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Top College Football Week 8 Betting Matchups

Written by on October 16, 2017

How wild was Week 7 of the college football season? Four teams who were ranked in the Top 10 all lost to unranked foes, shaking up the new Associated Press Top 25. Penn State, which was idle, took advantage. The Nittany Lions moved up a spot to No. 2, 15 points ahead of No. 3 Georgia. Penn State has its best ranking since Oct. 31, 1999, when the Nittany Lions were No. 2. This week’s NCAAF odds are looking really good and we just had to pick out those top games to bet on. Here are two must-bet games for  College Football Week 8: No. 10 Oklahoma State-Texas and Tennessee-No. 1 Alabama.

Top College Football Week 8 Betting Matchups

Oklahoma State at Texas College Football Week 8 Odds & Game Info

When: Saturday, noon ET Where: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium TV: ABC Stream: WatchESPN Radio: Cowboys Sports Network (Oklahoma State) / KTXX 104.9 FM (Texas) Opening College Football Week 8 Lines: OSU -7

Why Bet On Oklahoma State?

The Pokes (5-1) are off a 59-16 blowout of Baylor to rise to No. 10 in the AP poll. Heisman Trophy candidate and QB Mason Rudolph passed for 459 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. Oklahoma State’s James Washington caught six passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for a 2-yard score. It was the second-best yardage total of his career. Marcell Ateman caught four passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, and Justice Hill ran for 117 yards and a score for the Cowboys. They had a school-record 747 yards. Rudolph’s passing total marked his seventh career 400-yard passing game, which ties the school record set by Brandon Weeden. Rudolph now has 18 career games with at least 300 yards passing, improving a school record he already owned. Washington’s total marked his 17th career game with at least 100 receiving yards. He has hit 100 yards in four straight games and in six of his last seven. He entered the game ranked second nationally this year with 129.4 receiving yards per game. Washington entered the game leading the nation with eight 30-plus yard catches on the year. He added four such catches. It marked the fourth time in OSU history that OSU has had a 400-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher. OSU’s 747 yards of total offense surpassed its previous best single-game tally of 742 set against Louisiana in 2012.

Why Bet On Texas?

The Horns (3-3) lost to Oklahoma 29-24 in the Red River Rivalry. Texas did battle battled back from a 20-point deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter, but fell short. True freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed 19-of-39 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for a team-leading 102 with a touchdown. Texas went 4-for-4 in the red zone, scoring 24 points, and converted on 8-of-17 third down chances. Ehlinger made his fourth start of the season and became the third true freshman quarterback to start for Texas all-time in the Red River Showdown. He joined Shane Buechele (2016) and Bobby Layne (1944) as the only true freshman to start at the position at quarterback vs. Oklahoma. It was Ehlinger’s second straight 100-yard rushing game, after passing for 380 and rushing for 107 two weeks ago vs. Kansas State. He became the 17th quarterback in school history to pass for at least 100 and rush for at least 100 in the same game. Texas lost to OSU 49-31 last year. Rudolph passed for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Hill rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown and Jalen McCleskey added 109 yards and two touchdowns receiving for the Cowboys, who had lost their previous eight home games against the Longhorns. Oklahoma State blocked three extra points in the first half, matching a school record for blocked kicks in a game.

Tennessee at Alabama College Football Week 8 Odds & Game Info

When: Saturday, 3:30 PM ET Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium TV: CBS Stream: CBSSports.com Radio: 107.7 FM (Tennessee) / 102.7 The Tide (Alabama) Opening College Football Week 8 Lines: Alabama -34

Why Bet On Tennessee?

The Vols (3-3) are huge disappointments at 0-3 in the SEC and it’s assumed Coach Butch Jones will be fired after the season.  Tennessee hasn’t scored a touchdown since Sept. 23, and that was in a game in which they squeaked by winless UMass. UT comes off a 15-9 home loss to South Carolina. Three trips to the red zone in the first half netted just nine points, and the offense went into the tank as the defense couldn’t get off the field in the second as the Gamecocks rallied and survived some last-second drama. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, making his first start at quarterback, guided the Vols 73 yards in the final one minute, 13 seconds without a timeout.  He and his teammates came up just short of a comeback, as UT was unable to connect on three pass attempts from the two-yard line. Guarantano finished the game 11-of-18 for 133 yards with no interceptions. Prior to Saturday’s game, running back John Kelly had led the Vols in both rushing and receiving yards in each of Tennessee’s games this season. On Saturday, he rushed for 58 yards and ranked third in receiving yards, catching two passes for 21 yards. Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006 in Knoxville (16-13), and its last win in Tuscaloosa came in 2003 when Casey Clausen quarterbacked a 5-overtime victory, 51-43. The Vols played Alabama as their annual opponent from the SEC West Division each year, and then another SEC West opponent that rotates.

Why Bet On Alabama?

The 34-point spread is the largest in the history of this series. The top-ranked Crimson Tide bring the nation’s No. 7 rushing offense (302.6 yards per game) to face Tennessee’s No. 123 rushing defense (allowing 242.3 yards per game). The Vols rank behind the Tide in practically every major statistical measure. Among the exceptions: passing offense. Tennessee ranks 99th while Alabama is 102nd. Tennessee also has strong numbers defending the pass. It ranks second in the country allowing 129.2 passing yard per game. The Tide (7-0) are off a 41-9 win over Arkansas. Alabama had 308 yards and four scores on the ground while holding the Hogs to 27 yards rushing. On the offensive side of the ball, junior running back Damien Harris earned his seventh career 100-yard game and his third of the season, after rushing for a game-high 125 yards and two scores on just nine attempts.  Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts and freshman running back Najee Harris also had rushing touchdowns in the win. Hurts went 12-of-19 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Is Alabama a safe betting pick in Week 8 of College Football? It was the 100th SEC regular-season win for Nick Saban. He has a 100-24 (.806) on-the-field record at LSU and Alabama in conference regular-season games (total does not include SEC Championship Games). Saban joins Paul “Bear” Bryant, Steve Spurrier, Johnny Vaught and Vince Dooley as the only SEC coaches to win 100 league games. Saban’s career winning percentage in regular season Southeastern Conference games stands at .8065, which ranks No. 1 in SEC history among coaches with at least five seasons in the league. Alabama has defeated 71 consecutive unranked teams under Saban. The last loss to an unranked team came against Auburn to close out the 2007 season. The current streak began with a win over Colorado on Dec. 30, 2007, in the Independence Bowl. Under Saban, Alabama holds a 75-3 (.962) (71-3, .959 after vacations) mark against unranked opponents, including a perfect mark in unranked matchups since 2008.

Expert Predictions for College Football Week 8

No question that Alabama wins here, but I’m taking all those points. I’d think UT could stay within 28.