In Week 12 Northwestern stole the show with a victory over previously unbeaten Wisconsin along with a variety of razor-thin finishes and wild endings with the ranked team barley escaping defeat. Week 13 is normally rivalry week which lends itself to upsets happening when we least expect it, featuring important games across the country as the last few weeks of the regular season approach.
#1 Alabama vs. #22 Auburn: Normally the Iron Bowl matchup is full of anticipation, but the Tigers haven’t looked all that good when matched with a tough opponent. Sure Auburn has three wins in a row but that was coming off the heels of losing to South Carolina. The Crimson Tide has kept it rolling the entire season and it doesn’t seem like anyone will slow them down even if they win out and face a bad Florida defense in the SEC title game. Auburn QB Bo Nix has a habit of not showing up in big games and there’s no reason to think it won’t play out the exact same. Maybe the rivalry and the Tigers having nothing to lose keep’s the game a tad bit closer than the 24.5-point spread favoring Bama.
The Pick: Alabama 37 Auburn 17
Under The Radar
#2 Notre Dame vs. #19 North Carolina: Both teams are coming off a bye week so they should be rested and possibly getting a few covid-19 positive players back on the field that had been on the shelf. Unbeaten Notre Dame still basking in the light of a spirited Clemson overtime victory but can’t afford to take their eyes off the prize. The Tarheels aren’t that good on defense but can put up points with the best of them through the air and the ground making them dangerous if the Irish don’t come ready to battle. Run defense on the Notre Dame side is what will likely get the job done here to ensure more 3rd and long spots for North Carolina. A mix of run and pass along with taking care of the ball is the recipe for a win for Notre Dame.
The Pick: Notre Dame 41 North Carolina 34
#13 Iowa State vs. #17 Texas: Having already defeated Oklahoma back in early October, Iowa State can ensure a trip to the Big-12 championship game with a win over Texas. The Longhorns stuck in neutral as program but in a down Big-12 conference still have a shot to get to a tiebreaker which would be interesting to see how that plays out. First things first can Texas mount a running game involving someone not named QB Sam Ehlinger? Another question this time for the Cyclones, can QB Brock Purdy put up a great game instead of relying on RB Breece Hall? Those two items and obviously turnovers and redzone defense will decide the outcome.
The Pick: Texas 24 Iowa State 23
Saturday Upset Special
Utah upsets Washington as a 7-point underdog.
Michigan vs. Penn State: The Nittany Lions are winless and Michigan just struggled in comeback fashion to beat Rutgers in OT. Meaningless on the national scene but it will be close and the losers coach will get fired if not both by season’s end.
Boston College vs. Louisville: The Cardinals have explosive skilled players so if they get on the scoreboard early it may force B.C. out of their ball control style, this one should be decided in the closing minutes.
Against The Spread
4-0 San Jose State will lose to Boise State as an 11.5-point underdog.
Oregon State put up a good fight against Washington so they can lose by less than the 13.5 points #15 Oregon is favored.
Take it to the Window
#2 Notre Dame will cover as a 4.5-point favorite.
Quick Hits Recap
-Northwestern’s victory over Wisconsin marks the first time the Wildcats beat a Top-10 AP Poll opponent by double digits dating all the way back to 1959 versus Oklahoma.
-Wisconsin committed 5 turnovers in the loss, the most by the Badgers in 15 years.
-Indiana QB Michael Pennix Jr. threw for 491 yards and 5 TD’s in a 42-35 loss to Ohio State.
-The Penn State Nittany Lions are 0-5 for the first time in program history which spans 134 years.
-Florida QB Kyle Trask is now tied for 2nd in FBS history throwing touchdowns equaling 31 through 7 games of a regular season.
-Georgia QB J.T. Daniels became the first Bulldogs quarterback to throw for over 400 yards since 2003 and that was Daniels first start since transferring from USC.
-#7 Cincinnati’s defense has forced a turnover in 18 straight games making it the longest such streak in the FBS.
-#15 BYU moved to 9-0 for the first time since 2001 with a dominant 66-14 win over North Alabama.
-#20 Coastal Carolina is the first ever 8-0 team in the history of the Sun Belt conference.
Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio or TheGruelingTruth.Net
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