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Week 13 results: Rick: 6-6; Coin: 5-7
Cumulative: Rick: 79-84-1; Coin: 65-98-1

Friday, December 4

8:30 pm Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2 1/2, 54) - The 8-1 Ragin' Cajuns only loss was by three points to Coastal Carolina back on October 14. Having already captured the Sun Belt's West division, they don't need this game as they will likely play Coastal Carolina in the championship Dec. 19.

7-2 Appalachian State has a loss to the Chanticleers (34-23) as well as a 17-7 out of conference loss at Marshall back in September. These teams are very evenly matched, so the points may be your ally here.

Coin Flip: Louisiana-Lafayette

Prediction: Ragin' Cajuns 27 Mountaineers 24

CANCELLED 9:30 pm Boise State (-27 1/2, 61) at UNLV - Boise State was throttled by BYU November 6, 51-17, but otherwise, they're a perfect 4-0 in conference play with a high-scoring offense and improving defense. They're tied with San Jose State, who may not play any more home games due to ultra-restrictive California COVID rules.

With the Dec. 19 championship game in sight, Boise should rout the 0-5 Rebels and maybe even get back into the national rankings.

Coin Flip: UNLV

Prediction: Broncos 48 Rebels 10 --- CANCELLED

Saturday, December 5

12:00 pm #4 Ohio State (-24, 59 1/2) at Michigan State - Stunning previously-unbeaten Northwestern last week, 29-20, the Spartans improved to 2-3, but ugly losses to Rutgers (38-27), Indiana (24-0), and Iowa (49-7) don't look good going up against the Buckeyes, who pounded them, 34-10 last season.

Ohio State's defense was tested when last seen nipping Indiana, 42-35. They were heavily favored to whip Illinois last week, but the game was cancelled. This is a rivalry-type game, but the Buckeyes seem to be in a different league than the Spartans this season.

Coin Flip: Michigan State

Prediction: Buckeyes 44 Spartans 12

12:00 pm #5 Texas A&M (-7, 49 1/2) at #22 Auburn - The Aggies, along with Florida and Cincinnati, are likely to be outside the CFP unless Notre Dame Clemson or Ohio State suffers a loss, so this game is still very important for A&M. Auburn was throttled by Alabama last week, 42-13, and their offense didn't seem in sync the entire first half.

Texas A&M isn't as imposing on defense as the Crimson Tide, but they're close. In their past two games, they ripped South Carolina, 48-3, and LSU, 20-7, so another lopsided victory may be in the cards here.

Coin Flip: Texas A&M

Prediction: Aggies 37 Tigers 20

12:00 pm #17 Texas (-10, 51) at Kansas State - The Longhorns dropped a 23-20 decision at home to Iowa State last week, putting them at 4-3 in the Big 12 and likely out of contention for the title game, but Sam Ehlinger can light it up and probably will do so against a very vulnerable secondary in Kansas State.

The Wildcats were once 4-1, but have dropped four straight, roughed up by the Cyclones on November 21, 45-0, which really put an end to their season. Last week's narrow, 32-31, loss at Baylor was not good enough to suggest they'll do anything but fold against a superior Texas team.

Coin Flip: Texas

Prediction: Longhorns 38 Wildcats 20

12:00 pm #23 Oklahoma State (-2 1/2, 50 1/2) at TCU - The Cowboys looked like the team to beat in the Big 12 when they were 4-0, but they have fallen quickly and look like they'll be out of the Big 12 championship game despite a 5-2 conference record. Losses to Texas (41-34 OT) and Oklahoma (41-13) and last week's 50-44 win over Texas Tech failed to impress and their #23 ranking is minor consolation and possibly underserving.

TCU's offense doesn't scare anybody, but their defense can keep them in games. They have a 33-31 win over Texas to their credit and their season opening, 37-34, loss to Iowa State looks good on their resume. At 4-4, a win would likely secure a fair bowl game invitation, if any are available. There have been five bowl game cancellations thus far.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma State

Prediction: Horned Frogs 26 Cowboys 23

2:00 pm Liberty at #20 Coastal Carolina (-7, 57) - ESPN's GameDay will be on hand as these two small schools settle their differences. 9-1 Liberty has some impressive wins over the likes of Southern Miss., Virginia Tech, and Florida International, their only loss two weeks ago in a 15-14 defeat at NC State. The Flames have been ranked most of the year, but face a tough task against the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina has ripped through the Sun Belt to a 7-0 conference mark. Wins over Kansas and Campbell make them 9-0 overall. They've had big tests against Louisiana-Lafayette (30-27) and Appalachian State (34-23) and have come through unscathed. They may not win this by much, but they're good enough to secure a win at home before closing out at Troy next week.

Coin Flip: Liberty

Prediction: Chanticleers 26 Flames 23

2:30 pm Syracuse at #2 Notre Dame (-33, 51 1/2) - The Fighting Irish have no reason to fear the 1-9 Orange. This may be their easiest win of the season. QB Ian Book is getting Heisman mentions, but it's likely to be the defense that gets the most attention in this one. Notre Dame has allowed 17 or fewer points in six of its nine wins.

Syracuse hasn't scored more than 24 points in any games other than their 37-20 win over Georgia Tech and last week's 36-29 loss to NC State. Figure them to be good for about 14 against the Irish.

Coin Flip: Notre Dame

Prediction: Fighting Irish 50 Orange 14

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