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Week 13 CFB Preview: Let’s Give Thanks

by Craig

Welcome to the final week of the College football season. Itโ€™s Rivalry Week and Thanksgiving. I want to thank you for joining me this college football season. I will have all of the conference games broken down this week. This week, I wanted to share a few things I have been thankful for this season.

Rivalry Week

The Game: Michigan ๐Ÿ†š Ohio State. Michigan is looking for their first win in Columbus since before Blake Corum was born. Ryan Day has lost one B1G game in four seasons. A second could put him on the hot seat.

The Iron Bowl:ย Alabama ๐Ÿ†š Auburn. Auburn should be trying to play out the string and end the season. Cadilac Williams has rejuvenated the Tigers. I bet for a second, Saban is happy not to be playing this one at Jordan Hare.

The Egg Bowl;ย Ole Miss ๐Ÿ†š Mississippi State. Are there two more entertaining coaches in college football than reside at the two Magnolia state flagships? Lane has a good thing going in Oxford, there will be regret if he moves to The Plains. Plus, what goes better with pie than a little Egg Bowl after too much turkey and stuffing?

Game-winning field goals

Game 1: Rocky Top knocks off the Tide. Sure the Vols lost big in Columbia last weekend and are going to miss the playoff. There may not have been a more electric game though than their win against the Tide. It reminded us of everything that is crazy and good about college football.Game 2:ย TCU used a โ€œBazookaโ€ to knock off Baylor in the closing seconds of their win last week. I must have watched that last series a hundred times. It was a beautiful display of execution for TCU to get the spot, the kick, and the win. Hats off to Sonny Dykes and his staff.Game 2:ย TCU used a โ€œBazookaโ€ to knock off Baylor in the closing seconds of their win last week. I must have watched that last series a hundred times. It was a beautiful display of execution for TCU to get the spot, the kick, and the win. Hats off to Sonny Dykes and his staff.

Game 2:ย TCU used a โ€œBazookaโ€ to knock off Baylor in the closing seconds of their win last week. I must have watched that last series a hundred times. It was a beautiful display of execution for TCU to get the spot, the kick, and the win. Hats off to Sonny Dykes and his staff.

Interm Coaches

Auburn was a walking disaster heading into the 2022 season with lame-duck Bryan Harsin. We all knew it was a matter of when not if the coach would be let go. What we did not expect was the energy and life brought into the Tigers by Cadilac Williams. The former Auburn tailback has been damn impressive and has put his name into consideration for the Auburn job.

Georgia Tech was lost behind the Waffle House under Geoff Collins. Brent Key has surpassed the number of wins against FBS and the Top 25 wins of his former boss. The Georgia Tech alum is primed to take over full-time for the Rambling Wreck.

SEC Shorts

Does anyone else anxiously wait for the video(s) to drop on Monday recapping the madness that was the SEC weekend? Josh Snead and his team do a brilliant job. They will write, shoot, and edit all on Sunday to have it ready for us on Monday.

Twitter

Thanks, Elon for not breaking it yet. Iโ€™m so glad teams are seeing the value of their social media teams. A few teams, led by TCU have carried the banner for ditching the milk toast, bland accounts for having a little fun and being more than a little snarky. Here are a few of my favorites from the last couple of weeks.

Thank you so much. I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Stat of the Week: Agony of Defeat

Iowa State defeated the possible Big Ten West champion and will have no bowl game to show it. Depth of talent has reared its head this year for the Cyclones. This week may be the final game for Matt Campbell. I could see him in Madison or Lincoln next fall.

Week 13 Picks: Rivalry Week

Welcome to Rivalry Week. We get turkey and all the fixings to end the regular season in college football season. We have had plenty of ups and downs. Nothing like knocking out your rival to put a mark on their season.

๐ŸŽŸย Mississippi State ๐Ÿ†š OleMiss (-3)
๐Ÿ“ Vaught Hemingway
๐Ÿ† Egg Bowl
โฐ 7 p.m. EST (Thursday)
๐Ÿ“บ ESPN
๐Ÿ’ฐ #HottyToddy

Will Lane stay or go? All eyes are focused on that as much as the rivalry game. Check out Ross Delengerโ€™s thread on the history of the egg bowl. My favorite piece. The rivalry is even. โ€œItโ€™s been dead even since 1991 โ€” tied at 15 wins apiece. In those 30 games, State has scored 689 points; Ole Miss has scored 660.โ€

๐ŸŽŸย Baylor ๐Ÿ†š Texas (-8)
๐Ÿ“ DK Royal Stadium
โฐ 12 p.m. EST (Friday)
๐Ÿ“บ ESPN
๐Ÿ’ฐ #HookEm

Texas leads the series 79โ€“28โ€“4. The Horns continue the good feelings after last weekendโ€™s drubbing of Kansas.

๐ŸŽŸย Central Michigan ๐Ÿ†š EasternMichigan (-1.5)
๐Ÿ“ The Factory
โฐ 12 p.m. EST (Friday)
๐Ÿ“บ ESPN+
๐Ÿ’ฐ #EMUEagles

#FireUpChips lead the all-time series 63โ€“30โ€“6. Chris Creighton is a miracle worker and is looking to lead Eastern to the Michigan Directional team championship (I hope this is real) and their 8th win of the season.

๐ŸŽŸย Floria ๐Ÿ†š Florida State (-9.5)
๐Ÿ“ Doak Campbell Stadium
๐Ÿ† Sunshine Showdown
โฐ 7:30 p.m. EST (Friday)
๐Ÿ“บ ABC
๐Ÿ’ฐ #NoleFamily
The Gators lead the series 37โ€“26โ€“2. The Gators are having a forgettable first year under Billy Napier. Flordia State has shown flashes this year to think they will be competing for an ACC Title and playoff birth in 2023 under Mike Norvell.

๐ŸŽŸย Michigan ๐Ÿ†š Ohio State (-8.5)
๐Ÿ“ The Shoe
๐Ÿ† The Game
โฐ 12 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ Fox
๐Ÿ’ฐ #GoBuckeyes

Can we stop with the whole Ohio State hasnโ€™t defeated Michigan since 2019 tweets? The Michigan Ducks didnโ€™t play OSU in 2020. Last year was a good win, JJ McCarthy is going to have to show 2021 wasnโ€™t a fluke.

๐ŸŽŸย Auburn ๐Ÿ†š Alabama (-21.5)
๐Ÿ“ Bryant-Denny Stadium
๐Ÿ† Iron Bowl
โฐ 3:30 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ CBS
๐Ÿ’ฐ #WDE

Do I think Auburn can win? No. But weird stuff happens in the Iron Bowl. Kick 6, Cam coming back after being down big at half, Cadilac will have his team motivated and excited to play the Tide.

๐ŸŽŸย Oregon (-3.5) ๐Ÿ†š Oregon State
๐Ÿ“Reser Stadium
๐Ÿ† The Civil War
โฐ 3:30 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ ABC
๐Ÿ’ฐ #Oregon

Bo Nix is on one leg and Oregon is gonna walk into a difficult atmosphere in Corvallis. They find just enough to meet USC in the Pac-12 Championship.

๐ŸŽŸย LSU (-9.5) ๐Ÿ†š Texas A& M
๐Ÿ“ Kyle Field
โฐ 7 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ ESPN
๐Ÿ’ฐ #GeauxTigers

The pain of 2022 is almost over for Jimbo. A cleaning of the staff and locker room is needed in College Station. No need for 7 OTs in this one.

๐ŸŽŸย Notre Dame ๐Ÿ†š USC (-5.5)
๐Ÿ“ The Coliseum
โฐ 7:30 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ ABC
๐Ÿ’ฐ #GoIrish

As good as USCโ€™s offense is, their defense is just worse. They are opportunistic and force turnovers rather than stopping or tackling anyone. Marcus Freeman gets a signature win in So Cal and knocks the Pac 12 out of the College Football Playoff.

๐ŸŽŸย Washington (-2) ๐Ÿ†š Washington State
๐Ÿ“ Martin Stadium
๐Ÿ† Apple Cup
โฐ 10:30 p.m. EST
๐Ÿ“บ ESPN
๐Ÿ’ฐ #PurpleReign

Washington has an outside chance of making it to the Pac-12 Championship. If you had an advanced math degree, you too could understand the tiebreakers. Hats off to Kalen DeBoer for quickly turning the ship around in Seattle.

Last week ATS: 2โ€“8
Overall: 44โ€“72โ€“2
Grab your ๐Ÿฟ and enjoy the games

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