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Essential Week 14 Betting Notes for College Football’s Top Games
Searching for some quick-hitting betting notes to help you cap Saturday’s top college football games? Look no further. We break down all the need-to-know facts and figures for Saturday’s Top 25 NCAAF contests.
Texas Longhorns at (12) Baylor Bears (-21, 67.5)
* The Longhorns lead the series 74-26-4 but has lost four of the last five meetings, including a 28-7 decision in 2014, and have gone 0-5 ATS over that stretch.
* The Bears lead the country in touchdown drives of two minutes or less with 46 after recording a nation-best 41 last season.
(21) Temple Owls at Houston Cougars (-5.5, 54.5)
* Temple has more interceptions (16) than passing touchdowns allowed (11).
* Houston’s Greg Ward Jr. has completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 2,502 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions and has rushed for 893 yards and 17 scores.
(15) Florida Gators vs. (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (-17.5, 40)
* Florida’s 22 touchdowns allowed are tied for the sixth-fewest in the nation, and the Gators have held their opponent without a TD in three road or neutral-site games this season.
* Alabama leads the nation in stopping the run (78.9 yards per game), ranks second in total defense (264.6) and is third in scoring defense (14.3 points), although the architect of that defense – coordinator Kirby Smart – will become the head coach at Georgia when the Crimson Tide wrap up their postseason run.
(7) Stanford Cardinal vs. (24) USC Trojans (+4.5, 58.5)
* Five of the last six meetings between the teams have been decided by eight points or fewer, but it was Stanford winning 41-31 as 9.5-point dogs in the most recent meeting on Sept. 19 of this year.
* The Trojans have outrushed their opponents in all seven games since Clay Helton took over for Steve Sarkisian, including last Saturday against UCLA as Justin Davis gained 130 yards on 25 carries for his second straight 100-yard performance.
(8) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Clemson Tigers (-4.5, 67.5)
* The unbeaten Tigers scored at least 33 points in nine of their 12 games while North Carolina is averaging 41.2 points to lead the league while winning a school-record 11 straight contests.
* The Tigers can seal a spot in the College Football Playoff and extend the longest winning streak in the country to 16 games while led by ACC Player of the Year Deshaun Watson at quarterback. The Tar Heels aren’t without hope to make the CFP, but they’ll need a convincing victory behind versatile signal-caller Marquise Williams along with a big effort on the other side of the ball.
(5) Michigan State Spartans vs. (3) Iowa Hawkeyes (+3.5, 51.5)
* Michigan State senior Connor Cook (2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns, four interceptions) was named the Big Ten’s top quarterback and senior Aaron Burbridge (75 receptions for 1,158 yards and seven touchdowns) was selected as the top receiver, and the duo lead an offense averaging 33.4 points per game.
* The Hawkeyes recorded an undefeated regular season for the first time in 93 years and won the Big Ten West while Michigan State’s lone stumble was a one-point loss at Nebraska as it won the East division.