Top 5 ATS Cats and Rats Rankings Entering Week 7

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:28 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 1:28 PM UTC

Our latest weekly College Football ATS Cats and Rats list the same money-taker on top on the 5 Rats side in Connecticut, but a new one on the Cats side with Central Florida our new Top Kitty.

Top 5 College Football ATS Cats Rankings
 1) Central Florida 5-0 ATS (Last Week: #2)

No. 22 Central Florida (4-0 SU/ATS) is the new Top Cat after the Knights trounced host Cincinnati this past Saturday in Week 6 in Orlando, 51-23 (C-FLA -15, 53½, Pinnacle) to move to 5-0 on the year into the Top 25. QB McKenzie Milton, RB Adrian Killins Jr. and UCF (533.3 ypg Total Offense, #8) are currently an FBS-best +23.1 ppg better than ATS, and in Week 7 the Knights welcome ratty East Carolina (1-5 ATS) to Disney World in American Athletic Conference play in a game which has seen the line go from an opening (UCF minus 29½ (BetOnline, 72½) all the way up to as high as 34 (WagerWeb) with early Sharp money backing WR Tre’Quan Smith (8 TDs, 337 Receiving yards) and the catty Home chalks.

2) Texas Tech 4-0-1 ATS (Last Week: #7)

Fifth-year Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury (29-21-1 ATS) and upstart #24 Texas Tech slide into the #2 spot in our weekly rankings after QB Nick Shimonek and the Red Raiders did a number on Kansas in Lawrence last Saturday, winning 65-19 in Big 12 conference action (TT -14½, 76) as the pass-happy Red Raiders (549.8 ypg, #7) pretty much did what they wanted when they had the football on Offense. But even though Texas Tech is 4-1 SU and 4-0-1 ATS, there are better spots on the Regular Season schedule than this Saturday and Week 7 at West Virginia with the Red Raiders (+15.9 ppg vs ATS) 3-point Road Favorites in Morgantown in a game they could most definitely lose. Texas Tech (4-1 ATS L5 vs. WV) got blown out by the Mountaineers in Lubbock last year, 48-17, losing big as 2½-point Home Underdogs. The Total here is 79 (BookMaker) and Tech (0-4 ATS L4 years as Road Favorite into this season) is the reason why and both teams may score 50 in this spot.

3) Georgia Tech (4-0 ATS) (Last Week: #5)

Two Techs are better than one? This Tech, the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech (3-1 SU, 4-0 ATS), is like a hidden gem many forget about and 10th-year HC Paul Johnson (58-49-5 ATS) is coming off a Bye Week in Week 6 and now head to the Sunshine State to face No. #11 Miami Florida on Saturday in NCAA Football Week 7. Even though QB TaQuon Marshall and Georgia Tech (5,000/1 to win 2018 CFP Championship, 5Dimes) are currently playing 10.9 points above the spread, the Trends strongly favor the ranked hosts here at Hard Rock Stadium with the Yellow Jackets a dismal 1-7 ATS L8 against the Hurricanes.

4) Buffalo 5-0 ATS (Last Week: #3)

Buffalo (3-3 SU, 6-0 ATS) fell to Western Michigan in MAC play but covered getting the points (7) in an epic 71-68, 7-OT affair on Saturday in Week 6 at UB Stadium in a game which tied the FBS record for number of OTs in a game and actually went Over (31-31 End Regulation) before all the OT craziness ensued. This weekend, 11th-year Head Coach Lance Leipold (15-13 ATS) and the Bulls (+6.1 ppg vs ATS) welcome NIU to town for a MAC showdown (NIU -4, 5Dimes) in a series which has seen Buffalo go 0-3 ATS the L3 with the Bulls losing to the Huskies in DeKalb, IL last season, 44-7, failing to cover ATS as big 24-point Road Underdogs.

5) Utah 4-0-1 ATS (Last Week: #4)

Utah (1,000/1 to win 2018 CFP Championship, Bovada) probably saw its CFP Championship hopes go up in smoke in Week 6, losing 23-20 to Stanford in Pac-12 play in Salt Lake City and pushing the 3-point spread in the process. The Utes (+2.8 ppg vs ATS) and 13th-year Head Coach Kyle Whittingham (80-67-4 ATS) are in Los Angeles in Week 7 and the Rose Bowl where they will bang red helmets with #10 USC. With Utah so tough on Defense (16, 13, 16, 24, 24 23) and with 2 straight Unders and the Trojans playing 4 straight Unders, perhaps a look at the Total, Monsieur (54½, BetOnline)? Last season it was Utah 31-27 in the Beehive State with the Utes barely covering as 3-point Favorites, and the Trends reveal Utah to be 0-3 ATS the L3 in LA, losing 42-24 in 2015 as 6½-point Road Underdogs. Lean USC.


Top 5 ATS Rats Rankings
 1) Connecticut 0-5 ATS (Last Week: #1)

Connecticut (1-4 SU, 0-5 ATS) looked like it might escape King Rat status with the Huskies actually leading Memphis, 14-7 at the end of the 1st Quarter at Rentschler Field in East Hartford in Week 6 play only to see the Tigers outscore them the rest of the way, 63-17, en route to a 71-31 spanking in American Athletic Conference play as Memphis QB Riley Ferguson threw for 7 TDs and 431 yards with WR Anthony Miller ending with 4 TDs receiving (MEM -14). UConn has now L10 straight ATS and is 2-16 ATS L18 games with the Huskies (-12.0 ppg vs ATS) scoring 16, 3, 0, 0, 13, 27, 18, 38, 28 and 31 points in those 10 games -- the lone SU Win vs. FCS Holy Cross in Week 1 this season -- so at least Head Coach Randy Edsall (70-51-3 ATS) has his team scoring more points than last year. But when you have allowed 198 in your L4 games, it’s never a good thing. In Week 7 play on Saturday afternoon, UConn is in Philadelphia to face Temple at Lincoln Financial Field (Desso GrassMaster) in a game in which early Sharp money has actually been on UConn, moving an opening Temple -13 (BetOnline) down to as low as -9½ (-115, BetOnline) in the first 22 hours of betting. UConn are an anemic 1-10 ATS the L11 vs. the Owls and 1-4 ATS the L5 in the city of Brother Love. Temple won last year at UConn, 21-0 (TEM -10½).

2) Brigham Young 0-6 ATS (Last Week: #3)

BYU made it 9 straight ATS Losses and continued to have major trouble putting the ball in the end zone, losing in Week 6 at Home to Boise State 24-7 (Boise -7) to fall to 1-5 SU with the Cougars' lone win coming at Home in Provo in Week 1 vs. FCS side Portland State. Second-year Head Coach Kalani Sitake (9-8 ATS), QB Tyler Mangum and BYU (-13.6 ppg vs. Point Spread) move up a spot by virtue of the Cougars (-20.0 scoring Margin) ability to only muster 50 points on Offense in their L5 games. This weekend, BYU heads to Mississippi State in Week 7 to face the SEC’s Bulldogs on Saturday (MISS ST -22, 46½, BetOnline) where the Cougars (-1.67 TO’s a game, #125) best try to hold onto the football and a game in which the hosts will be seeking some revenge after suffering a 28-21 Loss in Provo last season in a game in which Road Underdogs Mississippi State covered by a hook (BYU +7½).

3) East Carolina 1-5 ATS (Last Week: #2)

East Carolina maintained its ratty status after Temple swashbuckled the Pirates in 34-10 Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, SC (TEMP -3½), easily covering ATS to hand the Pirates their 9th ATS Loss in the L10 games and 2-14 ATS L16 ATS with East Carolina (-1.17 TO Margin, T-#115) opponents averaging well over 50 ppg in those L10 games. This weekend, the Pirates face #22 Central Florida in Orlando, which currently finds the host Golden Knights as big 34-point Favorites (Intertops) and a game which will certainly see some points (Total 73, Heritage). ECU’s only ATS cover? To King Rat UConn (Week 4, ECU 41-38, 5), of course.

4) Western Kentucky 0-5 ATS (Last Week: #9)

Western Kentucky (11-3 SU, 7-6 ATS in 2016, 3-2 SU, 0-5 ATS in 2017) jumps way up to the #4 spot after almost losing outright as 18-point chalk at UTEP in Week 6 in Conference USA Play in El Paso, but earning a 15-14 victory in the Hilltoppers' 4th Under in 5 games (52). Week 7 brings us the can-miss Western Kentucky vs. Charlotte showdown from Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon in a game which currently sees 1st-year Head Coach Mike Sanford (0-5 ATS) and the host Hilltoppers (-12.7 ppg vs. ATS) as big 17-point Favorites over the FBS version of the 49ers (46½, BetOnline), down from an opening 19.

5) Ole Miss 0-4-1 ATS (Last Week: 8)

Even with a late, backdoor ATS Win-or-Loss-for-some-and-Push for-others result at #12 Auburn on Saturday, Ole Miss still cracks the Top 5 as the Rebels (-12.68 ppg vs. ATS) remained winless ATS at the betting windows in their L7 games dating back to last year. On the Week 7 schedule for 6th-year Head Coach Hugh Freeze (35-27-2 ATS) and Ole Miss (-0.80 TO Margin) is an SEC date with Vanderbilt on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, which sees the Rebels as 3-point Favorites, down from an opening 4½ (-105, BetOnline) on some early Sharp action (55½, JustBet). We considered the Owls of Rice (1-5 SU/ATS) here also, but Rice has an off weekend so it can be made into soups, puddings, General Tso’s chicken and other tasty dishes and with the Rebels 1-10-1 ATS their L12 lined games, Mississippi checks in here as the #5 Rat this week.


Free NCAAF Side Pick: UCF -33½ at BookmakerFree NCAAF Totals Pick: UCF-ECU Over 74 at Pinnacle

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