Stanford, Michigan sit as Week 7 favorites


( — Week 7 of the college football schedule features a number of key matchups between Top-25 teams, starting with No. 15 Stanford who will put a four-game straight up and against the spread win streak on the line when they host No. 18 UCLA on Thursday as early 5.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

The Cardinal continued their slow ascent up the AP Top 25 last weekend with a 55-17 statement win over the Arizona Wildcats, easily covering as 13-point favorites.

Producing points has been no problem for Stanford, who enters Thursday night’s Bruins vs. Cardinal betting matchup at Stanford Stadium with an average of over 42 points per game in their last four games.

Overall the Cardinal are 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight games, and an impressive 22-2 SU in their last 24 home contests.

Following a bye last weekend, the Bruins return to action looking to rebound from a stunning 38-23 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils while pegged as 13-point home chalk, sending them tumbling 13 positions in the national rankings.

UCLA is 7-0 SU in its last seven games against Pac 12 rivals, but has struggled against the Cardinal, going winless SU, 1-6 ATS, in their last seven meetings.

No. 7 Michigan State visits No. 12 Michigan on Saturday afternoon for their annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy with the Wolverines pegged as 7.5-point home chalk.

The Spartans take a perfect 6-0 SU record into Week 7 but are a brutal 0-6 ATS, and have seen the point total play UNDER in each of their last three games.

The 5-1 Wolverines posted their third straight shutout victory last weekend, a 38-0 pummelling of Northwestern, and have allowed just 14 total points over their past five games.

Michigan has struggled in recent meetings with their long-time rivals, going 1-6 SU and winless ATS in their last seven, but are 6-2 SU and 3-5 ATS in their last eight at home against the Spartans according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

In other college football betting action this week, No. 9 Texas A&M will be gunning for their sixth straight SU win when they face No. 10 Alabama as 5-point home underdogs.

The Aggies are a solid 5-1 ATS in their last six games, but a poor 5-12 ATS in their last 17 conference matchups, while the Crimson Tide are just 2-4 ATS this season and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five on the road for their supporters at the sportsbooks.