College Football Pick ‘Em, Week 8
12 PM – #6 LSU (-3) over #18 TEXAS A&M
LSU turned in an impressive performance at South Carolina. A&M hemorrhaged 2nd half points to Louisiana Tech. The key to this one is that the much-maligned Tigers O line turned the corner last week. With questions surrounding the Aggies D, expect LSU to take this one at Kyle Field by a touchdown.
Final Score: LSU Tigers 24, Texas A&M Aggies 17
12 PM – #24 Iowa State (+13.5) over OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cyclones are easy to diagnose: solid defense, underwhelming offense. The Pokes are equally easy to figure out: explosive offense, questionable defense (last week’s victory over Kansas notwithstanding). It will be strength-on-strength in this one. I think the Cowboys pull this one out at home, but it will be very close.
Final Score: Oklahoma State Cowboys 27, Iowa State Cyclones 20
12 PM – OHIO STATE (-18.5) over Purdue
Urban Meyer called out his defense after another bad performance last Saturday. Purdue has looked terrible the last few weeks. The Boilermakers can’t stop the run, and their offense has been nearly nonexistent. The Buckeyes will fire on all cylinders this week, as Braxton Miller continues his Heisman campaign.
Final Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 45, Purdue Boilermakers 17
3:30 PM – #2 FLORIDA (-3.5) over #7 South Carolina
The Gamecocks may not have Marcus Lattimore in Gainesville, but if he can go, he sure won’t be at 100%. The Gators will try to copy LSU’s game plan from last week and pound the ball down South Carolina’s throat. It will be a close one, but Florida’s defense will carry the day and keep their undefeated season alive.
Final Score: Florida Gators 24, South Carolina Gamecocks 19
3:30 PM – Brigham Young (+13.5) over #5 NOTRE DAME
This one has all the makings of a trap game for the Fighting Irish, with a huge matchup against Oklahoma looming next week. I don’t think Notre Dame will lose this one, but I do expect this one to resemble their week two game against Purdue. The Cougars will make this one close to the last whistle with a solid performance from their at times disappearing offense.
Final Score: Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27, Brigham Young Cougars 23
3:30 PM – #17 Texas Tech (+1.5) over #23 TCU
This one is a crapshoot. The Horned Frogs looked great against Baylor. The Red Raiders had the single most impressive performance last Saturday, as they ran over West Virginia. I like what Tech did, and their defense has more bite than I first thought. The visitors will take this one in an exciting affair.
Final Score: Texas Tech Red Raiders 37, TCU Horned Frogs 33
7 PM – #1 Alabama (-20) over TENNESSEE
People are concerned about AJ McCarron’s health. I expect him to be under center for the Tide, but even if he isn’t, Bama will roll. The Volunteer defense has forgotten how to stop anyone in SEC play. So it won’t matter who is taking snaps for the Crimson Tide, their offense will get theirs while the defense shuts down the Vols formidable passing game.
Final Score: Alabama Crimson Tide 42, Tennessee Volunteers 10
7 PM – #13 WEST VIRGINIA (-3) over #4 Kansas State
The Mountaineers were embarrassed last week. The offense will atone for its sins this week. Geno Smith will reaffirm his Heisman front runner status against a tough Wildcats defense. Collin Klein will make sure this one a thriller between two of the Big 12’s best, but WVU wins by a touchdown in Morgantown.
Final Score: West Virginia Mountaineers 38, Kansas State Wildcats 31
8 PM – #14 Florida State (-21) over MIAMI
The U looks like they won’t have the services of Stephen Morris on Saturday. That spells big trouble for the home team, who struggled mightily against a hit-or-miss UNC defense last week. The Noles will bring the heat on D to contain the Canes, and no amount of Jimmy Johnson’s hair product will be able to make EJ Manuel and the rest of the FSU offense slip up in this one.
Final Score: Florida State Seminoles 48, Miami Hurricanes 13
10:30 PM – #8 OREGON STATE (-10) over Utah
Both of these teams have played their fair share of close games this season. The Beavers have been getting better each week, whereas the Utes’ offense has, at best, been remaining stagnant. Utah’s defense will keep them in this game for three quarters, but their inability to put up points will allow the Beavers to cover this one.
Final Score: Oregon State Beavers 28, Utah Utes 12