COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS (WEEK 13)
Ourlads’ Football Network host Greg DePalma and Athlon managing editor Mitch Light get together each Thursday to analyze top matchups on the week’s college football schedule and make predictions. Catch OFN College Weekly for their full exchange.
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No.3 NOTRE DAME (11-0) at USC (5-6)
Kickoff: 8 p.m. Site: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles.
TV: ABC. Line: Notre Dame by 11.
Greg: *Notre Dame. Mitch: Notre Dame.
Mitch says: “Notre Dame, I don’t know if they have a weakness. Not that they’re the best team in the country or they’re the best Notre Dame team ever or anything like that. They’re just good pretty much across the board. … a really good football team that plays well on both offense and defense.”
No.4 MICHIGAN (10-1) at No.10 OHIO ST. (10-1)
Kickoff: Noon. Site: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.
TV: FOX. Line: Michigan by 4 ½.
Greg: *Michigan. Mitch: Michigan.
Greg says: “All the trends say Ohio State … but I think Michigan is going to take out all of their frustration on Ohio State. I think it’s overdue. I think the way the Buckeyes are playing, they’re vulnerable. And if Michigan gets out to even a 7-0 lead, I think they’re going to dominate.”
No.6 OKLAHOMA (10-1) at No.13 WEST VIRGINIA (8-2)
Kickoff: 8 p.m. Friday. Site: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va.
TV: ESPN. Line: Oklahoma by 2.
Greg: West Virginia. Mitch: *Oklahoma.
Greg says: “History is on the side of Oklahoma, that they will make the plays and West Virginia won’t. I get all that. I just think this West Virginia team is (coach Dana) Holgorsen’s best and maybe only shot ever to win the big ones. … With (QB Will) Grier there and (WR David) Sills there a couple more games, this is it.”
No.16 WASHINGTON (8-3) at No.7 WASHINGTON ST. (10-1)
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. Friday. Site: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Wash.
TV: FOX. Line: Washington St. by 2 ½.
Greg: *Washington St. Mitch: Washington St.
Mitch says: “Gardner Minshew, you’ve got to remember he’s a first-year quarterback in this program. … They struggled with Cal a few weeks ago, but they’ve really played well these last two weeks. I think with all that’s at stake and the environment we’re going to see Friday night, Washington State wraps up the division.”
GREG’S BEST BETS
5-star: Notre Dame (-11) over USC
4-star: Washington St. (-3) over Washington (Friday)
3-star: Michigan (-4) over Ohio St.
Upset special: Maryland (+14) over Penn St. (moneyline +430)
MITCH’S BEST BETS
5-star: Oklahoma (-2) over West Virginia (Friday)
4-star: Florida (-6) over Florida St.
3-star: Arizona St. (-2) over Arizona
Upset special: Mississippi (+13) over Mississippi St. (moneyline +400) (Thurs.)