College Football Week 7: SEC Powerhouses Battle For Supremacy
It is going to be a big weekend of football in the SEC (the winners of the last seven National Championships) as four Top 25 teams will square off for supremacy in the conference (but don’t forget, Alabama also lurks in this league). Outside of the SEC tilts, the Red River Rivalry resumes its battles with Oklahoma and Texas meeting in Dallas and the number two team in the nation, Oregon, heading to the Pacific Northwest for a test against a strong Washington team (home teams are in CAPS, lines from the Mirage in Las Vegas and the choice for the game in BOLD).
#25 Missouri vs. #7 GEORGIA (-7)
Missouri has had a nice run to start the season, but they haven’t faced the level of competition that they will see this Saturday against the Bulldogs. This is the fourth team that Georgia has faced that has been ranked; the Tigers from Mizzou have yet to face a ranked team this year. This reason alone leads me to take the Bulldogs and the under on the 64 O/U.
#17 Florida (+7.5) vs. #10 LSU
This is going to be a great shootout, as both teams look to keep themselves positioned well in the SEC. Even though the Bayou Tigers are tough at home, the Gators have been a strong team throughout the early portion of the season. LSU may win this game, but it is going to be closer than the spread and the 49 O/U is way too low for a game that will be an up-and-down the field fight.
#2 Oregon vs. #16 WASHINGTON (+14)
Oregon has yet to score less than 55 points in a game this year, but they haven’t faced any ranked teams to this point in the season. There really isn’t a game to say that the Ducks have been tested yet, but the Huskies have. A season opening beating of then-#19 Boise State and a road win over Illinois were outstanding, but most telling about Washington was their narrow loss last week to #5 Stanford. Oregon will win the game, but it will be closer than the 14-point spread; the 76 O/U is a tough one, to be honest. Take the under as I don’t believe there will be enough offense to crack that level.
#12 Oklahoma (-11) vs. TEXAS (Dallas, TX)
The Red River Rivalry (played yearly during the Texas State Fair at Jerry Jones’ football palace) has not exactly been competitive as of late. The Sooners have crushed the Longhorns in the last two seasons and Texas is not fielding a team this year that will change that. Oklahoma comes into the game ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense; they will continue that trend, holding the Longhorns down, but the O/U of 56 will be under that total.
#19 Northwestern (+10.5) vs. WISCONSIN (Upset Special)
The Wildcats from Northwestern will have a tough test on the road, but I expect them to be able to beat the Badgers pretty handily. This version of Wisconsin’s football team isn’t as strong as in the past and Northwestern’s offense is ranked 22nd in rushing yards and 25th in scoring this season. Coming off a loss against Ohio State, the Wildcats will be looking for a redemptive game in beating Wisconsin, but take the under on the 57 O/U.
Last Week: Due to a computer malfunction, we didn’t make any picks last week. The prior week was dismal at 1-2-2 and a complete fan on the O/U (0-5) and the upset. Time to start to make some moves as, to this point in the season, we’ve been pretty bad on the college football side of the spectrum!
Season: 6-11-3 picks, 5-14-1 O/U, 0-4 Upsets
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