2019 conference championship odds: Wisconsin catching record points vs. Ohio State in Big Ten title tilt

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Top-ranked Ohio State opens a 15.5-point favorite on Sunday to topple No. 12 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. The points are the most ever gifted to the Badgers on the oddsboard in the Paul Chryst era.

Oddsmakers at Circa Sports set the initial total at 52 points.

The Buckeyes, seeking their third straight conference title, easily handled the Badgers 38-7 laying 14.5 points at The Shoe in Week 9. Running back J.K Dobbins, a top Heisman favorite, led the charge with 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries. Ohio State outgained Wisconsin 431 to 191 yards in the win.

The undefeated Buckeyes, which have won every game this season by double digits and is 9-3 against the spread, have topped the number in each of its three title game appearances since the East-West divisional alignment in 2013. This includes a 27-21 win over the Badgers as 5.5-point chalk in the 2017 championship game, and a 59-0 rout catching 3.5 points in the 2014 edition.

Below is a rundown of all the opening lines for the 2019 conference championship games courtesy of Circa Sports. All matchups are Saturday except the Pac-12 title game, which goes off on Friday (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, ABC).

No. 6 Utah (-6.5, 50) vs. No. 14 Oregon

Utah is a rare 6.5-point favorite in the Pac-12 title game, just the third betting favorite to come from the South division since 2011. Programs representing the North have claimed seven of eight championships and are 6-2 ATS in the current alignment.

The OVER has cashed in six of the last seven meetings between the Utes and Ducks.

Miami-Ohio vs. Central Michigan (-5.5, 53)

Central Michigan, going 6-1 SU and ATS to close out the regular season, opens 5.5-point chalk versus Miami (OH) in its first MAC title shot in a decade. The Chippewas won three championships from between 2006 and 2009, allowing exactly 10 points in each contest.

The betting favorite is just 4-10-1 SU in the last 15 MAC championship games on a neutral field.

Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 25 Appalachian State (-6, 56.5)

App. State opens a 6-point favorite in a rematch of last year’s Sun Belt title game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mountaineers won 30-19 en route to the championship but failed to cover a 16.5-point spread at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The Mountaineers sport remarkable 17-1 SU and 12-4-2 ATS marks into the contests. The Rajin’ Cajuns, meanwhile, have won their last five road games.

No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (-10.5, 63.5)

The Sooners mounted one of the most impressive come-from-behind wins of the year in a 34-31 victory over Baylor in Week 12. The Sooners, which kicked off 9.5-point chalk, outscored the Bears 24-0 in the second half in the miracle finish in Waco. Head coach Lincoln Riley and crew are laying 10.5 points for the neutral-soil rematch.

UAB at Florida Atlantic (-7, 48.5)

UAB is a 7-point underdog in defense of its Conference USA crown at Florida Atlantic Saturday, the first meeting between the two schools since 2014. This matchup has a history for fireworks, the last six cashing the OVER and by a healthy 14.5 margin.

No. 19 Cincinnati at No. 18 Memphis (-11.5, 58.5)

Memphis, an 11.5-point favorite over Cincinnati, hopes the third time is the charm, after losing each of the last two AAC title games to Central Florida. The Tigers are 4-2 SU and 1-5 ATS in the last six squaring off against the Bearcats as betting favorites.

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 2 LSU (-6, 56)

LSU is a 6-point favorite over Georgia in a rematch of the 2011 SEC championship game, one of only two times Alabama has not vied for the title in this span.

The Tigers are 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings against the Bulldogs, catching points on the oddsboard in each victory. This includes a 36-16 win in Baton Rouge as a touchdown pup last season.

The OVER is 7-1-1 in the last nine SEC championship games.

Hawaii at No. 20 Boise State (-17, 65)

Boise State is a 17-point favorite over Hawaii in its fourth Mountain West title appearance since 2014. The Broncos defense allowed 14, 14, and 19 points in its prior three outings, all against Fresno State.

The Rainbow Warriors are just 1-13 SU and 4-10 ATS versus Boise State since 2000.

Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson (-29, 54.5)

Clemson (-29) is laying the largest point spread in a college football conference championship contest since Florida State routed Duke 45-7 as 29.5-point chalk in the 2013 ACC title game.

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