Lines via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
NC State (4-2) at #7 Louisville (5-1) (12:00 PM ET, on ABC, in Louisville, Kentucky)
Line is set at: #7 Louisville (-20.5)
My pick: #7 Louisville defeats NC State 28-17
What to watch for: Louisville's defense. After a sluggish performance from a good offense in Louisville's vs Duke last week, I see them facing another sluggish performance when they face NC State, and their defense this week. So with that being said, I think that the Cards defense will have to show up and play well to get the victory vs NC State, and I see them doing so over a pesky NC State team.
My thoughts on this game: This is another pretty good game that is kinda low on people's radar, but I see it being another tough game for one of the ACC's contenders vs NC State. I think it will be pretty close, but I see Louisville making some plays to get the victory to keep their CFP hopes alive.
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#6 Texas A&M (6-0) at #1 Alabama (7-0) (3:30 PM ET, on CBS, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
Line is set at #1 Alabama (-19)
My pick: #1 Alabama defeats #6 Texas A&M 38-17
What to watch for: Alabama's defense. As always, I have Bama's defense as what to watch for. The Tide's defense is one of the best, if not the best in the country. Not only have they stopped other teams from scoring a lot, they've also put points on the board. So with that being said, I see the Tide getting a comfortable victory in an important game over a tough Aggies team at home to improve to 8-0 on the season, and remain #1.
My thoughts on this game: This is the game of the week, and it has a whole lot of importance to it. I think that Texas A&M is a good football team, but I think Bama will roll to another victory.
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#23 Ole Miss (3-3) at #25 LSU (3-2) (9:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Baton Rouge)
Line is set at: #25 LSU (-5.5)
My pick: #23 Ole Miss defeats #25 LSU 27-21
What to watch for: Ole Miss' defense. The Rebels' defense has talent, but has struggled at points this season; so if they want to pull off a much needed win on Saturday night they'll have to play better, and I think they will enough to get the victory over #25 LSU to improve to 4-3.
My thoughts on this game: This is another top 25 SEC matchup, and it is importance because Ole Miss is trying to avoid losing two in a row, and falling to 3-4 on the season, and for LSU they are still alive in the SEC West championship chase, and are trying to continue on their winning streak. So with those things at stake, both of these teams will be playing for something, and I see both of them coming out ready and prepared, but I see the Rebels pulling out the close victory.
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My Sneaky Good Game Of The Week
TCU (4-2) at #12 West Virginia (3:30 PM ET, on ABC/ESPN2, in Morgantown, West Virginia)
Line is set at: #12 West Virginia (-5)
My pick: #12 West Virginia defeats TCU 40-37
What to watch for: West Virginia's offense. The Mountaineers offense has been interesting this season because they've been some what inconsistent. With that being said, I see them outscoring TCU in a shootout in a close game to improve to 6-0 on the season, and remain unbeaten.
My thoughts on this game: This game is huge for the Big 12 because if West Virginia loses, they will only have one team (Baylor) left that has a chance to get into the CFP. I think that TCU will play them close in this game, and will have a chance to win late, but I see West Virginia escaping with the victory.
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UPSET OF THE WEEK
#17 Arkansas (5-2) at #21 Auburn (4-2) (6:00 PM ET, on ESPN, in Auburn, AL)
Line is set at: #21 Auburn (-10)
My pick: #17 Arkansas defeats #21 Auburn 35-27
What to watch for: Arkansas' offense. The Razorbacks have a great offense, while Auburn has a stout defense, so that will be an interesting matchup. People say defense wins championships, and they do. However, in this game I see Arkansas' offense scoring enough to get a big win over Auburn to improve to 6-2 on the season.
My thoughts on this game: This game is an interesting game for multiple reasons, but probably the biggest reason is the fact that Auburn is so heavily favored for a team that is lower ranked than their opponent. Even though Auburn is at home, and they had a bye week, I see Arkansas pulling off the upset win.
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Enjoy week 8 of the college football season!
Here are some other games to look out for:
BYU at #14 Boise State (FRIDAY)
#10 Wisconsin at Iowa
Purdue at #8 Nebraska
#2 Ohio State at Penn State
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