50 Bold and Off-the-Wall College Football Predictions for Week 8
We have now hit the midway point of the college football season, and what a first half it has been.
There have been plenty of ups and downs. Of course, there have also been some shocking developments each and every week. Sometimes those shocking developments are predicted, and other times, they are not.
Here are 50 bold and off-the-wall predictions for Week 8 of the college football season. Some are certainly more likely to happen than others.
Tennessee Will Be Leading Alabama at Halftime
Now, before you Crimson Tide fans go crazy, I am certainly not saying Alabama is going to lose to Tennessee, but I believe the Vols will come out fired up and ride that emotion into halftime.
I see Tyler Bray and company scoring two first-half touchdowns and leading Alabama 14-10 at the half.
The second half, however, I believe will be a different story.
Geno Smith Will Throw an Interception
With 25 touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season, Geno Smith has had quite a magical year. The interception is always inevitable, however.
Why not this week against No. 4 Kansas State? The Wildcats are now the leaders in the Big 12, and if West Virginia wants to stay in the race, it must knock off Kansas State at home.
The interception is going to happen sooner or later; why not Saturday?
BYU Will Score Seven Points or Less
BYU is coming off a 20-point loss to Oregon State and now has to travel to South Bend to take on No. 5 Notre Dame.
The Cougars struggle on offense, and Notre Dame has a defense that is one of the best in college football.
I see BYU scoring seven points or less and Notre Dame winning a very low-scoring game on Saturday.
Texas A&M Will Put Up 28 on LSU
Texas A&M is faring pretty well so far in the SEC and will get another huge test when LSU comes to town this weekend.
The Aggies have one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 47 points a game (No. 5 in the country).
I see a 28-point outburst from the Aggies offense and a very close game throughout.
Georgia Will Beat Kentucky by 40-Plus
Georgia has had nearly two weeks to try and get over its loss to South Carolina.
Now, the Bulldogs will get unleashed on an over-matched Kentucky team.
I see Georgia scoring seven-plus touchdowns and winning this game by at least 40 points. After all, Kentucky is the worst of the worst in the SEC.
Baylor Will Win at Texas
Whether or not David Ash plays for Texas and is healthy enough to be in there for 60 minutes, I see Baylor winning this game on the road.
The Bears have hit a rough patch, but the Longhorns are in a world of hurt after back-to-back losses.
Even though Texas will be coming in angry and the favorite, I see Baylor winning this one and knocking Texas further back.
Temple Will Take Rutgers to the Wire
Rutgers enters the game No. 15 in the country with a defense that is the best in the Big East and one of the best in the country.
Temple, on the other hand, is in its first year in the Big East and has been improving every week.
I see the Owls hanging around in this one and taking the Scarlet Knights down to the final possession.
Zach Mettenberger Will Pass for 200-Plus Yards
Texas A&M does not have a strong defense, and even though Zach Mettenberger has not shown much improvement in recent weeks, I see him having his best game of the season against the Aggies.
Mettenberger will throw for over 200 yards, something he has only done against Idaho and Towson.
The game is going to be much higher-scoring than expected, and Mettenberger will be one of the main reasons why.
Wisconsin Will Beat Minnesota by 20-Plus
Wisconsin may be hitting its stride at the right time, and part of the reason is because Montee Ball is starting to play like many expected him to.
This week, the Badgers take on Minnesota at home, and while both teams come in with only two losses, this does not look like a game Minnesota is going to be able to hang around in.
I see Wisconsin dominating from start to finish and winning this game by over 20 points.
Akron Will Upset Northern Illinois
It is no surprise that Akron is only 1-6, but the Zips have been much more competitive, particularly lately.
With the exception of the season opener against Central Florida, Akron has been in every game this season.
Northern Illinois is 6-1 with its only loss coming by one point against Iowa. I see a major upset coming here, with the Huskies traveling to Akron to take on the Zips.
Auburn Wins at Vanderbilt
Auburn is off to an awful start, and for that matter, so is Vanderbilt. The Tigers come in 1-5 and Vanderbilt is only 2-4.
While the bowl aspirations for Auburn are all but gone, Vanderbilt still has some, and if it loses to Auburn, those hopes will be dashed.
Even though Vanderbilt is at home, the running game of Auburn, led by Tre Mason, will be enough to come out with the victory.
Southern Miss Gets Its First Win of the Season
Southern Miss nearly came out with the win last week at Central Florida, but are still winless at the midway point of the season.
This week, Marshall comes to town, and the Golden Eagles are going to finally get that elusive victory.
With an offense and defense that rank near the bottom in the country, Southern Miss has not been able to put it all together. But for one day, the Golden Eagles will.
Middle Tennessee Scares Mississippi State
Middle Tennessee is no pushover, and Mississippi State is certainly well aware of that. The Blue Raiders have won five out of six, with its only loss coming against Louisiana-Monroe.
The Bulldogs are the No. 12 team in the country but are going to get a serious scare from Middle Tennessee.
I see Mississippi State coming out on top, but the talented Blue Raider offense that averages over 33 points a game will keep them in the game until the end.
Tyler Bray Will Throw 3 Second-Half Interceptions
As mentioned earlier, I see Tennessee jumping out to a first-half lead, but the Vols will throw it away in the second half.
Tyler Bray has talent, but the Alabama defense will be very angry, particularly if it is trailing at the half.
Bray is going to be pressured and forced into some awful throws in the second half, leading to the three picks.
Iowa Holds Penn State in Single-Digits
The Iowa defense is ranked in the top 25 in the country, and while the Penn State offense has been much better lately, the group still is capable of laying an egg.
The Hawkeyes do not score a lot of points either and like to control the ball.
Expect them to keep it out of the hands of the Penn State offense and hold the Nittany Lions to single digits in a close victory.
Louisiana Tech Puts Up 70 on Idaho
Louisiana Tech gave Texas A&M a run for its money over the weekend, and even though the Bulldogs have a defense that ranks 117th in the country, the offense is the best in the nation.
The team averages nearly 54 points a game, and after a loss, I see it scoring 70 on an Idaho team that allows 38 points a night (115th).
This could be the highest scoring game of the week.
Eastern Michigan Gets Its First Win of the Season
Eastern Michigan is still winless on the year, but it seems like the Eagles are getting a little closer every week.
A five-point loss to Toledo over the weekend is the closest defeat of the season, and this week, a 1-5 Army team comes calling.
Eastern Michigan has to win a game some time, and the Eagles match up very well against the Black Knights.
Duke Beats North Carolina in Football
Both Duke and North Carolina come into the game 5-2, and a win for the Blue Devils would make them bowl-eligible.
Even though they were dominated in the second half last week against Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils are better than they've been in recent memory.
The Duke offense can put some points on the board and should test the North Carolina defense. Duke is at home, and that will be the difference in this upset victory over UNC.
Nebraska Beats Northwestern by 20
Nebraska had an extra week to think about its 25-point loss at the hands of Ohio State and now takes to the road again for a tilt with Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 6-1 and having one of its best seasons in recent memory.
Even though Nebraska is on the road, the improvement of Taylor Martinez and the rushing attack of Rex Burkhead will be too for the Wildcats to handle.
Nebraska wins by three touchdowns.
Boston College Wins at Georgia Tech
This is a battle of ACC disappointments, as the 1-5 Boston College Eagles take on the 2-4 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech is at home and has lost four games in a row. Boston College, on the other hand, has lost four straight, with its only win this year coming against Maine.
The struggles of the Yellow Jackets will be on full display this weekend, as Boston College will come away with the minor upset.
San Jose State Will Beat UTSA by 30
San Jose State comes into its game against UTSA 4-2, with its only losses coming at Stanford and against Utah State.
San Antonio, on the other hand, is 5-1, with its first loss of the season coming recently against Rice.
San Jose State has the talent to compete with anybody on its schedule and will not only come out with their next road victory, but win by 30 against the Roadrunners.
Johnny Manziel Bursts onto the Heisman Scene
Johnny Manziel is one of the most exciting freshmen in the country and has the potential to vault into the Heisman conversation some time in the season.
For Manziel, there is no greater opportunity to do it than on the national scene against LSU.
He is going to have a huge game, and if Texas A&M can come out with the W, he will be in the Heisman conversation.
Iowa State Holds Oklahoma State to 6 Points or Less
Iowa State gave Kansas State a run for its money on Saturday, and this week, the Cyclones take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
After starting off the season so well, the Cowboys have had some trouble scoring points in recent weeks. This week, they run into an Iowa State defense that ranks 24th in the country, allowing less than 18 points a game.
I see the Cyclones holding the Cowboys out of the end zone in this one.
UMass Will Get Its First Win of the Season
UMass could quite possibly be the worst team in the country and comes into its game against Bowling Green at 0-6.
At some point, the Minutemen are going to come out with a win, and this could be the week.
No team is worse statistically than UMass; the defense and offense rank 123rd and 122nd, respectively. A few turnovers, though, will be the difference and lead the team to the upset win.
Purdue Will Lead Ohio State in the 4th Quarter
Purdue has looked awful in recent weeks in losses to Michigan and Wisconsin.
This week, the Boilermakers travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. With how much Ohio State has struggled on defense lately, this game could be very high scoring.
I see Purdue hanging around in this one for quite some time, as the Boilermakers always seem to give Ohio State trouble.
Look for Purdue to lead this one into the final quarter, but fall in the end.
Virginia Tech Gives Clemson a Scare
Virginia Tech has struggled for most of the season, but has plenty of talent to compete with anybody in the ACC.
This week, the Hokies will get their chance against a Clemson team who averages over 41 points a game.
It will be a huge challenge, but with the way Logan Thomas played last week, the offense is headed in the right direction.
This game will come down to the final possession.
California Takes Stanford to the Wire
California is only 3-4, but is one of the best teams in the country with a record under .500. Cal's losses have come at Ohio State and USC, along with home losses to Nevada and Arizona State.
This week, the Golden Bears take on rival Stanford at home. Stanford has lost two of its last three games and will have its hands full in this rivalry game.
The outcome of this one could be decided by a turnover, but either way, it is going to be very close.
Marcus Lattimore Wil Score 2 Touchdowns
Marcus Lattimore has rushed for 584 yards and 10 touchdowns, but has yet to have a breakout game.
This could be the week that happens, and South Carolina will need it with the Florida Gators waiting. Lattimore will find the end zone twice and go over 100 yards for the Gamecocks.
Update: Lattimore's status now uncertain after hip injury, according to Steve Spurrier
Oregon State Beats Utah by 28
Oregon State has been one of the biggest surprises this college football season, and this week, it takes on Utah.
The Utes have fallen on hard times, losing three in a row and four of its last five.
The Beavers, on the other hand, finally appear to be hitting their stride and are getting better every week. Oregon State wins this one by 28 points.
Teddy Bridgewater Will Have the Best Game of His Career
Teddy Bridgewater is one of the most dynamic players in the Big East and has had some pretty impressive games over the past year-and-a-half.
South Florida, meanwhile, has struggled and the Bulls are certainly not headed in the right direction.
Bridgewater will throw for four scores and well over 300 yards in a big Louisville victory.
Braxton Miller Will Emerge as the Heisman Favorite
Braxton Miller has had one of the best seasons in college football, and if Ohio State continues to win, Miller will be a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
The Buckeyes take on Purdue on Saturday, and, as stated previously, the game might be closer than many expect.
If it is, look for Miller to lead the Buckeyes to victory and establish himself as the Heisman favorite.
Western Kentucky Upsets Louisiana-Monroe
The success of Louisiana-Monroe has been well documented, namely the Warhawks' huge early-season upset over Arkansas.
Western Kentucky, on the other hand, has not been talked about nearly as much, but the Hilltoppers are 5-1, with its only loss coming to Alabama on the road.
Led by running back Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky will control the game from start to finish and come out on top.
Seth Doege Will Throw 5 Touchdowns
Texas Tech is one of the few college football teams with a top-20 scoring offense and a top-20 scoring defense.
Quarterback Seth Doege has had some very impressive performances, throwing for six touchdowns twice and five touchdowns one time.
This week, the Red Raiders take on TCU, and Doege will throw for five scores in the Red Raider victory.
Both Georgia Running Backs Go over 150 Yards
The Georgia rushing attack of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley is one of the best combinations in the country.
This week, against an awful Kentucky team, both of these running backs will go over 150 yards and get into the end zone two times each.
Both average over seven yards a carry, and those numbers will be even better against the Wildcats.
Collin Klein Will Score 6 Touchdowns
Collin Klein is a touchdown machine, and this week, against a West Virginia defense that ranks 112th in the country, it is hard to imagine him not having a big game.
Six touchdowns is a lot, but not for Klein and not against this defense.
This game is going to be very high scoring, and Klein will need to score at least six TDs for Kansas State to keep pace.
Montee Ball Will Go off Again
Montee Ball finally had the breakout performance everyone was expecting of him all season against Purdue, as he rushed for 247 yards and three TDs.
He is not likely to have a repeat performance against Minnesota, but around 200 yards is certainly not out of the question.
After all, it is not too late for Ball to make a late push for the Heisman Trophy.
Florida State Will Score 50 on Miami
Florida State has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and that will be on full display against a struggling Miami defense.
The Hurricanes allow over 32 points a game, which ranks 96th in the country, and Florida State scores 46 points a game, ranking fourth in the country.
Putting up 50 on Miami will be no problem for the Seminoles.
Arizona and Washington Will Go to Overtime
It seems like every week, there is a Pac-12 game that comes down to the wire, and this week, Arizona and Washington could be that game.
These two teams are relatively evenly matched, and I see this game also coming down to the final possession.
It could be relatively high scoring, and overtime is a strong possibility for this one.
Pittsburgh Loses to Buffalo
Pittsburgh is only 2-4, with losses to some awful teams, including the FCS Youngstown State.
Buffalo is 1-5, but has suffered a few close losses in recent weeks.
It's a home game for Buffalo, and Pittsburgh has lost to much worse teams. Buffalo is 1-1 at home, while Pittsburgh is 0-2 on the road. This has upset written all over it.
Toledo Will Score 30 on Cincinnati
Toledo has not gotten the recognition it has deserved, with its only loss coming in OT at Arizona. It also has a top-30 offense, averaging 36.4 points a game.
The Cincinnati defense ranks 10th in the country, allowing just over 14 points a game, but this is the best offense the Bearcats have seen all season.
If Toledo can avoid turnovers, which Cincinnati feasts on, the Rockets will put up 30 on this defense.
Montel Harris Will Rush for over 130 Yards Again
After transferring from Boston College, Montel Harris did not see much action in the first two games of the Temple season because of injury.
He has come on strong of late and rushed for 133 yards with two touchdowns against South Florida two weeks ago. Last week, Harris rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown against Connecticut.
This week, Temple takes on a Rutgers defense that is one of the best in the country. Harris will overcome that and should have no problem going over 130 yards yet again.
LSU Will Score Two Non-Offensive Touchdowns
The LSU defense is as talented as any group in the country, but so far this season, the Tigers have yet to show much on the offensive side of the ball.
A lot of times victory is all up to their defense, and against Texas A&M, the LSU defense and special teams will come up with two scores.
After all, they are due.
Alabama Will Score 28 in the Second Half
As predicted earlier, Alabama will be trailing at halftime but will come on strong in the later frames.
With Tyler Bray's (predicted) three INTs coming, the Crimson Tide will have no problem scoring 28 in the second half and coming out with a victory.
They are not No. 1 in the country for nothing.
Rex Burkhead Will Rush for 200 Yards
The health of Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead is improving, and it appears he will play on Saturday.
Burkhead and Nebraska take on Northwestern, and this appears to be an opportunity for the Cornhuskers to put some points on the board.
Look for Burkhead to rush for 200 yards and three scores in a dominating victory for Nebraska.
Indiana Will Get a Rare Road Win
Indiana does not win too many games on the road, and this year, does have a road win against Massachusetts on its resume.
This week, the Hoosiers take on Navy on the road in a very winnable game.
The team is steadily improving, and while there are still some question marks on defense, the offense has been very impressive in recent weeks.
Kansas Will Lead Oklahoma After the First Quarter
Kansas is one of the worst BCS schools in the country, and this may be very surprising, but Kansas has been able to hang around with most of its opponents.
The Jayhawks struggle on both sides of the ball, and Oklahoma will certainly win this one big in the end, but look for Kansas to be on top into the second quarter.
Memphis Will Upset Central Florida
Central Florida is 4-2, but has not played well of late. The Knights beat Southern Miss last week in overtime and now take on Memphis on Saturday.
The Tigers are 1-5, with their only win coming by four points over Rice.
This is going to be one of the major upsets of the week, as Memphis will come out on top.
David Ash Starts but Does Not Finish
The injury to the hand of David Ash is not nearly as bad as originally expected, and it appears he is going to play on Saturday.
Texas takes on Baylor in what should be an interesting matchup.
Look for Ash to start the game, but I do not think there is much of a chance of him finishing. He will be knocked out, and Texas will go down for the third straight week.
San Diego State Wins at Nevada
San Diego State comes into this one 4-2, with its losses coming to San Jose State and Fresno State.
Nevada, on the other hand, is a play from being undefeated, as it stands 6-1 with a one-point loss against South Florida.
Even though the Wolf Pack are at home, San Diego State, led by quarterback Ryan Katz, will expose a weak Nevada defense and come away with a victory in this one.
Tulane Will Win 2 in a Row
As predicted last week, Tulane got its first win of the season against SMU, 27-26, and this week, the Green Wave are going to come out with another victory.
UTEP is the opponent, and the Miners come in at 1-6. Tulane will take down UTEP, in El Paso, and move to 2-5.