Washington vs Oregon

Washington vs Oregon: A major Pac-12 matchup is on tap for Saturday as Washington travels to Oregon in Week 7 college football action. Set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, this game features two conference title hopefuls, with Washington a 3.5-point favorite and the total set at 57.5 in the latest Washington vs. Oregon odds.

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With so much on the line in this top-25 matchup between rivals, you won’t want to make any Washington vs. Oregon picks before seeing what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say. The renowned co-founder of AccuScore, Oh simulates each game 10,000 times using the SportsLine Projection Model.

Oh is crushing college football in 2018 and heads into this week on an 8-4 run with his point-spread selections. Moreover, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of Oregon, as he boasts a perfect 4-0 mark against the spread in games involving the Ducks. Now, he’s locked in a play for Saturday that he’s only sharing at SportsLine.

Oh knows Oregon is the No. 17 team in the country, with its only loss coming against Stanford in heartbreaking fashion. However, the Ducks responded with a comfortable road win over Cal and then had a bye week heading into this huge matchup with Washington.

The Ducks have won four of their last five games after an open week with at least 12 days rest and they’ll hope Justin Herbert, C.J. Verdell and Dillon Mitchell can create enough matchup issues against a loaded Washington defense.

Just because the Ducks have been rolling doesn’t mean they’ll stay within the spread on Saturday.

Washington will be highly motivated since it’s still in control of its own destiny in the Pac-12 North and in the conference as a whole. The resume lacks a signature victory at the moment thanks to a neutral-site loss to Auburn, but a win on the road against Oregon would bolster the Huskies’ College Football Playoff chances.

Oh and the SportsLine projection model expect a big day out of Washington running back Myles Gaskin with nearly 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. The model also expects Washington’s defense to force several turnovers.

We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the Under, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has crunched the numbers and discovered a crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-play.

Georgia vs LSU

Georgia vs LSU: A pair of heavyweight SEC contenders meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday when No. 2 Georgia visits No. 13 LSU at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS and CBSSports.com. The Tigers pose perhaps the biggest regular-season challenge for a Georgia team with national title aspirations, while LSU looks to get back in the hunt after a tough road loss at Florida last week. The Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Georgia vs. LSU odds, while the over-under is 50.5 points. In a game that will have major implications on both sides of the SEC standings, be sure to check out the Georgia vs. LSU picks from SportsLine’s advanced computer before locking in any of your own.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls in Week 6, including recommending Texas (+226) on the money line in its massive upset of No. 7 Oklahoma. It finished the week on an 8-2 run on all of its college football picks, and when it comes to top-rated picks, it is now an impressive 64-52 on the year. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Georgia vs. LSU 10,000 times to produce strong against-the-spread, money-line and over-under picks. We can tell you it’s leaning under, and it also has an extremely strong pick against the spread, saying one side hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model has taken Georgia’s strong run through the SEC East into account. The Bulldogs have already faced four of the other six teams in their division and only Missouri managed to come within two scores of the reigning SEC East champions.

A strong defense and balanced offense have been key for the Bulldogs. Quarterback Jake Fromm is completing 72.8 percent of his passes, while six different players have recorded at least 100 yards on the ground this season. Add in a top-ranked defense, and Georgia has the look of a contender for the College Football Playoff.

But that doesn’t guarantee that the Bulldogs will cover the spread against a tough SEC crossover opponent in LSU.

The Tigers were in the top five as recently as last week before a road setback against the Gators. Back in the confines of Tiger Stadium this week, LSU still has a chance to control its own destiny in the SEC standings if they can pull an upset against the Bulldogs.

And like Georgia, LSU prides itself on physicality. Running backs Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have combined for 13 touchdowns. Transfer quarterback Joe Burrow (53.9 completion percentage) hasn’t been as accurate as Fromm, but with just two interceptions, he has limited mistakes and given LSU a chance in every game.

So which side of the Georgia vs. LSU spread cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Georgia vs. LSU you need to be all over, all from the model that has returned over $4,000 in profit for $100 bettors.

Tennessee vs Auburn

Tennessee vs Auburn: Tennessee heads back out on the road for the second consecutive game this week when the Volunteers travel to No. 21 Auburn.

Auburn is coming off a loss at Mississippi State last week, while Tennessee had an open week following a loss at Georgia. Can Tennessee pull off the upset on the road for its first SEC win in almost two years?

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I think many people are far too bullish on Tennessee’s chances going into this game.

Auburn has sputtered after beginning the season with national championship hopes, but the Tigers are still leaps and bounds ahead of Tennessee. Auburn’s defensive front against the Tennessee offensive line might be the biggest mismatch the Vols face this year outside of Alabama.

Auburn recovers from its disappointing loss at Mississippi State and beats Tennessee with relative ease.

For Tennessee, they got a bye week to prepare after showing flashes against Georgia. For Auburn, they took one on the chin against Mississippi State after fighting off an upset bid in the previous week against Southern Miss.

That has created some buzz for the Vols ahead of this one. Still, Auburn’s defense is for real. Tennessee is going to struggle to move the football against just about anyone, much less a front like this. The Vols will have to steal some points on defense or special teams to really have a shot in this one. I think they’ll lack the offensive consistency needed to pull off a win.

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This game has all of the makings for a Tennessee upset. An early kickoff, a sputtering offense, an improving defense, and a hungry coaching staff are all working against the Tigers.

But at the end of the day, the Vols just don’t have enough to get it done.

The Auburn Tigers — who, believe it or not, entered 2018 as a potential playoff contender — are reeling right now after dropping their second game of the season in a 23-9 loss at Mississippi State last week.

All of the sudden, a game that was just one in a daunting stretch that loomed all offseason now doesn’t look as intimidating. This Auburn team is beatable.

That being said, I like the Tigers at home pulling away late to top the Vols in what will be a close game throughout.

“We’re really going to open up the playbook this week because [enter reason here].”

That has been the storyline for the Vols going into both the Florida and Georgia games. And the truth is, we haven’t. I know the Vols are coming off a bye week, but my suspicion is that the team has spent much more time on the fundamentals than opening anything new up. The Auburn defensive front is an absolute force. Until proven otherwise, I don’t think we can trust the Tennessee offense to “open up” and put up any kind of big numbers on the score board.

I know much has been made about Auburn’s offense led by quarterback Jarrett Stidham. They haven’t looked good recently. To me, they look like a group that has a great deal of pride. The play calling has held them back, and in many ways appears micro-managed. I expect Auburn to get on track this Saturday. They’ll be prepared, organized, and efficient. I’ve never wanted to be more wrong, but I’ll take Auburn and I’ve got them covering (current line per Bovada has Auburn -15).

Florida vs Vanderbilt

Florida vs Vanderbilt: How to watch NCAAF online, TV channel, live stream info, game time. Florida will challenge Vanderbilt on the road at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Florida doesn’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 7-point advantage in the spread.

Florida might be getting used to good results now that the team has four wins in a row. They were able to grind out a solid win over LSU last Saturday, winning 27-19. Florida’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of Lamical Perine, who rushed for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Feleipe Franks, who accumulated 161 passing yards and picked up 42 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile, the oddsmakers predicted a rough game for Vanderbilt, and boy were they were right. They suffered a grim 13-41 defeat to Georgia. Vanderbilt were down by 6-38 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.

Florida’s victory lifted them to 5-1 while Vanderbilt’s loss dropped them down to 3-3. Vanderbilt’s offensive line will need to gear up for a tough test against a Florida defensive front that amassed five sacks against LSU, so we’ll see if they are up to the task.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Tennessee
  • TV: ESPN
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Prediction

The Gators are a big 7 point favorite against the Commodores.

This season, Vanderbilt is 3-2-0 against the spread. As for Florida, they are 4-1-0 against the spread

Series History

Florida has won all of the games they’ve played against Vanderbilt in the last 4 years.

  • 2017 – Florida Gators 38 vs. Vanderbilt Commodores 24
  • 2016 – Vanderbilt Commodores 6 vs. Florida Gators 13
  • 2015 – Florida Gators 9 vs. Vanderbilt Commodores 7

Minnesota vs Ohio State

Minnesota vs Ohio State: Gophers offense vs. Ohio State defense: Minnesota’s game plan to throw deep against Iowa had some success in the 48-31 loss, and that strategy likely also goes for how to attack third-ranked Ohio State, which ranks 117th in the nation in allowing 13 pass plays of 20-plus yards.

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Gophers true freshman tackle Daniel Faalele will make first career start — at the Horseshoe, no less — and will face DE Chase Young, who has four sacks and four quarterback hurries this season. Star DE Nick Bosa is out with a core muscle injury. Minnesota’s trio of receivers — Tyler Johnson, Rashod Bateman and Chris Autman-Bell — showed up together for the first time in Big Ten play against Iowa. Bateman had his first two-touchdown game vs. Hawkeyes. A surefire way to lose to the Buckeyes is for QB Zack Annexstad to throw three interceptions like he did against the Hawkeyes. Buckeyes have four interceptions, six fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns in six games. RBs Mohamed Ibrahim and Bryce Williams combined to rush for five yards per carry against the Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes defense is ninth in the nation with 50 tackles for lost yards. EDGE: Ohio State

Gophers defense vs. Ohio State offense: Going back to last season, Minnesota has allowed at least 31 points in four consecutive Big Ten games. The Buckeyes average a staggering 49 points per game, fifth most in the nation. If the U gives up 31-plus points Saturday, this five-game points-allowed skid will be the worst since Jim Wacker’s 1995 Gophers team allowed 34 or more points in six straight games. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins has taken Big Ten by storm, including 455 passing yards in the 49-26 in over Indiana, which was three yards short of Ohio State’s 37-year-old record.

Haskins has completed 72 percent of his passes and is on pace for 50 touchdowns throws. He is only Big Ten player ever to throw for five or more TDs in three games in a season, according to the Big Ten Network. The Gophers allowed Iowa to convert on 57 percent of third and fourth downs last week, which was 20 points above their season average. WR Paris Campbell leads Buckeyes with 35 receptions, 501 yards and seven touchdowns. RBs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins each have more than 420 rushing yards. DE Carter Coughlin’s five sacks are the only ones registered by U’s defensive line. EDGE: Ohio State

Special teams: The Gophers allowed a 49-yard kick return last week, with Ohio State’s Johnnie Dixon’s season long at 38. Minnesota K Emmit Carpenter now 8 for 9 on field goals this season, including 49-yarder vs. Iowa. Ohio State K Sean Nuernberg is 3 for 5 on FGs. P Drue Christian has Ohio State leading league in net punting at 43.8 yards. EDGE: Ohio State

The Gophers have spent this week watching footage of many recent college football upsets, but won’t be able to get absolutely everything to break their way to remake Minnesota’s stunning 29-17 victory over No. 6 Buckeyes from 2000. Haskins’ hot streak will mean U drops 11th straight in this series. Ohio State, 55-24

Crawford vs Benavidez

Crawford vs Benavidez: Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is new to the welterweight division but he already has his sights set on accomplishing the same thing he did at junior welterweight: unifying the world titles.

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The man they call “Bud” already has one of his own, a WBO world title he earned by picking apart Jeff Horn in June in his first bout at 147 pounds. He will defend it on Saturday night against Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0, 18 KOs), an undefeated 26-year-old just two years removed from a shooting that nearly ended his career.

As tough as Benavidez may be, he’s not what Crawford wants. Crawford is 31 years old and just now entering boxing’s most talented division. He’s one of the sports best talents but is far from a household name. He’s looking for greater glory, quickly. That might even mean passing up Manny Pacquiao, the WBA “regular” champion.

“He’s not a champion in my eyes,” Crawford said, per BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec. “He don’t have the super belt. That’s the champion in my eyes. I look at the number one champion in the division. I don’t look at the WBC silver and the interim belts and all that. I look at the super [champion] and the actual champion of the division.”

That would mean the likes of Keith Thurman, the WBA “super” champion who has been inactive due to injury. Or better yet, Errol Spence Jr. (IBF), with whom Crawford has been trading insults with for months. Perhaps even Shawn Porter (WBC) could be in the mix.

Crawford needs one of those fights to happen—the sooner the better for his career and legacy. But first up is yet another test fight, which Crawford always seems to ace.

Crawford vs. Benavidez Jr. Fight Info

When: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Where: CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska

TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Odds: Crawford -3500 (bet $3,500 to win $100), Benavidez Jr. +1200 (bet $100 to win $1,200)

Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com and updated as of Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 a.m. ET.

As hungry as Benavidez may be, he’s going to be hard pressed to beat Crawford, who is an overwhelming favorite going into Saturday’s bout. Crawford can switch stances. He hits with power, precision and speed. Most opponents find him difficult to hit, even as Crawford openly taunts them in the ring.

Crawford can be a slow starter, as the pugilism processor inside his head calculates what his opponent is bringing and figures out the perfect way to neutralize it. Benavidez will have to be careful attacking like he does in the above video, with his hands down. Crawford is an expert counter-puncher, and his last four wins have come by stoppage.

But maybe Benavidez can survive Crawford’s assaults. He’s been through more than most.

As ESPN.com’s Mark Kriegel reported, Benavidez worked extremely hard with strength coach Alex Ariza to come back from a 2016 shooting that saw a bullet rip through his femoral artery:

“‘How can he fight?’ Ariza thought to himself. He’s barely walking. The femur had been shattered. Muscle and scar tissue had braided together, like a root. Now, to ensure that the quadriceps fired properly, they had to be separated by needling, cupping and deep tissue work.

“The trainer had worked with some brave champions: Diego Corrales, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana and Manny Pacquiao. But he had never seen an athlete endure that sustained level of pain. ‘It’s like pulling the skin from your body,’ Ariza said. ‘He’d just bite down, not to cry, not to show weakness. The doctor would ask if he wanted to take a break. He’d say no. He’d get this blank stare, like he was going somewhere far away.'”

Then again—and not to diminish what Benavidez has gone through—Crawford has survived a shooting of his own. These are two tough people who will be in the ring Saturday night. But so far, only one of them has proved he has the skill set of a world champion.

For all Crawford’s accomplishments, he lacks a career-defining bout.

Sure, he unified four world belts at junior lightweight against Julius Indongo, but that mismatch only lasted three rounds.

The way he weathered the storm against Yuriorkis Gamboa before knocking out the whirling dervish was a sight to behold, but that was in 2014 and just one fight into Crawford’s reign as a lightweight world champ.

The way he picked apart the then-undefeated Viktor Postol in 2016 might be his most accomplished showing so far considering the stakes, but its still lacking in glamour.

Crawford has made it look all too easy at times, but he’s finally in the deep end of the boxing talent pool now, right where he belongs.

As long as nothing crazy happens against Benavidez on Saturday night, Crawford should be on his way to taking on the biggest names in the division.

The business of boxing might get in the way, with Crawford fighting for Top Rank on ESPN and many of the others signed with PBC, but if the other key players do their part (read: keep winning), the growing demand for these fights should force the issue.