This has been one of the strangest college football seasons in recent memory and it’s beginning to look as though unbeaten teams are going to be scarce once the regular season comes to a close. Iowa were the latest top 4 team to fall, going down to Purdue in Week 7, which opened the door for a 1-loss Alabama team to get back into the playoff picture, while Ohio State, who also have a loss to their name this season are sitting just outside the playoff group waiting patiently for another slip up. They are all looking up at undefeated Georgia right now, and will continue to do so for another week, as the Bulldogs have a bye this coming weekend. We had out first poor week of the season with our Week 7 picks, so let’s see if we can bounce back in Week 8, starting with our ATS picks. Let’s jump right into action so you can get ready to continue betting against the NCAAF odds.
Week 8 ATS Picks for the 2021 Season | NCAA Football Betting
Cincinnati Bearcats (-27 ½) at Navy Midshipmen
I generally steer clear of the larger point spreads, as they so often tend to blow up in my face. This, though, is a little different when talking about the Cincinnati Bearcats. As it stands right now, they are sitting in a playoff spot, which is a lofty position for a team outside the Power 5. If they win out, they might just stay there, but the Playoff Committee may have other ideas. The reality is that the Bearcats should win out without any real problem, but if they want to impress the committee members, they are going to need to deliver some blowout performances along the way. They have been doing that and have covered the spread in 6 of their last 7. They should be able to blow the doors off the Navy Midshipmen this weekend.
BYU Cougars (-2 ½) at Washington State Cougars
These are a pair of teams with some problems at the moment, albeit for very different reasons. After surging out to a 5-0 start, the BYU offense has suddenly gone cold, and the Cougars have now dropped back-to-back games. That’s not quite as dramatic as what is happening with the Washington State Cougars, though, as they have just let go their head coach after he refused to be vaccinated. He will be joined by a handful of assistant coaches, which makes you wonder how things are going to look on the field this weekend. Washington State has win 3 in a row and have been solid against the spread, but the coaching upheaval is an issue, which is why I am on BYU.
Maryland Terrapins at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-5)
The Big Ten is absolutely wide open this season and became even more so with Iowa losing last weekend. Maryland is probably already out of it, though, as they are in the East Division, where a trio of teams are unbeaten in conference play. Over in the West, though, it’s an absolute battle, with Minnesota now very much in the hunt with a 2-1 conference record. They need this one in the worst possible way and will be facing a Maryland team that is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games versus conference foes. Minnesota is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games, as well as going 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 versus Big Ten opposition.