Bowl season is almost upon us, but before we head into the holiday season and the bowl games that come with it, there is some business to attend to. Most notably, we have all the conference championship games coming this weekend, with a couple of those games sure to play a part in deciding which teams make it into the playoffs. There are some 1-loss teams lurking, just waiting for a slip up that might open the postseason door. We will have a better idea of how things look on Tuesday night when the Playoff Committee reveals their next rankings, but if it’s the same as the AP Poll, all 4 teams currently in will keep their spot with a win. For now, let’s make some Straight-Up College Football Betting picks for this weekend, which we might well roll into a parlay.
Week 14 SU Picks | 2022 College Football Betting Predictions
Ohio Bobcats over Toledo Rockets
We get the ball rolling with the MAC Conference Championship Game and a matchup that the bookies think will be a close on. Right now, it is Toledo who are in as a modest 2 ½ point favorite this coming Saturday afternoon despite having 2 fewer wins than their opponent. While not quite a pick play, it is close enough that I think ATS records should be a factor here. If that is indeed the case, them we are looking at Toledo team that has failed to cover in each of its last 5 games. Furthermore, Ohio is on a run that has seen them cover the spread in their last 8 games. They are also 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games played in the month of December, so a lot to like about the Rockets, who I think win as a slight underdog.
Tulane Green Wave over UCF Knights
We saw some real drama on the final day of the regular season, with Tulane beating Cincinnati and opening the door for UCF to take the second spot in the AAC Conference Championship Game. We can only hope that this game is as entertaining as their last meeting, which came just a couple of weeks ago, with UCF going on the road and getting the 38-31 win. With that result, you might think that the Knights are a great pick here, but we all know how difficult it is to beat the same team twice in a season, especially when the games are this close together. I think this is going to be another fun one, but I think Tulane flips the script and gets the win.
Michigan Wolverines over Purdue Boilermakers
I understand that there is no real value in this game and that the Wolverines are massive favorites, but since I am putting together a parlay ticket for Saturday, I wanted one that I could feel pretty good about if the other 2 legs came in earlier in the day. That said, as good as this Michigan team is, there is the possibility of a bit of a letdown after their huge win on the road at Ohio State this past weekend. I would be stunned if they did not get the win here, as clinching the Big Ten Championship means a berth in the playoffs for the second straight season.