NCAA College Football Week 8 PredictionsJames Johnson
The College Football Week 8 Predictions feature one Big Ten matchup between two good defenses. And also two SEC matchups between teams which can’t afford losses. The game of the week will be played in Tuscaloosa. Both Alabama and Texas A&M will out their undefeated status on the table.
Only one team will leave the weekend unbeaten. Right now Bama looks like the best team in the nation, but they will face a quarterback that has beaten them before.
The sports bookies are taking action bets all over the place this week. Feel free to take a look at the NCCAF week eight picks and earn some cash this weekend:
(10) Wisconsin Badgers at Iowa Hawkeyes
- NCAAF Week 8 Point Spread: Wisconsin -3
- Stadium: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
- Game Time: Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 12:00 PM ET
- TV Info: ESPN
Wisconsin showed a lot of heart in the loss to Ohio State last week. Yes, the Badgers have lost two in a row, but facing the Michigan Wolverines and the Buckeyes in consecutive weeks was not an easy task to overcome. To be fair, they were in late in both games.
Because of those performances, the online bookies did not hesitate to make them favorites this week. Wisconsin is a field goal favorite on the road in a Conference matchup, and it’s not a surprise. The Badgers have been outstanding against the spread this season, posting a 5-1 ATS record.
Inside the Big Ten, they are 1-2 straight up but 3-0 against the spread. Their success is based on the defensive efforts. The Badgers couldn’t slow down Ohio State last week, but they held Michigan and Michigan State to 20 points combined. They have the 9th best total defense in College Football, and they allow 15.2 points per game (9th).
Keep in mind the Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last four conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. If the Badgers are so good against the spread then why are they just one field goal favorites? Well, the pay per head sites know Iowa is a complicated matchup for the Badgers. The Hawkeyes have covered the spread in seven of the last ten meetings against Wisconsin. That
College Football betting trend can’t be taken lightly.
Even so in recent years Wisconsin has struggled to cover games against Iowa; right now, the Badgers are a better team. They will prove it on Saturday.
Prediction: Wisconsin -3.
(6) Texas A&M Aggies at (1) Alabama Crimson Tide
- NCAAF Week 8 Odds: Alabama -16
- Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
- Game Time: Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 3:00 PM ET
- TV Info: CBS
Alabama is the best team in football, and it’s not even close. The Crimson Tide smashed the Volunteers in Tennessee with a 49-10 score. Bama covered the spread as a 7.5-point favorite on the road and reminded us why they are the top team to beat in the nation.
The Crimson Tide has averaged 49.0 points in the last two wins over SEC teams and 45.5 points per game overall this season. Only five teams have scored more points than Bama this season in the first seven weeks. Yet, the core of their success comes from the defense. The first tip on how to become a bookie online: plan the betting lines taking into consideration Alabama’s defense first.
Alabama only allows 15.8 points per game, the fifth best number in the nation. Keep in mind Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight beat Alabama in a bowl game two years ago when playing for Oklahoma. Bama’s head coach Nick Saban knows this. Saban won’t take it personally, but he will be ready to cash in some payback at Knight’s expenses.
Texas A&M allows 19.2 points per game. They gave up 38 points from Tennessee two weeks ago. When facing Alabama’s freshman QB Jalen Hurts the defense will be on their heels trying to stop the double-threat quarterback. Hurts had 143 passing yards against the Volunteers last week and added 132 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Texas A&M hasn’t faced a player like him this season.
Don’t forget Crimson Tide is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last six games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Also, the Aggies are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, 8-19 ATS in their last 27 conference games, and 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Prediction: Alabama -16.
(23) Ole Miss Rebels at (25) LSU Tigers
- NCAAF Week 8 Betting Lines: LSU -5.5
- Stadium: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
- Game Time: Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 9:00 PM ET
- TV Info: ESPN
Ole Miss didn’t look great against Arkansas last week, but they have too much talent to dismiss them. The Rebels average 39.7 points per game this season (20th) under senior QB Chad Kelly. If Ole Miss’ defense steps up, the team would be one of the most difficult matchups in the SEC.
After throwing just two touchdowns and two interceptions in the last two weeks, Kelly will be eager to have a better performance in Baton Rouge. Like I mentioned Ole Miss fell flat against Arkansas with a 34-30 score. That’s not all bad news as the Rebels are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight up loss. They usually have good games against good competition. Ole Miss is 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games as an underdog.
The LSU Tigers could be a misleading team. They got rid of coach Les Miles to give a chance to Ed Orgeron. Since then they have beaten Missouri and Southern Miss with a combined 87 to 17 score. While the wins are great and the pay per head sportsbook knows it, the opposition has been less than stellar. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. LSU recorded 459 total yards against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles last week.
Prediction: Ole Miss +5.5