College Football Picks: Week 13 Predictions for Every Game

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesCollege Basketball National AnalystNovember 24, 2021

College Football Picks: Week 13 Predictions for Every Game

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    Ole Miss' Jerrion Ealy
    Ole Miss' Jerrion EalyRogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

    The final week of the college football regular season is rivalry central. The Game, the Iron Bowl, Bedlam, the Egg Bowl, the Apple Cup, the Battle for the Axe...whatever we're calling Oregon-Oregon State these days. It all goes down this weekend, and all of those games have potential conference championship and/or national championship implications.

    Will those games play out according to form, or could we end up with a Michigan-Minnesota Big Ten championship, Washington State playing for a Pac-12 title and Oklahoma sneaking back into the College Football Playoff chase?

    In preparation for the final full slate of games, we're back once more with projections for every contest.

    Accountability Time: Friends, we are leaking oil as we approach the finish line. After going 12-13 in Week 11, things got slightly worse with an 11-13-3 record against the spread in Top 25 and "top unranked clashes" in Week 12. That brings my year-to-date record to 144-137 (ignoring pushes).

    Going to need something special this week to get back to full-season profitability, but let's make it happen.

    Predictions for each Week 13 game are broken into three sections: CFP Top 25 teams, best games between unranked teams and the rest of the slate. Unless otherwise noted, games are assumed to take place Saturday.

CFP Nos. 25-21

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    Houston's Clayton Tune
    Houston's Clayton TuneChris Szagola/Associated Press

    No. 25 Arkansas (7-4) vs. Missouri (6-5), 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday)

    The Battle Line Rivalry has produced a few scoreboard busters in recent years. Missouri won 50-48 on a last-second field goal last December and also won 48-45 in 2017 on a last-second field goal. With Arkansas fresh off a 42-35 loss at Alabama and Missouri having allowed at least 23 points in each game this season, this could be another point-a-palooza.

    However, it's more likely that the Razorbacks snap their five-game losing streak against the Tigers in relatively convincing fashion.

    After back-to-back subpar rushing performances against LSU and Alabama, Arkansas (223 rush yards per game) should get back on track against a Missouri run defense that ranks dead last in the SEC by more than 40 yards per game (235). Though Missouri's offense has been good enough for a bowl game this season, I don't envision it keeping pace against what has been a solid Arkansas defense for most of the year.

    Prediction: Arkansas 45, Missouri 27

                   

    No. 24 Houston (10-1) at Connecticut (1-10), Noon ET

    Houston has won 10 consecutive games, most of them in convincing fashion, and has not yet allowed an opponent to reach 400 yards of total offense. Connecticut barely beat Yale in mid-October and has been pummeled by at least 30 points in each game since then. The Cougars could get caught peeking ahead to next week's AAC title game against Cincinnati and probably still win by four scores.

    Prediction: Houston 52, Connecticut 13

           

    No. 23 Clemson (8-3) at South Carolina (6-5), 7:30 p.m. ET

    It's weird that this game isn't a formality before Clemson goes on to win another ACC championship since that's been the script for a few years.

    The Tigers are still the clear favorite, but this should be a close game for a change. Clemson is nowhere close to what was expected in the preseason, but the Tigers have found their way on offense with four consecutive games of 30 or more points.

    Can they keep that streak going, or will a loss to the Gamecocks serve as an exclamation mark on this disappointing season?

    The former. Probably.

    Prediction: Clemson 31, South Carolina 14

              

    No. 22 UTSA (11-0) at North Texas (5-6), 2 p.m. ET

    Led by Deandre Torrey, North Texas has very quietly put together the fourth-most-potent rushing attack in the country, averaging 237.6 yards per game. And while UTSA has generally been very good against the run this season, the biggest reason the Roadrunners needed a last-second touchdown against UAB to remain undefeated was the 220 rushing yards the Blazers racked up on the ground.

    Throw in the facts that the Mean Green are on a four-game winning streak, are the home team and are jostling for a spot in a bowl game that seemed completely impossible a month ago, and I suspect UTSA is headed for another nail-biter. But I do think the offense will be able to get the job done. North Texas' defensive numbers have been impressive over the past four weeks, but that's mostly because it has been facing some of the worst offenses C-USA has to offer.

    Prediction: UTSA 35, North Texas 27

           

    No. 21 San Diego State (10-1) vs. Boise State (7-4), Noon ET (Friday)

    First of all, what in the world is up with this start time? The last time Boise State played in a game that started before 3:30 p.m. ET, it was only up 10-0 at halftime against Utah State in September. I couldn't even tell you the last time the Aztecs had to play a football game at 9 a.m. local time. And we're talking about a game that is nothing short of critical for determining the winner of both Mountain West divisions.

    Instead of Pac-12 After Dark, it's Mountain West Before Brunch. There's no telling how weird things might get for this one.

    But I like Boise State to get this road win. The Broncos have been rock solid on defense since their 2-3 start, holding their last six opponents to 14.5 points per game. And it's not like San Diego State has been a model of offensive efficiency this season, held to 28 points or fewer in six consecutive games. They'll shut down the Aztecs, and Hank Bachmeier will put together a few touchdown drives against an SDSU secondary that struggled with both Fresno State and Nevada in the past month.

    Prediction: Boise State 24, San Diego State 20

CFP Nos. 20-16

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    Iowa's Tyler Goodson
    Iowa's Tyler GoodsonCharlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    No. 20 North Carolina State (8-3) vs. North Carolina (6-5), 7 p.m. ET (Friday)

    North Carolina's Sam Howell did not play this past week against Wofford because of an upper body injury suffered late in the previous game against Pittsburgh. Perhaps it waslike Utah's Tavion Thomas sitting out against Arizona before scoring three times against Oregonan "abundance of caution against an over-matched opponent" situation.

    But if he's anything less than 100 percent for this road game against the Wolfpack, it is highly unlikely the Tar Heels pull off the upset.

    NC State has one of the better defenses in the nation and has done an excellent job against the run, allowing just 3.3 yards per carry and seven rushing touchdowns on the season. Granted, six of those touchdowns have come in the past three weeks, but this front seven is going to provide plenty of resistance against a UNC rushing attack that has eclipsed 220 yards in five of its last six games.

    And it only takes a couple of defensive stops to beat North Carolina, because goodness knows it won't get many of them. NC State has at least 300 passing yards and multiple passing touchdowns in five straight games and hasn't been held below 27 points since mid-September. Devin Leary follows in the footsteps of Brennan Armstrong, Sam Hartman and Kenny Pickett with a great performance against this not-great secondary.

    Prediction: NC State 41, North Carolina 31

           

    No. 19 Utah (8-3) vs. Colorado (4-7), 4 p.m. ET (Friday)

    After a horrid start to the season, Colorado has occasionally shown signs of life on offense as of late, putting up at least 20 points in five of six games and winning three of them.

    However, the Buffaloes have been rather dreadful on defense if you take out their shutout of 1-10 Arizona, their win over Northern Colorado and the game in which Texas A&M's starting quarterback suffered a broken leg. Oregon rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-29 win over Colorado. UCLA followed suit with 245 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in a 44-20 victory. Utah's potent ground game will follow that script to a convincing victory.

    Prediction: Utah 41, Colorado 14

           

    No. 18 Wake Forest (9-2) at Boston College (6-5), Noon ET

    It's a stoppable force against a movable object with the ACC's Atlantic Division title hanging in the balance.

    The stoppable force is Boston College's offense, which has averaged just 17.3 points since the beginning of October. And the movable object is a Wake Forest defense allowing 40.3 points per game during that same time.

    If the Eagles finish anywhere close to the former, Wake Forest will win the division and play for a conference title for the first time since 2006. If the Eagles can get up to that 40 range, though, they have a defense capable of keeping the Demon Deacons in the 30s and opening the door for either Clemson or NC State to win the division.

    But even with starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec back after missing six games earlier this season, I just don't see this BC offense scoring five or more touchdowns.

    Prediction: Wake Forest 38, Boston College 28

            

    No. 17 Pittsburgh (9-2) at Syracuse (5-6), 7:30 p.m. ET

    Even though Syracuse is desperately trying to become bowl-eligible and Pittsburghhaving already clinched its spot in the ACC championshipis playing for nothing, the Panthers could win this one by a landslide if they so choose.

    When Syracuse rushes for at least 200 yards, it is 5-2 and has averaged just under 35 points per game. When it doesn't reach 200 yards on the ground, though, Syracuse is 0-4 and averages 10.3 points. And Pitt has yet to allow an opponent to rush for even 165 yards in a game this season.

    Meanwhile, Syracuse has allowed at least 33 points in five of its last seven games, and Pittsburgh has the third-highest-scoring offense in the country.

    Prediction: Pittsburgh 41, Syracuse 17

           

    No. 16 Iowa (9-2) at Nebraska (3-8), 1:30 p.m. ET (Friday)

    Are we all in agreement that Nebraska is the greatest 3-8 team ever? The Cornhuskers have yet to lose a game by double digits and they have actually scored 70 more points than they have allowed. At this point, their scoring margin is almost identical to that of 9-2 Michigan State (72).

    Is this game against an Iowa offense that has been held below 280 total yards in four of its last five games where Nebraska finally breaks the drought and wins one of these close contests, or is it destined for yet another painful fourth quarter?

    Well, let me tell you, I was fully prepared to pick Nebraska to win a close one, right up until news broke on Monday afternoon that Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinezwho has thrown for at least 200 yards in each game this season and who is the team's leading rusherwill miss this game with a shoulder injury. 

    Without him, I just don't see how this offense manages to get into any sort of rhythm against a very good Iowa defense.

    Prediction: Iowa 23, Nebraska 6

CFP Nos. 15-11

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    BYU's Jaren Hall
    BYU's Jaren HallPaul Abell/Associated Press

    No. 15 Texas A&M (8-3) at LSU (5-6), 7 p.m. ET

    Has it really been three years since that seven-overtime classic between these teams? It must have been, because LSU managed to both turn into a juggernaut for a season and then collapse into itself like a dying star for two seasons since then.

    Now the Tigers need to win this game to avoid their first losing season since before Nick Saban's stint in the bayou, and that doesn't look promising.

    Save for one random explosion against Florida in mid-October, LSU has had a lot of trouble running the ball for the vast majority of the past two seasons. And over its last five games, Texas A&M's secondary has allowed an average of 150.2 passing yards with two passing touchdowns against five interceptions—and one of those touchdowns came with 12 seconds remaining in a 44-14 blowout of South Carolina.

    A&M clamps down on defense and the 2019 national champions fail to qualify for a 2021 bowl.

    Prediction: Texas A&M 27, LSU 14

             

    No. 14 Wisconsin (8-3) at Minnesota (7-4), 4 p.m. ET

    Not only is this the battle for Paul Bunyan's axe, but it may well determine who wins the Big Ten West. (Wisconsin clinches with a victory; Minnesota clinches with a win, an Iowa loss and a Purdue win.)

    Minnesota's defense has been mighty good as of late, holding each of its last five opponents below 280 yards of total offense. However, the Golden Gophers did allow the opposing team to score at least two offensive touchdowns in each of those games, and that might be enough for Wisconsin to win this one, as the Badgers are leading the nation in total yards allowed per game and have forced multiple turnovers in five consecutive games.

    For a team whose season seemingly went up in flames by early October, Wisconsin has been on a mission with seven consecutive wins. My preseason pick of the Badgers in the College Football Playoff doesn't even look that misguided anymore. They stretch the winning streak to eight games behind another big performance from freshman running back Braelon Allen.

    Prediction: Wisconsin 24, Minnesota 13

             

    No. 13 BYU (9-2) at USC (4-6), 10:30 p.m. ET

    If I had told you before the season that this game could play a big role in determining whether the favorite gets to play in a New Year's Six bowl, you wouldn't have batted an eye. But if I had also told you we'd be talking about BYU (who received all of six votes in the preseason AP poll) and not USC (ranked No. 15 in the preseason), there would have been a much different reaction.

    Yet, here we are, with the Cougars potentially one win away from a trip to either the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl that they really should have been awarded last year.

    And given how bad things have gotten for USC over the past seven weeks, it's hard to imagine the Trojans can stop BYU from getting that 10th W. USC's defense has given up an average of 40.0 points over its last five games, including both Arizona and UCLA putting up more points against the Trojans than they have against any other team this season. And BYU has averaged 53.0 points over its last three games, so this offense is plenty capable of destroying this defense.

    Prediction: BYU 45, USC 28

            

    No. 12 Michigan State (9-2) vs. Penn State (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET

    For what is at least the third time this season, I'm not sure how to feel about a Penn State game because of the injury status of Sean Clifford.

    The Nittany Lions quarterback left in the first quarter against Rutgers this past weekend and did not return, and the likelihood of Penn State taking full advantage of this pathetic Michigan State secondary isn't as high if Christian Veilleux is at quarterback. (Though the freshman did have a great game in relief of Clifford.)

    Clifford is expected to play, though, so I feel good about the Nittany Lions here. They have a good enough run defense to stifle Kenneth Walker III, and Clifford is plenty good enough to torch a secondary allowing 340 passing yards per game. Give me Penn State in a road upset.

    Prediction: Penn State 27, Michigan State 24

             

    No. 11 Oregon (9-2) vs. Oregon State (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Oregon's normally potent run game was nowhere to be found in the 38-7 loss to Utah, as Travis Dye was inexplicably only given six carries while Anthony Brown threw the ball 35 times. Simply put, that is not a winning formula for the Ducks, and they might get trounced by Oregon State if they do it again.

    That's because this Beavers offense is way better than it had been for much of the past decade. They've scored at least 21 points in each game, and B.J. Baylor is leading a rushing attack that now ranks best in the Pac-12. And Oregon State does have wins over Utah and Arizona State already this season.

    However, the Beavers defense has been woeful away from home, resulting in a 1-4 record outside of Corvallis. That includes recent losses to California and Colorado in which they were unable to slow down offenses that pretty much everyone else has been able to slow down. Oregon gets back to doing what it does best by running the ball to set up a rematch with Utah in the conference championship.

    If Oregon State does pull off the upset, though, it'll either be OSU or Washington State playing for the Pac-12 title, depending on whether the Cougars can win Friday's Apple Cup.

    Prediction: Oregon 38, Oregon State 28

CFP Nos. 10-6

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    Oklahoma State LB Malcolm Rodriguez
    Oklahoma State LB Malcolm RodriguezKathleen Batten/Associated Press

    No. 10 Oklahoma (10-1) at No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1), 7:30 p.m. ET

    See No. 7 Oklahoma State for prediction.

              

    No. 9 Ole Miss (9-2) at Mississippi State (7-4), 7:30 p.m. ET (Thursday)

    It only took two years for Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach to turn the Egg Bowl into a legitimately important game. If the Rebels are able to win in Starkville, they'll wrap up their first 10-win regular season ever and lock up a spot in a New Year's Six bowl. But if the Bulldogs can get it done, they'll finish above .500 in SEC play for just the second time in the 21st century and might end up in the Citrus Bowl or the Outback Bowl.

    So who actually wins this shootout?

    Mississippi State's Will Rogers has racked up 1,223 yards and 15 passing touchdowns over the last three games, but Ole Miss has been held below 460 total yards just once all season and very rarely commits turnovers. The Rebels have the more balanced and higher-scoring attack, but Mississippi State has the stingier defense—which has been particularly good against the run—as well as home-field advantage.

    My gut says Mississippi State gets the win because that Air Raid offense has been ridiculously on point as of late and the Ole Miss secondary hasn't been anything special. But this game is about as close as I've come to literally flipping a coin.

    Prediction: Mississippi State 41, Ole Miss 35

             

    No. 8 Baylor (9-2) vs. Texas Tech (6-5), Noon ET

    One week after an impressive 41-38 win over Iowa State, Texas Tech managed just 108 total yards in a 23-0 loss to Oklahoma State. This team also opened the season with a convincing win over Houston before later allowing 70 points to Texas and 52 points to TCU. Trying to make any sense of the Red Raiders is liable to hurt your brain.

    One thing that has been consistent, however, is mediocre-at-best defense. It's usually the secondary that lets them down, but the run D has also been gashed to smithereens on a few occasions, which is the route that Baylor will likely go to win this game.

    The Bears are averaging 232 rushing yards and 2.5 rushing touchdowns per game, and they have been particularly potent at home. Abram Smith, Trestan Ebner and Gerry Bohanon may well become the third team to hang at least 330 yards and four touchdowns on this front seven. From there, a defense that has not allowed more than 30 points in a game this season will seal the deal.

    Prediction: Baylor 35, Texas Tech 24

            

    No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1) vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (10-1), 7:30 p.m. ET

    History says Oklahoma will win this game comfortably. The Sooners are 55-5 all-time in this rivalry while ranked in the AP Top 25, and they are 17-1 when both teams are ranked. Five of those "both ranked" games have come in the past six years, and Oklahoma won all five by double digits.

    But there's no question that Oklahoma State has been the better team this season, especially over the past few weeks.

    While the Sooners struggled on offense in the loss to Baylor and in the close calls against Iowa State and Kansas, the Cowboys have emerged as a defensive juggernaut, allowing just one offensive touchdown in the past four gamesa touchdown that came in the fourth quarter of a 49-3 game, no less.

    Caleb Williams seemed like the answer to Oklahoma's woes for a few weeks, but he has not looked right lately and this Oklahoma State defense might eat him alive.

    Prediction: Oklahoma State 28, Oklahoma 17

            

    No. 6 Notre Dame (10-1) at Stanford (3-8), 8 p.m. ET

    Had this game been played back in Week 4, I would've been all about Stanford winning at home. At that point, the Cardinal had convincing wins at USC and at Vanderbilt while Notre Dame was sputtering through close games against Florida State and Toledo.

    Smash cut to late November and Notre Dame is firing on all cylinders on offense and hasn't allowed a touchdown in any of its last three games while Stanford is mired in a six-game losing streak that most recently includes blowouts at the hands of Oregon State and California.

    David Shaw has thus far survived the all-you-can-eat buffet of pink slips handed out to coaches this fall, but another blowout loss at the end of a 3-9 campaign will likely be the final straw.

    Prediction: Notre Dame 38, Stanford 10

CFP Nos. 5-1

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    Ohio State's C.J. Stroud
    Ohio State's C.J. StroudJay LaPrete/Associated Press

    No. 5 Michigan (10-1) vs. No. 2 Ohio State (10-1), Noon ET

    See No. 2 Ohio State for prediction.

            

    No. 4 Cincinnati (11-0) at East Carolina (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday)

    I have picked the Bearcats to win all 11 of their games, but I have missed the spread in each of the last five. So, they'll win this game, but don't ask me by how much. Rather, ask me and then bet the opposite.

    At last check, the spread is 14 points, which makes sense. ECU has won seven of its last nine games, and the exceptions were single-possession losses on the road against UCF and Houston. The Pirates are a respectable team that has been moving the ball at will. However, this is their toughest game by far, and Cincinnati comes in hot on the heels of back-to-back performances with at least 45 points and 500 total yards.

    It's one thing to look good on defense against Temple, South Florida and UCF (sans Dillon Gabriel), but ECU will have a hard time getting stops against the Bearcats. The Pirates are also unlikely to have a fun day against the best turnover-forcing defense in the nation, considering they have committed 20 turnovers this year.

    Prediction: Cincinnati 42, East Carolina 17

             

    No. 3 Alabama (10-1) at Auburn (6-5), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Throw out the records when rivals square off, right?

    Ehh...maybe not in this case.

    Alabama is 25-1 all-time in the Iron Bowl when it is ranked and Auburn is not. The exception came in 2002 when Alabama was ranked ninth. Refine the parameters to "Alabama in the Top Five" and "Auburn unranked," and the Crimson Tide are a perfect 17-0 with an average margin of victory of 25.8 points.

    Auburn's 21-17 Week 12 loss to South Carolina was a vivid reminder of Bo Nix's season-ending injury the previous week. Without him at quarterback, no number of Kick Six replays can convince me the Tigers have a shot in this one.

    Prediction: Alabama 35, Auburn 13

             

    No. 2 Ohio State (10-1) at No. 5 Michigan (10-1), Noon ET

    Does Michigan snap its longest losing streak (eight games) in the history of this great rivalry, or will the nation's highest-scoring offense plow through Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines once again?

    Here's a fun fact to consider: Michigan has not yet faced an offense that ranks top-40 in the nation in scoring, and it lost 37-33 to Michigan State when it went to war with the No. 41 team. The Wolverines' defensive numbersthey've allowed neither 300 yards passing nor 200 yards rushinglook great on paper, but the difficulty level is about to get cranked up.

    While Michigan's rushing attack against Ohio State's front seven felt like a huge advantage for the Wolverines in September, things have changed considerably. Michigan's Blake Corum missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, and Ohio State's defense has held nine consecutive foes below 115 rushing yards.

    This could be a great game if Ohio State's red-zone woes resurface against a much better defense than it has faced in the past two weeks. However, it could turn into the 2019 (56-27) or 2018 (62-39) blowouts in a hurry.

    Prediction: Ohio State 41, Michigan 28

            

    No. 1 Georgia (11-0) at Georgia Tech (3-8), Noon ET

    The last time Georgia Tech was shut out in back-to-back games was in the final game of the 1957 season and the first game of the 1958 season. But considering the Yellow Jackets come into this game against Georgia's juggernaut of a defense fresh off a 55-0 loss to Notre Dame, it felt pertinent to look that up.

    Even before that nightmare in South Bend, it's not like the Yellow Jackets were gearing up for a colossal upset. They have lost five consecutive games, and their defense has been a sieve since the beginning of October. This one is all but certain to get ugly.

    Prediction: Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 3

Top Unranked Clashes

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    Washington State's Jayden De Laura
    Washington State's Jayden De LauraTed S. Warren/Associated Press

    Here are the five most intriguing "other" games for Week 13.

           

    Fifth-Best: Charlotte (5-6) at Old Dominion (5-6), 2 p.m. ET

    Both of these Conference USA teams have been at the FBS level for less than a decade and have each competed in just one bowl in program history. Old Dominion sat out the entire 2020 season after going 1-11 in 2019. The Monarchs also started out 1-6 before reeling off wins in each of their last four games. What a story it would be if they win this game, which they should at home against a poor Charlotte defense. Prediction: Old Dominion 31, Charlotte 21

           

    Fourth-Best: Florida State (5-6) at Florida (5-6), Noon ET

    The records are the same, but these rivals have gotten there in very different ways. Florida's only wins since a 3-1 start have come against Vanderbilt and Samford, and the Gators gave up 52 points in the latter. Meanwhile, the Seminoles have come on strong since an 0-4 start with wins over North Carolina, Miami and Boston College. Florida is the slight favorite at home, but I just don't see it. We'll be Talkin' 'Bout the 'Noles during bowl season. Prediction: Florida State 35, Florida 27

           

    Third-Best: Washington State (6-5) at Washington (4-7), 8 p.m. ET (Friday)

    There's not enough room to include every in-state rivalry going down this weekend, but we have to mention this one because Washington State has a shot at playing for a Pac-12 title if it can win the Apple Cup for the first time since 2012. There's no time like the present to snap that losing streak as Washington sputters through an atrocious and anemic season. Interim head coach Jake Dickert gets a big win over interim head coach Bob Gregory. Prediction: Washington State 24, Washington 19

            

    Second-Best: Miami (Ohio) (6-5) at Kent State (6-5), Noon ET

    Who doesn't love a "Winner clinches a spot in the MAC title game" showdown? Both of these teams opened the season with tough nonconference schedules in hopes of being prepared for this moment, but Miami should win a high-scoring affair. Brett Gabbert has been slinging it well for the RedHawks, and the Golden Flashes have been a train wreck on defense all season. Prediction: Miami (OH) 49, Kent State 42

            

    Best: Western Kentucky (7-4) at Marshall (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Same situation as the MAC game, but with better teams and with potential implications for the all-time single-season passing yards record. Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe is No. 34 on that list with 4,640 yards this season, but he is well on pace to beat B.J. Symons' record (5,833 yards in 2003) with a mark of 5,905 yards if the Hilltoppers win this game to secure their spot in the C-USA title game against UTSA. However, I fear it's not in the cards, because Marshall has home-field advantage, a mighty fine pass attack of its own and by far the stingiest secondary (186.7 pass yards per game) Western Kentucky has faced all year. Prediction: Marshall 34, Western Kentucky 30

Rest of the Slate

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    Liberty's Malik Willis
    Liberty's Malik WillisRogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

    Buffalo (4-7) at Ball State (5-6), 7 p.m. ET (Tuesday): Ball State 35-24

    Western Michigan (6-5) at Northern Illinois (8-3), 7 p.m. ET (Tuesday): Northern Illinois 41-34

    Fresno State (8-3) at San Jose State (5-6), 3:30 p.m. ET (Thursday): Fresno State 31-27

    Ohio (3-8) at Bowling Green (3-8), Noon ET (Friday): Ohio 30-23

    Eastern Michigan (7-4) at Central Michigan (7-4), Noon ET (Friday): Central Michigan 35-24

    Kansas State (7-4) at Texas (4-7), Noon ET (Friday): Kansas State 31-20

    Utah State (8-3) at New Mexico (3-8), 1 p.m. ET (Friday): Utah State 38-14

    UTEP (7-4) at UAB (7-4), 2 p.m. ET (Friday): UAB 28-20

    Coastal Carolina (9-2) at South Alabama (5-6), 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday): Coastal Carolina 41-28

    South Florida (2-9) at UCF (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday): UCF 42-13

    UNLV (2-9) at Air Force (8-3), 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday): Air Force 35-17

    TCU (5-6) at Iowa State (6-5), 4:30 p.m. ET (Friday): Iowa State 38-20

    Army (7-3) at Liberty (7-4), Noon ET: Army 27-24

    Navy (2-8) at Temple (3-8), Noon ET: Navy 31-13

    Akron (2-9) at Toledo (6-5), Noon ET: Toledo 42-14

    Maryland (5-6) at Rutgers (5-6), Noon ET: Rutgers 27-24

    Miami (6-5) at Duke (3-8), 12:30 p.m. ET: Miami 45-10

    Louisiana Tech (3-8) at Rice (3-8), 1 p.m. ET: Louisiana Tech 35-30

    Texas State (3-8) at Arkansas State (2-9), 2 p.m. ET: Texas State 38-35

    Troy (5-6) at Georgia State (6-5), 2 p.m. ET: Troy 24-20

    Georgia Southern (3-8) at Appalachian State (9-2), 2:30 p.m. ET: Appalachian State 41-14

    Florida International (1-10) at Southern Miss (2-9), 3 p.m. ET: Southern Miss 30-20

    Massachusetts (1-10) at New Mexico State (1-10), 3 p.m. ET: New Mexico State 35-21

    Hawai'i (5-7) at Wyoming (6-5), 3 p.m. ET: Wyoming 23-20

    Indiana (2-9) at Purdue (7-4), 3:30 p.m. ET: Purdue 35-17

    Northwestern (3-8) at Illinois (4-7), 3:30 p.m. ET: Illinois 21-20

    Vanderbilt (2-9) at Tennessee (6-5), 3:45 p.m. ET: Tennessee 52-13

    Virginia Tech (5-6) at Virginia (6-5), 3:45 p.m. ET: Virginia 41-23

    Louisiana (10-1) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (4-7), 4 p.m. ET: Louisiana 38-21

    Arizona (1-10) at Arizona State (7-4), 4 p.m. ET: Arizona State 42-17

    Tulsa (5-6) at SMU (8-3), 4 p.m. ET: Tulsa 31-27

    Middle Tennessee (5-6) at Florida Atlantic (5-6), 7 p.m. ET: Florida Atlantic 28-21

    West Virginia (5-6) at Kansas (2-9), 7 p.m. ET: West Virginia 35-20

    Tulane (2-9) at Memphis (5-6), 7:30 p.m. ET: Memphis 42-24

    Kentucky (8-3) at Louisville (6-5), 7:30 p.m. ET: Kentucky 28-24

    Nevada (7-4) at Colorado State (3-8), 9 p.m. ET: Nevada 27-24

    California (4-6) at UCLA (7-4), 10:30 p.m. ET: UCLA 38-24

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