College football picks, schedule: predictions vs. the spread, odds for big games on Black Friday

College football picks, schedule: predictions vs. the spread, odds for big games on Black Friday

Deal hunting is a big part of Black Friday, especially in the United States, and with a significant slate of college football games starting Rivalry Week a day early, maybe some value can be found with our CBS Sports picks and predictions. Week 13 wastes no time getting started. Six teams in the College Football Playoff rankings will see action with one top-25 showdown that will go a long way in determining how the postseason plays out.

In that match, No. 19 Tulane visits No. 24 Cincinnati with a berth in the AAC Championship Game — and a spot as the top-rated Group of Five team in the CFP rankings — on the line. While the loser won’t be completely eliminated from the conference race, it will need help to create a chance for a rematch given the tight AAC standings.

Elsewhere, the Battle Line rivalry reignites when Arkansas visits Missouri in the first of two SEC on CBS games of the week. No. 23 Texas will look to end its stop-and-start status in the CFP rankings when it hosts Baylor. And No. 16 Florida State will look to prove its late-season rise to prominence is no fluke as it hosts foe Florida in one of college footballThe most hotly contested rivalries.

Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from start to finish. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best Black Friday games in Week 13.

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook | All times in the east

Utah State at Boise State

Noon | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports AppThe oddsmakers have Utah State as a significant underdog with 17 points. That’s a big number and I don’t feel comfortable taking sides with it. That being said, this feels more like a low-scoring game. Both teams have manpower on offense, and more importantly, this game kicks off at 10 a.m. local time on Friday. It’s easy to imagine both offenses getting off to a slow start given the circumstances. Forecast: Below 51.5 — Austin Nivison

Baylor at no. 23 Texas

Noon | ESPN, fuboTV (Try it for free) — Oddsmakers have overrated Texas all year despite a four-loss season, and that trend continues in the Finals. The Longhorns have beaten only one team by more than 8.5 points since the Red River Showdown: Kansas. Baylor is more than ready to handle Texas athletes, even on the road in Austin. Prediction: Baylor +8.5 — Shehan Jeyarajah

no. 19 Tulane at no. 24 Cincinnati

Noon | ABC, fuboTV (Try it for free) — The Green Wave and Bearcats will battle it out at Nippert Stadium in the biggest AAC game of the year. The winner of this one will host the conference championship game next week, and the loser will need a few dominoes to fall to earn a rematch. Tulane got back on track last week with a 59-24 win over SMU in which he rolled up 310 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on the ground. Cincinnati has led its defense to three straight wins, including a 23-3 win over Temple last week in which they allowed just 202 yards, held the Owls to 3.67 yards per play and forced four turnovers. Look for the Bearcats defense to win what should be a hell of a battle. Forecast: Cincinnati -2 — Barrett Sallee

Arkansas at Missouri

Featured game | Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

15:30 | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports AppOf the 14 combined SEC games these two have played, nine have been played under this score. With Missouri ranked 7th nationally in time of possession and Arkansas 8th in rushing offense, there could be some long periods of bleeding in this matchup. While Missouri’s red zone defense is terrible, Arkansas is just 86th nationally in red zone offense. It could be a busy day for the players. Forecast: Below 55.5 — David Cobb

Florida at No. 16 Florida State

Featured game | Florida State Seminoles vs Florida Gators

19:30 | ABC, fuboTV (Try it for free) — An interesting downside to the Florida-Florida State rivalry is that while the series has heated up, the results have rarely been close in recent years. Since 2007, only two games between the Gators and Seminoles have been by single digits. I think we have another double digit win here on Friday, this one in favor of the home team. Forecast: Florida State -9.5 — Chip Patterson

Which college football picks can you confidently make in Week 13, and which top-25 teams will go down hard? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the spread — all from a proven computer model that has returned nearly $3,000 in profits over the past six-plus seasons — and find out.

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