While Week 11 could have been called Showdown Saturday for how many marquee matchups there were in college football, Week 12 might best be referred to as Trap Game Saturday. There are at least a handful of these games around the country – with rankings from the new College Football Playoff rankings.
No. 6 Auburn comes off a huge win over former No. 1 Georgia, and the Tigers have a legitimate shot to become the first two-loss team to make the playoff. How focused will Auburn be as a 37-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt Conference with the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama next week?
Speaking of Georgia, the Bulldogs slipped to No. 7 in the new CFP rankings. They already have clinched the SEC East Division and have a rivalry game next week against Georgia Tech. UGA is a 21.5-point home favorite Saturday against Kentucky, which is 0-4 ATS in the past four meetings.
Staying in the SEC, Florida has been a disaster this season at 3-6 as it hosts UAB as a 21-point favorite. The Gators are on a five-game skid, won’t reach a bowl game, are playing under an interim coach in Randy Shannon who has no chance at the full-time job, and could somewhat salvage their season with win over rival Florida State in Week 13.
The Gators aren’t the only school in the Sunshine State that might not have 100 percent focus. Unbeaten Central Florida, up to 15th in the Top 25, is -14 at Temple. Good luck to Knights coach Scott Frost keeping his players’ eyes on this game and not one of the biggest in school history next Friday against rival South Florida. The winner of that plays in the AAC title game.
Miami jumped up to No. 3 this week and is -19 against Virginia. The Hurricanes are coming off pulsating home wins over ranked Virginia Tech and Notre Dame and already have clinched a spot in their first ACC title game. The Cavaliers are much improved from 2016 and have covered five of their past six in Miami.
Following the blowout loss to Miami, the Irish dropped to No. 8 and their playoff hopes are over – they don’t even have a conference title to play for because they don’t belong to one. Dangerous Navy and its triple-option offense visits South Bend getting 18 points. The Middies are 10-2 ATS in their past 12 at Notre Dame.
Finally, No. 4 Oklahoma is -35 at Kansas, one of the three worst Power 5 football programs in the country. The Sooners are off a huge win over TCU, have a dangerous West Virginia team next week and then the Big 12 title game. OU is looking for its 14th straight Big 12 road win, which would set a conference record. The Sooners have won 12 straight over Kansas, each by at least 15 points.
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