College Football Week 7 Odds: Week 7 of college football brings with it the Red River Shootout in Dallas, and USC-Notre Dame, among other good matchups. Here's a quick look at a few of this week's bigger games.
The BIG EAST grabs the college football week 7 odds spotlight Thursday night when the USA Today coaches' poll's 9th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) visit 21st-ranked South Florida (5-0) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (7:30 pm ET, ESPN). Cincinnati already owns road wins over Rutgers and Oregon State, while USF is 2-0, with a win at Florida State, since losing QB Matt Grothe for the year to a knee injury.
Saturday's college football week 7 odds good stuff starts down in the BIG 12, when the second-ranked Texas Longhorns (5-0) look to stay perfect against 18th-ranked Oklahoma (3-2) at the Cotton Bowl (noon ET, ABC). With a win, the Longhorns stay in the picture for a berth in the BCS national championship game. The Sooners, meanwhile, would like nothing better than to throw a wrench into those plans. And they'll have Heisman Trophy-winning QB Sam Bradford back to help them in that effort.
In the BIG TEN the 12th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0) visit the Wisconsin Badgers (5-1) at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisc., (noon ET, ESPN). After beating Michigan last week 30-28, Iowa joined Alabama as the only 6-0 teams in FBS. Meanwhile, Wisconsin outgained Ohio State in Columbus last week by almost 200 yards but gave up three defensive/special teams touchdowns in a 31-13 loss.
The unranked Badgers are listed as 2 1/2 home chalk over the Hawkeyes.
And over in South Bend the 6th-ranked Trojans (4-1) and the 25th-ranked Irish (4-1) meet for their annual showdown (3:30 pm, NBC). USC can't afford another loss if it hopes to stay alive in the national championship chase. And Notre Dame needs a signature win to upgrade its bowl credentials.
Southern Cal has won seven straight in the rivalry with the Golden Domers, the last two by a combined score of 76-3.
BetUS.com is listing the Trojans as 10-point road faves for Saturday's game.
Elsewhere on BetUS.com's college football betting board, 3rd-ranked Alabama (6-0) is giving 22nd-ranked South Carolina (5-1) 17 points for their game in Tuscaloosa (7:45 pm ET, ESPN), and 4th-ranked Virginia Tech (5-1) is giving 20th-ranked Georgia Tech (5-1) 3.5 points for their game at Bobby Dodd Stadium (6 pm ET, ESPN2).
No. 1 ranked Florida could be facing a trap when the talented Arkansas Razorbacks bring their air show into the Swamp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville (3:30 pm CBS). The Hogs have been more than impressive the past two weeks with wins over undefeated teams, Texas A&M (41-19) and No. 17 Auburn ,44-23.
Last week teams ranked in the USA Today Top 25 coaches' poll won 12 of 13 games outright, but only went 4-6-1 vs. the BetUS.com pointspreads. And over the past three weeks of college football action, while ranked teams are 40-8 straight up vs. unranked opponents, they're just 19-24-1 ATS.
Also last week, in the four games that matched ranked teams against each other, the higher-ranked teams went 3-1 both straight up and against the spread. And over the last three weeks, higher-ranked teams are 6-2 both SU and ATS vs. lower-ranked teams.
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