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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 7: Alabama opens as favorite over Georgia at home

It is never too early to take a look at the lines for next week’s action, and the William Hill Sportsbook has released them for Week 7 action already. That includes the huge SEC showdown between SEC teams as No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa next Saturday night on CBS.

While that’s going to be a great game between the only remaining undefeated teams in the SEC, it’s also the only game between ranked teams in Week 7. Though, I suppose if we’re only going to get one matchup between ranked teams, we might as well make it a couple of top-three sides.

There are some other games worth keeping an eye on, though. Particularly as some teams look to bounce back from a rough weekend, while other upstarts look to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger games for the weekend.

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (-6): As I said above, not only is this the only matchup between ranked teams this weekend, it’s also a game between the final unbeaten teams in the SEC. This game’s story will be the Alabama offense against a Georgia defense that’s been phenomenal through three games. Alabama got into an old-fashioned Big 12-style shootout with Ole Miss on Saturday night, but it will find the resistance a bit stronger against this defense. Of course, it’ll also be just as important to see if the Georgia offense can keep pace with Alabama. This is going to be a great game and a possible SEC Championship — and College Football Playoff? — preview.

No. 1 Clemson (-27) at Georgia Tech: Clemson’s playing another ACC game, so of course, it’s favored by nearly four touchdowns. Honestly, it’s pretty crazy to think that the ACC has three teams in the top five of the latest AP Top 25 poll, yet it still doesn’t look like there’s a legitimate threat to the Tigers within the conference. Miami was a candidate, and Clemson disposed of it easily. This week, the Tigers get a Georgia Tech team that they should handle, but don’t overlook the Bees. Geoff Collins’ team has a couple of impressive wins already, and the rebuild in Atlanta looks to be ahead of schedule.

Pitt at No. 13 Miami (-10.5): The Hurricanes can’t waste any time feeling sorry for themselves after losing to Clemson by 25 on Saturday. They can still compete for an ACC title this year and get a possible rematch with Clemson, but they can’t look past this Pitt team. The Panthers are coming off a close loss to Boston College, but have long been the definition of ACC Chaos. They are capable of anything at any time against anybody.

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame (-15): Before the season began, this looked to be one of the more interesting games on the ACC schedule in 2020. Unfortunately, Louisville has been disappointing and enters this game at 1-3 after

Who Is Leif Erikson? Yes, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Favorite Holiday Is Real

October 9 is a special holiday–even if it isn’t widely celebrated. Friday is Leif Erikson Day, but some people might not know what exactly is being celebrated. Some may even be surprised to learn that one of SpongeBob SquarePants’ favorite holidays is real.

Leif Erikson is believed to be the first European to discover the continent of North America.

Leif Erikson Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1964. Every president makes an annual proclamation on the holiday, and they use it to highlight current events as well. In 2019, President Trump connected Erikson’s bravery to the mission to explore Mars:

Leif Erikson’s undaunted life of exploration began in Iceland — the same location where the Apollo 11 crew trained for its historic journey to the surface of the Moon.  The bold spirit that propelled Erikson and his fellow mariners across an unknown ocean is the same spirit that carried our brave astronauts into space 50 years ago, and it is what continues to fuel our desire to unlock the mysteries of the universe and pursue the exploration of Mars.

The U.S., Canada and Iceland all celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

Erikson is believed to have lived from 970 to 1020, long before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. His father, Erik the Red, is said to have founded the first European settlement in Iceland, according to History. After visiting Norway, where he was born, King Olaf I Tryggvason assigned him to convert Greenland from paganism to Christianity.

There are two legends that go with Leif Erikson. The first is the “Saga of Erik the Red,” which claims he found North America by accident after sailing off-course. The second is “Saga of the Greenlanders,” which claims it was very intentional.

He got a ship and a crew, and they lived in Newfoundland for the winter, enjoying much milder weather. They had many violent interactions with Native Americans, however, which is thought to be part of why they returned to Greenland. However, many other Vikings left Greenland for other parts of North America after hearing of Erikson’s journey.

Leif Erikson Day is celebrated on Oct. 9 because the ship Restauration arrived from Norway at New York Harbor on Oct. 9, 1825. It kicked off a huge wave of Norwegian immigrants arriving in the states.

Leif Erikson Painting of Norwegian explorer Leif Erikson (c. AD 970 – 1020) on board a ship ‘discovering America,’ by Per Krohg (1889 – 1965). Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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