Week 7 of the college football season is basically the half point of the regular season. The week begins on Wednesday, Oct. 11. By the end of it, we should have a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Lamar Jackson was largely in control by Week 7 last year. Here are two must-bet games on the College Football Week 7 schedule this year and my projected odds.
College Football Week 7 Top Games to Bet On
Georgia Tech Yellowjackets at Miami HurricanesWhen: Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 PM ETWhere: Hard Rock Stadium, MiamiTV: ESPNStream: WatchESPNRadio: 93.7 FM (Georgia Tech) / WQAM 560 AM (Miami)Opening College Football Week 7 Lines: Miami -7The Hurricanes are a program on the rise after winning nine games in Coach Mark Richt’s first season, easily beating a good West Virginia team in the bowl game and finishing in the Top 25. If quarterback Brad Kaaya hadn’t turn pro a year early, this would be a preseason Top 10 team. It will still be ranked somewhere in the Top 20. Georgia Tech also finished 9-4 last season, likely saving the job of Coach Paul Johnson.Neither coach knows who is starting QB will be to open the season. Johnson said the starting quarterback competition was Matthew Jordan’s to lose. Jordan, who injured foot in the spring, will be completely healthy for the start of spring practice. But Johnson also expressed confidence in redshirt freshmen Jay Jones and Luke Johnson, saying they “may actually be the most talented kids we’ve had at Georgia Tech since I’ve been there at quarterback.”
Who Will Start for the Hurricanes?UM could start a true freshman in N’Kosi Perry even though he didn’t enroll until this summer. He’s the most heralded QB recruit on the team and a dual threat, which Richt wants. Richt named Evan Shirreffs, the tall (6-foot- 5, 215 pounds) redshirt sophomore, and redshirt junior Malik Rosier the co-No. 1s after UM’s final spring scrimmage April 22 – but Perry wasn’t on campus yet and is much more athletic than those two. It should be noted that Kaaya started as a true freshman three years ago, but that was more out of necessity due to injury. The Canes were 6-7.Miami won at Georgia Tech 35-21 last year. Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns in a span of less than a minute in the second quarter. Thomas has moved on. Richt improved to 14-0 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, including an 8-0 record at Georgia and 5-0 as an assistant at Florida State.
Latest College Football Betting TrendsGeorgia Tech
- Odds to Win 2018 National Championship: +18000
- Odds to Win ACC Conference: +2000
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: O 6½ -130 / U 6½ +100
- Odds to Win 2018 National Championship: +7000
- Odds to Win ACC Conference: +650
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: O 9 -130 / U 9 +100
Expert College Football Week 7 PredictionIf the Hurricanes get just decent play at QB this season, they are loaded. Take Miami.
Auburn Tigers at LSU TigersWhen: Saturday, Oct. 14, TBAWhere: Tiger Stadium, Baton RougeTV: TBAStream: TBARadio: 93.9 FM (Auburn) / 98.1 FM (LSU)Opening College Football Week 7 Lines: LSU -3Alabama is heavy favorite to win the SEC West again and will be the No. 1 team in the preseason polls yet again. I’m not sure the Tide can be beaten in the SEC. However, its main competition in the division likely will be the winner of this game. Ole Miss is going to be way down in the wake of the Hugh Freezemess and no postseason play. Arkansas, Texas A&M should be decent and Mississippi State fighting to avoid the cellar.LSU has perhaps the best running back in the country – even with Leonard Fournette gone – in Derrius Guice. He accounted for 38 percent of his team's scrimmage touchdowns last season, the third-highest rate among Power 5 players last season. And that’s with Fournette still around. Despite being behind the No. 4 overall pick, Guice started six games and ran for 1,387 yards. This season he's the starter and will get more than 183 carries.
Who Will Be the Starting QB for the Tigers?Auburn has yet to decide on a starting QB, but it likely will be Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham. Coach Gus Malzahn has compared this offense’s potential to the 2013 club that he first coached. That club averaged more than 38 points a game, 501 yards per game and led the nation with 328 rushing yards per game. Running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist at (1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns), while quarterback Nick Marshall averaged 234.2 yards of offense per game, as a 1,000-yard passer and rusher. Auburn lost in the national title game to Florida State that season.LSU lost at Auburn 18-13 last year. Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn won after officials ruled Danny Etling's apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired. Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Shark in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard pass, setting off a short-lived celebration by LSU players. That would be the final game as LSU coach for Les Miles.
Latest College Football Betting TrendsAuburn
- Odds to Win 2018 National Championship: +2000
- Odds to Win SEC Conference: +580
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: O 8½ -150 / U 8½ +120
- Odds to Win 2018 National Championship: +1600
- Odds to Win SEC Conference: +400
- 2017-18 Regular Season Wins: O 9 -180 / U 9 +150