The Week 8 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Alabama-Texas A&M, West Virginia-TCU, Wisconsin-Iowa and Arkansas-Auburn. Additionally, conference matchups such as Ole Miss-TCU, Texas-Kansas State, Louisville-NC State and Penn State-Ohio State feature lines or odds that caught our attention for Week 8. Here are 10 predictions or picks against the spread for this weekend's action:
10 CFB Picks Against the Spread for Week 8
Texas A&M (+18) over Alabama
Alabama is playing at an incredibly high level in all phases of the game, but 18 points just seems to be a bit high. Texas A&M will have to establish some semblance of a running game to give it a chance to win in Tuscaloosa.
West Virginia (-6.5) over TCU
The last time we saw TCU was two weeks ago when Gary Patterson & Co. escaped Lawrence with an alarmingly close 24–23 win over Kansas. The Jayhawks rolled up 470 total yards against TCU one week after gaining 296 vs. a hapless Texas Tech defense and one week before totaling 217 in a 49–7 loss at Baylor.
Wisconsin (-3.5) over Iowa
With the possible exception of Louisville, no team has been more impressive in defeat this year than Wisconsin. The Badgers lost to both Michigan and Ohio State (in overtime) by seven points and have shown an incredible amount of toughness in both games.
Texas (+2.5) over Kansas State
Texas hasn’t been overly impressive this season, but the Longhorns can score some points. Kansas State ranks last in the Big 12 and isn’t well-equipped to take advantage of Texas’ main area of weakness (pass defense).
Louisville (-19) over NC State
Louisville only scored 24 points in its win over Duke last week, but the Cardinals’ offense was still productive. Limited to 61 total snaps, U of L averaged 7.7 yards per play, including 8.3 yards on its 35 rushing attempts.
Colorado (+2.5) over Stanford
The Cardinal rallied to beat Notre Dame last week, but this is still a team with plenty of issues on offense. Colorado is averaging 515.3 yards per game — 210.1 yards per game more than Stanford.
Arkansas (+9.5) over Auburn
There’s a lot to like about this Auburn team. Sean White has been surprisingly effective at quarterback. The Tigers are running the ball well. And the defense has surpassed expectations. That being said: This seems like too many points.
Penn State (+19.5) over Ohio State
Ohio State survived in overtime last week at Wisconsin and must now visit another hostile environment. The Buckeyes are the superior team, but Penn State has played better of late — and is well rested after enjoying a week off.
Ole Miss (+6) at LSU
LSU has passed two tests under Coach O, beating Missouri and Southern Miss in Baton Rouge with ease. Ole Miss is far more talented than either of those teams.
Middle Tennessee (+6.5) over Missouri
Middle Tennessee’s Brent Stockstill will be the best quarterback Missouri has seen to date this season. (Georgia’s Jacob Eason will be a better pro, but right now Stockstill is the better college player). This won’t be easy for the Tigers.
Last week: 5-5