The 2017 campaign hasn’t been going too well for the SEC. The marquee conference in college football has seen better times, but they’ve still got three teams in the AP rankings, including the No. 10 Auburn Tigers. They’ll be in action this Saturday (3:30 PM ET, CBS) when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on their feline namesakes, the LSU Tigers. Auburn is a 7.5-point road favorite on the NCAAF odds board at press time after opening at –6.5.

Gus Malzahn’s crew has played quite well this year at 5-1 SU and 2-2-2 ATS, with their only loss coming against the defending National Champions from Clemson. It’s been a tougher start for Ed Orgeron in his first full season at LSU (4-2 SU, 1-4-1 ATS); their only cover was in Week 1 against a BYU team that still hasn’t beaten the college football lines this year. While Auburn hasn’t won in Baton Rouge since 1999, that streak happened while Les Miles was coaching LSU. Times have changed.

Here are some other important games coming up on Saturday’s Week 7 college football betting slate, all times Eastern:

No. 17 Michigan Wolverines at Indiana Hoosiers (noon, ABC)

After their demoralizing loss to Michigan State, the Wolverines (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) will go with back-up quarterback John O’Korn in this Big Ten matchup with the Hoosiers (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS), as Wilton Speight continues to be hampered by three broken vertebrae suffered in Week 4 against Purdue. Michigan opened as a 5-point favorite before moving all the way to –7.5.

No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners at Texas Longhorns (3:30 PM, ESPN)

It’s the Red River Showdown between the eternal rivals from Oklahoma (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) and Texas (3-2 SU, 3-1-1 ATS). Can the Longhorns make it meaningful again under head coach Tom Herman? They’re bouncing between +7.5 and +8 in Austin.


No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers (7:30 PM, FS1)

The Buckeyes (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) may be No. 9 in the polls, but they’re still sitting third on the NCAAF championship odds list at +750, and they’re 24.5-point favorites to beat Nebraska (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS) after opening at –24.


Utah Utes at No. 13 USC Trojans (7:15 PM, ESPN2)

For a team that’s No. 23 on the coaches poll – albeit unranked by the AP writers – the Utes (4-1 SU, 4-0-1 ATS) aren’t getting much respect on the NCAAF betting market. They’re 13-point underdogs against the beloved Trojans (5-1 SU, 1-5 ATS), holding steady since the open; USC quarterback Sam Darnold has fallen all the way to +2500 in Heisman Trophy betting.


*Odds as of October 13, 2017