College Football Week 13 Predictions
Week 12 was lackluster on the surface but still found a way to give College Football fans a few surprises and close finishes. The regular season features a plethora of long-standing rivalries both non-conference and during league play. With that said, Week 13 is officially rivalry week across the country which generally makes for compelling results. By the way, just two more weeks left until the Playoff Rankings dwindle down to the last 4 spots in the National Semifinals.
#1 Alabama at #6 Auburn: The Iron Bowl has produced a number of great games along with national title births making it one of the best rivalries in the nation. Auburn comes in to this mouth-watering marquee matchup off the heels of a dominate performance over then unbeaten Georgia. If the Tigers can overcome some important injury losses on defense they’ll make life very difficult for the Playoff Rankings Committee. Speaking of defensive injuries, Alabama’s linebacker deficiencies may end up being their undoing. The Crimson Tide escaped Mississippi State with a hard-earned win but were they exposed and now susceptible to being pounded on the ground by the Tigers? A coin-toss is an acceptable form of decision making process for this 50-50 SEC grudge-match. I will side with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s impressive record of winning at home versus highly-ranked foes.
The Pick: Auburn 23 Alabama 20
Under The Radar
#8 Notre Dame vs. #21 Stanford: What a way to end the regular season with a brilliant non-conference challenge to add to each programs overall resume. Stanford can still make some noise inside the Pac-12 by improving their ranking, thus climbing the ladder to a higher profile bowl. The Irish snuck by Navy in Week 12 and look to solidify one of the most impressive schedules in America. The defense that creates turnovers and/or forces field goals instead of touchdowns every trip in the redzone will be the winner. Stanford has the momentum and the home field advantage.
The Pick: Stanford 27 Notre Dame 23
#17 Washington hosting #13 Washington State: The stakes are high in this in-state rivalry labeled the Apple Cup. If Washington State wins they get a date with USC in the Pac-12 championship game. Can the Huskies ride the momentum from Week 12’s magical comeback against Utah? Or will the better combination of offense and defense on the Cougars side be the difference? Although Washington is the heavy favorite at home to the tune of 10.5-points this scribe (hack) is leaning towards the Cougars.
The Pick: Washington State 31 Washington 30
Saturday Upset Special
7-point underdog Fresno State will upset #23 Boise State. The kicker here will be Boise State beating Fresno State the very next week in the Mountain West Conference title game.
Hardcore Barn Burner
#9 Ohio State at Michigan: Just because the Wolverines are mathematically out of the Big Ten race it doesn’t equate to this not being a barn burner due to the long-standing bitter rivalry.
(Honorable Mention: #15 Central Florida vs. South Florida is a great matchup on many levels, inside the division and for the Non-Power 5 scene. Central Florida could earn a spot in a New Year’s Day Bowl.)
Against The Spread
#3 Clemson will be victorious over #24 South Carolina on Saturday no doubt just not by the 14-points Las Vegas claims.
Quick Hits & My Top 4
-My Top 4: Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma, Clemson. (Plus 2 More: Wisconsin & Auburn)
-Alabama matches the longest streak in Associated Press Poll history with 73 straight victories versus unranked opponents.
-Kansas State’s WR Byron Pringle scored 4 touchdowns (3 receiving & 1 kickoff return) in an upset over Oklahoma State. Pringle became the first player in Big 12 history to accomplish the all-purpose feat.
-Do-it-all running back Saquon Barkley broke a Penn State touchdown record (39) previously held by Lydell Mitchell.
-The Miami Hurricanes moved up to the 2nd spot in the process leaped-frog ACC foe Clemson. The Canes and Tigers will get a chance to settle their differences in the ACC title game on December 2nd.
Written by Chris Carlson Host/Producer of The College Ball Show Podcast Available on Apple Podcast (ITunes), Player.FM, Stitcher, Tunein, www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio & More! Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio
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