Best bets for Week 13 college football games

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Every Thursday during the season, Bill Connelly, Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson and Phil Steele will provide their top plays across the college football landscape.

Here are their best bets for the 13th full week of the college football season:

Season ATS records:

Connelly record: 25-13-2 (3-2 last week)
Steele record: 28-34-1 (4-0-1 last week)
Johnson record: 33-23-1 (2-0 last week)
Kezirian record: 41-32-1 (4-3 last week)

Note: Lines displayed are Caesars Sportsbook lines as of Wednesday night.

Saturday's games

No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (-18)

Kezirian: I'm not concerned about laying this kind of lumber against a top-10 team (not a big rankings guy). This is about Ohio State being historically dominant and Penn State being a bit of a mirage. I'm surprised the Nittany Lions rank in the top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, but this is a straight play from the eye test. I think the Buckeyes will successfully throw deep, just as we saw Minnesota do against Penn State. With the return of Chase Young, I trust the defense can keep the Nittany Lions in check here. I expect a rout.

Pick: Ohio State -18