College Football ATS Matchups to Exploit in Week 7

By David Hayes
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With all of college football's Week 7 lines, odds and totals available on FanDuel Sportsbook, we can dive into the handful of matchups that can potentially be capitalized on when betting against the spread (ATS).

After The Duel staff went 2-for-3 in the Week 6 slate, here's a look at three Week 7 college football ATS matchups to exploit this weekend.

All betting lines, odds and spreads are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. No. 16 Michigan (-21.5) @ Illinois

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 12 p.m. EST
If it weren't for Rutgers dominating the spotlight of the Big Ten's most helpless football program since the Scarlet Knights joined the conference in 2014, Illinois would likely be front and center in that conversation. Behind the deafening noise from the dumpster fire that has been Rutgers football over the past five seasons, the Fighting Illini have tallied a 9-36 Big Ten record, which is only two wins better than the Scarlet Knights' 7-39 split during the same stretch. Michigan has already endured its fair share of criticism this season, after a dismantling 35-14 loss to Wisconsin in Week 4, but the Wolverines have since responded with a 52-0 drubbing against Rutgers and a 10-3 win over a solid Iowa team. The Wolverines have also outscored the Illini by a combined 86-8 margin in their two most recent meetings. Illinois has been outscored 390-125 in its last nine matchups against AP Top-25 Poll opponents, and the Illini have lost those nine contests by an average margin of 29.44 points per game (PPG) during that span.

2. No. 20 Virginia (+2.5) @ Miami

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Date: Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. EST
Besides a 52-17 thumping of William & Mary in Week 2, Virginia hasn't exactly been in the business of blowing out opponents this season. The Cavaliers have, however, been consistent in winning games they're supposed to, as UVA's only loss has come by a respectable 15-point margin as 12.5-point road underdogs against a solid Notre Dame team. Miami, on the other hand, has proven one of most unpredictable teams in the country, going 0-3 against Power 5 opponents, with a 63-0 blowout over FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman and a 17-12 nail-biter against Central Michigan sandwiched in between those losses. Still searching for their first ACC win of the year, the Hurricanes are fresh of losing 42-35 to Virginia Tech at home after heading into Week 6 as 14-point favorites. This one should be close so taking the ranked team plus the points is advisable here.

3. No. 1 Alabama (-17) @ No. 24 Texas A&M

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. EST
Even though Texas A&M has given the Crimson Tide some closer calls in College Station before, this year's Aggies could be in for a rude awakening this Saturday. Heading into Week 7, Texas A&M's best win on the season was a four-point survival over a not-so-good Arkansas team in Week 5. Granted, two of the Aggies' five games have come against top-10 opponents, but Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama's loaded passing attack should be the game breaker in this one. Even though Texas A&M's defense has been respectable thus far, Alabama's No. 3 scoring offense (53.4 PPG) should prove too much for A&M's No . 78 scoring offense (25.5 PPG).


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