College Football Week 8 Picks
Column Record: 20-15-2 (6-5 last 2 weeks)
Total Record: 25-19-2
I’m going to post 2 records each week. One that tracks the official column picks and one that tracks my overall record since I’ll add plays throughout the weekend (some sober others not so much). If I add plays I will tweet them out as I place them. This way it gives you an accurate and transparent look at how the picks are faring.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back writing this column. Between moving homes and going on a family trip to Disney, to say the last few weeks have been hectic would be quite the understatement. Anyway, we’re back to normal programming with both a college column and NFL column this week. Hopefully you enjoyed the bit of Twitter content from Chris and I over the weekend. Well, enough shitdickin’...let’s see how we’ve done the past few weeks.
Week 6 Recap:
Michigan -3.5 v Iowa: Win
Auburn at Florida Under 49: Win
LSU -16.5 First Half v Utah State: Loss
Notre Dame -45.5 v Bowling Green: Win
Week 7 Recap:
Wake -6.5 v. Louisville: Loss
Wake/Louisville over 64.5: Win
Parlay of Wake -6.5 and over 64.5: Loss
Alabama -17 at Texas A&M: Win
Iowa State -11 at West Virginia: Win
Miami/Virginia over 44: Loss
Week 8 Picks:
Florida -5 at South Carolina: This is me betting on how good of a coach I happen to think Dan Mullen is. In many ways this is a tough spot for Florida as they’re coming off two huge weeks in their schedule (v Auburn and at LSU) and now they go on the road to play South Carolina who just knocked off Georgia in Athens last week. But I really liked what I saw from Florida in Baton Rouge last week and I think Mullen really drives home what an important game this is before the bye week and the Cocktail Party. I could absolutely see South Carolina being a little flat after their win last week and Florida takes care of business.
Washington State team total over 41.5 v Colorado: Colorado is 123rd in the country in total defense and are giving up almost 7 yards per play. Now you have to travel to Pullman to face Mike Leach and Anthony Gordon. Feels like a bad combination. And I only need 6 touchdowns to cash the ticket?? I think the Cougars can run up 50+ on Saturday.
Ohio State -28 at Northwestern: Is it Aidan Smith? Is it Hunter Johnson? Does it even matter at this point? What a disappointment this season has been for Northwestern’s offense. Big question in Evanston will be...does Offensive Coordinator Mick McCall survive after this season? Fitz is as loyal as it gets but it might be tough to justify. Regardless, how does Northwestern score more than 14-17 points? Even that feels like a stretch. Northwestern historically has had some difficulty with athletic spread offenses. I think Justin Fields has a huge night coming off the bye as Ohio State takes care of business before their showdown with Wisconsin next weekend.
Ole Miss/Texas A&M over 55: Neither of these defenses are particularly good as A&M is giving up 31.5 ppg vs Power 5 teams and Ole Miss is giving up almost 30 ppg on the season. Plumlee has given the Ole Miss offense a nice boost as they look far more competent since he came in versus Cal and in games that he’s started they’ve scored 31, 31, and 27. I think this is a game that gets well into the 60s and I actually think Ole Miss could win this game at home.
Charlotte +9 at Western Kentucky: 9 is a lot of points in a game where the total is only 48. Western Kentucky’s defense has been sensational the last 3 games where they’ve given up only 8 ppg. However, their offense has been anything but prolific as they’re only averaging 21 ppg. I think Benny LeMay and the Charlotte offense can muster 17-21 points which should be enough to cover the 9. However, much like Ole Miss, I also like Charlotte to potentially win the game outright.