Alabama Football: CFB’s week seven slate of key games

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Along with Alabama Football’s Homecoming contest against Arkansas, week seven of CFB is filled with interesting games.

The early Saturday slate does not have much to offer other than the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama fans might hope for Syracuse to knock Florida State from the undefeated teams, but such a result is doubtful.

College football’s biggest game of the day is a pair of undefeated teams, with the Oregon Ducks in Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. According to FanDuel, the Huskies are favored by 3.5 points. Both defenses will be challenged because Oregon averages 51.6 points per game and Washington’s average is 46 points. Only USC scores more points, though the Trojans have no defense to compare to the Ducks and the Huskies.

On Saturday night the high-scoring USC offense will try to light up South Bend. A good Notre Dame defense might be enough to snatch a win in a game the Fighting Irish are favored by three points.

Another early evening game of interest to Alabama football fans is Miami at North Carolina. The Tar Heels are 5-0 and small favorites by 2.5 points. Maimi will be trying to recover from beating itself last week in one of the worst ‘run out the clock’ decisions imaginable.

Twelve SEC teams have games on Saturday. The Georgia Bulldogs have their typical ‘laugher’ contest against Vanderbilt. The Dores are the home team, but playing in Nashville never affords Vandy any home-field advantage.

At 2:30 PM CST, South Carolina hosts Florida. The Gamecocks are 2.5-point favorites, with both teams needing a win, especially South Carolina. Also on the Saturday afternoon slate is Texas A&M at Tennessee. Will the Aggies be demoralized by last week’s loss or is it possible the Texas A&M players believe in themselves but not in their head coach? The Vols are a 3-point favorite, but Tennessee feels like a far better pick at that spread than the Aggies.

Alabama football fans will root against some Tigers

The first of SEC Saturday night games is Auburn taking on LSU in Tiger Stadium. Auburn has had no passing offense, but against LSU it might be possible to find one. Auburn’s defense is not shabby but slowing Jayden Daniels and his receivers is a big challenge for any team. It is hard to know what outcome Alabama football fans prefer. A scare to LSU might be fun, but Crimson Tide fans would likely most enjoy Auburn on the receiving end of a blowout.

In the SEC’s other Saturday night game, Missouri and Kentucky try to get right after last week’s losses. The Wildcats are a 2.5-point favorite in Lexington.

Note: Team stats are provided by Also, the point spreads included are from Friday night and are subject to change before kickoffs.

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A win on Saturday would take Nick Saban to 200 Crimson Tide wins and 292 wins overall in his 28th college football, head coaching season.