2012 College Football Week 8 Previews, Picks & Odds

by Scott

I ended up going 4-2 last week again in college football and have another 6-pack of picks this week for everyone. We’re now into the 8th week of the season and most teams know where they stand at this point in the year. There are nine undefeated teams in the country still and Alabama is ranked #1 currently although the Gators and Ducks are right behind in the rankings.

2012 CFB Week 8 Best Bets

Conneticut +4 (-110) vs. Syracuse -4 (-110) – Pick: Connecticut +4

Both the Huskies and Orange have been struggling this season. Conneticut is 0-2 in the Big East While Syracuse is 1-1. Both teams need a win badly in the conference and I expect a hard fought game on Friday night. The Huskies have struggled offensively, but the defence has been solid this year and they actually rank 16th in the nation in points allowed at just 16.3 PPG.

Syracuse has one of the best passing attacks in the country, but they can’t run the football. They often move the football down the field only to turn it over or attempt a FG. Syracuse ranks 96th in the country in points scored (22.8 PPG). With the spread up to +4 in this game I like the underdog getting the points in what should be a low scoring tight conference match-up.

Nebraska -6.5 (-110) vs. Northwestern +6.5 (-110) – Pick: Nebraska -6.5

Northwestern is now 6-1 and undefeated at home, but I’m going against them this week. The Cornhuskers are now 4-2, as they were blown out last weekend against OSU. Nebraska is 0-2 on the road this season, but I think they’ll be refocused this week, as they really need a win in the Big Ten conference if they want to have a chance to win the conference this year.

Nebraska ranks 5th inrushing yards and average 292 RYPG, which is insane. Northwestern also relies on the run and if Nebraska can stop the run this weekend they should be able to cover the point spread on the road. I expect a close game most of the way, but Nebraska should wear down the Northwestern defence and run away with this game by 2 TD’s in the final quarter.

Texas Tech -1 (-110) vs. TCU +1 (-110) – Pick: Texas Tech -1

I think that Texas Tech is the better team in this match-up and I bet on them against TCU despite being on the road. Texas Tech is ranked 16th in points scored (40.7 PPG) and 17th in points against (16.3 PPG). They have one of the best passing attacks in the nation (4th) and they even rush the football fairly well, as they rank 60th in rushing yards (168.3 RYPG).

TCU has been average offensively this entire year, but they’ve played great defence. They only allow 14.5 PPG on average (11th), so it isn’t going to be easy to try and score on this team at home. With the spread being at a pickem basically though, it’s hard to go against Texas Tech who has the better offence and should be able to outscore TCU by the end of the game.

Kansas State +3 (-115) vs. West Virginia -3 (-105) – Pick: Kansas State +3

KSU is still undefeated and they have a shot to make it to a great bowl game this year if they keep rolling. WVU lost last week in their 1st loss of the season. The offence struggled and the defence gave up plenty of points against Texas Tech. This week I’m not too sure how the Mountaineers will come out and play after losing last week, but I think they’ll be flat now.

KSU still has so much to play for and this is their toughest remaining game on the schedule. KSU has a great defence and if they can shutdown Smith in the 1st quarter I expect them to be able to win this game. KSU likes to build up a lead and sit on it, as they have one of the best rushing attacks in the country. They rank 11th in rushing yards with an average of 248.5 RYPG.

LSU -3.5 (+100) vs. Texas A&M +3.5 (-120) – Pick: Texas A&M +3.5

Both the Tigers and Aggies have one loss coming into this game and it should be a great game. Texas A&M has played great on defence this year and their offence is ranked amongst the best in the country as well. If the Aggies can shutdown the Tigers on offence they should be able to keep this game extremely close and getting +3.5 points at home looks like a great bet.

Everyone is going to be betting on LSU in this game, but I think the Aggies can win this game straight-up. Texas A&M can throw the football or run the football well, which will make the Tigers have to defend the entire field. LSU still lacks an offensive punch and if the Aggies can get up early at home they should be able to maintain the lead and pick up their biggest win of the year.

Penn State +3 (-110) vs. Iowa -3 (-110) – Pick: Penn State +3

Penn State opened the year 0-2, but they’ve won four in a row and they’re now 4-2. Iowa is also 4-2 and both teams have a 2-0 record in Big Ten play, which means that this game is going to be very important for both teams. PSU is better offensively and both teams have strong defences, so I give the edge to Penn State in this game and getting +3 points is just a bonus.

Iowa had a huge win last week against MSU in OT, but I think PSU is better than MSU. McGloin is moving the football now very well for the Nittany Lions and if he has another good game at QB then PSU should win SU. I’d take the +3 for insurance though.

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