College Football Picks: Biggest Sucker Bets in Week 7

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2011

College Football Picks: Biggest Sucker Bets in Week 7

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    Week 7 in the college football season presents some upset opportunities across the country. Some underdogs are worth taking a chance on, but there are a few that are unwise bets.

    While not many people will be picking Tennessee over LSU or Kansas over Oklahoma, there are plenty of fans who will want to pick other upsets that are more tempting.

    It's important to identify the "sucker bets" of the upcoming games. Here is a trio of the biggest sucker bets on the schedule this weekend:

Florida State at Duke

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    Florida State is on a three-game losing streak and hasn't been impressive against conference opponents yet this season. 

    On the other hand, Duke is on a three-game winning streak, and they face the Seminoles at home. If there was ever a chance for the Blue Devils to knock off FSU, it's this weekend, right?

    Not so fast. This is Florida State's week to salvage some respect and get back into the bowl hunt.

    Both teams pass the ball well, and Duke will probably keep the game close and make it interesting. But Jimbo Fisher's defense is far superior to Duke's; they are holding opponents to a respectable 20 points per game.

    The Seminoles will restore order, earn their first conference win and get back on track.

Northwestern at Iowa

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    Don't be fooled by Iowa's 13-3 loss to Penn State last week. They will bounce back into offensive form at home and take care of business against Northwestern.

    Oddsmakers have Iowa winning by a bit more than a touchdown, so some might think it's a winnable game for Northwestern. Unfortunately, the Wildcats' defense won't be able to handle the Hawkeyes' one-two punch of quarterback James Vandenberg and running back Marcus Coker.

    Northwestern throws for less than 200 yards per game, and isn't built to come back. If Iowa builds an early lead, the Cats will be in serious trouble.

    Kinnick Stadium should be celebrating a 14-point victory when the night is over.

Stanford at Washington State

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    Stanford is a three-touchdown favorite in this contest, but some analysts like Washington State's chances to match them point-for-point.

    Washington State does have a good offense, and they're playing Andrew Luck's gang at home. Marshall Lobbestael has shown he has the ability to sling the ball all over the field.

    It's reality check time for the Cougars. Stanford's defense is better than anything they've faced so far, and their offense is well-balanced.

    There's a reason the Cardinal is ranked seventh in the country; they've pummeled their opponents by 27 or more in every game so far, and are in the top 10 in points scored and points yielded. They will deliver the same type of pounding to Washington State Saturday.