Picking Every Game: College Football Predictions, Week 8

Game of the Week

TAMU_helmetTexas A&M (6-0) at

Alabama (7-0)

3:30 p.m. EST
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
CBS
Alabama -18 — O/U 55.5

Today is the day of my 50th birthday party (even though my birthday isn’t today). So I’m running behind and out of time for a big summary. So I’ll leave you with this basic premise – Alabama is not unbeatable, but they’re going to win this game. And even the Tide they tends to destroy everything in their path, this Aggies team is playing better than any team in the conference not located in Tuscaloosa. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts will continue to play like a veteran, but he will be met snap-for-snap by Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight – until the game is on the line. At some point, Alabama’s defense is going to make up the difference and ensure that the Tide stays undefeated.

Prediction: Alabama 38, Tennessee 27

Record:
Last week: SU – 40-14; ATS – 25-27-1; O/U – 28-24-1
Overall: SU – 353-104; ATS – 181-172-5; O/U – 189-162-7

Upsets are bold underlined
(Results in parentheses; wins are underlined; losses in italics)
* – Picks with extreme confidence ATS
^ – Picks with low confidence ATS

Thursday, Oct. 20
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction (Result)
Miami (Fla.) (+6) at Virginia Tech (O/U 51) 7 p.m. ESPN Virginia Tech, 28-20
Troy (-8) at South Alabama (O/U 48) 7:30 p.m. ESPNU Troy, 28-17
BYU (+7) at Boise State (O/U 57.5) 10:15 p.m. ESPN Boise State, 28-24
Friday, Oct. 21
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction (Result)
USF (-7) at Temple (O/U 60) 7 p.m. ESPN USF, 38-27
Oregon (+3) at California (O/U 88.5) 10:30 p.m. ESPN California, 51-44
San Jose State (+23) at San Diego State (O/U 48) 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 San Diego State, 31-17
Saturday, Oct. 22      
Matchup Time (ET) TV Coverage Prediction (Result)
Wisconsin (-3.5) at Iowa (O/U 42.5) Noon ESPN Wisconsin, 24-17
Rutgers (+18.5) at Minnesota (O/U 44) Noon ESPNU Minnesota, 27-13
Massachusetts (+20) at South Carolina (O/U 45.5) Noon SECN South Carolina, 24-13
Oklahoma State (-23.5) at Kansas (O/U 60.5) Noon FS1 Oklahoma State, 45-20
Indiana (+1.5) at Northwestern (O/U 53) Noon BTN Northwestern, 31-27
Miami (Ohio) (+4.5) at Bowling Green (48) Noon ESPN3 Bowling Green, 31-21
UCF (-4) at Connecticut (O/U 48) Noon ESPNews Connecticut, 27-24
North Texas (+19.5) at Army (O/U 51.5) Noon CBSSN Army, 31-20
Texas (+2.5) at Kansas State (O/U 56) Noon ESPN2 Texas, 31-28
Central Michigan (+10.5) at Toledo (O/U 62) Noon ESPN3 Toledo, 35-28
NC State (+19.5) at Louisville (O/U 65) Noon ABC Louisville, 34-24
Syracuse (+4.5) at Boston College (O/U 52.5) 12:30 p.m. ACCN Syracuse, 24-17
Ohio (-3.5) at Kent State (O/U 46.5) 1 p.m. ESPN3 Ohio, 24-17
Hawaii (+16.5) at Air Force (O/U 61.5) 2 p.m. Oceanic PPV Air Force, 38-27
Colorado (+2) at Stanford (O/U 49.5) 3 p.m. Pac-12N Colorado, 27-21
Akron (-3) at Ball State (O/U 59.5) 3 p.m. ESPN3 Ball State, 28-27
North Carolina (-11) at Virginia (O/U 68) 3 p.m. ACCNExtra North Carolina, 41-28
Texas A&M (+18) at Alabama (O/U 60.5) 3:30 p.m. CBS Alabama, 38-27
Illinois (+39) at Michigan (O/U 53.5) 3:30 p.m. BTN Michigan, 51-7
Purdue (+24) at Nebraska (O/U 61.5) 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 Nebraska, 38-17
TCU (+6) at West Virginia (O/U 65) 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2 West Virginia, 31-28
Memphis (-2) at Navy (O/U 58.5) 3:30 p.m. CBSSN Memphis, 34-31
Buffalo (+23) at Northern Illinois (O/U 61) 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 Northern Illinois, 34-17
Tennessee-Martin (NL) at Georgia State 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 Georgia State, 34-24
Prairie View A&M (NL) at Rice 3:30 p.m. CUSA.TV Rice, 27-21
Idaho (+21.5) at Appalachian State (O/U 53) 3:30 p.m. ESPN3 Appalachian State, 34-17
Eastern Michigan (+22.5) at Western Michigan (O/U 61) 3:30 p.m. ASN Western Michigan, 45-14
Tulane (+10.5) at Tulsa (O/U 54.5) 3:45 p.m. ESPNU Tulsa, 31-24
Middle Tennessee (+8) at Missouri (O/U 73.5) 4 p.m. SECN Missouri, 31-28
Utah (+7) at UCLA (O/U 46) 4 p.m. FOX Utah, 24-21
Charlotte (+10) at Marshall (O/U 59.5) 5:30 p.m. beIN Sports Marshall, 28-21
Colorado State (+2.5) at UNLV (O/U 56.5) 5:30 p.m. ROOT Sports Colorado State, 31-24
Arkansas (+10) at Auburn (O/U 55) 6 p.m. ESPN Auburn, 34-30
Oregon State (+36.5) at Washington (O/U 53) 6:30 p.m. Pac-12N Washington, 51-10
Louisiana-Lafayette (-6) at Texas State (O/U 66) 7 p.m. ESPN3 Louisiana-Lafayette, 41-31
East Carolina (+1.5) at Cincinnati (O/U 63.5) 7 p.m. CBSSN Cincinnati, 28-20
Louisiana Tech (-17.5) at FIU (O/U 66) 7 p.m. ESPN3 Louisiana Tech, 45-20
Houston (-22.5) at SMU (O/U 61.5) 7 p.m. ESPN2 Houston, 45-20
UTEP (+9.5) at UTSA (O/U 46) 7 p.m. KMYS-CW 35 UTSA, 31-17
Old Dominion (+13.5) at Western Kentucky (O/U 64.5) 7 p.m. ASN Western Kentucky, 41-31
Mississippi State (-3.5) at Kentucky (O/U 53.5) 7:30 p.m. SECN Mississippi State, 27-20
Michigan State (-3) at Maryland (O/U 49.5) 7:30 p.m. BTN Michigan State, 27-20
Tennessee State (NL) at Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. ESPNU Vanderbilt, 27-17
Georgia Southern (-13.5) at New Mexico State (O/U 65) 8 p.m. ESPN3 Georgia Southern, 41-17
Ohio State (-18) at Penn State (O/U 55.5) 8 p.m. ABC Ohio State, 45-24
Oklahoma (-15) at Texas Tech (O/U 85.5) 8 p.m. FOX Oklahoma, 45-28
Mississippi (-7.5) at LSU (O/U 60) 9 p.m. ESPN LSU, 35-31
ULM (+16.5) at New Mexico (O/U 62) 9 p.m. ROOT Sports New Mexico, 41-31
Washington State (-7.5) at Arizona State (O/U 64) 10 p.m. Pac-12N Washington State, 38-28
Wyoming (-6.5) at Nevada (O/U 52.5) 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 Wyoming, 31-17
Fresno State (+18) at Utah State (O/U 50.5) 10:30 p.m. CBSSN Utah State, 27-17
Copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt
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About Doug DeBolt

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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One Response to Picking Every Game: College Football Predictions, Week 8

  1. John Fitzgerald says:

    I think you have a typo in the bold print of the spread of Bama A & M game, or a typo in the small print area…one is -13 and the other is -18

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