SportsTalkATL’s College Football Gambling Locks: Week 13

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Tuner Skehan (22-14-2)

Preamble: Navy….. nevermind.

NC State (-2.5) at GT

I do not know much about NCST, and I don’t care. NCST’s defense is a little better than average; GT cannot score. That’s enough for me. GT is dismal. So bad. Fade them.

WCU (+57) vs. Alabama

Will Alabama miss Tua? Yes. Is Mac Jones a far better than competent back-up who is about to prove his chops as a starter? Yes. Will Bama cover 57? No. Saban doesn’t run up the score, and Alabama is pretty banged up. They will score early and often and then rest up for Auburn. This game will never be close. But they won’t cover 57. Extra pick – The Mac Jones Heisman hype train 2020 leaves the station on Satuday. Buy your ticket.

 Illinois (+15.5) at Iowa

Illinois can run the ball. Iowa plots slowly down the field and plays stout defense. I like the game to stay close. Illinois has only built momentum and will likely be flying high into Iowa. It seems as though the transfer portal has paid its dividends, and Illinois’ line, with the addition of Alabama transfer Richie Petitbon, is firm and forceful. If they had closed out some games early in the year, this team could easily see an 8 or 9-win season. A furious late-season rally will be the story of the 2019 Illini.

UGA (-14) vs. TAMU

UGA is coming off of a tough game, but defense shows up. UGA can’t afford to lose this if it wants a chance at the playoffs, and it seems like TAMU has done nothing but spiral downwards all season. Athens isn’t an easy place to play either – well unless you are USC. Take the Bulldogs.

Jake Gordon (21-17)

Ohio State (-18) vs. Penn State

Ohio State is the best team in the country in my mind, and Penn State hasn’t done anything to prove to me they belong in the same conversation.

UGA (-13) vs. Texas A&M

UGA is peaking at the right time. To be fair, A&M has played better as of late as well, but they are going to be outclassed in this one. Georgia has perhaps the best defense in the country, and eventually, they will wear the Aggies down.

Indiana (+8.5) vs. Michigan

Indiana has a squad, and they nearly upset Penn State in Happy Valley last weekend. This week, they will have a much better chance to do so at home against a Michigan team that struggles to score a lot of points. I think the Wolverines get the win but by less than a touchdown.

SMU (+3.5) at Navy

Navy may have a little hangover after being beatdown by Notre Dame. They are at home, but I still like SMU to win outright, making the 3.5 just gravy.

Oklahoma vs. TCU over 65

Remember, when Oklahoma had a defense? Those were funny days earlier in the season. This unit still can’t stop anybody, and TCU can put up some points. Meanwhile, this Horned Frog defense isn’t exactly Gary Patterson’s best unit either. Take the over.

Harrison Coburn (22-20-1)

USC (-13.5) vs. UCLA

Going with Chase on this one. He’s been on the anti-UCLA train all year. We hopped off the train for a bit while they had a little success, but I have a feeling they will end laying an egg against their arch-rival.

Oklahoma (-17.5) vs. TCU

Oklahoma has to earn style points these final few weeks if they want any chance of sneaking into the playoffs. At home, I’m expecting them to try and score as many as they can against TCU.

Washington State (-10.5) vs. Oregon State

Oregon State is looking to get back to a bowl game for the first time in a while. I just don’t think that happens for them this week. Too much firepower for Washington State, as they win by 2+ touchdowns at home.

Chase Irle (22-21-2)

Ohio State (-18) vs. Penn State

I’m just not a big believer in Penn State. This is a ‘lay it or don’t play it’ situation for me. I love the Buckeyes and think they might be the best team in the country. Therefore I’m laying the points. They will beat Penn State by at least two scores, but a backdoor cover is always in play with a line like this.

USC (-13.5) vs. UCLA

Fading UCLA has made me a lot of money this year, and I’m doing it again in this rivalry matchup. Chip Kelly and his boys bounced back for a little, but this team still lacks talent. USC should be able to cover the two-touchdown spread here.

Tenessee (+4.5) at Missouri

Right now, Tenessee is probably the third-best team in the SEC East. Jeremy Pruitt has his boys rolling, and I think they will win this game straight up, but I’ll take the 4.5 points as insurance.

Louisville (-9.5) vs. Syracuse

The Cardinals have had a nice little bounce-back season after a terrible 2018. I’m looking for them to end it strong with an easy win over Syracuse, who has been just miserable this year.

 

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