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On the Line | Daily Iowan football staff picks a slate of Week 13 college football games

The DI’s band of football experts picked six of this week’s top matchups. Game selections and records will be released each week.
Emily Nyberg
Iowa football defensive linemen reach for the ball during a football game between Iowa and Illinois at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 15-13.

No. 17 Iowa @ Nebraska 

Matt McGowan, Pregame Editor (42-24): Iowa – People don’t go to Nebraska to lose. They go there to leave.

Kenna Roering, Sports Editor (38-28): Iowa – Kirk won’t let the Hawks slouch heading into Indy.

Colin Votzmeyer, Assistant Sports Editor (44-22): Iowa – They’re going to do it for KF.

Cooper Worth, Football Reporter (38-28): Iowa – 

Michael Merrick, DITV Sports Director (34-24): Iowa – 

John Bohnenkamp, Sports Writing Coach (40-26): Iowa – 10 wins is a heck of a season, no matter how they got here.

Jason Brummond, Publisher (43-23): Iowa – Scott Frost’s legacy of losing close games remains intact at Nebraska.

No. 2 Ohio State  @ No. 3 Michigan 

McGowan: Michigan – Once in a blue moon, toxicity breeds success. 

Roering: Ohio State –  I don’t like cheaters.

Votzmeyer: Michigan –  I think the Wolverines will steal one from the Buckeyes.

Worth: Michigan – This the real Big Ten Championship. 

Merrick: Ohio State – Easier matchup for the Hawks. 

Bohnenkamp: Michigan – It’s Them vs. Everybody, or so they say.

Brummond: Michigan – Who wants Iowa?

No. 16 Oregon State @ No. 6 Oregon 

McGowan: Oregon – Such an undervalued state. I hope both teams win. 

Roering: Oregon – Bo Nix for Heisman. 

Votzmeyer: Oregon –  Bo Nix should transfer to Iowa next.

Worth: Oregon – Bo knows ball. 

Merrick: Oregon – This’ll be the one I miss the most from the Pac-12. 

Bohnenkamp: Oregon –  Last one in the rivalry as PAC-12ers.

Brummond: Oregon – Bring on Washington-Oregon 2.0 for the Pac-12 title.

Virginia Tech @ Virginia 

McGowan: Virginia – “Enter Sandman” doesn’t play on the road. 

Roering: Virginia Tech – JMU is the best team in Virginia. 

Votzmeyer: Virginia Tech – I don’t blame Nick Jackson for transferring.

Worth: Virginia Tech – “Enter Sandman”

Merrick: Virginia – Got any more Nick Jacksons to give us?

Bohnenkamp: Virginia Tech – Lot of mediocrity here.

Brummond: Virginia Tech – Only appropriate to pick the Hokies at Thanksgiving.

North Carolina @ NC State 

McGowan: North Carolina – Look the other way in this game, George McCaskey. 

Roering: NC State – It’s cross-country team is raw. 

Votzmeyer: North Carolina –  Drake Maye is the next Mitch Trubisky.

Worth: North Carolina – The one where MJ went to school. 

Merrick: North Carolina – Drake Maye is too much for the Wolfpack. 

Bohnenkamp: NC State – More fun as a football matchup than basketball.

Brummond: NC State – NC State continues its hot streak.

Fresno State @ San Diego State 

McGowan: Fresno State – The Iron Bowl will be boring this year. 

Roering: Fresno State –  I won’t watch a second of this game

Votzmeyer: Fresno State –  SDSU has a bottom-25 team in college football.

Worth: Fresno State – I’m Keene on the Bulldogs’ QB. 

Merrick: San Diego State – My roommate’s from Cali. I asked him about this game and he said, “Nobody in the state cares at all … but me, go Aztecs.” 

Bohnenkamp: Fresno State – Not much to say about this one.

Brummond: Fresno State – The Old Oil Can Trophy doesn’t sound like much of a prize.

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About the Contributors
Matt McGowan, Pregame Editor
he/him/his Matt McGowan is The Daily Iowan's Pregame Editor. He is a sophomore double majoring in journalism and mass communications and American studies with a minor in sport studies.  This is his second year with the DI
Emily Nyberg, Visual Editor
Emily Nyberg is a second-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic arts. Prior to her role as a Visual Editor, Emily was a Photojournalist, and a News Reporter covering higher education.