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Week 7 college football picks: Oklahoma, Washington to beat big-game spreads

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The college football weekend's best bets, including the Red River Shootout, Texas A&M-Ole Miss, Oregon-Washington, and more.Above, Dan Rubenstein makes his picks and shows off delicious tacos. Dan and Bud disagree sometimes!

After a solid first week, an awful second week, and a great third week, Week 4 did not go as well, and I treaded water in Week 5. But Week 6 was quite good, and I'm now 59-53 (53 percent, +$241). Let's get to the wagers. For up-to-date odds information, visit OddsShark.

Wager Odds
Oklahoma -13.5 vs. Texas -105
Miami (OH) at UMass -3 -100
Buffalo at Western Michigan +12.5 -105
Central Michigan +17.5 at Ohio -110
Eastern Michigan at Army -7 -105
Virginia at Maryland -7 -105
Michigan at Penn State +3 -115
Texas A&M at Ole Miss +7 -115
Texas A&M at Ole Miss Over 74.5 -106
Stanford at Utah +8.5 100
Northwestern at Wisconsin -10 -110
Nebraska at Purdue +14.5 -110
Oregon at Washington +14.5 -110
Indiana at Michigan State -9.5 -110
Missouri at Georgia Over 63.5 -106
Rice at UTSA -1 -105
Syracuse at NC State Under 54.5 -106

As usual, I will discuss the games involving ranked teams, and if you want any thoughts on any other game, head to the comments section.

  • The wager on Oklahoma is a wager on the one elite unit in the game -- Oklahoma's defense -- and a wager against Mack Brown's Texas team, which continues to look incompetent.
  • Penn State is a live home underdog, and I have doubts about how Michigan will handle Happy Valley for a night game. Michigan does not present the same challenges to Penn State's defense as Indiana did. A week after betting against the Nittany Lions and on the Michigan Wolverines, the roles are reversed.
  • I considered betting Texas A&M on the moneyline to win outright, but wanted to find +215 or better, and could not. I also expect the game to be very high scoring.
  • Utah has extra days to prepare for Stanford, was a bit unlucky last week in throwing six interceptions, and stops the run pretty well. I'll take anything over a touchdown at home.
  • Wisconsin is a classic betting angle -- an unranked team favored over a ranked team. And this time, Northwestern is an underdog of 10 points! This is an automatic gambling rule.
  • I like Washington's speed on defense against Oregon and think the Huskies are for real.
  • Michigan State's defense is dominant, and I expect Indiana to struggle in going on the road to face the Spartans.
  • Georgia is missing a lot of players on offense, but it does still have Aaron Murray, who is extremely accurate. And Missouri's offense is way better than its defense. Here's to a shootout.

As always, get the best line, and good luck.

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