Three weeks remain in the college football regular season. Alabama and Florida State are currently on track for a meeting in the national championship game, but Ohio State, Baylor and a host of other teams are hoping one of the top squads slips up down the stretch.
The major upsets those other title contenders are waiting on aren't likely to occur in Week 13. Alabama and Florida State are both heavy favorites against Chattanooga and Idaho, respectively. So it's up to the pursuing group to keep pace for another week.
With that in mind, let's check out all of the games involving BCS Top 25 teams on tap for Week 13 and make selections for each contest. The list is followed by a breakdown of the top action as the regular season nears its conclusion.
Week 13 Predictions
|Date||Road Team||Home Team||Pick|
|11/23||Chattanooga||No. 1 Alabama||ALA|
|11/23||Idaho||No. 2 Florida State||FLA ST|
|11/23||Indiana||No. 3 Ohio State||OHIO ST|
|11/23||No. 4 Baylor||No. 10 Oklahoma State||BAY|
|11/23||No. 5 Oregon||Arizona||ORE|
|11/23||Citadel||No. 7 Clemson||CLEM|
|11/23||No. 8 Missouri||No. 24 Ole Miss||MISS|
|11/23||California||No. 9 Stanford||STAN|
|11/23||Coastal Carolina||No. 11 South Carolina||SC|
|11/23||No. 12 Texas A&M||No. 22 LSU||A&M|
|11/23||No. 13 Michigan State||Northwestern||MICH ST|
|11/23||No. 17 Arizona State||No. 14 UCLA||ARZ ST|
|11/23||New Mexico||No. 15 Fresno State||FRES|
|11/20||No. 16 Northern Illinois||Toledo||NIU|
|11/21||Rutgers||No. 18 UCF||UCF|
|11/23||No. 19 Wisconsin||No. 25 Minnesota||WIS|
|11/23||No. 20 Oklahoma||Kansas State||K ST|
|11/23||Memphis||No. 21 Louisville||LOU|
|11/23||No. 23 USC||Colorado||USC|
CFB Week 13
Breakdown of Top Games
No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State
It's safe to say there will be no shortage of points in this huge Top 10 clash. The teams are combining to average more than 100 points per game and each have numerous playmakers capable of changing the course of the game in the blink of an eye.
The high-scoring pace is going to put a lot of pressure on both offenses. Bryce Petty and Clint Chelf both know the margin for error is going to be extremely thin. One or two poor possessions will be enough to crush their side's chances.
That's why Petty's efficiency is going to give Baylor the edge. He has 24 touchdowns and just one interception with a completion rate above 65 percent. When the Bears need a big throw, he delivers it and that won't change this week.
Prediction: Baylor 45, Oklahoma State 38
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 22 LSU
Not only is this game important for Texas A&M in terms of staying in the BCS picture, but Johnny Manziel needs a very strong showing as he looks to capture a second straight Heisman Trophy. It's a very close race with Jameis Winston of Florida State at this point.
What will be the top game of Week 13?
Manziel and the Aggies offense have been on a roll lately. They have put up at least 50 points in three straight games with the dynamic sophomore quarterback accounting for four or more touchdowns in each of those contests. Now, he faces an LSU defense that gave up 38 points to Alabama last week.
The Tigers need a defensive performance much closer to their 17-6 win over Florida than their lackluster showings against the Crimson Tide and Georgia. The rushing attack, led by Jeremy Hill, can help the defense with a big game, but it won't be enough.
Prediction: Texas A&M 35, LSU 34
No. 17 Arizona State at No. 14 UCLA
Wrapping up the week's marquee matchups is a critical game in the Pac-12 South. Arizona State currently leads the division by one game, but UCLA can take control of the top spot if it can take down the Sun Devils at home.
While both of these teams have reliable offenses, Arizona State has a trio of playmakers on defense that give it the advantage. Davon Coleman, Carl Bradford and Chris Young consistently wreak havoc in the opponent's backfield.
That doesn't bode well for a Bruins squad that leans so heavily on its rushing attack. The Sun Devils won't be able to completely shut down Brett Hundley, but they should be able to contain him enough to score the narrow road victory.
Prediction: Arizona State 28, UCLA 24