The bowl season is nearing and Week 15 championship games are upon us, bringing ten exciting matchups with plenty of intriguing markets. This is the last chance for some schools to make a playoff push, while some need the conference title to secure their spot in the College Football Playoff. We bring you the best betting picks for the championship week along with all-important betting trends and notes.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers (+15.5)
The Big Ten foes, Ohio State (12-0; 9-3 ATS) and Wisconsin (10-2; 7-5 ATS), will square off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Back in Week 9, Ohio State thrashed off Wisconsin 38-7 as a 14.5-point fave. The Buckeyes dominated the Badgers, racking up 431 total yards while surrendering only 191 in a return. They ran for 264 yards, limiting the Badgers’ ground game to paltry 83 yards. There’s no reason why should we expect something different in the championship game.
The Buckeyes look to complete a perfect season and enter the playoffs undefeated. They are 1st in the country in points scored per game (49.9) and 4th in rushing yards per game (281.2). Also, the Buckeyes surrender only 11.8 points per game (4th in the country) on 232.6 total yards (1st). Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins combined for 29 rushing touchdowns, while Fields tossed for 2654 yards, 37 touchdowns, and only one interception. The Badgers allow 14.6 points per game (9th) and 98.3 rushing yards per game (8th), but they don’t stand a chance against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State won seven straight games against Wisconsin and covered six times in that span. The Buckeyes are 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in their previous 11 meetings with the Badgers. Wisconsin is 2-4 ATS in its last six games as a dog of 16 or fewer points, while Ohio State covered in its last three outings as a fave of 16 or fewer points. Take the Buckeyes to cover.
Week 15 Best Bet: Ohio State Buckeyes +15.5 (-110)
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Boise State Broncos (-13.5)
The Broncos (11-1; 7-5 ATS) take on the Rainbow Warriors (9-4; 7-6 ATS) in front of the home audience at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Back in Week 7, the Broncos beat the Warriors 59-37 as 12.5-point home favorites, and I’m backing them to grab another convincing victory in the Mountain West Championship Game.
First, the Broncos are 13th in the country in points scored per game (37.3), while the Warriors are 98th in points allowed per game (31.8). Hawaii surrenders 431.2 total yards per contest (95th in the country), and I don’t see how they will cope with the Broncos’ offense. The Warriors’ offense has been doing a great job all season long, tallying 35.4 points per game (19th), but that’s not enough against the Broncos.
Second, the Broncos are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six meetings with the Rainbow Warriors and are 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in the previous seven encounters at Albertsons Stadium. Playing in front of the home fans will be a huge advantage over the Warriors. The Broncos are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four showings at home, while the Warriors are 3-9 SU and 3-8-1 ATS in their previous 12 outings on the road as underdogs.
Week 15 Best Bet: Boise State Broncos -13.5 (-110)
Georgia Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers (-7.0)
The Bulldogs (11-1; 7-5 ATS) meet the Tigers (12-0; 7-3-2 ATS) in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. On one side, the Bulldogs are the second-best defense in the country, allowing only 10.4 points per game. On the other side, the Tigers are the second-best offense in the nation, scoring 48.7 points per game.
This should be the most interesting game of the week. The Bulldogs will probably miss the playoffs if they lose to the Tigers who will almost certainly stay in the top four even if they failed to win the SEC title. However, I don’t think the Bulldogs can cope with the Tigers, despite the fact they have one of the best defensive units in the country. With Joe Burrow under center, the Tigers’ offense should be too much for Georgia.
Burrow has tossed for a whopping 4366 yards, 44 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Still, the Tigers are not a one-dimensional team. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 182 carries for 1233 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also, the Bulldogs will be without WR Lawrence Cager (ankle), while WR George Pickens will miss the first half after being ejected last Saturday. Georgia’s starting RB D’Andre Swift will play through a shoulder injury. The Tigers are 3-1 SU and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four meetings with the Bulldogs.
Week 15 Best Bet: LSU Tigers -7.0 (-105)