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The last dose of early-week MACtion will go on Tuesday, November 22, with three games lined up on ESPNU. Akron will head to Ohio, Ball State to Miami (OH), and Central Michigan to Eastern Michigan. It’s the only pigskin going for the night, so why don’t you cozy up to the television and partake in some live betting action to get you through the cold night.
If the NFL games are boring you on Turkey Day, do yourself a solid and switch over to ESPN football, for the LSU and Texas A&M game set to kick from Kyle Field. The Home of the 12th Man will no doubt be pumped for this one with a nationally televised audience looking on as the Aggies look to secure their first ever win over the Tigers as a member of the SEC. LSU holds a 5-1 advantage in the overall rivalry, and has covered each of the last five affairs with the under cashing in four straight.
There will be tons of pigskin playing out on the college gridiron on both Saturday and Sunday leaving you with numerous options to wager on both days. The battle for the Territorial Cup between Arizona State and Arizona will play out on ESPN on Friday, November 25, at 9:30 p.m. ET with the Sun Devils looking to build off last year’s 52-37 trouncing of the Wildcats in Tempe. ASU’s covered three of the last four with the over cashing in each.
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There's really nothing quite like Rivalry Week in college football. Week 13 of the season is as good as it gets, as just about every major instate rivalry plays out another edition of its game, and no matter how good or how bad of a season your team had, a win on Thanksgiving weekend is the sweetest gift of all, and a loss is the most bitter pill to swallow.
The bigger story this week, is that rivals have a shot to change the College Football Playoff. Ohio State and Michigan have felt like they've been on this crash course for one another all season long, and now, they're playing in what is just about surely an elimination game. One will win and at least go to the Big Ten Championship Game, while one will lose and just merely be hoping to go to the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten's second representative this year in the biggest bowl games. These two teams don't like each other at all, to say the least, but this game should be a classic between two of what is probably the three best teams in America.
The Iron Bowl often decides the National Championship; in each of the last four seasons, the team that has won this game has gone on to play for the title. Alabama feels poised to keep that streak going this year, especially if Auburn can't get itself healthy coming into this game. The status of quarterback Sean White is unclear at this point, but the oddsmakers haven't hesitated in making the Tide 18.5-point home favorites. This was long tabbed as the best shot anyone had of taking out Alabama, but the chances are still long at best.
Don't discount some of these undercard rivalry games as well. Clemson needs to beat South Carolina to make sure that it is playing for its spot in the CFP next week in the ACC Championship Game, and its foe is still to be determined. Virginia Tech needs to beat Virginia to clinch the ACC Coastal Division, and if that doesn't happen, North Carolina will have its shot against N.C. State.
Over in the Big Ten, Penn State will be scoreboard watching for sure. If Ohio State beats Michigan earlier in the day, its game against its traditional rival, Michigan State could send it to the Big Ten Championship Game, while Wisconsin will need to put away Minnesota to claim Paul Bunyan's Axe for the 13th straight season to clinch up the Big Ten West if Nebraska beats Iowa on Friday.
Akron at Ohio, Peden Stadium - 7 p.m. ET ( ESPNU )
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: All of a sudden, the MAC has become one of the wackiest conferences in America. It looked for everything like the Ohio Bobcats were going to waltz into the conference title game without much opposition, but now, it's going to take a win on the final day of the regular season just to assure a place in the game. That said, it's not like the Akron Zips are just going to lay down and die in Week 13, knowing that they have one last shot to try to reach bowl eligibility here in their final regular season game. Continue...
Ball State at Miami ( OH ), Yager Stadium - 7 p.m. ET ( ESPN3 )
Opening Line: Miami -8
Preview: What a wild season the Miami Redhawks have had! Who would have thought that they would ultimately be favorites to get to a bowl game in Week 13 of the campaign after starting off the year at 0-6? But it gets better than that! Beat the Ball State Cardinals and get some help in the form of an Ohio loss to Akron, and the Redhawks will be off to Detroit for the MAC Championship Game. Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse in a hurry! Continue...
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Rynearson Stadium - 7 p.m. ET ( ESPN3 )
Opening Line: Central Michigan -1
Preview: The rivalry between the Central Michigan Chippewas and Eastern Michigan Eagles isn't quite as intense as some of the other rivalries we see in Week 13 of the season, but this is still for regional bragging rights. The Eagles haven't had a lot of success in this series with just one win since 2008, but this is a really good chance for them to claim their first win in front of their hometown crowd against Central Michigan since a 56-52 thriller eight years ago. Continue...
LSU at Texas A&M, Kyle FIeld - 7:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: LSU -5.5
Preview: Many believed that the LSU Tigers were playing fantastic ball down the stretch of the season, but what was actually learned is the fact that they were just playing against a watered down schedule in the SEC. Even against one of the iffy teams in the conference, the Bayou Bengals laid down at home against Florida and lost 16-10 in their home finale. Now, they've got to get back on the horse in Week 13 to play against a Texas AM Aggies team that is really struggling badly if they want to finish up the year with seven wins and a shot to get into a high caliber bowl game this December. Continue...
Houston at Memphis, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: Check Back Later
Preview: The Houston Cougars are going to kick themselves for losing to Navy. That loss is going to keep them out of the AAC Championship Game and will cost them a shot in the New Year's Six even though they're very likely to finish the year as the highest ranked team out of the Group of Five. They've certainly proved that they can play with the big boys, but these road games in the AAC have been killers. The end of the regular season in Week 13 against the Memphis Tigers could prove to be the same type of problematic game. Continue...
N.C. State at North Carolina, Kenan Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: North Carolina -12
Preview: The North Carolina Tar Heels know that they have a job to do in Week 13 of the season. They've already coughed up their spot in the ACC Championship Game by losing to Duke, but they can at least put pressure on Virginia Tech to have to earn its spot on Saturday. A win on Friday against the hated N.C. State Wolfpack will at least keep the Heels alive for the ACC Coastal Division title, and it would simultaneously knock the Wolfpack out of bowl contention. Continue...
Arkansas at Missouri, Memorial Stadium - 2:30 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Arkansas -9
Preview: The end of the SEC season ended up becoming a little bit confusing for just about all of the teams. The conference outside of Alabama became a crying joke, and the Missouri Tigers did their part by losing to Middle Tennessee in the middle of October. Now, the Tigers are done thinking about a bowl game once again, and their last shot to salvage anything remotely positive from the end of this campaign comes against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Week 13. Continue...
Nebraska at Iowa, Kinnick Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: Iowa -3
Preview: With all of the talk about Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, what's lost in the grand scheme of the Big Ten is that the Nebraska Cornhuskers still have a shot at winning this conference and perhaps aren't as far out of the discussion for the College Football Playoff as you might think. All it's going to take is a win here at the Iowa Hawkeyes in Week 13 of the season to at least get the discussion going, and if Minnesota can upset Wisconsin on Saturday and things are wild over the holiday weekend at the top, we might have something special still brewing in Lincoln. Continue...
TCU at Texas, Royal Texas Memorial Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( FOX )
Opening Line: Texas -2.5
Preview: Ever just want to get away and never face your hometown crowd again? That's what Charlie Strong has to be feeling at this point with the Texas Longhorns. After inexplicably losing to Kansas last week on the road, UT is parting ways with Strong at the end of the year, win or lose this game. Pretty much the last thing Strong should want to do right now is coach again at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. That said, he's going to spend the day after Thanksgiving doing just that, leading Texas against the TCU Horned Frogs in a Week 13 showdown that will ultimately determine whether the Horns will or will not be bowling in December. Continue...
Washington at Washington State, Martin Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( FS1 )
Opening Line: Washington -5.5
Preview: The Pac-12 North title will be up for grabs in the Apple Cup Friday afternoon when the No. 6 ranked Washington Huskies travel to Martin Stadium to lock horns with the Washington State Cougars. U-Dub got back in the win column last week at home against Arizona State to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive, while Wazzu saw its eight game winning streak go up in flames after putting forth a pitiful second half in Boulder that allowed the Buffaloes to pull away. All gloves will be off in this grudge match. Continue...
Boise State at Air Force, Falcon Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( CBSSN )
Opening Line: Boise State -9.5
Preview: One of the more interesting storylines to follow at the end of the regular season is where the Group of Five teams stack up against each other. It's entirely possible that Houston and the Boise State Broncos are going to finish as the top teams from the mid-major side of the world, but neither one is going to end up being eligible for the New Year's Six, as neither will likely have a shot to play for their respective conference crowns. But don't discount the Broncos yet. They need a win over the Air Force Falcons and a loss by Wyoming to New Mexico in order to get to the MWC title game, and if that's how Week 13 plays out, a prospective 13-0 Western Michigan team might ultimately not get into the big boy bowl games after all. Continue...
Toledo at Western Michigan, Waldo Stadium - 5 p.m. ET ( ESPNU )
Opening Line: Western Michigan -9.5
Preview: This is the game that MAC fans have been waiting for all year long. The two best teams in the conference are clearly the Toledo Rockets and the Western Michigan Broncos, but only one can play in the MAC Championship Game next week against likely Ohio. The winner of the division will be declared on Friday night in Week 13 in Kalamazoo in the biggest MAC game we've seen in quite some time and the biggest game in Broncos' history. Continue...
Baylor vs. Texas Tech, AT&T Stadium - 6 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: Baylor -5.5
Preview: The season really can't end soon enough for the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Both teams are slumping towards the finish line, and the only solace left for one of the two is going to be beating the other in Week 13 of the season in a rare neutral site conference game in Arlington the day after Thanksgiving. Continue...
Arizona State at Arizona, Arizona Stadium - 9:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: Arizona State -4
Preview: Generally speaking, the rivalry in the desert between the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils is one of those games that the diehards love to watch because of the nasty nature of the game in spite of the fact that it's an undercard instate rivalry in a week where all of said rivalries play out. This year, the game is going to have a little less meaning with both teams being incredibly disappointing, but it's a game with great meaning for ASU. Week 13 is the last shot it has at wrapping up bowl eligibility. Continue...
NCAA Football - Saturday, November 26, 2016
Virginia at Virginia Tech, Lane Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ESPN2 )
Opening Line: Virginia Tech -17
Preview: Both the Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies have been relatively disappointing teams over the course of the last several years, and both decided to hire new coaches last season. Justin Fuente has been a resounding success in Blacksburg, leading this team to the verge of the ACC Championship Game. Bronco Mendenhall's team has had its moments for sure as well, but he's got a lot of work to be done to get the Cavaliers competitive. A big step in the right direction would be spoiling the ACC title hopes of the Hokies at Lane Stadium in Week 13. Continue...
Michigan at Ohio State, Ohio Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: Ohio State -7
Preview: The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes were always going to be on this crash course with one another. One will win the "Big Game" and have stated their case to be in the College Football Playoff. The other might not even ultimately get invited to the Rose Bowl. The stakes in this game legitimately might never be higher than they are in Week 13, and that's what makes this the can't miss game for the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Continue...
Kansas at Kansas State, Bill Snyder Family Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( FS1 )
Opening Line: Kansas State -26
Preview: The Kansas Jayhawks don't care what happens anymore. They won their first Big XII game in eons and their first game against Texas in literally an entire generation last week, prompting the fans to tear down the goalposts in Lawrence. Even if they got beaten by the Kansas State Wildcats in Week 13 by 100 points, their season would feel like the greatest success ever relative to what's been going on for their program in the last half dozen years. Continue...
Georgia Tech at Georgia, Sanford Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( SEC Network )
Opening Line: Georgia -4.5
Preview: The Governor’s Cup will once again be up for grabs in Week 13 when Kirby Smart leads the Georgia Bulldogs up against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for his first time as head coach of the program. The previous regime went 13-2 in this rivalry, so he’s got some big expectations to live up to heading into both teams regular season finale. Each side is going bowling and each enters on multiple game winning streaks. This should be a doozy “Between the Hedges!” Continue...
UCF at South Florida, Raymond James Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( CBSSN )
Opening Line: South Florida -10
Preview: The traditional rivalry in the state of Florida is the duel between Florida and Florida State. However, the UCF Knights and South Florida Bulls have a genuine disdain for one another in what has been officially dubbed as the "War on I-4." These two teams have both overachieved this season from their expectations, and that makes this game an interesting one to watch for neutral observers. Continue...
Purdue at Indiana, Memorial Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ESPNU )
Opening Line: Indiana -15
Preview: The Indiana Hoosiers have had a better season than you might think, but at the moment, they're one win short of bowl eligibility. Though they might still ultimately get in thanks to the fact that there just flat out aren't enough teams to fill the bowl slots, they'll want to take care of their own business by getting to 6-6, an opportunity they'll have to end the season in Week 13 against the Purdue Boilermakers. Continue...
Kentucky at Louisville, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium - 12 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: Louisville -23.5
Preview: The Kentucky Wildcats likely won’t snap their five game losing streak to the Louisville Cardinals in Week 13 when these in-state rivals battle one another for the right to hoist the Governor’s Cup, but they just might be able to stick around with the Cards extremely deflated after pissing away their College Football Playoff hopes at Houston last week. If the Ville comes out determined, they win in a cake walk. If not, this game might actually be mildly entertaining. Continue...
Duke at Miami, Hard Rock Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN2 )
Opening Line: Miami -15
Preview: It's been a tale of really three different seasons for the Hurricanes. They started off their year with four straight wins, albeit against a really weak schedule. They covered all four games as well before losing four in a row and going 0-4 ATS in said games. There were three heart-wrenching losses to Florida State, North Carolina and Notre Dame, and the Virginia Tech game was a complete no show. But now, the Canes have won three straight and have covered all three, and they've got a shot to finish their year out at a nicely poised 8-4 when they take on the Duke Blue Devils in Week 13. Continue...
Notre Dame at USC, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 3:30 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: USC -17
Preview: The USC Trojans will attempt to rattle off their eighth straight win and hope to get some help from the Utah Utes later in the night to possibly represent the South Division in next week’s Pac-12 title game. For the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, this is their bowl game due to Brian Kelly’s kids coming up woefully short of their season-long goals. The Irish has won three of the last four meetings, but it would be a huge shocker if they were to come out on top of this one. Continue...
Auburn at Alabama, Bryant-Denny Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Alabama -18.5
Preview: The Iron Bowl. It doesn't get much better than this for college football aficionados. Football may as well be religion to the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, and the one thing both teams want to do every single season regardless of how well or poorly things have gone is beat the other in Week 13 of the season. This year though, both teams have a boatload on the line, making this edition of the Iron Bowl all the more important. Continue...
Mississippi State at Ole Miss, Vaught Hemingway Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( SEC Network )
Opening Line: Ole Miss -7.5
Preview: It was only a couple years ago that the Egg Bowl was a game that had all sorts of New Year's Six implications to it. Now, neither the Ole Miss Rebels nor the Mississippi State Bulldogs are even bowl eligible at this point, though the winner of this game in Week 13 is very likely going to be playing in December at some point. Continue...
Michigan State at Penn State, Beaver Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: Penn State -11.5
Preview: The Penn State Nittany Lions were the proverbial fly in the ointment this year in college football. For all of the talk about Michigan and Ohio State, the Nittany Lions very well could come onto the field on Saturday with a shot to win the Big Ten East Division. They'll need Ohio State to beat Michigan earlier in the day for that to be the case, but if that happens, the Nittany Lions can not only put a stamp on their season and put themselves in the Big Ten title game, but could also keep themselves alive for the College Football Playoff themselves. That said, the Michigan State Spartans can spoil all of this in Week 13, and this is all they've been left to worry about this season with eight losses already in the can. Continue...
Navy at SMU, Gerald J. Ford Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( ESPNU )
Opening Line: Navy -7
Preview: The Navy Midshipmen are on their way to the AAC Championship Game, meaning they actually have a game to play between the last week of their usual regular season and their annual Army/Navy game. What isn't known though, is whether the SMU Mustangs will be joining them in a bowl game this year. The 'Stangs need a win over Navy in Week 13 to finish .500 and reach the second season, and the oddsmakers are actually giving them a reasonable shot at this upset. Continue...
Minnesota at Wisconsin, Camp Randall Stadium - 3:30 p.m. ET ( BTN )
Opening Line: Wisconsin -14
Preview: Paul Bunyan's Axe is one of the coolest trophies in college football, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers haven't had their hands on said axe since 2003. The Wisconsin Badgers have possessed it since that point, and they're going to hope to claim it one more time in Week 13 to lock up the Big Ten West title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game where a spot in the College Football Playoff could still be up for the taking. Continue...
Oregon at Oregon State, Reser Stadium - 4 p.m. ET ( Pac-12 Network )
Opening Line: Oregon -3.5
Preview: The Oregon State Beavers haven't beating the Oregon Ducks since way back in 2007, and there haven't been many close games in that bunch. The Ducks have won the last eight editions of the Civil War by an average of 17.4 points per game. The Beavers are really tired of Oregon heading into Week 13, and with the U of O really down for the first time in a long time, this is their shot if they want to get back at their rivals in the last game of the 2016 season for both of these teams. Continue...
UCLA at California, Memorial Stadium - 7 p.m. ET ( ESPN2 )
Opening Line: UCLA -5
Preview: The season has been a sad one for both the California Golden Bears and the UCLA Bruins. Both of these teams were at least expected to compete in the Pac-12, and now, neither one is going to end up bowl eligible. As a result, this Week 13 game is more or less just the culmination of a disappointing campaign and will provide one team with just the smallest bit of solace heading into what could be a long offseason for each. Continue...
South Carolina at Clemson, Memorial Stadium - 7:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Opening Line: Clemson -23.5
Preview: The Clemson Tigers have had their hiccups this year for sure, but they still control their own destiny to get into the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive season. The South Carolina Gamecocks are going to do what they can to try to challenge their hated rivals, but this is a tremendous uphill battle that probably can't possibly be won in Week 13. Continue...
Tennessee at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Stadium - 7:30 p.m. ET ( SEC Network )
Opening Line: Tennessee -8
Preview: Thanks to the fact that APR is the deciding factor to fill the slots for bowl games, the Vanderbilt Commodores are very likely going to end up in a bowl game even if they don't beat the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 13 of the season. But it would be nice for the boys from Nashville if they could take out the team from up the road in Knoxville in this rivalry game. Continue...
Florida at Florida State, Doak Campbell Stadium - 8 p.m. ET ( ABC )
Opening Line: Florida State -7
Preview: In actuality, the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Florida Gators doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot. FSU pretty much knows that it's going to the Russell Athletic Bowl, and Florida knows that its date with Alabama is going to be the difference between going to the New Year's Six and most likely the Capital One Bowl. That said, even with both teams likely to be playing their bowl game in Orlando this year, this rivalry is one where both teams love to mock the other. A one-way series of late in favor of the Seminoles is going to add even more tension to what could quietly be one of the better rivalry games of the day nationally. Continue...
Colorado State at San Diego State, Qualcomm Stadium - 9 p.m. ET ( CBSSN )
Opening Line: San Diego State -11.5
Preview: The Aztecs are one of those teams in the odd spot of having absolutely squat to play for in Week 13 when they take on the Colorado State Rams, as their eyes are going to be firmly set on next week's game against either Wyoming or Boise. Continue...
Wyoming at New Mexico, University Stadium - 10:15 p.m. ET ( ESPN2 )
Opening Line: Wyoming -3
Preview: Little did we know at the start of the season that the Wyoming Cowboys would play a role in the New Year's Six bowl games. The Cowboys are one win away from the MWC Championship Game, and if they snare this win against the New Mexico Lobos in Week 13, they'll bounce Boise State out of the equation for the Group of Five spot in the elite bowl games. Continue...
Massachusetts at Hawaii, Aloha Stadium - 11:59 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Opening Line: Hawaii -9
Preview: Technically speaking, the Hawaii Warriors shouldn't end up being bowl eligible. They've already lost seven games this year, but they're going to end up playing in a bowl game anyway so long as they pick up a win here in Week 13 against the Massachusetts Minutemen due to the fact that there just flat out won't be enough 6-6 or better teams to fill all of the bowl allotments. Continue...
You aren't going to find yourself in much better position if by the time your handicapper puts his predictions out for the weekend the lines have been pounded and the value is gone.
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