Expert Picks College Football Week 8Josh Bailey
After seeing former No. 2 Clemson, former No. 5 Washington and previously, eighth-ranked Washington State all suffer humbling losses this past weekend, college football bettors everywhere could use some expert betting advice that will help them increase their chances of cashing in as Week 8 of the 2017 regular season approaches. That’s where I come in with a trio of college football Week 8 expert picks that are sure to please!
Expert Picks College Football Week 8
Syracuse Orange (4-3) at No. 8 Miami Hurricanes (5-0)
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Odds: Syracuse +14
Analysis: Miami may be inside the top ten and the Hurricanes may be undefeated, but they haven’t exactly looked like world-beaters in getting past Georgia tech 25-24 this past weekend and a mediocre Florida State team 24-20 in Week 5.
Syracuse has looked really good the last two weeks in getting past Pittsburgh 27-24 two weeks ago before knocking off No. 2 Clemson 27-24 this past weekend to cash in as a whopping 24-point home underdog. The Orange aren’t very far off of Miami on both sides of the ball statistically and have gone 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and a pristine 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Miami is a robust 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Syracuse, but I like the Orange to cover the chalk as a two-touchdown underdog when the spread should be more like nine points at best!
Week 8 Expert Pick: Syracuse +14
No. 17 South Florida Bulls (6-0) at Tulane Green Wave (3-3)
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Odds: South Florida -11.5
Analysis: The only reason unbeaten South Florida isn’t in the top 10 is because they’re not getting a bunch of respect because they play in the AAC. Still, I like Charlie Strong’s offensively-explosive squad a bunch this season and they’re the easy pick in Week 8 against a Tulane team that is as mediocre as they showed in their dismal 23-10 loss to Florida International of all people this past weekend.
South Florida ‘opened up a can of whup-ass’ on Cincinnati in Saturday’s 33-3 smackdown and extended their streak of scoring at least 30 points to an impressive 23 games. The Bulls are so much better than the Green Wave on both sides of the ball that I’m stunned they’re not at least 20-point road faves in this one. No matter though, with the Bulls going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and a consistent 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 conference games, I believe they’re locks to take out a Tulane team that is just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a winning road record. Keep it simple, South Florida easily covers to take another step toward the national top ten!
Week 8 Expert Pick: South Florida -11.5
No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (5-1) at No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
NCAAF Odds: Penn State -10
Analysis: Michigan may have gotten past Indiana 27-20 in overtime this past weekend, but they certainly didn’t look good in doing so one week after suffering a 14-10 home loss to Michigan State. Now, the Wolverines will face a second-ranked Penn State squad that is well-rested following their Week bye this past weekend and looking for some serious revenge following last season’s embarrassing 49-10 road loss a year ago, that eventually kept them out of the four-team playoff. This season, the Nittany Lions are the far more explosive team offensively as they average 12.5 points per game more than Michigan while simultaneously leading the nation in fewest points allowed (9/0 ppg) as compared to Michigan’s 14.7 points per game allowed (8th).
The Nittany Lions have a pair of legitimate Heisman trophy candidates including running back Saquon Barkley, who most experts agree, is the most dangerous player in all of college football this season and a sure-fire top-five NFL pick in next year’s draft. Michigan is just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games while Penn State has compiled a nearly perfect 9-0-1 ATS mark in their last 10 home games. There’s really no other way for me to say it college football bettors. I smell an ass whipping coming for No. 19 Michigan at the hands of No. 2 Penn State.