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Rivalry week betting: Iron Bowl odds favor Alabama

The Game and The Iron Bowl highlight college football betting this week. It's Rivalry Week and the odds are already moving in this major battles.

Kevin C. Cox

Rivalry Week betting produces some of the biggest college football wagering handle of any week in the season.

And with so many huge clashes offering so many playoff and bowl implications, the 2013 edition of Rivalry Week may be the biggest ever.

"It makes Week 14 even more significant and even more prone to large swings of the point spread," said Jack Randall of

The annual Stanford vs Notre Dame battles sees the Fighting Irish as 2-TD underdogs at Stanford. Notre Dame is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing the Cardinal and they are 6-2 ATS in their last eight trips here.

And also Saturday, the Iron Bowl odds become the most popular betting choice on the board as Auburn hosts No. 1-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide has demolished the Tigers the past two seasons but Auburn is back in 2013.

The last two games played OVER the total while Auburn was rebuilding, but the series had played UNDER in five straight before that time.

Intrastate rivalries in Georgia (vs Georgia Tech), Oregon (vs Oregon State), Washington (vs Washington State), Arizona (vs Arizona State) and Florida (vs Florida State are also key betting matchups for the weekend. And with Thanksgiving arriving Thursday, the rivalry games don't wait until Saturday to start kicking off, with line already moving at shops such as

On Thursday, Mississippi faces Mississippi State and Texas Tech tangles with the Texas Longhorns. And other huge rivalry matchups include Clemson vs South Carolina and the Big Ten battle known simply as The Game - that's the annual battle between Michigan and Ohio State, where the Buckeyes are favored big at The Big House.

Ohio State lays 14 points early in the week against the host Wolverines.