The 2023 college football regular season is nearing its close, with conference championships right around the corner.
The most notable matchup taking place in Week 13 sees No. 2 Ohio State visit No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, which will certainly affect the College Football Playoff picture.
While we look to finish the season strong, let’s take a look at a few of our favorite college football Week 13 picks.
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College Football Week 13 Predictions
All NCAAF betting odds used for these CFB Week 13 predictions are current as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Liberty vs UTEP Prediction: Liberty -17 (-108)
For the first time this season, we bet on No. 22 Liberty to cover the spread and it let us down as UMass secured a backdoor cover with 56 seconds remaining in Week 12.
Instead of turning our back on the Flames, we’ll be going right back to them in a Week 13 showdown against UTEP.
Even though Liberty failed to cover the spread this past week, the Flames are 8-3 ATS overall and a perfect 4-0 ATS on the road.
While UTEP has covered the spread in three consecutive games, it is 5-6 ATS on the season, including a 2-3 ATS record at home.
The Flames lead all of college football in rushing yards per game (282.2) as running back Quinton Cooley and quarterback Kaidon Salter are threats on the ground.
Meanwhile, UTEP allows 180.5 rushing yards per game (tied for the 15th-most in the nation), setting the Flames up for another blowout win.
Georgia vs Georgia Tech Prediction: Georgia -24 (-110)
Georgia remains the No. 1 ranked team in college football, and it’s hard to argue it isn’t the most complete team in the country right now.
We took the Bulldogs to cover as around 10-point road favorites in Week 12 against No. 25 Tennessee, and they cruised to a 38-10 victory.
Aside from a defense that is limiting teams to only 15.1 points per game (fifth-fewest in the nation), Georgia’s offense has posted 37-plus points in five of its last six games (all against SEC opponents).
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Carson Beck continues to improve down the stretch, and the Bulldogs have future first-round pick Brock Bowers back in the offense.
Even with Georgia owning a 1-2 ATS record on the road, the Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against Georgia Tech.
Georgia knows it can’t afford to slip up to end the regular season, so I’m expecting a lopsided win on Saturday.
Alabama vs Auburn Prediction: Alabama -14.5 (-108)
Another SEC squad that can’t afford to slip up is Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s lone loss came early in the season against No. 7 Texas, but they are a much different team right now.
Besides the defense finding its footing, Jalen Milroe looks extremely comfortable at quarterback, contributing at least three touchdowns in three straight games.
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With Alabama being a one-loss team, Nick Saban knows the Crimson Tide needs to continue racking up convincing wins to have any chance of clinching a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama has covered the spread in seven of its last eight games and boasts a 3-1 ATS record on the road.
Auburn has shown flashes of being a competitive team, but the Tigers are coming off a disappointing 31-10 home loss to New Mexico State in Week 12 despite being 25-point favorites.
The Crimson Tide defense surrendered just 28 points to a high-powered LSU offense back in Week 10, and it’s tough to see the Tigers scoring enough to keep Saturday’s SEC bout close.
College Football Week 13 Schedule & Scores: AP Top 25
Thursday. Nov. 23, 2023
(12) Ole Miss @ Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 24, 2023
(20) Iowa @ Nebraska, noon ET
TCU @ (13) Oklahoma, noon ET
(23) Toledo @ Central Michigan, noon ET
UTSA @ (18) Tulane, 3:30 p.m. ET
(10) Missouri @ Arkansas, 4 p.m. ET
Texas Tech @ (7) Texas, 7:30 p.m. ET
(11) Penn State @ Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. ET
(15) Oregon State @ (6) Oregon, 8:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023
Kentucky @ (9) Louisville, noon ET
(2) Ohio State @ (3) Michigan, noon ET
Texas A&M @ (14) LSU, noon ET
(8) Alabama @ Auburn, 3:30 p.m. ET
(22) Liberty @ UTEP, 3:30 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt @ (25) Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET
(16) Arizona @ Arizona State, 3:30 p.m. ET
BYU @ (21) Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. ET
(24) James Madison @ Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET
Washington State @ (4) Washington, 4 p.m. ET
(5) Florida State @ Florida, 7 p.m. ET
(17) Notre Dame @ Stanford, 7 p.m. ET
(1) Georgia @ Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET
Iowa State @ (19) Kansas State, 8 p.m. ET