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2018 College Football Week 12 Betting Odds

The next to last week of the 2018 college football regular season is sure to have some exciting moments with plenty on the line. Conference championships are still to be decided and there’s that CFP thing that needs some clarity as well. We won’t have a clear view of how the playoff sets up until after the conference championship games, but getting into those contests could become more evident after the Week 12 matchups. Most of the rivalry games are saved until Week 13, but the current schedule allows for a few to take place this Saturday, most notably in the Pac-12. There’s the Big Game between Stanford and Cal that goes down at Memorial Stadium, and the cross town showdown between USC and UCLA.

It’s another full week of football action with the games beginning on Tuesday. A Mid-American Conference clash between Western Michigan and Ball State gets the betting week started. And once again the MAC will figure prominently in the mid-week games. A MAC doubleheader takes place on Wednesday and the league is joined by matchups from the American Athletic and Conference USA for a Thursday tripleheader. We don’t typically see teams jump out of conference this late in the year, but that’s what the SEC is doing. All 14 teams are playing, however only three league games are on the slate. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas AM all play non-conference patsies ahead of next week’s tilts.

2018 NCAA Football Week 12 Betting Schedule

November 13th, 2018 to November 19th, 2018

Tuesday, November 13

Western Michigan at Ball State, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Wednesday, November 14

Buffalo at Ohio, TBD

Miami (OH) at Northern Illinois, TBD

Thursday, November 15

Toledo at Kent State, 6 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Tulane at Houston, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Week 12 includes a Thursday night appetizer from the American Athletic Conference in a matchup of rivals from the West Division. The Tulane Green Wave are just one win away from attaining bowl eligibility and are playing their best football of the season so far. The Houston Cougars are also bowl eligible and are trying to hold off Tulane and the SMU Mustangs for the American Athletic Conference West Division lead and a berth in the league’s championship game. More

Florida Atlantic at North Texas, 9:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Friday, November 16

Memphis at SMU, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Week 12 includes a highly important West Division matchup from the American Athletic Conference when the upstart and resurgent SMU Mustangs host the up and down but fully capable Memphis Tigers. SMU has come out of nowhere to contend for the West Division championship and has the tie breaker advantage with the first place Houston Cougars after beating them two weeks ago. But a loss to Memphis would badly damage the Mustangs chances for both the division title and a bowl berth. Memphis was picked to contend for the West Division title but has been let down by their defense. More

Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Saturday, November 17

Utah State at Colorado State, TBD

Nevada at San Jose State, TBD

Cincinnati at UCF, TBD

UConn at East Carolina, TBD

South Florida at Temple, TBD

Bowling Green at Akron, TBD

Georgia State at Appalachian State, TBD

UL Monroe at Arkansas State, TBD

Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina, TBD

South Alabama at Louisiana, TBD

Texas State at Troy, TBD

Air Force at Wyoming, TBD

UNLV at Hawai'i, TBD

New Mexico State at BYU, TBD

West Virginia at Oklahoma State, TBD

The Oklahoma State Cowboys nearly submarined their biggest rival’s chances of making it to the College Football Playoff last week in Bedlam. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State played a high-scoring shootout that saw both teams rack up a lot of yards and points. The game seemed destined for overtime when Oklahoma State scored while down seven with a minute left in the game, but Mike Gundy made the decision to go for two and the win rather than play for overtime. It didn’t pan out for the Cowboys, yet that won’t stop Gundy from reining things in against the West Virginia Mountaineers this week. West Virginia still has a chance to get into the playoff too, and any loss would ruin those hopes. More

Northwestern at Minnesota, TBD

Wisconsin at Purdue, TBD

Kansas at Oklahoma, TBD

Texas Tech at Kansas State, TBD

Boston College at Florida State, TBD

Duke at Clemson, TBD

Virginia at Georgia Tech, TBD

NC State at Louisville, TBD

Miami at Virginia Tech, TBD

Pittsburgh at Wake Forest, TBD

Liberty at Auburn, TBD

UMass at Georgia, TBD

Middle Tennessee at Kentucky, TBD

Rice at LSU, TBD

Arkansas at Mississippi State, TBD

Missouri at Tennessee, TBD

UAB at Texas A&M, TBD

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, TBD


Week 12 features one of the great historic rivalries in the history of college football and the operative word there is indeed “history.” For both the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins memories of when their rivalry mattered on a national level are becoming far more distant. UCLA has not been a relative player in the Pac 12 Conference for a generation and counting while the glory days of USC ended with NCAA sanctions, Pete Carroll’s departure and a decade of falling short of expectations at Heritage Hall. While USC can still attain bowl eligibility to a game nobody will want to watch or play in the Bruins are in the beginning stages of a long rebuild. More

Utah at Colorado, TBD

Arizona State at Oregon, TBD

Oregon State at Washington, TBD

Arizona at Washington State, TBD

Stanford at California, TBD

Week 12 includes a traditional rivalry matchup from the Pac 12 Conference when the Stanford Cardinal visits the California Golden Bears. While both teams have become bowl eligible with wins last week for Stanford the season has been a massive disappointment after playing the in the league title game last year. For the Golden Bears their upset win at the USC Trojans last week was the high point of head coach Justin Wilcox’s tenure. In just two years on the job Wilcox has vastly improved the Cal defense while making the team completive. More

Iowa at Illinois, TBD

Penn State at Rutgers, TBD

Indiana at Michigan, TBD

Ohio State at Maryland, TBD

Michigan State at Nebraska, TBD

TCU at Baylor, TBD

Florida International at Charlotte, 2 p.m. ET

UT San Antonio at Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ET

Syracuse at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish can see the finish line. It’s been a fantastic year for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are one of three undefeated teams left in the country, and they will be in the College Football Playoff with just two more wins. This isn’t a team that has been doing it with smoke and mirrors like the 2012 team either. Notre Dame has won most of their games by convincing margins, and they have the best win in the country too. Their penultimate test will be at Yankee Stadium this week, when they face the best Syracuse Orange team we have seen in almost 15 years. More

Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. ET

Tulsa at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

UTEP at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET

Iowa State at Texas, 8 p.m. ET (LHN)

San Diego State at Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. ET (CBSSN

Week 12 College Football Games of the Week

Stanford at California and USC at UCLA, Saturday, November 17

Rivalry week gets started early in the Pac-12 with two of the most intense matchups in college football. The Big Game between Stanford and Cal takes place in Berkeley in what is the oldest rivalry in the West. This matchup produced the most famous ending in college football history. Simply known as “The Play”, four Cal players lateraled the ball five times on a kickoff with only four seconds left on the clock. The ball reached the end zone giving Cal a 25-20 win. To this day many Stanford publications haven’t accepted the outcome and still list a 20-19 Stanford victory.

Further south another rivalry takes place. It doesn’t have a catchy name like a number of others, but the USC-UCLA matchup is just as fierce. The schools are separated by less than 20 miles and a number of names for the contest have been tossed around, but none stuck. There is the Victory Bell trophy that goes to the winner and USC has dominated play lately. UCLA ran off the longest winning streak in the series with eight straight during the 1990s. However, since 1999 the Trojans are 15-4.

Miami at Virginia Tech and West Virginia at Oklahoma State, Saturday, November 17

If things go down the way most expect, these two games could decide the division winner in their respective leagues. Clemson is the class of the ACC but they need an opponent in the conference championship game. That could be either Miami or Virginia Tech and the winner of this game could be playing the Tigers in a few weeks. Miami made its first appearance in the ACC title game last season. Virginia Tech put up a better fight two years ago but also failed to knock off the Tigers.

We’re faced with a similar scenario in the Big 12 with Oklahoma the favorite and everybody else playing for the right to lose to the Sooners in the conference championship. After years of middling success in the conference, the Mountaineers are poised for a run to the title and their offense is special with Will Grier at quarterback. The league is all about offense and it’s the team that can make a few stops defensively that might throw a scare in the Sooners. WVU hasn’t proven it has the talent to do that.

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