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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / College Football / College Football Rivalry Week Predictions: OSU/Mich, USC/ND, UC/Tulane, Ore/Ore.St and more

College Football Rivalry Week Predictions: OSU/Mich, USC/ND, UC/Tulane, Ore/Ore.St and more

Publish Date: 11/25/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

College Football Rivalry Week Predictions

Week 12 was full of close call victories by undefeated TCU and Michigan along with Tennessee getting beat down.

Week 13 is rivalry week which only adds to the level of meaningful matchups regardless of what the point spread claims. So much at stake in the next two weeks that almost guarantees some crazy stuff will take place.

Marquee Matchups

#2 Ohio State vs #3 Michigan: The first item that must be mentioned is Wolverines RB Blake Corum. Not only his availability but also his effectiveness if he does indeed play on Saturday. U of M backup RB Donavan Edwards has already been ruled out, by the way. Michigan needed late-game dramatics to beat Illinois, and without much of a threat to pass, especially deep equates to a long day at the horseshoe for the boys in blue. Ohio State’s depth at running back has been tested, but at least they’ve managed to answer that, unlike Michigan. Defiantly not saying it will be a blowout but in the end, Ohio State will cover. Let’s put it that way. Check out our best football betting strategies.

The Pick: Ohio State -7.5

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#6 USC vs. #15 Notre Dame: A long-time rivalry that we could someday see in the Big Ten takes center stage in primetime on ABC this Saturday. The Trojans need a deeper resume which is what awaits USC versus Notre Dame and presumably Oregon. Keep an eye on Washington as well in the PAC-12 title game. The Irish will look to pound the rock and control time of possession to keep USC’s potent offense on the sidelines.  If Notre Dame is able to hit on a few explosive gains, they should at least cover if not win outright. USC’s defense needs to tighten up in the red zone and/or cause a key turnover or two. Two words sum up my prediction, Caleb Williams.

The Pick: USC -5.5

 

Under The Radar

#9 Oregon vs. #21 Oregon State: Not all is a complete loss for the Ducks after saving their hopes for a berth to the PAC-12 Championship game by beating Utah. The Beavers have been in the cut, winning 5 of their last 6 outings and have the advantage of playing this rivalry game formally dubbed “The Civil War “at home. First things first, will Oregon QB Bo Nix’s ankle dramatically improve in a week? Both offenses feature a great mix of pass/run but obviously, without Nix being a real run threat hurts Oregon making them more predictable. If you’re betting on this one, you should wait until the last second to see the status of Nix warming up.

The Pick: is Oregon -3, But If Nix doesn’t look much healthier, +3 Beavers.

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#19 Tulane vs #24 Cincinnati: The winner of this flying under-the-radar matchup will likely play the program that beat them both, Central Florida. Since losing to UCF the Bearcats have been scrapping by but still delivering the “W’s”. Before losing to UCF, Tulane had it rolling and now can earn a rematch if they win on the road. Something tells me the green wave will get a big road win on the strength of the run game and timely turnovers.

The Pick: Tulane +1 

 

Saturday Upset Special

 

Minnesota bounces back from a heartbreaking loss to Iowa with a win over Wisconsin as a +3 road dog.

 

Washington State as a +2.5 upsets #13 Washington in front of the Cougars home crowd? Also, this should be in the hardcore barnburner section because it generally is a hard-fought game.

 

Hardcore Barnburner

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech: Oklahoma started fast and we’re able to hold off a comeback by OKST last week. The Red Raiders have shown up in a big way for 3 weeks in a row resulting in two solid wins. Close to a pick’em type contest should give us a nice little barnburner to pay attention to in the 2nd half.

The Pick: Texas Tech +2

 

Against The Spread

 

South Carolina +14.5 versus Clemson or Buy More Points.

 

Baylor +8.5 dog versus Texas.

 

Nebraska +10.5 versus Iowa.

 

Rutgers +14 versus Maryland.

 

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Quick Hits Recap & My Top-4 Plus 2 More.

 

-My Top-6: Georgia, Ohio State, TCU, Michigan, LSU, and USC.

 

-TCU moved to 11-0 for the first time since 2010 and also became the first BIG-12 team to go 11-0 in the College Football Playoff era.

 

-Back in 2010 the Horned Frogs finished 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin.

 

-South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler threw for 438 passing yards and 6 TD’s with zero interceptions in a shocking win over Tennessee 63-38.

 

-Illinois RB Chase Brown made in 16 games in a row rushing for 100+ yards tied for the most in school history.

 

-Michigan RB Blake Corum is the catalyst for the Wolverines rushing for 142 yards and TD in the first half against Illinois before leaving the game.

 

-Vanderbilt backed up their first SEC win last week after losing 26-straight with another victory this time over Florida. It marks the first time Vandy topped Florida in Nashville since 1988.

 

-In heartbreaking fashion the Gophers loss to Iowa but RB Mo Ibrahim rushed the ball 39 times for 263 yards and a touchdown extending his 100+ rushing yards streak to 19 games most in the FBS since 2000.

 

-Nebraska is now 1-13 in one-possession games dating back to the beginning of 2021.

 

Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio &

Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio

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