Very few weeks in recent college football history have carried the same implications as College Football Week 13. Top-10 Ohio State and Michigan square off in the sport’s best rivalry while top-10 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State clash in Norman. Other ranked rivalries this week include Ole Miss at Mississippi State and Wisconsin at Minnesota.
Within those matchups, the Big Ten East, Big 12, and Big Ten West are up for grabs. Nine conference championship berths are up for grabs this week including in the ACC, Conference USA, Mid-American, and Mountain West.
College Football Week 13 Odds
College Football Week 13 Top Games
Ohio State () at Michigan
Coming hot off a 56-7 dominant victory over top-10 Michigan State, Ohio State rolls into Ann Arbor for the 117th edition of The Game. CJ Stroud tossed six touchdown passes last week– all of which came in the first half– and jumped to the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman trophy. The Buckeyes also roster three 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher.
Michigan fields one of the better defenses in the Big Ten, allowing just 5.8 yards per passing attempts (sixth nationally). The charge is led by Aidan Hutchinson, a projected first-round pick who’s recorded nine sacks on the season. The Wolverines are second in the Big Ten in passing yards allowed behind a stiff secondary, but they have yet to face a receiving corps nearly as talented as Ohio State’s.
The Buckeyes have won the last eight matchups. The winner of this game secures a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.
Miami OH at Kent State ()
A theme among this week’s top games is that the winner of the game goes onto the conference championship. The MAC East is up for grabs between these two teams. Kent State’s Dustin Crum is third in the MAC in passing yards and running back Marquez Cooper is fourth in rushing yards. Defensively, however, the Golden Flashes have given up points in chunks, giving up 41.7 points per game in conference play before shutting Akron out last week.
Conversely, the Redhawks tied for the MAC lead in points allowed (21.6) and are second in touchdowns given up on the season only to Toledo. When they do allow points, it’s through the air. 19 of the 31 touchdowns scored on Miami have been through the air. Quarterback Brett Gabbert has thrown 20 touchdowns in just eight games, second-most in the conference on three fewer games.
The winner goes onto play Northern Illinois in Detroit for the MAC Championship.
Western Kentucky at Marshall ()
Both WKU and Marshall are vying for the Conference USA East title and it all comes down to the final game. It’s a strength-versus-strength matchup in the Hilltoppers’ explosive offense and the Herd’s lockdown defense. WKU is fourth nationally, scoring 40.7 points per game while Marshall leads C-USA in scoring defense at 21 points allowed per game.
Passing production has been scant against Marshall this year, with them ranking inside the top 10 in opposing passing yardage percentage (49%) and 14th in 20+ yard passing plays allowed. They take on their toughest opponent yet in Bailey Zappe, who leads the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns this season. The winner of this game faces undefeated UTSA in the C-USA Championship.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State ()
This will be the third straight Bedlam game played between two ranked teams but potentially the first time both teams reconvene in the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma State secured their position in the title game, holding a tiebreaker over Baylor (head to head). The Pokes either have a rematch with the Sooners or Baylor come December 4, depending on this weeks’ outcomes.
Contrary to recent years, Oklahoma State fields one of the nation’s best defenses, standing third nationally with 4.0 yards per play allowed. Their defense will be stretched against explosive freshman Caleb Williams, who’s vaulted Oklahoma from 52nd in yards per play to eighth since taking over. This season, the Pokes have removed quarterback rushing as an option for their opponents, not allowing more than 40 yards on the ground to any opposing quarterback.
Oklahoma State’s been able to generate pressure, sacking opposing quarterbacks on a lucrative 11.6% of dropbacks. They also lead the nation in sacks with 20 over their last three outings.