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College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for top 25 games today in Week 13

Competition week wraps up on Saturday and we’ll be facing some of the biggest college football matches of the season all day long. Bragging rights won’t be the only thing at stake, as divisional titles, Conference Championship playoffs, and College Football Playoff invites will all be ready to take with 18 of the top 25 teams in action over the last day of the regular season.

Ohio State and Michigan go head-to-head in The Game with the Big Ten East at stake. The Buckeyes and Wolverines both have a shot at the top in the College Football Playoff, but Saturday’s game win must be won by a Big Ten title match. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet in Bedlam, a single loser with big 12 teams that need a little help getting into the playoff. There’s also a chance that the Sooners and Cowboys will meet in a rematch for the league title should the Sooners win.

Elsewhere, Georgia (at Georgia Tech) and Alabama (at Auburn) both had matches they competed between before meeting them in a SEC title match.

While winning is all that matters for the rankings, we do care if these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick to CBS Sports all day for coverage of college football from the start of the inaugural game onwards. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for a loaded Saturday in week 13.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times are oriental

No. 2 Ohio at No. 5 Michigan

nun | Fox fuboTV (try for free)– It is very difficult to face the Buckeyes in this game. Although I think this is the most complete team in Michigan Jim Harbaugh has made, after seeing the way the Buckeyes have flipped the switch in the past two weeks, I don’t think the Wolverines are good enough to keep them within the number. They have excellent defense and fast passing, but they haven’t yet faced an attack close to what Ohio State has to offer. If the Wolverines are late, they will have to give up their strengths to try to keep up. So I’m putting up points with the Buckeyes while hoping the match will be a lot closer. Prediction: Ohio State (-8) – Tom Fornelli

No. 3 Alabama in Auburn

3:30 PM | CBS, CBSSports.comAnd CBS Sports AppI’ll have the points spread since nearly three landing screaming “tailgate cover”. Crimson Tide’s offensive line is impossible to trust, so I would expect Auburn to force several empty possessions, which would allow TJ Finley to keep his team in the game for at least three quarters. Finley would eventually make a mistake or two that would change the game in favor of scarlet and white…but not by three degrees. Prediction: Auburn (+19.5) – Barrett Sally

Pennsylvania is the number 12 state of Michigan

3:30 PM | ABC, fuboTV (try for free)– There must have been some shockwave from that amazing result in Ohio last week, and while Homecoming should bring a more friendly environment to Michigan, I think Pennsylvania comes with a little juice. Playing is my favorite as this should be a low-scoring game, but in the end I’ll be by the Nittany Lions’ side. Prediction: Pennsylvania (-1.5) – Chip Patterson

#15 Texas A&M in LSU

7 pm | ESPN fuboTV (try for free)– Both teams disappointed with expectations, but LSU played poor football against good competition. The only seeded win of the season came against Florida, which proceeded to collapse. Texas A&M can limit LSU’s running game and make it one-dimensional enough to emerge victorious. Prediction: Texas A&M (-6.5) – Sheehan Jiraj

No. 10 Oklahoma in No. 7 Oklahoma State

7:30 PM | ABC, fuboTV (try for free)– Oklahoma was a fashionable pick to win the National Championship entering the season—this author included. Unfortunately, there is a lot of waiting we can muster before we admit that Mr. Godot is not coming. Oklahoma State has always been better and more dominant all season, playing its best football with a chance of making it to its first Big 12 game. The Cowboys won’t miss this moment. Prediction: Oklahoma State (-4) – Sheehan Jiraj

What college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 13, and which college football contender gets a major dread? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the difference – all from a proven computer model that has earned close to $3,700 over the past five seasons – and find out.

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