With Week 12 of the college football season looming just around the corner, there just aren’t as many intriguing matchups on the slate as there has been in previous weeks.
However, there are still a handful of ranked teams that will be facing one another with serious bowl and possibly even BCS implications riding on the outcomes.
One way to make these matchups even more exciting is to place a wager on them. Let’s take a look at which way you should lean when gambling on the three ranked versus ranked contests in Week 12.
*Point spreads via ScoresandOdds.com, home team in CAPS.
No. 18 USC Trojans (-4) over No. 17 UCLA BRUINS
After an extremely disappointing showing against the Ducks two weeks ago, USC picked things up with a home win against Arizona State and is looking to start a win streak by beating up on the Bruins.
Vegas believes that they will win, and so do we, but the real question is by how much?
Considering the Trojans blanked UCLA 50-0 in the final game of the 2011 season and seemed to have their number, they should easily win this one by at least a TD.
USC can still win the Pac-12, garner serious BCS consideration and get revenge against Oregon by knocking out UCLA on Saturday.
They would have to topple undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame the following week and emerge victorious from their rematch with the Ducks in the Pac-12 championship, but USC isn’t out of the BCS race just yet.
Because of this glimmer of hope, we fully expect the Trojans to dominate the Bruins.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (-10.5) over No. 23 Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Pokes earned bowl eligibility with a solid win over West Virginia in Week 11, but they could skyrocket up the BCS standings by winning out.
If they can get a big win—and cover the spread—against TTU, they get a crack at No. 12 Oklahoma and finish the season at Baylor.
While the Red Raiders have been solid in 2012, they haven’t earned a legit win since knocking out No. 23 TCU in a triple-overtime thriller back in late October.
We don’t think they have what it takes to outscore this high-powered Pokes attack, and they lose this one by at least two TDs.
No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (+20.5) over No. 2 OREGON DUCKS
Stanford would love to play spoiler to the Ducks BCS National Championship Game hopes, but that just isn’t likely.
What is far more likely is the Cardinal covering the nearly three touchdown spread that Vegas has set for this game.
This squad has yet to lose a game by more than seven and has lost their only two contests in 2012 by a combined 10 points. While Oregon is unlike any offense they have faced yet, they do see the Ducks every year and are familiar with coach Chip Kelly’s system.
We just don’t see the Tree losing by such a large margin. Expect them to keep this one within two TDs, even though they have a miniscule chance of pulling the upset.