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The college football bets you need to make in Week 7

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Another college football Saturday is here and there are some massive Top 25 matchups on the board! And we’ve spent all week looking up and down the Week 7 college football betting odds, compiling the best picks and predictions on spreads, totals, props and everything in between. 

THIS ONE’S GONNA HURT(S)

The Texas Longhorns haven’t been able to stop opposing pass attacks – and they’ll face one of the most dangerous QBs in the nation this weekend as they square off against Jalen Hurts and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns come into this one having allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game in the nation (325.0) – and that’s very bad news for a team tasked with containing a QB that is averaging over 300 passing yards per game and has already accounted for 21 touchdowns. Texas’ lone saving grace in that department? It has “held” teams to 11 passing touchdowns through five games.

The Longhorns have already given up 30+ points three times this season, including back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and West Virginia. This Oklahoma team is far more dangerous – and should finish Over its lofty team point total.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY

The Michigan State Spartans are getting a much-deserved and much-needed week off – but not until after they tangle with the powerhouse Wisconsin Badgers in what will be the third road date in four games for MSU. And you can expect Wisconsin to be at full power, coming off a 48-0 drubbing of Kent State in which the Badgers were able to give most of their key players – chiefly standout RB Jonathan Taylor – some much needed rest. Wisconsin has already posted three shutouts and will be looking to extend that defensive dominance against a Spartans team ranked in the bottom half in total offense (393.5 YPG).

This is the first time the Spartans will have played true road games in consecutive weeks since October 2017 – and with the Badgers fully rested and looking dominant, we like the home team on a bigger spread; take -13.5 with confidence.

DON’T BE FOOLED

The Army Black Knights have played back-to-back slugfests that both finished well above the Vegas total – and bettors are wondering if a third straight Over is in the cards this weekend against host Western Kentucky. But not so fast: the Hilltoppers boast one of the most impressive run defenses in the nation, having limited opponents to just 2.82 yards per carry and four rushing TDs all season. On the flip side, WKU have struggled mightily on offense and rank near the bottom of the country in average rushing yards. The Hilltoppers have also seen an average of just 28 total points scored over their past two games.

While the total for this one might scare Under bettors away given how Army’s recent games have gone, both sides are capable of slowing down the opposition offense sufficiently to make the U43 play the superior option here.

WIN SOME, LOSE

Where the Florida Gators are, turnovers aren’t far behind. The Gators will look to maintain their ball-hawking ways – and take much better care of the ball on the offensive end – as they travel to Baton Rouge for a marquee encounter with LSU. Florida comes into the game with the most forced turnovers of any team in the country, having recovered five fumbles while adding 12 interceptions. Unfortunately, things have been quite the opposite when the Gators have the football; only four teams have turned the ball more often than Florida, which has coughed it up 13 times.

While LSU has seen far less turnover turmoil this season, the mere presence of the Gators in this game puts a special teams or defensive touchdown in play; we think it’s worth a look at +225.

JACKSON UNLIKELY TO PLAY

The Maryland Terrapins will be without starting quarterback Josh Jackson for Saturday’s encounter with Purdue. Jackson suffered a high-ankle sprain in last weekend’s victory over Purdue; he had hoped to make sufficient progress to return, but Maryland head coach Mike Locksley says that’s doubtful. Jackson has had a mediocre season at the helm of the Terrapins’ offense, throwing for 10 touchdowns with four interceptions but completing just over 51 percent of his pass attempts. Tyrell Pigrome would get the start in Jackson’s place; Pigrome is 17-of-27 for 171 yards and a TD on the season.

The Maryland offense shouldn’t see a dropoff with Pigrome at the helm against a Boilermakers unit allowing a whopping 290 passing yards per game (117th in FBS). Look for the Terrapins to rally behind their backup QB and pull out the upset win.

ARMANI NOT SUITED TO START

UNLV will once again turn to redshirt freshman Kenyon Oblad as their starting quarterback this weekend against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Junior QB Armani Rogers will not start for the Rebels due to a lingering knee injury that kept him off the field for last week’s 38-13 drubbing at the hands of the Boise State Broncos – and while he might see action this week, it won’t be in a starting capacity. Oblad finished with decent numbers against the Broncos (262 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) but needed 55 pass attempts to get there as the Rebels found themselves down by 17 points at the half.

Oblad isn’t nearly the rushing threat that Rogers is, which is a major reason why BSU was able to limit UNLV to 2.2 yards per carry last week. And while Vanderbilt is allowing 5.14 YPC on the season, the downgrade in running ability between Oblad and Rogers makes the Rebels a fade as two-TD underdogs vs. the host Commodores.

BRYANT SET TO RETURN?

Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant says he’s “90 percent” sure he’ll be able to play this week against Ole Miss. Bryant left last week’s victory over the Troy Trojans with what was diagnosed as a left knee sprain, but he has participated in practice this week and told reporters he’s good to go for the weekend encounter with the Rebels. While not a true dual-threat quarterback, Bryant has 47 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown on the season to go along with 1,246 passing yards and 11 touchdowns (against three interceptions). More importantly, he has been sacked just eight times through the Tigers’ first five games.

It’s doubtful that Bryant will be 100 percent when he takes the field this weekend, and that could be a concern against an Ole Miss defense that averages 2.8 sacks per game (24th-best in the country). Whether Bryant plays or not, we like the Rebels to cover as a double-digit road underdog.

BLACKMAN IS BACK

James Blackman will return to action this weekend as he leads the Florida State Seminoles against the powerhouse Clemson Tigers.

Blackman missed the Seminoles’ previous game against North Carolina State after suffering a knee injury early in a September 27 victory over Louisville. Alex Hornibrook was sensational in his absence but will return to a backup role against the Tigers (-27).

Blackman has had a great start to the season (970 passing yards, nine TDs, two INTs) and has been particularly effective in the first half of games, completing 73.1 percent of his passes with six TDs, zero INTs and a 187.8 QB rating.

Florida State ranks 21st in the nation in first-half scoring at 21.4 points per game – a significant improvement over last season (9.5). And while Clemson is expected to roll here, we see enough from the Seminoles to lean their way on the first half cover.

PROBLEM SOLVED?

Nothing went right for the Nevada Wolf Pack in their 56-3 loss to Hawaii last week, so the coaching staff is doing something about it, naming junior Malik Henry the new starting quarterback for Saturday’s encounter with San Jose State.

Henry gets the call for Nevada (-1.5) after Cristian Solano and Carson Strong combined to throw for just 105 yards with two interceptions in the loss to the Warriors – Nevada’s second 50-point defeat of the season. Henry has appeared in one game for the Wolf Pack this season, completing all three of his pass attempts for 28 yards in a 37-21 victory over UTEP back on September 21.

Even if Henry excels as the starter, he can’t fix a Nevada pass defense that ranks 109th in the country and could get manhandled against SJSU’s 33rd-ranked pass attack. We like the Spartans to earn the outright victory here.

WAIT AND SEE

The Nebraska Cornhuskers could be without their sensational sophomore quarterback for this weekend’s Big Ten showdown with host Minnesota (-7.5).

Adrian Martinez left late in the third quarter of last week’s 13-10 triumph over Northwestern, and Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost said the team is in “wait-and-see” mode on Martinez’s status for Saturday.

Martinez is the lynch pin of the Nebraska offense, leading the team in passing (1,245) and rushing yards (341) while accounting for 10 touchdowns. Noah Vedral would get the call at quarterback if Martinez isn’t able to suit up.

With the Golden Gophers limiting foes to a 57.9-percent completion rate and 211.8 passing yards per game, Martinez’s absence would be particularly damaging to Nebraska’s chances. It’s a good time to grab this line, as Nebraska could struggle even if Martinez suits up. If he’s ruled out, you could see this one climb to double digits.

 

Canucks vs Golden Knights picks and predictions for Game 1

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Perhaps no team has been more fun to follow during the NHL playoffs than the Vancouver Canucks, and hockey bettors can still get the Canucks at +1,300 to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. Vancouver is coming off a thrilling series win against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, but now a much more difficult challenge awaits. The Vegas Golden Knights are +350 favorites to win it all, and they’ve certainly looked the part while dropping only one playoff contest.

Game 1 of this series gets underway Sunday, so we’re here to bring you our NHL picks and predictions in this Western Conference semifinal showdown.

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights betting preview

Starting Goalies

Canucks: Jacob Markstrom – playoffs – 7-3, 2.44 GAA, .929 SV% (season – 23-16, 2.75 GAA, .918 SV%)

Golden Knights: Robin Lehner – playoffs – 5-1, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV% (season – 19-10, 2.89, .920 SV%)

If this game was actually played in Las Vegas, then Markstrom could easily spend a few hours performing with Cirque du Soleil. The 30-year-old dazzled against Blues with an eye-opening array of acrobatic saves and an impressive 7-3 record. He’ll need to provide more of the same against a dangerous Vegas squad.

The Knights will likely roll with Robin Lehner, who has taken over the spot as Vegas’s starter in the crease—and rightfully so. Still, the Knights have the luxury of having Marc-Andre Fleury as their “backup.” The five-time All-Star matched an NHL record this season with his 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Injuries

Vancouver: Tyler Myers D (out), Tyler Toffoli RW (out), Micheal Ferland LW (out), Josh Leivo LW (out)

Vegas: Tomas Nosek LW (out)

Betting Trend to Know

Canucks are 0-6 in their last six Sunday games. Find the latest NHL betting trends for Canucks vs. Golden Knights.

MONEYLINE PICK

The Canucks have been a force with the extra man during the postseason, converting 26.2% of their power plays. While the Knights are known for their offensive firepower, it’s their stingy defense that allows them to suffocate opponents—as evidenced by an 86.4% penalty kill during their playoff run. Vancouver is the only team in the league to never beat Vegas in regulation, going 0-11 all time. That’s something I just can’t ignore.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-175)

OVER/UNDER PICK

Each team is filled with loads of offensive talent. Vancouver’s Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have combined for 11 goals thus far. Elias Pettersson has racked up 13 points, tied with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the playoff lead.

The Knights can match Vancouver’s scorers, but they’re more balanced—Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch and Mark Stone have each lit the lamp four times during the postseason. The difference is on defense, where Vancouver has allowed the most high-danger chances of all remaining playoff teams.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-110)

PROP PICK

Though I like Vegas to win, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canucks kept it close and continued their offensive success. I’ll take a flyer on Vancouver scoring at least three goals.

PREDICTION: Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)

Canucks vs Golden Knights Betting Card

  • Vegas ML (-175)
  • Over 5.5 (-110)
  • Canucks total goals Over 2.5 (-100)
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Verlander injury shuffles Astros’ MLB futures odds

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MLB betting got a shake-up Sunday afternoon, specifically on World Series odds and AL pennant odds, with news that Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander could miss the rest of the season – or at least a significant chunk of it – with an arm injury.

Initial reports suggested Verlander had an elbow ailment, but both he and manager Dusty Baker quickly denied that. Baker called it a forearm strain and said that Verlander would be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks.” The reigning AL Cy Young winner pitched a solid six innings in an 8-2 Opening Day rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Verlander’s injury led oddsmakers to shuffle futures book odds on the defending AL champions. Covers checked in on the MLB odds moves with a couple of Las Vegas sportsbooks.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ World Series odds?

At CG Technology books, risk analyst Rich Zanco said the Astros quickly moved from +1,200 to +1,800 in World Series futures. The SuperBook at Westgate also had Houston pegged +1,200 prior to Sunday’s news and initially went to +1,600, then dialed it a little further to +1,800.

However, there were apparently buyers on the Astros at that point, prompting the SuperBook to reel the price in to +1,400.

How does Verlander’s injury affect Astros’ American League odds?

In AL pennant futures, the Astros initially moved from +600 to +800 at The SuperBook, then ticked back to +700.

World Series odds

Team Odds to win
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
New York Yankees +350
Houston Astros +600
Atlanta Braves +1,600
Minnesota Twins +1,600
Tampa Bay Rays +1,800
Washington Nationals +2,000
Cleveland Indians +2,000
New York Mets +2,000
Chicago Cubs +2,000
Oakland Athletics +2,000
St. Louis Cardinals +2,500
Cincinnati Reds +2,500
San Diego Padres +2,500
Philadelphia Phillies +3,000
Chicago White Sox +3,000
Los Angeles Angels +3,000
Milwaukee Brewers +4,000
Boston Red Sox +5,000
Arizona Diamondbacks +6,000
Colorado Rockies +8,000
Toronto Blue Jays +10,000
Texas Rangers +10,000
Pittsburgh Pirates +20,000
Detroit Tigers +20,000
San Francisco Giants +30,000
Seattle Mariners +30,000
Miami Marlins +30,000
Baltimore Orioles +30,000
Kansas City Royals +30,000

Odds courtesy The SuperBook