In the midst of a season full of upsets and surprises, finding top games is hard to do. However, No. 11 Kentucky visiting No. 1 Georgia and other ranked conference battles top this list. This article lays out College Football Week 7 odds as well as this week’s best games from around the country.
Another notable matchups is No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas– a massive game that holds implications for the Big 12 Championship game.
College Football Week 7 Odds
College Football Week 7 Top Games
Appalachian State () @ Louisiana
It’s a rematch of the 2019 Sun Belt Championship Game in Lafayette on a Tuesday night. Appalachian State (4-1) stands second in the Sun Belt East Division behind Coastal Carolina. Their sole loss this year was a 25-23 loss on the road against Miami. They’ve been well-balanced this year so far, ranking 31st in points per game (35.2) and 38th in scoring defense (20).
Levi Lewis leads Louisiana to a 4-1 record where their only loss came in Week 1 on the road against Texas. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 28th in the nation at 5.0 yards per carry– a rushing attack that’s dominated opponents for the last few seasons. This is a matchup between two teams who’ve taken care of business when they needed to and have respectable losses.
The winner may be the only challenger for Coastal Carolina in this year’s Sun Belt Race.
#12 Oklahoma State @ #25 Texas ()
Oklahoma State’s off to a hot 5-0 start, including 2-0 in the Big 12. They take on Texas coming off a brutal loss in the Red River Shootout. The Pokes are a top-10 team against the rush this season, allowing just 2.8 yards per carry so far this season. They take on the nation’s best running back in Bijan Robinson, who racked up 130 yards in the first half of their game against Oklahoma at 10.1 yards per carry.
Where Oklahoma State lacks is in offensive production, where they sit 89th in yards per play (5.0). Quarterback Spencer Sanders, who had hopes of being a star in Stillwater, is off to an inconsistent start– throwing five touchdowns and four interceptions in five games. Texas forced two first-half turnovers against Oklahoma and will look to disrupt Sanders and the Oklahoma State offense in this one.
This game holds incredibly high stakes: the winner is in terrific position to make the Big 12 Championship in December.
Auburn @ #17 Arkansas ()
Both teams were rung through the wringer against Georgia and are on the verge of being real SEC contenders. They both carry strong defenses, sitting back-to-back in opposing yards per play (39th and 40th). Auburn brings the more inconsistent offense, highlighted by explosive plays by Bo Nix as well as stretches of offensive ineptitude.
The Hogs are on a two game losing streak after a heartbreaker against Ole Miss last Saturday. KJ Jefferson and Treyvon Burks have dazzled all year long, but never more than in that Week 6 loss. Against the SEC’s top defenses– Georgia and Texas A&M– Jefferson accounted for 55% of his team’s total scrimmage yards. Keeping Jefferson in check is crucial to Auburn’s gameplan; against Georgia, Jefferson only amassed 70 total yards and the Razorbacks were held to zero points.
This SEC West game is pivotal in how the division outside of Alabama will shake out.
#11 Kentucky at #1 Georgia ()
Georgia is the first team to unseat Alabama at the top of the AP poll this season behind a vicious defense. Despite being four games into their SEC schedule, the Bulldogs have allowed two touchdowns on the season. They lead the country in opponent yards per play (3.4) and opposing points per game (5.5), and sit top-five in opposing red zone and third down conversion rate. There’s zero question who the top Dawgs are in the nation through six weeks.
Kentucky’s defense is no slouching unit, either. While they don’t have the pedigree of Georgia, Kentucky is top-15 in many of the same metrics. After taking down Florida at home, the Wildcats handed it to LSU, winning 42-21 in Week 6. While they’ve earned a top-11 rating, Kentucky lacks the separation that other top SEC programs have– games against Chattanooga (28-23 victory) and South Carolina (16-10) raise particular concern.
College GameDay chose this as their game of the week to no pushback, and this may be the heavyweight game to watch for Week 7.