Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks with players during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Clemson, S.C. (Josh Morgan/Pool Photo via AP)
- Week 13 of College Football features a packed slate of game on Saturday, November 28th
- Oklahoma vs West Virginia and Mississippi State vs Ole Miss are among the intriguing matchups
- Read below for the best ATS picks for Week 13 of the college football season
The 2020 College Football season is heading into its 13th week, and there is no shortage of great matchups for this Thanksgiving weekend. The packed slate on Saturday, November 28 features numerous games with betting value.
Clemson returns from a long layoff to face Pittsburgh, while Oklahoma looks to keep its momentum rolling against West Virginia. Over in the SEC, Ole Miss and Mississippi State clash in the Egg Bowl.
Here are three ATS picks to consider for Week 13.
No. 14 Oklahoma vs West Virginia Odds
|No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners||-10.5 (-110)||-500||0 54.5 (-107)|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||+10.5 (-110)||+310||U 54.5 (-113)|
All odds taken Nov. 25th at DraftKings
Sooners Continue to Roll Against Mountaineers
Oklahoma may be out of the playoff picture, but they’re playing like one of the best teams in the country over the past several weeks. The Sooners have won five straight games and have covered the spread in each one of those contests. They’re facing a 5-3 West Virginia team that is yet to beat the Sooners since joining the Big 12 conference in 2012.
While the Mountaineers are 5-0 at home this year, they have yet to face an offense of Oklahoma’s caliber. QB Spencer Rattler has thrown for 2,319 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, while senior running back Rhamondre Stevenson has rushed for 332 yards and five touchdowns in three games since returning from suspension.
my soldiers. 🤞🏽 pic.twitter.com/vHqdbrtOKg
— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) November 22, 2020
Stevenson’s return is a big reason why Oklahoma’s offense has put up over 40 points in three straight weeks. WVU brings the top ranked scoring defense in the conference into this game, but keep in mind the Sooners just dropped 41 points on a stout Oklahoma State defense that was giving up only 17.8 points per game heading into Week 12.
West Virginia simply doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep pace with the Sooners. They’ve been held to fewer than 14 points against both Texas and OSU – two teams the Sooners have absolutely shredded offensively this season.
This Oklahoma defense is playing its best football of the season under Alex Grinch and shouldn’t have an issue containing junior QB Jarret Doege. Expect the OU offense to continue rolling and win by at least two touchdowns.
Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -10.5 (-110)
Pittsburgh vs No. 4 Clemson Odds
|Pittsburgh Panthers||+24.5 (-114)||+1200||0 54.5 (-115)|
|No. 4 Clemson Tigers||-24.5 (-107)||-3335||U 54.5 (-106)|
Tigers Take Out Frustration on Panthers
Clemson will be looking to make a statement in Week 13 as they return from a three-week layoff to face Pittsburgh at Clemson Memorial Stadium. The Tigers had a bye in Week 11 before having their Week 12 game against FSU cancelled at the last minute due to a reserve Clemson offensive lineman testing positive for COVID-19.
Dabo Swinney is really upset: “This game was not canceled because of COVID. COVID was just an excuse to cancel the game.” Says FSU administration forfeited the game. If FSU wants to play Clemson, they can home to Death Valley, he says. Or they can pay for Clemson’s travel.
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) November 22, 2020
Clemson has dropped to the fourth spot in the AP Poll while they were idle, as their last game was a close loss to Notre Dame with star QB Trevor Lawrence sidelined by COVID. Lawrence is set to make his return on Saturday and could have a monstrous day against a Pittsburgh secondary allowing 224 yards per game.
The Panthers are coming off two impressive wins over Florida State and Virginia Tech, but they were clearly outmatched in losses against ACC powerhouses Miami and Notre Dame earlier in the season. The Tigers have racked up a whopping 30 sacks this season and will create all kinds of pressure for QB Kenny Pickett, who has yet to face an elite defense this season.
Clemson needs as many style points as they can get as they continue to make their case for the CFP. Lawrence should dominate in his return, but also look for a big game from Travis Etienne after he was held to just 28 rushing yards by the Irish last time out. Dabo Swinney and company are a frustrated group, and they’ll take out their anger on a Pittsburgh team that got blown out 45-3 last time they faced a top ACC team.
Pick: Clemson Tigers -24.5 (-107)
Four-Team College Football Playoff Odds Tracker
Mississippi State vs Ole Miss Egg Bowl Odds
|Mississippi State Bulldogs||+9.5 (-113)||+225||0 66.5 (-114)|
|Ole Miss Rebels||-9.5 (-108)||-286||U 66.5 (-107)|
Rebels Get Revenge Over Bulldogs
Ole Miss will be looking for revenge when they welcome Mississippi State to Vaught Hemingway Stadium in the 2020 Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs won by just a single point last season after Rebels’ wide receiver Elijah Moore cost his team the victory. Moore caught a touchdown pass with four seconds left to make it 21-20 Bulldogs, but an inappropriate TD celebration set the Rebels back 15 yards. Kicker Luke Logan missed the game-tying extra point from the 18-yard-line.
Expect a massive game from Moore, who has set the SEC on fire this season with 1,054 receiving yards and 74 catches for eight touchdowns. He’s been catching passes from standout sophomore quarterback Matt Corral, who has thrown for 2,359 yards and 22 touchdowns. They should have no problem keeping it rolling against a Bulldogs secondary allowing over 250 yards per game.
Elijah Moore: Only WR in College Football with 1,000+ receiving yards (1,054) pic.twitter.com/WQNEvXKdT0
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 17, 2020
Mississippi State has the better defense, but it’s offense is nowhere nears as talented as the Rebels’ attack. The Bulldogs have the second-lowest scoring offense in the SEC and didn’t manage a single touchdown in losses against Kentucky and Alabama. Those are the same defenses the Rebels dropped a combined 90 points on this season.
New head coach Lane Kiffin has this Ole Miss offense firing on all cylinders, while Mike Leach’s team has shown nothing since their opener against LSU that would indicate they can keep pace. Expect Corral and Moore to keep the momentum going against a weak secondary, while the Bulldogs simply won’t have the weapons to keep up.
Pick: Ole Miss Rebels -9.5 (-108)
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