College football Top 25 betting cheat sheet: Week 7

Oct 11, 2012 |
If you're looking to get some action down but only have a few minutes to handicap, let our Top-25 cheat sheet help you out. We grabbed some quick-hitting betting info on each of the Top 25 matchups with odds available in Week 7 of the season:

(16) Louisville at Pittsburgh (3, 48.5)

Louisville (5-0) is off to its best start since 2006 as it opens Big East play at Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have scored on 22 of their 23 trips into the red zone, a major reason for their impressive start. The Panthers have relied heavily on a defense that has allowed an average of 13.7 points over their last three games and ranks 22nd in the nation in total defense. Louisville has failed to cover in each of its last five meetings with Pittsburgh.

Syracuse at (19) Rutgers (-7, 45)

Rutgers will try for its first 6-0 start since 2006 when it hosts Syracuse. Sophomore RB Jawan Jamison rushed for his sixth straight 100-yard game in a 19-3 victory over Connecticut last week. But the defense is the real story behind the school’s success so far. The Rutgers stop unit ranks 15th in total defense at 296.8 yards per contest, fifth in points allowed (10.8) and second in rushing yards allowed (60.6). The Scarlet Knights have won each of their games by at least nine points and have outscored the opposition 38-3 in the third quarter this season. The under is 4-1 in their last five meetings.

(15) Texas at (10) Oklahoma (-3.5, 60.5)

Texas QB David Ash has 11 touchdowns against only one pick and ranks third nationally in passer efficiency for an offense that has produced an average of 46.8 points per game. This will mark only the third game in five weeks for Oklahoma, which bounced back from its only loss with a strong performance in a 41-20 victory at previously undefeated Texas Tech last week. The under is 5-1 in the Sooners’ last six games overall and the Longhorns have lost seven consecutive games to ranked opponents.

(5) Kansas State at (25) Iowa State (6.5, 49)

The Wildcats are second in the conference and ninth in the nation in rushing offense at 264.8 yards, sparked by RB John Hubert and speedy QB Collin Klein. Iowa State (4-1) is off to its best start since 2002 and cracked the national rankings this week for the first time in 10 years. Defense has ignited the Cyclones’ early season rise. Senior linebacker Jake Knott leads the conference with 32 solo tackles and senior strong safety Durrell Givens has recovered three fumbles in five games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.

(14) Oregon State at BYU (-6, 37.5)

Oregon State got dealt a not-so-pleasant surprise when starting QB Sean Mannion discovered he will likely miss 2-to-4 weeks with torn cartilage in his knee despite not missing a snap in last Saturday’s 19-6 home victory over Washington State. Junior Cody Vaz will get his first start since high school Saturday at Brigham Young, which hasn’t surrendered an offensive touchdown in 13 consecutive quarters. The Cougars have played under the total in their last five home games.

(1) Alabama at Missouri (21, 43.5)

Alabama leads the nation in total defense (191.6 yards per game) and scoring defense (7.0 points per game) and will be an even greater challenge for Missouri without starting quarterback James Franklin (knee). Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser will make his second career start in Franklin's place. The Crimson Tide is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.

Fresno State at (22) Boise State (-7, 57.5)

Fresno State has lost 10 of its last 11 matchups against Boise State while being outscored 108-7 over the past two games. Boise State hasn’t lost a game in October since 2001, winning 45 straight. The favorite is 11-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings.

(17) Stanford at (7) Notre Dame (-7.5, 44.5)

Notre Dame is 5-0 for the first time since 2002 and has already beaten ranked squads from Michigan State and Michigan this season. The Fighting Irish defense has gone three straight games without allowing a touchdown for the first time since 1980. Stanford senior QB Josh Nunes earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by passing for 360 yards and accounting for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) in the win over Arizona last week. Notre Dame has played under the total in its last four games.

(4) West Virginia at Texas Tech (3.5, 77.5)

West Virginia QB Geno Smith showed his mettle against Texas last week as he passed for 268 yards (a season-low) and four touchdowns while being harassed all night by a hostile Longhorns’ defense. The senior has 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions, including 12 TDs in the last two games, and leads the nation in passing efficiency (202.3). The Mountaineers have to outscore opponents because their defense, which switched to a mixture of 3-4 and 4-3 fronts, hasn't stopped anyone this season (allowing 460.0 yards per game).

Boston College at (11) FSU (-27.5, 55.5)

The Seminoles fell from No. 4 to No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll - and saw their national championship aspirations take a serious hit - when they were outscored 17-0 in the second half en route to a stunning 17-16 loss at North Carolina State last week. Despite the loss, Florida State is the only team ranked in the top 10 in eight statistical categories - five on defense. The Seminoles are just 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games.

(6) Florida at Vanderbilt (8.5, 40.5)

No. 6 Florida seeks its 22nd consecutive victory over Vanderbilt when the teams square off in Nashville on Saturday. The Gators upended LSU 14-6 last Saturday and are the only team in the country that hasn’t allowed a single fourth-quarter point this season. Vanderbilt defeated Missouri last week for its first SEC win of the season, but has lost 15 consecutive games against ranked opponents. The road team is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.

(23) TCU at Baylor (-9, 68.5)

Suspended QB Casey Pachall will leave Texas Christian for an inpatient rehab facility and will not play again in 2012, coach Gary Patterson announced Tuesday. So redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin will get his second start against Baylor on Saturday. The Bears have won nine straight at home, including last year's 50-48 season-opening victory against TCU. Baylor has one of the nation's most prolific offenses, but is still licking its wounds a bit after allowing 807 yards and 70 points in a loss to West Virginia two weeks ago. The Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.

(9) USC at Washington (12.5, 54.5)

After three straight games with less than 300 yards, Trojans QB Matt Barkley completed nearly 77 percent of his passes for 303 yards in a come-from-behind win at Utah last week. USC RB Curtis McNeal and WR Robert Woods appeared to suffer head injuries against Utah, but are expected to play Saturday. The Trojans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings with Washington.

Fordham at (20) Cincinnati (-40.5)

Bearcats RB George Winn is averaging 111.5 yards per contest to help Cincinnati extend its winning streak to seven games overall. The Bearcats have outscored their opponents 44-6 in the first quarter this season and have won 23 straight non-conference games at home.

(3) South Carolina at (8) LSU (-2.5, 40.5)

The Gamecocks have moved into championship contention because of a vast improvement on the defensive side of the ball as they rank fourth in the nation in points against. The eighth-ranked Tigers have taken a dip due to an offense that has totaled 18 points in its first two conference games. Going up against the Tigers’ second-ranked pass defense, South Carolina will likely look to Heisman candidate Marcus Lattimore. The junior RB has at least one touchdown in every game this season and has rushed over 100 yards in each of the last two contests. The Gamecocks have covered the spread in each of their last five games.

Tennessee at (18) Mississippi State (-2.5, 57)

Tennessee brings its high-powered passing offense on the road to Mississippi State on Saturday night, looking to extend its winning streak against the No. 18 Bulldogs to seven games. The Bulldogs have scored at least 25 points in their first five games, something they’ve never accomplished in the program’s 113-year history. Tennessee has allowed five touchdown runs of more than 50 yards in the last three games. Head coach Derek Dooley will coach from the press box after undergoing hip surgery this week. The Volunteers are 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.

(21) Texas A&M at (24) Louisiana Tech (7.5, 80.5)

This game, originally scheduled for Aug. 30 but postponed because of Hurricane Isaac, features two of the three teams in the FBS that rank in the top 30 nationally in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense. The Bulldogs, winners of 12 straight regular-season games, matched the 1975 team for the best start in school history with a 58-31 victory over UNLV last week while Texas A&M overcame six turnovers to win 30-27 at Mississippi. Texas A&M is 10-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, but only one of those games has been played in Shreveport. The Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.

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