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College Football Week 8 Parlay Picks

One Mississippi. Two Mississippi. That’s right for the first time ever the college football betting epicenter resides in the state of Mississippi with Mississippi State sitting at No.1 in the national rankings followed by defending national champion Florida State and then Ole Miss at No.3.

Mississippi State’s big win over Auburn and Ole Miss’ surprisingly easy victory over Texas A&M have turned most college football betting picks upside down. Other fans, like those who bet on Arizona or Missouri, are ready to put last weekend behind them and move on to next week’s games.

The early Vegas lines are out already, so let’s take a quick glance at my college football week 8 parlay picks.

College Football Week 8 Parlay Picks

No. 6 Michigan State at Indiana
When: Sat, Oct 18
Where: Memorial Stadium
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Spread: Michigan State -14

Analysis: I can not tell a lie. The Michigan State Spartans have let me down in each of the last two weeks by narrowly failing to cover two point spreads I predicted them to cash in on.

Having said that…let me also say that I am coming back again with the Spartans to cash in against a mediocre Indiana team that is coming off a dismal 45-29 road loss to equally mediocre Iowa.

Despite their failures to cover the spread in each of their last two games, Michigan State is playing solid football right now, even if I don’t believe they can compete with the most elite teams in the nation.

Still, Indiana is as inconsistent as they come, having alternated SU wins and losses in every game this season. The Hoosiers have absorbed losses from Bowling Green, Maryland and Iowa and I expect them to suffer their first set of consecutive defeats by falling soundly to the Spartans in this Week 8 mismatch.

Michigan State has compiled a blistering 12-3-1 ATS mark in their last 16 road games while Indiana has gown 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record while also going 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Big Ten conference games.

The Spartans are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games against Indiana and if they don’t have this game well in hand by halftime, I’ll be shocked!

My Pick: Michigan State -14 Points

Washington at No. 9 Oregon
When: Sat, Oct 18
Where: Autzen Stadium
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
TV: FOX Sports 1
Spread: Oregon -20.5

Analysis: It’s really nice the Oregon Ducks bounced back from their first loss of the season to pound the snot out of UCLA 42-30 on Saturday and cash in as a 1.5-point road fave.

Still, I like the Washington Huskies to cover the spread with a bit of room to spare against the explosive Ducks.

Washington spanked Cal 31-7 in Week 6 and has played excellent football in every game they’ve played this season, even in falling to Stanford 20-13 in Week 5.

Sure, Marcus Mariota is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and he could go No. 1 overall in the next NFL Draft. Again, I like the direction the Huskies are headed in under venerable head coach Chris Petersen and I believe that not only are the Huskies going to cover the spread in this one, but that Petersen is going to turn this team into a perennial powerhouse, much like he did at Boise State.

Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record while Oregon has gone 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and a discouraging 1-6 ATS in their last seven conference games.

My Pick: Washington +20 Points

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State
When: Sat, Oct 18
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Florida State -11.5

Analysis: While I’m no fan of the generally over-hyped Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they are my pick to cover the double-digit point spread against Florida State this coming weekend for a pair of reasons.

First and foremost, I love the way Notre Dame is playing defense this season – outside of their most recent effort that is and I believe they’re going to give Florida State all they can handle to narrowly cover the spread in a losing effort.

Besides the Fighting Irish’s defense, I also like the way quarterback Everett Golson is playing this season and I believe he has a very good chance of outplaying younger and far more enigmatic counterpart Jameis Winston in this matchup.

Notre Dame is averaging just 4.5 fewer points per game than the Seminoles but they’re also allowing 3.5 fewer points per game defensively. In addition to Golson playing outstanding football this season, the Fighting Irish have also gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record while Florida State has gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

I like the Seminoles to win but Notre Dame to easily cover the spread as surprising double-digit road dogs.

My Pick: Notre Dame +11.5 Points