College Football Week 8 Picks: Hyped Matchups That Will Turn into Blowouts
While every Saturday there are a ton of college football games that keep you on the edge of your seat to the final whistle, there are far more that end in embarrassing evisceration for an overmatched opponent.
When that happens in contests between a top-tier squad and an FCS school, few people bat an eye. After all, expecting a fun game in an obvious mismatch and getting angry at the result is kind of like getting mad that your ramen doesn't taste like the Olive Garden.
However, when two teams that ostensibly came in evenly matched and with "game of the week" hype, it can be frustrating when the game turns into a snoozer.
Luckily, we're here to help you avoid those contests in Week 8.
With that in mind, here is a look at a few overhyped matchups that will turn into big-time blowouts on Saturday.
BYU Cougars at No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Coming off an exhilarating overtime victory over a Top 20 Stanford squad, many have Saturday's contest pegged as a classic trap game for the Irish.
Considering three of Notre Dame's last four games have come against ranked opponents and BYU's ability to stop opposing offenses, it's not hard to see why.
Nonetheless, if this season has taught us anything, it's that the Irish will continue to defy all calls for their downfall. Many thought that the game two weeks ago against Miami would prove to be a trap game and Notre Dame dropped a 41-3 beatdown on the Hurricanes.
What's more, the Cougars have lost all three games they have played against even middle-of-the-pack teams.
Factoring in BYU's struggles to get consistent offensive production and the Irish's standing as the best defense in college football, it's pretty hard for me to see this one being close.
Look for the Irish to stay undefeated coming into what could be a season-defining game against Oklahoma next week.
Score Prediction: Notre Dame 31, BYU 7
No. 17 Texas Tech Red Raiders at No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs
After a 49-14 evisceration of then-Top 5 West Virginia squad, there are few teams riding higher than the Red Raiders coming into Saturday.
Picking apart the Mountaineers defense, quarterback Seth Doege threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns. That performance came as a huge relief to the senior signal-caller, who was widely criticized after Texas Tech's loss to Oklahoma.
Doege may face another tough test on Saturday against a TCU defense that has given up just 14.5 points per game thus far.
However, a quick look at the Horned Frogs' schedule shows that they have mostly benefited from a cupcake schedule thus far. Yet to face a ranked opponent, TCU is going to get its first taste of elite competition on Saturday.
Considering what we saw last week from the Red Raiders' offense, it seems unlikely that the Frogs will be able to keep up their ferocious play on defense.
When you couple that with the looming questions about freshman Trevone Boykin's ability against strong defenses, this game has all the makings of another huge Texas Tech victory.
Score Prediction: Texas Tech 42, TCU 17
Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 19 Clemson Tigers
At this juncture in the season, there may be no team more underrated than the Tigers.
Equipped with an explosive offensive attack led by quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson's only loss of the season came on the road against a Florida State squad that was ranked fourth in the nation at the time.
Since then, the good times have only kept rolling for the Tigers and that should continue Saturday against a disappointing Virginia Tech team.
The Hokies were ranked 16th coming into the season and started the year 2-0, but have fallen in three of their last five contests. In fact, Virginia Tech has beaten just two teams all season with a winning record—and those squads were Duke and Bowling Green.
On paper, this is a matchup of two teams that are 2-1 in the ACC and vying for a championship in the Coastal Division.
In reality, Virginia Tech and Clemson are two teams on completely different paths in their 2012 journey. Don't be shocked if this one is over by halftime.
Score Prediction: Clemson 48, Virginia Tech 27
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