5 College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 13

Auburn is more than a three-touchdown road underdog in the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama

The college football schedule is expanded this weekend just like your belt after that second helping of mashed potatoes and stuffing. While Thanksgiving weekend allows for more games to be played during the day on Friday, the reality of the COVID-19 season makes getting all of the scheduled games to go off without a hitch a difficult task. A handful of games have already been thrown away with the turkey scraps, but we'll hope that these other games manage to be played.

 

This is typically rivalry week around college football, but things are slightly modified this season. But we do have the Iron Bowl to look forward to. This week we are including three teams appearing in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, but the underdogs may be the plays of the week in some of these matchups. The college picks have been trending upward in recent weeks. Let’s see if we can be thankful for another uplifting week.

 

Note: All times are ET and all games are Saturday, Nov. 28 unless noted otherwise.

 

Texas (-1.5) vs. Iowa State, 1 p.m. (Fri.)

This all depends on which Texas team decides to show up. Will it be the Longhorns ready to shine in the spotlight, or one that will continue to struggle to put a game away and let one slip through their fingers? We'll go a bit down the middle of this one and suggest Texas covers, but barely. Texas 31, Iowa State 27

 

North Carolina (+5.0) vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Fri.)

Expect plenty of points in this one. The Tar Heels have the ability to move the football at ease and score, and they bring out the best of Sam Howell in these types of situations at home. But UNC's defense cannot be trusted, and Ian Book and the Fighting Irish are going to take advantage of that to escape Chapel Hill with a thrilling victory to remain undefeated. Take the over, and take the Tar Heels at home to cover. Notre Dame 40, North Carolina 36

 

Editor's note: The Ohio State-Illinois game was canceled on Friday night.

 

Ohio State (-28.5) at Illinois, 12 p.m.

After being pushed to the limit by Indiana last week, do not expect Ryan Day and the Buckeyes to have another close call the rest of the year. This would be a bad time to be Lovie Smith and Illinois. After beating Nebraska last week, the Illini will struggle to keep anything close with a re-focused Buckeye squad this week. Ohio State 52, Illinois 17

 

Penn State (+1) at Michigan, 12 p.m.

Penn State is still searching for their first win of the season and the Nittany Lions have a rough history in Ann Arbor. But the line is swinging Penn State’s way, opening at Michigan -4 and coming into Friday with Michigan -1. Penn State almost has to win a game by accident at some point. Could this be that weekend? Penn State 30, Michigan 27

 

Auburn (+24.5) at Alabama, 3:30 p.m.

Alabama just blasted Kentucky by 60 points last week for one of the easiest covers of the year. Auburn won't lose by 60. In fact, in this rivalry, giving Auburn more than three touchdowns feels like easy money. Even against Alabama, Auburn getting 24.5 points is something you should take every time it gets dropped into your lap. Roll Tide, but take Auburn and the points and run before anyone notices. Alabama 47, Auburn 23

 

Last Week: 3-2

Season: 30-26

 

Podcast: Week 13 Preview and Predictions + Interview with Kirk Herbstreit

 

— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Patreon, on Twitter @KevinOnCFB, on Instagram, and Like him on Facebook.

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