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Top Totals: College Football Week 13

by John Supowitz
Updated On: November 25, 2021, 10:15 am ET

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Is the best part about this week the opportunity to eat some great food? Nope. Could it be spending time with family? Certainly not. It's the fact that we get to watch endless amounts of football.

We get a full slate of games on Friday and Saturday this week, and we'll have you covered for both days.

Let's get ready to spend the weekend on the couch and getting up to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers, as we give you three games look at this weekend. (All totals via PointsBet Sportsbook)

Washington State at Washington (Friday, 8 p.m. ET)

Total: 43.5

It has been an utterly disastrous season for the Huskies. They've played well below expectations, and that's why they decided to let go of head coach Jimmy Lake in just his second season. The biggest problem has clearly been the offense, as they are 106th in points scored this season (22.3), which also resulted in the firing of the offensive coordinator John Donovan a few weeks prior. Last week, quarterback Dylan Morris played one of the best games ever with a career-high 387 passing yards to go along with two touchdowns. The big problem that's been a theme for Morris and Washington all season are the turnovers, and last week that continued with two interceptions and two fumbles, including one fumble that resulted in a Colorado touchdown. Washington is second in the Pac-12 in fumbles lost (7), while Washington State is second in the nation with 14 fumble recoveries. Expect the Cougars to force a couple of cough-ups from the Huskies.

The Washington State offense has played much better in the second half of the season as they've scored 30 or more points in four of six games, but this will be their most formidable defensive challenge this year, with Washington being the best scoring defense in the PAC-12. Quarterback Jayden de Laura played well last week against Arizona with 295 yards and four touchdowns, but don't expect that of performance on Friday as Washington's secondary has allowed an average of 100 passing yards in their previous three games along with the second-lowest passing yards per attempt in the nation. The best chance for the Cougars to move the ball would be against this dreadful Huskies run defense who are 109th in rushing yards allowed (192.2 YPG), but they've been ineffective on the ground all year. Washington State has just one 100+ yard rushing performance all season, and that didn't happen till last week.

Pick: Under 43.5

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET)

Total: O/U 50.5

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Caleb Williams. The one-time freshman sensation has begun to take a ride on the struggle bus with some recent lackluster performances. Last week's game against Iowa State was his worse to date, thanks to just 87 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception. One big run from Williams and a very fortunate bounce on a quarterback hit and fumble for the Oklahoma defense, and that's how they were able to pull off the 28-21 win. 

The biggest concern for Williams and Oklahoma is the offensive line. They've had trouble containing the defensive pressure as Williams has taken 13 sacks in his five starts, including seven in the last two games. They are now getting their toughest defensive opponent in Oklahoma State, who leads the country with 42 sacks. It has to be tough to be a true freshman quarterback and thrust into a starting position for a team of high expectations. Williams has the potential to be an excellent player, but he has to deal with the growing pains. He is going against an Oklahoma State who has the second-best scoring defense in the country (14.92 PPG), and it will prove to be another tough day for him and the Sooners.

Oklahoma State running back Jaylen Warren put up a season-low 37 rushing yards against an average Texas Tech run defense who are 57th in rushing yards allowed (140.4). Oklahoma's 25th ranked run defense is coming off an excellent performance by shutting down the Big 12's second-leading rusher Breece Hall. Quarterback Spencer Sanders had a good performance against an awful Texas Tech secondary, and he faces another bad one, with Oklahoma being 109th in passing yards allowed (262.1). He's still not the type of quarterback that can carry the offense on his shoulders, and if Warren can't move the ball, the Cowboys don't do well when they're one-dimensional.

Pick: Under 50.5

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Georgia at Georgia Tech (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET)

Total: O/U 54.5

The SEC championship is set, as we'll see Georgia and Alabama face off next week. This week Georgia will get another "warmup game" against a struggling Georgia Tech squad. The Bulldogs' offense had no problem last week scoring all over their FCS opponent Charleston Southern. Quarterbacks Stetson Bennett, JT Daniels, and Carson Beck each threw a touchdown pass while Zamir White continued to find the end zone. As well as the Bulldogs offense is playing this year, their defense continues to be the story. This defense has been historically good this year with allowing just 7.55 points this season and is well on their way to becoming the first team since Alabama in 2011 to allow less than 10 points per game in a season. 

Georgia Tech has played well on offense this season, but they haven't faced a real defensive challenge until recently. Last week against Notre Dame was the first time they faced a top 15 scoring defense this season, and a 55-0 loss shows their offensive play might just be smoke and mirrors. Quarterback Jordan Yates started over Jeff Sims for the Yellow Jackets for the second straight game, and it was not a strong performance with just 96 passing yards and an interception. It hasn't been announced who will be starting behind center this Saturday, but whoever it is, Georgia should not have a problem with putting on another dominant performance this week.

The Yellow Jackets aren't just dealing with problems on offense, but their defense has not performed well this season. They are 106th in the country in points allowed (32.33 PPG), and their three interceptions are one of the lowest in the nation. Bennett should be able to do well against this defense, and it might be the best game plan to move the ball through the air. One of the few things the Georgia Tech defense has been able to do is strip the ball thanks to ten forced fumbles. White has been perfect at holding onto the ball with zero fumbles in 126 touches this year, but it is something to watch out for.

Georgia has a blueprint they've followed all season -- play well on offense and stuff their opponent with that talented defense. It's a plan that has worked all season as they are the clear favorite to win the National Championship. We could very well see Georgia Tech put up a goose egg for a second straight week.

Pick: Under 54.5

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John Supowitz

John Supowitz is a college football sports betting writer for NBC Sports EDGE. He is a graduate from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s Degree in Sports Journalism. He has covered sports betting since 2016 along with being a radio news anchor and a Game Day Producer where he high fives the mascot everyday. You can find him on Twitter @ImThatSupi where he tweets about sports, pro wrestling and bad reality tv.