College Football Week 8 Predictions: Picking Marquee Matchups Against the Spread

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators greets Jordan Reed #11 as he leaves the field against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Week 8 of the college football season promises to be a huge one for bettors. There are some major games that will draw a ton of actions from both the public and sharps.

While these marquee matchups might not have much value, they are still fun to bet and are must-see games for all fans, so let’s take a look at how you should bet on each of the three biggest games.

*Point spreads via


No. 6 LSU Tigers (-4) at No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies – Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3

Go with the Tigers. They just won an emotional victory over South Carolina and are trying to ascend back up the BCS rankings by the end of the season.

This is Texas A&M’s first real SEC test, and it’s going to be a rough welcoming to the conference.

Lay the points and take the better team here, although this would feel much safer as LSU minus-3.


No. 2 Florida Gators (-3) vs. No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks – Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS

This is one of the toughest games on the board, but lay the points with the Gators, especially in the Swamp.

This defense has been one of the best in all of college football, while South Carolina has had a bit of trouble keeping some offenses—such as LSU’s—off the board.

Expect a back-and-forth battle, but UF emerges with a four or five-point victory.


No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers (-3) vs. No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats – Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX

While the Mountaineers are ranked far below K-State, they are the better team on paper, and bolstered by the fact that the game is in Morgantown.

However, the Wildcats have proven unflappable thus far this season, so there is no reason not to take the points.

Any time you can get an elite team getting points, even if it’s just three on the road, take them.