Patriots vs Vikings

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It looks, at least on paper, as a really ideal matchup, pitting a team that has been known through the years for an explosive offense, going up against of vaunted defensive unit. So that’s the picture being painted about Sunday afternoon’s encounter between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings, which is scheduled to get underway at 4:25 PM ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. It will be televised by Fox Network, and BetAnySports customers will be able to watch the game and place wagers while it is in progress, as they access what is available through Live Betting Ultra.

The Patriots are once again very much in control of the AFC East, leading the Miami Dolphins by three full games with an 8-3 record (7-4 ATS). Tom Brady has been efficient, as usual, but he’s not having his greatest statistical season, throwing for just 19 touchdowns in eleven games, with seven interceptions. This team will be okay, however, as they have those nice components of the passing game – Julian Edelman (44 catches, 510 yards) filling the slot, with Josh Gordon (17.6 yards per reception) stretching the field, and All-Pro Rob Gronkowski exploiting matchup advantages at tight end, with the leading receiver being James White out of the backfield (67 catches, 567 yards).

It was the Vikings who had to undergo an offensive restructuring of sorts this season, as they brought a new, expensive quarterback on board. Kirk Cousins came with a huge price tag, and that had been expected for a couple of seasons. Of course, there were critics who questioned whether he was worth it, or was instead just a cookie-cutter quarterback. But the Vikings saw him as the missing ingredient to a genuine Super Bowl run. So far Cousins has completed 71% of his passes with 22 touchdowns, and he has made an historic connection with Adam Thielen, who already has 93 catches for 1138 yards. Stephan Diggs is Thielen’s sure-handed complement, and of course there is tight end Kyle Rudolph. So it can be concluded that the Vikings are a little more dangerous in the passing than they were with journeyman Case Keenum. But they are chasing the Chicago Bears, who lead them by a game and a half in the NFC North.

Perhaps the most important connection Cousins could make in this one is to running back Dalvin Cook, because of the fact that New England hasn’t necessarily been all that efficient defending backs coming out on pass routes. But we’re interested as well in how Minnesota defends against White. This is a team that gets a lot of pressure on the passer (36 sacks) and they may try to prevent Brady from being able to step up in the pocket very effectively.

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The Pats are just a little below 40% in converting third downs, but the evidence indicates that Minnesota is one of the NFL’s best, if not THE best, on defense in that situation, limiting foes to just 27.6%.

And New England is going to be very hard-pressed in maximizing its scoring opportunities; Minnesota’s defense has the best touchdown-allowed rate in red zone situations, as well as the best touchdown-field goal ratio. Of course, the flip side is that the Vikings have been rather poor in converting red zone chances into touchdowns on offense (just 25th in the league).

Minnesota has been a righteous dog under the leadership of Zimmer (23-12 ATS), and it appears as if they have what it requires to take this one to the wire.

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Clemson vs pittsburgh

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​Undefeated ​Clemson will be taking on ​Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game this weekend, after Pittsburgh finished the season with a 6-2 conference record.

The Panthers won the ACC Coastal Division and qualified for their first ever conference championship battle. The ACC Championship Game debuted in 2005. Since then, Clemson has made five appearances, including the past three seasons.

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​Who is playing? ​No. 2 Clemson (12-0) vs. Pittsburgh (7-5)
​When is the game? ​Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
​Where is it played? ​Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
​What TV Channel? ​ABC

This is the fourth straight year Clemson will be competing in the ACC Championship, as the Tigers have been ACC champs three years running. They enter the game against Pittsburgh as massive 26-point favorites.

Despite both being ACC teams, Clemson and Pittsburgh have only played one another twice in school history, and the Panthers won both matches, with the last one coming in 2016.

Clemson will be featuring star freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has thrown for 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season. Travis Etienne will be their go-to guy in the run game, as he has already scored 19 rushing touchdowns this fall. Clemson’s most notable wins this season came against Boston College, North Carolina State and Texas A&M.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, have key wins against opponents such as Virginia and Virginia Tech, while they lost to ranked opponents Penn State, Notre Dame and UCF. Their offensive attack is led by running back tandem Qadree Wilson and Darrin Hall, who have combined for 19 rushing scores. Quarterback Kenny Pickett has thrown 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

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Clemson is a massive favorite for this game and they should be able to take down Pittsburgh with relative ease. It’s not common that a team enters a conference championship game favored by 26 points, so clearly there is a large disparity in talent levels between these two sides. ​Clemson’s top tier defense should easily be able to contain the Panthers offensive exploits.

Northwestern vs Ohio State

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Ohio State has long been one of the most dominant teams in the Big Ten, and it has maintained that position since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2012. Still, as dominant as it has been, you might be surprised to learn that the Buckeyes have only won two Big Ten titles in Meyer’s first six seasons. The first came during the 2014 season when the Buckeyes went on to win the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes returned to Indianapolis for the first time since then last season, beating Wisconsin 27-21 for their second Big Ten title under Meyer, but they missed out on the College Football Playoff.

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Now the Buckeyes are back and find themselves in a similar position. They’ll be facing a Northwestern team that took an unusual route to Indianapolis. The Wildcats finished the season 8-4, going 8-1 in Big Ten play to win the West Division, becoming the first team in Power Five history to win their division despite going winless in nonconference play.

If Northwestern is to win the Big Ten this year it will have to do something else you don’t see very often: beat Ohio State. The Buckeyes have dominated this series, going 61-14-1 in the first 76 meetings and they’ve won 30 of the last 31 meetings.

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Date: Saturday, Dec. 1 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium — Indianapolis, Indiana
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Ohio State: Ohio State played its best game of the season last week against Michigan, crushing its rival 62-39. As impressive as the victory was, however, it only moved the Buckeyes to No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, behind both Georgia and Oklahoma. So if Ohio State wants to reach the playoff this season, it not only needs to beat Northwestern but will have to do so in highly-impressive fashion. This can’t be a close, tough victory. The Buckeyes will need to treat the Wildcats the same way they treated the Wolverines last week.

Northwestern: Way back on Sept. 16, Northwestern blew a 21-3 lead to Akron and lost to the Zips 39-34 after allowing Akron to score two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Can you imagine if somebody told you after that game that this same Wildcats team would go 8-1 in Big Ten play and end up in Indianapolis? As preposterous as it may have seemed then, though, it’s the reality now. The Wildcats have made a habit out of playing close games this season, never winning or losing by more than 14. While the formula might not be pretty, it’s worked for them all season long. Now they’re hoping that following it for just one more week will result in a Big Ten championship.

Northwestern is a great story and it’s a much better team than the one we saw in September. Still, it’s benefitted from a down season in the Big Ten, and it hasn’t faced a task as tough as the one it’s getting in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes advantages in this game are everywhere, and with the extra motivation of a possible playoff berth, I’m fully expecting Ohio State to come out with a performance similar to what we saw last week. Pick: Ohio State -14.5

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NC State vs East Carolina

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 — East Carolina University officials announced Thursday that head football coach Scottie Montgomery has been fired after a lackluster 9-26 record over the past three seasons.

The move comes two days before the Pirates face North CarolinaState University in Raleigh in the season finale. Defensive coordinator David Blackwell will lead the 3-8 team for the game and during the upcoming recruiting period, officials said.

“As much as we would have liked the outcome to be different, the progress of a program is ultimately measured by its competitiveness, win total and championships,” Chancellor Cecil Staton said in a statement. “It is our decision to move in a different direction with new leadership.”

“He cared deeply for his players, was an outstanding mentor and always focused on the word ‘student’ in student-athlete. We wish him all the best,” he said.

Montgomery has two years left on his contract, which includes a base annual salary of $400,000, plus additional compensation for promotions and broadcast obligations. The buyout clause in his contract is for the base salary only, which isn’t paid out of taxpayer funding.

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The Pirates posted a 4-20 mark in American Athletic Conference play under Montgomery, which included a pair of fourth-place finishes in the East Division in 2016 and 2017 and a fifth-place finish this year.

Montgomery previously spent three years on Duke University’s staff, the last two as the Blue Devils’ assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also coached receivers at Duke, his alma mater, from 2006 to 2009. In between the Duke stints, he spent three seasons as wide receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ECU is still searching for an athletics director, and that person will hire the next football coach, officials said.

Montgomery is the second area football coach to be fired in the last week. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill let coach Larry Fedora go on Sunday after seven seasons.

Middle Tennessee vs UAB

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Sometimes, you just have to run it back. The UAB Blazers are playing the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for the second straight week on Saturday, after a blowout 27-3 loss at home. The game will be played in Middle Tennessee’s Floyd Stadium, as the Blue Raiders try to take down the Blazers for the Conference USA title. That’s tough to do, but after a decisive win last Saturday, it’s going to be tough to beat the Blue Raiders. However, this game is for the conference crown, so UAB, after a historic season, isn’t going to just roll over.

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Storylines: For UAB, the story is pretty simple: They need way more out of their playmakers. The Blazers had 89 total yards against Middle Tennessee in the first game, with quarterbacks Tyler Johnston III and A.J. Erdely going a combined 9-of-24 passing for 90 yards and a pick. Erdely was sacked seven times, and the running game was nearly nonexistent. Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill completed 22-of-29 passes for a pair of touchdowns in an impressive display. UAB simply needs to play better. Middle Tennessee is 5-1 in its last six (8-4 on the season), while UAB is currently 9-3. Beating teams twice in a row is no easy feat — UAB had a lot to look over this week — but if they overlooked the Blue Raiders before, they certainly aren’t doing so now.

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California vs Stanford

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Stanford owns five consecutive wins in the rivalry with Cal, going 4-1 against the spread. The Cardinal hope to extend that run to six straight and clinch a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game in the process when they host the 95th edition of the Big Game on Saturday out on the Farm.

Point spread: Cardinal opened as 12.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)

The Bears just snapped a four-game losing streak last week and became bowl-eligible for the first time in four seasons with a 54-24 romp over Oregon State, covering 21 points. Cal led 24-3 late in the first half and pushed it to 37-10 early in the third quarter. Cal allowed the Beavers to pull within 20 points with 20 minutes to go but secured the cash by scoring the last 10 points of the game.

For the day, the Bears outgained OSU 760-398, as quarterback Jared Goff threw for 453 yards and six scores. And most of the Beavers’ yardage came in garbage time.

Cal is still struggling a bit on defense, but offensively, it ranks 14th in the country in total yardage while averaging 37 points per game.

Stanford had won eight games in a row, with seven covers, but lost last week at home to Oregon 38-36. The Cardinal led at the half 23-21, fell down 35-23 and pulled to within two points on a short Kevin Hogan touchdown pass with just 10 seconds to go. But they came up short on the conversion attempt and lost outright as eight-point home favorites.

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Stanford outgained the Ducks 506-436 and won time of possession by a lopsided 42-18 margin but gave up three long Oregon scoring plays and lost two fumbles in the fourth quarter, the second coming inside the Oregon red zone with two minutes to go.

Prior to that, the Cardinal had won their first seven conference games by an average of 19 points per outing, outrushing all seven opponents by 140 yards per outing. Stanford’s running game might just eat Cal’s run defense alive.

Stanford has won five Big Games in a row, four of them by at least 18 points. And coming off last week’s loss, the Cardinal might be prime for a rebound, as they seek to sew up the Pac-12 North. The smart money here sides with Stanford.

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Georgia vs Alabama

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For the second straight season, the SEC Championship Game will likely serve as a de facto national quarterfinal. No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia will tee it up Saturday afternoon in Mercedes-Benz Stadium — the same venue where the Crimson Tide stunned the Bulldogs in overtime to claim the 2017 national championship. Will history repeat itself, or will Georgia get revenge and claim a spot in the College Football Playoff? Let’s break the game down and make a pick.

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But first, a reminder. The 2018 SEC Championship Game will air live nationally on CBS and stream live on CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports App and fuboTV (try for free) beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The Bulldogs are led by sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, who is third in the nation with a passer rating at 179.41 and eighth in completion percentage at 69.1. Mecole Hardman, Terry Godwin, Jeremiah Holloman and tight end Isaac Nauta have given Fromm plenty of options, and the running back corps led by D’Andre Swift has thrived — especially over the last month.

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Georgia’s front seven has been better of late but not where it needs to be if it wants to win the national title. The Bulldogs are tied for 12th in the SEC in sacks with just 20 on the season, dead last in tackles for loss with 52 and only one player — linebacker D’Andre Walker — has more than 1.5 sacks on the season. The secondary led by Deandre Baker is solid and experienced, but it hasn’t gotten much help up front.

Alabama is just the second team ever to win its first 12 games by 20 or more points (Yale, 1888), and it’s primarily due to Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence as the best quarterback in the country. The sophomore has 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leads the nation in passer rating at 212.51, and is on pace to post the most efficient season in college football history over former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy campaign of 2017. Tagovailoa has help, though. Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Henry Ruggs III and Irv Smith, Jr. provide him plenty of options, and the running back corps of Damien Harris, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs is one of the best in the sport.

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Defensively, lineman Quinnen Williams has become one of the best players in the nation and is a disruptive force up the middle. When you add in Isaiah Buggs, Dylan Moses and the rest of the front seven, it’s the same old Alabama defense — just with some different faces.

Georgia will win if the defensive front has its best day. Tagovailoa has been nearly unflappable, but the leg injuries became an issue down the stretch. If Georgia can get in the backfield and the pressure gets home, that injury could come into play. If Tagovailoa has time in the pocket, he will pick any team apart — even a secondary as good as that of Georgia.

Alabama will win if … it shuts down the run. The Bulldogs running game has picked up of late thanks to the emergence (and health) of star Swift. He has topped the 100-yard mark in four of the last five games, with the UMass game being the only outlier down the stretch. His ability to make plays as a runner and receiver, combined with Elijah Holyfield’s ability to break tackles, makes Georgia’s rushing attack dangerous. If Williams, Buggs and Co. can stop them on, Fromm won’t be able to work off play-action and the entire Bulldogs offense will crumble.

It’s a big spread, which makes picking Georgia seem quite tasty. Don’t take a bite out of it, though. Both of these teams are very, very good — perhaps two of the four best teams in the country. But Alabama is on the verge of becoming the best college football team of all time, and Georgia won’t derail that. It’ll be low-scoring early, the Bulldogs running game will have more success than anticipated and they’ll have a chance in the second half. But when Alabama pours it on, it’s like a firehose. The receivers will get loose late and lead to a Crimson Tide win and cover. Pick: Alabama (-13)

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Appalachian State vs Louisiana

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The 2018 Sun Belt Championship Game featuring the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Appalachian State Mountaineers kicks off Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. Louisiana ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak to capture the West Division, while Appalachian State won its final four contests to take the East.

The Mountaineers are 16.5-point home favorites and the Over-Under is at 58. Before you make any picks, you need to see what our projection model has to say.

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The model made some huge calls on Rivalry Week, including nailing Ohio State’s outright upset of Michigan as a 4.5-point underdog. And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model has been red-hot, entering Championship Week on a blistering 43-23 run. Anybody who has followed it is way, way up.

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Fresno State vs Boise State

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Utah State (10-1, 7-0 MWC) has been on a roll this season. Since losing the opener at Michigan State, the Aggies have rattled off 10 straight wins, are undefeated in conference play, and will enter this weekend’s game as the highest-ranked opponent to ever play at Albertsons Stadium.

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The team from Logan, Utah is currently ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25, while the Broncos are ranked No. 21. The margin is a bit closer in the all-important College Football Playoff Rankings. Utah State is sitting at No. 21 and Boise State is No. 23 in that poll.

The Aggies are coming off a wild finish against Colorado State last Saturday. The Rams actually scored the winning touchdown as the clock ran out. But the 34-yard touchdown pass was negated by a penalty, allowing Utah State to escape with a 29-24 win.

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Boise State (9-2, 6-1 MWC), meanwhile, avoided overlooking a struggling New Mexico team, and took care of business in Albuquerque. Sean Modster pulled in a career-best three touchdowns as the Broncos rolled the Lobos 45-14. Alexander Mattison added 145 yards and a touchdown en route to surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the second-consecutive year. That extends the Broncos’ streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 10, the longest in the nation.

The importance of the regular season finale cannot be understated. Both teams are riding solid win streaks – Boise State has won six straight – and are determined to earn a spot in the conference title game against West Division champ Fresno State. Both the Broncos and Aggies are ranked ahead of the Bulldogs, so the winner of the Mountain Division will almost assuredly host the championship game.

“This is why you do all the work, right?” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin asked at his Monday press conference. “You have this body of work all season, you don’t know how it’s going to go at the beginning of the year… now you’re playing for an opportunity to play in the title game, and have a chance to host it.

Ohio State vs Northwestern

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Ohio State is seeking a third conference title this decade when it faces Northwesternon Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in the Big Ten Championship Game at Indianapolis. The No. 6 Buckeyes will be under strong consideration for the four-team College FootballPlayoff if they secure the Big Ten Championship. However, the No. 21 Wildcats would love to play spoiler and cap their standout season with a first conference title since 2000.

The Buckeyes are 14.5-point sportsbook favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 61 in the latest Ohio State vs. Northwestern odds. Before you make any Ohio State vs. Northwestern picks and predictions for the Big 10 Championship Game, check out what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say. The renowned co-founder of AccuScore, Oh simulates each game 10,000 times using his advanced analytics. Oh is widely regarded as an industry pioneer in using advanced statistical analysis to create accurate sports simulations and projections.

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Oh has had another winning season for SportsLine members in college football. What’s more, he has had an especially keen eye for the tendencies of Ohio State, boasting a perfect 10-0 mark in against the spread picks involving the Buckeyes. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Just last week, he advised SportsLine members that the Buckeyes (+5) would continue their dominance of the Wolverines and recommended a strong play on the home underdog. The result: Ohio State led wire-to-wire, and anyone who followed Oh’s advice booked an easy winner.

Now, he has analyzed Northwestern vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship 2018 from every possible angle and released a confident point-spread selection that’s only available at SportsLine.

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Oh knows the Buckeyes will be eager to capitalize on an opportunity to reach the College Football Playoff following an uneven season that included a blowout loss at Purdue and a near-upset at Maryland two weeks ago.

But coach Urban Meyer’s club answered the call when it mattered most, putting up 62 points and 567 yards on the nation’s top-ranked defense. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Co. had no trouble moving the ball against Michigan’s vaunted unit, as they proved with three long first-half touchdown drives. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s defense, which had been shredded by the Boilermakers and Terrapins, forced two turnovers to halt Michigan’s comeback attempts. The Wolverines gained most of their 401 yards in the second half with the outcome well in hand.

The Wildcats had modest projections and their outlook was bleak following a 1-3 start that included a 20-17 home loss to Michigan in which they dominated most of the way. However, they responded by winning seven straight Big Ten games to run away with the West Division by three games. Their Big Ten schedule included outright wins as underdogs against Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Northwestern has thrived with its signature formula of efficient offense, led by senior quarterback Clayton Thorson, and a gritty defense that has yielded fewer than 18 points to its last five conference opponents.

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