College Football Week 13 Picks: Rivalry Games That Will Turn into Blowouts

Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 22, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs chats with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder of the Auburn Tigers before their game on November 10, 2012 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Georgia defeated Auburn 38-0 and clinched the SEC East division.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Rivalries are always the best part of the end of the college football season, and Week 13 of this season brings with it many historic rivalries. Unfortunately, some of them are going to be huge blowouts.

Despite a long, rich tradition of close games, these games are going to be 20-plus-point blowouts, ruining some of the greatest rivalries to be played this week.


Auburn vs. No. 2 Alabama

The Iron Bowl is one of college football's best rivalries, and it has had some incredible games in recent years. However, despite high expectations entering the season, this year's game is going to get ugly.

Auburn has been one of the biggest disappointments in college football this season, going 3-8 this year, including 0-7 in the SEC.

Alabama, on the other hand, has been nearly perfect, with the only loss coming at the hands of Johnny Football and Texas A&M. The team is still in line for the BCS Championship game and is looking to clinch a spot in the SEC Championship game.

Alabama's No. 1 ranked defense is going to completely shut down Auburn's offense, which ranks No. 109 in the country. The Tigers also won't be able to stop the Crimson Tide, who score 38.1 points per game.

This game is just going to be ugly, and I won't even watch it.

Prediction: Alabama 37, Auburn 3


Georgia Tech at No. 3 Georgia

Georgia is looking to secure a spot in the BCS Championship game, which requires the defeat of Georgia Tech on their way to the SEC Championship game.

The Bulldogs are looking to make a statement against rival Georgia Tech and take the next step toward a national championship.

The 10-1 Bulldogs are at home for a slaughter of the 6-5 Yellow Jackets. I see this game getting out of hand early.

Prediction: Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 13


No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USC

As much hype as this game is receiving, the Irish would probably kill USC even if Matt Barkley were playing, but without him it's just going to be embarrassing.

However, the Trojans' backup quarterback, Max Wittek, guaranteed a win for some reason.

Notre Dame's stingy defense, which allows just 10.1 points per game (the best in the nation), is going to stymie the Trojans while the Irish run all over USC.

This game isn't even going to be worth watching. Sorry about killing all your dreams, Wittek.

Prediction: Notre Dame 45, USC 6