14 October 2014

2014 College Football Predictions: Week 8

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Tell me you ever thought that you would find yourself looking at the polls and find Mississippi State at the top spot. If you actually thought that, I have a bridge to sell you. All kidding aside after three impressive wins in a row at LSU, and against Texas A&M and Auburn at home. The Bulldogs might just be the team to beat when the inaugural College Football Playoff comes around this January. They are off this week but what about the rest of the college football world amid a season that has seen its fair share of unexpected excitement? Here are my predictions for week eight.

Tuesday, October 14th
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Texas State - ESPN2, 8:00
Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

Thursday, October 16th
Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh - ESPN, 7:30
Pick: Virginia Tech

20 Utah vs. Oregon State - Fox Sports 2 (Simulcast on Pac-12 Networks & local TV), 10:00
Pick: Utah

Friday, October 17th
Fresno State vs. Boise State - ESPN, 8:00
Pick: Boise State

Temple vs. Houston - ESPNU, 9:00
Pick: Houston

Saturday, October 18th
Tulane vs. UCF - ESPNU, 12:00
Pick: UCF

UTSA vs. Louisiana Tech - Fox Sports Networks, 12:00
Pick: UTSA

Iowa vs. Maryland - ESPN2, 12:00
Pick: Iowa

14  Kansas State vs. 11 Oklahoma - ESPN, 12:00
The Sooners won a closer one than I expected in Fair Park, and K-State will be ready to play as always.
Pick: Oklahoma

Purdue vs. Minnesota - BTN, 12:00
Pick: Minnesota

Furman vs. South Carolina - SEC Network, 12:00
Pick: South Carolina

Western Kentucky vs. FAU - American Sports Network, 12:00
Pick: Western Kentucky

USF vs. Tulsa - ESPNEWS, 12:00
Pick: USF

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest - Fox Sports Networks (ACC), 12:00
Pick: Syracuse

Virginia vs. Duke - ACC Network, 12:30
Pick: Duke

Western Michigan vs. Bowling Green - BCSN, 2:00
Pick: Bowling Green

Akron vs. Ohio - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: Ohio

Appalachian State vs. Troy - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Troy

Eastern Michigan vs. Massachusetts - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Massachusetts

Michigan State vs. Indiana - ESPN, 3:30
Pick: Michigan State

NC State vs. Louisville - Fox Sports Networks (ACC), 3:30
Pick: Louisville

24 Clemson vs. Boston College - ESPNU, 3:30
Pick: Clemson

21 Texas A&M vs. Alabama - CBS, 3:30
Is Alabama overrated? I'm not necessarily there yet, but they don't look like a title team right now. That said at home in Tuscaloosa, they should be able to take out the Aggies and Kenny Hill.
Pick: Alabama

UCLA vs. California - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: UCLA

Rutgers vs. 13 Ohio State - ABC/ESPN2, 3:30
Pick: Ohio State

Kansas vs. Texas Tech - Fox Sports Networks, 3:30
Pick: Texas Tech

UAB vs. Middle Tennessee - Fox College Sports, 3:30
Pick: Middle Tennessee

Cincinnati vs. SMU - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Cincinnati

New Mexico vs. Air Force - Root Sports, 3:30
Pick: Air Force

Ball State vs. Central Michigan - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Ball State

Army vs. Kent State - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Army

10 Georgia vs. Arkansas - SEC Network, 4:00
Pick: Georgia

San Jose State vs. Wyoming - ESPN3, 4:00
Pick: Wyoming

15 Oklahoma State vs. 12 TCU - Fox Sports 1, 4:00
TCU had a win in Waco but got too comfortable. They better not sleep on the Pokes now.
Pick: TCU

New Mexico State vs. Idaho - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Idaho

Miami (OH) vs. Northern Illinois - ESPN3, 5:00
Pick: Northern Illinois

25 Marshall vs. FIU - American Sports Network, 6:00
Pick: Marshall

Colorado vs. 22 USC - Pac-12 Networks, 6:00
Pick: USC

Tennessee vs. Ole Miss - ESPN, 7:00
There really is no excuse for the Rebels to lose here.
Pick: Ole Miss

Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina - ESPNU, 7:00
Pick: Georgia Tech

Utah State vs. Colorado State - CBS Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Colorado State

Southern Miss vs. North Texas - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: North Texas

Missouri vs. Florida - ESPN2, 7:00
The Tigers were a disgrace this past Saturday, but I think they'll get it together in the Swamp.
Pick: Missouri

19 Nebraska vs. Northwestern - BTN, 7:30
The Big Ten is great, I think. Yeah, probably not.
Pick: Nebraska

Kentucky vs. LSU - SEC Network, 7:30
This Kentucky team is a quality one and a better one that I had thought. That said, even against a mediocre (by their standards) LSU club, it's still tough to go into Death Valley on a Saturday night and win.
Pick: LSU

Georgia State vs. South Alabama - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: South Alabama

Washington vs. Oregon - Fox Sports 1, 8:00
The Ducks got a big bounce-back victory against the Bruins last week in Pasadena and they should roll against a good Washington squad as they return home.
Pick: Oregon

Notre Dame vs. Florida State - ABC, 8:00
This should be a fun one considering all the off-the-field issues that are surrounding Jameis Winston, and rightfully so. This FSU isn't the same as last year's though and Notre Dame can make plays with Everett Golson and a tough defense. But even then, give me the 'Noles.
Pick: Florida State

Iowa State vs. Texas - Longhorn Network/Cyclones.tv, 8:00
Pick: Texas

Nevada vs. BYU - ESPN2, 10:15
Even without Taysom Hill, BYU should still beat Nevada.
Pick: BYU

23 Stanford vs. 17 Arizona State - ESPN, 10:30
The Cardinal need to rebound and their physicality will overwhelm the Sun Devils.
Pick: Stanford

Hawaii vs. San Diego State - CBS Sports Network, 10:30
Pick: San Diego State

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