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The Goldin Guarantees: Georgia State @ Clemson and Week 13 Picks

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Breaking down games of interest for Week 13 of College Football

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend was probably the worst I've done picks wise since the season began. I went 2-4. Our disappointing loss to Georgia Tech was obviously the worst part of all of it, but the Gamecocks squeezing out a win against Florida was not enjoyable either. The bright spots? As far as picks go, I called Auburn blowing out UGA and FSU gutting one out against the U. And even though I picked the opposite, it was nice that Virginia Tech beat Duke to keep out Orange Bowl hopes somewhat alive. Week 13 is a mix of glorified scrimmages with a few exciting games thrown in, so let's get on to the new week of picks!

Thursday 11/20

Kansas State @ West Virginia (-2, o/u 57.5) 7:00 (Fox Sports 1)

The Wizard Bill Snyder takes the Purple Cats up to Morgantown for a Thursday night rumble in the (possible) snow. KState is coming of their second loss of the year, which was 21 point drubbing at the hands of TCU, while West Virginia dropped a 33-16 game to the Texas Longhorns last week. Both of KState's losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10 at the time of the game, as their other loss was to then #5 Auburn. 3 of West Virginia's 4 losses have also been to then top 10 teams, as they have lost to Alabama, Oklahoma, and TCU, in addition to the aforementioned Texas loss. It's tough to go into Morgantown and get a win, especially in the cold, but if I'd be on anyone in the Big `12 to do it, it'd be Bill Snyder. The Goldin Guarantee:KState 35 WVU 30

North Carolina @ Duke (-6, o/u 66.5) 7:00 (ESPN)

A primetime, national broadcast of a UNC-Duke FOOTBALL game? Welcome to 2014. The Devils stumbled against Va Tech last week, meaning that they have to win both this game and next week's game against Wake Forest to win the ACC Coastal. Larry Fedora's squad is looking to become bowl eligible with a win over either of their Research Triangle rivals, as they close the season with NC State next week. Look for them to come out swinging in this rivalry game, but I don't know that Duke let's the chance to go back to Charlotte slip out of their fingers. The Goldin Guarantee: Duke 38 UNC 27

Saturday 11/22

South Alabama @ South Carolina (-22) 12:00 (Fox Sports South, ESPN3.com)

With a win over Sun Belt foe South Alabama, the Gamecocks get their 6th win and avoid being home for the holidays. South Carolina came out of the Swamp alive with a 23-20 overtime win. One would think Spurrier would be happy with a win over his old school and a game that didn't involve his team blowing a fourth quarter lead, but no, instead Steve was focused on taking potshots at Clemson. He referenced that the "Upstate Team" lost, and then when learning that Deshaun Watson was injured, stated that the Gamecocks look like they are in better shape then they were two weeks ago. Now, Spurrier claims he wasn't taking joy in Watson's injury and that Clemson fans are overreacting, but given Spurrier's past trash talk of Clemson, forgive us if we seem skeptical of his excuse. Either way, expect Clemson fans to let the Ole Ball Coach hear it next week. As for this week, Spurrier should get a W in front of his home crowd. The Goldin Guarantee: South Carolina 56 South Alabama 17

Yale @ Harvard 12:30 (NBC Sports Network)

Break out the raccoon coats and the table cloths, it's time for the annual Harvard-Yale game. This year, the undefeated Crimson host the 8-1 Bulldogs in Boston with College Gameday on site. This one should interest Clemson fans, as Yale Quarterback Morgan Roberts transferred from Clemson to Yale following the 2012 season. Roberts has been tearing up the Ivy League this season, having tossed 20 touchdown passes and having ran for 4 more. While this game may not have the best talent of all the games this weekend, the experience of a Harvard-Yale game would probably be one of the more fun an interesting ones to take in up close during week 13. The Goldin Guarantee: Yale 28 Harvard 27

Georgia State @ Clemson (-40.5, o/u 57) 3:30 (RSN, ESPN3.com)

I'm not saying that Clemson football had me in a glass case of emotions last week, but actually, yeah, Clemson football had me in a glass case of emotions. I literally went from "kid on Christmas morning" excited to "helicopter parent" worried to "my team was completely embarrassed" dejected all during one game. The next day, we get the good news that Deshaun Watson did not tear an ACL, and may even be able to play against South Carolina and/or the bowl game. Fortunately, we as fans can take a bit of an emotional breather Saturday as we get a tune-up game against Georgia State before our rivals come to town. Coach Swinney decided to make this game Senior Day so that the festivities don't interfere with the game day routine for the South Carolina game. I completely agree with that. I also want to say, that when Cole Stoudt is introduced and gets to run down the Hill by himself as apart of Senior Day, please be classy and cheer him on. If his play later on is frustrating, then by all means, voice your frustrations, but support him, because he has given us 4 years of hard work and has stuck it out through some tough situations. More importantly, he is a Clemson Man and a part of this family, and we take care of our own. More importantly though, Saturday is Military Appreciation Day. This has become one of my favorite games to look forward to this year because of all of the awesome ways the University honors and thanks those who have served our country. We (myself definitely included) often get caught up in college football like it is a life or death thing, but this Saturday reminds us that there it really isn't that important. We get to come to enjoy life as Americans because of what some brave men and women have done and are doing for us, and that is awesome. For many of the active military that will be at the game, they will get the chance to get lost in the excitement of college football for three and a half hours, something that I, myself, take for granted far too often. So, needless to say, I'm excited to honor our military and thank them for letting me live in such a great country. Thank you to all who served, are serving, are planning to serve, and have military family. As for the game, the Goldin Guarantee: Clemson 42 Ga State 0

Boston College @ Florida State (-19, o/u 56.5) 3:30 (ABC)

The #3 Seminoles continue their fight for a spot in the Playoff as they host a tough Boston College squad. BC has given both Clemson and Colorado State a run for their money in two close losses for the Eagles, while they shocked the world by knocking off the then #9 USC Trojans. Fortunately for the Noles, they do not have to go up to frigid Chestnut Hill, where the high for Saturday is 34 degrees, as opposed to a 72 in Tallahassee. Despite being the only undefeated team in the top 4, the Noles are sitting at #3 and would most likely be out with any loss over the next two weeks or in the ACC Championship game. Strength of schedule question and the fact that FSU isn't dominating everyone like they did last year seems to have the committee skeptical of them. BC may do enough to feed that skepticism, but FSU's talent is too much. The Goldin Guarantee: FSU 30 BC 19

Ole Miss (-3.5, o/u 45.5) @ Arkansas 3:30 (CBS)

Despite being 5-5 overall with a 1-5 SEC record, the Arkansas Razorbacks received 2 votes in the AP Poll after their victory over LSU. Arkansas has been close in a lot of games this year. Their closest chance at making a huge statement (before last Saturday's win) was their 13-14 loss to Alabama. Ole Miss looked like a National Championship contender after beating Alabama and Texas A&M, but they hit a 2 game skid against LSU and Auburn that derailed not only their Playoff hopes, but possibly their shot at and SEC West title and a trip to Atlanta. The Rebels rival Mississippi State and Alabama in the West. With a win this week, the winner of next weeks Egg Bowl would take the West WITH and Auburn win over Alabama. Arkansas has a chance to foil that dream for the Rebs, but can the Hogs get the job done again? The Goldin Guarantee: Ole Miss 31 Arkansas 27

Louisville @ Notre Dame (-3.5, o/u 53) 3:30 (NBC)

Bobby Petrino's squad take their talented defense to South Bend to face Everett Golson and the Irish. Notre Dame sits at 2-1 against the ACC this year, with wins over Syracuse and UNC and a loss to Florida State. The Cards are 3rd in the Atlantic, and have losses to UVA, Clemson, and FSU. Notre Dame was barely edged out by FSU, but 2 games ago they were slaughtered by Arizona State, and then last week they dropped a 40-43 overtime game to Northwestern. The Card's have had both Clemson and FSU on the ropes, but couldn't pull off victories, so a win over a national powerhouse like Notre Dame would be quite the feather in their cap. If that L'Ville D can limit Golson for a whole game like they did Jameis Winston for a half, it could be a long day for the Irish. The Goldin Guarantee: Louisville 23 Notre Dame 17