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Week 13 College Football Picks Against the Spread

Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa Hawkeyes

Seriously, I am cruising right now.

In fact, I am scared to pick any games because strange things happen on rivalry weekend, and I don't want to screw up my sterling 11-2 record over the last two weeks.

But, like going back for that third plate of food, I just can't help myself.

Last Week: 6-1

Year-to-date: 47-31

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Iowa (-1) at Nebraska

The Hawkeyes have been mentally tough all year long, trailing in the second half one time all season (Iowa State). After moving into the top four of the College Football Playoff Committee rankings, Kirk Ferentz will have his team incredibly focused against what is turning into a nice season-ending rival. The line is too low. Prediction: Iowa -1

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Navy (+1) at Houston

Greg Ward could be back and that could be dangerous for the Middies. But the conference title, New Year's Six Bowl berth and Heisman Trophy could all hang in the balance. Navy is cruising along right now beating teams by nearly 30 points per game. Prediction: Navy +1

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Indiana (-7) at Purdue

The Hoosiers have played good football all season in the Big Ten despite losing all but one conference game. When healthy, this offense is as good as any in the league and it showed last week (why IU was an underdog was beyond me). Purdue has lost three straight by an average of 20.3 points per game. Take the Hoosiers to roll. Prediction: Indiana -7

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Texas A&M (+5.5) at LSU

The Tigers will be playing an emotional game in what could be Les Miles final game in Baton Rouge. Miles is also the only coach who has owned Kevin Sumlin since the Aggies joined the SEC. So, naturally, I'm taking Texas A&M. The Aggies offense played one of its best games last weekend, and LSU's defense is non-existent. And don't overlook John Chavis returning home either. Prediction: Texas A&M +5.5

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Northwestern (-3.5) vs. Illinois (Chicago)

The Wildcats' defense is legit after destroying the Badgers' offensive line last weekend. Illinois has allowed more than 5.7 yards per play in three of its last four games (Purdue) and that could be just enough for Northwestern to cover the small spread at Soldier Field. Prediction: Northwestern -3.5

Best/Worst Records Against the Spread

Best Teams

Record

Worst Teams

Record

Southern Miss

9-2

UCF

2-9

Washington St

9-2

Oregon St

2-9

Navy

8-2

Kentucky

2-8

Toldeo

8-2

Fresno St

2-8-1

C. Michigan

8-2-1

Old Dominion

2-8-1

N. Illinois

8-2-1

 

 

USF

8-2-1