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While the 2020 college football schedule continues to be reduced by postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19, the Week 13 slate is loaded with plenty of important games. There were three top 25 showdowns on Friday with two matchups between ranked teams, and there's a number of big games on Saturday as well, including No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 22 Auburn, which will serve as the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.

Elsewhere around the country, No. 3 Clemson is set to return to the field this week after nearly a month away because of COVID-19 issues. The Tigers will take on the Pitt Panthers at home in a crucial game for the ACC Championship Game race as they look to inch closer to a sixth straight conference title.

Combined with No. 2 Notre Dame winning on Friday, seven of the top 10 teams in the first College Football Playoff Rankings will be tested before the weekend is out. Those are the marquee games on the slate, and while winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff on Saturday to the final whistle. Let's take a look at our expert picks for Week 13.

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Kentucky at No. 6 Florida (noon, ESPN)

Kentucky struggles to pass, and its rushing stats are skewed by two great games. Translation: it's a paper tiger. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask will get his top weapon, tight end Kyle Pitts, back after the star pass-catcher missed the last two games. The Wildcats just got lit up by Alabama last week and will suffer the same fate this week against an offense that's as comparable to the Crimson Tide as any in the country. Pick: Florida (-23.5) -- Barrett Sallee

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS)

Mac Jones might not need to throw a single pass. Auburn's defensive front has been brutal against the run and star linebacker K.J. Britt is still out with an injury. Because of that, expect Najee Harris to run over, around and through the Tigers defense. With that said, can he do enough to cover? Nope. Gus Malzahn always has a trick or two (or five) up his sleeve in the Iron Bowl, and there's no doubt that they'll be used in key spots in order to either keep momentum or swing it back on the side of the orange and blue. It'll be enough to cover ... even if Alabama dominates the majority of the 60 minutes. Pick: Auburn +24.5 -- Barrett Sallee

Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson (3:30 p.m., ABC)

One of the reasons to like Pitt in any matchup is going to be its defensive line. The Panthers are among the best teams in the country in tackles for loss and stopping the run, which makes it more difficult for everything that Clemson wants to do offensively. Throw in Kenny Pickett's recent hot streak moving the ball through the air and you've got the makings of a far more interesting game than the oddsmakers suggest. Pick: Pitt +25 -- Chip Patterson

LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M (7 p.m., ESPN)

Texas A&M's 62% third-down success rate leads the nation and the Aggies typically dominate time of possession. But LSU dominated time of possession and held Arkansas to 0-for-10 on third-down conversions last week. So what gives? The Tigers defense is improving, but it has yet to demonstrate consistency, so the bet here is that Texas A&M's rushing attack will keep rolling. Considering the 50-7 shellacking LSU put on Texas A&M last season and the fact that the Aggies need to impress the committee, look for Texas A&M to pull away in the second half for a comfortable victory. Pick: Texas A&M -14 -- David Cobb

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