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Going into Week 7 of this wild college football season, Before The Snap was joined by BetFTW managing editor Caroline Darney for some picks against the spread in some of this week’s top games.
And, especially after madness in Week 6, the college football picture this year is far from what we expected. Georgia is undefeated and No. 1 in the country, Cincinnati is ranked higher than one-loss Alabama, the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10 and two-loss Clemson is not even ranked in the AP Poll. So who knows what the College Football Playoff picture will look like in a couple weeks?
What we do know is that when it comes to the lines and over-unders for Week 7, a few teams’ potential may have been overestimated, providing us with some confident picks against the spread. Let’s break it down with all betting info per Tipico Sportsbook as of Wednesday.
No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia (-22.5)© Provided by For The Win
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)
When: Saturday, October 16, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
As the No. 1 team in the country, Georgia also boasts the top defense, which is giving up just 201.2 yards and 5.5 points per game. And while it’s certainly possible that the Bulldogs will steamroll the Wildcats, Kentucky deserves a bit more credit for being 6-0 at this point with a win over Florida earlier in October. We’re predicting Georgia will beat Kentucky but not by more than three touchdowns.
No. 10 Michigan State (-4.5) at Indiana
When: Saturday, October 16, Noon ET
Video: Betting: Will Georgia cover -22.5 vs. Kentucky? (Yahoo! Sports)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
Michigan State tends to have some trouble with seemingly innocuous Big Ten teams, like Indiana, which beat the Spartans 24-0 last season. Now, both teams are looking and playing very differently this year, but we’re not fooled by Michigan State’s top-10 ranking. The Spartans’ best win this season was against a bad Miami team, and their defense is still giving up 420.5 yards per game. We’re thinking Indiana pulls off the upset or Michigan State saves its undefeated season with a late score.
TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma (-13.5)
When: Saturday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Oklahoma being favored by nearly two touchdowns seems like a bit of a stretch here. With the exception of the Sooners’ obscene 76-0 win over Western Carolina, they’ve won all their other games by no more than seven points. That lopsided win aside, Oklahoma has won its other games by 28 total points with a 5.6 average margin of victory. Plus, it’s in a tricky situation with a quarterback battle between original starter Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams, who replaced Rattler against Texas last week and led the team to a win. If Oklahoma wins, it won’t be by almost two touchdowns, but TCU might steal a victory here.
Pitt (-4.5) at Virginia Tech
When: Saturday, October 16, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
This is a pivotal game in the ACC Coastal race — stick with us here! — and it’s hard to predict what we’re going to see. Virginia Tech had Notre Dame on the ropes until a late field goal lifted the Fighting Irish to a victory, and Pitt lost to Western Michigan to open the season and has only two games against P5 competition. But Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett is still one of the best in the conference, so we’re predicting a Panthers win but perhaps by just a field goal.
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No. 1: Alabama 27 commits: seven 5-stars, 16 4-stars2/25 SLIDES © AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
No. 2: Ohio State 21 commits: five 5-stars, 13 4-stars3/25 SLIDES © Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
No. 3: Georgia 20 commits: 4 5-stars, 11 4-stars4/25 SLIDES © Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
No. 4: LSU 22 commits: two 5-stars, 15 4-starsSlideshow continues on the next slide 5/25 SLIDES © Chris Graythen/Getty Images
No. 5: Clemson 19 commits: three 5-stars, 14 4-stars6/25 SLIDES © Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
No. 6: Oregon 23 commits: 19 4-stars, four 3-stars7/25 SLIDES © Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
No. 7: Texas A&M 23 commits: one 5-star, 16 4-stars8/25 SLIDES © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
No. 8: USC 22 commits: one 5-star, 14 4-stars9/25 SLIDES © Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
No. 9: Notre Dame 27 commits: 12 4-stars, 15 3-starsSlideshow continues on the next slide 10/25 SLIDES © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
No. 10: Michigan 23 commits: one 5-star, 12 4-stars11/25 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
No. 11: Oklahoma 16 commits: one 5-star, 12 4-stars12/25 SLIDES © Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
No. 12: Miami 21 commits: two 5-stars, 11 4-stars13/25 SLIDES © Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
No. 13: Florida 22 commits: one 5-star, 12 4-stars14/25 SLIDES © Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
No. 14: North Carolina 19 commits: one 5-star, 11 4-starsSlideshow continues on the next slide 15/25 SLIDES © Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
No. 15: Wisconsin 21 commits: one 5-star, five 4-stars16/25 SLIDES © Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP
No. 16: Tennessee 21 commits: nine 4-stars, 12 3-stars17/25 SLIDES © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
No. 17: Texas 21 commits: one 5-star, nine 4-stars18/25 SLIDES © Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
No. 18: Ole Miss 25 commits: seven 4-stars, 18 3-stars19/25 SLIDES © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
No. 19: Maryland 23 commits: one 5-star, four 4-stars20/25 SLIDES © Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
No. 20: Nebraska 20 commits: four 4-stars, 16 3-stars21/25 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
No. 21: Penn State 16 commits: six 4-stars, 10 3-stars22/25 SLIDES © AP Photo/Phil Sears
No. 22: Florida State 17 commits: seven 4-stars, 10 3-stars23/25 SLIDES © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
No. 23: Iowa 19 commits: seven 4-stars, 12 3-stars24/25 SLIDES © Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
No. 24: Arkansas 22 commits: three 4-stars, 19 3-stars25/25 SLIDES © Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
No. 25: Mississippi State 22 commits: five 4-stars, 17 3-stars25/25 SLIDES
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