NCAA Football Weekly Locks: Week 7
It wasn’t a very good week for us, as Auburn and Arkansas didn’t put up quite as many points as we had initially expected. As for the Hokies, they were able to come away with a win, but a late surge from the Hurricanes prevented them from covering the spread. Thankfully, LSU came though for us once again and saved us from going winless in week six. Now we turn our focus to week seven, as we see three teams ranked within the Top 10 covering their respective point-spreads on the road.
Here they are.
Game: #1 LSU @ Tennessee
Pick: LSU -17
Reason: LSU hasn’t disappointed us thus far this season, and we will continue to ride them this week as they take on a team with a quarterback making his first start of the season for the second time in two weeks. Last week LSU terrorized Florida freshman Jacoby Brissett, and we expect much of the same when they take on Tennessee’s Matt Simms. LSU has one of the best defensive units in the nation. As a result, the Volunteers should have a tough time producing points. That will make it easy for the Tigers to earn the victory and cover the 17-point spread.
Game: #6 Oklahoma State @ #22 Texas
Pick: Oklahoma State -7
Reason: For the first time this season the Texas Longhorns found themselves up against an elite college offense last week, and they had no answer for it, surrendering 55 points to the Oklahoma Sooners. Now they will take on an Oklahoma State offense that is just as good, if not better, than the Sooners’ offense. The Cowboys rank first in the nation in points scored, and second in passing offense. They have also covered the spread in each of their last four games. Look for them to make it five covers in a row as they beat the Longhorns by more than a touchdown.
Game: #8 Clemson @ Maryland
Pick: Clemson -8
Reason: Clemson has been a pleasant surprise, although they haven’t been all that pleasant to the other teams in the ACC. Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College have already learned that lesson, and it appears as though Maryland will be next. The Tigers have covered the spread in each of their last four games, while the Terps have covered in only one of their last four games. If the Tigers playing on the road has you worried, it shouldn’t. They were able to go into Lane Stadium two weeks ago and come away with the 23-3 victory over Virginia Tech. They shouldn’t have a problem doing the same when they visit Byrd Stadium on Saturday.
Last Week’s Record: (1-2), 2011 Record: (10-5)