College Football Week 13 Winning Predictions
OK, so it’s not just me who’s in a food leftover coma/hangover/insomnia mode on this fine Friday, correct?
Good lord, that was overdone. Not the food, mind you, that was all delicious, just mean everything else.
Going back to last week, which seems like an eternity ago, old bones and cranky Bronicel went a sparkling 3-0 on Saturday.
Guess what: We’re going to do it again, my well-fed friends.
My theory this week is that Turkey Day is taxing and road teams must travel with big bellies and they might be a bit more exhausted than the home teams which had the comforts of home and also possibly didn’t get COVID from air travel.
Also, I’m going with three solid home teams that have plenty to play for Saturday.
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My picks are in CAPS with plus or minus points next to each team’s name.
Notre Dame at USC (-5.5)
The Irish have rallied from a rough start to the season, winning seven of their last eight games.
Much is made about the Irish’s ability to hold top quarterbacks in check.
But they haven’t seen the likes of Caleb Williams, who is now neck-and-neck with Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Trojans have the nation's second-best passing offense (42.9 points per game).
And before you get too enamored with the green and gold, remember this is a squad that lost to Marshall and Stanford and barely beat BYU.
USC will be all-in on this one as it tries to make a claim for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Kansas at KANSAS STATE (-11)
Sure, it’s still a rivalry, but the Wildcats have won 13 straight over the Jayhawks.
That should continue Saturday.
Kansas (6-5) and No. 12 Kansas State (8-3) are both bowl-game eligible, with K-State able to secure a bid in the Big 12 Championship Game Dec. 3 with a win.
Night games in Manhattan, Kan., (kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) are always difficult and in this in-state battle for the Governor's Cup, on Senior Night, it will be Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn, who’s just a junior, that will score at least twice and prove to be the difference.
Iowa State at TCU (-10)
The unbeaten Horned Frogs dodged a bullet a week ago with a wild, final-scramble field-goal-kick win over Baylor.
That should calm them down. Get the close call/scare out of the way. TCU should be smoother as it realizes it’s inching closer to the CFP.
The Cyclones are usually dangerous but they’ve had a down year (4-7) and won’t even go bowling.
Can’t believe they’ll be up for this game while TCU will be going for style points to ensure that LSU or USC doesn’t somehow jump them in the rankings.
Giving 10 points doesn’t seem like it’s enough. So, therefore, they win by 11.