College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 8, 2014

Everett Golston

Week 8 in my College Football Picks Against the Spread is set up for another strong week, after going 4-1-1 in week 7. Week 8 features some gigantic match ups, including a top 5 showdown, SEC clashes, Big 12 battles.  These games will have sever implications on who will be among the four teams in the College Football playoff. The next few weeks will either help to create a clearer picture for the voters or make things messy and frustrating. Either way people will be unhappy yet, the games will provide drama and excitement.

For those who like to bet futures, this week may be the time to jump on a few. If you believe Notre Dame is going to beat Florida State, this may be your last chance to gain value on the Irish. Ohio State, Oregon, and Baylor at 14/1 (per Bovada) are teams that may seem like they will be on the outside looking in now, could easily find themselves among the four teams battling in the College Football playoff.

>Season Totals 16-13-2
>Upset Alert 3-4

Notre Dame Fighting Irish +11.5 at Florida State Seminoles

This is a tough spot for both teams. Whomever can escape this game with a win will be well on their way to locking up a spot in the College Football Playoff. Both teams come into this game ranked in the top five. Im leaning towards the Irish in this spot because of Everett Golson. He will need to play very well if the Irish want to leave Tallahassee with a victory. Assuming he can not only will Notre Dame leave with a victory but he could be on his way to collecting some hardware come seasons end. Golson’s ability to escape via his legs will be the thing to keep the Irish in this game. It will a closely contested game but Notre Dame will do enough to slow down Jameis Winston and the Seminole offense to at least cover and potentially win outright.

Kenny Hill

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Texas A&M Aggies +13 at Alabama Crimson Tide

This feels like a tough spot for both teams. Alabama has not evolved into the team many thought they would be coming into the season. A big part of the offensive struggle falls on the shoulders of quarterback Blake Bell. The Crimson Tide should be able to generate more offense this week against an average Aggie defense, however I expect Texas A&M to be able to do the same. The spread offense typically gives Alabama issues and I expect a higher scoring game that is within a touchdown at the end. I think the Crimson Tide will win this game at home, but the Aggies will make it very interesting.

Texas Christian University Horned Frogs -9 vs Oklahoma State Cowboys

TCU were up 21 points a week ago at Baylor with 11 minutes to go and looked like they were on there way to an outright win. They had too many miscues down the stretch to win outright. I expect a big “show me” performance from the Horned Frogs this week at home. Oklahoma State hasn’t looked the same since JW Walsh got injured. They will struggle to move the ball against a strong TCU defense. If they can win out a 1 loss Big 12 team will have a shot at the College Football Playoff if things can break right, in front of them. Part of the what will set them apart will be the winning margin. TCU will try and win this game by 50 if they can. While I don’t think TCU will win by that much, I do expect a double digit victory for the Horned Frogs.

Maty Mauk

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Missouri Tigers +6.5 at Florida Gators

The Missouri Tigers were a train wreck last week. Quarterback Maty Mauk was bad last week and accounted for four interceptions, however at least half of them were catchable balls that his receivers were unable to catch. I expect Mauk to have much better numbers and will be able to out play Florida’s Jeff Driskel. Missouri was unable to slow Nick Chubb a week ago. The Tigers rush attack should be able to play much better this week against the Gators rush attack. The Tigers will need avoid a special teams blunder in this spot, assuming they can they should be able to cover and likely win outright.

** Upset Alert **

Kansas State Wildcats +7 at Oklahoma Sooners

This is a tricky spot for the Sooners, even with them being at home. Bill Snyder always has his teams ready to play in big spots. They should have beat Auburn early this season at home, if not for a few mistakes made by the Wildcats. Two years ago in a similar spot the Wildcats went into Norman and left with a victory despite being a 15.5 point underdog. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has struggled since OU entered Big 12 play, completing 50% of his passes and throwing three interceptions.

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