College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 8, 2016

Virginia Tech Jerod Evans

Welcome to Week 8 College Football picks against the spread. Week 7 was a lackluster effort on my part going 1-4 on the week, taking the column to 17-16-1 overall. This weeks slate is a whole lot of meh outside of the Crimson Tide and Aggies. This is a great week to bet a few games and make time for the family in the morning or evening unless your team is playing. That said we have a play for a game on Thursday and Friday night as an appetizer for the weekend. Let’s make some picks and find some winners!

Virginia Tech Hokies -6 vs Miami Hurricanes

I typically like to stay away from the Thursday night games as they can get weird and I tend to find myself on the wrong side. However, this line jumped out to me especially with the lackluster schedule this week. I like Hokies in this spot. They return home after a poor effort against Syracuse. I like Virginia Tech to bounce back in a big way taking on a Hurricanes team that comes into this game off back to back losses. Miami has had issues facing impressive offenses in Florida State and North Carolina. I expect Jerod Evans and company to look much better both on the ground and through the air. The Hokies win comfortably at home and cover the touchdown spread.

Pick: Virginia Tech -6

Oregon Justin Herbert

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Oregon Ducks +3 at California Golden Bears

Let’s back up a pick for a Thursday game with one in a Friday night game. A 2-0 start can help build the bankroll heading into Saturday’s games. Let’s roll with the Oregon Ducks in this spot. While they were embarrassed in their last game against the Washington Huskies they have a good chance to bounce back on the road. The bye week should have done a lot of good for the Ducks getting healthy and getting quarterback Justin Herbert ready to start. The Golden Bears secondary is a mess and has been torched all season. The Ducks secondary has been a mess itself and Davis Webb could have a field day. I expect the Ducks to do enough on both sides of the ball out a big win on the road and try and get to six wins for a bowl game appearance.

Pick: Oregon +3

Texas A&M Aggies +18 at Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide were incredibly impressive a week ago on the road in Knoxville. They return home with a ton of momentum to take on another ranked SEC foe. The Aggies come into this game off of a bye week, something that always helps teams before playing Bama. They are much healthier and have had time to figure out their gameplan. Texas A&M bring Myles Garrett, Deshone Hall and their incredible defensive line to Tuscaloosa. They should be ready to attack the run/pass option offense. The biggest key for the Aggies is avoiding the costly turnovers that turn into an immediate six points. If Trevor Knight plays well and A&M can run the ball effectively they should have a good chance not only cover but get the outright win. Take all those points and enjoy an incredible game.

Pick: Texas A&M +18

Colorado Sefo Liufau

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Colorado Buffaloes +2 at Stanford Cardinal

I’m going back to the well and taking a dynamic pass attack against the Stanford Cardinal. Their secondary looked better a week ago against Notre Dame. Their offense is in shambles and Brian Kelly makes terrible decision after terrible decision. The Buffaloes come into this game after dismantling Arizona State. Sefo Liufau has looked better since returning from injury and has the Colorado offense rolling. Stanford has a lackluster home crowd that fail to intimidate their opponents. Take the Buffs to cover the 2 points something they have done in every single game this season. I expect them to get the outright win on the road and set themselves up for a potential PAC 12 title game appearance.

Pick: Colorado +2

TCU Horned Frogs +6 at West Virginia Mountaineers

This is an interesting spot for both teams. West Virginia comes into this game after an impressive performance a week ago against Texas Tech. TCU has looked underwhelming over their last two games. However the Horned Frogs come into this game off of a bye week which should do a lot for them. Gary Patterson will have his guys ready to roll this week. I expect West Virginia to play well offensively but for TCU to keep this game close enough to stay inside the number.

Pick: TCU +6

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