It’s time to start looking ahead at the NCAA football week 13 schedule and look for some games to bet on. There are plenty of betting opportunities available, but there are a handful of games that really stand out. Let’s take a look at the four best games to bet on this weekend and give some betting picks and predictions.
Penn State Nittany Lions +17.5 at Ohio State Buckeyes
First place in the Big Ten East Division will be on the line when the Ohio State Buckeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions. Ohio State is the top-scoring team in the country this season, while the Penn State defense has carried this team. Ohio State is a huge favorite, but this is a battle of two of the top 10 teams in the country.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is putting up ridiculous numbers this season, as is running back J.K. Dobbins. The real star for Ohio State, though, is defensive end Chase Young, who leads college football with 13.5 sacks and will be returning to the field after a two-game suspension.
Penn State is averaging 37 points per game in its own right, but its defense carries this team. The Nittany Lions are allowing just 13.5 points per game, but they have been a bit shaky of late. Penn State will have to get some stops to keep this game close.
There is no doubt that Ohio State is the better team, but take the +17.5 points and look for this to be a close game.
Illinois Fighting Illini +16.0 at Iowa Hawkeyes
Illinois comes into this game with a ton of momentum after winning its last four games. The Fighting Illini are bowl eligible for the first time under head coach Lovie Smith, and their defense leads the country in several takeaway categories. Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe has racked up close to 600 receiving yards this season and has nine touchdown receptions. Illinois still has some things to fix, but this team just never seems to quit.
Iowa does not score a ton of points on offense, but its defense is giving up less than 13 points per game. The Hawkeyes should also have some momentum after knocking Minnesota from the ranks of the unbeaten a week ago. Quarterback Nate Stanley has thrown for over 235 passing yards per game, and the Hawkeyes will use their tight ends a ton. Iowa is always tough to beat at Kinnick Stadium, and it should win this game as well.
This is another Big Ten matchup where taking the points is the right play, and the Fighting Illini will keep this game within two scores.
Texas A&M Aggies at Georgia Bulldogs -13.5
The Georgia Bulldogs have played their way into the College Football Playoff picture, and now they will be looking to stay there this weekend. Georgia’s defense gets overlooked a lot of times, but they are giving up just 10.5 points per game. Running back D’Andre Swift has run for over 1,000 yards this season, and the Bulldogs will run the ball a lot in this game. Georgia doesn’t score a ton, but it has the weapons to do so.
Texas A&M has won four straight games, and it has been scoring points like crazy during the winning streak. The Aggies are led by quarterback Kellen Mond, who has thrown for over 2,400 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Texas A&M wants to play fast, but that will put its defense on the field in this game. The Aggies are giving up more than 20 points per game, and that will hurt them in this matchup.
Bet the Georgia Bulldogs -13.5 over the Texas A&M Aggies in this SEC Showdown.
UCLA Bruins at USC Trojans -13.5
USC and UCLA have one of the best rivalries in college football, and they will resume that rivalry on Saturday. UCLA is suffering through another tough season, and its rival USC is having a great bounce-back campaign.
USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis is the biggest reason for the Trojans’ great season up to this point. Slovis will still make some mistakes at times, but he has thrown for 2,727 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. The Trojans are a little shaky on the defensive side of the ball, but that should not be a huge issue in this game. USC is allowing 27 points per game, but it has played better in its two most recent games.
UCLA has won three of its last four games, but it is still trying to find a way to be more explosive on offense. The Bruins are averaging just 26.7 points per game, and it’s hard to win scoring that little. UCLA is also allowing 33.7 points per game, and its shaky pass defense will be tested in this one.
Take the USC Trojans -13.5 to blow out their rivals from UCLA in this game.