Pick 6: Best bets for Week 7 of college football
Best bet: Tennessee (+7) vs. Mississippi State
I think we are going to look back at Kansas State's win over Mississippi State, and realize that neither of those teams are that good. I’ll take a touchdown against a MSU defense giving up 230 passing yards in four of five games this season. The Volunteers (1-4) are coming off a 43-14 loss to Georgia, so they could be more desperate for a win in this one.
Long shot: South Carolina (+24.5) at Georgia
The options for long shot are pretty limited, but I’m taking the Gamecocks off a bye week. South Carolina’s defense has allowed 24.4 points and 391 yards per game, while recording 12 sacks and five interceptions. Georgia should win, but there is a good chance that South Carolina’s defense is strong enough to cover.
Underdog of the week: Arizona (+6) vs. Washington
Washington is coming off a 23-13 loss at Stanford to drop to 4-2 on the season, while Arizona (4-1) is on a four-game win streak following a 35-30 victory at Colorado last weekend. The Wildcats are putting up 37.2 points and 539.2 yards per game, so I expect this offense behind Khalil Tate to make this game.
Over of the week: Washington State at Arizona State (Over 59.5)
The Sun Devils have been strong against the run this year, but the defense has allowed opposing teams to record big plays through the air. Washington State, meanwhile, only wants to go through the air. At the same time, Washington State allowed UCLA to average 8.4 yards per play, so Arizona State should be able to move the ball in this game.
Under of the week: Maryland at Purdue (Under 53.5)
Both teams will be without their respective starting quarterback, meaning the under on the total was the easiest bet of the week. Purdue has been hit with a number of injuries, and I don’t expect this banged-up offense to score much. Maryland, which is coming off its first Big Ten road win since Sept. 30, 2017, is averaging 40 rush attempts per game this season.
NFL action: Philadelphia Eagles (+3) at Minnesota Vikings
This one seems too good to be true, which means I fully expect Vegas to get the best of me on this one. I do think this is going to be a great game, and the Vikings could absolutely win this one. But I would have expected the Eagles to be favored, and I’m more than willing to take the points since they should bottle up the Vikings’ run game.
KU sports staff picks against the spread
Oklahoma (-11) at Texas
Matt Tait: Texas
Benton Smith: Oklahoma
Braden Shaw: Oklahoma
Shane Jackson: Oklahoma
USC at Notre Dame (-11)
Matt Tait: Notre Dame
Benton Smith: USC
Braden Shaw: USC
Shane Jackson: USC
Florida at LSU (-13)
Matt Tait: Florida
Benton Smith: LSU
Braden Shaw: Florida
Shane Jackson: Florida
Memphis (-6) at Temple
Matt Tait: Memphis
Benton Smith: Memphis
Braden Shaw: Memphis
Shane Jackson: Temple
Houston Texas at Kansas City Chiefs (-5)
Matt Tait: Texans
Benton Smith: Chiefs
Braden Shaw: Chiefs
Shane Jackson: Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers (-7)
Matt Tait: Steelers
Benton Smith: Chargers
Braden Shaw: Chargers
Shane Jackson: Chargers
Shane Jackson: 21-15 (4-2 in Week 6)
Benton Smith: 20-16 (4-2 in Week 6)
Matt Tait: 15-21 (1-5 in Week 6)
Braden Shaw: 15-21 (3-3 in Week 6)