It's rivalry week! Our experts are back with their Week 13 college football picks. Every Thursday, Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica will pick out their top plays from some of the week's best matchups. It's all here in one file for your perusing pleasure.
Here are the best bets for Week 13 of the college football season.
Phil Steele: 4-3 Week 12 (42-51-3 season)
"Stanford Steve" Coughlin: 3-2 in Week 12 (37-20-2 season)
Chris Fallica: 3-6 in Week 12 (45-41-1 season)
Note: Lines from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Wednesday morning.
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-4.5) at No. 6 Auburn Tigers
Steele: Alabama has won five of the past six Iron Bowls, with the lone loss being the famed "kick six" game, and the five wins have come by an average of 24 points. Auburn endured one of the largest sandwich games ever last week, facing a Sun Belt team smack in the middle of two home games against No. 1 teams as a 'dog. Despite missing two games, Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson is making a real push for the Heisman, with his 1,172 yards and 5.3 yards per carry. Alabama is allowing just 87 yards per game on the ground but is down four linebackers. Plus, the Tide allowed LSU to rush for 151 yards and Mississippi State to pick up 172 on the ground. Alabama's largest advantages come in quarterback mobility, running back depth and receiving talent. However, Auburn is one of the few teams that can stand toe-to-toe with Alabama at the line of scrimmage, and it now has the edge at linebacker. Auburn is also the healthier team and is 12-6 as a home 'dog.