Betting NCAAF teams facing disappointing finishes

Nov 26, 2013 |
Betting NCAAF teams facing disappointing finishes
Will Muschamp and the Gators are coming off a loss against FCS Georgia Southern.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Will Muschamp and the Gators are coming off a loss against FCS Georgia Southern.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
For a handful of NCAA teams, the end of the season can't get here quickly enough.

While the top programs head into their respective finales looking to fine-tune for bowl season, several teams with high expectations will be headed home early. Others will wind up playing in a bowl game - but it won't carry nearly the same prestige as the game they were hoping for.

Here are four teams with little to play for as they wrap up their seasons:

TCU Horned Frogs (4-7, 2-6 Big 12)

This week: vs. Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1)

Just two seasons removed from a third consecutive Mountain West championship, the Horned Frogs' fall from grace is nearly complete. Faced with needing back-to-back home wins over Texas and West Virginia to bolster their bowl chances, they proceeded to lose them both - allowing 60 points in the process - and saw their final chance at bowl eligibility vaporized with last week's 33-31 loss at Kansas State. But TCU still has something to play for - a win over Baylor would send the Bears plummeting down the rankings and drop them into a less desirable bowl game.

TCU is an 11.5-point underdog for Saturday afternoon's tilt with Baylor.

Florida Gators (4-7, 3-5 SEC)

This week: vs. Florida State Seminoles (11-0, 8-0)

The Gainesville faithful couldn't have seen this disaster of a season coming, particularly after the Gators opened with four wins in their first five games. Since then, Florida has dropped six-straight contests - including its first-ever defeat against an FCS opponent - and will finish with a losing record for the first time in 35 years. Last week's stunning 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern halted Florida's bowl streak at 22 seasons. The Gators won't need much prodding to get up for their season finale - a showdown with the rival Seminoles, who can clinch a spot in the National Championship with a win.

Florida is a 27.5-point underdog versus visiting Florida State.

Oregon Ducks (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12)

This week: vs. Oregon State Beavers (6-5, 4-4)

Both teams belong on this list, but the Ducks' precipitous drop from second to 13th in the BCS standings is easily the more egregious development. Oregon was on track for a possible spot in the National Championship three weeks ago, but dropped a six-point decision to Stanford and was blown out 42-16 in Arizona two weeks later. The second defeat cost the Ducks an at-large BCS berth, leaving it to settle for what will likely be an appearance in the Alamo Bowl. Oregon State is also struggling, having dropped four in a row to land in one of the lesser bowl games.

Oregon is a 21.5-point favorite for Friday's home game against Oregon State.

Georgia Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3 SEC)

This week: at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-4, 5-3 ACC)

The Bulldogs came into the year as a prohibitive favorite to contend for a BCS berth - even picking up a first-place vote in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. But an early four-game winning streak gave way to consecutive losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt, and a 43-38 defeat at the hands of the Auburn Tigers dropped the Bulldogs out of contention for the conference championship. Losing senior quarterback Aaron Murray to a torn ACL in last week's 59-17 drubbing of Kentucky was a tragically fitting final straw for a team that saw more than its share of bad luck this year.

Georgia is a 3.5-point favorite against host Georgia Tech.

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