College Football Picks, Predictions for Week 13 Include Fading Oregon and Backing New Mexico State

    The final week of the regular season is here and it’s rivalry weekend. We enter the week seven games under 0.500 for the year but there is a lot of opportunity to make up the ground. Let’s make some money.

    Week 13 College Football Picks and Predictions

    Last Week: 3-4-0 (0.429)
    This Season: 43-50-0 (0.462)
    Overall Record: 124-133-3 (0.483)

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    Wyoming -11 (-110) vs. Nevada +11 (-110)

    The Wyoming Cowboys have made some noise this season. They engineered an upset of Texas Tech in week one and also beat a talented Fresno State team at the beginning of October.

    Craig Boh’s team has been a very tough team all season but they can struggle when they get behind. Both UNLV and Boise State got up big on Wyoming and they couldn’t do much of anything. The offense relies on the running game and quarterback Andrew Peasley, while talented, is somewhat volatile and prone to make mistakes.

    On the other side, things have not been good for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

    In their second year post-Jay Norvell, they are struggling in all aspects. One area they are okay with is against the spread. They are 6-3 in their last nine games but they are close wins. They covered against Colorado State last week by a point, beat New Mexico in a pick-em, and covered against Texans State with a garbage-time touchdown.

    They won’t have the same luck on Saturday, as the Cowboys’ defense will be a major deterrent for the Wolfpack.

    Bet: Wyoming -11 (-110)

    Kansas -6 (-112) vs. Cincinnati +6 (-108)

    Even without starting quarterback Jalon Daniels, the Kansas Jayhawks have been excellent this season.

    Things haven’t been perfect, as they sit at 7-4, including losing their last two games by a total of seven points. However, both Jason Bean and Cole Ballard, the son of Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard, have played well in his absence.

    They face a Cincinnati Bearcats team that has struggled mightily in their first season under head coach Scott Satterfield taking over for Luke Fickell. In fact, they have been flat-out bad too often.

    The Bearcats with starting quarterback Emory Jones, who is on his third program in his college career, lost an astounding six straight games against the spread. The defense will have issues containing a Jayhawks offense that thrives in misdirection and attacking on the ground. Satterfield will end up winning a likely eight fewer games at his new program than his old one in Louisville will this season.

    Bet: Kansas -6 (-112)

    Arizona -11 (-108) vs. Arizona State +11 (-112)

    This is a game I have looked forward to for some time.

    The Arizona Wildcats have made me quite a bit of money the last two seasons because the sportsbooks haven’t quite figured them out. The Wildcats are 9-2 ATS on the season with their only losses being against Colorado and Stanford, both games the Wildcats won straight up.

    Head coach Jedd Fisch has done an incredible job in rebuilding the program down in Tuscon. He hit the portal hard before 2022 and that had them double their preseason win total with five. This season, they are 8-3 with their three losses being by a total of 16 points and two of those were in overtime. They are really close to being 10-1 and that should put Fisch in coach-of-the-year conversations.

    The Arizona State Sun Devils are where Arizona was in 2021 when Fisch took over. Kenny Dillingham is the first alumni to be the head coach for the Sun Devils and it’s looking to pay dividends. They aren’t a good football team right now, but injuries and a talent void with their upperclassmen have them in a rough spot.

    This game will be very competitive down the line, but the talent the Wildcats have in both the trenches and on the outside will be too much for the Sun Devils.

    Bet: Arizona -11 (-108)

    Oregon State +13.5 (-110) vs. Oregon -13.5 (-110)

    The rivalry formerly known as the Civil War is a hotly contested one.

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    Last season’s game had the Oregon Ducks up by 21 in Corvallis before the Oregon State Beavers ended up scoring 28 of the final 31 points to upset the Ducks by a score of 38-34.

    Both teams are much improved versions of last year’s squads. Bo Nix is a bona fide Heisman Trophy candidate, Tez Johnson and Troy Franklin are a dynamic duo on the outside and Bucky Irving is the likely RB1 in the 2024 NFL draft. They also have some talent in the trenches with Jordan Burch and Brandon Dorluss who have wreaked havoc all season long.

    The Beavers found themselves a legitimate quarterback this season in D.J. Uiagalalei, something they didn’t have when they beat the Ducks last season. His presence has been important in their growth year over year and it gives the Beavers a legit way to attack down the field.

    The heart of this team is still with the running game, as Damien Martinez has been a juggernaut for the Beavers this season.

    Overall, this spread is just too close for comfort. The Ducks are the likely victors, but the Beavers are a very good and tough matchup for the Ducks and rivalry games can get really weird. Give me the points with the Beavers.

    Bet: Oregon State +13.5 (-110)

    Other Bets

    • Bowling Green -2 (-112) at Western Michigan-Win (Tuesday)
    • New Mexico State -2 (-110) vs. Jacksonville State
    • Ole Miss -10 (-110) at Mississippi State
    • Missouri -7.5 (-110) at Arkansas
    • Northwestern +5.5 (-110) at Illinois

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