2021 College Football Week 7 Preview, Odds and Picks
There’s a new national championship favorite in college football in Georgia as the Bulldogs also are the new No. 1 team in the country in both polls. Georgia has allowed 33 points all season. Meanwhile, 221 times this season a team has allowed 33 points in a single game. Here’s a look at two big matchups this week around the country including the Dawgs.
Top 2021 College Football Week 7 Games to Bet On
No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia
- When: Saturday, October 16th, 3:30pm ET
- Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
- 2021 College Football Week 7 Odds: Georgia Bulldogs -23.5
Wow, that’s a crazy high spread in a game between SEC unbeatens – the only two teams without a loss in the conference – and Top 11 schools, but that’s how dominant Georgia has been. Kentucky (6-0) dominated LSU last week, 42-21. Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 147 yards and quarterback Will Levis accounted for five touchdowns. It’s the first time Kentucky has been 6-0 since 1950 and just the fifth time in school history. Kentucky is 4-0 in the SEC for the fourth time in school history (also 1949, 1950, 1977). Dating back to last season, Kentucky has won its last eight games. It is the fifth-longest win streak in school history.
Kentucky is seeking a 7-0 start for the first time since 1950 and just the fifth time in history (1910, 1903, 1898), as well as its first win over a No. 1 team since 2007. However, defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine will miss the remainder of the season with a lower-leg injury. The Wildcats also are without senior nose guard Marquan McCall, who suffered an injury to his lower right leg in the win over Florida two weeks ago. Senior receiver Josh Ali is doubtful after also missing the LSU game with a leg injury. Ali is the Wildcats’ second-leading receiver with 17 catches for 248 yards and a TD.
Kentucky is 3-14 all-time vs. No. 1 ranked teams with the most recent win a triple-overtime takedown of LSU in 2007. Georgia leads the nation in Scoring Defense giving up just 5.5 points per game. It also leads in total defense in giving up 201.2 yards per game.
It’s not clear if Georgia (6-0) will have starting QB JT Daniels as he has missed three games this season due to injury. UGA leads the Kentucky series 60-12-2 and is on a 11-game winning streak. It’s the Dawgs longest winning streak in the series. Kentucky’s last win in the Georgia series came in 2009 in Athens when it stormed back from a 20-6 halftime deficit for a 34-27 win. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.
2021 College Football Week 7 Pick: Kentucky
No. 18 Arizona State at Utah
- When: Saturday, October 9th, 10:00pm ET
- Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
- 2021 College Football Week 7 Odds: Iowa -2.5
It’s a 10 p.m. ET game on ESPN from Rice-Eccles Stadium. The winner of this game is in great shape to win the Pac-12 South Division – they are the only two teams in the South without a league loss – and play in the conference title game.
Arizona State (5-1) has only lost at a very good BYU team out of conference. The Sun Devils avoided a trap game last Friday in beating Stanford 28-10 to move to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2012. ASU has now won each of their last five Pac-12 games all by double digits. It is the first time since the 1996 Rose Bowl campaign that the program has accomplished the feat. With wins by margins of 63, 13, 22, 19, and 18, ASU is outscoring Pac-12 opponents by 27 points dating back to the 70-7 victory over Arizona last season. The Sun Devils have outscored opponents 92-26 in the second half this season.
The Arizona State offense is averaging 33.3 points per game and 440.7 yards per game, 228.7 through the air and 212.0 on the ground. Defensively, the Sun Devils are allowing 16.2 points and 299.0 yards, 181.3 passing and 117.7 rushing.
Utah (3-2) has only lost at BYU and in triple overtime at San Diego State. The Utes were slight dogs last week but won at USC 42-26. Sophomore QB Cam Rising was 22-of-28 passing for 306 yards (13.9 yards per completion) and three touchdowns, plus a rushing score. His completions, passing yards and total touchdowns were all career-highs and marked the first 300-yard passing performance at Utah since 2019. Seven of Rising’s 22 total completions went for 15 or more yards, totaling 192 passing yards.
It snapped an eight-game road losing streak in LA, and was the first Utes victory inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (opened 1923).
Arizona State is 22-9 all-time vs. Utah. The schools didn’t play last season. The Utes are 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings.
2021 College Football Week 7 Pick: Utah
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