Here are our best bets for Week 13 of NCAA football:
Ohio State @ Illinois
After a disappointing performance in their Week 12 win over Indiana, the Ohio State Buckeyes’ (4-0) secondary should have no trouble restricting Illinois’ (2-3) offense and registering a comfortable fifth win this weekend to remain undefeated. Having scored just four passing touchdowns through five games this season, Illinois’ lack of a passing offense will make it tough for them to score against the Buckeyes, who have only allowed four rushing touchdowns this season.
On offense, Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields will likely bounce back from his three-interception game last week. However, Ohio State’s ability to restrict the Fighting Illini’s offense should result in the total points for this match finishing comfortably under the large line of 72 points.
Best Bet: Total Points Under 72 (-110)
Justin Fields PICKED AGAIN 😳
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 21, 2020
Kentucky @ Florida
Fresh off a 60-point Week 12 annihilation at the hands of Alabama, Kentucky (3-5) are on the road again to take on another potent offense in Florida (6-1). Currently averaging almost 48 points per game, the Gators offense led by quarterback and Heisman hopeful Kyle Trask, should have no trouble carving up the Kentucky defense that has allowed 98 points in their past two outings. With 2019 First Team All-SEC tight end Kyle Pitts expected to return from a concussion, the Gators should have no issues devouring the undermanned Wildcats, who are already without 18 players because of COVID-19 and injury issues.
Best Bet: Florida -25.5 (-110)
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 21, 2020
Pittsburgh @ Clemson
Having not suited up since early November, No.3 Clemson (7-1) will return to the field this weekend to face ACC rivals, Pittsburgh. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is set to make his return for the Tigers following his positive COVID-19 test result in October. Currently with a 31-1 record as a starter, Lawrence will once again lead the Clemson offense that is averaging 45.4 points per game this season (the sixth most in the country). Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s (5-4) offense is no joke, having scored 41 points against Florida State and 47 points against Virginia Tech in their past two outings.
With Lawrence returning at QB, expect the Tigers and Panthers to combine for big points this weekend, as Clemson will be looking to show the College Football Playoff committee that they are better than their No.3 ranking suggests.
Best Bet: Total Points Over 55.5 (-110)
Man, we were ready to play.
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) November 21, 2020
*Odds correct at the time of publishing.
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