The College Football season is cruising as we already are into Week 7. There are a handful of remaining undefeated teams but the playoff picture is still wide open. This week there will be a few SEC battles that help make things a bit clearer. Auburn and Arkansas square off, while Georgia welcomes Kentucky. Outside of that, Oklahoma State will travel to Texas in a Big 12 showdown and Arizona State will head to Utah to try and cushion their conference lead in the Pac 12. Here are the LINEUPS Staff picks for Week 7.
College Football Week 7 Lines
Kentucky At Georgia
Georgia comes into this one boasting the best defense in the SEC and ranks top-10 in most stats across the FCS. Back at home, they have been dominant and we get to see another middle-tier SEC team try and knock them off. The pummeling of Arkansas in a similar situation reminds me of this game here. Kentucky has impressed this season but there is a big gap in talent on both sides here. Kentucky’s schedule has been very soft to start the year but did have a 20-13 upset at home against Florida. Scoring 28.8 points per game are not going to cut it in this one, as the Georgia defense is allowing 4.6 points per game and have already pitched two shutouts this season. The ground game continues to be a dominant factor in Georgia’s season, rushing 57% of the time this year. But also boast a 0.30 EPA per pass. Expect Georgia to dominate this middle to lesser tier SEC teams.
Best Bet: Georgia ATS
Author: Jason Guilbault
BYU At Baylor
There are a handful of Big 12 schools trying to rewrite the fact we all say Big 12 doesn’t play any defense and Baylor is one of them. Baylor ranks 23rd per Football Outsiders Defensive FEI Ratings. They will have their work cut out for them facing BYU’s offense, which ranks 8th despite averaging 29.2 points per game. Both teams have put up big yardage games, yet Baylor has been better at finishing off drives. BYU has been dealing with QB injuries going back and forth between Baylor Romney and Jaren Hall. Regardless of who is starting, they will have to go into Baylor and beat a defense that is playing very well against the pass. This is a bit concerning for BYU. On the flip side of this one, Baylor’s offense has been rolling most weeks behind Gerry Bohanon. Abram Smith is the lead back and with a deep set of wide receivers, Baylor’s offense has a lot of firepower to throw at this BYU defense. I like Baylor at home to knock off the Cougars in what should be a close game. Baylor’s defense should limit the Cougar’s offense, where they can edge them out.
Best Bet: Baylor ATS
Author: Jason Guilbault
No.2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers
I’ve been big on Iowa all season, and not just because I’m holding onto a a 66-1 ticket on the Hawkeyes to win the National Championship. So you can understand why I’m overjoyed the team has jumped up to No.2 in the rankings. They started the year No. 10, and they’ve played well in their slow climb to the second spot. Purdue is 2-2 on the season and coming off their bye week. They’ve only faced one ranked team this season, with a 27-13 loss against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. I’m not a big fan of the team’s uncertainty at QB, with Jack Plummer and Aidan O’Connell both starting games this season. That’s a difficult strategy when you’re facing the Iowa defense, which is only allowing 183.7 yards per game through the air this year.
Iowa’s offense sputtered early last Saturday against Penn State, but made the right adjustments to come back to beat the Nittany Lions. I’m expecting the team to shake it off this week. QB Spencer Petras and RB Tyler Goodson will keep the Hawkeyes in games this season. Petras has tossed nine TDs to only two picks so far this year, while Goodson is averaging 86.3 yards on the ground per week and has found the end zone five times. The Hawkeyes are currently favored by 11.5 points at home and are 5-1 against the spread on the season. Expect them to end Saturday with a 6-1 ATS record as Iowa handily covers against Purdue.
Best Bet: Iowa -11.5
Author: Anthony Elio