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