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David vs. Goliath: College football predictions for Week 13

David J. Neal tries to outmatch the professional prognostications of Lee Sterling
David J. Neal tries to outmatch the professional prognostications of Lee Sterling MIAMI HERALD STAFF

David’s record

Overall

Pct.

Vs. spread

Pct.

Last week

5-1

.833

2-4

.333

Season

63-17

.788

38-39-3

.494

Goliath’s record

Overall

Pct.

Vs. spread

Pct.

Last week

5-1

.833

2-4

.333

Season

59-21

.738

38-39-3

.494

Iowa at Nebraska, Iowa by 1

David: Nebraska believes it’s better than its 5-6 record. Not enough believe Iowa’s as good as its 11-0 record. That’s a mistake. By the end of the evening, Nebraska fans will be wishing even harder for Oklahoma.

Iowa 27, Nebraska 23

Goliath With an 11-0 record and two games left until a possible final 4 berth in the college football playoffs on the line I'll keep backing a Hawkeye team that has only 10 turnovers in their 11 games. They are also a perfect 9-0 ATS as an away favorite.

Iowa 31, Nebraska 24

Mississippi at Mississippi State, Mississippi by 1

David: I don’t trust either defense. Ole Miss looks more physical on offense and the week after those Arkansas hogs worked the Mississippi State defense over, I think the Rebels move something in Starkville.

Mississippi 45, Mississippi State 38

Goliath: One of the toughest games on the card to predict as Ole Miss has three wins against top 15 opponents, and the Bulldogs have Dak Prescott, who might be their best quarterback ever. Home field might be the X factor in a shootout.

Mississippi State 42, Mississippi 40

North Carolina at North Carolina State, North Carolina by 5.5

David: The Heels got the Tar beaten out of them last year in Raleigh, which is about 10 seconds from Chapel Hill, so it felt like a home spanking. This year, the powder blues are the better team in this rivalry. Payback time.

North Carolina 30, North Carolina State 13

Goliath: Wolfpack embarrassed the Tar Heels last year 38-7 as they amassed 388 rushing yards. Doubt that happens in this game as the Wolfpack are without their top two running backs. The favorite is 8-3 ATS in Tar Heel games this season and the 1-2 punch of quarterback Marquise Williams and running back Elijah Wood are too much for an overmatched Wolfpack defense.

North Carolina 37, North Carolina State 27

Miami at Pittsburgh, Pitt by 6

David: Pow! No, that’s not Batman Brad Kaaya socking it to Pitt. That’s the sound of the Pitt offense -- Pow! -- popping the Hurricanes in the mouth. Don’t overestimate how the Hurricanes have been -- POW! -- playing. On the body of work this season, take the -- Dough-pop! -- Panthers.

Pitt 35, Miami 21

Goliath: The Panthers are an under the radar 8-3 with their only losses to Iowa, Notre Dame and North Carolina. Canes might have lost last week if Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas didn't go out with a concussion. Taking road teams with an interim coach on the road the last game of the season is a recipe for disaster.

Pittsburgh 33, Miami 23

Florida State at Florida, FSU by 2

David: Give Jim McElwain credit for getting the jump on the psychological game. The Gators barely slinked off the field after escaping Florida Atlantic when he started Bear Bryant-level poor-mouthing his team. He’s got the defense. The Gators don’t have enough O to prevent a Florida State W after the D gets T-I-R-E-D.

Florida State 27, Florida 10

Goliath: It gets worse by the week for the Gators. They outlasted lightweight FAU in OT last week and on top of a weakened offensive line and pathetic quarterback play now have defensive line injuries to deal with. Unless they can pull of a trick play or two their bubble will burst here.

Florida State 23, Florida 17

Alabama at Auburn, Alabama by 14

David: Bama’s mad. Auburn not bad, but they’ll be sad. I feel a lot better about the Alabama defense on the field than I do TSA in airports. And the Crimson Tide’s offensive line’s been moving people like gentrification.

Alabama 37, Auburn 14

Goliath: I know it's a huge rivalry game but the Tigers almost lost to Jacksonville State and was outstated by both Idaho and San Jose State. They also don't have the weapons to beat an elite defense like Bama's. Roll Tide!

Alabama 42, Auburn 17

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