NCAA Football 2022 Updated Odds After Week 8

NCAA Football 2022: Updated Odds After Week 8

Written by on October 25, 2022

We are now officially past the halfway point of the 2022 college football regular season and the usual suspects – Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama – remain atop the board to win the national championship. We bring you the week 8 preview for your NCAA Football bets.

College Football Updated Odds After Week 8

The top-ranked Dawgs, who are +190 title favorites) take on rival Florida this Saturday in the annual “Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville. Normally, that might be a danger spot for Georgia but it is a whopping 22.5-point favorite, believed to be the largest in the history of the rivalry. The previous biggest UGA was favored was at -14 last year. It won 34-7. The Bulldogs scored three times in 2:09 at the end of the first half. The last team to score three TDs in that little time at the end of a half was Utah State, which did it in a 52-26 win over Boise State in 2015.

Florida managed no points, 11 first downs and 214 yards through three quarters and looked like its decades-old, NCAA-record scoring streak might be in jeopardy down the stretch. But the Gators finally got on the scoreboard with 2:49 remaining. They have scored in every outing since getting shut out by Auburn in 1988.

This year, the Gators’ 6.4 yards per carry ranks first in the FBS. Georgia is allowing 3.3 YPC this season (19th in FBS). The Gators boast three of the top-four rushers in the SEC in yards per carry: RB Montrell Johnson Jr. (first – 7.2), QB Anthony Richardson (second – 7.1) and RB Trevor Etienne (fourth – 6.3). Richardson is one of nine Power Five quarterbacks with 1,300 passing yards and 350 rushing yards this season. Five FBS players have rushed for over 7.0 YPC, carried the ball 50-plus times and scored at least six rushing touchdowns this season. Johnson Jr. and Richardson are two of those players, with Richardson being the only QB.

Georgia has matched up with Florida 100 times since 1904 and the Bulldogs hold a 54-44-2 edge. The Bulldogs are 47-41-1 in Jacksonville. The annual Georgia-Florida matchup is under contract through

the 2023 season to be played in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field.

Other than the 2020 season that was shortened by the pandemic, the Bulldogs have had an off week prior to their SEC Eastern Division matchup with the Gators every year since 2013. Georgia is 9-6 all-time against Florida following a bye week while the Gators, who also were off last weekend, have a record of 18-10 against the Bulldogs after a week off.

Ohio State is a +195 second favorite to win it all but could be on upset alert at No. 13 Penn State on Saturday. We’ll have a preview of that later this week. Alabama is +375 and is off this week before visiting No. 18 LSU on Nov. 5.

Clemson (+1600) got a big win over unbeaten Syracuse in Week 8, 27-21, and is on track to return to the ACC title game. A smothering second half by the defense and a season-best 293 rushing yards led the Tigers back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit. Will Shipley’s 50-yard touchdown run with 11:26 to play gave Clemson the lead for good, capping a 27-carry, 172-yard day for the sophomore. Fellow running back Phil Mafah registered 18 carries for 94 yards and a score.

Clemson extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 14 games. That winning streak now stands alone as the fourth-longest winning streak in Clemson history, trailing a 29-game winning streak from 2018-19, a 17-game winning streak from 2014-15 and a 15-game winning streak from 1947-49.

Clemson has now opened a season 8-0 for the ninth time in program history (1948, 1981, 2000, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). Five of Clemson’s seven most recent teams to start 8-0 went on to play for the national championship (1981, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019).

Clemson also won its 38th consecutive home game to take sole possession of the longest home winning streak in ACC history. Clemson was previously tied with the 1992-2001 Florida State Seminoles (37). Note: Miami’s FBS-record 58-game home winning streak from 1985-94 predated the Hurricanes’ ACC membership.

Coach Dabo Swinney’s team overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for the first time since the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU (overcame an 11-point deficit in a 25-24 win). Clemson is now 13-27 under Swinney when trailing after three quarters.

The Tigers are off this week before they visit Notre Dame in non-conference action on Nov. 5.

Expert National Title Prediction: Georgia over Ohio State

We knew it was going to be an interesting 2022 NASCAR season as the Cup Series switched over to the Next Gen car, and that indeed was the case as 19 different drivers won a race this past year. Some people love the parity, while others think that the new setup favors being lucky rather than good. 

The 2022 NASCAR postseason was interesting, with the first four races being won by non-playoff drivers. Eventually, the cream did rise to the top, with Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, Joey Logano, and 2021 Cup Series champion Kyle Larson winning races down the stretch. 

Even with all the parity during the regular season, few people could argue that Joey Logano was an undeserving 2022 Cup Series champion. Logano had three wins during the regular NASCAR season and two in the playoffs, but now the question becomes, can he repeat in 2023? Let’s take a look at this analysis for your NASCAR bets.

What to expect in the upcoming 2023 NASCAR season?

2023 Team Changes 

There has always been some swapping of teams in the offseason in NASCAR, but it’s almost getting to be like an MLB trade deadline the way drivers are realigned for the 2023 season.

The biggest move is Kyle Gibbs going from Joe Gibbs Racing, where he’s been since 2008, and heading to Richard Childress Racing. This is the equivalent of Tom Brady leaving the Patriots. 

Other big team changes for 2023 include Tyler Reddick leaving RCR for 23XI. This isn’t a shock because Busch was coming over, and Reddick had announced his departure in 2024, but Kurt Busch’s retirement from a full-time driver pushed up the timeline. 

It’s not just ‘trades’ that are going to make 2023 interesting, but also full-time debuts. The two biggest names moving to the Cup Series full-time are Ty Gibbs, who replaces Busch at his grandfather’s JGR club, and Noah Gragson, coming off one of the more successful Xfinity regular seasons in recent memory to drive full-time for Petty GMS. A.J. Allmendinger is also returning to the Cup Series full-time for the first time since 2018.

Who Will Win the 2023 Cup Series?  

It will be interesting to see if the parity of 19 different drivers winning last season calms down in year two of the Next Gen car or if that’s just how NASCAR is going to be moving forward. Logano (+650) showed a mastery of the new racing format, so he’s obviously a favorite to become the first back-to-back winner since Jimmie Johnson in 2009/2010. 

The co-favorites to win the 2023 Cup Series are Chase Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson at +600. Elliott made the final four this season, and he and Larson won the Cup Series in 2020 and 2021, respectively. 

Other contenders for some 2023 NASCAR Cup Series future bets are Christopher Bell (+800), who was a championship four finalist after getting hot with two wins in the playoffs. Ryan Blaney (+850) will be a hot pick as well, even though he failed to pick up a win last season. 

Maybe 2023 is the year that some old dogs return to top form, too, as Denny Hamlin (+1000) had two wins in 2022 but another ten top-five finishes. Maybe a change of scenery gets Busch (+2000) back on track. 

Buckle up; the Daytona 500 is right around the corner.

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