College Football Rivalry Week Betting Cheat SheetJosh Bailey
It’s Rivalry Week in College Football with huge games in every single conference. After Week 12, a number of teams will be looking to stake their claim to a spot in the College Football Playoff. Which games are the best for ATS, Moneyline and Over/Under wagers? Keep reading to find out!
College Football Week 13 ATS Picks
#11 North Carolina at North Carolina State
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at TBD
Odds: North Carolina -7
NC was all out to beat Virginia Tech. That was VA Tech Coach Frank Beamer’s last home game. North Carolina State doesn’t figure to put up as spirited of a fight in this game.
NC State has lost 2 out of their last 4. Even though the defense looks tough, it allowed Syracuse to score 29 points, Florida State to put up 34, and Clemson to put up 56. The Tar Heels average over 490 yards and over 40 points per game.
Pick: North Carolina
Missouri at Arkansas
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2:30 pm ET
Odds: Arkansas -13.5
It’s hard to score points against Missouri. But, the Tigers haven’t faced an offense as hot as Arkansas’ in a long time.
The Razorbacks have scored 54, 63, 31, 51 and 50 in their last 4 games. Missouri’s offense is bad. So, even though Arkansas is probably only going to put up 30 to 40 point in this, it’s going to be plenty to cover the spread.
#2 Alabama at Auburn
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at TBD
Odds: Alabama -13
This is the biggest rivalry in college football. Auburn always plays Alabama tough. Most football handicappers will throw out any stats for the Iron Bowl.
But, this Auburn team is really, really bad. Will Muschamp’s defense is allowing opponents to average 180.9 rushing yards per game. They face Heisman Trophy favorite Derrick Henry in this matchup. Alabama’s defensive line should disrupt anything Auburn wants to do on offense.
College Football Week 13 Game Total Over/Under Picks
#16 Navy at Houston
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at 9:00 am ET
Navy averages over 33 points per game. Houston’s defense isn’t that great. Even if Houston has problems at QB, the Cougars should put up points at home against Navy. Both offenses will rule the day in this matchup. Houston won’t need to go over its average of 41 per game for this go over.
Marshall at Western Kentucky
When: Friday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 am ET
This looks like another that should go over. Marshall averages 413 yards and 33 points. The Thundering Herd has a good defense, but it hasn’t faced a team nearly as capable of throwing the long ball as Western Kentucky.
The Hilltoppers average 517.3 yards and 43.7 points per game. QB Brandon Doughty has thrown for 3807 yards and 37 touchdowns.
#5 Oklahoma at #9 Oklahoma State
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma QB Brandon Mayfield may or may not play in this matchup. This is a huge game. If Oklahoma loses and Baylor beats TCU, the Bears would win the Big 12.
Oklahoma should put up points, but this probably won’t be as high-scoring as many expect it to be. Oklahoma’s defense is good enough to pressure Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph. Expect a lot of draws and short passes to the flat from both teams.
College Football Week 13 Straight Up Moneyline Picks
BYU at Utah State
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 pm ET
Odds: BYU -3
BYU’s defense has really picked it up in the Cougars’ last 4 games. The D has allowed 6, 16, 20 and 10. The defense should have no trouble stopping a Utah State offense that has hit the skids.
The Aggies scored 31 against Nevada. But, that’s Nevada. What might be worse is the fact that Utah State scored only 13 points against New Mexico a few games ago in a 14 to 13 loss. BYU wins this.
Pick: Utah State
#19 Ole Miss at Mississippi State
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 9:00 am ET
Odds: Ole Miss -1
There is no reason why Ole Miss should be favored in this game. Sure, the Rebels beat LSU 38 to 17 in Week 12.
If you notice, Ole Miss got to stop QB Brandon Harris in that matchup against the Tigers. The Bulldogs’ QB, Dak Prescott, continues to shine. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Prescott will exploit an overrated Ole Miss defense and lead Mississippi State to victory.
Pick: Mississippi State
Texas A&M at LSU
When: Saturday, Nov. 28 at 4:15 pm ET
Odds: LSU -5
LSU is in danger of losing its fourth straight. Sure, Texas A&M isn’t a great team. But, the A&M offense, which averages over 30 points per matchup, goes against a bad LSU defense.
Texas A&M’s defense is greatly improved. Their defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik, designed the defense at LSU. He’ll know how to stop LSU’s offense.
Pick: Texas A&M