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College Football Betting Picks, Week 7: Red River Shootout, North Carolina-Notre Dame and Boston College-N.C. State

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Weekly selections from the Big 12, ACC, Big Ten, SEC and American Athletic.

Brett Carlsen

Last week:

Brian: 2-3 (13-17 on the year)
Jeff: 5-0 (13-17)
ATL: 0-1 (1-3)


Texas Longhorns (+15) vs. Oklahoma Sooners - The last time Texas was a huge underdog against Oklahoma, they won the game outright. I'm hoping history repeats.

Florida State Seminoles at Syracuse Orange (+24) - Florida State has really struggled in the first half against ACC opponents. Clemson and NC State both had halftime leads and Wake Forest even hung with FSU in Tallahassee for a while. While I fully expect FSU to win, I think they'll be on upset alert at halftime Saturday.

Duke Blue Devils (+3) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Duke will still represent the coastal division in the ACCCG despite the loss to Miami. They'll get the running game going again and get back in the coastal division race.

Boston College Eagles (+3) at N.C. State Wolfpack - I have not attended a BC will in several years and that better end Saturday. NC State is coming off being shut out by Clemson last week so if the Eagles can't will this one then I think we can stop talking bowls.

Penn State Nittany Lions (+1.5) at Michigan Wolverines - I said earlier in the season in my pick 5 that Michigan would win the B1G. I have realized my mistake and am happy to take any decent team against Michigan getting points.


ULM Warhawks at Kentucky Wildcats (-21.5) - The Wildcats are playing with a ton of confidence right now, having snapped the program's 17-game conference losing streak only to win consecutive SEC games in as many weeks. ULM opened the season with a 17-10 victory over Wake, but, Wake. Hasn't really looked good since. UK rolls.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Marshall Thundering Herd (-24.5) - The Thundering Herd has scored 40 or more points in every game this season, rolling up 591 yards and 56 points at Old Dominion last week. MTSU has jumped out to a 3-0 record in conference play, but that includes one score victories over Southern Miss (2-4), Western Kentucky (2-3) and Old Dominion (3-3). Style points matter as the Herd is trying to catch #19 ECU to finish as the highest ranked conference champion from the Group of Five.

Duke Blue Devils at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-3) - Sorry, Jeff. I'm not buying this year's Blue Devils. Duke got relatively fat on cupcakes over the first four weeks of the season then fell flat on its face in its first true test on the road against a pretty 'meh' Miami team ... the same Miami team that Georgia Tech took care off last week in a 28-17 victory. Like the Jackets getting three in this one.

North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-16.5) - I don't see any way that the North Carolina defense -- ranked 120th (of 128) in the country in total defense -- can slow this Irish offense. This team has given up 70 points to ECU, 50 to Clemson and 34 to Virginia Tech over the last three weeks. While I'd love to see the Notre Dame CFB Playoff talk end, it won't happen this week as the Irish roll all over the Heels.

Houston Cougars at Memphis Tigers (-7) - Probably time to start taking Memphis seriously as a threat to win the American Athletic this year. The Tigers are coming off a 41-14 drubbing of Cincinnati on the road last week, and, by virtue of the AAC schedule rotation, miss playing the only team ranked in either major poll this season (#19 ECU). Memphis played UCLA tough on the road and the only other loss this year was a 24-3 setback at Ole Miss. One of the reasons this line is so low is because it's Memphis, but the Tigers win this one by a couple scores and enter into the AAC champion discussion.

Year Jeff Brian
2008 42-33 39-36
2009 36-34 40-30
2010 35-35 35-35
2011 37-33 31-39
2012 33-37 37-33
2013 40-35 36-39
08/03/14 1-4 3-2
09/06/14 4-1 2-3
09/13/14 1-4 2-3
09/20/14 2-3 2-3
09/27/14 0-5 2-3
10/04/14 5-0 2-3
2014 13-17 13-17
All-Time 236-224 231-229