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Championship Game Notes
By VI News

♦CUSA Championship♦- Southern Mississippi at Western Kentucky
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m.)
Venue: LT Smith Stadium
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Odds: Western Kentucky opened as an 8 ½-point home favorite.

Betting Notes and Trends

— This will be the 11th Conference USA Championship Game. Underdogs have gone 6-4 against the spread. Total bettors have seen the ‘under’ go 5-4-1.

— WKU will playing in its first title game while Southern Mississippi will be making its first trip since it captured the championship in the 2011 season.

— Western Kentucky has gone 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS at home this season. The Hilltoppers are 3-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS when listed as a single-digit favorite.

— WKU watched the ‘over’ go 9-3 this season, 4-1 at home.

— Southern Miss is 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS on the road, losses coming to Nebraska and Marshall.

— The Golden Eagles closed the season with six consecutive wins and went 5-1 ATS during this streak. The school finished 10-2 ATS, which was the best covering mark in college football.

— The last meeting between the pair took place in 2012 as Western Kentucky posted a 42-17 win as a three-point home favorite.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the CUS’
Western Kentucky 5/2
Southern Mississippi 60/1

♦American Athletic Championship♦ – Temple at Houston
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (ABC, 12:00 p.m.)
Venue: TDECU Stadium
Location: Houston, Texas

Odds: Houston opened as a 4 ½-point home favorite and was moved up to 5 at most shops, 5 ½ at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Betting Notes and Trends

— This will be the inaugural American Athletic Championship game.

— Temple went 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS on the road this season. The Owls went 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS as underdogs this season, with the lone loss coming to Notre Dame (24-20).

— Houston was 7-0 SU and 3-4 ATS at home this season.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the AAC’
Houston 4/1
Temple 10/1

♦Pac 12 Championship♦ – Stanford vs. USC
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)
Venue: Levi’s Stadium
Location: Santa Clara, California

Odds: Stanford opened 3 ½ and was pushed up to a four-point favorite.

Betting Notes and Trends

— The Pac-12 North has captured the first four championship games, which includes two wins by both Stanford and Oregon.

— Favorites have gone 3-1 SU but just 1-3 ATS in the first four Pac-12 title games.

— The ‘over/under’ has gone 2-2.

— Stanford went 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as a visitor this season while USC was 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS.

— These teams met in Week 3 and the Cardinal stopped the Trojans 41-31 as a 10-point road underdog.

— This game went ‘over’ (50.5) but the three previous meetings saw the ‘under’ connect.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the Pac-12’
USC 2/1
Stanford 3/1

♦SEC Championship♦ – Alabama vs. Florida
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (CBS, 4:00 p.m.)
Venue: Georgia Dome
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Odds: Pinnacle Sports opened Alabama -12 and that number was steamed up to -17, where it sits at the majority of betting shops as of Sunday evening. A couple outfits have the Gators +17 ½.

Betting Notes and Trends

— Saturday’s matchup will be the 23rd SEC Championship Game. Since its inception in 1992, favorites and underdogs have gone 11-11-1 against the spread.

— Total players have watched the ‘over’ cash in the last six championship games. The ‘over’ is 14-9 in the 23 title matchups.

— The SEC West has won six straight matchups and five of those victories were by double digits.

— Alabama has won three championships during the recent span and four overall.

— This will be the eighth meeting between these teams in the championship game. Florida holds a 4-3 edge.

— The Crimson Tide went 4-0 both SU and ATS on the road, while Florida was 3-1 both SU and ATS as a visitor.

— Alabama has won and covered four straight meetings against Florida, winning all of them by at least 19 points.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the SEC’
Alabama 5/4
Florida 30/1

♦Mountain West Championship♦ – Air Force at San Diego State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.)
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium
Location: San Diego, California

Odds: San Diego State opened as a six-point home favorite.

Betting Notes and Trends

— This will be the third MWC Championship game and played at the venue of the higher seed.

— In the first two title games, the home team has won both games.

— Favorites and underdogs are 1-1 while the ‘under’ has gone 2-0.

— Air Force was a great bet at home (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) but struggled to a 2-4 SU and 3-3 ATS road mark. San Diego State went 5-1 SU and 3-2-1 ATS at home, all five wins coming by double digits.

— The Aztecs started the season 1-3 but closed with eight straight wins (7-0-1 ATS).

— These schools didn’t meet this regular season but San Diego State has won and covered the past five meetings, which includes three wins (30-14, 38-9, 27-25) at home. The ‘under’ has gone 4-1 during this span.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the MWC’
San Diego State 7/1
Air Force 15/1

♦ACC Championship♦ – Clemson vs. North Carolina
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Bank of America Stadium
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Odds: Clemson opened as a 4 ½-point favorite and has been pushed up to 6.

Betting Notes and Trends

— This will be the 11th installment of the ACC Championship. Favorites have gone 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS. Total bettors have watched the ‘over/under’ go 5-5.

— Clemson has played in the title game twice and has gone 1-1.

— North Carolina will be making its first appearance in the title game.

— The Tigers have gone 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS on the road this season while UNC was 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS.

— UNC hasn’t lost since it fell to South Carolina 17-13 in Week 1.

— Clemson has been favored by a touchdown or less twice this season and it was 0-2 ATS, winning both games by a combined five points.

— The Tigers ran past the Tar Heels 50-35 in 2014 as 14-point home favorites. Prior to this game, the schools split meetings in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the ACC’
Clemson 2/1
North Carolina 12/1

♦Big 10 Championship♦ – Michigan State vs. Iowa
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 (FOX, 8:15 p.m.)
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Odds: Michigan State opened as a 4 ½-point favorite and that number has dropped to 3 ½ and 3 at most shops.
Betting Notes and Trends

— Underdogs have gone 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in the first four Big Ten title games.

— The ‘over’ has gone 4-0.

— Iowa was 5-0 both SU and ATS on the road this season. This will be the second time this season that the Hawkeyes are listed as underdogs.

— Michigan State is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as a visitor, the lone loss coming on a controversial call at Nebraska, 39-38.

— These teams didn’t play in this year’s regular season. In the previous four matchups between 2010 and 2014, the pair split those games with each school capturing one road victory apiece.

‘Preseason Future Odds to win the Big 10’
Michigan State 8/1
Iowa 25/1