College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 12: Alabama, Ohio State big favorites in divisional showdowns

We have reached the penultimate weekend of the college football regular season, and the slate includes some very spicy matchups that will go a long way toward determining divisional and conference championships. 

Michigan State will visit Ohio State in a massive Big Ten East showdown, while Arkansas will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on an Alabama team that will clinch the SEC West with a win. Meanwhile,  Oregon will put its College Football Playoff hopes on the line against Utah. 

Caesars Sportsbook has released early lines for the upcoming weekend. Let’s break down what the oddsmakers expect to happen in Week 12.

The big games

Michigan State at Ohio State (-20): Wow, look at the disrespect. The Spartans control their own destiny in the Big Ten East title race but apparently don’t stand much of a chance against a Buckeyes team that is playing some of the best football in the country. The Spartans pass defense has been hit-and-miss, and Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud has emerged as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. This ought to be fun.

Arkansas at Alabama (-20): The Razorbacks are getting about as much respect at Michigan State, and coach Sam Pittman’s crew will have that at the top of their minds in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Alabama cruised by New Mexico State last weekend, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Crimson Tide fixed their offensive line woes as they got full on a cupcake last weekend.

Oregon at Utah (-3): This one really jumped off the page. Oregon, a team that, as of now, is in the College Football Playoff according to the most recent rankings, is a three-point dog to a Utes team that has had some ups and downs throughout the season. Last week’s win over Washington State wasn’t exactly crisp,…

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