Covering the Land of Lincoln

Big Ten football and big game expert picks and predictions for Week 13

Every year (and every week of the CFB season) we have a little friendly competition between our writers for world domination when it comes to picking the Big Ten and some of the bigger college football games.

We bring you our expert tips and predictions on all league games against the spread and throughout the season. As an added bonus that you didn’t even know you longed for, we’re going to be bringing you six of the top college football collection games for the week. We are the judge and jury on this case, and if there is a tie with any of the picks, George Washington will decide the old-fashioned coin toss.

As a reminder, if there is an asterisk next to the selection, it means that the team wins but does not cover.

– If you think Ohio State will win minus 3.5 against an opponent: OSU
– If you think Ohio State is going to win straight away: OSU
– If you think Ohio State is going to win but DOES NOT cover: OSU *

Here are our expert tips for week 13, but first our results after week 12.

Results so far after 12 weeks


@PhilHarrisonBW: 123-47 straight up, 86-84 against the spread
@ MarkRussell1975: 122-48 SU, 91-79 ATS
@ JoshKeatley16: 116-53 SU, 88-82 ATS
CONSENSUS PICK: 124-46 SU, 88-82 ATS

First … Big Ten games

Iowa in Nebraska

11/6/2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Tyler Goodson (15) and Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Alex Padilla (8) celebrate after the touchdown in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Photo credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Friday November 26th

1:30 p.m. EST | Big Ten Network
Typical line:
Iowa -1.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Nebraska
@ MarkRussell1975: Nebraska
@ JoshKeatley16: Iowa

Maryland at Rutgers

WATCH: What Rutgers HC Greg Schiano said about Ohio State after the game

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano walks during pre-game warm-up prior to an NCAA Division I soccer game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, on the field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

Noon EST | Big Ten Network
Typical line:
Rutgers -1.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Rutgers
@ MarkRussell1975: Rutgers
@ JoshKeatley16: Rutgers

Penn State, Michigan

10/23/2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Rasheed Walker (53) and linebacker Jesse Luketa (40) and Safety Jaquan Brisker (1) and Safety Jonathan Sutherland (0) run onto the pitch for the coin toss before the Illinois Fighting Illinois game at Beaver Stadium. Source: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

3:30 p.m. EST | ABC
Typical line:
Michigan State -.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Penn State
@ MarkRussell1975: Penn State
@ JoshKeatley16: Penn State

Northwest in Illinois

08/28/2021; Champagne, Illinois, USA; Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters (18) throws a pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Photo credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

3:30 p.m. EST | Big Ten Network
Typical line:
Illinois -6.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Illinois
@ MarkRussell1975: Illinois
@ JoshKeatley16: Northwest

Indiana at Purdue

Jeff Brohm of Purdue on Ohio State:

Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm speaks to players on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Ohio State won 59-31. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

Noon EST | Big Ten Network
Typical line:
Purdue -14.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Purdue
@ MarkRussell1975: Purdue
@ JoshKeatley16: Purdue *

Wisconsin, Minnesota

Minnesota’s head coach PJ Fleck moves during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

Noon EST | Big Ten Network
Typical line:
Wisconsin -6.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Wisconsin
@ MarkRussell1975: Wisconsin
@ JoshKeatley16: Wisconsin

Read more … Pick Six (biggest non-Big Ten games)

Ole Miss in the state of Mississippi

11/13/2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers, 2, smiles as he leaves the field after the Bulldogs defeat the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Photo Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday November 25th

7:30 p.m. EST | ESPN
Typical line:
Mississippi State -1.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: State of Mississippi
@ MarkRussell1975: State of Mississippi
@ JoshKeatley16: Be Miss
CONSENSUS VOTING: State of Mississippi

Georgia at Georgia Tech

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart looks on during the Georgia G-Day Spring Football game in Athens, Georgia on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Red defeated Black 28-23. Photo / Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald

Saturday November 27th

Noon IS | ABC
Typical line:
Georgia -35.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Georgia *
@ MarkRussell1975: Georgia
@ JoshKeatley16: Georgia

Texas Tech at Baylor

October 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Gerry Bohanon (11) celebrates a 31-24 victory over the Texas Longhorns during an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

Noon IS | FS1
Typical line:
Baylor -14.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Baylor
@ MarkRussell1975: Baylor *
@ JoshKeatley16: Baylor

Alabama near Auburn

October 23, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) celebrates after a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

3:30 p.m. EST | CBS
Typical line:
Alabama -19.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: Alabama *
@ MarkRussell1975: Alabama *
@ JoshKeatley16: Alabama

Oklahoma in the state of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Caleb Williams (13) stands in for a game during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 16, 2021 Source: USA TODAY Sports

Saturday November 27th

7:30 p.m. EST | ABC
Typical line:
State of Oklahoma -3.5

@PhilHarrisonBW: State of Oklahoma
@ MarkRussell1975: State of Oklahoma
@ JoshKeatley16: Oklahoma

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