Early Odds for College Football Week 7’s Top Ten Games
With there being only 12 regular season games, and most of those being conference games, almost every week in college football is a big week.
But Week 7 of the season shapes up to be the most pivotal week of the season.
Big game(s) in the SEC? Check.
Big game(s) in the Big Ten? Check.
Big game(s) in the Big 12? Check.
Big game(s) in the Pac-12? Check.
Big game(s) in the ACC? Check.
There’s even a notable game outside of the Power 5, if you are invested in the outcome of Georgia Southern’s matchup with undefeated (and now ranked) James Madison.
It’s a smart idea to take a good look at the current national championship odds (via FanDuel), because they may look quite different a week from now.
Odds to Win the College Football National Championship
- Ohio State +190
- Georgia +200
- Alabama +250
- Clemson +1200
- USC +2000
- Michigan +2000
- Tennessee +4000
- Oregon +6000
- Oklahoma State +6000
- UCLA +6000
- TCU +8000
- Ole Miss +8000
- Penn State +10000
Odds are already out at top online sportsbooks, and it isn’t too early to start planning and making your bets.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the early odds for the big games on this week’s college football schedule.
Week 7’s Ten Biggest Games
- #3 Alabama vs. #6 Tennessee
- #4 Clemson vs. Florida State
- #10 Penn State vs. #5 Michigan
- #7 USC vs. #20 Utah
- #8 Oklahoma State vs. #13 TCU
- #15 NC State vs. #18 Syracuse
- #16 Mississippi State vs. #22 Kentucky
- Minnesota vs. #24 Illinois
- LSU vs. Florida
- Arkansas vs. BYU
Rankings are from this week’s AP poll.
All of these games take place on Saturday, October 15. So, if you have any plans, I suggest cancelling them, if they aren’t somewhere there is a TV, Wi-Fi, or good cell service.
College Football Week 7 Odds
Odds are via Caesars Sportsbook, unless otherwise noted.
#10 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. #5 Michigan Wolverines (12:00 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Spread: Penn State +7 (-110), Michigan -7 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 51 (-110), Under 51 (-110)
- Moneyline: Penn State +228, Michigan -285
Penn State has quietly started 5-0, but we will see if they are a contender or pretender in Ann Arbor.
Success for the ground game has minimized what QB Sean Clifford has had to do, but how will he fare if he is called upon to make big plays against Michigan?
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. #24 Illinois Fighting Illini (12:00 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
- Spread: Minnesota -3.5 (-110), Illinois +3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 39.5 (-110), Under 39.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Minnesota -180, Illinois +152
Illinois has ridden the nation’s leading rusher–Chase Brown, who has hit the 100-yard mark in every game this season–and strong defense to a fine start and a long-awaited return to the top 25.
But oddsmakers are clearly still skeptical of the Illini, as the Golden Gophers are favored in this one. Minnesota is coming off of a bye after a loss at home to Purdue, in which their offense struggled without star RB Mohamed Ibrahim.
#3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #6 Tennessee Volunteers (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Spread: Alabama -7.5 (-110), Tennessee +7.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 65.5 (-110), Under 65.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Alabama -320, Tennessee +250
This will be the biggest game at Neyland Stadium in quite some time. If they win, they will be in the thick of the College Football Playoff conversation with a visit to Georgia looming on November 5.
The Tide did their best to hand Texas A&M a win, but they survived and should have Bryce Young back for the trip to Knoxville. It would be wise to hold off on betting on this one until that is less of an unknown, however.
#8 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. TCU Horned Frogs (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
- Spread: Oklahoma State +3.5 (-110), TCU +3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 68 (-110), Under 68 (-110)
- Moneyline: Oklahoma State +158, TCU -190
Given what both Oklahoma State and TCU have ahead, their CFP hopes might last only so long. But the winner of this game will have at least another week before they crush the hearts and hopes of their fans, so there’s that at least.
The feel-good factor is certainly high here, as Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders and TCU QB Max Duggan have become unexpected Heisman Trophy contenders.
#15 NC State Wolfpack vs. #18 Syracuse Orange (3:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network
- Spread: NC State +5 (-110), Syracuse -5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 44 (-110), Under 44 (-110)
- Moneyline: NC State +180, Syracuse -220
As with Penn State, we’ll get to find out a lot about Syracuse this week. (Interestingly, both have beaten Purdue this season.)
With a pretty difficult remaining schedule–they visit Clemson, Pitt, and Wake Forest and host NC State, Notre Dame, and FSU, the bubble is likely to burst for the Orange at some point. But it will be a lot nicer to go into their trip to Clemson at 6-0 than 5-1.
NC State was fortunate to emerge with a win over Florida State, as QB Devin Leary, who was already struggling through another underwhelming performance after entering the season with significant hype as one of the best QBs in college football, went down with a shoulder injury.
Will he play at Syracuse? That’s up in the air, but they will need more than him just being on the field to win.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. BYU Cougars (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Spread: Arkansas +3 (-110), BYU -3 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 59.5 (-110), Under 59.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Arkansas +135, BYU -160
This matchup is not nearly as interesting as it would have been a few weeks ago. But the Razorbacks have lost three straight games, and the Cougars took their second loss of the season on Saturday at Notre Dame.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t warrant your attention, as there could be a lot of points in this one, especially if Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson is able to go after missing Saturday’s loss at Mississippi State.
LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Spread: LSU +3 (-115), Florida -3 (-105)
- Over/Under: Over 48 (-110), Under 48 (-110)
- Moneyline: LSU +115, Florida -135
The stakes aren’t as high here as they are in most of the matchups on this list, but it is a very important matchup for two first-year head coaches.
Will this week be the week that it all finally clicks for Anthony Richardson?
Last year’s 49-42 loss in Baton Rouge marked the beginning of the end for Dan Mullen, but Richardson announced himself to the college football world with four second-half touchdowns. This would be a good point for him to find his footing after an up and down start this season.
#4 Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
- Spread: Clemson -4 (-110), Florida State +4 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 51 (-110), Under 51 (-110)
- Moneyline: Clemson -190, Florida State +158
Questionable play-calling and decision-making hurt Florida State against Wake Forest and did so again at NC State, where they failed to score in the second half after leading 17-3 at halftime.
Two losses in games that could have produced signature wins have slowed momentum in Tallahassee, but it seems that oddsmakers haven’t been put off completely. Or is the early spread more about a lack of belief in Clemson?
#16 Mississippi State vs. #22 Kentucky (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
- Spread: Mississippi State -6.5 (-110), Kentucky +6.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 47.5 (-110), Under 47.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Mississippi State -240, Kentucky +196
After throwing away a game they should have won at Ole Miss, Kentucky had an ugly loss at home to South Carolina without QB Will Levis.
Levis may or may not be back for the visit from the Bulldogs, who are 5-1 after following a 42-24 win over Texas A&M with a 40-17 win over Arkansas. Will the Wildcats have an answer for Will Rogers and the Air Raid?
#7 USC vs. #20 Utah (8:00 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Spread: USC +3.5 (-115), Utah -3.5 (-105)
- Over/Under: Over 60.5 (-110), Under 60.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: USC +143, Utah -170
This one would have a little more spice to it had Utah not lost at UCLA on Saturday to stick a fork in their College Football Playoff hopes. But there’s no cure for having your hopes and dreams ruined like ruining another team’s hopes and dreams.
Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.