College Football Betting Picks, Week 8: Florida State-Clemson, Washington-Arizona State And More

Tyler Smith

Picks for week 8.

Last week:

Jeff: 4-1, 19-16 overall ATS
Brian: 1-4, 12-23 overall

2013 Standings below: (All-Time Standings here)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
Jeff 2-3 3-2 2-3 1-4 3-2 4-1 4-1 19-16
Brian 1-4 1-4 2-3 3-2 1-4 3-2 1-4 12-23
ATL 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 5-2

Jeff:

Miami Hurricanes (-10) at North Carolina Tar Heels - Miami needs a convincing win here to prove that they are a top 10 team. When they played Florida in week 2 they were unranked and did not draw much national attention. Since that game this will be the first time Miami will play with a bunch of eyes on them and they will also need the win to continue on the road to the ACCCG since this is a divisional game. Coming off the bye week, Miami should have no trouble with UNC.

Central Florida Knights at Louisville Cardinals (-12.5) - Last week Louisville really laid an egg by not beating up on Rutgers in the national spotlight. This week they will redeem themselves somewhat by at least covering the spread but it won't be enough to undo the damage down last time out.

South Carolina Gamecocks (-7.5) at Tennessee Volunteers - Tennessee had their opportunity to knock off Georgia at home a few weeks ago but could not capitalize. They will not be able to bring the same emotion to play enough above their ability level to give South Carolina a scare. Also, Georgia was facing many more injury issues than SC is. SC had no problem on the road at Arkansas last week and should roll at Tennessee.

Army Black Knights (+2.5) at Temple Owls - Temple is winless on the season and have already lost as a 7.5 pt favorite and a 20.5 pt favorite. Being a 2.5 pt favorite at home is nothing for Temple to screw up.

Florida St. Seminoles at Clemson Tigers (+3) - I do think FSU is the ever so slightly better team in this matchup but Clemson is at home here and getting points. Clemson demolished Syracuse two weeks ago and then got caught in a trap game last week against BC but survived. They have been looking ahead to this game ever since they got past Georgia in week 1 so the Tigers will probably pull out the victory but if not it should be close enough for them to cover.

Brian:

TCU Horned Frogs at Oklahoma St. Cowboys (-7.5) - TCU came into the season with high expectations. Many thought the Horned Frogs would challenge for the Big 12 title. After starting QB Casey Patchall went down with an injury, it's been a bit of an adventure with Trevone Boykin under center. TCU is coming off a sloppy 10-point home win over Kansas, while Oklahoma State has had an extra week to prepare for the Frogs. Think the Cowboys have more than enough offense to win easily and cover the spread.

Oklahoma Sooners (-21.5) at Kansas Jayhawks - The Sooners are going to come out firing coming off a 36-20 loss to their Red River rivals Texas. That's not great news for hapless Kansas. The Sooners are rushing for more than 226.7 yards per game while the Kansas D gives up 177.2 a game. Boomer Sooner big.

Washington Huskies (+3.5) at Arizona St. Sun Devils - Despite back-to-back losses in the Pac-12 North, I'm still buying Washington as a solid program this year. The Huskies are getting 3 1/2 as they go to the desert for an inter-division showdown against the Sun Devils. Washington's running attack, powered by the nation's leading rusher Bishop Bishop Sankey, should have a big day against the Sun Devils' 76th ranked rushing defense. The flipside is that Washington's pass defense should hold its own against the potent ASU passing game.

Wisconsin Badgers (-14) at Illinois Fighting Illini - The Illini have had two weeks to stew on a 20-point loss at Nebraska. Illinois returns home to face the 4-2 Badgers who are coming off a dominating 35-6 home win over Northwestern in which they outgained the 'Cats by 286 yards. Even though this game is on the road, expect more of the same as Wisco overwhelms Illinois.

Washington St. Cougars at Oregon Ducks (-39) - I made the mistake of going against Oregon last week thinking that the Ducks would fail to cover their first spread of the year (4-0-1). They didn't, continuing a string of absurd covers. Here's an equally ridiculous line that UO should have no trouble covering this week.

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