Gifted quarterback Tajh Boyd and the fourth-ranked Clemson Tigers will look to put on another aerial show when they host beleaguered Boston College on Saturday. Not only that, but Iowa State and No. 21 Texas Tech will square off in an intriguing matchup that could be one of the best matchups on the Week 7 college football betting docket.
Both games, along with another featuring No. 12 South Carolina at Arkansas, make up this interesting trio of Week 7 free college football picks, giving collegiate gridiron gamblers three great chances to cash in with potentially-winning wagers.
Iowa State at No. 21 Texas Tech 12:00 PM ET
Texas Tech -14.5
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS) are looking very good right now as they come into their Week 7 matchup against a ticked off Iowa State Cyclones team.
Texas Tech rolled all over Kansas in its 54-16 Week 6 rout while moving to 4-1 ATS by easily covering the spread as a 16.5-point road favorite.
Iowa State (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) suffered a crushing 31-30 loss to Texas in Week 6 in which they were robbed twice…once on a spectacular goal line catch and another time on a forced fumble, also at the goal line.
The Cyclones still managed to cover the spread as a 7-point underdog, while 61 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Analysis: I know the Texas Tech Red Raiders have been scoring points like crazy this season, but Iowa State has not lost a game by more than eight points this season and I like them to keep this one close as well.
Texas Tech may be 5-2 ATS in their L/7 games against a team with a losing record, but they are also just 2-5 ATS in their L/7 home games while Iowa State has gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their L/7 games in the month of October.
It may not look very appealing, but I like the ticked-off Iowa State Cyclones to cover the big spread in this one.
The Pick: Iowa State +14.5 Points
No. 12 South Carolina at Arkansas 12:21 PM ET
South Carolina -6
The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) didn’t look like a national title contender in beating Kentucky 35-28 at home last week, but they have still managed to win three straight despite not covering the spread in four straight. The Gamecocks have scored 35 points in two of their L/3 games while topping the 28-point plateau in each of their last four games overall.
The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) have dropped three in a row, including their 30-10 Week 6 loss to Florida as a 12.5-point road dog. Arkansas has allowed at least 28 points in each of their last three games and 75 total points over their last two games.
Analysis: I won’t waste a whole lot of time with a long-winded selection on this matchup, mostly because I believe the Gamecocks are going to roll in this one. I know South Carolina doesn’t have the best defense in the world, but they still have more than enough offense to take down the Razorbacks and cover the spread in this one.
Arkansas may be 20-8 ATS in their L/28 home games, but they’re also a pitiful 2-10 ATS in their last dozen games against a team with a winning record. South Carolina is just 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings against Arkansas, but the Favorite in this SEC rivalry is also 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Pick: South Carolina -6 Points
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson 3:30 PM ET
Clemson -24.5 Points
The Clemson Tigers (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) and quarterback Tajh Boyd looked fantastic in rolling all over the Syracuse Orange 49-14 on Saturday and now they take on a Boston College team that got back in the win column in Week 6 by beating Army 48-27 one week after its humbling 48-34 home loss to Florida State.
The Tigers are averaging a whopping 44.2 points per game (13th) while holding their opponents to just 16.6 per contest defensively (17th).
Analysis: Now, while I believe there’s no way that BC gets the outright road upset in this matchup, I do like the Eagles to narrowly cover the huge, 24.5-point spread.
Yes, I know that BC is just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings against Clemson, but the Eagles are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and I believe this point spread is a few points too high. The Tigers are going to win this contest…I just don’t think they’re going to win by four touchdowns.
The Pick: Boston College +24.5 Points