College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia (-35.5), 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington (-11.5), 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 23 Oregon (-9.5) at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson (-22.5) at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama (-29.5) at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami (-14.5) at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma (-22.5), 8 p.m. ET, Fox


Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC (-14.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold against the spread. Odds via DraftKings.

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College football picks, predictions against the spread for every Week 14 top 25 game

There are just two weeks remaining in the 2020 college football season, which heads into December with a full slate of top 25 teams.  

There are just two matchups between ranked teams in Week 14. No. 8 BYU travels to No. 14 Coastal Carolina in a battle of unbeaten teams, and No. 10 Indiana faces No. 18 Wisconsin. There are sure to be more schedule changes along the way because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  

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The second set of College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled Tuesday, and that is sure to add to the excitement. SN picks every top 25 game against the spread each week. Here is a look at our track record this season:  

  • Last week: 11-2 S/U, 6-7 ATS 
  • Overall: 140-38 S/U, 92-77 ATS   
  • Top 25: 130-33 S/U, 87-73 ATS   

Now, a look at our picks against the spread for Week 14:  


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Week 14 picks against the spread  

Saturday, Dec. 5 

No. 5 Texas A&M (-6.5) at Auburn  

The line jumped 2.5 points from its open, and the Aggies are almost a touchdown favorite against the Tigers. Texas A&M is 2-3 ATS as a favorite this season, and the Tigers are in a rare spot of playing a regular-season game after the Iron Bowl. Auburn has won the past three meetings, so count on a close one that matches the early line.  

Pick: Texas A&M wins 27-23 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  

No. 4 Ohio State (-22) at Michigan State  

There are doubts that this game will be played knowing the Buckeyes are dealing with COVID-19 issues. Ohio State has won the past three meetings by 20 points or more, however, and style points will matter with the short number of games.  

Pick: Ohio State wins 45-17 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 19 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU  

The Cowboys have failed to cover in their past four games, but the Horned Frogs are just 1-3 at home this season. The teams have traded one-score victories the past two years. We’ll stick with the more consistent team.  

Pick: Oklahoma State wins 34-27 and COVERS the spread.  

Rice at No. 15 Marshall (-23.5)  

The Thundering Herd is 5-2 ATS this season, but that number drops to 2-2 when favored by more than 20 points. Rice has played three games this season, and that makes this a tough game to project. Take the home team.  

Pick: Marshall wins 38-13 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 8 BYU (-10) at No. 14 Coastal Carolina  

This is off-the-cuff-scheduling at its best. Quarterbacks Grayson McCall (20 TDs, 1 INT) and Zach Wilson (26 TDs, 2 INTs) should put on a show, but the Cougars improve to 10-0 in the process.  

Pick: BYU wins 35-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread. 

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5)  

The Irish have covered in four of their past five victories, and this is a game that they should dominate

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The CDC, based in Atlanta, GA, is contracting AMI to bolster COVID-19 testing sites to obtain blood samples of students from the Madison and Oshkosh campuses of the University of Wisconsin. The CDC will compare the new samples with samples taken at the beginning of Fall semester in September. The findings will help answer the question of how long antibodies stay present in the human body and whether these antibodies could protect individuals from reinfection.

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What is Ohio State football’s point spread at Michigan State despite coronavirus cases? College betting lines

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football is again a big favorite in a Big Ten Conference road game on Saturday.

The Buckeyes, though, do not yet know if they will even make the trip to Michigan State on Saturday.

Circa Sports made Ohio State a 24-point favorite in Sunday’s opening betting line.

Ohio State was favored by 28 points at Illinois even after initial reports of coronavirus cases within the Buckeye program. That game was canceled Friday night after the number of cases increased.

Ohio State has paused all football operations as it awaits further test results to determine the extent of the outbreak. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day, who has tested positive and is in isolation, said OSU could play as long as it has a practice on Thursday and a walk-through on Friday.

Oddsmakers have not shied away from other pandemic-affected games. Northwestern opened as a 10-point favorite at Minnesota per Circa despite an increasing number of cases for the Gophers. As of Saturday, Minnesota was dealing with 40 confirmed cases after canceling last week’s game against Wisconsin.

Ohio State was favored by 21 points at kickoff against Indiana in its last game on Nov. 14, led 35-7 early in the third quarter and held on for a 42-35 victory.

The Buckeyes were favored by 38.5 points against Rutgers on Nov. 7, led 35-3 at halftime and settled for a 49-27 victory.

Overall, Ohio State is 2-2 against the spread. The Spartans are 2-3, but have twice won outright as home underdogs. MSU won as a 21.5-point dog against Michigan on Oct. 31 and as a 13.5-point dog against Northwestern this past Saturday.

Circa also installed an opening total of 62.5 for the Ohio State-Michigan State game, but that quickly dropped to 59.5. Three of the Buckeyes’ totals have gone over, with one push. Three of the Spartans’ games have gone over, with two unders.

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Notre Dame football: Bruising Irish offer Spread Age’s missing element

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — College football has eras just like the Earth itself.

You know this place was once all covered in ice. The Ice Age, they called it. The dinosaurs roamed the globe during the Jurassic Age. The Pleistocene Age came about some 300,000 years ago, when modern humans began to evolve in Africa.

But enough history, let’s get back to college football. It’s why you’re here and it’s why I’m here too. College football once had an era without passing and face guards. We’ll call it the Bloodied Age, because most players never left a game without blood somewhere—gushing from their arm, stained on their pants, matted in their hair. The sport then shifted heavily toward a specific ground-and-pound scheme: the Option Age. And don’t forget the days of the I-formation Age (one of my favorites).

For the last decade or so, college football—and football in general—has found a new system of offense, one that includes five receivers, relentless shotgun snaps, no huddles and bonanzas of points and yards.

The Spread Age has changed the game forever. It has changed defenses, too. And it has recently made the game’s greatest active coach, Nick Saban, a defensive guru himself, acknowledge that a great defense can no longer beat a great offense.

And then there’s Notre Dame. They run the ball, they play great defense and they’re undefeated.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book (12) with the ball in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book hands off the ball at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Here on Friday night, in the clear and cool skies of North Carolina, the Irish displayed a style of ball that we (well, me at least) long for. Bruising. Bullish. Bashing.

Coach Brian Kelly has himself a club that plays a battering ram style of football—both offensively and defensively—from a bygone era. The result, thus far, has been very good. After a 31-17 win over North Carolina, the No. 2-ranked Irish are 9-0, one win away from playing for the ACC championship and three wins away from advancing to the College Football Playoff.

I know what you’re thinking. Notre Dame. Big game. Blowout.

We’ve seen it before. The Irish, in fact, are 2-18 in their last 20 games against top-5 teams. They advanced to the 2012 national title only to get smashed, 42-14, by Alabama. In 2018, Clemson whipped them 30-3 in a CFP semifinal.

And maybe this Notre Dame team is en route to the same end result. Maybe they don’t even get there. Maybe a Trevor Lawrence-quarterbacked Clemson dominates the Irish in the ACC title game. Maybe.

Or maybe not. Maybe ND’s bruising running game (14th nationally) and salty defense (9th nationally) can, in fact, suffocate the Spread Age offenses of college football’s powerhouses.

North Carolina is no powerhouse, but the Tar Heels are one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.

What the Irish did defensively on Friday was spectacular. They slowed one of the country’s most potent offenses to its lowest yardage and points total of the season.

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College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for top 25 games in Week 13

While the college football schedule continues to be ravaged by postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19, the Week 13 slate is full of important games. There were three top 25 showdowns on Friday with two matchups between ranked teams, and there’s a number of big games on Saturday as well, including No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 22 Auburn, which will serve as the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

It should be no surprise that the Iron Bowl is the spotlight game of what is normally Rivalry Week, but this year’s showdown comes with added intrigue as Alabama coach Nick Saban will be sidelined due to COVID-19. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will step in as de facto coach for the game as Mac Jones & Co. look to continue on their journey to a College Football Playoff berth.

Elsewhere on the slate, the rest of the top six is in action. No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida all have games where they enter as significant favorites. No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Georgia are also in action. Combined with No. 2 Notre Dame playing on Friday, eight of the top 10 teams in the first College Football Playoff Rankings will be tested before the weekend is out.

Those are the marquee games on the slate, and while winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff on Saturday to the final whistle. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for Week 13.

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No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois (noon, FS1)

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Illinois has looked much better in recent weeks as its quarterback situation has resolved, but it’s done so against Rutgers and Nebraska, two teams that are a combined 2-7 on the season. This Ohio State team is another beast entirely, and it’s also a team that now has a point to prove. If beating a top-10 team like Indiana by a touchdown is only good enough to get them to No. 4 in the rankings, they’re going to have to put a hurting on the Illini to get credit for the win. Plus, Justin Fields had his worst game of the season against Indiana and would like to get back on track to help his team and his Heisman Trophy resume. This is simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for Illinois. Pick: Ohio State -27.5 — Tom Fornelli

Kentucky at No. 6 Florida (noon, ESPN)

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Kentucky struggles to pass, and its rushing stats are skewed by two great games. Translation: it’s a paper tiger. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask will get his top weapon, tight end Kyle Pitts, back after the star pass-catcher missed the last two games. The

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College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for top 25 games on Friday in Week 13

While the college football schedule continues to be ravaged by postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19, the Week 13 slate is relatively full of important games. There are three top 25 showdowns on Friday with two matchups between ranked teams, one that could decide a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, and another that will go a long way to proving the might of one of the nation’s top teams.

No. 17 Texas hosts No. 13 Iowa State in the day’s opener. With the Cyclones and Longhorns operating basically at a pick ’em, it is a great opportunity for both to prove themselves after early season losses. No. 2 Notre Dame is eyeing a return to the College Football Playoff, and No. 19 North Carolina stands as its toughest test over the rest of the regular season with an expected rematch with No. 3 Clemson ahead in the ACC Championship Game.

Those are the marquee games on the slate, and while winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff at noon on Friday to the final whistle of day on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for Week 13.

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No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas (noon, ABC)

Every week is a clean slate, especially in 2020. Still, it’s hard not to notice what the Cyclones did to Kansas State, however limited the Wildcats may be at the moment. Even though Iowa State is a slight underdog, it feels like it’s the better team at the moment. But neither team should have any problems bringing its own juice for a game with tons of meaning for both sides. If Texas can force Iowa State out of its comfort zone and to play from behind, it can win this. But knocking Iowa State off its center has been difficult. Pick: Iowa State +1.5 — Ben Kercheval

Nebraska at No. 24 Iowa (1 p.m., Fox)

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This is a large spread for Iowa, and it’s tough to know whether to trust the Hawkeyes this season as it has beaten up on a lot of downtrodden programs. Perhaps its one-point loss to Northwestern in its first week is a better indication of what this program is about in 2020. It was surprising that the Hawkeyes were listed in the first College Football Playoff Rankings at 3-2, but they are on a three-game winning streak with a 30-point average margin of victory. Iowa is probably going to dominate Nebraska up front, so as long as this stays under two touchdowns, I’d put a flyer on the Hawkeyes. Pick: Iowa -13 — Adam Silverstein

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina (3:30 p.m., ABC)

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College Football Odds Week 13: Over-Under, Picks Against the Spread for Top 25 | Bleacher Report

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    The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were released on Tuesday night, but there were no surprises at the top. If the campaign ended today, the four teams with a chance to play for the national championship would be Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State.

    Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State have yet to lose a game this season, while Clemson’s only defeat was a 47-40 loss to the Fighting Irish in double overtime on Nov. 7. It’s possible they will meet again in the ACC Championship Game, which could have a large impact on the CFP rankings down the line.

    All four teams are in action this week, with Alabama and Notre Dame taking on ranked opponents. The No. 1 Crimson Tide host No. 22 Auburn in the Iron Bowl, while the No. 2 Fighting Irish travel to No. 19 North Carolina.

    Here’s a look at the full Top 25 schedule for this week, along with odds and predictions for each.

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    Friday, Nov. 27

    No. 13 Iowa State (-1) at No. 17 Texas, noon ET, ABC; Over/Under 56.5 points

    Nebraska at No. 24 Iowa (-13.5), 1 p.m. ET, Fox; O/U 53.5

    No. 2 Notre Dame (-5) at No. 19 North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC; O/U 68

    No. 15 Oregon (-13.5) at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN; O/U 64


    Saturday, Nov. 28

    No. 4 Ohio State (-28) at Illinois, noon ET, Fox Sports 1; O/U 71.5

    Kentucky at No. 6 Florida (-22.5), noon ET, ESPN; O/U 61

    Maryland at No. 12 Indiana (-11), noon ET, ESPN2; O/U 63.5

    Texas Tech at No. 23 Oklahoma State (-11.5), noon ET, Fox; O/U 54

    No. 20 Coastal Carolina (-17.5) at Texas State, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN+; O/U 58.5

    No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (-24.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS; O/U 62.5

    Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson (-23.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN; O/U 54.5

    No. 8 Northwestern (-13.5) at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2; O/U 41.5

    Colorado at No. 18 USC (-11.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC; O/U 64.5

    LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M (-14.5), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN; O/U 63.5

    No. 9 Georgia (-20.5) at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network; O/U 49.5

    Picks in bold against the spread. Odds via DraftKings.

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    Notre Dame may only be a five-point favorite at North Carolina this week, but there’s a strong chance it will win by more than that.

    The Fighting Irish have impressed during their 8-0 start. They are the only team to beat Clemson this season and have dominated most of their ACC competition.

    The Tar Heels are having a solid year, opening 6-2, but they’ve suffered losses to Florida State and Virginia. When the Fighting Irish played the Seminoles on Oct. 10,

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Oakland University puts ‘BioButton’ to use to help prevent COVID spread

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – To help protect its campus from coronavirus, Oakland University is offering a wearable device to students and staff that tracks the wearer’s temperature, heart rate and more.

The BioButton, created by BioIntelliSense, will combine vital sign information and screening questions to clear users for regular activities.

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The BioButton is a small device that sticks to the user’s chest with sticky tabs, where it measures certain vitals and can alert the wearer and the health clinic of important changes in those vitals — like a spike in temperature and heart rate.

“OU is joining the battle by looking outside of the box for creative and new problem-solving opportunities,” said Dr. David Stone, with OU. “Our hope is that the BioButton can help us prevent individual spread from becoming major outbreaks.”

Using the early warning device, students and faculty can be taken out of circulation while they wait to get a final determination from a test without them unknowingly spreading COVID before they realize they might need a test.

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Rapid At-Home Tests Could Curb Virus Spread, Harvard and University of Colorado Researchers Find | News

Frequent administration of rapid-turnaround tests could substantially reduce COVID-19 infectiousness and curb the virus’s spread, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Colorado at Boulder found in a new study.

While the gold-standard tests, which detect the virus using polymerase chain reaction, accurately identify infected patients, they are not highly effective for population-wide testing due to lengthy return times, according to James A. Hay, a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Public Health and one of the study’s authors.

“One of the problems with testing has been that we’ve been kind of restricting ourselves to these very sensitive PCR tests that are really not designed for mass deployment,” Hay said.

Those administering the tests should prioritize accessibility, frequency, and turnaround time over “test sensitivity” — meaning the proportion of infected individuals who test positive — according to the study, which was published November 20 in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances.

Though the rapid COVID-19 tests have less sensitivity than the gold-standard PCR tests, they bring other benefits: Some return results in 15 minutes, while PCR tests can take several days.

“That loss of sensitivity is offset by the fact that they’re very cheap to produce, they’re very easy to use, and they’re the sort of thing you can give to people to use in their homes,” Hay said.

“The key is that by testing people very frequently, you’re much more likely to catch people when they’re infectious,” Hay added.

The lower sensitivity of the rapid, at-home tests compared to standard PCR tests means patients must have higher viral loads for the test to detect the virus. But in most cases, patients do not become contagious until after the brief early period of infection, when people tend to have lower viral loads that are undetectable by the at-home tests, according to Hay.

Hay said the tests should be viewed as a transmission-limiting tool aiding public health response, rather than purely as a medical diagnostic like the standard PCR tests. In a School of Public Health press release, epidemiology professor Michael J. Mina, a senior co-author and Hay’s postdoctoral advisor, called the tests “contagiousness tests.”

“These rapid tests are contagiousness tests,” Mina said in the release. “They are extremely effective in detecting COVID-19 when people are contagious.”

Even with frequent testing via rapid COVID-19 tests, social distancing measures will remain critical, Hay said.

“Rapid testing is more a way to say, well, we can detect more positive people and earlier in their infection, and it’s for those people who test positive that they must take extra precautions to not infect other people,” Hay said. “Those are the people that we would encourage to self isolate, but it doesn’t mean that if you get a negative result that’s a free passport to do whatever you want.”

“At the population level, if we are targeting who has to self isolate much more intelligently, then we don’t need to resort to the kind of population-wide lockdowns, because we know that the

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