Rivalry Week Betting Look Ahead: Michigan-Ohio St, Iron Bowl + more- Presented by Betfred Sportsbook


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Week 13 game lines are already here in College Football and it’s time to look at the early lines for the notable games this week.


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No. 3 Michigan No. 2 Ohio State (-8.5): The biggest game of the weekend is also one of the biggest games of the entire year. Michigan finally broke through under Jim Harbaugh and beat Ohio State last year, but now the challenge is doing it on the road in Columbus. The Buckeye offense is going to be electric, mainly through the air, but some of the running backs being injured should be back this week too. The defense is also much better than last year. It’s a contrast in styles because Michigan is going to pound it on the ground and play very good defense. It will also be interesting to see if JJ McCarthy can take over the game if asked to. This will easily be the game of the weekend, with a playoff berth on the line and because these teams hate each other.


No. 3 Michigan No. 2 Ohio State (-8.5): The biggest game of the weekend is also one of the biggest games of the entire year. Michigan finally broke through under Jim Harbaugh and beat Ohio State last year, but now the challenge is doing it on the road in Columbus. The Buckeye offense is going to be electric, mainly through the air, but some of the running backs being injured should be back this week too. The defense is also much better than last year. It’s a contrast in styles because Michigan is going to pound it on the ground and play very good defense. It will also be interesting to see if JJ McCarthy can take over the game if asked to. This will easily be the game of the weekend, with a playoff berth on the line and because these teams hate each other.


No. 18 Notre Dame at No. 7 USC (-6): Another huge game this weekend is taking place in Southern California. USC is playing for a playoff berth against the Irish and might have the best offense in the entire country right now. They also might have the Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, in Caleb Williams. Notre Dame has caught fire recently and has been playing very well on defense and shown to have a very dominant running game too. The key will be how Drew Pyne does against a Trojan defense that has the best turnover margin in all of college football. This a unique rivalry, and one where both teams also hate each other a lot too, the Irish would love nothing more than to play spoiler here.


No. 12 Oregon (-3.5) at No. 23 Oregon State: The battle for the Platypus Cup has a lot of meaning this year. Oregon needs to win to secure a berth in the Pac-12 Championship game, while Oregon State can cap off a very good season and make it even better by playing spoiler here. Oregon State has been inconsistent at quarterback this year, while the Ducks have a beat-up quarterback in Bo Nix. The difference might end up being how good Oregon is running the ball. This should just be an all-around entertaining game in the Pac-12 for Rivalry Week.


No. 21 Tulane at No. 25 Cincinnati (-2.5) (Friday): This game will most likely decide who wins the American Conference, now that UCF just lost. This should be a very defensive game with both sides being very good on that side. Cincinnati is the home team, so they are the favorites, but this game should be very equal across the board. Expect a grind of a game, with whoever can get the most out of their offense being the difference here. The winner of this game will also immediately become the favorite to earn a berth in a New Year’s Six Game, representing the Group of Five teams.


No. 24 NC State at No. 13 North Carolina (-6.5): This game on Tobacco Road has lost some luster with NC State falling off recently, and North Carolina losing a stunner this past week to Georgia Tech. However, this game still should be very entertaining. North Carolina is safely in the ACC Championship game, but a stumble here will not be good, especially at home. Drake Maye can also try and cement a Heisman Trophy season in this game. These teams always seem to play close games, so definitely pay attention to this one.


Auburn No. 8 Alabama (-21.5): Next to Ohio State-Michigan, this is one of the top rivalries in the sport. This game does not mean nearly as much as it usually does this year, but it should still be highlighted because of the hatred here. Auburn wasn’t that good last year either, and this game still came down to the wire. There’s also intrigue here because there’s an outside chance that Alabama could still get into the Playoff if some chaos starts happening in front of them.




Other Games to Look at:


Mississippi State at 14 Ole Miss (-3) - Thanksgiving Thursday


No. 16 UCLA (-9) at Cal - Black Friday


Florida at No. 19 Florida State (-9.5) - Black Friday


Georgia Tech at No. 1 Georgia (-35)


South Carolina No. 9 Clemson (-15)


Iowa State at TCU (-10.5)


Michigan State at No. 11 Penn State (-18)


No. 10 Utah (-29.5) at Colorado


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