The weekend is almost here, so it’s time to make your College Football Week 8 picks at BetRivers.com. With the Big Ten back in the college football fold, Week 8 is going to get mighty interesting.
We’ve already previewed the Week 8 odds you should be monitoring. Now it’s time to run through the college football Week 8 picks we like. Auburn looks to avoid the “Lane Train” in Oxford, Oklahoma rides into Fort Worth, and as mentioned, the Big Ten schedule finally kicks off.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to give you his favorite picks, including the Fighting Irish playing their first road game of the season.
But before we get to the picks, it’s time for another edition of “Weekend Jenks” and with Coastal Carolina ranked in the Top 25, it’s time to tip our cap to one of the best soundbites of all time.
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College Football Week 8 Picks:
Auburn (2-2) at Ole Miss (1-3). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Auburn -157, Ole Miss +128
Spread: Auburn -3
Over/Under: 70.5 points
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix has taken a step back this season in terms of his development. He’s talented, to be sure, but the “sophomore slump” that has plagued him on full display last week against South Carolina, when he threw three picks in a 30-22 defeat. However, that performance was national championship worthy compared to Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, who threw six interceptions in a 33-21 loss to Arkansas.
The Rebels give up 47 points a game on defense, so Nix should be able to right himself along with an Auburn team that is 5-1 ATS in its last six trips to Oxford. The pick: Auburn -3.5.
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Oklahoma (2-2) at TCU (1-2). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Oklahoma -250, TCU +188
Spread: Oklahoma -7
Over/Under: 59 points
The last time we saw Oklahoma, the Sooners were besting arch-rival Texas in a four-overtime classic in Dallas. Now the Sooners hop over to Fort Worth, where the Horned Frogs are looking to get to .500 on the season after falling to Kansas State. Few coaches do more with less than TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson, and the Sooners haven’t been able to stop anyone.
However, the Horned Frogs aren’t very dynamic on offense—quarterback Max Duggan also leads the team in rushing—while Oklahoma averages 502 yards a game. The Sooners pull away late. The pick: Oklahoma -7.
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Iowa (0-0) at Purdue (0-0). 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Iowa -162, Purdue +125
Spread: Iowa -3
Over/Under: 54.5 points
Sure, it’s West Lafayette, Indiana, but this is the start of Big Ten football, so West Lafayette might as well be the center of the universe on Saturday. Or something like that. The Hawkeyes are breaking in Spencer Petras at quarterback, but fortunately, he has dangerous playmakers at his disposal in receivers Tyrone Tracy and Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
In addition, leading rusher Tyler Goodson returns against a Purdue defense that was ranked dead last in the conference in 2019, and Iowa is 17-5 in its last 22 as a road favorite. The pick: Iowa -3.
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#3 Notre Dame (4-0) at Pittsburgh (3-3). 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Notre Dame -455, Pittsburgh +320
Spread: Notre Dame -10
Over/Under: 43 points
The Irish weren’t very impressive last week when they struggled to beat Louisville 12-7. Still, this is the first road game of the season for Notre Dame, and a chance of scenery might be welcome. Pittsburgh quickly vaulted into the Top 25 after a 3-0 start, but they’ve since dropped three straight and starting quarterback Kenny Pickett is injured.
Joey Yellen isn’t much of a dropoff under center, but the Panthers are a dismal 1-8 ATS in their last nine, and their trademark defense gave up 31 points to Miami. The pick: Notre Dame -10..
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Georgia Tech (2-3) at Boston College (3-2). 4:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Georgia Tech +123, Boston College -162
Spread: Boston College -3.5
Over/Under: 55 points
There’s no shame in losing to #1 Clemson, but Georgia Tech sure tried to flip that narrative last Saturday when they were demolished by the Tigers in 73-7 loss. The Yellow Jackets now hit the road for a conference date with Boston College, itself coming off a blowout loss to Virginia Tech, 40-14.
Still, Georgia Tech is an abysmal 1-8 in its last nine games against teams with a winning record, and Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec should have success against a Yellow Jackets secondary ranked 68th (out of 77 teams) in the country. The pick: Boston College -3.5.
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