Huge matchups happen in College Football Week 7. 5-0 Penn State tackles 6-0 Michigan early before a couple of undefeated Big 12 teams clash when Oklahoma State heads to TCU to take on the Horned Frogs. In another game between unbeatens, the Alabama Crimson Tide challenges the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. The primetime game pits 6-ranked USC against the Utes in Utah. See below for College Football Lines, analysis, and free picks for five of this week’s top NCAAF matchups.
Best 5 Games to Bet this Weekend | NCAAF Week 7 Lines
2022 NCAAF Week 7
- When: Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 16
20-Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma Sooners -9 | Saturday, Oct. 16
The Jayhawks almost pulled off a home upset victory against TCU. But the Horned Frogs were too much for Kansas. With that being written, Kansas proved in the 31-38 loss to Texas Christian that they’re a legit contender for the Big 12 title.
Oklahoma proved in their 0-49 loss to Texas that they’ve fallen apart. Bad losses are one thing. Back to back bad losses, like what the Sooners have shown in their past two games, is a sign things aren’t working. Oklahoma’s defense will struggle to stop the Jayhawks from scoring. Kansas is a massive overlay.
NCAAF Week 7 Pick: Kansas +9
10-Penn State Nittany Lions at 4-Michigan Wolverines -6.5 | Saturday, Oct. 16
Penn State is 5-0. Michigan is 6-0. At first glance, it looks like the Wolverines should trounce the Nittany Lions.
Michigan averages 43 points per game. The Wolverines give up 11 per. Not only that, but Penn State struggled in a 17-7 victory over hapless Northwestern in their last.
Penn State may have performed so badly because they were thinking about this game. Even if that’s true, the Nittany Lions are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, this happens in Ann Arbor, and, at least for now, the spread is less than 7. Michigan is the play.
NCAAF Week 7 Pick: Michigan Wolverines
1-Alabama Crimson Tide -7 at 8-Tennessee Volunteers | Saturday, Oct. 16
Bryce Young is listed as questionable. Even if the Heisman Trophy winning Bama quarterback plays, laying 7 versus the Vols at Neyland Stadium isn’t wise.
Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker is good enough to move the ball versus Alabama’s terrific defense. Also, Tennessee’s D allows less than 18 points each game and has 5 takeaways, which averages out to a takeaway a game. The Vols should be in line to win this straight up.
NCAAF Week 7 Pick: Tennessee Volunteers +7
7-Oklahoma State Cowboys at 15-TCU Horned Frogs -3.5 | Saturday, Oct. 16
For sure TCU has the edge at quarterback. Horned Frogs signal caller Max Duggan is completing over 73% of his passes and has a 14-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio.
But as good as Duggan has played, the Cowboys are the pick to cover. Oklahoma State averages over 46 points per game. In addition, the Pokes are 10-2-1 against the spread in their last 12 conference games. The Cowboys win ATS.
NCAAF Week 7 Pick: Oklahoma State +3.5
6-USC Trojans at 19-Utah Utes -3 | Saturday, Oct. 16
USC at Utah is one of the week’s toughest to handicap matchups. The Utes host the Trojans a week after falling to UCLA in Pasadena.
The Trojans are undefeated with a 6-0 record and have gone 4-2 against the spread. USC is for real, but this happens at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Utah almost always covers in front of their fans. The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 following an ATS loss. USC can win for sure, but the Utes to cover is the most logical outcome.
NCAAF Week 7 Pick: Utah -3