College Football Scoreboard Predictions Week 13

College football schedule, predictions, game previews, lines, scoreboard, and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.

College football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, scoreboard, and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


College Football Schedule Predictions Scoreboard Week 13

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Week 13 Schedule Predictions Scoreboard Game Previews
ACC | AAC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
IND | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt
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ACC College Football Schedule Predictions Lines Week 13

Results So Far
Straight Up 71-29, ATS 54-44-2, o/u 64-35-1

Friday, November 25

NC State at North Carolina
Prediction: North Carolina 27, NC State 24
Line: North Carolina -6.5, o/u: 56.5
Final Score: NC State 30, North Carolina 27 2OT

Florida at Florida State
Prediction: Florida State 34, Florida 30
Line: Florida State -9.5, o/u: 57.5
Final Score: Florida State 45, Florida 38

Virginia at Virginia Tech
Cancelled

Saturday, November 26

Georgia Tech at Georgia
Prediction: Georgia 44, Georgia Tech 10
Line: Georgia -36.5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: Georgia 37, Georgia Tech 14

South Carolina at Clemson
Prediction: Clemson 38, South Carolina 24
Line: Clemson -14.5, o/u: 51.5
Final Score: South Carolina 31, Clemson 30

Louisville at Kentucky
Prediction: Louisville 23, Kentucky 21
Line: Kentucky -2.5, o/u: 43.5
Final Score: Kentucky 26, Louisville 13

Wake Forest at Duke
Prediction: Wake Forest 37, Duke 30
Line: Wake Forest -3.5, o/u: 66.5
Final Score: Duke 34, Wake Forest 31

Syracuse at Boston College
Prediction: Syracuse 27, Boston College 20
Line: Syracuse -10.5, o/u: 47.5
Final Score: Syracuse 32, Boston College 23

Pitt at Miami
Prediction: Pitt 27, Miami 20
Line: Pitt -6.5, o/u: 43.5
Final Score: Pitt 42, Miami 16

Week 13 Schedule Predictions Scoreboard Game Previews
ACC | AAC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
IND | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt 

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Minnesota vs Wisconsin Prediction Game Preview

Minnesota vs Wisconsin game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

Minnesota vs Wisconsin prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


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Minnesota vs Wisconsin How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Minnesota (7-4), Wisconsin (6-5)
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Why Minnesota Will Win

The Wisconsin passing game isn’t getting better.

Graham Mertz isn’t getting a ton of help, and the Maryland game was an outlier with the bad weather, but 29-of-71 for 336 yards and two touchdowns with three picks in three games isn’t good.

The running game wasn’t able to make up for it in the loss to Iowa, the defense hasn’t been its normal special self, and Minnesota should be able to take advantage of all of it.

Wisconsin is 5-0 when running for 193 yards or more and 6-1 when running for 175 yards or more. Minnesota has allowed more than 160 yards in just two games, on the flip side it’s getting a special season out of Mohamed Ibrahim.

The veteran has ripped off over 100 yards in every game he played – he missed the Purdue game hurt – and almost pulled out the 13-10 loss to Iowa by himself with 263 yards.

However …

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Why Wisconsin Will Win

Can Minnesota get by without a passing game?

Freshman Athan Kaliakmanis has the arm, but he doesn’t have the touch and hasn’t been great over the last three games hitting 20-of-40 passes with no touchdowns and one pick.

There’s an outside chance Tanner Morgan is back, but no matter what the Badgers will load up against Ibrahim and the run – the D is just fine against one-dimensional attacks.

Nebraska was able to keep the Gopher ground game in relative check. If it can do that, Wisconsin can do the same. It gave up fewer than 100 rushing yards in six games and allowed over 140 just once in the blasting from Ohio State.

Minnesota is 1-3 when it wins for fewer than 170 yards and 6-1 when it doesn’t. There’s that, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Wisconsin is a different team in Camp Randall.

It blew out Northwestern in Evanston, but it struggled in the win last week over Nebraska to get bowl eligible. It gagged at Michigan State, couldn’t stop screwing up against Iowa, and got rolled by Ohio State.

The O hasn’t always been great no matter where it plays, and Minnesota’s defense will keep this close, but the Badger run D will be a wee bit better as it takes back the Paul Bunyan Axe.

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Minnesota vs Wisconsin Prediction, Line

Wisconsin 21, Minnesota 17
Line: Wisconsin -3.5, o/u: 35.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Minnesota vs Wisconsin Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5

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Purdue vs Indiana Prediction Game Preview

Purdue vs Indiana game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

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Purdue vs Indiana How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Purdue (7-4), Indiana (4-7)
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Why Purdue Will Win

The Indiana passing game isn’t working.

Dexter Williams is a dangerous all-around playmaker, and he proved he could lead the team to a win with a stunning 39-31 thriller at Michigan State last week, but he completed just 8-of-26 passes for 138 yards over the last two games.

Purdue has enough of a run defense to hold up.

It’s not a brick wall, but now it knows what it’s looking for when Williams takes off – the linebacking corps should keep him relatively contained.

IU beat the Spartans with 257 rushing yards and four scores – no one hasn’t come all that close to 200 rushing yards on the Boilermaker D.

That, and the Indiana defense is still the Indiana defense – it gave up close to 1,700 yards of total offense over the last three weeks.

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Why Indiana Will Win

The running game really was good against Michigan State.

No, Williams didn’t do anything down the field, but the offense roared back in the second half, the defense came up big in overtime, and again, the ground attack – Williams ran for 86 yards and Shaun Shivers ran for 115.

No, the offense still doesn’t control the clock – it only had the ball for 23:27 last week – and no, the team still isn’t that great on third downs, but if it could bend without doing a lot of breaking against Michigan State, it can do that against Purdue.

The Boilermakers aren’t going to come up with too many big things in the backfield, there aren’t a ton of passes down the field in the pass-friendly offense, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Purdue will clamp down enough to get the Old Oaken Bucket for the fourth time in the last five tries.

It was a crazy collapse by Michigan State against IU. Before that, the Hoosiers had a hard time getting past 17 points, and it’s going to have a hard time coming up with explosive offensive plays to do more than that.

However, Indiana hasn’t turned it over in two weeks. It will run just enough to be okay, but Purdue will have the ball for 35 minutes and won’t crash like the Spartans did.

Throw in that this matters for the Big Ten West title – thanks to the Iowa loss to Nebraska, Purdue is in if it wins – and the extra motivation won’t hurt.

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Purdue vs Indiana Prediction, Line

Purdue 34, Indiana 23
Line:Purdue -10.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Purdue vs Indiana Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Michigan State vs Penn State Prediction Game Preview

Michigan State vs Penn State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

Michigan State vs Penn State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


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Michigan State vs Penn State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: FS1
Record: Michigan State (5-6), Penn State (9-2)
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Why Michigan State Will Win

The Michigan State passing game should be able to make this a bit of a battle.

It won’t crank up 400 yards or anything, but it’s going push the ball down the field a bit, it’ll keep the chains moving, and it should be able to go for well over 250 yards. Penn State was able to hold up against the Maryland passing game, but it hasn’t dealt with a slew of efficient attacks.

This is Michigan State’s shot at going to a bowl game. It’s going to turn it all loose.

The pass rush is there on the defensive side, the offensive front should be able to keep Penn State out of the backfield, and …

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Why Penn State Will Win

Here comes the Penn State running game.

It has a possible New Year’s Six bowl game on the line – the only losses were to Michigan and Ohio State – and it’s about to showcase the rotation of running backs against a Michigan State defensive front that got hammered by Indiana for 257 rushing yards and four scores.

It was the third dime in the last four games and the fourth time in the last six that Michigan State gave up over 220 rushing yards. Penn State isn’t going to get too crazy here, and it’s not going to press with the passing attack.

Keep things simple, wait for the offensive line to take over, dominate the time of possession battle against a team that keeps the ball for just over 26 minutes a game, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s still amazing how Michigan State gave away the Indiana game. It’ll come out hot and might even lead after the first quarter.

And then the Michigan State run defense will give it all away.

The Spartans are 0-4 when allowing 225 yards or more, and Penn State should be able to get there for the fourth time this season.

The Nittany Lions are 8-0 when it runs for more than 111 yards. Washington – who threw for almost 400 yards in the win – and Akron are the only two teams that didn’t come up with at least 140 on the MSU D.

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Michigan State vs Penn State Prediction, Line

Penn State 35, Michigan State 17
Line: Penn State -18.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Michigan State vs Penn State Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Illinois vs Northwestern Prediction Game Preview

Illinois vs Northwestern game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

Illinois vs Northwestern prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


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Illinois vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Illinois (7-4), Northwestern (1-10)
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Why Illinois Will Win

Northwestern hasn’t been able to figure out that whole scoring thing as the season has gone on.

The offense will move the ball a bit, but turnovers are a massive problem – two or more in eight games and six in the last two – and it’s having an impossible time putting the biscuit in the basket.

Northwestern lost to Maryland 31-24. That was the only time in the last eight games it scores more than 14 points, and now it’s going against the No. 2 defense in college football that allows 259 points and 13 points per game.

As long as the Illini can get up fast and don’t royally screw up, it should have this, but …

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Why Northwestern Will Win

Can Northwestern throw a bit?

It couldn’t do it against Ohio State or Purdue, but the defense was able to keep the score in check – the weather conditions had everything to do with that against the Buckeyes – but the passing game has occasionally been okay enough to be at least accurate.

That’s how you bother the Illinois defense – you have to throw against it. Michigan State, Purdue, and Michigan were all able to run in their wins against Illinois, but that was set up by being decent enough through the air to be a bother.

The Wildcats have to mix up the offense a little bit and the run defense has go one up with a special day.

There’s no shot without holding the Illini to under 160 rushing yards, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

There won’t be enough from the the Northwestern offense, and there won’t be enough big plays from the defensive side to make up for it.

Illinois might have lost its last three games, but it doesn’t turn the ball over – just three in the last five games.

It won’t be anything pretty, but Illinois will take its second win in a row over Chicago’s Hometown Team.

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Illinois vs Northwestern Prediction, Line

Illinois 26, Northwestern 13
Line: Illinois -14.5, o/u: 37.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Illinois vs Northwestern Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

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Results So Far
Straight Up 79-19, ATS 63-33, o/u 53-42

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Friday, November 25

Nebraska at Iowa

4:00 BTN
Line: Iowa -10.5, o/u: 38.5

Saturday, November 26

Michigan at Ohio State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -7.5, o/u: 57.5

Rutgers at Maryland

12:00 BTN
Line: Maryland -14.5, o/u: 48.5

Illinois at Northwestern

3:30 BTN
Line: Illinois -14.5, o/u: 37.5

Minnesota at Wisconsin

3:30 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -3.5, o/u: 35.5

Purdue at Indiana

3:30 BTN
Line:Purdue -10.5, o/u: 54.5

Michigan State at Penn State

4:00 FS1
Line: Penn State -18.5, o/u: 52.5

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Rutgers vs Maryland Prediction Game Preview

Rutgers vs Maryland game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

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Rutgers vs Maryland How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: SECU Stadium, College Park, MD
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Rutgers (4-7), Maryland (6-5)
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Why Rutgers Will Win

Maryland is has gone a while without a win.

It didn’t help that it played Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State over the last three weeks, but the running game has hit a wall and everything else flows from there.

Taulia Tagovailoa and the passing attack didn’t have a problem against the Buckeyes, but the the backs couldn’t get free in any of the last three games. It’s more about yards per carry with this O than bulk yards.

Maryland is 6-0 when averaging over four yards per carry and 0-5 when it doesn’t. The Rutgers defense might not be a rock, but it held six teams to under four yards per crack.

However …

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Why Maryland Will Win

It’s not like the Rutgers ground game is doing much of anything.

It’s a bit of the same thing the other way. Maryland has problems when the other side is ripping off yards in chunks, and in general, everything is okay as long as the defense isn’t getting hit for over five yards per carry.

Rutgers has been able to run well from time to time, but it only averaged over four yards per dash three times.

The Scarlet Knight scoring pop isn’t there, the turnovers continue to be a problem, and the defense isn’t making up for it with a slew of takeaways to help the cause with just two in the last five games.

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What’s Going To Happen

Maryland beats the mediocre and loses to the strong. The problem is that it needs lots of points to win – it has yet to come up with any sort of a grinding victory – and Rutgers doesn’t give up a ton of points except against the elite.

The Scarlet Knights allowed more than 31 points three times against Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State, but they’re 0-6 when giving up more than 21.

On the flip side, Maryland is 5-0 when scoring more than 30 and 1-5 when it doesn’t.

The Terps won’t go off, but they’ll do enough through the air to get their seventh win.

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Rutgers vs Maryland Prediction, Line

Maryland 31, Rutgers 20
Line: Maryland -14.5, o/u: 48.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Rutgers vs Maryland Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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College Football Expert Picks Predictions Week 13

College football expert picks and predictions for Week 13 highlighted by Michigan at Ohio State, Auburn at Alabama, and Notre Dame at USC

College football expert picks, predictions for Week 13, including Michigan at Ohio State, Auburn at Alabama, and Notre Dame at USC


College Football Expert Picks, Predictions Week 13

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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
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Week 13 College Football Expert Picks 
Bowling Green at Ohio | Miss State at Ole Miss
Tulane at Cincinnati | Utah State at Boise State
NC State at North Carolina | Arkansas at Missouri
Nebraska at Iowa | UCLA at Cal
Florida at Florida State | Wyoming at Fresno State
Georgia Tech at Georgia | Michigan at Ohio State
South Carolina at Clemson | Auburn at Alabama
Oregon at Oregon State | Minnesota at Wisconsin
Iowa State at TCU | Michigan State at Penn State
LSU at Texas A&M | Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Notre Dame at USC | Oklahoma at Texas Tech
Kansas at Kansas St | Washington at Wash St
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Week 13 Schedule, Game Previews, Predictions

Bowling Green at Ohio

Line: Ohio -7, o/u: 55.5

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Ohio
Evan Bredeson, CornhuskersWire.com: Ohio
Tony Cosolo, ColoradoBuffaloesWire.com: Ohio
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Ohio
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Ohio
Cami Griffin, LonghornsWire.com: Ohio
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Ohio*
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: Ohio*
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com Ohio
Kevin McGuire, NittanyLionsWire.com: Ohio
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Ohio*
E, CFN Ohio
Tyler Nettuno, LSUTigerswire.com Ohio
Zack Pearson, TarHeelswire.com Ohio
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Ohio*
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Ohio
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Ohio
Joe Vitale, UGAWire.com: Ohio*
Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip), CFN: Bowling Green
CONSENSUS PICK: Ohio

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Nebraska vs Iowa Prediction Game Preview

Nebraska vs Iowa game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Friday, November 25

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Nebraska vs Iowa How To Watch

Date: Friday, November 25
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Nebraska (3-8), Iowa (7-4)
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Why Nebraska Will Win

The team keeps on pushing.

It might have had problems holding up against Michigan, but it gave Minnesota a rough game and had Wisconsin in big trouble last week. All were losses – the Huskers have lost five straight – but the want-to is still there thanks to an improving defense.

They allowed fewer than 370 yards in three of the last four games, and now they get an Iowa offense that desperately needs help from the defense to help with field position and potentially come up with a few scores.

For all the issues with the Huskers, the haven’t turned the ball over in either of the last two games and just once in the last three, but …

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Why Iowa Will Win

Nebraska’s offense has stalled.

It was great this year against mediocre defenses, but Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin – all of them stuffed the Huskers allowing fewer than 270 yards in each of the four.

The running game that struggled all year has completely stalled, the passing attack can’t get to 200 yards, and Iowa’s defense isn’t the one to get healthy against.

The Hawkeyes have won four straight, they’ve taken the ball away 13 times in the last six games, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Win and get in.

Iowa has had a rough year, the offense has been mocked and ridiculed, and it got ugly with a 3-4 start. However, beat Nebraska for the seventh straight time sine 2014 and go play in the Big Ten Championship for the second straight year.

Nebraska will be plucky early, and the defense will keep the Hawkeyes from going on any big marches, but the O will run into a brick wall.

The Iowa defense will be suffocating against the run, a few field goals will be enough to set the early tone, and then it’ll be on to the prep work for the Michigan-Ohio State winner.

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Nebraska vs Iowa Prediction, Line

Iowa 26, Nebraska 13
Line: Iowa -10.5, o/u: 38.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Nebraska vs Iowa Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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College Football Playoff Chase: Ranking Path Of The 7 Teams Still Alive

Who’s in the College Football Playoff chase? Seven teams are still realistically alive, and we rate them based on how clear their paths are and the likelihood of getting in.

Who’s still alive in the chase to get into the 2023-2023 College Football Playoff? Before Week 13, here are the seven teams still alive and what they need to do to get in.


Tennessee is now out of the College Football Playoff mix after getting rocked by South Carolina, and any dream that North Carolina might have had went bye-bye after a shocking loss to Georgia Tech.

So now we’re down to seven teams realistically in the chase for the College Football Playoff. What do they need to do to get in, and who has the easiest and hardest path?

This isn’t a ranking of who the top seven teams are – that’s for our ranking of all 131 teams – this is about a combination of talent, clearest path, and overall pecking order.

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7. LSU Tigers (9-2)

Remaining Schedule: at Texas A&M, SEC Championship vs Georgia

What LSU has to do to make the College Football Playoff: It has to look the part over the next two weeks.

The 41-10 win over UAB was what a team in the College Football Playoff is supposed to do, and the wins over Alabama and Arkansas were nice, but those were close, tight battles. Now it has to annihilate a mediocre Texas A&M team on the road and it needs to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship.

That, and it needs two of the three champions – assuming the Ohio State-Michigan winner doesn’t lose the Big Ten title – from the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12 to have at least two losses.

Will LSU make the College Football Playoff? 1) It might have problems on the road against a Texas A&M team that will see this season finale as its World Cup final. 2) It’ll probably beat Texas A&M, but it probably won’t beat Georgia. 3) If it beats Georgia, it’s still probably not in over Georgia – unless it’s a blowout – and it’s unlikely that it’ll get help from three of the other four Power Five conference championships.

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6. Clemson Tigers (10-1)

Remaining Schedule: South Carolina, ACC Championship vs North Carolina

What Clemson has to do to make the College Football Playoff: Win out and get help.

It actually caught a wonderful break that South Carolina is coming of the blowout win over Tennessee. Now, beating the Gamecocks would be a massive boost in the College Football Playoff chase with the rough performance against Notre Dame still fresh.

Sticking with the idea of a 12-1 Power Five conference champion getting in if there aren’t any other viable options, Clemson needs USC to lose once more – that’s the most realistic key possibility – and looking the part against South Carolina and North Carolina would be nice.

Will Clemson make the College Football Playoff? Sticking with the call throughout most of the year … yes. The call is that Clemson wins its final two games and TCU somehow has a problem either against Iowa State – unlikely – or in the Big 12 Championship.

The committee would almost certainly take a 12-1 ACC champion over a 12-1 Big 12 team without a championship. If that happens and if Georgia pushes LSU out of the way – and/or if USC loses once more – Clemson is in.

College Football Playoff Top 25 Prediction

5. USC Trojans (10-1)

Remaining Schedule: Notre Dame, Pac-12 Championship

What USC has to do to make the College Football Playoff: Go 2-0.

The only reason USC isn’t in the top four is because it’s more likely to lose one of its final two games. However, if there were three options the committee had to take – SEC champion Georgia, the Big Ten champion, and 13-0 Big 12 champion TCU – 12-1 USC would 99% surely get the nod over 12-1 Clemson.

And why? Next up for USC is the Notre Dame team that whacked Clemson 35-14.

Will USC make the College Football Playoff? Yeah – let’s go with it. It’s going to be a fight, but after beating UCLA, if USC goes 2-0 with wins over Notre Dame and either Oregon, Utah or Washington in the Pac-12 Championship, it’s done. It’s not going to be easy, but the team rose to the challenge against the Bruins.

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