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2023 College Football Week 13 Odds, Overview & Picks

By Hank Blaine

We had our first major change in the College Football Playoff Top 25 on Tuesday night as while the top three of Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan stayed the same, Washington moved into the fourth spot for the first time, leapfrogging Florida State. The Huskies should have little trouble winning again this week in the Apple Cup. Here are three intriguing Week 13 matchups and picks.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns

Big 12 matchup on Friday night and the last meeting between the schools for a long while with Texas off to the SEC next year. The Longhorns lead the Big 12 and are in the conference title game with a victory. They can still make it with a loss but also could be knocked out. The Longhorns’ 10-1 start is the best for the program since 2009. Texas is 7-1 in Big 12 Conference play, matching the best start for the team since 2013. UT has won six consecutive home games, the longest stretch for the Longhorns since 2007-10 (16 games). The Longhorns will be hosting and playing in the final regular-season game as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Texas enters Saturday’s game with an all-time Big 12 record of 156-79. Texas sophomore QB Quinn Ewers has thrown 31 career touchdown passes, the eighth-most in program history. Junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy has caught a career-best 63 passes this season. He joins Roy Williams as the only Longhorns with three seasons of 60-plus receptions. Junior kicker Bert Auburn has been successful on 14 consecutive field goal opportunities, the third-longest streak in UT history and one shy of the program record.

Texas Tech can’t reach the Big 12 title game and can simply improve its bowl stock with a win. Saturday’s upset of UCF made Joey McGuire only the second head coach in program history to lead the Red Raiders to a bowl in each of his first two seasons as Texas Tech will be looking to cap a perfect month of November with a win over the Longhorns. The Red Raiders are 6-1 in November under McGuire with six-consecutive victories, the longest such run since the 1992-94 campaigns. Running Tahj Brooks continues to rise up the national rankings after another career night leading the Red Raiders where he totaled 182 rushing yards – a career-high – and a touchdown in Texas Tech’s win over UCF. The performance marked his eighth 100-yard game in the past nine contests as Brooks is now third in the FBS with 1,348 rushing yards this season. Texas holds a 54-18 advantage over Texas Tech in the all-time series between the schools, and has won 11 of the last 14 matchups. The Red Raiders will be looking to close this chapter of its rivalry with Texas with back-to-back wins following a thrilling 37-34 overtime victory a year ago. Texas Tech has walked out of the state capital with a win twice in recent years with victories in 2015 and 2017 over the Longhorns.

2023 College Football Week 13 Pick: Texas

Oregon State Beavers vs. Oregon Ducks

The last Civil War matchup as Pac-12 members with Oregon off to the Big Ten next year. The Ducks would earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game opposite Washington with a victory and QB Bo Nix is among the Heisman favorites. Oregon secured its second straight 10-win season under head coach Dan Lanning last week with a 49-13 victory at Arizona State. The Ducks led 42-0 at halftime behind a bevy of program records, including a career-high six touchdown passes from Nix that tied the UO single-game record. Troy Franklin broke the UO single-season records for receiving yards (1,221), receiving touchdowns (13) and 100-yard receiving games (7), and kicker Camden Lewis passed Royce Freeman as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 386 career points. The most experienced quarterback in NCAA history with 58 career starts, Nix leads the nation with a stellar 78.1 completion percentage – on pace to break the NCAA single-season record of 77.4 – while ranking second in passing touchdowns (35), total yards per play (9.12) and passer rating (191.35). Nix is also third in passing yards per game (321.7) and total touchdowns (40), and fourth in total yards per game (333.4). Nix is the only FBS player since at least 2000 to have at least 35 passing touchdowns and no more than two interceptions through a team’s first 11 games.

Oregon State’s chances of reaching the Pac-12 title game ended in a 22-20 home loss to Washington last week. The Beavers were held to well under their season averages in both passing and rushing yards with 171 and 148, respectively. DJ Uiagalelei led OSU in passing with 166 yards on 15 completions from 31 attempts but threw a pair of interceptions. Damien Martinez had both Beaver touchdowns and led the rushing attack with 153 yards on 26 carries while Uiagalelei totaled 53 yards on six rushes. Silas Bolden caught five passes for 64 yards. Martinez was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award thanks to 1,147 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this season. He’s recorded six scores on the ground the last two weeks, the first Beaver with such a stretch since Jacquizz Rodgers in 2010. Martinez has tallied six 100-yard efforts this season, which leads the Pac-12, and has 12 for his career. Oregon leads the series 67-49-10 but lost a thriller last year in Corvallis.

2023 College Football Week 13 Pick: Oregon State

Texas A&M Aggies vs. LSU Tigers

SEC matchup. Potentially the final NCAA game for LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, the current Heisman Trophy favorite. He may skip any bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft. Daniels was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the league-leading fifth time this year after his record-tying 8-TD, 509-yards of total offense performance vs. Georgia State in last Saturday’s win. LSU’s offense ranks in the Top 2 nationally in: No. 1 in total offense (562.2), scoring offense (46.8), passer rating (195.98), yards per play (8.6), and plays of 20+ yards (94), 30+ yards (49), and 40+ yards (27). LSU is No. 2 in passing TDs (37), offensive TDs (67), first downs (287) and third-down conversions (63-of-111, 57 pct.). Daniels tied Burrow’s school-record of 500+ yards games in a season with his third vs. Georgia State. Daniels set the SEC mark with 606 total yards vs. Florida in week 10 and then followed that with 509 vs. Georgia State. He had 513 earlier this year vs. Ole Miss. Daniels is the first 12,000-3,000 player in FBS history as he’s thrown for 12,514 yards and rushed for 3,186 yards in his 54-game career. Daniels leads the nation in total offense (417.4), passing TDs (36), TDs responsible for (46), passer rating (208.34), and rushing yards by a QB (1,014). He’s No. 2 in passing yards (325.2).

Texas A&M notably fired coach Jimbo Fisher earlier this year. The A&M offense has tallied over 400 yards of total offense in seven of the team’s 11 games this season, most recently tallying 448 yards against ACU, while ranking 21st nationally and fifth in the league averaging 34.5 points per game. WR Ainias Smith has been a spark for the A&M offense, tallying 22 20-plus yard plays this season and has added at least 25 yards after the catch in six of A&M’s seven SEC games. Smith ranks ninth in the SEC averaging 66.9 receiving yards per game and 16.4 yards per catch. Defensively, A&M leads all Power 5 teams with 94.0 tackles for loss and ranks second with 40.0 sacks on the year. The Aggies have tallied 69.0 TFL and 33.0 sacks through seven league games this season. The Aggie defense has shut down opponents on third down this season, ranking seventh nationally with a 28.8 opponent conversion percentage. The unit is also sixth in the country allowing just 15.9 first downs per game, while its 59 rushing first downs allowed rank fifth among Power 5 programs. LSU holds a 35-23-3 lead in the series with Texas A&M, which M has claimed three of the last five meetings with the Tigers including the 38-23 upset of then-No. 6 LSU in the season finale a year ago.

2023 College Football Week 13 Pick: LSU

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