College Football Predictions for Every Week 8 Game
College football rolls into Week 8, and big games are to follow.
This week, college football fans are treated to Oregon versus Arizona State on Thursday night and Saturday games like Michigan versus Michigan State, South Carolina at Florida and LSU at Texas A&M.
Before those games get under way, here is a look at a prediction for each game this week.
Houston at SMU
While Houston has done a nice job of getting things turned around this year, the defense is still suspect. In this road game, the Mustangs will test the Cougars defense and ultimately earn a win at home.
Final Score: SMU 72, Houston 42
Oregon at Arizona State
This will only be the Ducks' second road game this year, and it may be the most difficult game of the season thus far. With this being on a Thursday night, the ASU crowd may be a factor, but the Ducks will pull away late.
Final Score: Oregon 43, Arizona State 21
Connecticut at Syracuse
In this Big East showdown, the difference will come down to defense. While the Syracuse offense has not been doing great this year, the Huskies defense has been tough for anyone. Look for that defense to help them earn a conference road win.
Final Score: Syracuse 40, UConn 10
LSU at Texas A&M
After rebounding with a big win over South Carolina, LSU heads on the road to play Texas A&M this week. This game could be a tale of the Aggies offense versus the Tigers defense, but ultimately the Aggies defense is what will let them down in a Tiger win.
Final Score: LSU 24, Texas A&M 19
Rutgers at Temple
Rutgers has been one of the surprise teams this year, and it is due to the strength of its defense and timely offense. Despite playing on the road, the Scarlet Knights are a focused bunch that are looking to stay undefeated.
Final Score: Rutgers 35, Temple 10
Virginia Tech at Clemson
Clemson beat up on Virginia Tech twice last year, and neither victory was at home. This year, the Hokies have to make the road trip, and it will not be a fun one. Look for Clemson to win and win big.
Final Score: Clemson 38, Va Tech 17
Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Iowa State has been making life tough on people as of late, and it is catching an Oklahoma State team that just squeaked past Kansas. This game will stay close into the fourth quarter, but the Cowboy defense will tack on some late points and help them earn a win.
Prediction: Oklahoma State
Final Score: Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10
Bowling Green at Massachusetts
Massachusetts is having a rough time in the FBS division, and that will continue this week. Bowling Green may be playing on the road, but the crowd will quiet down quickly as the Falcons earn a win.
Prediction: Bowling Green
Final Score: Bowling Green 24, UMass 0
Purdue at Ohio State
Ohio State has been extremely effective this year, and it has rebounded well from last season under new coach Urban Meyer. This week, the Buckeyes welcome in the Boilermakers, and this one will not even be close. The Ohio State offense will help the team run away with this one.
Prediction: Ohio State
Final Score: Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 - OT
Minnesota at Wisconsin
After a rough start to the year, it appears that the Badgers are getting things turned around. This week, they face a surprisingly good Minnesota team, but look for Wisconsin to continue to get stronger and keep its team in the Big Ten race with a win.
Final Score: Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 13
Northern Illinois at Akron
Northern Illinois has done an outstanding job of making sure it is a well-balanced team. Both the offense and defense are performing at a high level, and the Huskies aren't going to have any issue taking out Akron this week.
Prediction: Northern Illinois
Final Score: Northern Illinois 37, Akron 7
Auburn at Vanderbilt
This has been a season that all Auburn fans would love to forget. The Tigers are currently 1-5 and dangerously close to not even having a win. In this SEC matchup, both teams need a big win, but look for Vanderbilt to take advantage of a beaten-down Tiger team and earn a win.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 17, Auburn 13
Wake Forest at Virginia
Both of these teams are severely underperforming, especially after their performances last year. While both teams have had their share of struggles, look for a Virginia win due to the home-field advantage.
Final Score: Wake Forest 16, Virginia 10
Army at Eastern Michigan
Not many televisions will be tuned into this game, but Army and Eastern Michigan will get at it this week. Both teams are among the nation's worst, but look for Ron English to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season.
Prediction: Eastern Michigan
Final Score: Eastern Michigan 48, Army 38
Florida International at Troy
After losing to Western Kentucky last week, Troy gets to return home and play FIU. FIU has struggled on both sides of the ball, and Troy will be ready to take advantage of that and get back on the winning track.
Final Score: Troy 38, FIU 37
San Jose State at UTSA
Now that the Roadrunners are outside the cakewalk part of their schedule, things are about to turn around on them, and that started with their loss to Rice last week. Look for San Jose State to make it two straight as it earns a road win.
Prediction: San Jose State
Final Score: San Jose State 52, UTSA 24
Stanford at Cal
After a tough loss in overtime, Stanford stays on the road to take on Cal. While this is a huge rivalry game, it is featuring two teams that are looking to hang on in the Pac-12 North. Stanford's rushing attack will ultimately take over and eliminate Cal from the Pac-12 race.
Final Score: Stanford 21, Cal 3
Boston College at Georgia Tech
While Georgia Tech's offense has been good, the defense has been awful, and it has let the Yellow Jackets down multiple times this year. Despite its poor play, Boston College does not have the talent to take advantage.
Prediction: Georgia Tech
Final Score: Georgia Tech 37, Boston College 17
New Mexico State at Utah State
Ever since almost beating Auburn last year, Utah State has continued to get better and better. This week, the Aggies welcome in New Mexico State and will continue to impress with yet another win.
Prediction: Utah State
Final Score: Utah St 41, New Mexico St 7
South Carolina at Florida
After playing a huge road game last week, South Carolina has to do it all over again this week against Florida. Much like last week, this game should remain close into the late stages of the game, but the Gators will hold on for a huge conference win.
Final Score: Florida 44, South Carolina 11
BYU at Notre Dame
Notre Dame is flying high and is in the Top Five nationally. BYU, on the other hand, comes into this game dealing with a loss to Oregon State last week. The Irish will remain undefeated, as the defense is playing too well to be denied in this home game.
Prediction: Notre Dame
Final Score: Notre Dame 17, BYU 14
South Florida at Louisville
Louisville continues to be one of the top three contenders in the Big East and is also still undefeated. South Florida is a team that continues to underachieve and will drop another game to Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals.
Final Score: Louisville 27, South Florida 25
Texas Tech at TCU
After its huge win over West Virginia, Texas Tech goes on the road to take on TCU. While the Horned Frogs did get back on track, the Red Raiders look scary good and will earn another huge win in the Big 12.
Prediction: Texas Tech
Final Score: Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 in Triple OT
UNLV at Boise State
Boise State continues to earn wins, but not in the same impressive matter fans are used to. This week, the Rebels come to the blue turf, and the Broncos should have no issue putting together a winning performance in this one.
Prediction: Boise State
Final Score: Boise State 32, UNLV 7
Florida Atlantic at South Alabama
Despite the struggles that South Alabama may have had so far this year, it still has not adjusted to playing in the FBS. Look for the Owls to earn a win; the Jaguars are not ready yet.
Prediction: Florida Atlantic
Final Score: South Alabama 37, FAU 34 in Double OT
Nebraska at Northwestern
Northwestern is surprising the nation on a weekly basis, but look for that to come to an end against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are too talented and should be able to go on the road and earn a huge road win.
Final Score: Nebraska 29, Northwestern 28
NC State at Maryland
After a huge win over Florida State a couple of weeks ago, NC State returns to play this week and takes on Maryland. Look for the Wolfpack to stay hot and ride the arm of Mike Glennon to a victory.
Prediction: NC State
Final Score: NC State 20, Maryland 18
Michigan State at Michigan
Both Michigan teams appear to be heading in different directions. The Spartans have struggled this year, and while the Wolverines have not had a lot of success against good teams, they are undefeated in the Big Ten. With the game being at the Big House, look for a Michigan win.
Final Score: Michigan 12, Michigan State 10
Rice at Tulsa
Tulsa is off to a hot start, and it welcomes in Rice this week. With the Tulsa offense clicking the way that it is, Rice will have a hard time keeping up throughout this game.
Final Score: Tulsa 28, Rice 24
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
While Pittsburgh isn't having a great season, the Panthers certainly have the talent to earn this road win. Look for Pittsburgh to have this one wrapped up in the second half.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 6
Ball State at Central Michigan
Central Michigan has been taking steps back for the past couple of years, and despite a big road win early in the year, this season will be no different. On the other hand, Ball State has turned things around and will get it done on the road.
Prediction: Ball State
Final Score: Ball State 41, CMU 30
Western Michigan at Kent State
Kent State is off to a great start this year, and Western Michigan is not the team to bring that to an end. Look for Kent State to continue to impress as it defeats the Broncos.
Prediction: Kent State
Final Score: Kent State 41, Western Mich. 24
Indiana at Navy
While Indiana hasn't been great this year, it certainly is not as bad as it was last year. Despite being on the road, look for the Hoosiers offense to carry the load and help them earn a big win on the road against Navy.
Final Score: Navy 31, Indiana 30
Louisiana-Monroe at Western Kentucky
Louisiana-Monroe has gone toe-to-toe with some good teams in the SEC and fared well. This week, the team is on the road for a big game against Western Kentucky. Look for the Warhawks to continue to impress and hand Western Kentucky a home loss.
Final Score: Western Kentucky 42, UL-Monroe 41 in OT
Colorado at USC
Colorado is simply not yet at a competitive level in the Pac-12. With this game being played at USC, the Trojans will have no problem wrapping this game up by halftime.
Final Score: USC 50, Colorado 6
Alabama at Tennessee
Tennessee is just hoping that this stretch of games in the middle of its schedule will stop. The Vols now host Alabama, and the Tide are on a mission to be undefeated when they head to Death Valley in a couple weeks. This game will not slow that mission.
Final Score: Alabama 44, Tennessee 13
Kansas State at West Virginia
This is shaping up to be a great game. Geno Smith was held at bay against Texas Tech, but with this game being played in West Virginia, look for the Mountaineers offense to wake up and ruin the Wildcats' perfect season.
Prediction: West Virginia
Final Score; Kansas State 55, West Virginia 14
Kansas at Oklahoma
Oklahoma appears to be recharged and refocused, as the Sooners put a beatdown on the Longhorns last week. This week, they get a home date against Kansas and should have no issue with disposing the Jayhawks.
Final Score: Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7
Georgia at Kentucky
Georgia returns from a bye week and should be fully prepared for its road game against Kentucky. Kentucky has proven to be a hard team to play at home, but the Bulldogs should win this game by a couple of scores.
Final Score: Georgia 29, Kentucky 24
Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State
Mississippi State has truly improved this year, and with this out-of-conference game this week, that trend will continue. Look for the Bulldogs to take care of business against Middle Tennessee and then jump right back into conference play.
Prediction: Mississippi State
Final Score: MIssissippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3
Cincinnati at Toledo
This week, Cincinnati takes a step outside of conference play to take on Toledo. This will be an interesting game between two high-powered offenses, but ultimately the difference will be the play of the Cincinnati defense.
Fiunal Score: Toledo 29, Cincinnati 23
ECU at UAB
While ECU is not having a great season, UAB has struggled all year long. The Pirates offense will put up just enough points and allow their defense to secure this road win.
Final Score: ECU 42, UAB 35
North Carolina at Duke
This matchup is usually easy to call, but this year Duke has stepped it up and is one game away from becoming bowl-eligible. This week, North Carolina comes to town, and it would be fitting for the Blue Devils to return to postseason play with a win over their rival.
Final Score: Duke 33, North Carolina 30
New Mexico at Air Force
This game will feature two teams with average offenses going up against subpar defenses. In the end, look for the home-field advantage to help the Falcons move on to 4-3 with a win.
Prediction: Air Force
Final Score: Air Force 28, New Mexico 23
Idaho at Louisiana Tech
After a tough loss to Texas A&M last week, the Bulldogs move on and welcome in Idaho. Look for Louisiana Tech to air out the Vandals and win this game by a wide margin.
Prediction: Louisiana Tech
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 70, Idaho 28
Marshall at Southern Miss
After winning the Conference USA title last year, Southern Miss has completely fallen apart and is one of the worst teams in the nation. While the Golden Eagles are on the road, Marshall should get the W in this game.
Final Score: Marshall 59, Southern Miss 24
Florida State at Miami
Florida State and Miami are set to go at it this week, but it will not be like the games of old. Florida State has much better talent, and as long as they remain focused, the Seminoles should win big.
Prediction: Florida State
Final Score: Florida State 33, Miami (Fla.) 20
Baylor at Texas
Texas got humbled last week, and it wasn't pretty to watch. This week, the Longhorns return home and take on Baylor. Despite the loss last week, Texas will rebound and make sure that it doesn't drop a second straight game.
Final Score: Texas 56, Baylor 50
UCF at Memphis
This week, UCF goes on the road for a conference game against Memphis. UCF currently sits first in its division, and Memphis has only one win to date. The Knights' balanced attack will be the difference in this one.
Final Score: UCF 35, Memphis 17
Penn State at Iowa
Iowa returns home after earning a huge win at Michigan State. On the other side of things, Penn State comes to town and is quietly picking up steam. This could end up being a low-scoring game, but look for the Nittany Lions to pull out the huge road win.
Prediction: Penn State
Final Score: 38, Iowa 14
Tulane at UTEP
In the battle for last place in Conference USA, both Tulane and UTEP enter this game with only one win. While both teams have been awful this season, UTEP is at home and gets the slight edge with its ability to get the passing game going.
Final Score: Tulane 24, UTEP 20
Washington at Arizona
Washington has had it rough the past couple of weeks, as it has had to play Oregon and USC. Arizona will be the beneficiary of that schedule and earn itself a huge conference win.
Utah at Oregon State
At this point, it is hard to pick against the Beavers. Oregon State has continued to impress, and with the game being at home this week, no matter who is at quarterback, the Beavers come away with a win.
Prediction: Oregon State
Wyoming at Fresno State
Out in the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming heads on the road to take on Fresno State. Wyoming has been doing a nice job of putting up points, but the defense is giving up even more. Fresno State comes into this game at 4-3 and leaves at 5-3.
Prediction: Fresno State
San Diego State at Nevada
Nevada has done a great job this season, thanks to its offensive balance and timely stops on defense. San Diego State will provide them with a stiff test, but the Wolf Pack should win this home game.