College Football Week 7 Picks: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. BYU Cougars

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. BYU Cougars
Saturday, 10/12/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  BYU -4.5
Current Betting Line:  BYU -6.5
Opening Total:  47.5
Current Total:  47.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 5-6 ATS as underdogs since 2011
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 5-6 ATS as underdogs since 2011

Georgia Tech is on the tail end of back-to-back road games, as it looks to bounce back from a 45-30 defeat to the Miami Hurricanes as six-point underdogs in Week 6, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  The Yellow Jackets will be logging nearly 5,000 miles over this swing, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks Saturday night.  Offensively, the team ranks eighth nationally in third-down conversion percentage, but will go against a defensive unit that sits behind only 20 teams in that category.  Georgia Tech is 3-8 SU and 5-6 ATS as underdogs over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-4 in that situation.

The Yellow Jackets rank third in college football in time of possession, which isn’t surprising due to the program rushing for more yards than any other since 2008.  Georgia Tech running back David Sims leads the team and is ninth in the ACC in averaging 65.0 rushing yards per game.  The squad is averaging 17.9 yards per pass completion—a figure that ranks second in the FBS behind the Baylor Bears.

BYU has won two consecutive games, including a dominating 31-14 victory over the Utah State Aggies as six-point road underdogs last Friday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.  The Cougars are 13th in the country in gaining 277.8 yards per game on the ground.  Wide receiver Cody Hoffman is also a major weapon on the perimeter, as he needs just three touchdowns and six receptions to become the school’s all-time record holder in those categories.  BYU is 3-4 SU and 1-6 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cougars have two players ranked in the top 20 nationally for rushing yards per game, with Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams averaging 115.8 and 114.2 respectively.  Hill has completed just 43.3 percent of his passes, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yellow Jackets due to their 4-1 ATS mark following a SU loss.

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