10 Best Predictions Against The Spread: Week 7
What ten games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Week 7? Here you go. Enjoy.
Alright … now we’re back on track.
After starting out 7-3, and regressing to a 5-5 second effort, it’s back to 7-3. But we demand more. Anything less than a perfect ten is a failure.
Of course, these are all just for fun and giggles. So here you go with the ten best picks and predictions against the spread for Week 6.
10 Best ATS Picks So Far: 19-11
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Starting with five that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still spicy …
Week 7: 10 Best Predictions ATS
LINE: Georgia -30.5, o/u: 57
ATS PICK: Georgia
Ride the wave until it stops. Georgia just beat Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt by 31, and that’s coming off a 41-point win at Tennessee and a 28-point win over Mississippi State. Mizzou might have found its offense again last week against Kentucky, but on the road, until the Bulldogs show that they’re about to slow down in any way, get on and enjoy.
LINE: Florida -3, o/u: 52.5
ATS PICK: Texas A&M
Everyone is talking about James Franklin as the new head coach, the loss to Alabama is still fresh, the UCLA loss still has parts of the fan base buzzing, and … and … Texas A&M is actually pretty good. It got by Arkansas and South Carolina, and it battled well with the Crimson Tide. Florida makes a habit out of finding ways to win, but with no receivers for Feleipe Franks to work with, that O isn’t going anywhere. If LSU could go into Gainesville and win, A&M should be able to cover – and win straight up.
LINE: Marshall -15
ATS PICK: Marshall
Okay, so the 14-3 Marshall win at Charlotte might be a little bit scary, and the offense hasn’t exactly blown up overall, but Old Dominion’s defense has gone bye-bye.
North Carolina isn’t scoring on anyone, but it hung up 53 on the Monarchs. Virginia Tech won by 38, and Florida Atlantic is coming off a 58-28 win – that’s Florida Atlantic. MU might have a bad habit of playing down to the competition, but take the chance the Herd D will be good, and the ODU D won’t.
LINE: Colorado -10, o/u: 55.5
ATS PICK: Colorado
Colorado might be a wreck on a three-game losing streak, and losing to UCLA and Arizona isn’t okay, but Oregon State hasn’t even been close.
Will the resignation of Gary Andersen and the first game under Cory Hall ignite the Beavers? There’s a chance for a new coach energy bounce, but the Buffs are desperate, and OSU hasn’t come closer than 18 against any FBS team.
LINE: Michigan -7.5, o/u: 47
ATS PICK: Michigan
This is all based on the Michigan defense.
The Indiana run defense should give the Wolverines a problem, and John O’Korn has to prove himself all over again, but don’t be spooked by the Michigan State loss. That was a weird game with the weather and rivalry aspect being a problem. The Wolverine D will hold IU to 14 points or fewer, so you’re asking the O to hit 22 points. That’s not unreasonable.
LINE: NC State -11, o/u: 54
ATS PICK: NC State
There might be a letdown after the Louisville win, but if NC State is focused – hardly a given – this shouldn’t be a problem. Pitt was blown out by Penn State, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech, but the line might be a bit low because of the blowout win over Rice and the close call loss at Syracuse.
Pitt’s secondary is about to get torched.
LINE: West Virginia -3.5, o/u: 76
ATS PICK: West Virginia
Texas Tech is playing well, but West Virginia is the better team, and it’s at home. If it’s getting three for playing in Morgantown, that extra half a point is a gift. The one concern is that the Mountaineers haven’t beaten anyone with a pulse – this is more on the belief that the close battles with Virginia Tech and TCU away from home will matter.
LINE: Houston -13.5, o/u: 64
ATS PICK: Houston
The Houston offense is painfully dinking and dunking without any big plays down the field, but that should work against the Tulsa defense. The running game will work, every other play should work, the defense should work – it’ll all work. The Cougars just beat a solid SMU team by 13. Even on the road, getting to 13.5 against a miserable Tulsa D shouldn’t be an issue.
LINE: Virginia -4, o/u: 50.5
ATS PICK: Virginia
It’s Virginia, so no one wants to buy into the idea that it might really be good. But the offense isn’t making big mistakes, the defense has been swarming, and now North Carolina is in trouble.
The Tar Heels are crushed by injuries and inexperience, failing to come closer than ten points against anyone by Duke. If Cal could win in Chapel Hill by 11, and if Duke could win by double digits, Virginia – who just beat Duke by seven and beat Boise State by 19 on the road – shouldn’t have a problem.
LINE: Illinois -2.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS PICK: Illinois
Okay, Illinois. Enough. Your quarterback situation stinks, there’s no offense, and the team has underachieved overall, but you don’t lose at home to a Rutgers team that’s 0-4 vs. FBS teams including a 16-13 home loss to Eastern Michigan.
No, you don’t, especially after losing to the Scarlet Knights on the road 24-7.