Week 7 of the college football season vaulted Mississippi and Mississippi State to the top of the polls. What else is going to happen in Week 8, with teams beginning to dream of a national title?
It’s becoming clearer and clearer which teams will make it to the 4-Team College Football Playoff and this upcoming week will make that picture really come into focus with some big-time matchups.
NCAAF Game of the Week
#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ #2 Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, 8:10 PM ET
Odds: Seminoles -11.5
The betting line was closed earlier in the week because Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, is being investigated for signing of autographs on pieces of memorabilia for sale. This kind of investigation has been occurring with Georgia star running back Todd Gurley, who has been removed from the board until there’s a resolution to his situation.
If Winston is suspended for this game, Florida State’s chances of winning would drop. It’s impossible to say how likely a suspension will actually be. However, Florida State has already played a full game without Winston, and the Seminoles won that game with backup quarterback Sean Maguire. Playing at home should help Florida State as well.
In either case, Florida State is the pick here. It looks like Winston will play as head coach Jimbo Fisher has appeared confident in his quarterback’s status so far. And if not, the Seminoles should still find a way to edge by the Fighting Irish.
Underdog College Pick of the Week
#21 Texas A&M Aggies @ #7 Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday, 3:35 PM ET
Odds: Alabama -11.5
Ole Miss just smashed Texas A&M at home on Saturday night, and that’s part of why the Aggies are double-digit underdogs to the Alabama Crimson Tide this week. The problem with Alabama being such a heavy favorite, though, is that coach Nick Saban’s team has struggled as well. The Tide also lost against Ole Miss and then barely won at Arkansas, escaping by one point. If Arkansas was any more competent, they would have won that game outright.
Texas A&M might not be a strong contender, but Alabama isn’t great either. If these two teams play the way they’ve been playing over the past two weeks, Alabama will probably win the game outright, but not by a wide margin. A&M should be able to cover the spread in this one.
Pick: Aggies +11.5
Two-Team College Football Teaser of the Week (7 Pts.)
#8 Michigan State Spartans @ Indiana Hoosiers
& #4 Baylor Bears @ West Virginia Mountaineers
Michigan State has been slipping on defense and has given up 33 fourth-quarter points in its last two games against Nebraska and Purdue. The Spartans might be vulnerable against Indiana, having to go on the road for a second straight week. However, Michigan State should certainly be able to win this game by 10 points and not have to sweat too late in the fourth quarter. That’s why we’ll tease them down to a touchdown.
For our second choice, we’ll knock Baylor down as well. They could get a real test at West Virginia against the Mountaineers’ high-powered offense, but it’s hard to see them losing outright. There will be a small letdown factor, but at the end of the day they should leave Morgantown with the win.
Picks: Michigan State -7 & Baylor -1