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The Big E College Football Picks: Week 8

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A huge battle in the ACC preceded the greatest inter-sectional rivalry in the country.

Jim Rogash


We're blessed with 3 matchups between ranked teams this weekend.


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Now for this week's picks...

Texas Tech (-6.5) at West Virginia

Pick: West Virginia

I haven't forgot about Oklahoma State's loss in Morgantown a few weeks ago. Weird stuff happens at West Virginia in this early game and I don't know if Texas Tech is really polished enough to win by a touchdown.

TCU (+7.5) at Oklahoma State

Pick: TCU

Why is it so hard to believe TCU should be ranked, you guys? Well, they're now 1-5 versus ranked teams, 8-9 versus FBS teams, and 5-7 in league play since moving up to the Big 12 last year. That said, something doesn't seem right with the Cowboys this year and they are incredibly untested. Did the SI report zap their mojo? I like TCU's defense to keep this close enough.

Minnesota (+12.5) at Northwestern

Pick: Northwestern

I like the Cats to bounce back from a couple losses and take some aggression out on the paper tiger Gophers. For the second straight year Minnesota raced out to a 4-0 record only to face reality in conference play. They've been outscored 65-20 against Iowa and Michigan this year. I think Northwestern can win this one by roughly 15 points.

Navy (+9) at Toledo

Pick: Navy

This is the type of game a lot of people will gloss over if Navy wins. Anyway, this feels like a few too many points for my liking. Toledo probably has a frisky offense but I bet the Middies keep within striking distance.

South Carolina (-7.5) at Tennessee

Pick: South Carolina

Spurrier has to be feeling pretty good right now and Tennessee must be getting worn down by their schedule. As of week 8 they're playing ranked teams in 7 out of 8 weeks. That's insanity. I just don't think the Vols are keeping this under double digits against a legit division champion.

UConn (+14) at Cincinnati

Pick: Cincinnati

If only because UConn is a broken and winless team that might give up at halftime if the Bearcats are up by 21.

SMU (+3.5) at Memphis

Pick: SMU

How many times has Memphis been favored over the past couple seasons? I know SMU has struggled but they've played some really good teams this year. I don't know if this line makes sense.

Florida (-3) at Missouri

Pick: Florida

Remember when we used to argue about Maty Mauk vs. Gunner Kiel? Well, Mauk gets his first career start ahead of Kiel this weekend. Good luck, kid. I think the Gators defense chews him up.

Army (+2.5) at Temple

Pick: Army

Temple has shown flashes of competence this season but they're still 0-6. They are legitimately in danger of going 0-12 this year especially if they can't win this game.

Akron (-7) at Miami [OH]

Pick: Akron

Sure, Akron is struggling this year but they aren't Miami Ohio right now. Did anyone even notice the Redhawks fired their head coach? That's what happens when you score just 6 touchdowns in 6 games.

Colorado State (+7) at Wyoming

Pick: Colorado State

All in all a fairly even matchup wouldn't you say? I'm taking the points.

Indiana (+8.5) at Michigan

Pick: Michigan

The Wolverines will get back on track inside the Big House against a team that just gave up 42 to Michigan State's offense.

UCLA (+6) at Stanford

Pick: UCLA

This line opened with Stanford as DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITES. Err, what? Vegas must be betting on the Cardinal being seriously pissed off at their loss last week. I don't know, I'll take Brett Hundley doing Brett Hundley things to keep this a game into the fourth quarter. Should we be surprised if UCLA wins this game outright?

BYU (-9.5) at Houston

Pick: Houston

Deontay Greenberry has 606 receiving yards this season good for 20th in the country. Houston is also undefeated. I think the Cougars offense is just potent enough to cover the spread.

Washington (+3) at Arizona State

Pick: Washington

I was pretty underwhelmed by ASU's offensive skill talent which I thought was the strong suit of their entire team. I'll take Washington as the underdog all day long.

LSU (-8.5) at Ole Miss

Pick: LSU

This is Ole Miss' fourth game in a row against a ranked opponent. Do they have anything left in the tank?

USC (+3) at Notre Dame

Pick: USC

Irish to win, USC to cover.

Florida State (-3) at Clemson

Pick: Clemson

Ugh, why does this game have to be on at the same time as the Irish? I don't think FSU has been tested enough and this is Clemson's time to shine. The Tigers might make Winston look human this weekend.

Wisconsin (-13.5) at Illinois

Pick: Wisconsin

Illinois has done some nice things this year but they do not match up well with the Badgers. I think this one gets ugly.

Rice (-18) at New Mexico State

Pick: Rice

NMSU is giving up almost 50 points per game.

Utah (+4) at Arizona

Pick: Utah

I'm on the Utah bandwagon.

Oregon State (-11) at California

Pick: California

The Beavers have shaped up since losing their opener to Eastern Washington (5-0 since) but damn if they don't give up a lot of points. The back door cover stench is pungent right here.