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College Football: Week 7 Best Bets With and Against The Spread

  • First time in 19 weeks that we’ve seen Alabama lose a game.
  • Just two matchups between ranked opponents.
  • Can Georgia retain the number 1 ranking in the nation?

For the first time in 19 weeks of play, the Crimson Tide have lost a game, and the first time in 100 games that they lost a game against an unranked opponent. Now that we have a new number 1 in Georgia, things get very exciting as we enter week seven of the college football season. Let’s take a look at a few games that I deem the best bets for the week.

California vs Oregon (-13.5)

California vs Oregon Betting Lines

The Oregon Ducks are hosting the Cal Golden Bears on Friday night. The Oregon offense has been potent this season, averaging 35.8 points per game on a very even 210.8 passing yards and 210.4 rushing yards, for a total of 421.4 yards per game. On the other side of the field, California is averaging just 24.2 points per game but has a similar overall yards per game at 407.2, but their yards aren’t as even with 249 coming in the air and 158.2 coming on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball, both teams are giving up a lot of yads, but keeping the points pretty low. The Golden Bears are giving up 400.6 yards per game on 281.4 passing yards and 119.2 rushing yards. That yardage equates to 27.6 points per game given up. The Ducks, on the other hand, give up 275.2 passing yards per game and 133.8 rushing yards per game, which adds up to 409 yards per game. The Ducks have a bend but not break mentality though, only giving up 21.8 points per game so far this season.

Oct 2, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal reacts during overtime against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal reacts during overtime against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

I’m looking for Oregon to put up some big numbers on the ground, making the difference and allowing them to cover the spread Friday night.

Oklahoma State vs Texas (-5.5)

Oklahoma State vs Texas Odds

It’s not often that a lower-ranked team is a favorite, but that’s what we are looking at this week at number 12 Oklahoma Stata is an underdog to number 25 Texas Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma State is averaging 25.4 points per game on 219.2 passing yards and 159.2 rushing yards per game. Texas, on the other hand, is averaging a whopping 44.5 points per game on 234.8 passing yards per game and 245.2 rushing yards per game. The Longhorns are quite the well-balanced offense.

Defensively, Oklahoma State is the better team. Oklahoma State gives up 18.6 points per game on 214.2 passing yards and 91 rushing yards per game. Texas gives up 29.2 points per game, which isn’t bad when you look at the fact that they give up 240.8 passing yards and 198.2 rushing yards per game.

Oct 2, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Kolby Harvell-Peel (31) and cornerback Christian Holmes (0) and linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (20) walk back to the huddle after a play during the fourth quarter against the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Kolby Harvell-Peel (31) and cornerback Christian Holmes (0) and linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (20) walk back to the huddle after a play during the fourth quarter against the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the defense doesn’t stack up as well, look for the Longhorns offense to run all over the Oklahoma State line and cover the 5.5 point spread.

Kentucky vs Georgia (-23.5)

Kentucky vs Georgia Odds

I don’t usually like taking such a big line, especially with two teams within the top 15, but this is a true indication of what I think of not just the Georgia defense, but the team as a whole. Kentucky is averaging 31 points per game on 410.3 yards per game. Those yards per game are broken down to 197.7 passing yards and 212.7 rushing yards per game. Georgia, on the other hand, is averaging 39.8 points per game on 432.5 total yards per game. Those yards are broken down to 235.3 passing and 197.2 rushing yards per game.

Now, this is where the true difference between these teams lie. The Wildcats are giving up only 17.5 points per game on 305 total yards. The total yards are broken down to an impressive 193.7 passing and 111.3 rushing yards per game. Now for the top-ranked Bulldogs defense. The Bulldogs are only giving up 5.5 points per game on 201.2 total yards per game. Those yards are broken down to 137 passing yards and 64.2 rushing yards per game.

As good as Kentucky has been this season, the Georgia defense is number one for a reason. Look for the Bulldogs to run away with this one early.

I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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