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College Football Predictions Week 13: Selections for Every Top 25 Contest

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks his team onto the field to face the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

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

College Football Week 13 Predictions
DateRoad TeamHome TeamPick
11/23ChattanoogaNo. 1 AlabamaALA
11/23IdahoNo. 2 Florida StateFLA ST
11/23IndianaNo. 3 Ohio StateOHIO ST
11/23No. 4 BaylorNo. 10 Oklahoma StateBAY
11/23No. 5 OregonArizonaORE
11/23CitadelNo. 7 ClemsonCLEM
11/23No. 8 MissouriNo. 24 Ole MissMISS
11/23CaliforniaNo. 9 StanfordSTAN
11/23Coastal CarolinaNo. 11 South CarolinaSC
11/23No. 12 Texas A&MNo. 22 LSUA&M
11/23No. 13 Michigan StateNorthwesternMICH ST
11/23No. 17 Arizona StateNo. 14 UCLAARZ ST
11/23New MexicoNo. 15 Fresno StateFRES
11/20No. 16 Northern IllinoisToledoNIU
11/21RutgersNo. 18 UCFUCF
11/23No. 19 WisconsinNo. 25 MinnesotaWIS
11/23No. 20 OklahomaKansas StateK ST
11/23MemphisNo. 21 LouisvilleLOU
11/23No. 23 USCColoradoUSC
CFB Week 13

 

Breakdown of Top Games

No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Antwan Goodley #5 of the Baylor Bears makes a pass reception against Tanner Jacobson #20 and Keenon Ward #15 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/G
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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

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates after throwing a first quarter touchdown during a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Sco
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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.

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

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 28:  (L-R) Quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 and defensive end Davon Coleman #43 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrate with teamamtes following the college football game against the USC Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 20
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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

 

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