As a continuation to our week-by-week series that analyzes and predicts the best college football games in 2015, here is a succinct NCAA Football betting preview of the biggest games slated for Week 8 to Week 11.
Reviewing the Biggest College Football Odds Games in 2015: Week 8-11 Picks
WEEK 8 (OCTOBER 20-24)
Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss, Oct. 24, Pick: Ole MissBesides this being an enticing SEC conference showdown, this clash will be pitting two teams with contrasting styles of play, with the Rebels known to be more defensive and the Aggies being offensive-oriented. If the Rebels are able to get their offense going, then winning this game should be very possible for them. However, if they bring their offensive struggles from last season, then the Aggies could easily sneak out with a win in a low-scoring affair.
Tennessee vs. Alabama, Oct. 24, Pick: AlabamaReturning with the highest number of starters in the SEC and boasting of a solid finish to the 2014-15 season, the Volunteers are regarded as a team to watch in 2015. Will the Vols be able to surprise the home-advantaged Alabama? Probably not. But there could be value in the ATS lines, as the Vols are most likely to keep the scores pretty tight.
Florida State at Georgia Tech, Oct. 24, Pick: Florida StateSpearheaded by Notre Dame transfer QB Everett Golson, the Seminoles will be looking to keep the dominance that they’ve recently established in the ACC by beating the Yellow Jackets, who (alongside Clemson and Louisville) are FSU’s biggest conference competitors. Expect a back-and-forth affair with both teams stretching out each other throughout the game, but in the end, it is FSU that will probably emerge as narrow victors.
Other Big Week 8 Games to Watch Out For:
- Auburn at Arkansas, Oct. 24, Pick: Auburn
- Texas Tech at Oklahoma, Oct. 24, Pick: Oklahoma
- Penn State vs. Maryland, Oct. 24, Pick: Penn State
- Iowa State at Baylor, Oct. 24, Pick: Baylor
- Clemson at NC State, Oct. 24, Pick: Clemson
- Ole Miss at Auburn, Oct. 24, Pick: Auburn
- South Carolina at Texas A&M, Oct. 24, Pick: Texas A&M
- Michigan at Minnesota, Oct. 24, Pick: Michigan.
WEEK 9 (OCTOBER 29-31)
Oregon vs. Arizona State, Oct. 29, Pick: OregonThe Ducks will be a team in transition in 2015 after losing some of its major tenets, including Heisman winner Marcus Mariota, who joined the NFL. Even so, the Ducks are 8-0 SU in their last 8 meetings against the Sun Devils, a record that could be stretched further if Oregon plays well, as it is expected to do.
Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville), Oct. 31, Pick: GeorgiaHalloween lovers have a chance to celebrate the day with this Florida-Georgia matchup, also known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Florida’s new coach will be a handful, but you can count on Georgia’s explosive running game to lift the day.
Other Big Week 9 Games to Watch Out For:
- Clemson at NC State, Oct. 31, Pick: NC State
- Ole Miss at Auburn, Oct. 31, Pick: Auburn
- Michigan at Minnesota, Oct 31, Pick: Michigan
WEEK 10 (NOVEMBER 3-7)
Florida State at Clemson, Nov. 7, Pick: ClemsonPotentially a decider about the team that will probably go on to win the ACC title, the FSU-Clemson game will be the biggest game within the entire conference. Solid play, especially on the attack, can be anticipated in this game, as both teams will have settled into the league by Week 10 and both of them have great quarterbacks leading their ranks. Though the result is a tough one to call, Clemson’s home advantage should be prove to be the main difference here.
LSU vs. Alabama, Nov. 7, Pick: AlabamaDespite both teams suffering major losses to this year’s NFL draft, the LSU-Alabama game should guarantee fun, thrill and great football, as has been the case in past meetings between the two teams. Last year, the clash had to go all the way to OT for Alabama to get the win. A slight drop in the game’s tempo and competitiveness will probably be evident this year due to the player losses, but we should still be able to have another hotly contested spectacle.
Other Big Week 10 Games to Watch Out For:
- Auburn at Texas A&M, Nov. 7, Pick: Auburn
- Baylor at Kansas State, Nov. 5, Pick: Baylor
- Cincinnati at Houston, Nov. 7, Pick: Houston
- Michigan State at Nebraska, Nov. 7, Pick: Michigan State
- Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov 7, Pick: Ohio State
- Arizona at USC, Nov. 7, Pick: Arizona
WEEK 11 (NOVEMBER 10-14)
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech, Nov. 12, Pick: Georgia TechThe rivalry between these two ACC teams has been one the most entertaining and dicey contests in the NCAAF betting lines, with each of the past three meetings being decided by a touchdown or less. Last year, the Yellow Jackets took a 27-24 win, and if the offseason is anything to go by, another hot nail-biting affair should be in the books for bettors this year. Considering this game will come when we only have three games left in the ACC schedule, the winner of this matchup could as well be the team to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC title game, meaning the stakes will be very high. Assuming Yellow Jackets will have dealt with losing its top-2 receivers by the time this clash takes place, then the game will be Georgia Tech’s to lose. If not, then be on the lookout for an upset, as Virginia’s throttling defense gets into character to frustrate Georgia Tech’s offense throughout the game.
Alabama vs. Mississippi State, Nov. 14, Pick: Mississippi StateLast year, Mississippi State’s loss to Alabama in November was a huge turning point for Bulldog fans, as it marked their first loss of the season, which was followed by a slide that put them out of the playoff picture. The theme of vengeance will thus be on the Bulldog minds when they do the hosting of this year’s clash. A feisty showdown is guaranteed in Starkville, as the deeply-talented seek their first win against Alabama since 2007, something we feel they’ll take advantage of to record a famous win in this clash.
Georgia at Auburn, Nov. 14, Pick: AuburnThe oldest rivalry in the Deep South will be rekindled in this game, as the two SEC foes go for each other’s jugular in this highly anticipated clash. After the Tigers famously won the 2013 edition of the clash through a late-game tip famously referred to as ”The Prayer at Jordan-Hare”, Georgia ensured that there was no late-game drama in 2014, beating the Tigers comfortably in a 34-7 drubbing. With both teams coming into the new season with talented squads and valid national ambitions, it goes without saying that this game will be important, and the result could go either way, depending on who wants the win most. And judging by all the preseason talks about the two teams and their level of competitiveness on home vs. away fronts, Auburn supporters look most likely to get paid for the win here.
Oregon at Stanford, Nov. 14, Pick: OregonAfter Stanford crashed Oregon’s championship hopes in 2012 and 2013, the Ducks finally solved their “Cardinal Problem” by beating Stanford in 2014, marching all the way to the inaugural college football playoffs. Like the past clashes between the two teams, this game will come with major title implications in the Pac-12, and possibly have an effect on the race to the playoffs. With Mariota gone, it’s hard to trust the Ducks for the win, but considering Stanford hasn’t made any huge changes to warrant them challenging for supremacy in the Pac-12 and beyond, taking Oregon for the win in this game would be the safe bet. After all, we hear the QBs available in Oregon right now are really good, and Mariota left his top runners and receivers on stand-by, giving whoever lands the QB job very good options to throw to, and win games, like in 2014.
Other Big Week 11 Games to Watch Out For:
- Washington at UCLA, November 14, Pick: UCLA
- Nebraska at Rutgers, November 14, Pick: Rutgers
- BYU vs. Missouri, November 14, Pick: BYU
- Arkansas at LSU, November 14, Pick: LSU
- Florida at South Carolina, November 14, Pick: South Carolina
- Oklahoma at Baylor, November 14, Pick: Baylor
- Texas at West Virginia, November 14, Pick: West Virginia
- Wake Forest at Notre Dame, November 14, Pick: Wake Forest
- Minnesota at Iowa, November 14, Pick: Iowa