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Steven GerwelContributor IIIOctober 20, 2012

Throughout the 2012 season, there have been a number of upsets and shocking victories, so at the Week 8 season midpoint, we should know better than to declare any team a "lock." 

There's bound to be some unexpected Week 8 scores, but then again, some of the games are just too lopsided to ignore. 

Here are six NCAA teams who are facing inferior opponents this week and will exit their games victorious. If you're looking for a nail-biter to keep you entertained this Saturday, be sure to avoid these games at all costs. 

 

No. 14 Florida State over Miami (FL)

The 4-3 Miami Hurricanes have certainly lost some of their swagger in the aftermath of the Nevin Shapiro scandal, and they have yet to beat a ranked opponent in 2012. 

Meanwhile, the Florida State Seminoles are still trying to make a statement after their national championship dreams were basically shattered following an inexplicable loss to North Caroline State, which remains their only loss on the season. 

If the Seminoles want even a remote chance of preserving their championship dreams, they'll need to not only win out the rest of the season, but they'll need to hand opponents humiliating defeats, which is something they've done very well this season. 

The Seminoles will win this one by a wide margin. 

Spread: Florida State -21 over Miami

 

No. 1 Alabama over Tennessee

Is there really any explanation required as to why Alabama will roll over Tennessee in this lopsided SEC showdown? 

The Crimson Tide have averaged 48 points per game, and their defense has yet to allow more than 14 points in a single game. 

The Volunteers haven't defeated a single ranked team this season despite having three opportunities, so a victory over Alabama is an absurd proposition. 

Even with Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's knee injury, there's no shot at a Tennessee victory. 

Notebook: McCarron injury a bruise: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is expected to play at Tennessee,... bit.ly/TVh1dv #247Sports

— BamaOnline (@BamaOnline247) October 15, 2012

Spread: Alabama -20 over Tennessee

 

No. 5 Notre Dame over BYU

Notre Dame may be lacking in style points, and they've scored more than 21 points in only two games this season, but time after time they find a way to escape with a win. 

BYU cannot be ruled out completely since they were expected to field a competitive team in 2012, but losses to Utah and Boise State makes a victory over the Irish seem unlikely at best. 

The Irish will use their top-notch defense to keep BYU out of the end zone, while the offense will put just enough points on the board for a victory. 

Notre Dame has allowed the fewest offensive TDs of any FBS team this season. Irish haven’t allowed an offensive TD in their last 4 games.

— Lou Holtz (@ESPNDrLou) October 20, 2012

Spread: Notre Dame -12.5 over BYU

 

No. 6 LSU over No. 18 Texas A&M

LSU and Texas A&M have something in common—they're both undefeated outside of their one loss to the Florida Gators. 

The difference is that LSU was able to prove that they're capable of beating a ranked opponent thanks to their victory over No. 3 South Carolina. 

It's hard to go against Texas A&M, especially since they've been playing great football, but the LSU Tigers are working hard to preserve their national championship dreams, and they're the more talented team. 

Spread: LSU -3.5 over Texas A&M


No. 9 Oklahoma over Kansas 

The 4-1 Oklahoma Sooners remain one of the premier teams in the country, despite their loss to No. 4 Kansas State. 

The Kansas Jayhawks have only one victory on the season, and that was against the woeful South Dakota State. 

Expect Landry Jones and the Sooners to steamroll over Kansas effortlessly. 

Spread: Oklahoma -35 over Kansas

 

Note: All spread information is according to Odds Shark


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