Alabama is Top Favorite in College Football Week 7 Lines vs. Arkansas

Posted by Jordan Walters on Tuesday,October 10, 2017 9:41, EDT in

How good is top-ranked Alabama? It’s almost considered a win last week by Texas A&M because the Aggies only lost eight to the Tide. No wonder the Crimson. However, they are huge betting favorites in the College Football Week 7 lines. They take on SEC West rivals, the Arkansas Razorbacks, who sit as a +30 underdog in the NCAAF odds.

Arkansas at Alabama College Football Week 7 Lines & Game Info

When: Saturday, 7:15 PM ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Razorback Sports Network (Arkansas) / 102.9 FM (Alabama)
Opening College Football Week 7 Lines: Alabama -30

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 25°C/77°F
  • Humidity: 80%
  • Precipitation: 7%
  • Wind: 4 mph ESE
  • Cloud Cover: 8%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Latest College Football Week 7 Lines Trends

  • Arkansas is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Arkansas is 2-5 SU in the last 7 games
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Arkansas’s last 8 games on the road
  • Alabama is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games when playing Arkansas
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 9 of Alabama’s last 13 games at home

Last Season

The Tide won 49-30 at then-No. 16 Arkansas. Quarterback Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns and 253 yards passing as Alabama won its 10th straight over the Razorbacks. The Crimson Tide’s offense gained 517 yards on only 51 plays. Linebacker Tim Williams and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick each scored defensive touchdowns for Alabama; Fitzpatrick had three picks. Austin Allen completed 25 of 48 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns for the Razorbacks, but he also threw three interceptions while under duress from the Alabama rush. Arkansas finished with 473 yards of total offense, but it gained only 73 yards on the ground on 36 carries.

College Football Week 7 Odds & SU Picks

Why Bet On Arkansas?

The Hogs (2-3) were clobbered 48-22 at South Carolina last week. Three defensive touchdowns by South Carolina proved to be too much to overcome as Arkansas dropped its first road game of the season. After a 75-yard touchdown drive by the Razorbacks tied it at 10 early in the second quarter, Arkansas gained just 48 yards in their next 18 plays. Those plays included an Allen interception that Skai Moore returned 34 yards for a TD and an Allen fumble that T.J. Brunson returned 74 yards for a score. By the time the Razorbacks started moving the ball again, the Gamecocks led 41-10 in the fourth quarter.

Junior Jonathan Nance hauled in a 34-yard pass from Cole Kelley late in the fourth quarter for Arkansas’ final score. Nance has five receiving touchdowns in the last four games as he finished the day as the Razorbacks leading receiver with 116 yards on eight receptions. Kelley went 8-of-13 for 140 yards, with all of his snaps coming in the fourth quarter. Bret Bielema is now 10-24 against SEC teams in his five years at Arkansas.

There’s no question that Arkansas’ offense is at its best when it’s balanced which wasn’t the case on Saturday at South Carolina. Arkansas had 106 yards rushing on 32 carries. In the two games prior to South Carolina, it appeared the Hogs had found the near-perfect balance between run and pass. In a 50-43 overtime loss to Texas A&M, the Hogs had 226 yards rushing and 231 passing. They followed that up with 230 yards rushing and another 264 passing in a 42-24 victory over New Mexico State.

Arkansas could be without its starting QB in Allen. He missed the fourth quarter vs. South Carolina with an undisclosed injury. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said after the game that he wasn’t sure of the specifics of Allen’s injury but acknowledged that he saw the team’s athletic trainers working on Allen’s throwing shoulder during the game.

Team Statistics

Offense:

  • Average Score For: 32.60
  • Total Yards: 392.6
  • Rush Yards: 185.40
  • Passing Yards: 207.20

Defense:

  • Average Score Against: 31.40
  • Total Yards: 350
  • Rush Yards: 146
  • Passing Yards: 204

Why Bet On Alabama?

The Tide (6-0) beat Texas A&M 27-19, their first single-digit victory of the season. The Crimson Tide outgained the Aggies 232-71 on the ground in the win. On the defensive side of the ball, the Alabama forced three A&M turnovers.

Junior running back Damien Harris led Alabama’s rushing attack with a game-high 124 yards, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Harris eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Hurts finished the game with 56 yards on 14 carries and a score on the ground, while going 13-of-22 for 123 yards and a score through the air.

Alabama had run 638 plays, dating back to the second quarter of the Auburn game on Nov. 24, 2016, without committing a turnover. The first Crimson Tide miscue in 37 quarters came in the third quarter of the A&M game.

Is Alabama a safe bet in the College Football Week 7 lines?

The matchup against Texas A&M was Nick Saban’s 56th career game coaching Alabama as the Associated Press No. 1 team, the most games coached as No. 1 at one school. At 50-6 (.893), Saban has won more games coaching as the No. 1 team at one school than any other coach in college football history. Woody Hayes (Ohio State) and Bobby Bowden (Florida State) are tied for second with 40 wins apiece. Bowden was 40-5 at Florida State as No. 1 and Hayes went 40-6 with Ohio State.

Alabama has defeated 70 consecutive unranked teams under Saban. The last loss to an unranked team came against Auburn to close out the 2007 season. Under Saban, Alabama holds a 74-3 (.961) (70-3, .959 after vacations) mark against unranked opponents, including a perfect mark in unranked matchups since 2008.

Team Statistics

Offense:

  • Average Score For: 43
  • Total Yards:
  • Rush Yards: 301.67
  • Passing Yards: 181.33

Defense:

  • Average Score Against: 10.33
  • Total Yards: 259
  • Rush Yards: 73.50
  • Passing Yards: 185.50

Series History

  • Total Meetings: 25
  • First Meeting: January 1st, 2016. New Orleans, Louisiana. Sugar Bowl
  • Last Meeting: December 8th, 2016. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • All-Time Series: Alabama 17-8-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Alabama 52-0 (2012)
  • Longest Win Streak: Alabama 9 (2008-2016)
  • Current Win Streak: Alabama 9 (2008-2016)

Expert Prediction and College Football Week 7 Lines Pick

I hate to give 30 points, but Arkansas isn’t very good and might not have its QB. So give the points.