College Football Conference Championships Betting Trends

Trends can be a helpful tool for handicapping. They may not act as a be-all and end-all but they could be the icing on the cake if you were already leaning to one side or they could even help you lay off a game.

This week is an interesting week for college football. We have a mixed bag of write-in games, regularly scheduled games, and ten conference championship games. Winning the conference is cool but for some teams, these matchups have major implications in terms of the odds to make the College Football Playoff.

Before placing your bets, take a look at how each team performed this season both against the spread and on the OVER/UNDER. Plus, we present some trends that could be useful in each specific matchup.

AAC Championship: Tulsa vs Cincinnati

2020 AAC Championship Information

Need to know: If one or both teams cannot play in the championship games, the game won’t be played and the team ranked highest in the College Football Playoff rankings will be considered the AAC champion for New Year’s Six Bowl purposes. That team would be Cincinnati.

Tulsa 2020 Betting Records
  • 6-1 ATS overall
  • 2-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 6-0 SU in AAC
  • 5-1 ATS in AAC
  • 2-5 O/U overall
Cincinnati 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-3 ATS overall
  • 4-3 ATS as a favorite
  • 6-0 SU in AAC
  • 4-2 ATS in AAC
  • 4-4 O/U overall
Tulsa vs Cincinnati Matchup Trends
  • Tulsa is 8-0 ATS in its last eight road games.
  • The UNDER is 7-3 in Tulsa’s last 10 December games.
  • The UNDER is 10-4 in Cincinnati’s last 14 games.
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last five AAC games.
  • Tulsa is 1-4 SU in its last five vs Cincinnati

ACC Championship: Clemson vs Notre Dame

2020 ACC Championship Information

Need to know: If Clemson wins, Notre Dame could drop in the playoff rankings but will likely still remain in the top four. If Notre Dame wins, Clemson would drop out of the top four and likely end up in the Orange Bowl as the conference’s New Year’s Six representative.

Clemson 2020 Betting Records
  • 4-6 ATS overall
  • 4-6 ATS as an favorite
  • 8-1 SU in ACC
  • 4-5 ATS in ACC
  • 6-4 O/U overall
Notre Dame 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-5 ATS overall
  • 1-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 9-0 SU in ACC
  • 4-5 ATS in ACC
  • 6-4 O/U overall
Clemson vs Notre Dame Matchup Trends
  • Clemson is 7-0 ATS in its last seven December games.
  • The UNDER is 6-1 in Clemson’s last seven December games.
  • Clemson is 21-8 ATS in its last 29 games vs the ACC.
  • Notre Dame is 16-0 SU in its last 16 games.
  • Notre Dame is 4-1 ATS in its last five games after an ATS loss.

Big Ten Championship: Northwestern vs Ohio State

2020 Big Ten Championship Information

Need to Know: If Ohio State wins, they are likely to make the College Football Playoff. However, the defeat will need to be a convincing win to get the CFB committee to put them into the playoff ahead of teams with eight, nine, and 10 games played. No Big Ten team has ever won four-straight outright conference championships. Ohio State can do that with a win.

Northwestern 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-1-1 ATS overall
  • 1-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 6-1 SU in Big Ten
  • 5-1-1 ATS in Big Ten
  • 1-6 O/U overall
Ohio State 2020 Betting records
  • 3-2 ATS overall
  • 3-2 ATS as a favorite
  • 5-0 SU in Big Ten
  • 3-2 ATS in Big Ten
  • 3-1-1 O/U overall
Northwestern vs Ohio State Matchup Trends
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in Northwestern’s last seven December games.
  • Ohio State is 5-1 SU in its last six December games.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in Ohio State’s last seven December games.
  • Ohio State is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 Big Ten games.
  • Northwestern is 0-8 SU and 1-7 ATS in its last eight games vs Ohio State.

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs Iowa State

2020 Big 12 Championship Information

Need to Know: This is Iowa State’s first appearance in the Big 12 title game. Oklahoma has won the last three. These two already met in early October where Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 37-30.

Oklahoma 2020 Betting Records
  • 6-3 ATS overall
  • 6-3 ATS as a favorite
  • 6-2 SU in Big 12
  • 5-3 ATS in Big 12
  • 5-4 O/U overall
Iowa State 2020 Betting Records
  • 6-4 ATS overall
  • 1-1 ATS as an underdog
  • 8-1 SU in Big 12
  • 6-3 ATS in Big 12
  • 4-5-1 O/U overall
Oklahoma vs Iowa State Matchup Trends
  • Oklahoma is 15-6 SU in its last 21 December games.
  • The UNDER is 8-1 in Oklahoma’s last nine December games.
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in Iowa State’s last eight December games.
  • Oklahoma is 0-5 ATS in its last five vs Iowa State.
  • The OVER is 8-1 in Oklahoma’s last nine vs Iowa State.

C-USA Championship: UAB vs Marshall

2020 C-USA Championship Information

Need to know: This is Marshall’s first championship appearance since defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23 in the 2014 title game. This is UAB’s third consecutive appearance in the title game. Last year, the Blazers lost 49-6 to Florida Atlantic. Marshall was 7-0 before being upset by Rice two weeks in a shutout 20-0 loss.

UAB 2020 Betting Records
  • 2-6 ATS overall
  • 0-2 ATS as an underdog
  • 3-1 SU in C-USA
  • 1-3 ATS in C-USA
  • 4-4 O/U overall
Marshall 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-3 ATS overall
  • 4-3 ATS as a favorite
  • 4-1 SU in C-USA
  • 3-2 ATS in C-USA
  • 5-3 O/U overall
UAB vs Marshall Matchup Trends
  • UAB is 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in its last six games as an underdog.
  • Marshall is 4-12 in its last 16 games as a home favorite.
  • Marshall is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 vs teams with winning records.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in UAB’s last seven vs Marhsall.
  • The favorite is 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these teams.

MAC Championship: Ball State vs Buffalo

2020 MAC Championship Information

Need to know: This is Ball State’s first conference title appearance since 2008, where they lost 42-24 to Buffalo. This is Buffalo’s third appearance, last being in 2018 losing 30-20 to Northern Illinois. Buffalo running back Jared Patterson tied the FBS record for rushing touchdowns in a game with eight scores in a 7-41 win over Kent State. He also had 409 rushing yards.

Ball State 2020 Betting Records
  • 3-3 ATS overall
  • 2-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 5-1 SU in MAC
  • 3-3 ATS in MAC
  • 3-3 O/U overall
Buffalo 2020 Betting Records
  • 4-1 ATS overall
  • 4-1 ATS as a favorite
  • 5-0 SU in MAC
  • 4-1 ATS in MAC
  • 4-1 O/U overall
Ball State vs Buffalo Matchup Trends
  • The OVER is 7-3 in Ball State’s last 10 vs MAC teams.
  • The OVER is 9-1 in Buffalo’s last 10 vs MAC teams.
  • Ball State is 7-2 SU in its last nine games vs Buffalo.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in Ball State’s last eight vs Buffalo.

MWC Championship: Boise State vs San Jose State

2020 MWC Championship Information

Need to know: The Spartans are set to make their first MW championship game appearance in program history, while the Broncos will appear in their fourth-consecutive Conference championship contest and fifth overall.

Boise State 2020 Betting Records
  • 3-3 ATS overall
  • 3-2 ATS as a favorite
  • 5-0 SU in MWC
  • 3-2 ATS in MWC
  • 5-1 O/U overall
San Jose State 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-0-1 ATS overall
  • 3-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 6-0 SU in MWC
  • 5-0-1 ATS in MWC
  • 1-5 O/U overall
Boise State vs San Jose State Matchup Trends
  • Boise State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games as road favorites.
  • Boise State is 4-11 SU in its last 15 road games vs teams with winning records.
  • Boise State is 5-2 ATS in its last seven vs San Jose State.
  • Boise State is 13-0 SU in its last 13 vs San Jose State.

Pac-12 Championship: Oregon vs USC

2020 Pac-12 Championship Information

Need to know: USC is making its third championship appearance and looking for its first 6-0 overall start since 2006. Washington was originally set to compete. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, the team will not have the necessary number of players available to participate. If USC can’t play for the same reasons, Colorado (4-1) would replace the Trojans.

Oregon 2020 Betting Records
  • 2-3 ATS overall
  • 0-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 3-2 SU in Pac-12
  • 2-3 ATS in Pac-12
  • 3-2 O/U overall
USC 2020 Betting Records
  • 3-2 ATS overall
  • 2-2 ATS as a favorite
  • 5-0 SU in Pac-12
  • 3-2 ATS in Pac-12
  • 1-4 O/U overall
Oregon vs USC Matchup Trends
  • Oregon is 9-2 in its last 11 December games.
  • USC is 2-6 ATS in its last eight December games.
  • Oregon is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four vs USC.
  • The favorite is 15-2 SU in the last 17 meetings between these teams.
  • The favorite is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these teams.

SEC Championship: Alabama vs Florida

2020 SEC Championship Information

Need to know: Alabama sits on top of the playoff rankings and would secure the top seed by beating the Gators. Nick Saban and company have not lost in its six SEC Championship game appearances since 2009. In the last six title games Alabama has won, four have been by double digits.

Alabama 2020 Betting Records
  • 8-2 ATS overall
  • 8-2 as a favorite
  • 10-0 SU in SEC
  • 8-2 ATS in SEC
  • 6-4 O/U overall
Florida 2020 Betting Records
  • 4-5-1 ATS overall
  • 1-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 8-2 SU in SEC
  • 4-5-1 ATS in SEC
  • 6-4 O/U overall
Alabama vs Florida Matchup Trends
  • The OVER is 6-1 in Florida’s last seven December games.
  • Florida is 4-0 SU in its last four games after a loss.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in Alabama’s last four vs Florida.
  • Alabama is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last six vs Florida.

Sun Belt Championship: Louisiana vs Coastal Carolina

2020 Sun Belt Championship Information

Need to know: Since inception in 2018, the Sun Belt Championship has seen Louisiana take part in both title games, marking this the Ragin’ Cajuns third appearance after losing the last two to Appalachian State. The Chanticleers was previously an FCS team and didn’t join the Sun Belt Conference until 2017 and did not have full bowl eligibility until 2018. If Coastal Carolina beats Louisiana, there is a scenario in which they can make a New Year’s Six bid.

Louisiana 2020 Betting Records
  • 5-5 ATS overall
  • 2-0 ATS as an underdog
  • 7-1 SU in Sun Belt
  • 3-5 ATS in Sun Belt
  • 3-7 O/U overall
Coastal Carolina 2020 Betting Records
  • 8-2-1 ATS overall
  • 4-2-1 ATS as a favorite
  • 8-0 SU in Sun Belt
  • 6-1-1 ATS in Sun Belt
  • 6-5 O/U overall
Louisiana vs Coastal Carolina Matchup Trends
  • The UNDER is 6-2 in Louisiana’s last eight games.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in Louisiana’s last seven games vs the Sun Belt.
  • Louisiana is 2-4 ATS in its last six December games.
  • Coastal Carolina is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games vs the Sun Belt

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