College Football Predictions

College Football Picks Week 8: Underdogs That Will Cover the Spread

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 13: Mike James #5 of the Miami Hurricanes breaks the tackle of Kevin Reddick #48 of the North Carolina Tar Heels on October 13, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Tar Heels defeated the Hurricanes 18-14. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

Conference play has infiltrated college football's Week 8 slate, in which many of the conference's best will battle.

The oddsmakers, though, are unsure about which teams have shown their true selves. The ACC and Big 12, in particular, have a bunch of teams muddled at the top that Vegas can only guess on. 

However, what the handicappers have forgotten is games in those conferences tend to be close matchups. Giving up multiple scores is a no-no and taking the points in many instances will be a safer play.

If you're looking for an advantage with the odds, you've come to the right place. 

All lines provided by Bovada

 

Florida State at Miami (+21)

I had to pick a home team, as one of these underdogs will be revved up to contend with the visitor. This Florida interstate rivalry clash is giving too many points to the Canes, which I will gladly take.

Miami has yet to play in front of a packed home crowd, but it will be a tough ticket to watch them take on the one-loss Seminoles.

Both of Miami's losses have come on the road against top-five teams, so this line is a bit inflated due to public perception. Don't be scared of the large number, the Hurricanes will find a way to keep up.

 

Virginia Tech (+8) at Clemson

The Hokies are having one of their worst years in recent memory, but this team has a good enough offense to keep their game with Clemson within one score. 

The Clemson defense has been a soft spot for the Tigers in ACC play. They are giving up at least 31 points a game. Logan Thomas and Co. should keep pace with Tajh Boyd's attack.

That's due to the Hokies 38th-ranked defense, which is not their best team defense by any means, but good enough to stall the Tigers a few drives.

 

Iowa State (+14.5) at Oklahoma State

This Cyclone team is a stingy bunch, most notably beating TCU on the road. Iowa State heads to Stillwater with those same thoughts in their mind. 

By taking the points, the Cyclones get the key number 14, which is a nice snag for those like myself who think Oklahoma State's offense is a bit overrated.

The Cowboys have yet to play a defense that can run with them. In fact, they only scored 20 on a Kansas team that should've been a blowout.

The Cyclones will hang around and could spring another road upset. That wouldn't surprise anyone.

 

For gambling tips and fantasy advice, follow Mike Shiekman on Twitter @TheRealShiek

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