College Football Picks, Week 8
#20 Auburn @ #1 LSU: Despite the suspension of three (very good) players, LSU should prevail. Their depth is impressive.
#4 Oklahoma State at Missouri: I’ll be shocked if Missouri somehow pulls off the upset.
North Carolina @ #7 Clemson: Clemson’s on a roll and it won’t stop this week.
#11 Kansas State @ Kansas: K-State might be slightly under-ranked at 11. Kansas has the worst defense in Division I-A. You do the math.
#23 Illinois @ Purdue: Illinois needs a win over a weak Purdue team to atone for the Ohio State disaster last week. They’ll get it.
#9 Arkansas @ Ole Miss: Arkansas, and probably in a blowout.
BC @ #12 Virginia Tech: This isn’t a hockey game, therefore I’m not picking BC.
#13 Nebraska @ Minnesota: Anyone who loses to the Gophers should be relegated to I-AA. Nebraska won’t be that team.
Air Force @ #5 Boise State: Oh for crying out loud. Boise. Next?
#17 Texas A&M @ Iowa State: A&M has had some excellent games this season, including a big win over Baylor last week. They’ll handle the Cyclones.
#22 Georgia Tech @ Miami: This is a tough one to pick. I think GT will win, but it strikes me as the kind of game where the Canes could step up and surprise people.
#10 Oregon @ Colorado: In their first Pac-12 matchup, Oregon will prevail.
Marshall @ #19 Houston: It’s unusual to see a Conference-USA team ranked, but not so much when you consider that their QB is a rare sixth-year senior. Case Keenum has demonstrated poise and accuracy, albeit against weaker competition for the most part. Houston should win easily.
#21 Penn State @ Northwestern: When Northwestern played Michigan, I saw some really impressive things and some really disappointing things. It’s hard to get a feel for them. I think Penn State will win, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Northwestern pulled the upset.
Tennessee @ #2 Alabama: Tide by at least 20.
Texas Tech @ #3 Oklahoma: Texas Tech isn’t terrible, but Oklahoma is really good. Pick: Sooners.
#6 Wisconsin @ #16 Michigan State: This is an interesting game. I’ve seen the Spartans play twice: in their worst game of the year (against Notre Dame) and probably their best (against Michigan). Wisconsin has been dominant, but they haven’t played anybody all that good. I don’t think Michigan State’s defense can stop Russell Wilson behind that mammoth offensive line; I’m picking the Badgers.
#25 Washington @ #8 Stanford: The Huskies are certainly much improved from a couple of years ago, but not to the point where I can see them taking down the Cardinal.