Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NCAA football betting campaign covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Week 7!
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ Kentucky Wildcats (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Alabama -27.5, Total: 52
Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY – Saturday, October 12th, 7:00 ET
Poor Kentucky! The Wildcats are in the midst of a horrifying stretch of schedule that no team should have to face. They have had to deal with Louisville, Florida, and now Alabama, then coming Mississippi State. Oh, by the way, there are still games against Missouri, and underrated Vandy team, and Georgia as well. Wow. Bama should have no problem continuing its reign of terror in this one, and assuming that there are no trips, the schedule really opens up from here. The Tide only leave the state of Alabama twice more this year, once at Mississippi State on November 16th, and once in the presumed SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Kentucky hasn’t won a game in this series since 1997, though it is 3-2 ATS in the last five.
#2 Oregon Ducks (5-0 SU, 5-0 ATS) @ #19 Washington Huskies (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS)
Spread: Oregon -14, Total: 75.5
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA – Saturday, October 12th, 4:00 ET
It’s interesting to think that College Gameday is coming to Seattle, but the game is being broadcast on FOX Sports 1 (not even regular FOX!). This however, really is the game of the day in our eyes. Oregon has to go on the road for the second straight week, and it is going to be challenged quite a bit in this one. The Huskies were legitimately right there with Stanford last week, and this is their last shot to keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive. A loss in this one, and the best that the team will do is the Holiday Bowl. Oregon meanwhile, still has its National Championship hopes up in the air as well, and a loss in this game, though not totally damning, would be problematic for sure. The Quack Attack has dominated this series, winning nine straight and going a ridiculous 8-0-1 ATS in those nine games. Washington hasn’t come closer than 17 in any of those clashes.
Boston College Eagles (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ #4 Clemson Tigers (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Clemson -24, Total: 60.5
Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC – Saturday, October 12th, 3:30 ET
Boston College was surprisingly able to stick around against Florida State two weeks ago at home, and that has to at least give it a feeling of having a shot at staying with Clemson. This is a back spot for the Tigers for sure, as they have to be thinking about that massive game coming up one week from now against those Seminoles in the de facto ACC Atlantic Division Championship Game. BC hasn’t played much of a schedule, and that is sure to be problematic in this game, especially knowing that Clemson has rolled right through all of its competitors without all that much of a fight from any of them. The Eagles do have a pair of wins here in Death Valley, but none since 2007. Since that point, the Tigers are 4-1 SU and ATS with the lone defeat coming in 2010 up in Chestnut Hill.
#5 Stanford Cardinal (5-0 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ Utah Utes (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Stanford -9.5, Total: 54.5
Rice Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT – Saturday, October 12th, 6:00 ET
Last week, UCLA found out just how difficult it could be traveling to the Beehive State, and now, Stanford might get that feeling as well. The Cardinal have the better team that is coming to Rice Eccles Stadium, but the Utes are going to be up for the challenge one way or the other. QB Travis Wilson is the real deal, and he can shred apart any defense in the land. This is going to be a tough battle against the Stanford defense though, as this is probably the best unit in the Pac-12. These two have never met as member of the Pac-12 yet, so this should be quite the game. Don’t discount this Utah club. This game won’t be a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination.
Missouri Tigers (5-0 SU, 5-0 ATS) @ #7 Georgia Bulldogs (4-1 SU, 1-3-1 ATS)
Spread: Georgia -8, Total: 63.5
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA – Saturday, October 12th, 12:00 ET
Pop quiz, hot shot! There are two teams in the SEC that are still undefeated, which is amazing to think about at this point. One is Alabama. The other is playing in this game, and it isn’t Georgia. Sure, the Tigers haven’t played that great of a schedule this year, but it is clear that they are ready for life in the SEC this time around. Going on the road and beating Vandy and Indiana isn’t as easy as it seems, and the fact that this team is 5-0 ATS to go with everything else is even more impressive. UGA is very fortunate to still be alive in the National Championship picture, as it should have been beaten last week by Tennessee. This team has no defense whatsoever, having allowed at least 30 points in each game this season. These two have only met once before, and it came last season when the Dawgs won 41-20 before we knew just how good (or not good) the ‘Zou was going to be.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ #8 Louisville Cardinals (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Louisville -19, Total: 54.5
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – Thursday, October 10th, 7:30 ET
There aren’t many games this season that are really going to challenge Louisville, and this could really be one of them. The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the land, but they don’t play all that much of a schedule. This is a rare nationally televised game where they can prove their worth, but they are running into a Rutgers team that we think should be ranked in the Top 25 in the land. QB Gary Nova has this team moving up and down the field, and the offense has been a lot more efficient than you would be thinking. This has been a very close game historically, as the last two meetings have both been Louisville wins by a combined five points. However, the Cardinals are still 3-0 SU and ATS in the last three clashes, and they have held the Scarlet Knights to just 338, 298, and 330 yards in the last three clashes.
#9 Texas A&M Aggies (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ Ole Miss Rebels (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Texas A&M -6, Total: 74.5
Vaught Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS – Saturday, October 12th, 8:30 ET
The oddsmakers are warning you that this game very well could be an upset. A team that isn’t ranked in the Top 25 is taking on a team that is ranked in the Top 10, and the spread is only six points. In fairness to Ole Miss, the schedule has been tough as nails against Texas, Alabama, and Auburn, all of which have come on the road in the last three weeks. This game isn’t all that much easier, but at least it is played at home in front of some of the most ravenous fans in the conference. A&M’s defense is still in question, and the hope is that the bye week has given Head Coach Kevin Sumlin a chance to polish things up on this side of the ball. If he hasn’t succeeded, this could become a dangerous game. Last year, the Aggies came to Oxford as well, and they were fortunate enough to walk away with a 30-27 victory.
#10 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ Texas Longhorns (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Oklahoma -14, Total: 56
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX – Saturday, October 12th, 12:00 ET
It’s time for the Red River Rivalry once again (though it will always be the Red River Shootout to us). This is a series that goes in streaks, and generally speaking, the better team does end up winning the game when push comes to shove. The Sooners have won and covered three in a row, and the favorite has now covered four in a row dating back to 2009. That’s a good sign for the Sooners, who are the only shot that the Big XII reasonably has left to claim a National Championship this year. It’s also bad news for Head Coach Mack Brown, who has righted the ship just a bit, but could see it derailed just as quickly. Most want the UT coach to disappear, and he might be politely asked to leave if this one is as ugly as last season’s 63-21 game was, one that featured 677 yards for the Sooners, much of which came in the first half.
#17 Florida Gators (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ #11 LSU Tigers (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)
Spread: LSU -7, Total: 47.5
Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA – Saturday, October 12th, 3:30 ET
Both LSU and Florida were always fringe National Championship contenders, and one is going to be wiped away from the slate on Saturday when these two take each other on in Baton Rouge. The Bayou Bengals have a much more respectable loss to their credit against Georgia than Florida does against Miami, though at least the Gators can claim that they still have one of the best defenses in America and had to play that game with QB Jeff Driskel. QB Tyler Murphy has been the better quarterback for sure, and he is the only option that Head Coach Will Muschamp really has at his disposal. Florida won this game last season 14-6 in ugly fashion, marking the third time in the last four years that the Gators were held to 14 or fewer in this series. LSU had covered the two previous meetings, and it very well could be poised for another big time this time around as well.
#12 South Carolina Gamecocks (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) @ Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Spread: South Carolina -6, Total: 51
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR – Saturday, October 12th, 12:21 ET
The Hogs know that they have a better team this year than they did last season, but they still have a lot of work to do just to get to a bowl game. Winning a game like this against one of these teams that they seemingly had no business playing with would be a good start. The Gamecocks could be a fraud of a team this year, and they certainly didn’t look as dominating defensively as they did when they had DE Jadeveon Clowney in the fold. Will Clowney play in this game? That’s the big question that still has to be answered in this one, and without him, there is a real chance for an upset, which is why this spread is so short. This is always a series that is played in November, so it’s definitely an early game this year. The Razorbacks had covered three in a row and five out of six before last season when South Carolina won 38-20 after the season was already long over with for Arkansas.
California Golden Bears (1-4 SU, 0-5 ATS) @ #13 UCLA Bruins (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS)
Spread: UCLA -24.5, Total: 73
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA – Saturday, October 12th, 10:30 ET
The Bruins have covered every game that they have played this year. The Golden Bears have failed to cover every game that they have played this year. So why the optimism for Cal to potentially stick in front of the number in this one? UCLA was crushed last year in this game 43-17 when Head Coach Jeff Tedford still had a shot of maintaining his job. These Golden Bears aren’t as bad as their record suggests, and new Head Coach Sonny Dykes has them running close to 100 offensive plays per game. The Bruins have struggled with these high octane offenses, and Utah put up a fight last week on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. The home team has won and covered three in a row in this series, and the Bears are 4-1 ATS (and 4-1 SU for what it’s worth) against the Bruins in the last five dating back to 2008.
#15 Baylor Bears (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS) @ Kansas State Wildcats (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Baylor -18, Total: 73
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS – Saturday, October 12th, 3:30 ET
Last season, Kansas State watched its shot at the National Championship Game go up in flames in the middle of November, as Baylor romped to a 52-24 victory in a game in which it pulled out 580 yards against a defense that was touted as one of the best in the Big XII. This has always been a fun game and a fun series to watch, as the last four games have gone past the number, and the results have often been unpredictable. It would be fitting for KSU to return the favor in this game, though we know that it isn’t going to be easy. The Bears are averaging 782.2 yards and 70.5 points per game, and though the schedule hasn’t been great, just the fact that those are their numbers through four games is out of this world.
#16 Michigan Wolverines (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS)
Spread: Michigan -2, Total: 51
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA – Saturday, October 12th, 5:00 ET
For whatever reason, the Wolverines have had all sorts of problems with the Nittany Lions of late. You wouldn’t think that these two teams haven’t played each other since 2010, but with the split of the Big Ten, some of the rivalries had to go on an annual basis. Michigan is 0-3 SU and ATS in the last three clashes of these two giants, and the three games were all decided by at least 10 points. Of course, scholarship limitations have really damned the Nittany Lions, and they aren’t anywhere near as good now as they were say, three years ago under the departed Head Coach Joe Paterno. That said, this is still a competent team, and the ability to win some of these games against the best in the Big Ten are there. Michigan won’t want its National Championship dreams to go up in flames in this one, but this is a tough draw.
#18 Northwestern Wildcats (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) @ Wisconsin Badgers (3-2 SU, 4-1 ATS)
Spread: Wisconsin -10, Total: 57
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI – Saturday, October 12th, 3:30 ET
We all know that ranked teams that are underdogs on the road to unranked teams are almost always guaranteed to be losers. However, we’re usually talking about -3 favorites, not -10 favorites. The oddsmakers are telling you that Wisconsin is the better team, and the better team by a sizeable margin, though we aren’t all that sure that we agree. The Badgers haven’t been phenomenal this year, and though they should be 4-1 and not 3-2, they still haven’t really proven to be able to beat much of anyone. Northwestern would be the first really good foe that they have beaten. The Wildcats aren’t bad though, and they played their heart out on Saturday against Ohio State. Does that mean that they are in some trouble going forward off of such a tough game? Perhaps. The home team has covered six in a row in this series, and that could make things even more difficult for the visitors.
Iowa State Cyclones (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) @ #21 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS)
Spread: Texas Tech -14.5, Total: 56.5
Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX – Saturday, October 12th, 12:00 ET
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury really could be in consideration for Big XII Coach of the Year honors, and he would deserve it right now through five games. The Red Raiders have been excellent all season long, but they are going to be facing another bit of adversity in this one without QB Baker Mayfield, who is going to be missing out due to injury. Iowa State has been getting better and better over the course of the last few weeks, and we think that it really could be one of the more underrated teams in this conference in spite of its 1-3 record. QB Sam Richardson can play, and if this defense can keep the Red Raiders at bay, this could become an interesting game. This marks the seventh straight game in which Texas Tech has been favored in this series, and the Red Raiders are 4-2 ATS in those games.
Akron Zips (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS) @ #23 Northern Illinois Huskies (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Spread: Northern Illinois -23, Total: 62
Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL – Saturday, October 12th, 5:00 ET
Northern Illinois is back in the Top 25, and it is going to be making another run at the BCS this year. We already know that the Huskies aren’t hanging with the best teams in the country, but they could run right through the MAC with no problems for the second straight year. A whopping 85% of the betting action has been coming in on the Huskies, and that’s an insane number regardless of the game. The Zips have been awful of late, as they failed to cover games against both Ohio (losing by 40!) and Bowling Green. The last two times these two met, the Huskies won by 30 and 36, and they are working on a three-game cover streak against Akron. The Zips might be worth zip when it comes to trying to hand NIU its first loss in two years in the regular season.
#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) @ Purdue Boilermakers (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
Spread: Nebraska -14.5, Total: 57
Ross Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN – Saturday, October 12th, 12:00 ET
For the very first time as members of the Big Ten together, the Huskers and the Boilermakers will be playing against each other. These two teams are both disappointing thus far this year, as Purdue is pretty much guaranteed to miss a bowl game once again, and the Cornhuskers are really not proving that they can play against the best in the land. This is their first road game of the year, and it is likely to come without QB Taylor Martinez, who is probably going to be sitting out his third straight game. Remember that Purdue gave Notre Dame all that it could handle at home a few weeks ago, and this could be a tricky game if Nebraska lets it get that way.
Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1 SU, 1-2-1 ATS) @ #25 Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1 SU, 2-2-2 ATS)
Spread: Virginia Tech -9, Total: 42.5
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA – Saturday, October 12th, 12:00 ET
The Panthers and the Hokies used to know all about each other as members of the Big East, and they are joined at the hip here in the ACC now. Pittsburgh has dominated in this series, though the domination has to span back quite a ways. The Panthers are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in the last six, but that does all the way back to 1999. In all of those games though, Pittsburgh was the underdog, which makes this stat all the more impressive. The Hokies still have one of the best defenses in the country, and that doesn’t bode well for Pittsburgh, though. The Panthers did score 58 against Duke and 49 against New Mexico, but dating back to last season, the team has scored 14, 13, and 17 in its last three games against teams with legitimate defenses.
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