Week 7 of the college football season doesn’t have the same number of marquee matchups that we had in Week 6, but plenty of interesting games are available. The biggest might be new No. 1 Georgia hosting the only other undefeated team remaining in the SEC, No. 11 Kentucky. It’s one of only two matchups between ranked teams, with the other being a Big 12 battle between No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Texas.
Let’s take a look at how the oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook feel about the matchups for all the teams ranked in the AP Poll this week.
No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia (-22): Georgia has emerged as the one truly dominant team in the country, as it’s undefeated and has outscored opponents 239-33. This week, the Bulldogs are heavy favorites again, laying more than three touchdowns against a 6-0 Kentucky team. The Wildcats have not yet received the same level of respect you usually see a 6-0 SEC team get. While the overall resume might not be as impressive as others desire, it includes a win over Florida. If Kentucky can put a scare in Georgia this weekend, maybe the voters will finally take notice.
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas (-5.5): Texas is still very much alive in the Big 12 title hunt despite its walk-off loss to Oklahoma, but another loss to Oklahoma State this weekend would put those hopes in serious jeopardy. The Cowboys are 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 play, and a win here would give the Cowboys what would essentially be a three-game lead on the Longhorns in the standings due to the tie-breaker. Oklahoma State had this past week off but has beaten ranked teams in each of its last two. Texas is hoping to avoid being the third straight.
No. 5 Alabama (-17) at Mississippi State: How does Alabama respond to a loss? It’s not a situation any of us are familiar with because regular-season losses have not been common with this team. Clearly, the oddsmakers don’t seem that worried about the Crimson Tide in this spot, but let’s not forget that Alabama was favored by even more on the road against Texas A&M last week. Also, this Mississippi State team beat the same Texas A&M team that just beat Alabama 26-22 last week. And it was in College Station, Texas, too.
UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati (-20): This is a game that doesn’t have the same buzz as you’d have hoped for earlier in the season. The injury to Dillon Gabriel has hurt UCF pretty badly, but the Knights remain one of the more considerable obstacles on Cincinnati’s remaining schedule. We’ve seen the Bearcats excel in the upstart underdog role the last two years, but how will they respond to being a highly-ranked team in the national spotlight? No Group of Five team has been ranked in the top four of the AP Top 25 Poll this early in a season during the College Football Playoff era.
No. 22 NC State (-2) at Boston College: This might not be the kind of matchup that usually grabs your attention, but it’s a big one in the ACC Coastal. Both NC State and Boston College are chasing Wake Forest — the ACC’s lone undefeated team — in the division while trying to hold off a late charge from perennial favorite Clemson. Boston College has already lost to Clemson, so a loss here would all but eliminate it from contention. As for NC State, a win helps the Wolfpack keep pace with the Demon Deacons. From a conference title perspective, this is one of the bigger games of the week.
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