Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/12/11

We are past the halfway point in the 2011 college football season and now there is a full understanding of what each team is made of both offensively and defensively.

This week’s set of games starts off again on Thursday night with USC taking on Cal.  Then the weekend’s games feature some outstanding matchups in the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac 12 that have two ranked teams playing each other.

Here are the point spreads and picks for the weekend’s top games:

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College Football Picks and Betting Lines for Week 7 OCTOBER 13

USC v Cal

  • USC-Cal spread: USC -3
  • USC-Cal over/under 56.5

USC heads into this game with a 4-1 record and their only loss came against Arizona State two weeks ago in an embarrassing 43-22 loss.  Cal played last week on Thursday night and got blown out by Oregon 43-15 in a game that they were leading at halftime.  Both these teams feature two very good quarterbacks who should be able to throw for a lot of yards in this game.

USC’s Matt Barkley has been amazing so far completing over 70% of his passes this season, averaging 300 passing yards-per-game and throwing 14 touchdown passes.  Cal’s Zach Maynard has put up some very impressive numbers as well, throwing 11 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.

Both of these teams have pretty weak defenses and have the type of offenses that should be able to score a lot in this game.  USC-Cal over-under pick: over

OCTOBER 15

#6 Oklahoma State v #22 Texas

  • Oklahoma State-Texas spread: Oklahoma State -7.5
  • Oklahoma State-Texas over/under 64.5

Oklahoma State is coming off a win against Kansas where they put 70 points on the board and could have realistically scored 100 if they would not have pulled their starters in the first half.  Texas got beat by their rival Oklahoma last week in a blowout and their offense looked overmatched all game long.

Oklahoma State might have the best passing game in the country and they are going up against a Longhorn defense that gave up 367 passing yards in their last game.  The Cowboys are averaging 432 yards-per-game through the air which ranks second in the nation.

Oklahoma State’s offense is just too much for this young Longhorn defense and that is why I am going to the lay the points in this game. Oklahoma State-Texas Spread Pick: Oklahoma State -7.5

#18 Arizona State v #9 Oregon

  • Arizona State-Oregon spread: Oregon -16
  • Arizona State-Oregon over/under 66

This game features a pair of teams that have one loss and look to stay unbeaten in conference play.  These two teams are coming off very impressive wins and this game is more than likely going to be a preview of the conference championship game.

Oregon’s offense might be missing one of their key components as LaMichael James will probably not see any action after suffering an elbow injury against Cal.  Oregon has two very talented running backs in De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner that should be able to fill the void of not having LaMichael James.

Arizona State might have the best passing quarterback in the entire conference in Brock Osweiler who threw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns in their win last week against Utah.  If Arizona State can avoid the turnovers and sustain long drives in this game than I think the Sun Devils have a shot at winning this game.  Arizona State-Oregon spread pick: Arizona State +16

#11 Michigan v #23 Michigan State

  • Michigan-Michigan State spread: Michigan State -2
  • Michigan-Michigan State over/under 48.5

Michigan has been a bit of surprise so far this season and if they can beat their in-state rival will more than likely be ranked in the top 10 next week.  This game is at home for Michigan State and they have won three straight against the Wolverines.

The key for Michigan to end their losing streak against the Spartans will be continuing to get great play from Denard Robinson. Robinson is emerging as the nation’s best dual-threat quarterback throwing for 1,130 yards passing, 770 yards rushing and has 18 touchdowns.

If any team has the defense to stop Denard Robinson than it is the Spartans who have the nation’s number one overall defense.  I like the Spartans to play well in this game at home and their winning streak to continue over Michigan. Michigan-Michigan State spread pick: Michigan State -2

#20 Baylor v #21 Texas A&M

  • Baylor-Texas A&M spread: Texas A&M -9.5
  • Baylor-Texas A&M over/under 75

Just by looking at the over/under in this game you can see that both teams have very good offenses that can score a lot of points.  Both teams are coming off wins where they scored over 40 points against their opponents.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin is one of the most accurate passers in college football and last week completed 22 of 30 passes, for 212 yards and no interceptions.  Baylor is fourth in the nation in scoring offense averaging an unbelievable 47.6 points-per-game.  Texas A&M can score a lot of points as well and they are averaging 39 points-per-game which ranks them inside the top twenty in college football in scoring offense.

In this game I am going to take the over since both teams have high powered offenses that can score in bunches. Baylor-Texas A&M over-under pick: Over

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* – Michigan v. Michigan State photo credit: Spartans Will

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