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College football picks Week 13: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s top college football games, including USF-Memphis and Ohio State-Penn State.
Head coach Charlie Strong and the USF Bulls face American Athletic Conference foe Memphis in a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
Head coach Charlie Strong and the USF Bulls face American Athletic Conference foe Memphis in a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Nov. 22

The picks:

Away Home Matt Baker, College Beat Writer Joey Knight, USF Beat Writer Mike Sherman, Deputy Editor-Sports Traci Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor
Memphis (-14.5) USF Memphis 35-10 Memphis 40-17 Memphis 28-13 Memphis 35-17
Penn State Ohio State (-18.5) Ohio St. 35-20 Ohio St. 28-14 Ohio St. 42-13 Ohio St. 35-21
TCU OU (-17.5) OU 42-20 OU 37-27 OU 35-17 OU 48-24
Minnesota (-13.5) Northwestern Minnesota 28-7 Minnesota 38-20 Minnesota 27-13 Minnesota 31-7
Illinois Iowa (-12.5) Iowa 24-10 Iowa 24-20 Iowa 23-20 Iowa 28-24
Texas A&M Georgia (-14.5) Georgia 24-17 A&M 31-28 Georgia 31-14 Georgia 38-28
Michigan (-8.5) Indiana Michigan 28-24 Michigan 35-23 Michigan 35-24 Michigan 28-21
Arkansas LSU (-44.5) LSU 52-10 LSU 38-10 LSU 57-21 LSU 52-7
SMU Navy (-3.5) Navy 35-28 SMU 37-27 Navy 41-27 SMU 28-27
Kansas State (-1.5) Texas Tech Tech 24-21 K-State 34-30 Tech 27-20 K-State 31-30
Temple Cincinnati (-10.5) Cincy 28-20 Cincy 28-21 Cincy 27-21 Cincy 35-21
Tennessee Missouri (-4.5) Mizzou 20-14 Tenn 26-24 Mizzou 24-20 Mizzou 28-24
Oregon (-14.5) Arizona State Oregon 27-17 Oregon 38-24 Oregon 31-17 Oregon 38-21
Utah (-21.5) Arizona Utah 42-10 Utah 44-17 Utah 35-14 Utah 42-17
Boston College Notre Dame (-19.5) ND 35-14 ND 38-17 ND 41-21 ND 35-10
Pittsburgh Virginia Tech (-3.5) Va. Tech 21-14 Va. Tech 23-17 Va. Tech 28-23 Pitt 28-27
UCLA USC (-13.5) USC 35-20 UCLA 43-40 USC 28-17 USC 31-24
Nebraska (-5.5) Maryland Nebraska 35-31 Nebraska 33-30 Maryland 33-31 Nebraska 38-35
Texas Baylor (-4.5) Baylor 28-20 Texas 38-28 Texas 27-24 Baylor 35-31
Purdue Wisconsin (-22.5) Wisconsin 42-10 Wisconsin 49-17 Wisconsin 48-14 Wisconsin 42-21
This week Lock of the week Minnesota Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
This week Upset of the week Texas Tech Texas A&M Maryland SMU
Last week vs. spread 11-8 12-7 9-10 12-7
Overall vs. spread 117-110 114-113 110-117 108-119
Last week straight up 18-2 16-4 17-3 17-3
Overall straight up 171-59 157-73 166-64 166-64
Season Locks 9-3 4-8 7-5 8-4
Season Upsets 6-6 3-9 3-9 7-5

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  1. (From left) USF Bulls mascot 'Rocky the Bull", new USF football coach Jeff Scott, his wife Sara and their 4-year-old daughter Savannah pose for photos after his announcement at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center on Wednesday [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    The fifth football coach in USF history seems to hit all the right notes to a standing-room-only crowd
  2. LSU players celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. LSU won 37-10. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
    “Members of Congress care about college sports. They recognize how important it is to American society."
  3. Boston's David Pastrnak, left, and Washington's Alex Ovechkin were the NHL's top two goal-scorers through Tuesday's games. Both are coming to Tampa this week to face the Lightning at Amalie Arena.
    The Lightning face the NHL’s top two teams Thursday and Saturday
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had a cast on his injured thumb during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    While backup Ryan Griffin takes first-team snaps Wednesday, Bruce Arians shares what he expects for Winston Sunday in Detroit.
  5. Jeff Scott is introduced as the new USF football coach at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa on Wednesday, [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Signs and sound bites indicate the Clemson co-offensive coordinator was the Bulls’ top choice all along
  6. Jeff Scott is introduced as the new USF Bulls head football coach at the University of South Florida Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    In fact, here’s how he did it as a Clemson walk-on in 2001
  7. Florida State Seminoles fans cheer during player intros before the Florida State Seminoles game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.  [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The four-star recruit would be a big loss for the Seminoles’ 2020 recruiting class.
  8. A basket of Rawlings baseballs sits on a practice field as Pittsburgh Pirates catchers take batting practice during a baseball spring training workout in Bradenton. [AP file photo, 2015]
    The committee says it found no evidence MLB intentionally altered the baseballs.
  9. A little more than a month into the season, Nature Coast Tech sophomore Kennedy Weissman leads the state in scoring with 41 goals and 92 points, almost double the totals of the next closest player. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    The sophomore has a whopping 41 goals so far this season, easily tops of any player in Florida.
  10. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre has the all-time NFL record for most interceptions thrown in a career. He led the league in interceptions three times. He said this year's interceptions leader, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, has "huge upside." [MATT LUDTKE  |  AP]
    The Pro Football Hall of Famer, and the NFL’s all-time interceptions leader, says Winston might be trying to do too much downfield. He knows from experience.