It’s really hard to not like Michigan sitting there as a touchdown favorite against a team that can’t stop the run and that can’t move the ball vertically. Like LSU-Alabama, this one should be a low-scoring ugly game too. But, if it comes down to in-game coaching, and it may, give me Urban Meyer over anyone not named Nick Saban (hell, I’ll take Meyer about 50-50 on that one too depending on the game.)
Other games that cry out to spend the Christmas cash on: Utah getting 10 in Boulder, ditto Toledo in Kalamazoo, LSU just a 5.5 point favorite tonight, Duke as a 15-point ‘dog in Miami, and Ole Miss as a 7.5 Egg Bowl favorite. (Mississippi State is seriously bad, you guys.)
Alabama is an 18-point favorite. I think the Tide covers that one fairly handily, but, as usual, I’m not willing to rule out the backdoor cover against an Auburn program that has sold its soul to Baphomet since 1983.
Here are this week’s spreads:
Top 25 Auburn at Alabama (-18) Michigan at Ohio State (-7) South Carolina at Clemson (-23.5) Minnesota at Wisconsin (-14) Washington (-5.5) at Washington State Michigan State at Penn State (-11.5) Utah at Colorado (-10) Kentucky at Louisville (-23.5) Notre Dame at USC (-17) Florida at Florida State (-7) Toledo at Western Michigan (-9.5) Nebraska at Iowa (OFF) Houston at Memphis (OFF) West Virginia (-7.5) at Iowa State Boise State (-9.5) at Air Force LSU (-5.5) at Texas A&M Tennessee (-8) at Vanderbilt
Week 13 Odds Akron at Ohio (OFF) Ball State at Miami Ohio (-8) Central Michigan (-1) at Eastern Michigan LSU (-5.5) at Texas A&M Buffalo at Bowling Green (-13.5) Toledo at Western Michigan (-9.5) Northern Illinois at Kent State (OFF) Nebraska at Iowa (OFF) Arkansas (-9) at Missouri Cincinnati at Tulsa (-19.5) TCU at Texas (-2.5) Boise State (-9.5) at Air Force Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss (OFF) NC State at North Carolina (-12) Houston at Memphis (OFF) Washington (-5.5) at Washington State Texas Tech vs Baylor (-5.5) Arizona State (-4) at Arizona South Carolina at Clemson (-23.5) East Carolina at Temple (-17.5) Tulane at Connecticut (-1.5) Rutgers at Maryland (-13) Syracuse at Pittsburgh (-23.5) West Virginia (-7.5) at Iowa State Illinois at Northwestern (-14) Purdue at Indiana (-15) Michigan State at Penn State (-11.5) Boston College at Wake Forest (-4) Kansas at Kansas State (-26) Minnesota at Wisconsin (-14) Duke at Miami (-15) Georgia Tech at Georgia (-4.5) Virginia at Virginia Tech (-17.5) Auburn at Alabama (-18) Kentucky at Louisville (-23.5) UCLA (-5) at California Nevada at UNLV (-6) San Jose State (-3) at Fresno State Florida International at Old Dominion (-13) Appalachian State (-17) at New Mexico State Troy (-25) at Texas State Oregon (-3.5) at Oregon State Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee State (-13) Utah at Colorado (-10) Western Kentucky (-22) at Marshall Navy (-7) at SMU North Texas (-2) at UTEP Central Florida at South Florida (-10) Charlotte at Texas San Antonio (-8.5) Florida at Florida State (-7) Rice at Stanford (-35) Arkansas State (-8) at UL Lafayette Tennessee (-8) at Vanderbilt Mississippi State at Mississippi (-7.5) Michigan at Ohio State (-7) Notre Dame at USC (-17) South Alabama at Idaho (-5) Wyoming (-3) at New Mexico Colorado State at San Diego State (-11.5) Utah State at BYU (-19.5) Massachusetts at Hawaii (-9)