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2017 SEC Football Predictions, Week 7

2017 SEC Football Predictions | Week 7

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2017 SEC Football Predictions | Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of 2017 SEC Football Predictions. This is that point of the season where we talk about how we can’t believe it’s the halfway point of the season. I’ll say it… “I sure can’t believe that we are already halfway through the season.”

This weekend will give us a clearer picture for more than one team’s future. Butch Jones and Tennessee will start a redshirt freshman at quarterback in hopes of decreasing the intensity of the dumpster fire currently blazing through the athletic department on the The Hill. LSU hopes to put together two consecutive big wins for the first time in a long time as they welcome Auburn to Death Valley for an afternoon kickoff in Baton Rouge. Florida looks to bounce back after a disappointing homecoming loss to LSU while Texas A&M hopes that the choke in Pasadena will be a sacrifice that could replace the months of Choketober and November on the College Station calendar. The Aggies have been a huge second half of the season letdown the previous four years, but they began the season as a disappointment only to slowly gain respect as the season progresses.

Join me as we travel across the southeast to make our SEC Football Predictions for Week 7.

All Times Eastern | Utilizing AP Rankings until the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings are released in October.

BYU (1-5) at Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: BYU opened the season with a 27-0 loss that has become more and more unimpressive as the season has progressed. The only win came in Week 0 the previous week against the Portland State Vikings. The independent Cougars come into the game against a team they defeated last year as a 23.5-point underdog. BYU does not match up well with Mississippi State at any position, so the Bulldogs may come off a much needed open date and cover that 23.5 points before the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs will get their fourth win of the season in one of the first games on Saturday’s Week 7 docket.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 45, BYU 14

South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 SEC) at Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: Butch Jones has come out and said that quarterback Quinten Dormady had his best practice of the year this week. That fact will come in handy this week as Butch replaces Dormady with redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. This could be the closing act for Butch Jones if Tennessee comes out and lays an egg (figuratively or literally) two weeks after being shutout by Georgia and coming off an open date.

South Carolina is coming off a 48-22 win over an Arkansas team that threw the ball to Gamecock defenders as much as they threw to Razorback receivers. The Gamecocks are not the flavor of the week that defeated NC State to open the season, but they are still in the upper-middle class of the SEC East and Tennessee is not. Neyland Stadium may not be standing after another Vols loss. The good news for Tennessee fans is this rivalry is one of the most closely contested games over the past 20 years. I don’t think history really cares, however, so I’m sticking with the Gamecocks.

PREDICTION: South Carolina 28, Tennessee 17

#10 Auburn (5-1, 3-0 SEC) at LSU (4-2, 1-1 SEC)

Big game word of wisdom: Who knows which LSU team will show up Saturday against Auburn, but the Tigers have the talent to beat anyone in the country. This was proven last week after a 17-16 win over Florida in Gainesville. These Tigers can also lose to Troy at home. Ed Orgeron is very streaky and if he can build on the momentum of last week’s win, LSU will play out of their mind Saturday in front of an frenzied home crowd, albeit an afternoon frenzy rather than the usual night crowd in Death Valley.

Auburn has improved more than any team in the nation in the last month. This is now a team that only seems to get better each week with an offense that is playing fast and physical and a defense that is much of the same.

LSU will need to make a big play on defense and special teams to win this one Saturday and I think they will. The SEC season has made little sense in 2017 and don’t expect it to make any more sense after this classic in Baton Rouge.

PREDICTION: LSU 24, Auburn 21 (OT)

Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3 SEC) at Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: I have no idea. I’d like to think Vanderbilt can win on the road against a very bad Ole Miss team that has thrown in the towel. Let’s say Vanderbilt doesn’t go all Vandy on us and leaves Oxford with a victory late Saturday afternoon.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 38, Ole Miss 20

Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 SEC) at Florida (3-2, 2-1 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: Florida does not have the offense to score enough points to beat Texas A&M. The Gators could have easily lost to Tennessee and Kentucky until they finally did lose to an LSU team coming off a homecoming loss to Troy seven days earlier. Florida appeared to have a remedy for the sick offense in Luke Del Rio when he returned at quarterback to lead the Gators to a comeback victory over Kentucky. Then he was injured and out for the season and the offense is as sick now as it has been under Jim McElwain. The only thing I can find sicker than Florida’s offense is the alternate design that will be used for this week’s uniforms. Just Google “Florida alternate uniforms” and I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about it. Warning: any photos you see are NSFW because of the involuntary response laced in profanity you will have.

Texas A&M played Alabama as tough as anyone this season. The Aggies used the magic and toughness of freshman quarterback Kellen Mond to get within eight points before the scoreboard clock read 00:00. I’m not sure Texas A&M can bring that energy level to The Swamp on Saturday, but Kellen Mond proved he was a quarterback that plans on doing nothing but getting better as the Aggies field general. Most quarterbacks in his same situation Saturday night have circled the wagons in order to live to see to another day. Literally. Watch quarterbacks play against Alabama’s defense and you can see the difference in the eyes of the guys willing to literally sacrifice their careers in order to win one game against the ‘Tide and the guys who can’t be faulted for wanting to stay healthy enough to play again. I have seen two guys in the last two-and-a-half years that never flinched against Alabama; DeShaun Watson in the past two CFP National Championship Games and Kellen Mond against Alabama last Saturday night.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 31, Florida 20

Arkansas (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at #1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: There was a time that everyone loved Brett Bielema and Arkansas was the up-and-coming program in the West. Austin Allen’s play at quarterback has been uninspired in 2017 and I will be surprised if he even finishes this game against Alabama because he is one of those quarterbacks that wants to and deserves to live to see another day.

I don’t want to throw any additional rat poison on the Alabama football program. Instead, I will do the right thing and write about how careful this Alabama team needs to be. Listen to your coach. Don’t eat the rat poison. Did you know that 97 percent of rat poison is actually nutritional for the rat? It’s the three percent of poison that kills the rat. So, you know…. don’t eat the rat poison or you could die. Aight?

I guess Alabama will win, but they ain’t all that.

PREDICTION: Alabama 63, Arkansas 6

Missouri (1-4, 0-3 SEC) at #4 Georgia (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Quick word of wisdom: I’m stepping out on a limb and saying Missouri won’t win the East this season. I know. I know. Call me crazy. Call me a Mizzou hater, but I just can’t shake this hunch. I also know how unfunny these “Hey, look at me. I’m making a joke about how bad a team is by commenting on how I’m going out on a limb by being the only person not predicting unparalleled success for said bad team.” I appreciate you for not punching me through your screen.

Georgia is good. Really good. They are as good statistically on offense as they are defense. That will be enough to win over Missouri. Missouri is bad. Really bad.

PREDICTION: Georgia 52, Missouri 13

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Utah Utes vs. USC Trojans Pick - In a big Pac-12 matchup, the Utah Utes come to the L.A. Coliseum to take on the USC Trojans. Both teams have one loss and a win here would be big. Utah is coming off a narrow 23-20 loss to Stanford. USC beat Oregon State on Saturday and looks for a better conference win this week at home. Will Sam Darnold get the Trojans offense untracked on Saturday or will the Utah defense and run-game be enough to give them their third win over the Trojans in the last four seasons? Loot offers his ATS pick here in this article. (8PM EST) - 10/14

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Pick - The Ohio State Buckeyes come to Lincoln on Saturday to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big Ten Conference action. The Cornhuskers are looking for answers after falling to Wisconsin last week and just not making much of an impact this season. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have recovered well from their loss to Oklahoma earlier in the season and look to start hitting their groove with some big games coming up. Who can get the job done this week and who will cover the spread? Loot offers his perspective here. (7:30PM EST) - 10/14

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick - The Arkansas Razorbacks come face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday in SEC action from Tuscaloosa. Even Arkansas teams that aren't very good can sometimes give the Tide a run for their money, but this Razorbacks bunch looks a bit ragged after a bad loss to South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Tide are coming off a win over Texas A&M where they were given a little bit of a challenge. Can Arkansas do the same? Loot offers his take in this article. (7:15PM EST) - 10/14

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Pick - In Big 12 action between old rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Loinghorns meet at the Cooton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday. Oklahoma looks to get back on the winning track after suffering a massive upset loss at the hands of Iowa State last Saturday. Texas, meanwhile, was able to deliver in double-overtime with a big win over Kansas State last week and they've shown a lot more pep since swithcing to freshman QB Sam Ehlinger. Will we see a closer to vintage Sooners team this week or will Texas continue to climb back up the Big 12 ladder? Loot offers his betting pick here. (3:30PM EST) - 10/14

Washington State Cougars vs. California Golden Bears Pick - The Washington State Cougars come south to face the Cal Golden Bears on Friday in Pac-12 action. Washington State is 6-0 and has some big things on the table if they are able to stay on the winning path. QB Luke Falk is starting to really let it fly and that could be bad news for a Cal team that started well, but has melted some as they got into the meat of their conference schedule. Can the Cougars keep it rolling or will Cal respond being at home after a couple rough road spots? Loot gives his breakdown right here. (10:30PM EST) - 10/13

Colorado State Rams vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Pick - In the late-late game on Saturday night, the Colorado State Rams make the long trip to Aloha Stadium to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Colorado State is rested after a loss against top-ranked Alabama that was closer than most thought it would be. Hawaii is coming off a loss that should have been a win, when they lost in OT in Wyoming. Who will win in this battle of 2-2 teams Saturday night? Loot offers his analysis and ATS pick here! (11:59PM EST) - 9/30

Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick - In an ACC heavyweight battle from Blacksburg on Saturday, the Clemson Tigers take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Tigers look good this season and a couple big wins already have them ranked in the number-two spot. But Virginia Tech looks pretty solid and is also 4-0 on the season, looking to score a signature win in this game. Loot breaks the contest down here and offers his betting pick in this ACC high-stakes game. (8PM EST) - 9/30

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick - In SEC action from Knoxville, the Georgia Bulldogs square off the with the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Georgia is on a nice roll, coming off a win over Mississippi State that was a lot more dominant than anyone forecasted. Tennessee is back at home following a too-close win over UMass last week. Will the Bulldogs continue to roll or will the Volunteers give them a sweat? Loot breaks the game down in this article. (12PM EST) - 9/30

USC Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Pick - In Pac-12 action from Pullman on Friday, the USC Trojans face the Washington State Cougars. This is a big one with both teams entering this game at 4-0. USC is higher-ranked, but Washington State has been in high-flying form the last few games and look to ride the arm of Luke Falk to glory this week. Can they do it? Or will the Trojans remind everyone why they were a popular pick to win the conference this season? Loot offers his ATS pick here. (10:30PM EST) - 9/29

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick - The Nebraska Cornhuskers come out to Champaign to face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday in Big Ten action. Nebraska got a win last week, but are still dealing with a lot of issues heading into this week. The Illini are coming off a week-break following a bad loss to South Florida. Can they score the big win at home or will Nebraska start getting on the right track this week? Loot chimes in here! (8PM EST) - 9/29

Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick - The Texas Longhorns take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday in Big 12 action on Thursday. Both teams are coming off a little break for this game and should be well-rested. Iowa State has shown some signs of life this season and hope to give a robust challenge to the incoming Longhorns. Texas fell to 1-2 in their last game, but managed to give top-five USC a run for their money, nearly beating them in a double-overtime loss. Loot breaks down the game and offers his ATS pick here. (8:00PM EST) - 9/28

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Pick - In SEC action on Saturday, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide make the trip to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. Alabama is ranked number-one, but might have their hands full with a Vandy team that scored a big win over the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday in a big win for the program. Will Alabama cover the big number or can the Commodores provide a challenge at home? Loot tries to answer that question and offers his ATS pick here. (3:30PM EST) - 9/23

USC Trojans vs. California Golden Bears Pick - The USC Trojans come to Berkeley for a Pac-12 matchup against the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday. The Trojans are ranked in the top-five and look for big things this season. But this Cal team might be better than anyone suspected and they carry a 3-0 record into this big conference matchup. Loot breaks down the game and offers his pick against the spread. (3:30PM EST) - 9/23

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Boise State Broncos Pick - On Friday night, the Virginia Cavaliers come to Albertsons Stadium to face the Boise State Broncos in week four action. Both teams won last week, entering this game with some momentum. Boise State is naturally favored at home on the blue field, but Virginia has already equaled their win total of last season and look to be pretty tough this season. In this article, Loot breaks down the game and offers his ATS betting analysis. (8PM EST) - 9/22

Temple Owls vs. South Florida Bulls Pick - In Thursday action from Raymond James Stadium in AAC play, the Temple Owls take on the South Florida Bulls. The Bulls are now ranked and at 3-0 and with dual threat QB Quinton Flowers, they look for more this week. To do so, they will need to beat a Temple team that beat them pretty bad last season. And after a win on Saturday, Temple looks to give their season a real kickstart with the upset road win this week. Who can come out on top in this matchup and who gets the cover? Loot offers his ATS guidance in this article. (7:30PM EST) - 9/21

Colorado State Rams vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick - In week three action from Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Colorado State Rams take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. Colorado State looks to put up a fight, but they face a very difficult road test. But in an ATS sense, they should give Alabama backers something to think about. The Tide have been impressive, first with a big win over Florida State and then an easy win over Fresno State last week. Loot offers his take on the game in this article. (7PM EST) - 9/16

Clemson Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick - In a heavyweight ACC matchup, the defending champion Clemson Tigers come into Kentucky to take on the Louisville Cardinals and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. Clemson showed they are still a force with a conclusive win over ranked Auburn last week. But this is a tough road task against the best player in college football. Can Clemson stay on the winning track or are Jackson and the Cardinals ready to step up with what be a huge win for the program? Loot breaks the game down in this article and offers his ATS pick. (3:30PM EST) - 9/16

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick - In week three action, the Oklahoma State Cowboys look to go to 3-0 with a tough road task at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Panthers. On Saturday, the Panthers were beaten, but by a top-five ranked Penn State team. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, has looked explosive through two games, though the difficulty should rise this week. Who can cover the spread and get the job done on Saturday? (12PM EST) - 9/16

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. South Florida Bulls Pick - The Fighting Illini look to go to 3-0 when they visit the South Florida Bulls on Friday. The Lovie Smith-led Fighting Illini were impressive in week two with a win over Western Kentucky. South Florida, meanwhile, is 2-0 and saw their Saturday game postponed amidst Florida weather concerns. Can Illinois keep the ball rolling or will South Florida's dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers have his way with this defense? Click here, as Loot breaks down the game with his ATS pick. (7PM EST) - 9/15

New Mexico Lobos vs. Boise State Broncos Pick - On Thursday in a Mountain West Conference battle, the New Mexico Lobos come to Albertsons Stadium to face the Boise State Broncos. Both teams have to recover from painful losses on the short week. New Mexico made a big comeback, but a failed two-point conversion cost them a close loss last week. And Boise is coming off an ultra-painful loss to Washington St. on Saturday. Who can shake it off in time for Thursday? Loot breaks the game down and offers his wagering guidance in this piece. (8PM EST) - 9/14

Boise State Broncos vs. Washington State Cougars Pick - The Boise State Broncos make the trip up to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday night in the late game. Both teams emerged from week one with wins, but the difficulty gets ramped up for both teams in this matchup. Can the Cougars and their high-powered offense led by Luke Falk explode against the Broncos? Or will Boise State see their defense contain the Cougs, while the offense keeps them in the game? Loot breaks down the whole affair here, along with his ATS pick. Take a peek! (10:30PM EST) - 9/9

Stanford Cardinal vs. USC Trojans Pick - It didn't take long for the Pac-12 conference to heat up. In week two, the Stanford Cardinal come to the LA Coliseum to face the USC Trojans on Saturday. Many have identified these two as teams who could meet in the conference title game and we get a sneak preview of that this weekend. The Trojans have won ten in a row going back to last season, while the Cardinal have 7 straight wins heading into this massive Pac-12 showdown in LA. Who can get the win and who will cover the spread? Loot attempts to answer those questions in this article. (8:30PM EST) - 9/9

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick - In one of the biggest games of the early 2017 college football season, the Oklahoma Sooners come to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes. The result of this game could go a long way toward determining if these teams will play for all the marbles later in the season. The Sooners have racked up 11 straight wins going back to last season, while the Buckeyes have their sights set squarely on the CFP. Who can emerge from this Saturday's matchup with the win and cover? Loot breaks down each team's case here. (7:30PM EST) - 9/9

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Oregon Ducks Pick - The Nebraska Cornhuskers make the long trip to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks in Saturday week two action. Each team was victorious in week one in warm-up type games, with this being their first real matchup. The Ducks are at home with what looks like a high-powered offense. The defense is something this week will tell us more about. And with Nebraska coach Mike Riley now working with his recruits, will that resonate into a more-complete squad? Loot breaks the game down and offers his ATS pick here. (4:30PM EST) - 9/9

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick - In week two action, the Michigan Wolverines open up their 2017 season at home when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Michigan was certainly impressive in week one with a big win and cover over Florida. Cincinnati wasn't as impressive, but still emerged from week one with a win. Who can shine and cover the spread at Michigan Stadium this weekend? Loot offers his take here! (12PM EST) - 9/9

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. South Alabama Jaguars - In week two action on Friday, the top-ten Oklahoma State Cowboys come to Mobile to face the plucky South Alabama Jaguars. In week one, Oklahoma State showed what they hope is one of the nation's most-powerful offenses, led by QB Mason Rudolph and a thick cast of difference-makers on offense. But they now take to the road against a South Alabama team that has some things going for it and covered in week one against Ole Miss. Loot breaks it down here and offers his pick. (8PM EST) - 9/8

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick - The Tennessee Volunteers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will conclude an extended week one when they meet on Monday in Atlanta. Both teams had a memorable 2016. Tennessee's season was characterized by wild finishes and unlikely comebacks. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets somewhat quietly added 6 wins to their 2015 total and look for more good things this season. Loot breaks it all down here with his ATS pick. Take a look! (8PM EST) - 9/4

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Pick - To open the 2017 season, the West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies meet on Sunday at FedExField in Sunday action between top-25 teams. With both teams coming off 10-win seasons, there are hopes on both sidelines, but getting this season off to a good start is key. Loot breaks down the matchup in this article, while offering his ATS input. Check it out! (7:30PM EST) - 9/3

Texas A&M Aggies vs. UCLA Bruins Pick - The Texas A&M Aggies make the trip to the Rose Bowl for an opening week Sunday matchup against the UCLA Bruins. These teams also opened the 2016 season in an overtime game at College Station won by the Aggies. The Bruins really languished last season and look to clear the air with a huge win on Sunday. Meanwhile, the typically fast-starting Aggies look for more of the same this season. Check out Loot's breakdown and ATS prediction here! (7:30PM EST) - 9/3

Florida State Seminoles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick - As far as week one matchups in college football go, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide face the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles in Atlanta on Saturday in high-stakes action. Alabama looks for another big season after nearly being perfect last season. And with a number-three ranking, Jimbo Fisher's 'Noles squad has big plans of their own. Who comes out on top and more importantly for our purposes, who covers the spread? Loot breaks down this huge week 1 matchup here! (8PM EST) - 9/2

Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators Pick - At AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators open up their seasons for 2017. In Harbaugh's third season, Michigan looks to keep the positive momentum going, but for first time under Harbaugh, they face major turnover in the personnel department. With Florida, we have a team that has won back-to-back SEC East titles under third-year coach Jim McElwain. Loot breaks down this high-profile Saturday matchup here, while offering his wagering counsel. (3:30PM EST) - 9/2

Utah State Aggies vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick - The Utah State Aggies open their season with a tough road game with top-ten ranked Wisconsin in week one in Friday night action from Madison. Utah State is looking to bounce back after a tough season that broke their string of 6 straight bowl appearances. But the season gets off to a difficult start against a resourceful Wisconsin team that made a major move last season and looks for more in 2017. Loot breaks the matchup down here, while offering his betting guidance. (9PM EST) - 9/1

Washington Huskies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick - Top-ten team Washington makes its 2017 regular season debut with a cross-country trip to New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday. After making it to the College Football Playoff and resuscitating their program last season, they look to build on it this season. Rutgers, meanwhile, embarks on the long road back to respectability after an awful 2016 campaign. Loot breaks down the game here and offers his ATS pick. Take a look! (8PM EST) - 9/1

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick - The Ohio State Buckeyes open what they hope will be a big season against Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana on Thursday. The second-ranked team in the country, the Buckeyes look to hit the ground running. They will be facing a team that was gritty last season in making it to a bowl game, while keeping games close against good opponents. In this article, Loot breaks down the matchup and offers an ATS pick. Take a look, as we try to get the college football season off to a good start. (8:00PM EST) - 8/31

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick - Tulsa comes to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State in week one action. Oklahoma St. is ranked in the top-ten and should have an explosive offense led by Mason Rudolph at quarterback. But they didn't get a softie in week one with a surging Tulsa program coming off a 10-win season. Can the Cowboys' offense generate a cover or will the Golden Hurricane show that they're built to hang in there with anybody? Loot offers his pick here. (7:30PM EST) - 8/31

2017 Big 12 Conference Predictions and Picks - In the 2017 college football season, the Big 12 looks to make a major impact. Once a perennial factor at the top, the Big 12 has been out of the picture for a handful of years. But with a championship game being re-introduced into the picture and a deep group of tough teams, maybe a Big 12 team can make a big splash in 2017. Oklahoma is the prohibitive favorite, but if they trip up, a lot of good teams lie in wait to pounce. Check out Loot's breakdown on the Big 12 and who he likes to win the conference this season.

2017 ACC Conference Predictions and Picks - While some other conferences might get more attention, recent championship developments in college football show the ACC deserves full respect. In the past handful of seasons, this conference has produced major contenders to the title, with Clemson taking all the marbles last season with a big CFP championship win over 'Bama. And they're not even the favorite to win the ACC this season, as a handful of teams have realistic hopes of getting to and winning the conference title game. In this article, Loot breaks down the odds to win the ACC, with his profiles and picks. Take a look!

2017 Big Ten Conference Predictions and Picks - The Big Ten can be relied upon nearly every season to at least produce a serious contender to the championship throne. This season finds several Big Ten teams listed among the top favorites to win it all in college football. To just win the Big Ten is a major achievement and as usual, Ohio State is at the top of the list of favorites. Behind the Buckeyes are some high-value choices who could easily step up in a big way this season. In this article, Loot breaks down the odds to win the Big Ten Championship, while offering his pick.

2017 SEC Conference Predictions and Picks - The SEC is as big as it gets as far as college football goes. Every year, this conference either produces a national champion or at the very least, a serious contender to the title. This year is no different. Alabama stands as the clear favorite to again be crowned SEC champs. But for those who like to take a take a different approach and buck common perception, the odds for anyone other than the Tide are really juicy. In this article, Loot provides the early odds to win the SEC, explores the conference landscape, and offers a winning pick. Check it out!

2017 Pac-12 Conference Predictions and Picks - Last season, one of the more hotly-contested conferences in college football was the Pac-12 Conference. Washington took the conference and made it to the College Football Playoff. But there were a lot of surprises conference-wide, both good and bad. This season should feature more fireworks. The Huskies are still in good shape, but a lot of people are pegging USC as the top contender, especially considering how hot the Trojans were at the end of the season. With other realistic contenders, this conference could be one of the better ones this season. Take a look, as Loot breaks down the odds to win the Pac-12 and offers a pick.

2017 Heisman Trophy Odds and Picks - Here, we have a bet where you can capitalize off of any insight you have developed on individual college football players. Most bets force you to take an entire team into account. This season features a lot of exciting candidates, including last season's winner--Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Joining Jackson on the list is a bevy of great players, all of whom could catch fire this season and win this trophy. In this article, Loot breaks down the award, along with the betting odds and our best picks. Check it out!

Players to Watch out for in the 2017 Season - The sport of college football replenishes every year. College careers can be very short, with most players reduced to a just a few seasons to show their wares if they're lucky. That makes for a lot of turnover, as each year brings with it a new cast of star players who shine on Saturdays and help their team cover spreads. In this article, Loot identifies 12 players, some known and some more anonymous, who could make a major impact in the 2017 season. Check it out!

New College Football Coaches for the 2017-18 Season - Once the CFP final concludes, most of us turn our attention to other sports, as the long football offseason begins. When it becomes time to start following football again, there is a mass of new information we need to know. Among those things are the litany of coaching changes that take place every year in college football. In this article, Loot breaks down the new head coaching landscape. He introduces all the new head coaches with bios, while also describing what led to them earning the job. Take a look, as we try to get a leg up on getting ready for what promises to be an eventful college football season in 2017-18!

Early Odds to Win the 2017-2018 College Football Playoff - Granted, we're getting a bit into the unknown here. But in sports betting, as in many other walks in life, the real big-money scores are made by those willing to step into waters few else will. And when picking a college football champion this early in the year, a lot will be unclear. But for those willing to get involved now, the rewards can be rich. There can be teams that you know are good that very few people are hip to, so why wait? In this article, Loot gives the early betting odds of all teams, while discussing the top favorites along with some high-value underdogs.

Signs That You Should Stop or Take an Extended Break - One thing that separates Lootmeister from other sites is our realistic look at betting and some of the hardships that bettors face. We're one of the only sites that actually encourages bettors to stop in certain cases. In this article, Loot explores the benefits of stopping or taking a break if things start to get sideways during the college football season. It's not what people always want to hear, but sometimes it's the only answer. Take a look, as we begin to prepare for all possibilities with the upcoming CFB season.

Stressing the Matchup Component - When betting on any sport, the tendency is to evaluate each side individually. But any college football bettor who has been doing this for a while will tell you it's not enough to judge each team as if they exist on the vacuum. An appraisal of how two teams will mesh together is what it's all about. In this article, Loot imparts the importance of heavily pondering the matchup component whenever making a wager in college pigskin.

Not Forgetting the Game That is Sports Betting - When people bet on college football, most of their energy is spent on breaking down the game. Fair enough. But before you can really apply your analysis of college football, you need to master the other side of it--sports betting. It's a realm onto itself and you can know college football better than Lee Corso and it won't bring you any closer to being a successful bettor. In this article, Loot reminds us that high-quality college football betting requires a combination of knowledge of the sport itself along with a really big dose of sports betting know-how. Take a look!

Getting Tuned into the Concept of Value - One sometimes-overlooked aspect of college football betting is extracting the most value out of our bets. When we see the book is the one that thrives year after year, it's clear that they're doing something right, while a lot of bettors make that possible by paying no mind to betting value. It's a key consideration that the best in the business have mastered to a tee. In this article, Loot breaks down how everyone can get the most bang for their buck when betting on college football.

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