College GameDay 2013: Week 8 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

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College GameDay 2013: Week 8 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
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ESPN College Gameday had no other choice but to return to Clemson, S.C., for its second broadcast of the season there on Saturday.

The matchup of the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles and No. 3 Clemson Tigers has too many important storylines not to make it the feature game.

Because of both teams' undefeated records and high ranking, the game has obvious national championship implications. It also features two legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback.

Florida State's Jameis Winston and Clemson's Tajh Boyd are in position to make a statement about their team's worthiness for national championship consideration, as well as boost their own individual status as Heisman front-runners.

It's going to be a big day in Death Valley. Here's how you can watch the ESPN College Gameday broadcast.

 

Date: Oct. 19

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Location: Clemson, S.C.

TV Info: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN 3 or Watch ESPN App

 

Who Wins in Clemson?

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When two high-powered offenses clash, the winner will likely be determined by the team whose defense plays the best. Despite being on the road, the Seminoles seem to have an edge here.

The Noles are ranked seventh in the nation and are one of just 10 teams allowing fewer than 300 yards of total offense per game. Boyd is the more experienced quarterback, however, and that could be a factor considering the freshman Winston will be playing in such a hostile environment. 

Normally, this dynamic would be enough to give Clemson the nod at home, but Winston is no ordinary freshman. 

He's already thrown for 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He's the real deal and poised to have a huge moment for himself, his teammates and the program. The Noles will win on the road.

Here's a look at one other marquee game, as well as predictions for every game on the Week 8 schedule.

 

No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford

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This could be an example of two teams headed in different directions.

The Bruins are undefeated and riding high after squashing California, 37-10, in Week 7. The Cardinal were dealt their first loss of the season on the road against Utah.

While it was just one loss, the Utes aren't ranked. Meanwhile, the Cardinal just barely squeaked by a tough Washington Huskies team the week before. By comparison, the Bruins made the same trip to Utah and emerged victorious on Oct. 3.

There are clearly multiple reasons to be down on Stanford. Perhaps the most troubling trend is its declining defense. In 2012, defense was the Cardinal's calling card, but this year, the unit has been mediocre.

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Stanford ranks 48th in the nation in defense and its offense isn't terribly explosive either, ranking just 72nd in the nation. That isn't a good look for Stanford as it head for its matchup with UCLA.

The Bruins should storm the field with Fallout Boy blaring from the loud speaker because they have been lighting up every opponent this season. Quarterback Brett Hundley has been the maestro for head coach Jim L. Mora's symphony.

Hundley isn't getting a lot of looks for Heisman Trophy consideration, but he has amassed 1,729 yards passing and 16 touchdowns for an undefeated, top-10 ranked team.

UCLA is fifth in the nation in total offense and hasn't scored fewer than 34 points in a game this season. The Cardinal's weakened defense can't contain the Bruins and the Stanford offense won't score enough points to keep pace in a shootout.

UCLA will win a big one on the road as well.

 

Week 8 Picks

Following are the predictions for the rest of the Week 8 schedule.

Week 8 Schedule
Thursday, October 17
Time (ET) Matchup TV and Live Stream Prediction
7:30 p.m. No. 10 Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina ESPN Miami
Friday, October 18
Time (ET) Matchup TV Prediction
8 p.m. UCF at No. 8 Louisville ESPN Louisville
Saturday, October 19
Time (ET) Matchup TV Prediction
12 p.m. No. 11 South Carolina at Tennessee ESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV South Carolina
12 p.m. No. 15 Georgia at Vanderbilt CBS Georgia
12 p.m. No. 16 Texas Tech at West Virginia FOX Sports 1 Texas Tech
12 p.m. TCU at No. 21 Oklahoma State FOX Oklahoma State
12 p.m. Minnesota at Northwestern ESPN2 Northwestern
12 p.m. Purdue at Michigan State BTN Michigan State
12 p.m. Southern Miss at East Carolina ESPN3 East Carolina
12 p.m. Southern Methodist at Memphis ESPN3 Memphis
12 p.m. Connecticut at Cincinnati ESPNU and Watch ESPN Cincinnati
12 p.m. Navy at Toledo ESPNEWS and Watch ESPN Navy
12:21 p.m. No. 22 Florida at No. 14 Missouri ESPN3 Florida
12:30 p.m. Syracuse at Georgia Tech ESPN3 Georgia Tech
1 p.m. Akron at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3 Miami (Ohio)
1 p.m. Army at Temple ESPN3 Army
1 p.m. Ohio at Eastern Michigan ESPN3 Eastern Michigan
2 p.m. Charleston Southern at Colorado Colorado
2 p.m. Ball State at Western Michigan ESPN3 Western Michigan
2 p.m. Colorado State at Wyoming Colorado State
3 p.m. No. 23 Northern Illinois at Central Michigan ESPN3 Northern Illinois
3 p.m. Kent State at South Alabama ESPN3 and Watch ESPN Kent State
3:30 p.m. Iowa at No. 4 Ohio State ABC, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN Ohio State
3:30 p.m. No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&M CBS Texas A&M
3:30 p.m. No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford ABC and ESPN2 UCLA
3:30 p.m. No. 18 Oklahoma at Kansas ESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV app Oklahoma
3:30 p.m. Indiana at Michigan BTN Michigan
3:30 p.m. Maryland at Wake Forest ESPNU and Watch ESPN Maryland
3:30 p.m. Brigham Young at Houston ESPNEWS and Watch ESPN BYU
3:30 p.m. Duke at Virginia ESPN3 Virginia
3:30 p.m. Massachusetts at Buffalo ESPN3 Buffalo
3:30 p.m. North Texas at Louisiana Tech CBS Sports Network Louisiana Tech
6 p.m. No. 20 Washington at Arizona State Pac-12 Network Washington
7 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama ESPN and Watch ESPN Alabama
7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Ole Miss ESPN2 and Watch ESPN LSU
7 p.m. Iowa State at No. 12 Baylor ESPNU and Watch ESPN Baylor
7 p.m. Old Dominion at Pittsburgh ESPN3 Pittsburgh
7 p.m. Georgia State at Texas State ESPN3 Georgia State
7:30 p.m. USC at Notre Dame NBC Notre Dame
8 p.m. No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson ESPN Florida State
8 p.m. No. 25 Wisconsin at Illinois BTN Wisconsin
8 p.m. Nevada at Boise State CBS Sports Network Nevada
8 p.m. Rice at New Mexico State ESPN3 New Mexico State
9 p.m. Utah State at New Mexico New Mexico
10 p.m. Washington State at No. 2 Oregon FOX Sports 1 Oregon
10 p.m. UNLV at No. 17 Fresno State Fresno State
10 p.m. Utah at Arizona Pac-12 Network Utah
10:30 p.m. Oregon State at California ESPN2, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV app California

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