College Football Picks For Saturday October 13
By: Don Best Staff
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Another exciting week of college football is upon us, and the Don Best crew is back with picks and analysis for seven games that start on the East Coast, drift through the country's heartland and wind up in sunny Los Angeles.
Currently on top of the ACC with a 3-0 record, the Miami Hurricanes begin a big 3-game homestand against conference foes with a visit from the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 'Canes are coming off a 41-3 blowout loss to Notre Dame and opened as 5½-point home 'dogs. That spread has since been pushed up to Tar Heels -8 while the total has been boosted to 69 after beginning at 65.
Miami has won and covered the last two meetings with UNC, and the 'over' is 6-2 in the previous eight.
A key battle in the Big 12 finds the Kansas State Wildcats also looking to stay unbeaten in the conference ranks when they travel to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. Bill Snyder's Wildcats are No. 15 in the latest Don Best Linemakers Poll, and have been installed as 6-6½ point chalk for this matchup.
Kansas State has won the last four clashes with the Cyclones, but Iowa State has covered four of the past five. The 'under' is 4-1 in the last five games played at Jack Trice Stadium.
Out west in Tinseltown, the UCLA Bruins are hosting the Utah Utes in a Pac-12 contest which pits teams that are a combined 1-4 in conference action. UCLA still has a shot at the South Division title if the Bruins can win out, and oddsmakers like their chances in this game with the home squad favored by eight. The spread opened with UCLA laying 5½.
The Bruins will be looking for a little revenge from last year's 31-6 setback in Utah where the Utes easily covered the 6½-point number. That game stayed below the 45½-point total, and the 'under' is 8-3 in UCLA's last 11 at the Rose Bowl.
All seven games covered in this week's college football picks video are listed below (all times Eastern). Keep track of every contest on the collegiate gridiron schedule with the Don Best Pro Odds; call 1-800-DON-BEST to get started with a free trial today.
Saturday, October 13
115 North Carolina Tar Heels at 116 Miami-FL Hurricanes – 2:30 p.m.
133 Syracuse Orange at 134 Rutgers Scarlet Knights – 12:00 p.m.
153 Kansas State Wildcats at 154 Iowa State Cyclones – 12:00 p.m.
161 Fresno State Bulldogs at 162 Boise State Broncos – 3:30 p.m.
165 Oregon State Beavers at 166 BYU Cougars – 3:30 p.m.
189 Ohio State Buckeyes at 190 Indiana Hoosiers – 8:00 p.m.
199 Utah Utes at 200 UCLA Bruins – 3:00 p.m.