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College football's 2021 regular season has been a reminder of everything that's great about the sport, as stadiums have been full of fans again and all conferences have played simultaneously during a season featuring few noteworthy COVID-19-related disruptions. As the regular season comes to a close in Week 13, the best of the sport will be on display as rivalry battles take place and conference title races are sorted out.
This weekend's action will impact who participates in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 title games, as only the SEC has both of its two championship game competitors (and ) decided. Even still, the SEC is still providing an intriguing matchup as No. 2 Alabama goes on the road to play arch rival in a game with CFP implications.
One of the reminders that the 2021 season has provided is that you never know what to expect in college football. But as we gear up for what should be a wild final week of the regular season, let's check out the early odds.
Caesars Sportsbook has released early lines for the upcoming weekend. Let's break down what the oddsmakers expect to happen in Week 13.
The biggest games
No. 4(-7.5) at No. 6 : Ohio State has won eight straight in the series, but if anyone can slow down the Buckeyes in the Big Ten this season, it might be the Wolverines. Both teams are entering off impressive beatdowns of conference opponents and are playing for a spot in the Big Ten title game. This is also an unofficial CFP elimination game. It doesn't get much bigger than this in college football.
Report: Florida, Virginia Tech eyeing same head coach candidate
The Florida Gators and Virginia Tech Hokies may be competing with each other for one head coaching candidate. © SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC Louisiana coach Billy Napier is poised to be a hot candidate for bigger schools as the coaching carousel heats up, and that already appears to be the case. Florida is interested in bringing him in to replace Dan Mullen, and is aware of interest from Virginia Tech as well, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Have heard Florida has genuine interest in Billy Napier and knows that Va. Tech does too.
No. 13at No. 9 (-3.5): Just like with the Ohio State-Michigan game, this edition of Bedlam is a rivalry game that means even more than it usually does. It's a de facto CFP elimination game and a potential preview of next week's Big 12 title game. The Cowboys have been assured of a spot in the championship game, but the Sooners aren't guaranteed of a spot with a loss.
No. 1 Georgia (-35) at: Considering that Georgia Tech lost 55-0 at No. 8 on Saturday, it feels like the Yellow Jackets are getting the benefit of the doubt with this spread. Expect to see Bobby Dodd Stadium filled mostly with red as the Bulldogs try and cap off an undefeated regular season. With a win here, UGA will almost assuredly be in the CFP, regardless of what happens in the SEC title game the following week.
No. 5(-13.5) at : Cincinnati is also looking to cap off an undefeated regular season, but this is a tricky spot. East Carolina has won four straight to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2014. The Pirates were also close in losses against quality foes such as , and . They have wins against the likes of , and and could test the Bearcats.
Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell reportedly not interested in USC job
Many have viewed Fickell as a natural candidate for USC. While Cincinnati is having an outstanding season and should receive College Football Playoff consideration, there is also the athletic director connection. USC AD Mike Bohn was the AD at Cincinnati when Fickell was hired as head coach there in 2017. USC boosters might be hoping Bohn can convince Fickell to take the job, but it doesn’t sound likely.Fickell is currently focused on stating the case for Cincinnati to be considered one of the four-best teams in the country.
No. 2 Alabama (-19) at Auburn: First-year Auburn coach Bryan Harsin gets his first taste of the Iron Bowl as the Tigers try and stop a three-game losing streak. Harsin's predecessor, Gus Malzahn, fared an entirely respectable 3-5 against the Crimson Tide during his eight-year tenure. A blowout loss for the Tigers might make their fans realize things weren't so bad under the previous regime.
Best of the rest
No. 14(-7) at
No.(-11.5) at South Carolina
No. 18(-11) at
No. 16(-6) at
(-1) at No. 7
at No. 3 (-7)
No. 10(-5) at
No. 12at No. 25 (-1)
No. 15(-6.5) at
at No. 11 (-14.5) No. 8 Notre Dame (-16.5) at at No. 20 (-7)
at No. 11 (-14.5)
No. 8 Notre Dame (-16.5) at
at No. 20 (-7)
No. 17at (-3.5)
(-3) at No. 19
Former Oklahoma players endorse Clemson DC Brent Venables for new HC .
The abrupt departure of Lincoln Riley has left Oklahoma searching for a new head coach. For several Oklahoma alumni, the choice is an obvious one. © Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports In the hours after Riley left for USC, there was a groundswell of support from ex-players for the Sooners to make a run at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Venables has long been a highly-respected assistant coach, and served as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2011.