Bob Duff |  Thu 12/10/2017 - 09:11 EDT

College Football Week 7 Best Bets

College Football Week 7 Best Bets
Up until last week, both Michigan and Oklahoma were unbeaten and riding high but was it all smoke and mirrors? After both were dumped in shocking upsets last week, it is time to accept that the greatness assigned to these two teams was more about tradition than truth?

Stop Howling About the Wolverines

  • In his first 31 games as Michigan coach, Brady Hoke, considered a bumbling idiot by the Wolverines faithful, was 24-7.
  • In his first 31 games as Michigan coach, Jim Harbaugh, the messiah of Ann Arbor’s masses, is 24-7.

What does this tell you? Well, first of all, that the Wolverines aren’t all that.

Michigan has been living off of reputation rather than reality for several seasons now, and it’s been no different under Harbaugh. This year’s young, inexperienced team with a serious deficiency at quarterback earned its place in the rankings via tradition more than recent track record.

Last week’s loss to Michigan State displayed exactly how susceptible the Wolverines are to upset. A breakdown of this and other significant Week Seven NCAA football showdowns, whith odds provided by

Michigan (-300) at Indiana (+250)

Last week’s 14-10 home-field loss to Michigan State didn’t just knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten, it displayed the many warts that indicate this Michigan team was overrated from the start. The Wolverines turned the ball over five times against the Spartans and if they’d been facing a better club, the scoreline would have finished far more lopsided.

At 3-2, Indiana is a better team than that record would indicate. If the Hoosiers and their balanced offense can manage their turnover ratio against a Michigan defense that has just one takeway in Big Ten play, and the Wolverines don’t get their offense untracked under QB John O’Korn, a repeat of what happened last week against Michigan State could be in the cards.

Pick: Indiana (+250)

Eastern Michigan (+200) at Army (-240)


You’d expect Army to have a spectacular ground game and that’s certainly the case.

The 4-2 Golden Knights are rushing for 373 yards per game and during their current three-game winning streak, have not fumbled on 184 carries over that span.

Kell Walker and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for five TDs and 242 yards rushing in a 49-12 win over Rice and the Army defense forced six turnovers.

The Eagles have lost three straight, all on the road, and each by just one score but they could be caught looking ahead to next week’s home-field matchup with arch-rival Western Michigan.

Pick: Army (-240) 

Oklahoma (-300) at Texas (+250)

Last week, Iowa State knocked the Sooners from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 38-31 victory, even though Oklahoma were 31-point favorites. Two weeks ago, the Longhorns went to Iowa State and downed the Cyclones 17-7.

Based simply on common opponents, that gives an edge to Texas, but there’s much more there to indicate that much like Michigan, Oklahoma is more reputation than reality. The Longhorns held Iowa State to 236 yards passing, an average of 5.0 yards per catch. The Cyclones were able to compile 368 yards through the air against Oklahoma, an average of 13.6 yards per completion. Baylor, far from a powerhouse, lit up the Sooners for 463 passing yards in a 49-41 loss. 

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger was a true double-threat in last week’s OT win over Kansas State, passing for 380 yards and two TDs and running for 107 yards on 20 carries.

Pick: Texas (+250)

Auburn (-265) at LSU (+225)


You have to go all the way back to 1999 to unearth an Auburn win at LSU, but all things, both good and bad, must come to an end at some point.

Tenth-ranked Auburn (5-1) comes at you with a fierce front seven and that’s bad news for LSU, which is banged up on the offensive line and pedestrian at quarterback.

LSU’s Danny Etling pales in ability when compared to Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, who leads the SEC and rates among the top 10 in the NCAA ins passer efficiency and completion percentage.

Pick: Auburn (-265)

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Away Score Home Money Line
Wednesday 11 October
FT South Alabama 19 - 8 Troy State Trojans +775 -1111 Odds
Thursday 12 October
FT Texas State Bobcats 7 - 24 UL Lafayette +465 -556 Odds
Friday 13 October
FT Clemson Tigers 24 - 27 Syracuse Orange Odds
FT Washington State 3 - 37 California -769 +575 Odds
Saturday 14 October
Connecticut Huskies 12:00 Temple Owls +320 -385 Odds
Florida State 12:00 Duke Blue Devils -278 +235 Odds
NC State 12:00 Pittsburgh Panthers -417 +355 Odds
Texas Tech 12:00 West Virginia +150 -169 Odds
Texas Christian 12:00 Kansas State -256 +220 Odds
South Carolina 12:00 Tennessee +135 -154 Odds
Kansas Jayhawks 12:00 Iowa State Cyclones Odds
Brigham Young 12:00 Mississippi State Odds
Eastern Michigan 12:00 Army Black Knights +200 -238 Odds
Michigan Wolverines 12:00 Indiana Hoosiers -303 +250 Odds
Rutgers 12:00 Illinois Odds
Boston College 12:20 Louisville Odds
UNLV Rebels 14:00 Air Force Falcons Odds
Old Dominion Monar. 14:30 Marshall +470 -588 Odds
Virginia Cavaliers 15:30 North Carolina -175 +155 Odds
Baylor Bears 15:30 Oklahoma State Odds
Oklahoma Sooners 15:30 Texas Longhorns -345 +285 Odds
Vanderbilt 15:30 Mississippi Rebels +150 -169 Odds
Auburn Tigers 15:30 LSU Tigers -263 +225 Odds
Purdue Boilermakers 15:30 Wisconsin Badgers +575 -769 Odds
Toledo Rockets 15:30 Central Michigan -286 +240 Odds
Ohio Bobcats 15:30 Bowling Green -385 +320 Odds
Georgia Tech 15:30 Miami Hurricanes +205 -244 Odds
Northern Illinois 15:30 Buffalo Bulls -256 +215 Odds
Northwestern 15:30 Maryland Terrapins -156 +137 Odds
Akron Zips 15:30 Western Michigan +445 -556 Odds
Miami Red Hawks 15:30 Kent -333 +280 Odds
Navy Midshipmen 15:45 Memphis Tigers +155 -175 Odds
Houston Cougars 16:00 Tulsa -500 +405 Odds
Colorado Buffaloes 16:00 Oregon State -357 +300 Odds
Charlotte 49ers 16:30 Western Kentucky +535 -714 Odds
Wyoming Cowboys 16:30 Utah State Aggies Odds
Appalachian State. 17:00 Idaho Vandals -455 +385 Odds
Georgia State Pant. 17:00 Louisiana-Monroe +210 -250 Odds
New Mexico State 18:00 Georgia Southern E. -263 +225 Odds
Middle Tennessee 18:30 UAB Blazers -189 +165 Odds
East Carolina 19:00 UCF Knights Odds
Tulane Green Wave 19:00 FIU -526 +430 Odds
UTSA 19:00 North Texas Odds
UTEP Miners 19:00 SMISS Odds
Texas A&M Aggies 19:00 Florida Gators Odds
Coastal Carolina C. 19:00 Arkansas State +575 -769 Odds
Arkansas Razorbacks 19:15 Alabama Odds
Missouri Tigers 19:30 Georgia Bulldogs Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes 19:30 Nebraska Odds
Cincinnati Bearcats 19:30 South Florida Bulls Odds
Michigan State 20:00 Minnesota -189 +165 Odds
Utah Utes 20:00 USC Trojans +400 -476 Odds
UCLA Bruins 21:00 Arizona Wildcats Odds
New Mexico Lobos 22:00 Fresno State Odds
Nevada Wolf Pack 22:15 Colorado State Rams Odds
Boise State Broncos 22:30 San Diego State +200 -238 Odds
Washington Huskies 22:45 Arizona State -833 +600 Odds
Oregan Ducks 23:00 Stanford Cardinal +320 -385 Odds
San Jose State 23:59 Hawaii Warriors +635 -833 Odds

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Tag : Ahmad Bradshaw , College Football , Jarrett Stidham , Jim Harbaugh , Sam Ehlinger

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