Well, 12 weeks of the 2016 season are now in the books, and we only have one more week left. It went like a breeze, but it still gave us a great set of high-scoring games, dominating wins, unbelievable performances, hard-hitting action, and of course… shocking upsets!
Let’s now find out who could be this week’s great sleeper picks. Read on!
College Football News and Previews
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2016 NCAA College Football Week 13 Sleepers Predictions
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Where: Kenan Stadium – Chapel Hill, NC
Date and Time: Friday, November 25, 12:00 PM ET
With Matt Dayes, the Wolfpack’s first 1,000-plus yard rusher in 14 years, the team should be able to give the favored Tar Heels a competitive game. The senior has exceeded 100 yards seven out of 11 outings this season, and he may very well be on his way to number eight, as he’ll be facing the 113th ranked ground defense. Look for him to have a big day.
The Wolfpack’s D is also way better than the Tar Heels’. They only allow 350.8 total yards per game (25th in the nation). It may play a role in making this a close game all throughout.
NC State is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games as underdogs.
Prediction: The Tar Heels (-11.5) win, but don’t cover the spread.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes
Where: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, FL
Date and Time: Saturday, November 26, 12:00 PM ET
The ‘Canes are 3-1 against the Blue Devils in their last four matchups. However, none of those three wins are more than 12 points, while the loss they took was by 18 points.
This Saturday, Miami is likely to control the tempo and take the win again, but Duke should be able to keep this game within reach for the whole game. They are slightly better in producing yards on the ground, and QB Daniel Jones is building some good rhythm in his throws over the past few weeks.
In his last six games, Jones is only averaging a quiet 184.3 yards per game, but he has seven TDs and only one pick. And… let’s also not forget that the QB can also be a threat in sneaking a rushing score (he has seven rushing TDs this season).
Prediction: The U (-15.5) wins, but don’t cover the spread.
Utah State Aggies vs. BYU Cougars
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium – Provo, UT
Date and Time: Saturday, November 26, 9:00 PM ET
The Aggies seem to thrive when the spread is larger than usual, going 7-2 in their last 10 games as 10-plus point underdogs. There’s simply a good reason to believe that they’ll cover the spread, as five of their eight losses this season are by 18 points or less.
Defensively, Utah State will be given a tough challenge, with BYU being pretty competitive on various areas on D. That said, Aggies QB Kent Myers (208.2 passing ypg and 37 rushing ypg) and RB Tonny Lindsey (65 rushing ypg on 5.1 yards per carry) have some momentum coming in. The two are fresh off a game where they collectively ran for 258 yards and three TDs.
Don’t count out Myers stealing one or two passing TDs from the BYU secondary too.
Prediction: The Cougars (-19) win, but don’t cover the spread.
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