As an unprecedented college football season winds down, teams are making their cases for the College Football Playoff. Alabama has all but cemented themselves as the best team in the country but that does not mean that head coach Nick Saban will not have his team ready for LSU.
BYU, like Cincinnati, is praying to the football gods that their unimpressive resume gets them into the top four. While the Big Ten still has hopes they will have a representative in the CFBP in Ohio State the conference overall has shown it has had a down year in competition with the likes of Penn State only having one win thus far.
Best Bets in NCAAF Week 14
Penn State (1-5) at Rutgers (2-4)
Spread: Penn State -11.5
Time: 12:00 EST
This game screams home underdog. Penn State is going through one of their worst seasons in program history and are favored by double digits on the road. Not only are the Nittany Lions 1-5 straight up, but they are also 1-5 ATS. Their only win was against Michigan who is in disarray themselves. Rutgers, on the other hand, is 2-4 in Gregg Schiano‘s first year back as head coach and has his players playing extremely tough and competitive.
Coming off of an impressive win on the road at Purdue, the Scarlett Knights are 4-2 ats and are looking to carry this momentum into next season. Penn State has been decimated with injuries this year and James Franklin hasn’t seemed to get the best out of his players as he’s done in the past. This is another game where the public will be all over Penn State due to name recognition. Don’t be surprised if Rutgers wins this game.
The Pick: Rutgers +11.5
13 BYU (9-0) at 18 Coastal Carolina (9-0)
Spread: BYU -10.5
Time: 5:30 PM EST
Coastal Carolina was slated to play Liberty at home. But with COVID-19 issues in the Liberty program, the game was canceled. In comes 13th ranked BYU looking to strengthen its resume. They have played the 87th ranked strength of schedule and are sitting outside the top 12. A win will all but secure a New Years Six bowl game for them.
However, Coastal Carolina has been one of the best teams against the spread (ATS) this season (7-1-1) and was already planning to play a game this week. BYU has to fly across the country on short notice with a New Years Six bowl riding on the line. Coastal Carolina has nothing to lose and has been one of the more surprising college football stories of this season. The betting public will be backing the Cougars here whereas you should be on the home dog.
The Pick: Coastal Carolina +10.5
1 Alabama (8-0) at LSU (3-4)
Spread: Alabama -29
Time: 8:00 PM EST
The number one team in the country strolls into Death Valley with a perfect record of 8-0 to face the defending National Champions in LSU. Saban will be back on the sidelines for Alabama after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and boy did he have this game marked on the calendar since last year. In a game where LSU had over 550 yards of total offense and won the game 46-41 in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide are primed and ready to return the favor.
Mac Jones, who is in the Heisman race, is not ready to let off the gas pedal. Star running back Najee Harris will continue to do what Najee Harris does; dominate college football games. LSU is starting a freshman quarterback in TJ Finley who could only muster up seven points against Mississippi State. Don’t be afraid to lay the points here.
The Pick: Alabama -29
(Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)