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2023 college football Championship Week spread picks, betting odds, trends: Vegas expert reveals picks

The Week 14 college football schedule doubles as Championship Week with all 10 FBS conferences hosting their title game either on Friday night or Saturday. From a handicapping perspective, you can throw out home-field advantage in all Power 5 title games plus the MAC Championship Game since those six matchups are held on a neutral field. Only two Power 5 matchups are projected to be one-score games, according to the latest Championship Week college football odds via SportsLine consensus.

No. 1 Georgia is a 6-point favorite against No. 8 Alabama in the 2023 SEC Championship Game (4 p.m. ET, CBS) on Saturday, while No. 5 Florida State, playing without quarterback Jordan Travis (leg), is -2.5 against No. 15 Louisville in the 2023 ACC Championship Game. Before locking in any Championship Week college football picks, be sure to see the college football betting guide from legendary Vegas handicapper Bruce Marshall

For years Vegas-based Marshall was synonymous with The Gold Sheet, the famed sports betting newsletter. With a background in play-by-play work and sports information while in college, Marshall joined TGS in 1981 when hired by the legendary Mort Olshan and served as executive editor for many years. He now supplies his unique and colorful brand of football and basketball analysis to SportsLine members.

An in-demand guest on numerous sports talk radio and TV shows across the country, Bruce’s vast array of editorial work has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the New York Post and many other outlets. He has won various handicapping titles and also is working on several book projects.

Now, using his Tech Corner technique, Marshall has turned his attention to the latest college football odds for Week 14 and evaluated each matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top college football predictions for Championship Week

One of the top college football picks Marshall is recommending for Week 14: He is backing No. 2 Michigan (-23) to cover against No. 18 Iowa in the 2023 Big Ten Championship Game. That matchup is at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Michigan has been a covering machine in Big Ten play recently. The Wolverines are 17-5-2 against the spread against Big Ten foes dating back to late 2021. Michigan has also covered two times in a row against Iowa, including in the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game when the Wolverines rolled in a 42-3 laugher.

And while Michigan has been trending to the Over more recently, Marshall notes that Iowa games have gone Under in seven straight games and in 14 of its past 17 games overall, making the Under his play on the total. See which other picks to make here

How to make college football picks for Championship Week 

Marshall has evaluated every other matchup and he’s backing a team on a 17-7 roll against the spread. Get betting analysis for each matchup at SportsLine.

So what college football picks can you make with confidence, and what team on a 17-7 spread run should you back? Check out the latest college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams to back, all from the legendary Vegas expert who has won multiple handicapping titles, and find out.

College football odds for Championship Week

See Week 14 college football picks at SportsLine

Friday, Dec. 1

2023 Conference USA Championship Game: New Mexico State at Liberty (-10.5, 54)

2023 Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon vs. Washington (+9.5, 66.5)

Saturday, Dec 2

2023 MAC Championship Game: Miami (OH) vs. Toledo (-7.5, 45)

2023 Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma State vs. Texas (-14.5, 55)

2023 Mountain West Championship Game: Boise State at UNLV (+2.5, 58.5)

2023 SEC Championship Game: Georgia vs. Alabama (+6, 55)

2023 AAC Championship Game: SMU at Tulane (-5.5, 48)

2023 Sun Belt Championship Game: Appalachian State at Troy (-6.5, 52.5)

2023 ACC Championship Game: Louisville vs. Florida State (-2.5, 48.5)

2023 Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan vs. Iowa (+23, 35.5)

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