College Football Week 8 Lock Bets

College Football Week 8 Lock Bets

College Football Week 8 Lock Bets

Each and every week, a handful of college football betting odds have the look of a virtual lock selection. However, finding these contests can often be a daunting task for even the most experienced online college football handicapper.

Thankfully, I have done the homework for you, so now all you have to do is make your wagers, sit back and put your feet up in relaxation.

With that thought in mind, this trio of Week 8 college football ‘lock bets,’ featuring three nationally-ranked title hopefuls is just what the doctor ordered.

College Football Week 8 Lock Bets

No. 19 Nebraska -7 at Northwestern
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
TV: BTN
Betting Spread: Nebraska -7

Analysis: Northwestern played very well in their 24-17 Week 7 loss to Minnesota, but the Wildcats are going to be taking on a Nebraska Cornhuskers team that is both, well-rested after getting a bye in Week 7 – and one that is also quite ticked off after narrowly falling to Michigan State 27-22 two weeks ago.

I believe Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong is only going to get better each time he steps on the field and I also don’t believe there are many running backs in the country better than explosive senior Ameer Abdullah (878 yds, 6.4 ypc).

Nebraska ranks sixth in the nation in rushing (303.5 ypg) and 12th in the country in scoring (41.5 ppg). The Cornhuskers also have one of the best defenses in the country and ranks 28th in points allowed (20.3 ppg)

Northwestern has not scored 30 points in any game this season and averages just 21.5 points per game (107th) though the Wildcats do have one of the stingiest defenses in the country, ranking 11th in points allowed (17.5 ppg).

Still, with Nebraska going 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and Northwestern going 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall and a dismal 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games, it’s clear that the Cornhuskers are the easy pick to win and cash in!

My Pick: Nebraska -7 Points

No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Kickoff: FOX Sports 1
TV: 4:00 PM ET
Betting Spread: TCU -9

Analysis: I don’t know how else to say it, but I’m a little ticked off that TCU lost to Baylor 61-58 on Saturday because of an official’s bogus pass interference call late in regulation.

Having said that, let me also say that I like the Horned Frogs to get right back in the win column by taking out rival Oklahoma State in their Week 8 Big 12 showdown. Unfortunately, I don’t see TCU winning this game by the 10 points it will take for them to cover the spread.

The Cowboys haven’t lost since narrowly falling to Florida State in their regular season opener and I believe they’re going to give the Horned Frogs all they can handle and them some before narrowly falling to seriously underrated quarterback Trevone Boykin and company.

Oklahoma State is ranked 28th in scoring (37.2 ppg) and has a very well-balanced offense that ranks inside the top 80 in both rushing and passing.

While the Cowboys may not be a powerhouse defensively, they also aren’t chopped liver, ranking a solid 62nd in points allowed (24.7 ppg). I’m a bit worried that Oklahoma State hasn’t played a real tough team in winning their last three games, but I also like the fact that the Cowboys are very solid in all three phases of the game.

Oklahoma State is 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games.

TCU has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games versus a team with a winning road record.

The Horned Frogs will win this one in another thriller!

My Pick: Oklahoma State +9 Points

No. 24 Marshall at Florida International
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida
Kickoff: 6:00 PM ET
TV: N/A
Betting Spread: Marshall -21

Analysis: There’s no sense in beating around the bush with this Week 8 pick, seeing as how Marshall has scored at least 42 points in every game they’ve played this season and Florida International has been held to 13 points or less three times, including in their 16-13 Week 7 loss to UTSA.

You may not have known it before, but now you do! The Marshall Thundering Herd are ranked a stupendous second in the nation in scoring (47.8 ppg) and a stunning eighth in points allowed defensively (17.2 ppg).

The Thundering Herd also have one of the best dual-threat signal-callers in the country in senior quarterback Rakeem Cato, even if you didn’t know it.

This game should truly be over by halftime people as the Thundering Herd cruise to victory.

Marshall is 5-0 ATS in their last five games and a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games.

The Florida International Golden Panthers are 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games following an SU loss and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record.

My Pick: Marshall -21 Points