College football Week 13 opening lines: Easy tune-up games for Georgia, Alabama

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

When they play in the in the SEC Championship, Georgia and Alabama occasionally go into it on the heels of tough respective battles against Georgia Tech and Auburn. That is not expected to be the case this time around. Clean Old Fashioned Hate and the Iron Bowl are likely to be big-time beatdowns; Georgia is favored by 35 points in the former and Alabama is favored by 19.5 points in the latter.

Those are just two of the matchups in rivalry week. It’s one of the busiest and best weeks of every college football season and there are plenty of betting opportunities to be found.

College football Week 13 lines

It’s never too early to look ahead toward the betting slate once the lines have come out. So without further ado, let’s dive into the numbers and discuss some potential opportunities on which to capitalize (lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Tuesday
Buffalo +6 at Ball State
Western Michigan -4 at Northern Illinois

Thursday
Ole Miss +1 at Mississippi State

Friday
Boise State -2.5 at San Diego State
Ohio -5 at Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan +8 at Central Michigan
Kansas State +2 at Texas
Iowa +3.5 at Nebraska
Missouri +14 at Arkansas
Cincinnati -14 at East Carolina
Colorado +24 at Utah
TCU +14.5 at Iowa State
North Carolina +6.5 at N.C. State
Washington State -1 at Washington

Saturday
Ohio State -7.5 at Michigan
Florida State +2 at Florida
Miami (OH) +1 at Kent State
Texas Tech +14 at Baylor
Akron +28 at Toledo
Georgia -35 at Georgia Tech
Wake Forest -4.5 at Boston College
Miami (FL) -21 at Duke
UTSA -12 at North Texas
Northwestern +6.5 at Illinois
Penn State +1.5 at Michigan State
Indiana +15 at Purdue
Alabama -19.5 at Auburn
Oregon State +7 at Oregon
Vanderbilt +31 at Tennessee
Virginia Tech +7 at Virginia
Arizona +20 at Arizona State
Wisconsin -6.5 at Minnesota
Texas A&M -6.5 at LSU
West Virginia -15 at Kansas
Oklahoma +3.5 at Oklahoma State
Clemson -11.5 at South Carolina
Kentucky +2.5 at Louisville
Pittsburgh -11 at Syracuse
Notre Dame -17 at Stanford
California +7 at UCLA
BYU -7 at USC

Make sure you check out our previews for all of these games later in the week

Week 13 games to watch

Ohio State vs Michigan is without question the biggest game on the schedule, as both teams are in College Football Playoff contention. The Buckeyes have beaten Purdue by 28 points and Michigan State by 49 points (not a typo) in their last two contests. Can the Wolverines really keep it to around a touchdown or less on Saturday? They have lost eight straight in the head-to-head series and 15 of the last 16, including the last two by a combined 52 points. Give me Ohio State -7.5. As for the game totals, I want to take the over in this matchup but with the number at 63.5 I’m not inclined to touch it right now.

Another game I like a lot comes in the ACC, where Wake Forest is looking to wrap up the Coastal Division crown despite its recent loss to Clemson. Only Boston College stands in the Demon Deacons’ way, and the Eagles occupy last place at 2-5 in the conference. B.C.’s only two wins have come against Georgia Tech (3-8, 2-6) and a Virginia Tech team that just fired head coach Justin Fuente. The Eagles are coming off a bad home loss to Florida State, so there is no reason to think they can cover +4.5 at home against a much better Wake Forest squad. Roll with the Deacons.

At Pickswise we offer free expert College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for all games in the Power Five conferences and the top 25 teams outside of Power five, including our College Football Parlay picks each week.

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