College Football Picks- Week 8
Well, I did not have the dominating performance that I was hoping for in week #7, but I did manage to finish 5-5. Hopefully I will be able to avoid the “Cluster” this Saturday, and hopefully I will be able win “Big” in this week’s edition of College Football Picks- Week 8.
I am so angry at myself for not following my “Gut” or my “Instinct” last week. As soon as I looked at the week #7 match-ups, my instinct was telling me to go with Iowa State over West Virginia, and to go with LSU over Georgia.
Throughout the week my “Gut Feeling” never changed. I was going to pick Iowa State and LSU! But at the last minute I talked myself out of making those two selections…Thought I was being “Smart”! And of course, both the Cyclones and the Tigers were “Awesome” and dominated their respective opponents.
Here are the 10 Games that I have selected for week #8!
1. Oklahoma (5-1) at TCU (3-3)
The Horned Frogs have been struggling as of late, losing their last 3 out of 4 games. In their last two games, the offense has only managed to score a total of 31 points. So it seems logical to assume that there is no way that TCU will be able to score enough points to keep up with Oklahoma. The Sooners are averaging 48 points per game, and even in their loss to Texas they still rung-up 45. However, this match-up does have many similarities to the Michigan State vs. Penn State game that we witnessed last week, in which the Spartans pulled-off the surprising upset. But I am sticking with the Sooners in a fairly close game.
Winner: Oklahoma, 34-24
2. Cincinnati (6-0) at Temple (4-3)
The Bearcats are 1 of the 8 remaining unbeaten teams in the FBS (3 of those teams reside in the AAC). But when you look at Cincinnati’s schedule, it is incredibly “weak”. After a slow start to the season, Temple has won 4 out of their last 5 games. The wins include Navy, ECU, Tulsa, and Maryland. I think that Temple will make enough plays to win the game, and Cincinnati will fall from the ranks of “the unbeaten”.
Winner: Temple, 37-23
3. Virginia (4-2) at Duke (5-1)
I probably wouldn’t have considered this game in my list of picks a couple weeks ago, but after Virginia upset Miami on Saturday, this game became much more interesting. If you look at the offensive and defensive stats for these two teams, they are very similar. Both Virginia and Duke have really good defenses that do not give up a lot of points, so I think that this will be a low-scoring game. I have been very impressed with the Blue Devils up to this point, as they have played tough, consistent football. So I’ll stick with Duke in a really close, hard-fought game.
Winner: Duke, 20-16
4. NC State (5-0) at Clemson (6-0)
An unexpected match-up of “unbeaten” teams! The Wolfpack have played Clemson very close in the past two seasons, and they would have beaten the Tigers 2 years ago if it wasn’t for a missed field goal at the end of regulation. I don’t think that NC State is going to win, but I do think that it will be a very competitive game. Someone has to lose, which means that there will only be “at most” 7 unbeaten teams after Saturday!
Winner: Clemson, 34-24
5. Colorado (5-1) at Washington (5-2)
I was pulling for the Buffaloes to win at USC on Saturday night and remain undefeated. But the Trojan defense clamped down on Colorado’s offense and won comfortably, 31-20. Now the Buffaloes have to travel to Washington to take on the Huskies, who have a much better defense than the Trojans. Washington has lost a couple games, but they have played a really tough schedule and could easily be (6-1) or (7-0). This is a tough spot for Colorado, and I think that they are going to get “beat-up” by the Huskies.
Winner: Washington, 34-17
6. Penn State (4-2) at Indiana (4-3)
The main reason that I am including this game on the list is because I am very interested to see how Penn State “Responds” to heart-break and disappointment. For the second year in a row, the Nittany Lions could easily be undefeated with wins over “TTFDB” and Michigan State. Instead, they have managed to “Blow” both games in consecutive seasons! The Hoosiers have also been struggling and their defense hasn’t been very good. I’m not certain how the game will play-out, but surely Penn State won’t lose 3 games in a row…Right?
Winner: Penn State, 38-27
7. Mississippi State (4-2) at LSU (6-1)
Oh boy, here we go! I have greatly “whiffed” on picking games that involve these two teams! I am (1-3) with the Bulldogs, and I am (1-4) with the Tigers, so I am definitely not feeling confident about this match-up. Mississippi State has a good team that plays hard, especially on defense. But the Bulldogs have had a difficult time generating points when they go up against a quality defense. LSU has become one of my favorite teams in the 2018 season! They just play tough, passionate football, and they have been a lot of fun to watch! It is a night game in Death Valley, so I have to go with the Tigers in this one.
Winner: LSU, 23-16
8. “TTFDB” (7-0) at Purdue (3-3)
The Boilermakers have to be absolutely kicking themselves for the way that they started the season! They could easily be (4-2), or possibly (5-1) had they not lost a couple close games in weeks #1 and #2 (Games they should have won). I talked quite a bit about Purdue’s (31-27) loss to Northwestern in my College Football Recap- Week 1. Then they followed that performance up with a (20-19) loss to Eastern Michigan. However, since that loss the Boilermakers have played much better, and their offense has been really clicking in the past 4 games. “TTFDB” has struggled some on the defensive side of the ball this year, so I am anticipating a higher-scoring game. But I don’t see any way that Purdue is going to be able to slow down the “TTFDB” offense. Should be a fun game to watch!
Winner: “TTFDB”, 45-33
9. Oregon (5-1) at Washington State (5-1)
College Gameday will be in Pullman, Washington for this exciting Pac-12 match-up. Obviously, this game is extremely important for many reasons. The outcome will significantly affect the Pac-12 North divisional race, as well as the national playoff race (at least for now). Honestly, I am having a very difficult time trying to decide on a “winner” for this game. I haven’t had a chance to watch the Cougars play very much this season, but I know that they can score a lot of points and I know that their defense is improved. Washington State had a really nice win against Utah (28-24) in week #5, and their only blemish is a very close loss to USC on the road (39-36). But like LSU, the Ducks have been one of my favorite teams of the season. They are well-coached, explosive, and tough! I think that this is going to be a fantastic game that is filled with “Big-Time” plays. I’m sticking with the Ducks in a thriller!
Winner: Oregon, 37-33
10. USC (4-2) at Utah (4-2)
These two teams are very similar in the sense that they both got off to really slow starts (mainly on offense), really turned things around and are playing much better (mainly on offense), and they have identical records. For me the key factor is the Utes’ defense, which has been very dominant all season. They are only allowing 74.8 rush yards per game, and are only giving-up 16 points per game. If the game was played in Southern California I may lean towards the Trojans…but it’s not! Salt Lake City will be “Rocking” and so will the Utah defense!
Winner: Utah, 30-20