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Essential Week 7 Betting Tips for College Football’s Top Games

Searching for some quick-hitting betting notes to help you cap Saturday’s top college football games? Look no further. We break down all the need-to-know facts and figures for Saturday’s Top 25 NCAAF contests.

Eastern Michigan Eagles at (25) Toledo Rockets (-28, 60)

* The Eagles come in off a 47-21 home loss to Akron, the third straight opponent to score at least 44 points.

* The Rockets rank No. 2 in the nation in red zone defense, holding opponents to just a touchdown and three field goals on 13 trips inside the 20-yard line (30.8 percent).

West Virginia Mountaineers at (2) Baylor Bears (-21, 75)

* The Mountaineers are beginning a two-game stretch as tough as any team will see this season with a trip to No. 3 TCU coming up next week and need to be more careful with the football after committing a total of nine turnovers in losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

* Baylor’s average margin of victory of 42 points leads FBS. The Bears head in 3-1 ATS (one game had no line) and have covered the spread in three consecutive games.

Louisville Cardinals at (8) Florida State Seminoles (-7.5, 46)

* Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is third in the nation among freshmen with a team-best 435 rushing yards, but has struggled passing with a 53.2 completion rate, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

* Florida State quarterback Everett Golson has eight touchdowns with zero interceptions in 2015 and has thrown 151 passes without a pick dating to last season as Florida State remains the only team in the nation without an offensive turnover.

(12) Ole Miss Rebels at (22) Memphis Tigers (+10.5, 70)

* Ole Miss topped Memphis, 24-3, last season, holding the Tigers to 104 yards of offense. The closing line of Ole Miss -21 resulted in a push for Rebels backers.

* Memphis is riding a 12-game winning streak – the third-longest active run in the country – and has had 15 days to prepare for this contest. Despite the hot SU streak, the Tigers are just 6-5-1 ATS over those last 12.

(17) Iowa Hawkeyes at (21) Northwestern Wildcats (+1.5, 41)

* Iowa is one of only three FBS schools that has allowed only one rushing touchdown this season.

* Northwestern and Iowa are meeting as ranked teams for the first time since 1996, when the Wildcats pounded the Hawkeyes 40-13 en route to a share of the Big Ten title. Northwestern covered as 6-point pups in that matchup.

(4) Michigan State Spartans at (14) Michigan Wolverines (-7.5, 41.5)

* The Spartans have gone 6-1 straight up and 7-0 against the spread in the previous seven meetings with their in-state rival. The Spartans lost 12-10 in 2012, but covered as 8.5-point road underdogs.

* The 14th-ranked Wolverines have allowed only 14 points total in five consecutive victories (including three-straight shutouts) since losing to Utah in first-year coach Jim Harbaugh’s debut on Sept. 3.

(19) Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State Wildcats (+3.5, 54.5)

* Oklahoma has won all five trips to Kansas State by double digits under coach Bob Stoops. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in those five games.

* The Wildcats have squandered double-digit leads in back-to-back games, losing to undefeated Oklahoma State and TCU on late scores.

(9) Alabama Crimson Tide at (10) Texas A&M Aggies (+4, 53)

* Alabama failed to contain an up-tempo attack in a loss to Ole Miss earlier this season and struggled with Texas A&M when Johnny Maziel was running Kevin Sumlin’s offense to perfection in previous seasons. “It’s going to be a real challenge for us to be able to cover them and keep them cut off and not give them plays down the field,” Nick Saban told reporters.

* Aggies quarterback Kyle Allen was at his best in the first two SEC games and totaled 680 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Arkansas and Mississippi State.

(3) TCU Horned Frogs at Iowa State Cyclones (+20.5, 73.5)

* Third-ranked TCU has scored 50 or more points in each of its past five games and while 5-0 SU in those games, it is just 2-3 ATS.

* Iowa State redshirt freshman Mike Warren has been electric with 574 rushing yards and an 8.1 average and he had 245 yards against Texas Tech, eighth-most in school history.

Boston College Eagles at (6) Clemson Tigers (-15.5, 37.5)

* The Boston College offensive attack bottomed out in a 3-0 loss – its second shutout defeat in four weeks – last Saturday at home against Wake Forest. The Eagles missed two field goals, committed four turnovers and had the ball on the Demon Deacons’ 1-yard line as the game ended.

* The Tigers look to improve to 6-0 and achieve the longest home winning streak in school history (14) when they welcome Boston College to Death Valley on Saturday night. Clemson is 9-4 ATS during its home winning streak.

(11) Florida Gators at (5) LSU Tigers (-7, 46)

* Not having quarterback Will Grier, who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, is a blow to the Florida offense, and the Gators’ defense will have its hands full trying to slow down sophomore Leonard Fournette — the nation’s leading rusher.

* LSU finished with 624 yards of total offense at South Carolina last week, its third-highest total against a SEC opponent since 1960.

USC Trojans at (13) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-6.5, 61)

* The USC-Notre Dame game is annually a highlight for each of the two programs, though the battle on the field is being overshadowed a bit by some off-the-field turmoil. The Trojans will play their first game under interim coach Clay Helton after the firing of Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian is reportedly battling an alcohol addiction, and several alcohol-related incidents led to his being dismissed early this week.

* Notre Dame bounced back nicely from its first loss by cruising past Navy 41-24 last weekend and is trying to stay in the hunt for a College Football Playoff berth.

Penn State Nittany Lions at (1) Ohio State Buckeyes (-19, 47)

* Senior defensive end Carl Nassib leads the nation with 10 sacks – Penn State also is tops in the country with 25 as a team – and sophomore middle linebacker Jason Cabinda (team-best 46 tackles) and junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson (7.5 tackles for losses) also star on the defensive side.

* The Buckeyes will attempt to extend their record of consecutive Big Ten wins to 27 Saturday. Ohio State is just 13-12-1 ATS in the previous 26.

Arizona State Sun Devils at (7) Utah Utes (-6.5, 56)

* Arizona State is 20-6 against the Utes and won last season’s matchup 19-16 in overtime. The Sun Devils have won 12-straight meetings and are 2-2 ATS in four meetings since the Utes joined the Pac-12.

* The Utes rely on standout senior running back Devontae Booker, who racked up 222 yards against Cal and has 665 on the season. “I don’t really care if it was a breakout game for me,” Booker told reporters. “I was just doing my job to help my team win.”