On the Line: Week 13

The Daily Iowan staff makes its picks for Week 13 of the college football season.

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On the Line: Week 13

Iowa players stand for the national anthem during a football game between Iowa and Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Iowa players stand for the national anthem during a football game between Iowa and Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa players stand for the national anthem during a football game between Iowa and Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa players stand for the national anthem during a football game between Iowa and Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

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No. 19 Iowa vs. Illinois

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor (27-23): Iowa — I was never trying to win this stupid contest in the first place.

Anna Kayser, Sports Editor (31-19): Iowa — Hawks.

Robert Read, Assistant Sports Editor (31-19): Iowa — The Hawkeyes won 63-0 last year. Something tells me Illinois has not forgotten that.

Pete Mills, Football Reporter (31-19): Iowa — The actor who played Ron Swanson went to Illinois. “Any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless.”

Lucy Rohden, DITV Sports Reporter (30-20): Iowa — Fear the beard ends here. #rhyming

Jon Rawson, DITV Director (33-17): Iowa — Illinois football finally got a website for the first time since 2011 when they put 3 Ws together.

Jason Brummond, Publisher (32-18): Iowa — Lovie is skipping Thanksgiving and going right to Christmas.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Penn State

Ruden: Ohio State — I’ll bet 100 BUCK(eye)s on this one.

Kayser: Ohio State — Get Michigan State in here, and just think about what you did.

Read: Ohio State — College football fans deserved to see what Chase Young would have done against Maryland and Rutgers.

Mills: Ohio State — Both these teams are in the top 10 in the country in football quality and controversy. Very cool!

Rohden: Ohio State — Can I take a loan out to bet on this game? @ncaa

Rawson: Ohio State — Penn State plays like it’s safe and sound on the road. But not in Columbus.

Brummond: Ohio State — The gap between first and second in the Big Ten is… not close.

No. 21 SMU vs. Navy

Ruden: SMU — Catch me repping my SMU basketball shirt during this game. #PonyUp

Kayser: SMU — Wait, SMU is ranked?

Read: Navy — Certain family members may not talk to me again if I pick against Navy.

Mills: SMU — SMU has nine libraries, which is nine too many libraries.

Rohden: SMU — Is this un-American?

Rawson: Navy — Navy’s playbook and my love life have one thing in common: options.

Brummond: SMU — The Pony Express rides in 2019!

Stanford vs. Cal

Ruden: Stanford — If Anna, Robert, or Mills make an Andrew Luck retirement joke, they will be promptly fired.

Kayser: Stanford — Wow, this game will be a doozy. Probably not, though.

Read: Stanford — Not very many good games to pick this week, huh?

Mills: Cal — Aaron Rodgers went there, so sue me.

Rohden: Stanford — Its mascot is a tree. Obviously, it’s my choice.

Rawson: Cal — What’s higher in these schools — the students or their SAT scores?

Brummond: Cal — Never forget Jan. 1, 2016.

Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas State

Ruden: Georgia Southern — Reading closely into games doesn’t work. Full send.

Kayser: Georgia Southern — Georgia Southern only needed four more points to beat Minnesota. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Read: Georgia Southern — No, I cannot name a player on either team.

Mills: Georgia Southern —  I thought Brett Favre went here, but I confused this school with Southern Mississippi.

Rohden: Arkansas State — Arkansas is indeed a state.

Rawson: Arkansas State — How do they have colleges in states where no one can read??

Brummond: Arkansas State — Georgia Southern almost beat Minnesota.

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