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College Football Week 8 Schedule, Picks and Predictions For Every Game

The Big Ten kicks off their season this week, as #18 Michigan takes on #21 Minnesota, and #8 Penn State and #5 Ohio State look to stave off tests from Indiana and Nebraska ahead of their clash next week. Also on the docket:

  • A battle of teams hoping to keep their ACC title hopes alive as #23 NC State faces off with #14 North Carolina
  • #2 Alabama and #3 Notre Dame hope to avoid upsets taking on Tennessee and Pitt
  • The two highest-ranked teams in the Big 12 will square off as #17 Iowa State takes on #6 Oklahoma State
  • South Carolina and LSU both hope to get their seasons on the right track as they face off in a primetime showdown
  • A game with New Year’s Six implications will take center stage in primetime as #9 Cincinnati faces #16 SMU

2020 Prediction Stats

Straight Up: 125-43 (74%)
ATS Best Bets: 24-15 (+6.8 units)
ATS Total: 89-71-8 (+10.0 units)

Best Bets

Appalachian State (-10) vs Arkansas State – Thursday, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Rice (-2) vs Middle Tennessee – 3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Navy (+14) vs Houston – 3:30 PM ET, CBSSN
Georgia State (+2.5) @ Troy – 4 PM ET, ESPNU
Western Kentucky (-11.5) vs Chattanooga – 4 PM ET, ESPN3
#9 Cincinnati (+2.5) @ #16 SMU – 9 PM ET, ESPN2
Air Force (-7) @ San Jose State – 10:30 PM ET, FS1

Thursday, October 22nd

Arkansas State (3-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) @ Appalachian State (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Appalachian State -10

The Arkansas State passing attack has been great under Logan Bonner and Layne Hatcher this year. This defense? Not so much. Expect an App State offense that is the most talented in the conference to run all over the Red Wolves in their Sun Belt opener.

CSD Pick: Appalachian State 41, Arkansas State 27

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Appalachian State -10

Friday, October 23rd

Jacksonville State (2-1) @ FIU (0-2)
Vegas Line: FIU -10.5

CSD Pick: FIU 37, Jacksonville State 22

Tulsa (1-1, 1-0 American) @ USF (1-4, 0-3 American)
7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Tulsa -10

CSD Pick: Tulsa 30, USF 20

Illinois (0-0 Big Ten) @ #14 Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten)
Vegas Line: Wisconsin -18

CSD Pick: Wisconsin 35, Illinois 17

Louisiana (3-1) @ UAB (4-1)
Vegas Line: UAB -1.5

CSD Pick: UAB 29, Louisville 27

Saturday, October 24th

Syracuse (1-4, 1-3 ACC) @ #1 Clemson (5-0, 4-0 ACC)
12 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Clemson -44.5

CSD Pick: Clemson 53, Syracuse 12

Nebraska (0-0 Big Ten) @ #5 Ohio State (0-0 Big Ten)

Vegas Line: Ohio State -24.5

Ohio State kicks off its season as 24.5 point favorites against Nebraska. I think the Cornhuskers will be good this year, perhaps the best they’ve been in the Scott Frost era, but they run into the buzzsaw that is this Ohio State team. The Buckeyes are talented, they’re motivated, and they’re at home. Expect OSU to dominate this one, although a back-door cover from the Huskers feels likely.

CSD Pick: Ohio State 45, Nebraska 24

#23 NC State (4-1, 4-1 ACC) @ #14 North Carolina (3-1, 3-1 ACC)

Vegas Line: North Carolina -14.5

It will be a ranked vs ranked matchup on Tobacco Road as both of these teams look to stay alive in the ACC title race. UNC didn’t look good against Florida State last week in a 31-28 loss, but anyone watching that game would tell you that despite the scoreboard, the Tar Heels played like the better team for the majority of the contest. At home, coming out angry after the loss, I expect UNC to cruise to a win against an NC State squad that will be missing its starting quarterback.

CSD Pick: North Carolina 38, NC State 25

Kansas (0-4, 0-3 Big 12) @ #20 Kansas State (3-1, 3-0 Big 12)
12 PM ET, FS1
Vegas Line: Kansas State -17.5

CSD Pick: Kansas State 35, Kansas 13

Georgia Southern (3-1, 1-1 Sun Belt) @ #25 Coastal Carolina (4-0, 2-0 Sun Belt)
Vegas Line: Coastal Carolina -4.5

CSD Pick: Coastal Carolina 31, Georgia Southern 24

Mercer (0-1) @ Army (5-1)
Vegas Line: Army -29.5

CSD Pick: Army 44, Mercer 8

Auburn (2-2 SEC) @ Ole Miss (1-3 SEC)
12 PM ET, SEC Network
Vegas Line: Auburn -3

CSD Pick: Auburn 35, Ole Miss 31

Oklahoma (2-2, 1-2 Big 12) @ TCU (1-2, 1-2 Big 12)

Vegas Line: Oklahoma -5.5

An Oklahoma team that came into the season with College Football Playoff aspirations now needs a win against 1-2 TCU to stay alive in the Big 12 title race. Both of these teams are a lot better than their records indicate, but Oklahoma is a LOT better. Spencer Rattler is a solid QB for Lincoln Riley, and there is no way that a team as talented as this Oklahoma squad is dropping to 2-3. Expect the Sooners to pick up the road victory.

CSD Pick: Oklahoma 33, TCU 26

Temple (1-1, 1-1 American) @ Memphis (2-1, 1-1 American)
Vegas Line: Memphis -12.5

CSD Pick: Memphis 42, Temple 28

UTEP (3-2, 0-1 C-USA) @ Charlotte (1-2, 1-1 C-USA)
Vegas Line: Charlotte -14

CSD Pick: Charlotte 33, UTEP 18

Florida State (2-3, 1-3 ACC) @ Louisville (1-4, 0-4 ACC)
Vegas Line: Louisville -6.5

CSD Pick: Louisville 31, Florida State 27

Rutgers (0-0 Big Ten) @ Michigan State (0-0 Big Ten)
Vegas Line: Michigan State -16.5

CSD Pick: Michigan State 27, Rutgers 13

Southern Mississippi (1-3) @ Liberty (5-0)
Vegas Line: Liberty -10.5

CSD Pick: Liberty 35, Southern Mississippi 26

Tulane (2-3, 0-3 American) @ UCF (2-2, 1-2 American)
Vegas Line: UCF -17.5

CSD Pick: UCF 45, Tulane 28

Florida Atlantic (1-0, 1-0 C-USA) @ #22 Marshall (4-0, 2-0 C-USA)
2:30 PM ET, FSN/Stadium
Vegas Line: Marshall -16.5

CSD Pick: Marshall 36, Florida Atlantic 22

#2 Alabama (4-0 SEC) @ Tennessee (2-2 SEC)

3:30 PM ET, CBS
Vegas Line: Alabama -20

I mean, Alabama is the best team in the country, it’s as simple as that. The ‘Bama offense will run all over Tennessee’s defense, and I have no faith in Jarrett Guarantano and the Vols offense to keep up. ‘Bama should roll and have their backups in by the fourth quarter.

CSD Pick: Alabama 44, Tennessee 25

#3 Notre Dame (4-0, 3-0 ACC) @ Pittsburgh (3-3, 2-3 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, ABC
Vegas Line: Notre Dame -9

Oh wow. It is very enticing to pick the upset here. A Notre Dame team that is not nearly as good as that #3 next to their name indicates, traveling to face Pitt, a team with a reputation for pulling upsets. I’m too much of a coward to call it, but boy, it wouldn’t surprise me. However, this Notre Dame is still extremely talented, and Pitt has been sliding in recent weeks. Expect the ND offense to recover from a disastrous 12-point performance last week and pick up the win, but don’t be surprised if it is close.

CSD Pick: Notre Dame 30, Pittsburgh 22

#17 Iowa State (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) @ #6 Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0 Big 12)

3:30 PM ET, FOX
Vegas Line: Oklahoma State -4

A game with serious Big 12 title implications will take center stage at 3:30 as #17 Iowa State takes on #6 Oklahoma State in a battle between two squads undefeated in Big 12 competition. This game will come down to how Iowa State QB Brock Purdy plays against the Oklahoma State defense, and the answer may surprise you. This group is very good by Big 12 standards, perhaps the best of the Mike Gundy era, and against a QB as inconsistent as Purdy, and at home, I expect the ‘Pokes to pick up the W.

CSD Pick: Oklahoma State 29, Iowa State 25

#8 Penn State (0-0 Big Ten) @ Indiana (0-0 Big Ten)

3:30 PM ET, FS1
Vegas Line: Penn State -7.5

Another game with serious upset potential here as #8 Penn State, perhaps looking ahead to their matchup against Ohio State next week, has to travel to face a very solid Indiana team. LB Micah Parsons and RB Journey Brown will not be joining the Nittany Lions, having opted out for the season, but while I like this Indiana team, they just don’t have the talent to compete with Penn State. QB Michael Penix is solid, and this Indiana squad will probably pull an upset at some point this year, I just think Penn State is too good to be caught sleeping. Give me PSU.

CSD Pick: Penn State 35, Indiana 26

#19 Virginia Tech (3-1, 3-1 ACC) @ Wake Forest (2-2, 1-2 ACC)
3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech -7

CSD Pick: Virginia Tech 38, Wake Forest 30

Middle Tennessee (1-5, 1-3 C-USA) @ Rice (0-0, 0-0 C-USA)
3:30 PM ET, ESPN3
Vegas Line: Rice -2

Rice hasn’t played a game this year, but we’ve seen Middle Tennessee play six times, and they’ve been one of the five worst teams in the nation. Bet Rice.

CSD Pick: Rice 27, Middle Tennessee 21

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Rice -2

Houston (1-1, 1-0 American) @ Navy (3-2, 3-0 American)
Vegas Line: Houston -14

I’ve faded Navy two weeks in a row and they’ve proven me wrong both times, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon. 14 points is too big of a spread with the Midshipmen at home and the limited number of possessions that we will see. Take Navy.

CSD Pick: Houston 33, Navy 23

Baylor (1-1, 1-1 Big 12) @ Texas (2-2, 1-2 Big 12)
3:30 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: Texas -11.5

CSD Pick: Texas 35, Baylor 25

Iowa (0-0 Big Ten) @ Purdue (0-0 Big Ten)
3:30 PM ET, BTN
Vegas Line: Iowa -4.5

CSD Pick: Iowa 27, Purdue 24

Georgia State (1-2, 0-2 Sun Belt) @ Troy (3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt)
Vegas Line: Troy -2.5

Troy struggled mightily with Eastern Kentucky last week, meanwhile, despite their record, Georgia State has looked very good through three games, including a game where they took Louisiana to overtime and a weekday shootout loss to Arkansas State where the Panthers looked like the better team. I think they win outright.

CSD Pick: Georgia State 34, Troy 33

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Georgia State +2.5

Georgia Tech (2-3, 2-2 ACC) @ Boston College (3-2, 2-2 ACC)
4 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Boston College -4

CSD Pick: Boston College 27, Georgia Tech 25

Chattanooga (0-0) @ Western Kentucky (1-4)
Vegas Line: Western Kentucky -11.5

Western Kentucky hasn’t looked great this year, but they are not nearly as bad as the 1-4 record indicates, and giving up only 11.5, at home, against an FCS opponent that we haven’t seen play yet, I’ll take the Hilltoppers.

CSD Pick: Western Kentucky 37, Chattanooga 16

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Western Kentucky -11.5

Kentucky (2-2 SEC) @ Missouri (1-2 SEC)
4 PM ET, SEC Network
Vegas Line: Kentucky -4.5

CSD Pick: Kentucky 29, Missouri 22

West Virginia (3-1, 2-1 Big 12) @ Texas Tech (1-3, 0-3 Big 12)
5:30 PM ET, ESPN2
Vegas Line: West Virginia -3

CSD Pick: West Virginia 29, Texas Tech 26

South Carolina (2-2 SEC) @ LSU (1-2 SEC)

Vegas Line: LSU -7.5

Two schools trending in opposite directions will face off in primetime as South Carolina, fresh off of a win against Auburn, travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU. There is still enough talent on this LSU team that at home I think they get the win here and avoid dropping to 1-3, but with QB Myles Brennan questionable for the contest, the possibility of an upset is out there.

CSD Pick: LSU 34, South Carolina 28

UL Monroe (0-5, 0-2 Sun Belt) @ South Alabama (2-2, 1-0 Sun Belt)
Vegas Line: South Alabama -13.5

CSD Pick: South Alabama 35, UL Monroe 19

Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) @ Boise State (0-0, 0-0 MW)
7 PM ET, FS1
Vegas Line: Boise State -14.5

CSD Pick: Boise State 37, Utah State 18

Wyoming (0-0, 0-0 MW) @ Nevada (0-0, 0-0 MW)
Vegas Line: Wyoming -3.5

CSD Pick: Wyoming 26, Nevada 24

#18 Michigan (0-0 Big Ten) @ #21 Minnesota (0-0 Big Ten)

7:30 PM ET, ABC
Vegas Line: Michigan -3

Two dark horse playoff contenders will square off in primetime as Michigan takes on Minnesota in a game between two teams with a ton of turnover. I like Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan, and the Gophers are at home, but the new look Michigan offense under OC Josh Gattis is intriguing to me with the new focus on speed and creating space at the WR spot. I like Michigan’s defense to slow down the Gopher attack, and I’ll take the Wolverines to pick up the win on the road against a Minnesota defense that loses almost everyone.

CSD Pick: Michigan 31, Minnesota 29

Hawai’i (0-0, 0-0 MW) @ Fresno State (0-0, 0-0 MW)
7:30 PM ET, KSEE/Spectrum PPV
Vegas Line: Fresno State -6.5

CSD Pick: Fresno State 34, Hawai’i 30

Maryland (0-0 Big Ten) @ Northwestern (0-0 Big Ten)
7:30 PM ET, BTN
Vegas Line: Northwestern -7.5

CSD Pick: Northwestern 28, Maryland 17

Virginia (1-3, 1-3 ACC) @ #11 Miami (4-1, 3-1 ACC)
8 PM ET, ACC Network
Vegas Line: Miami -10.5

CSD Pick: Miami 34, Virginia 24

Louisiana Tech (3-2, 2-1 C-USA) @ UTSA (3-3, 1-1 C-USA)
Vegas Line: Louisiana Tech -2.5

CSD Pick: Louisiana Tech 27, UTSA 26

#9 Cincinnati (3-0, 1-0 American) @ #16 SMU (5-0, 2-0 American)

Vegas Line: SMU -2.5

The game of the day, in my view, comes from the American as Cincinnati takes on SMU. I was on the Bearcats to win the conference from day one when many were picking Memphis and UCF, and I’ll stay on them now, despite the road test against an SMU squad that has looked excellent to start off the year. My only concern is COVID, the Bearcats have had some positives in the program recently, but the Cincy defense may be the very best in the G5, and I expect them to hold Shane Buchele and the SMU attack in check, and for Desmond Ridder and the offense to do just enough to keep the Bearcats in the driver’s seat for the G5’s New Year’s Six spot.

CSD Pick: Cincinnati 31, SMU 30

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Cincinnati +2.5

Texas State (1-5) @ #12 BYU (5-0)
10:15 PM ET, ESPN
Vegas Line: BYU -30.5

CSD Pick: BYU 44, Texas State 18

UNLV (0-0, 0-0 MW) @ San Diego State (0-0, 0-0 MW)
10:30 PM ET, CBSSN
Vegas Line: San Diego State -14.5

CSD Pick: San Diego State 31, UNLV 17

Air Force (1-0, 0-0 MW) @ San Jose State (0-0, 0-0 MW)
10:30 PM ET, FS1
Vegas Line: Air Force -7

It feels good to have late games back. Air Force looked great to close out 2019, and while they lost a lot of talent coming into this year, they seem to have not missed a beat, dominating Navy 40-7 in their opener. The Falcons should easily cover seven points against a middling San Jose State program.

CSD Pick: Air Force 38, San Jose State 27

☆Crazy Sports Dude Best Bet Alert☆ – Air Force -7

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