TUCKER’S PICK ‘EM: College football picks and previews for Week 13


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 41NBC’s Tucker Sargent makes his picks in this week’s games of interest.

Record last week: 9-5

Record this season: 104-41

All Times Eastern

All FBS rankings reflect latest College Football Playoff poll


LSU (6-4, 4-3 SEC) @ Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
Thursday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. ESPN
The Aggies have fallen outside the playoff committee’s top 25 but could sneak back in with their first win over the Tigers since 1995.

I just don’t think the LSU defense will let that happen:

LSU 20, Texas A&M 17

Actual Score: LSU 54, Texas A&M 39 (WIN)




Arkansas (7-4, 3-4 SEC) @ Missouri (3-8, 1-6 SEC)
Friday, November 25 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
Mizzou will Black Out Faurot Field for the Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance (actual name).

The Tigers are 2-0 against Arkansas in Columbia, but all streaks must come to an end:

Arkansas 38, Missouri 31

Actual Score: Missouri 28, Arkansas 24 (LOSS)




No. 5 Washington (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) @ No. 23 Washington State (8-3, 7-1 Pac-12)
Friday, November 25 at 3:30 p.m. FOX
The Pac-12 North Division is up for grabs when Washington and Washington State meet in the 109th edition of the Apple Cup.

Washington has won 13 of the last 18:

Washington 35, Washington State 31

Actual Score: Washington 45, Washington State 17 (WIN)




Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-4 ACC) @ Georgia (7-4, 4-4 ACC)
Saturday, November 26 at 12 p.m. SEC NETWORK
One team will finish with eight wins. The other will finish with five losses.

Both teams have gotten in a groove lately:

Georgia 23, Georgia Tech 21

Actual Score: Georgia Tech 28, Georgia 27 (LOSS)




No. 3 Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) @ No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten)
Saturday, November 26 at 12 p.m. ABC
I just can’t get over the fact that an Ohio State win means Penn State will probably be in the playoff.

We do need chaos like that though if we want it to expand to eight teams:

Michigan 27, Ohio State 24

Actual Score: Ohio State 30, Michigan 7 – 2OT (LOSS)




Mississippi State (4-7, 2-5 SEC) @ Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5 SEC)
Saturday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Mississippi State won’t be going to a bowl game for the first time in the Dan Mullen era.

With a win, the Bulldogs would ensure Ole Miss has to stay home for bowl season, too:

Ole Miss 35, Mississippi State 31

Actual Score: Mississippi State 55, Ole Miss 20 (LOSS)




No. 13 Auburn (8-3, 5-2 SEC) @ No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC)
Saturday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
There have been magical moments in this series, but the dynasty Nick Saban has built at Alabama is just incredible.

It’s not impossible, but an Auburn win–especially considering all its injuries–would be a miracle:

Alabama 31, Auburn 16

Actual Score: Alabama 30, Auburn 12 (WIN)




Notre Dame (4-7) @ No. 12 USC (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m. ABC
It’s been an awful week for Notre Dame, and it’s about to get worse.

The Trojans are clicking at just the right time:

USC 35, Notre Dame 20

Actual Score: USC 45, Notre Dame 27 (WIN)




No. 22 Utah (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12) @ No. 9 Colorado (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. FOX
If you haven’t seen Colorado play yet, you need to tune in Saturday night.

The Buffaloes’ tenth win of the season would give them the Pac-12 South title. If Utah wins, however, USC goes to the title game:

Colorado 31, Utah 20

Actual Score: Colorado 27, Utah 22 (WIN)




South Carolina (6-5, 3-5 SEC) @ No. 4 Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. ESPN
First-year head coach Will Muschamp has led his Gamecocks to wins in four of their last five games after they started the year 2-4.

They’ve won two of their last three games in Clemson:

Clemson 35, South Carolina 15

Actual Score: Clemson 56, South Carolina 7 (WIN)




No. 17 Tennessee (8-3, 4-3 SEC) @ Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5 SEC)
Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Nashville turns into Knoxville west for the weekly “SEC Saturday Night” game on the SEC NETWORK.

The Vols will win the game, but something special will happen for the Commodores.

With just 27 rushing yards, Ralph Webb will set a new Vandy career record:

Tennessee 30, Vanderbilt 23

Actual Score: Vanderbilt 45, Tennessee 34 (LOSS)




No. 15 Florida (8-2, 6-2 SEC) @ No. 14 Florida State (8-3, 5-3 ACC)
Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ABC
Cocky Jim McElwain and his bunch of Gators hit the road to Tallahassee, looking to pad their win total by taking down the Seminoles.

FSU has won three in a row over UF and five of the last six:

Florida State 28, Florida 21

Actual Score: Florida State 31, Florida 13 (WIN)