College Football Playoff: Best Odds and Picks for Conference Championship Games

Ten conference titles are on the line in the FBS over Friday and Saturday, as college football reaches its climax ahead of the College Football Playoff.

Of the games involving the Power 5 conferences, the Pac-12 title game is expected to be the closest, with Utah a 6.5-point favorite over Oregon.

The ACC championship game, meanwhile, is at the opposite end of the scale, with Clemson a 28-point favorite—the biggest spread of any of the 10 FBS conference championship games this week.

Here's a look at the most significant odds and trends ahead of the Power 5 conference title games.

Utah vs. Oregon

According to BetOnline, Utah is a 6.5-point favorite and is 19/20 to cover the spread, while Oregon is a 39/20 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 46.5.

The spread is arguably the most eye-catching aspect of the Pac-12 Championship Game, as five of the last six games between the two programs have been decided by seven or more points.

Considering Utah ranks third in total defense and scoring defense, and conceded less than 10 points per game during its current eight-game running streak, Oregon could struggle to cover.

The Ducks have not excelled against the spread this season, failing to cover in the last two games against Arizona State and Oregon State, and are 6-6 for the season.

Utah, meanwhile, has started every game as a favorite this season and is 8-4 against the spread.

Oklahoma vs. Baylor

Oklahoma is an 8.5-point favorite and is 21/25 to cover the spread, while Baylor is a 5/2 underdog ahead of the Big 12 championship game. The over/under line in terms of total points scored, meanwhile, is set at 64.5.

The latter figure is particularly intriguing as the Sooners boast the rank first and fifth in the nation in total offense and scoring offense respectively, but come up against a Baylor defense that led the Big 12 in scoring defense and ranking third in total defense against conference opponents.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma Sooners
Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball against the Baylor Bears in the second half at McLane Stadium on November 16 in Waco, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty

LSU vs. Georgia

LSU is a seven-point favorite and is 9/10 to cover the spread, while Georgia is an 11/5 underdog. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 54.

LSU ranks second in the nation in total offense and scoring offense—with 560.4 yards and 48.7 points per game—while Georgia's defense ranks fourth nationally in total defense and scoring defense.

The Bulldogs have allowed just 257 yards and 10.4 points per game, but have scored just 25.3 points on average in eight conference games.

LSU, meanwhile, has put up an average of 44.3 points in eight games against SEC rivals and has scored at least 50 points in six games this season—including the last three straight.

If the Bulldogs are to stand a chance, their offense must step up, but it's worth noting they are 6-2 against the spread as the underdog since coach Kirby Smart took over in 2016.

Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 30 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sean Gardner/Getty

Clemson vs. Virginia

Clemson is a 28-point favorite and is 9/10 to cover the spread, while Virginia is a 31/2 underdog and the over/under line in terms of points scored is set at 55.

The Tigers are the biggest favorite of any FBS team playing in a conference title game this weekend and are 6-0 against the spread against Power 5 teams since narrowly beating North Carolina 21-20 at the end of September.

The reigning national champions have won those six games by an average of 41.2 points and the last four straight ACC Championship Games by a 20.5-point margin.

Based on those figures, they should cover easily.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

According to BetOnline, Ohio State is a 15.5-point favorite and is 22/25 to cover the spread, while Wisconsin is a 19/4 underdog. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 56.5.

The Buckeyes have been favorite in all the 12 games they have played so far this season, covering on nine occasions. Ohio State, however, is 5-0 against the spread when the spread is smaller than 20 points.

Significantly, Wisconsin is just 7-5 against the spread since Paul Chryst took over as head coach in 2015 and are 3-4 against the spread when playing in neutral venues.

Ohio State dominated Wisconsin on October 26, winning 38-7, producing 15 more first downs than the Badgers and gaining 431 total yards to 191. A similar performance on Saturday should see them cover the spread comfortably.