CFB Picks 11/16: Navy At Risk Of Sinking

Here's our spread picks for Saturday's CFB games
Dan Canova
Fri, November 15, 4:45 AM EST

College Football fans should be excited for this upcoming weekend with Saturday action.

Here are three games that will feature six of the top 25 teams in the country.

Check out my predictions for each below:

No. 23 Navy @ No. 16 Notre Dame (-7.5), NBC, 2:30 PM ET:

No. 23 Navy and No. 16 Notre Dame will square off on Saturday afternoon in the 93rd meeting between the two college football programs.

For the first time since 1978, both teams are ranked in the top 25 at the same time.

Navy enters this matchup winners of five straight games, including a 56-10 win over UConn last week.

Quarterback Malcolm Perry had 108 rushing yards and two scores, and he threw for 165 more yards and another touchdown in the victory.

The Fighting Irish have a quarterback of their own; his name is Ian Book.

So far this season, Book has 2,009 passing yards to go along with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has 390 rushing yards and four more scores.

In his most recent outing against Duke, Book threw for 181 yards and four scores, and he had 139 rushing yards on 12 carries in a 38-7 victory over the Blue Devils.

The Midshipmen clearly rely on their running game behind Perry, and I believe the Fighting Irish will be too smart defensively to allow him to run all over them. I like Notre Dame at home in this matchup by more than a touchdown.

Take the Fighting Irish minus the points here.

Pick: Notre Dame (-7.5) @ +100

No. 4 Georgia @ No. 12 Auburn (+3), CBS, 3:30 PM ET:

Southeastern Conference rivals No.4 Georgia and No. 12 Auburn will square off for a 123rd time on Saturday.

If Georgia comes away with a win, the Bulldogs will claim the SEC East championship, and play for the conference title for a third year in a row.

Georgia is second in the country in scoring defense, allowing 10.1 points per game, and the Bulldogs are fifth in total defense (260.3 yards per game). The Bulldogs have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season, and they lead the SEC in rushing defense at 74.6 yards per game.

 

Auburn, on the other hand, is trying to play to play the role of spoiler. The Tigers are third in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing just 17.4 points per contest. Auburn is also second in the SEC in rushing offense averaging 219.3 yards per contest.

Look for Auburn to give a great game here and control the ball on offense.

Take the Tigers and the points. They are going to cover the spread, and they may even have a shot at winning the football game.

Pick: Auburn (+3) @ -110

No. 10 Oklahoma @ No. 13 Baylor (+10.5), ABC, 7:30 PM ET:

No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 13 Baylor will face off in a Big 12 showdown on Saturday night.

Baylor enters this matchup as one of the five undefeated teams in the country.

The Bears came away with a 31-12 win over Kansas State and they beat Oklahoma State 45-27 on the road, but Baylor’s four other conference games were decided by an average of 3.5 points, and two of those wins came in overtime against Texas Tech and TCU.

Oklahoma enters with one loss on its resume – a 48-41 defeat to Kansas State two weeks ago.

In their last game against Iowa State, Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 273 passing yards and three touchdowns and running back Kennedy Brooks piled up 132 yards and one score on 15 carries for Oklahoma in a 42-41 win over the Cyclones.

Baylor’s 19 points allowed per game is the best in the Big 12, but the Bears will have their hands full with Hurts, Brooks and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

I expect the Sooners to come out firing on all cylinders and they will ultimately come away with the win.

Take Oklahoma minus the 10.5 points in this one.

Pick: Oklahoma (-10.5)

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By Dan Canova

Dan Canova
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