NCAA Football Predictions: Week 8 Report, Best Bets and Picks
Let's start with a quick recap of Week 7 of NCAAF, as there were major shifts in the power rankings. This past weekend was truly an exhilarating or nightmarish undertaking – depending on your rooting interest -- to watch in college football as teams continued to get eliminated from playoff contention, while some powerhouses now are on shaky ground for title hopes after losses.
From our picks from week 7, we cashed out only on Tennessee’s spread as they upset Alabama, 52-49, which ended up with the fans storming the field. This knocked Alabama down to sixth in the rankings, which has been its lowest ranking in years. TCU ended up winning their game up in overtime but failed to cover the -3.5 spread, as they won by a field goal. Then on our final pick, Texas, had a tough game against Iowa State but did end up coming out of the matchup with a victory. However; the Longhorns failed to cover our spread pick of -17.
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Let's move on to Week 8, as there are some games that we should be taking advantage of. Without any further notice, here are our picks for Week 8:
Game 1: Iowa vs Ohio State
Opening line: OSU -29 O/U 49
OSU probably has the best offense in the country, as they have been bulldozing through defenses the first seven weeks of the season. OSU remains undefeated as they hold the No. 2 spot in the AP25 rankings. This offense has managed to score 45 points or more in five out of the six games played this season. Their only offensive struggles came against a solid Notre Dame team. Now here's the thing, Iowa is a defensive powerhouse. This is the identity of this team, as they give every offense they have encountered a hard time. The most points scored all season on Iowa were 27 points, which came against Michigan and Nevada. Michigan and OSU are very similar teams that are strong on both sides of the ball, so I expect this to be a similar matchup. Iowa plays a slow-paced game with stingy defense. I expect Iowa to cover this massive spread. Jump on it now before retail bettors submit their tickets adjusting the lines.
Pick: Iowa +29 (-110) or better
Game 2: Kansas State vs TCU
Opening Line: TCU -4.5 o/u 58
TCU is one of my favorite teams to bet on this season as they have become a dominant team since the past year. The current line on this game is -3.5 for TCU. This line has a lot of value as TCU is one of the best teams in the country as they sit eight in the AP25. TCU remains undefeated through consistent play and has recently taken down Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St. This team is on a mission to make its first ever CFP appearance. Look for them to remain undefeated and cover this line as Kansas State averages only 28 ppg, while TCU scores 45 ppg. Kansa State has a stingy defense, but so does TCU, allowing only 400 total yards this season. Take the better offense here as we know in college a great offense dominates games. Luckily for TCU, they are very exceptional on both sides of the ball. Take this line before it climbs back up later in the week. Think of this as a discount.
Pick: TCU -3.5
Game 3: Pittsburgh vs Louisville
Opening line: Louisville -1 O/U 56.6
Pitt has been a solid football team thus far, playing only one bad game against Georgia Tech. They lost that game, 21-26. Star QB for Louisville, Malik Cunningham, is still in the concussion protocol. It’s too early in the week to determine if he's going to play or not. Even if Cunningham plays, Louisville will still be in trouble as he has a terrible passer rating of 36.5 when under pressure. This team is getting the short end of the stick if he plays or not, as Pitt’s defense has a strong pass rush game. Pitt should be 5-1 this season, but sloppy play last week led to them losing to a team they shouldn’t have lost to. Look for them to clean up their play and exploit this injury-plagued Louisville team. The wrong team is favored here, and this could potentially be because of this game being held at Cardinal Stadium. So, let's look for an upset here.
Pick: Pittsburgh +1 (-110) or better
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