Wilson: My 9 Favorite College Football Betting Picks for Week 13


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Nov 24, 2018, 12:10 AM EST
  • Collin Wilson is back with his favorite bets for Week 13's college football slate.
  • He's got three Friday games and six on Saturday, including picks for Michigan-Ohio State and Alabama-Auburn, among other rivalry games.

The regular season comes to a close for most FBS teams in Week 13, with plenty of them motivated to make the postseason, which I touched on in the Sunday Morning Coffee column.

This is also the first weekend where the hierarchy of the College Football Playoff will be threatened in quite some time. Ohio State and Michigan are playing for their national title hopes, while the Iron Bowl starts a potential four-game stretch against quality competition for Alabama.

This is a short week for half the teams in FBS with so many Friday games, so let’s get straight to some Week 13 winners!

This column will leverage The Action Network power ratings and plenty of advanced stats from Football Outsiders.

As mentioned, be sure to check out my Sunday Morning Coffee column for our Week 14 projected spreads.

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College Football Betting Picks, Week 13

Buffalo at Bowling Green

  • Spread: Bowling Green +14
  • Over/Under: 59
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET (Friday)
  • TV channel: ESPNU

Don’t look now, but Bowling Green has won two straight. The Falcons fired head coach Mike Jinks and coordinator Carl Pelini took over to finish the season.

After the late October bye week, Bowling Green played Kent State close and had straight-up victories as an underdog over Central Michigan and Akron.

Buffalo only needs a victory to make the MAC Championship Game. Head coach Lance Leipold made mention of “finding out what is left in the tank” for Buffalo.

The Bulls will be on back-to-back travel at Bowling Green on a short week, and have lost six of their last 12 games on the road. Buffalo has only played a strength of schedule ranked 124th on the season.

Sign me up for any situation where a Pelini has motivation!

Play On: Bowling Green +14.5

Oklahoma at West Virginia

  • Spread: West Virginia -1.5
  • Over/Under: 81.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET (Friday)
  • TV channel: ESPN

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