Week 12 game lines are already here in College Football and it’s time to look at the early lines for the notable games this week.
(Note: All rankings are according to the College Football Playoff rankings - which will be updated Tuesday night)
No. 8 USC (-2.5) at No. 12 UCLA: This will be an offensive matchup. Both teams can score at will both through the air and on the ground. UCLA is led by Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback, while Caleb Williams quarterbacks USC. This game is going to come down to which offense has the ball last. This game also should be the game of the weekend because of the entertainment value you’ll get with all this offense. Both LA schools are relevant, and we should get a game for the ages here.
No. 13 Utah at No. 6 Oregon (-3): Another big Pac-12 showdown is happening in Oregon. Utah visits Oregon in a game that could knock Oregon out of the Pac-12 championship. This game should be more defense focused, but also both teams are very good on offense. However, both offenses are also beat up with a few injuries. The key will be if Utah can handle the crowd noise in Autzen Stadium, which is one of the best home field advantages in all of college football. Expect a good one here.
No. 21 Illinois at No. 3 Michigan (-17.5): This game has lost some of its luster recently with Illinois losing back-to-back games, but it still has potential because Illinois is running an offense that mirrors Michigan’s. This game will be about defense and the ground game for both teams. Expect a very physical game here too. This could be a tricky game for Michigan too because of the Ohio State game looming the week after. This game will be by no means pretty but keep an eye on it because of the old-fashioned way both teams like to play football.
No. 1 Georgia (-22.5) at No. 24 Kentucky: Another game that has lost some of its luster with Kentucky losing to Vanderbilt recently. However, this is Georgia’s last test in SEC play and Lexington should be rocking with Georgia coming to town. The matchup to watch will be what the Georgia defense will have in store for the Kentucky offense. Chris Rodriguez has been really good for the Wildcats, but Will Levis needs to step up for them to have any chance at all here. He’s struggled recently and needs to be better against a defense like this.
No. 4 TCU (-3) at Baylor: This is TCU’s last big challenge of the year on the road. They have been called frauds all year and against Texas they showed something even though the game was not pretty. Baylor would love to play spoiler in this spot as their rival. Baylor has been a bit of a disappointment this year, but still has a decent defense and can run the ball very well. Defense and a running game are good ingredients to knock off a team like TCU, so this game could come down to the wire. The Cardiac Frogs should be at it again.
Other Games to Look at:
SMU at No. 17 Tulane (-3)
No. 2 Ohio State (-27.5) at Maryland
Miami at No. 10 Clemson (-19)
No. 14 Penn State (-19.5) @ Rutgers
No. 16 NC State at Louisville (-4)
No. 18 Texas (-9) at Kansas
Georgia Tech at No. 15 North Carolina (-21)
No. 5 Tennessee (-22) at South Carolina
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