Week Eight Predictions
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It is a bit of a slow week in the college football universe with the only true Top 25 matchup featuring Texas A&M versus Ole Miss....A fierce rivalry game will go down as Tennessee and Alabama bang helmets, but all in all, there is a bit of peace on the college football battlefield...With that said, the surprises never surprise me anymore, so let's get it on!
Here are my picks for the games of week 8....
#3 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3) - The Utes have an incredible amount to lose here. A season ready for the history books is in the making as Utah travels to play a USC team in total disarry. I automatically think USC has a good chance because of their name and their being at home. But let's face it, Utah is a much better team this year and I need to stick to my guns...Utah, 30-21.
Washington (3-3) at #10 Stanford (5-1) - If the Cardinal are going to be a true Playoff contender, they need to beat the Huskies and beat them with an attitude. This is a game where Christian McCaffrey can show off his Heisman campaign and Stanford could get a lot of press with a lot of highlights. The Huskies seem to be quite average as usual....Stanford, 30-10.
Iowa State (2-4) at #2 Baylor (6-0) - No offense to the Bears, but I would like to see the Cyclones give them all they want here. I don't know what it is, maybe I just haven't watched them enough, but after being butt awful for decades, all the sudden Baylor is in the top 5 all the time like it's just as normal as the air we breathe. I don't even know if they play any defense out there...Whatever. They will win this one... Baylor, 49-27.
Texas Tech (5-2) at #17 Oklahoma (5-1) - Which Oklahoma will show up? The ones that beat Kansas State 55-0? Or the ones that lost to lowly Texas the week before? I have no idea what to think about OU and Bob Stoops. Sometimes they seem like a Playoff team, and other times I wonder why they aren't in the middle of a coaching search...Oklahoma, 38-28.
Tennessee (3-3) at #8 Alabama (6-1) - This is one of the fiercest rivalries in the nation, and is historically one of the better games each season. But this time around Bama is still much stronger, is at home, and is very focused. I don't know what to think of Butch Jones yet. Sometimes I am impressed with the job he has done, other times he seems very mediocre...Alabama, 30-17.
#15 Texas A&M (5-1) at #24 Ole Miss (5-2) - Talks of Ole Miss still making the Playoff have me scratching my head until it hurts. Nothing against Ole Miss but they have 2 losses in 7 games and one was against Memphis (don't give me the "but Memphis is really good this year" crap either) while the other was a pounding to Florida (the Gators are good but the Rebels got worked badly). No matter what happens here, the winner will still be in the national title race, and that kind of makes me a bit perturbed. I mean, when A&M finally played a real team (Bama) they got beat by 18...Ole Miss, 29-24.
#6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami (4-2) - The Tigers hit the road to face a Miami team that is led by their passing attack. I think early on Brad Kaaya will lead Miami to a couple of scores and the CU defense will be in for a bit of a shock. But once things setlle in, I think the Tiger D picks off a pass or two and the tides turn. Mackensie Alexander, Jayron Kearse and Cordrea Tankersly will not allow too many balls fly through their area. Miami is more than capable of beating Clemson, but as long as CU is focused it doesn't happen. Clemson 36-21.
#9 Florida State (6-0) at Georgia Tech (2-5) - We all know that GT is having what you could safely call a "bad year," but if FSU isn't careful, the wrambling wreck of Georgia Tech could really put a damper on an unbeaten season. The Yellow Jackets aren't awful, they just haven't clicked yet - they can still be a royal pain in the ass and I would expect no less against the 'Noles. FSU wins but it is ugly...Florida State, 24-17.
Indiana (4-3) at #7 Michigan State (7-0) - I don't wish anything bad on anyone, but I kind of hope Indiana gets slaughtered. A few weeks ago they were hollering for "Gameday." Now, they are looking to avoid their fourth-straight loss as a .500 season and a bowl seem to be wishful thinking. MSU, meanwhile, was given a gift-wrapped miracle last week, so to be honest I kind of wish they both could lose....Michigan State, 37-17.
Northwestern (5-2) at Nebraska (3-4) - Alright, Husker Nation. I am going with you guys here to get a big win and get this Mike Reilly era rolling the right way. Northwestern is a good team, and this prediction in no way is overlooking what the Wildcats have become as a program even compared to traditional power Nebraska. But eventually a program will take steps to improve, and I think this is the week - with a home crowd behind them - to get the train on the track in Lincoln...Nebraska, 28-20.
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