Week 8 Preview

Games of Note:

TCU @ #21 Baylor

Scott- In this rivalry, both teams are coming off of impressive wins, and have monster games the following week as well. This conference is wide open, and a spot in the championship game is attainable for both teams if they stay hot. This is a very even all-time series, and this game looks to be no different. My gut says Baylor, so I’m going with the Bears. Baylor 33, TCU 31

Gavin- TCU 38, Baylor 31

#1 Ohio State @ #5 Penn State

Scott- This is the game of the season thus far in college football. Two bona fide national title contenders in the same division no less, battling it out in late October. The stakes are massive for this top 5 matchup. The whiteout crowd in Happy Valley will be interesting for a noon kickoff, but PSU will use it to its advantage. The Lions have been very impressive thus far, but OSU is #1 for a reason. I think Justin Fields and company can handle the crowd noise, and the Buckeyes survive. But do not eliminate Penn State from playoff contention just yet. Ohio State 31, Penn State 21

Gavin- Ohio State 35, Penn State 17

#11 Texas A&M @ South Carolina

Scott- The Gamecocks have never beaten the Aggies, and would love nothing more than to kick TAMU when they’re down. After getting throttled by Auburn last week, the Aggies will try to silence the critics and bounce back, as they think they can learn from that loss and still contend for the division. Carolina has played pretty good ball this year, and a win could really jumpstart their season from solid to great. I think the Aggies come out angry, and take care of business here. Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 25

Gavin- Texas A&M 45, South Carolina 21

Temple @ #23 Memphis

Scott- Rod Carey and the Owls handed Memphis their only regular season loss last season and are looking for another upset after taking down USF last week. This is a monster game in the American, with both teams not able to afford a second conference loss at the time. Memphis was the preseason favorite in the AAC, but is in the middle of a brutal stretch that started with a narrow loss to current front-runner SMU, and continued with beating UCF by a point last week. It won’t get easier for the Tigers, as they travel to Cincy next week before playing USF and Navy. This race will be a dogfight to the end. But give me the Tigers today. Memphis 39, Temple 27

Gavin- Memphis 21, Temple 10

Florida State @ #24 Louisville

Scott- In the grand scheme of things, this game could very well determine who makes the Orange Bowl this season, assuming Clemson makes the College Football Playoff. Both teams sit at 5-1, and have looked very impressive in games where they don’t face Dabo. FSU has enjoyed a massive turnaround in Mike Norvell’s first year in Tallahassee, and Scott Satterfield himself has turned the bus around in Louisville very quickly. Who emerges here as the second best in the ACC? I’ll take the Cardinals and their electric offense, who are putting up 41 PPG. UL is still a bit ahead of the ‘Noles at this point. Louisville 42, Florida State 30

Gavin- Louisville 38, Florida State 24

#25 Kentucky @ Missouri

Scott- Both teams are on the verge of bowl eligibility, and it would be great to get that checked off the list with tough SEC games ahead for both. Missouri is coming off a romp at the hands of Georgia, and is looking to bounce back. They’ll have to rely on their defense to figure things out like they had been prior to UGA. UK squeaked one out against Vandy and has entered the rankings for the first time this year. Mark Stoops does not get enough credit for what he has built in Lexington. The Cats have lost significant talent the last two years, and have come back stronger than expected both years. I think the Wildcats pull out a road win, extending their win streak to three. Kentucky 27, Missouri 20

Gavin- Kentucky 21, Missouri 17

Texas @ Texas Tech

Scott- Don’t look now, but the Longhorns are all alone atop the Big XII. Texas seems to have righted the ship after nearly sinking the first two weeks. This week’s matchup could go a long way to reaching the title game if the Horns can keep focus in a tough road environment. The Red Raiders have not been able to defend home turf against their in-state rivals since the famous Michael Crabtree game in 2008. TTU is coming off a tough but promising loss to Baylor, but has come out on the wrong end of two close games this year. I think their luck will turn in them later on, but Texas controls this one rather easily to move to 4-0 in conference play. Texas 48, Texas Tech 34

Gavin- Texas 35, Texas Tech 31

#19 Oklahoma State @ #12 Oklahoma

Scott- In the Bedlam series, the Sooners have dominated since the beginning. OK State has come to unprecedented levels of extended success under Mike Gundy. OU is not quite the team they have been the last five years, but do not rule them out of playoff contention just yet. They are coming off a very solid win in Ames against a ranked ISU team, and are still the class of the league. OK State is trying to stay ahead of the curve in reaching a conference title game, and needs a win over their rivals to get there. OK State keeps saying, “Why not us?” But they need to prove they can beat the Sooners consistently. I’ll take OU yet again. Also, move this game to Thanksgiving weekend permanently please and thank you. Oklahoma 49, Oklahoma State 38

Gavin- Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 35

Upset Picks:

Scott- Georgia Tech @ Pittsburgh

I have been very very impressed with Geoff Collins and the Yellow Jackets this year. They have a five point loss in Chapel Hill to the solid Tar Heels, have beaten both Virginia ACC foes, and a win over a ranked UCF squad. Ignore the Clemson game. Everyone else does. Keep in mind Collins had to completely overhaul that offensive roster post triple-option. Pitt is a tough challenger, no doubt. But they have lost two in a row, albeit competitively. I feel like things might be starting to slip for the Panthers. Give me the Jackets in the Steel City. Georgia Tech 24, Pittsburgh 20

Gavin- Colorado 31, Arizona State 28

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