DraftKings sent out its look-ahead lines for Week 7 on Thursday. We’ve got some great matchups lined up for next Saturday, including Alabama at Mississippi St., Oklahoma St. at Texas, Florida at LSU, Auburn at Arkansas, BYU at Baylor, Kentucky at Georgia and Appalachian St. at UL-Lafayette on Tuesday.
Let’s start with that crucial Sun Belt showdown at Cajun Field in what could be the first of two meetings between these league rivals. DraftKings has App. St. (4-1 straight up, 3-2 against the spread) listed as a two-point road favorite.
The Mountaineers have wins vs. ECU (33-19 in Charlotte), vs. Elon (44-10), vs. Marshall (31-30) and at Ga. St. (45-16). They lost 25-23 at Miami on a walk-off field goal in Week 2.
Louisiana (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) has won four games in a row since losing 38-18 at Texas in its opener. However, the Ragin’ Cajuns haven’t collected many style points, winning one-possession games vs. Nicholls (27-24), at Ga. Southern (28-20), and at South Alabama (20-18). If this line holds, it’s worth noting that Billy Napier’s team won outright in its lone home underdog situation of his four-year tenure, beating Arkansas St. 47-43 as a three-point home ‘dog in 2018.
DraftKings has Pitt at Va. Tech listed as a pick ’em. The home team has won four games in a row in this rivalry, including the Panthers’ 47-14 win as 3.5-point home ‘dogs last year.
Pitt senior QB Kenny Pickett is playing the best football of his career, completing 72.0 percent of his passes for 1,731 yards with a remarkable 19/1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also has 134 rushing yards and a pair of TDs.
After opening BYU as a 1.5-point road favorite, DraftKings now has Baylor as a 1.5-point home ‘chalk’ vs. the undefeated Cougars, who host Boise St. tonight. The Bears had a 28-10 halftime lead over West Virginia at home in Week 6. They’re hoping to improve to 5-1 with a win over WVU.
DraftKings has Arkansas listed as a three-point home favorite vs. Auburn. The Razorbacks led for most of the first half today at Ole Miss, but the Rebels rallied to take a 21-14 advantage at halftime. The Hogs lost for the first time at UGA last weekend.
Auburn won at LSU last week for the first time since 1999. The Tigers host Georgia as double-digit home underdogs later today. Auburn has won five games in a row over Arkansas, but the Razorbacks got robbed by a horrendous officating mistake on The Plains last year. The egregious error allowed Auburn to kick a long walk-off field goal as time expired in a controversial 30-28 victory.
DraftKings has Florida listed as a 4.5-point road favorite at LSU. The Gators have dropped back-to-back games in this rivalry. They had a 21-0 halftime lead over Vandy today.
LSU is in action at Kentucky as a short road underdog tonight. Max Johnson made his first career start at UF last year, leading the Tigers to a 37-34 win as 23.5-point road underdogs.
Alabama has been installed as a 21-point road favorite at Mississippi St. The Bulldogs, fresh off a 26-22 upset win at Texas A&M in Week 5, are enjoying an open date while preparing for the Crimson Tide, which is in College Station tonight.
Nick Saban’s team beat Mississippi St. 41-0 as a 31-point home favorite last year. The Bulldogs have lost 13 consective games against Alabama by an average margin of 24.0 points per game.
Georgia is listed as a 24.5-point home favorite vs. unbeaten Kentucky. (Well, the ‘Cats are undefeated going into tonight’s home game vs. LSU; Ditto for UGA going into Auburn.) Mark Stoops’s squad will be without a pair of starters in WR Josh Ali and DT Marquan McCall. UGA has won 11 games in a row over UK, but the ‘Cats have covered the spread in back-to-back encounters.
Finally, Texas is a 5.5-point home favorite vs. undefeated Oklahoma St. The Cowboys are enjoying an open date while the Longhorns are battling it out with Oklahoma.
Texas won a 41-34 overtime thriller over the Pokes in Stillwater last year as a 3.5-point road underdog. In 2019, the Longhorns won a 36-30 decision, but OSU took the cash as a 6.5-point road ‘dog. Mike Gundy’s team had won four games in a row over Texas before dropping a pair of heartbreakers in the last two meetings.