College Football Week 7: Previews, Predictions, and 5 Best Bets

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Jason Radowitz
Jason Radowitz grew up as an avid sports fan his entire life. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

Jason Radowitz shares his five best bets in College Football for Week 7 featuring a bunch of ranked teams and rivalry match-ups.

Week 6 was a failure. Thankfully, it’s now Week 7 and we’ve got some big time divisional match-ups in this slate. Here’s my five best bets for the most popular games this week. 

6 Oklahoma (5-0) @ 11 Texas (4-1) at 12:00 EST

Texas as an underdog is scary under Tom Hermann. They also keep games close. Texas’ lone loss came against LSU at home, but they lost by just one possession. But let’s get to reality. Can Texas really keep up with Oklahoma?

Oklahoma’s offensive line is banged up and this will be something to look at. Texas’s secondary is also banged up. Who does this affect more? Texas.

In this rivalry matchup, Oklahoma is 1-6 against the spread in the last seven meetings. But this time around, the Sooners should win by double digits. 

Oklahoma -10.5 (-110)

South Carolina (2-3) @ (3) Georgia (5-0) at 12pm EST 

I know what you’re thinking. Easy win for Georgia. Georgia might win, but it won’t be easy. South Carolina’s freshman QB, Ryan Hilinski played well against Kentucky at home. The entire South Carolina team played well against Kentucky at home, winning that game 24-7. This is the same team that Florida struggled to beat.

South Carolina’s record is a little misleading. They’re better than a 2-3 team. Behind a freshman quarterback, there will be some growing pains. But it seems like South Carolina and their defense is starting to figure things out.

Georgia is undefeated but were tested by a tough Notre Dame team a couple weeks ago. That game finished in a one possession game.

Both teams will feature their run game. South Carolina is 5th in rushing this season and they’ll go up against the SEC’s best rushing defense in Georgia. All I’m saying is that this game, this match-up, is closer than many might think. I’ll take the points with South Carolina.

South Carolina +21.5 (-110)

Alabama (5-0) @ (25) Texas A&M (3-2) at 3:30pm EST

Alabama will not get knocked off by A&M this week. You can’t even picture it. It won’t happen.

A&M does have threats in the pass game with players who are more than capable of scoring. Alabama just has more of those. And while Alabama’s defense hasn’t been as good as expected this season, they’ll still have advantage in every aspect of the game.

I’m not so sure the A&M Aggies have the strength on the offensive line. Alabama should be able to get some pressure on Kellen Mond and win this game -17.

Alabama  -17 (-110)

USC (3-2) @ Notre Dame (4-1) at 7:30pm EST

Notre Dame’s defense is athletic. USC’s quarterback is the “third string.” For the 91st meeting between these two teams, the Notre Dame offense should be very aggressive in this one and score a solid amount of points. USC’s defense is good enough, but they’re Pac-12 caliber. Not good enough.

Notre Dame pushed it to the limit against Georgia. They’ve had some big tests and some big games already this season. They’ve been battle tested and have one lone loss to Georgia, like I said.

Notre Dame is inconsistent, but so is USC. Notre Dame is home in this rivalry match-up. They’ll bring it for this one.

Notre Dame  -11 (-110)

(10) Penn State (5-0) @ (17) Iowa (4-1) at 7:30pm EST

Penn State has beat every team this season by nearly 40 points per game. Iowa’s had their struggles this season on offense against high caliber defenses. Even on the road, I think Penn State will be able to force Nate Stanley into some mistakes defensively and make things happen offensively.

The only way Iowa stays in this game, is with their defense. It’ll be a low scoring game. You can probably take the under on this game as well. Penn State’s offense has been pretty good this season. They get the job done and put themselves in position to win the game.

I’m riding Penn State -3.5 in this one.

-3.5 Penn State (-110)

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