College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 12: USC, Oregon open as slight favorites in critical games

We’re two weeks from the end of the regular season and there’s still so much to discover in the world of college football. Open seats in the Big Ten and Pac-12 championship games are available, as is a seat in the Big 12 championship game. Starting this week, Conference Races will be even more obvious.

The Pac-12 takes center stage with two critical games. No. 7 USC will travel across town to take on No. 16 UCLA with college football playoff hopes still at stake. Then, No. 10 Utah will travel to Eugene to take on No. 12 Oregon after the Ducks saw their 23-game winning streak halted at home by No. 15 Washington last week.

The week 12 lines are out so let’s take a look at how the odds makers view the results. Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

#1 Georgia (-23) in Kentucky: The Bulldogs won the SEC East with their win over Mississippi State and will finalize their conference list against a Kentucky team that just lost to Vanderbilt. Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV lurks on the sidelines of the Heisman Trophy race and this is a perfect opportunity for the veteran to make a good impression as the season draws to a close.

#2 in Ohio State (-27) in Maryland: Oddsmakers don’t seem to think the Terrapins stand much of a chance in this game as underdogs with four touchdowns against the mighty Buckeyes. Ohio State has some injury concerns, especially for the running back, that you should consider when analyzing which side to invest in.

Illinois ranked 3rd Michigan (-17): The Wolverines went about their work quietly, suffocating their opponents with their outstanding defense and storming the line of scrimmage with a fantastic charge. The Fighting Illini fell out of the top 25 after losing to Purdue, but oddsmakers don’t think they have much of a chance of rebounding in Week 12.

No. 4 TCU (-2) at Baylor: The Horned Frogs have now won with their offense and Defense. They won when they controlled the game from the start, and they won with massive second-half comebacks. They’re one of the most entertaining teams in the country, but they have a tricky test in Waco against a Bears roster that doesn’t seem to be meshing as many expected.

No. 5 Tennessee (-21.5) in South Carolina: The Volunteers got back on track with a 66-point performance against Missouri and are in a perfect place to pick up more style points in one of college football’s most underrated environments. Quarterback Hendon Hooker is hoping to impress Heisman Trophy voters enough to make it to New York City as a finalist for college football’s most prestigious individual award.

No. 7 USC (-2.5) at No. 16 UCLA: The Trojans are the Pac-12’s last hope of making it to the CFP, and a win over another top-tier opponent will do wonders when it comes to boosting their punching power. Quarterback Caleb Williams has been a monster this season, but USC will be without the injured star running back Travis Dye. Could this be a case where the Pac-12 beat itself up? The Bruins will do their best to make this happen.

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon (-3): The Utes and Ducks each have one conference loss and can’t afford another if they want a realistic chance of winning the Pac-12 championship game. Both teams’ offenses get all the attention, but keep an eye on the line of scrimmage. The winner of this fight will likely take home the win in Eugene.

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