Week 7 Saturday six pack: Six college football pounders
Each week, I will pick out a new variety six pack for Saturday morning in addition to my six favorite situational sides on the college football card. Short and simple.
As I still wait on some injury news to finish up my weekly NFL buy low, sell high piece, let’s buy low on the Gophers after two consecutive losses to Maryland and Purdue and sell high on Michigan State after their enormous upset win over Michigan last week. Sparty, who is 4-7 the week after facing a top-10 opponent under Mark Dantonio, features one of the best defenses in the country. They dominated Michigan with pressure, but the Minnesota offensive line, which has only allowed one sack this year, can neutralize this strength. The Minnesota secondary is in shambles, but Michigan State does not feature the passing game that can exploit this weakness. Sparty is also dealing with significant injuries in their backfield.
Big-time sandwich spot here for Florida State, coming off of a devastating last-second loss to Miami with 43-point revenge against Louisville on deck. After a road loss at Virginia, you know Duke will be motivated for a home game against Florida State, who they have never defeated in school history (0-19). The Blue Devils have the defense to keep this under a touchdown.
After four consecutive 30-plus point victories, I expect a slightly less focused Ohio State team, as they may have stepped into their bye week a little too early to start preparing for one of the games of the year against Penn State. Expect Nebraska to come out with a little extra motivation tonight, as they seek revenge for the 62-3 waxing they took last year in Columbus. Ohio State better not be too sleepy, because weird things can happen in Lincoln on a Saturday night.
If you listened to our podcast this week, you know I struggled actually hitting submit on the Jayhawks. I just couldn’t pass up on fading Iowa State laying over three touchdowns a week after beating a top-10 team as 30-point underdogs. I just can’t see the Cyclones getting up for this early 11 a.m. local kick in Ames, especially with four consecutive games against ranked opponents on deck. I do expect Kansas to at least be focused after a 46-point blowout loss at home last week, as they seek revenge for a game they gave away in the fourth quarter to Iowa State in 2016.
Georgia Southern +7
This is the third road game in 15 days for New Mexico State, who could be without their star running back on Saturday. Conversely, the Eagles will come in with extra rest and preparation, having only played one game in the last 20 days. Expect a motivated effort from Georgia Southern, as they seek their first win of the season.
Simple logic here. Air Force can’t stop the run. They are one of three teams (UCLA, Tulsa) in the country allowing over 6 yards per rush attempt. I will gladly scoop over a touchdown in a game I don’t see either team getting many stops. Air Force could potentially come out a little flat after a deflating last-minute 48-45 loss to Navy last week.
Week 7 Six-Pack Recap:
- Minnesota +4
- Duke +7
- Nebraska +24.5
- Kansas +22.5
- Georgia Southern +7
- UNLV +7.5
Week 1: 0-0 +0.00 units
Week 2: 0-0 +0.00 units
Week 3: 5-1 +4.07 units
Week 4: 4-2 +1.84 units
Week 5: 5-1 +3.87 units
Week 6: 1-4-1 -3.27 units
Week 7: 0-0 +0.0 units
Total: 15-8-1 +6.51 units