In a typical year, we would be getting ready to wrap up the college football regular season. But as we all know by now, this is not your average year. Because of all the postponements and delays due to the pandemic, the regular season will extend into December for most teams. Here is a look at college football odds for Week 12 of the season.
College football odds: Week 12
Saturday, Nov. 21: Top games to watch
No. 9 Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State – 12 p.m. ET
It’s the first meeting between these two as ranked opponents since 1994 and the first time with both ranked inside the Top 10. Indiana () has been the story of the year, jumping to their highest ranking (ninth) in the AP Poll since 1967. Their 4-0 start is also their best in program history. The Hoosiers’ defense has been elite and most recently held Michigan State to zero points.
Ohio State is playing on a different level, though, which explains the large spread. Justin Fields is the most efficient quarterback in the nation and has an 11-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Indiana will have to force the Buckeyes into mistakes if they want to have any chance in this game. Of course, Ohio State is not prone to mistakes in 2020.
Appalachian State at No. 15 Coastal Carolina – 12 p.m. ET
Coastal Carolina () is on fire and has earned the 15th spot in the AP Poll. However, they face their toughest test in conference-rival App State. The Chants aren’t escaping with close wins this season – they’re blowing opponents out. Their plus-21.3 average scoring margin this season is good enough for 10th in the nation (eighth among teams who have played more than two games).
Appalachian State has the best chance of anyone to dethrone Coastal Carolina, however. Aside from historical dominance in the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers have just one win that was kept within a single score, and lost just one game this year (to No. 15 Marshall). Coastal needs to buckle down in this one if they want to keep their dream season alive.
No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 19 Northwestern – 3:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin () has put the nation on notice. After Week 1 of their season, there were questions as to whether or not the Badgers were legit after beating up on Illinois, but they followed it up with a massacre of Michigan on national TV. Graham Mertz is playing lights-out, giving Wisconsin fans lots of hope for the coming seasons.
Northwestern is off to a great start of their own, as 4-0 is their best starting mark since 1996. The Wildcats are just two years removed from their first Big Ten Championship berth, but have a massive hurdle ahead in Wisconsin. Northwestern needs to buckle down their passing defense or this game will get out of control fast. Wisconsin is out to prove something.
No. 14 Oklahoma State at No. 18 Oklahoma – 7:30 p.m. ET
Historically, this “rivalry” is more of a hokey tradition than an actual rivalry; the Sooners () own the all-time record 89-18-7, including taking the last five and 15 of the last 17. After starting 0-2 in FBS play this season (Oklahoma beat FCS Missouri State in Week 1), the Sooners have ripped off four convincing wins in a row. Spencer Rattler over that stretch has 260 passing yards per game, eight touchdowns and just two picks (previous two games: four interceptions).
Oklahoma State was off to a great start, but has just a minus-0.7 point margin over their last three games, the worst mark of any team in the AP Top 25.