Brandon A. Quick |  Thu 12/10/2017 - 09:47 EDT

College Football Week 7 Predictions

College Football Week 7 Predictions
From this seat, the college football betting lines have been juicy the last few weeks, and fortunately that trend continues into Week 7. As usual, I take a closer look at the three best opportunities to beat the spread.

In week 6, I went 2-1, successfully calling the over in the Minnesota/Purdue game and pegging the under in the Kent State/Northern Illinois matchup. A last-second TD from Miami prevented us from a clean sweep, but we’ll be expecting perfection this week.

If not, a bettor can always survive hitting 2 out of every 3 plays.

Miami Ohio (-9.5) @ Kent State (+9.5) O/U: 42.5

It’s not that I’m obsessed with bad MAC football, but I do love making money.

Of all schools, Kent State has been a cash cow for me this year. When will Vegas understand the depths of inadequacy of the Golden Flashes offense? They are currently ranked 264th in total offense, but that might not paint a fair picture of just how bad this unit is. 

Last week, I wrote that Kent State would “struggle to score against air.” I’ll go one stronger this week, by saying that Air might even force a few three and outs. For its part, Miami of Ohio is also a bad offensive squad ranking 128th nationally in total yards. Minus a slew of random turnovers, these punchless teams will continue their struggles, making 42.5 a big number to cover. 

TAKE Under 42.5

Purdue (+16.5) @ Wisconsin (-16.5) O/U: 51.5

No, I don’t always bet the same teams in consecutive weeks, but when a bettor has a good read and the lines continue to be weak, it’s time to strike. This Purdue squad hasn’t yet gotten the respect it deserves from Vegas or the rest of the college football world – no doubt owing to its prolonged woes under the old coaching regime. 

But there’s a new sheriff in town in the form of first year head coach Jeff Brohm, who has this program heading in the right direction at 3-2. The Boilermakers appear poised to make a bowl – a remarkable feat after the program posted just nine wins over the previous four seasons.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin is getting too much respect at 5-0.

Purdue will be the toughest team the Badgers have faced this season and this will be a game in the fourth quarter just like the Boilermakers previous two games against ranked opponents. 16.5 is a ridiculously high number in a game Purdue has a puncher’s chance to win. 

TAKE Purdue +16.5

Florida State (-7) @ Duke (+7) O/U: 44

Ok, so I’m playing another team that I played last week, but I can’t help myself in the case of this Florida State team, which might be the best 1-3 squad in the history of college football.

Basically, the Noles’ have played a great schedule beating a tough Wake Forest team on the road and losing to Alabama, NC State, and Miami – currently ranked first, eleventh and twentieth respectively in this week’s poll. FSU wasn’t disgraced against Alabama in the opener, losing 24-7 despite the season-ending injury to starting QB Deondre Francois.

They were beaten just a TD by a solid NC State team and outplayed Miami last week before giving up the go-ahead TD in the final seconds.  

Duke sits at 4-2 on the season, but has lost two straight, including a blowout to Miami (31-6) two weeks ago. FSU is a good team playing to salvage its season and freshman QB James Blackman is finding himself in this offense. I think FSU rolls.

TAKE Florida State -7

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Away Score Home Money Line
Thursday 19 October
UL Lafayette 19:30 Arkansas State +375 -455 Odds
Memphis Tigers 20:00 Houston Cougars Odds
Friday 20 October
Western Kentucky 18:00 Old Dominion Monar. -357 +300 Odds
Marshall 19:00 Middle Tennessee Odds
Air Force Falcons 21:30 Nevada Wolf Pack -213 +185 Odds
Colorado State Rams 22:15 New Mexico Lobos -294 +245 Odds
Saturday 21 October
Purdue Boilermakers 12:00 Rutgers Odds
Maryland Terrapins 12:00 Wisconsin Badgers Odds
Iowa Hawkeyes 12:00 Northwestern Odds
Louisville 12:00 Florida State Odds
Akron Zips 12:00 Toledo Rockets Odds
Tulsa 12:00 Connecticut Huskies Odds
Idaho Vandals 12:00 Missouri Tigers Odds
Iowa State Cyclones 12:00 Texas Tech Odds
Oklahoma State 12:00 Texas Longhorns Odds
Temple Owls 12:00 Army Black Knights Odds
Pittsburgh Panthers 12:20 Duke Blue Devils Odds
Boston College 12:30 Virginia Cavaliers
Troy State Trojans 14:00 Georgia State Pant. Odds
Kent 14:00 Ohio Bobcats Odds
Northern Illinois 14:00 Bowling Green Odds
Western Michigan 14:00 Eastern Michigan Odds
Buffalo Bulls 14:30 Miami Red Hawks Odds
Central Michigan 15:00 Ball State Odds
Illinois 15:30 Minnesota Odds
Arizona State 15:30 Utah Utes Odds
Indiana Hoosiers 15:30 Michigan State Odds
Georgia Southern E. 15:30 Massachusetts Odds
Tennessee 15:30 Alabama Odds
Syracuse Orange 15:30 Miami Hurricanes Odds
North Carolina 15:30 Virginia Tech Odds
UCF Knights 15:30 Navy Midshipmen Odds
Coastal Carolina C. 15:30 Appalachian State. Odds
Oregan Ducks 16:00 UCLA Bruins Odds
Southern Methodist 16:00 Cincinnati Bearcats Odds
Kentucky Wildcats 16:00 Mississippi State Odds
Oklahoma Sooners 16:00 Kansas State Odds
Louisiana-Monroe 17:00 South Alabama Odds
North Texas 17:00 Florida Atlantic Odds
Utah State Aggies 18:00 UNLV Rebels Odds
UAB Blazers 18:30 Charlotte 49ers Odds
Brigham Young 19:00 East Carolina Odds
Rice Owls 19:00 UTSA Odds
South Florida Bulls 19:00 Tulane Green Wave Odds
SMISS 19:00 Louisiana Tech Odds
LSU Tigers 19:15 Mississippi Rebels Odds
Michigan Wolverines 19:30 Penn State Odds
Auburn Tigers 19:30 Arkansas Razorbacks Odds
Wake Forest 19:30 Georgia Tech Odds
USC Trojans 19:30 Notre Dame Odds
Kansas Jayhawks 20:00 Texas Christian Odds
West Virginia 20:00 Baylor Bears Odds
Arizona Wildcats 20:00 California Odds
Wyoming Cowboys 22:15 Boise State Broncos Odds
Fresno State 22:30 San Diego State Odds
Colorado Buffaloes 22:45 Washington State Odds

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