The majority of the Week 8 games in college football will be played on Saturday, October 20, a mere 10 days before the Playoff Committee will release their first rankings of the season. The pressure will be on the teams at the top of the AP Poll at this stage of the season, as they will know that a loss now could be potentially damaging. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what some of the best Power 5 teams will be up to in the 2018 NCAA Football Week 8.
2018 NCAA Football Week 8 Betting Picks
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NC State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers – The Wolfpack became the unofficial kings of scalp-taking last season after delivering a pair of big wins against ranked opponents on their way to a 9-win season. This is a very good team that does not always get a lot of love, but Clemson will certainly be taking them seriously.
When these two met last season, it was Clemson who came away with the win, but they really needed to scrap to get the 38-31 victory. This should be another good game with a similar outcome.
Oklahoma Sooners at TCU Horned Frogs – We have featured TCU quite a bit in our weekly round-ups for the coming college football season, but that is because they are a very good team with a real shot at winning the conference.
The Sooners should also be good, but their biggest question mark lies at the QB position, where they are going to need to find a way to fill the very big shoes left behind by Baker Mayfield, a young man who looked great in his NFL debut with the Cleveland Browns. This should be a fun match-up, but I am on TCU to win.
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans – This is a match-up that never fails to deliver the goods, which is not surprising given that we are talking about a big in-state rivalry. The Big Ten looks to be somewhat wide-open this season, so these conference games are all going to be absolutely huge.
This is a tough one to call, and while I generally default to the home team in potentially tight games, I am going to go out on a limb and take the Wolverines here.
Stanford Cardinal at Arizona State Sun Devils – Another Thursday night treat in college football, with the Stanford Cardinal heading to the desert to face the Arizona Sun Devils under the light.
Expectations are high for the Cardinal this year, while the Sun Devils will be looking to bounce back under new head coach Herm Edwards. It was Stanford who won this one at home last season, taking that game by a score of 34-24. I would not be surprised to see a similar result in Week 8.
Auburn Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels – The Rebels are coming off a .500 season in 2017 and will be looking to take a step forward this year. For the Tigers, it’s all about going one better than they did last season, which would mean that they would then likely be in the final four.
It was Auburn who took this meeting 44-24 in 2017, but things might be a little tighter this time around, as that last match-up came at home for Auburn. That said, I still expect the Tigers to win.