as a fave.

Sun Belt Championship

Appalachian State at Louisiana

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Cajun Field
  • Location: Lafayette, Louisiana

Betting History

-- This will be the third Sun Belt Championship game. Last season was supposed to feature Coastal Carolina and Louisiana, but it was canceled, with both teams declared co-champions.

-- App State and Louisiana have faced each other in both of the two previous title games, with App State winning both installments. Louisiana covered a big number in the 2018 game, while App State covered in 2019. The OVER-UNDER has split in the two meetings.

-- These teams met on Oct. 12 in Lafayette, with the Ragin' Cajuns coming away with a 41-13 win as four-point underdogs as the UNDER cashed.

Opening Odds: Appalachian State -3, 54

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall, and 5-1 ATS in the past six road outings. They're also 4-1 ATS in the past five as a favorite, and 4-1 ATS in the past five as a road favorite, too.

-- The Ragin' Cajuns have cashed in five of the past seven against teams with a winning record, while going 4-1 ATS in the past five as an underdog.

-- The UNDER is 5-2 in the past seven overall for the Mountaineers, while going 14-2 in the past 16 home games for ULL. The UNDER is also 23-8-1 in the past 32 games overall for the Ragin' Cajuns. The UNDER is 6-0-1 in the past seven home games for ULL against teams with a winning road mark, too.

-- In this series, the road team is 7-3 ATS in the past 10 meetings, while the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the past six. The UNDER is 4-0 in the past four meetings in Lafayette, with the UNDER 5-1 in the past six meetings overall.

SEC Championship

Georgia vs. Alabama

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: CBS, 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Mercdes-Benz Stadium
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Betting History

-- These teams meet in the SEC Championship for the third time, and first time since the 2018 installment. Alabama won that evening with a 35-28 win, while Georgia covered and the OVER hit. Georgia also lost a close on in 2012, covering as underdogs as the OVER connected.

-- The favorite and underdog has alternated covers in the past four SEC title games, as has the OVER-UNDER.

-- Alabama has appeared in this game five of the past seven times since 2014. They were favored in each time, going 2-3 ATS during the span. The OVER is a perfect 5-0 in Alabama's past five SEC Championship Game appearances.

Opening Odds: Georgia -4.5, 54.5

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Bulldogs have fared well in neutral-site games, going 11-4 ATS in the past 15 appearances, including 10-3 ATS in the past 13 as a neutral-site favorite. The Bulldogs are also an impressive 4-1 ATS in the past five against teams with a winning record.

-- The Crimson Tide are in rare territory, entering as an underdog. Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its past five as an underdog.

-- The UNDER is 7-1-2 in the past 10 neutral-site games for Georgia, while going 6-2 in the past eight games overall. The UNDER is also 5-1-1 in the past seven neutral-site games as a favorite. The UNDER is also 4-1-1 in the past six neutral-site games for Bama, too.

-- In this series, the underdog has covered in six of the previous seven meetings, with the OVER 7-1-1 in the past nine in the series.

AAC Championship

Houston at Cincinnati

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: ABC, 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Nippert Stadium
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Betting History

-- Cincinnati has appeared in each of the past two AAC title games, including a win last season over Tulsa, 27-24, as the Golden Hurricane easily covered a 13.5-point number. The OVER-UNDER is 1-1 in the two title game appearances for the Bearcats, too.

-- Houston is back in the AAC Championship Game for the first time since 2015, the inaugural game against Temple. The Cougars won and covered that day as the UNDER connected.

Opening Odds: Cincinnati -10, 55.5

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in the past seven conference games, while going 20-7-1 ATS in the past 28 as a road underdog. Houston is also 16-5 ATS in the past 21 games following a non-cover. However, Houston is just 1-4 ATS in the past five as an underdog, and 0-5 ATS in its past five appearances in the month of December.

-- The Bearcats are 5-0 ATS in the past five against winning teams, and 8-3 ATS in the past 11 home games. UC is also 7-3 ATS in the past 10 as a home favorite, too. However, like the Cougars, the Bearcats have struggled in December games, going 1-6-1 ATS in the past eight in the month.

-- The OVER is 5-1 in the past six road games for Houston, while going 15-6 in the past 21 against teams with a winning record. The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six overall for Cincinnati, while going 5-1 in the past six as a favorite.

Big 10 Championship 

Michigan vs. Iowa

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: FOX, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Betting History

-- Michigan will be making its first-ever trip to the Big Ten title game, while Iowa makes its first appearance since 2015, its lone showing in the championship game. The Hawkeyes fell 16-13 to Michigan State that game, pushing as a three-point 'dog while the UNDER easily hit.

-- The underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in 10 Big Ten title games, with the lean to the UNDER, also going 6-4 in the 10 title games all-time. The Big Ten East is 8-2 SU all-time, too.

Opening Odds: Michigan -10.5, 44

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Hawkeyes enter play with a 5-1-1 ATS mark across the past seven as an underdog, while going 5-2-1 ATS in the past eight against teams with a winning overall record.

-- The Wolverines finally got over the hump, topping the rival Buckeyes in the regular-season finale, cashing for the fourth consecutive game. They're still just 2-6 ATS in the past eight against winning teams. While they're 5-1 ATS in the past six as a favorite, Michigan is just 1-4 ATS in the past five neutral-site games, and 2-5-1 ATS in the past eight neutral-site games as a favorite.

-- The UNDER is 4-1 in the past five for Iowa as an underdog, but the OVER is 4-1 in the past neutral-site games. The OVER is 5-1 in Michigan's past six neutral-site games, and 34-16-1 in the past 51 against teams with a winning overall record.

ACC Championship

Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
  • TV-Time: ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Bank of America Stadium
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Betting History

-- The Demon Deacons are making their second appearance in the ACC title game, and first since 2006, when they earned a 9-6 victory over Georgia Tech as three-point underdogs as the UNDER easily cashed.

-- The Panthers made their lone showing in the ACC Championship in 2018, and they were bludgeoned by Clemson 42-10 as 28-point underdogs.

-- The favorite has connected in four straight ACC title games, while the UNDER is 3-1 across the past four installments.

Opening Odds: Pittsburgh -3.5, 49

Betting Notes & Trends

-- The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in the past nine games overall, while going 5-1 ATS in the past six against teams with a winning overall record. However, Pitt is also just 1-5 ATS in the past six neutral-site games, while going 1-4 ATS in the past five as an underdog. The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in the past four as a favorite.

-- The OVER has cashed for Pitt in 15 of the past 20 games overall, while going 4-0 in the past four as an underdog. The OVER is also 7-3 in the past 10 against winning teams for the Panthers, while hitting in 11 of the past 16 ACC games.

-- The OVER is 6-2 in the past eight games overall for Wake, while going 5-1 in the past six against teams with a winning overall record.


  
 
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