13 October 2013

2013 College Football Predictions: Week 8

As predicted by your humble correspondent, Missouri got the biggest win of their young SEC lifetime by going into Athens and taking out the seventh ranked Georgia Bulldogs. While it did solidify as a legitimate force in the SEC, it came with a price as their quarterback James Franklin separated his right shoulder and will be out around six weeks. With backup Maty Mauk under center, can the club keep it coming as the Florida Gators come to Columbia? It's time for the B-Flo 360 week eight picks.

Tuesday, October 15th
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Western Kentucky - ESPN2, 8:00
Love Tuesday night football.
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

Thursday, October 17th
#10 Miami (FL) vs. North Carolina - ESPN, 7:30
It has not been pretty for the Heels, and not even coming home will help that.
Pick: Miami

Friday, October 18th
UCF vs. #8 Louisville - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: Louisville

Saturday, October 19th
Minnesota vs. Northwestern - ESPN2, 12:00
The Wildcats really stunk it up against the Badgers so they need a win badly. Minnesota is in a state of flux with Jerry Kill taking a leave of absense, so Northwestern should get a tough but important win.
Pick: Northwestern

#11 South Carolina vs. Tennessee - ESPN, 12:00
Holy crap did the Gamecocks look strong against Arkansas. Tennessee will have to play as well as they did in the overtime loss to Georgia two weeks back, which I'm not certain that they can do.
Pick: South Carolina

#15 Georgia vs. Vanderbilt - CBS, 12:00
Again, I saw it coming but I did not see it being that much a margin. Of course, a pair of awful Aaron Murray interceptions killed them near the end. However, the 'Dores have looked good against anybody that is not an SEC team.
Pick: Georgia

#22 Florida vs. #14 Missouri - SEC TV, 12:00
Again, huge victory for the Zou in Athens and that should give them plenty of confidence coming home against a Florida team that struggles to move the ball. But I wouldn't be confident in Maty Mauk against that defense, and neither should you.
Pick: Florida

#16 Texas Tech vs. West Virginia - Fox Sports 1, 12:00
For the Red Raiders, it's been six games and six victories, and they have looked very good. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have been very hit or miss this year. It is sneaky tough in Morgantown and I like an upset bid here.
Pick: West Virginia

TCU vs. #21 Oklahoma State - Fox, 12:00
A key game for both if they want to try and stay alive in the Big XII, but it seems like the Horned Frogs can't get over the hump against the top clubs. The Cowboys keep it coming back.
Pick: Oklahoma State

UConn vs. Cincinnati - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: Cincinnati

Navy vs. Toledo - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: Toledo

Purdue vs. Michigan State - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Michigan State

Southern Miss vs. East Carolina - FSN, 12:00
Pick: East Carolina

SMU vs. Memphis - AAC Network, 12:00
Pick: SMU

Syracuse vs. Georgia Tech - ACC Network (OTA), 12:30
This could be a game that nobody wants to win.
Pick: Syracuse

Army vs. Temple - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Army

Akron vs. Miami (OH) - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Akron

Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Ohio

Ball State vs. Western Michigan - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Ball State

Colorado State vs. Wyoming - Root Sports, 2:00
Pick: Wyoming

Charleston Southern vs. Colorado - Pac-12 Network, 2:00
Pick: Colorado

Kent State vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Kent State

#23 Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Northern Illinois

#24 Auburn vs. #7 Texas A&M - CBS, 3:30
The Tigers showed against LSU that even though they are a good team that can move it offensively, they are a year away from really being dangerous. And they don't have enough horses to slow down Johnny Manziel and the movement.
Pick: Texas A&M

Maryland vs. Wake Forest - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: Maryland

#9 UCLA vs. #13 Stanford - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
This is a good week to be UCLA as they see that Stanford may not be as good as we thought (key word: may). But this is not a good week to be UCLA as they now get an angry Stanford club looking for a big bounce-back. I see more of the latter.
Pick: Stanford

Iowa vs. #4 Ohio State - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
The Hawkeyes are better than I thought they would be, but they're not that good.
Pick: Ohio State

BYU vs. Houston - ESPNEWS, 3:30
Pick: BYU

#18 Oklahoma vs. Kansas - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: Oklahoma

Indiana vs. Michigan - BTN, 3:30
Michigan played it so conservative during overtime in Happy Valley, you would have thought they were instead at the Values Voter Summit. Fortunately, Indiana couldn't stop anybody.
Pick: Michigan

North Texas vs. Louisiana Tech - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: North Texas

Duke vs. Virginia - ACC Network (RSN), 3:30
Pick: Duke

UMass vs. Buffalo - Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Buffalo), 3:30
Pick: Buffalo

#20 Washington vs. Arizona State - Pac-12 Network, 6:00
The Huskies need a bounce-back win pretty badly after having the unfortune of going against Stanford and Oregon back-to-back. I think they'll get it in Tempe.
Pick: Washington

Old Dominion vs. Pittsburgh - ACC Network (RSN), 3:30
Pick: Pittsburgh

Arkansas vs. #1 Alabama - ESPN, 7:00
So the Razorbacks just got demolished by South Carolina, and thus that should bode well.
Pick: Alabama

Iowa State vs. #12 Baylor - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Baylor

#6 LSU vs. Ole Miss - ESPN2, 7:00
The Tigers win in shootouts and they can win in defensive struggles. Ole Miss will be game in Oxford, but they really lack LSU's balance.
Pick: LSU

Georgia State vs. Texas State - Sun Belt Network, 7:00
Pick: Texas State

USC vs. Notre Dame - NBC, 7:30
Can Ed Orgeron get the Trojans to come out hard in South Bend under the lights? I say yes, but the Notre Dame defense will cause just enough problems for Cody Kessler.
Pick: Notre Dame

Nevada vs. Boise State - CBS Sports Network, 8:00
Nevada's defense has been lacking thus far in 2013, and that gives the Smurfs an opening at home.
Pick: Boise State

#25 Wisconsin vs. Illinois - ABC, 8:00
The Badgers crushed Northwestern on Saturday afternoon and while the Fighting Illini are much improved, I'm not seeing an upset because I don't think Illinois is strong enough defensively.
Pick: Wisconsin

#5 Florida State vs. #3 Clemson - ABC, 8:00
This has the making of an one in Death Valley. I wouldn't put too much into Clemson struggling for a long while with Boston College because they were clearly looking ahead. And I think that will give them an advantage over FSU as they haven't played since the fifth. Jameis Winston is awesome, but how will he look in his first hostile road environment?
Pick: Clemson

Rice vs. New Mexico State - Aggie Vision, 8:00
Pick: Rice

Utah State vs. New Mexico - Root Sports, 9:00
Pick: Utah State

Washington State vs. #2 Oregon - Fox Sports 1, 10:00
As least the Cougars will keep it interesting for a bit, maybe more?
Pick: Oregon

UNLV vs. #17 Fresno State - Mountain West Network, 10:00
Pick: Fresno State

Utah vs. Arizona - Pac-12 Network, 10:00
The Utes pulled off a huge upset of Stanford in Salt Lake City and this is a good team. Good enough to go into Tucson and take out the Wildcats? I think so.
Pick: Utah

Oregon State vs. California - ESPN2 or ESPNU, 10:30
Cal is coming along, eventually, but eventually will not be Saturday night.
Pick: Oregon State

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