The NCAA college football Week 7 schedule has a full slate of action this Saturday, and as we creep towards Halloween, it is put or shut up time for teams across the country. The college football schedule is entering the second half of the season, and from here on out, every game begins to get bigger than the last.
According to a SB Nation report, this is a huge week for several teams teetering on the edge of breaking into the top 10 rankings. One of the biggest games on the board is No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 9 Tennessee.
The fans will have “Rocky Top” jumping the hardest it has been in years as the Vols try to take the Tide and jump into a possible playoff position. Tennessee may be the ninth-ranked team in the country, however, they are getting little respect from the Las Vegas odds makers.
The Volunteers opened as a nine-point underdog last Sunday, and they have been bet all the way up to 13 or 13.5 depending on what sportsbook you look at. Alabama has had their way with Tennessee over the past decade, however, this may be the best Vols squad the Tide have faced in a long time.
Alabama will try for its 10th straight victory over Tennessee this Saturday. The Tide have won nine straight and are 6-3 ATS during that period. Alabama is never a pushover, and odds are they will win this game Saturday as well, however, the points look tempting in this spot. This will be a good measuring stick to see how much the Vols have improved over the past three seasons.
Pick – Tennessee +13
Another intriguing game on the college football Week 7 schedule is Western Michigan vs. Akron. Sure, it doesn’t have the flare of other top 25 games, but if you haven’t heard of or seen the Western Michigan Broncos play, you should.
Western Michigan broke into the top 25 last week, and if they can run the table they could – and should be a top 10 team. Coach P.J. Fleck took over in 2013 and he has turned WMU from a 1-11 to a force in the MAC. A New Year’s Day Bowl may not be so farfetched for the Broncos.
Behind quarterback Zach Terrell, Western Michigan has an offense that is averaging nearly 500 yards per game. Last week, they finished with 573 offensive yards in a 45-30 win over Northern Illinois. Look for more of the same this Saturday against Akron.
Pick – Western Michigan -10
Finally, let’s look at Nebraska at Indiana. The No. 10 ranked Cornhuskers’ rise in the Associated Press poll has fans in Nebraska once again fired up for football. It has been a long time since Nebraska has been relevant in the standings. In fact, it’s their first top 10 ranking since November of 2011. Now that they have plunged into the top 10, they can’t afford to look past an ever improving Indiana squad.
The Hoosiers are 3-2 on the year, however, they could easily be 4-1 with a few brakes, including failing to convert a 4th-and-1 inside the Buckeyes’ five-yard line with almost a whole quarter of action left last weekend. A score for Indiana at that time could have pulled the Hoosiers within seven points of OSU. However, failing to pick up that one yard led to a tough defeat in the end.
The Hoosiers will be celebrating their homecoming game when Nebraska comes calling this Saturday, and they should be extra fired up for the task. Home underdogs are a nice play in the Big Ten, and this one should pan out.
Pick — Indiana +4
Here is the best of the rest of the college football Week 7 picks.
Colorado -12, Florida -13, BYU -7
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