Week 13: College football caddie picks with Joe Skovron, Matt Minister and Ryan Rue

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Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines take on the rival Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully you had a tremendous Thanksgiving, loaded with family friends, turkey and… plenty of football.

Well, the football parade continues on Saturday with Week 13 of the college football season, with plenty of rivalry games on the docket.

Caddies Joe Skovron and Matt Minister have weighed in with their predictions on five, key match ups. Here’s who they like and why…

Florida (13) at Florida State
Spread: Florida -5

Skovron’s Pick: FSU
Why: I could go through all the stats, streaks and what is on the line for both teams, but it’s a rivalry game and it’s in Tallahassee. Florida has been a better team all year. I’m going strictly on gut and taking the points anyway.

Minister’s Pick: Florida
Why: The Seminoles are getting better but not good enough to hang this year.

Rue’s Pick: Florida
Why: I hate FSU. I love the Gators.

Syracuse (12) at Boston College (20)
Spread: Boston College -7

Skovron’s Pick: BC
Why: So far public and sharps are on Syracuse, but the line hasn’t moved. It looks like the Orangemen’s star QB could be out. BC’s star running back, Austin Dillon, is fighting an ankle sprain as well. I’ll take my chances that Dungey doesn’t play and Dillon does. I’m going with BC on this one.

Minister’s Pick: BC
Why: The Eagles will run all over the Orange.

Rue’s Pick: Syracuse
Why: Syracuse has played well all season. I see no reason not to take them here. Go Cuse.

Michigan (4) at Ohio State (10)
Spread: Michigan -3.5

Skovron’s Pick: Michigan
Why: This line has gotten to 4.5 some places with pretty even betting so far. I watched Ohio State get dominated in the first half by Maryland last week and get lucky to escape. They still have Haskins, Dobbins and Weber so they can put up points fast. On the other side, that Michigan D is stout. The Wolverines hired Harbaugh to win big games and make playoff runs. This is the time. I think Michigan gets it done.

Minister’s Pick: Ohio State
Why: I’m a graduate of Ohio State so… enough said.

Rue’s Pick: Ohio State
Why: This is tough. I don’t like either of these teams. I want the upset so I’m going with OSU.

Notre Dame (3) at Stanford
Spread: Notre Dame -10.5

Skovron’s Pick: USC
Why: I’m the odd kid that was raised a ND and USC fan. I know, I know. You have to ask my dad about that one. This is a scary game for ND with USC being a talented squad that hasn’t played to their potential this year. On top of it, this is probably Helton’s last game, so they want to send him out with a bang. ND is very good this year, especially since Book took the reigns at QB. I think he is an NFL talent and ND has talent all over the field. I think ND wins, but I’ll take the 10.5.

Minister’s Pick: Notre Dame
Why: The Irish are the real deal.

Rue’s Pick: Notre Dame
Why: Irish are playing well. First time I’ve said that this season. Might be a little tough playing the Nerds at home but they should cover.

Utah State (23) at Boise State (25)
Spread: Boise State -3

Skovron’s Pick: Utah State
Why: I haven’t watched either team play, and I know that BSU is tough to beat on that blue turf, but the sharps are on USU so far, so I’ll go with them and take the points.

Minister’s Pick: Boise State
Why: Big advantage with home field.

Rue’s Pick: Utah State
Why: I know it’s tough playing on the Blue Tundra but Utah State is putting up points and playing well. They can handle the weather even if it snows in Boise today.

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