Week 8 of the college football season brings a lot of big spreads and big favorites to the table. While backing the big favorite isn’t always the most comfortable thing to do, there are a few great ones out there this weekend. Never mind the fact that there is a favorite on the board that is just way too small this week, which we will dive into right away.
Florida (-5) at South Carolina
The No. 9 Florida Gators hit the road for the second straight week to follow up two close games against ranked teams for a matchup with the Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon. Florida is coming off of a tough loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, but they should be able to bounce back against a South Carolina team that just isn’t good enough to hang with the Gators.
South Carolina beat Georgia last week, but that game was much more about the shortcomings of Georgia than it was the play of South Carolina. South Carolina only had 277 total yards in a win in Athens. That should never happen, ever.
This week, South Carolina should get back QB Ryan Hilinski, but I don’t think that he will have a huge impact on this game. The Gators’ defensive talent is legit, and I expect this team to just lean on South Carolina all game and eventually run away with this game by double digits. I love the Gators to cover easily.
LSU (-18) at Mississippi State
This is another spot where the line just doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Mississippi State is still very likely to be without some of its best defensive players, who have been suspended all year, and their defense just isn’t what it was last year with the significant talent dropoff.
On the other side of the ball, the Mississippi State offense has been dreadful at times this season. I think that it is possible that they put up some points, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy cover.
For No. 2 LSU, this spread is too close unless you assume this is really going to be a good game for some stretch. The only thing I am concerned about here is a let-down game, like LSU’s first-half performance the week after they beat Texas. I assume that the Tigers have learned from this mistake and should be focused on the task ahead this week.
This LSU offense has been great, and it has been explosive, and they will not take their foot off the gas until they are up at least four scores in this game. Mississippi State could run with the Tigers for a bit, but eventually, LSU should continue to score and get some stops on its way to a big win in Starkville.
Kansas at Texas (-21)
While Kansas has looked much improved this season, I do not think that they should be given this much respect in Austin at night. Kansas was able to catch Oklahoma sleepwalking at home in a noon game, but this is a completely different atmosphere, and I think that No. 15 Texas should have turned its attention to getting back to the Big 12 Championship for a rematch with Oklahoma.
Kansas’ offense has Pooka Williams and basically nothing else that scares you, and I think that Texas’ run defense will be good enough to contain the only true threat on the Jayhawks’ offense in this matchup.
Even when the Jayhawks caught OU sleeping, they still lost by 25, and I think that Texas can name the score in this one to get that bad taste out of their mouth. I love the Longhorns big in this game.