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

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 18, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcer Lee Corso dons an FSU headress as co-announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Florida State Seminoles 34-24.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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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?

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 2, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Ima
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

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

October 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) throws a pass against the California Golden Bears during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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)MatchupTV and Live StreamPrediction
7:30 p.m.No. 10 Miami (Fla.) at North CarolinaESPNMiami
Friday, October 18
Time (ET)MatchupTVPrediction
8 p.m.UCF at No. 8 LouisvilleESPNLouisville
Saturday, October 19
Time (ET)MatchupTVPrediction
12 p.m.No. 11 South Carolina at TennesseeESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TVSouth Carolina
12 p.m.No. 15 Georgia at VanderbiltCBSGeorgia
12 p.m.No. 16 Texas Tech at West VirginiaFOX Sports 1Texas Tech
12 p.m.TCU at No. 21 Oklahoma StateFOXOklahoma State
12 p.m.Minnesota at NorthwesternESPN2Northwestern
12 p.m.Purdue at Michigan StateBTNMichigan State
12 p.m.Southern Miss at East CarolinaESPN3East Carolina
12 p.m.Southern Methodist at MemphisESPN3Memphis
12 p.m.Connecticut at CincinnatiESPNU and Watch ESPNCincinnati
12 p.m.Navy at ToledoESPNEWS and Watch ESPNNavy
12:21 p.m.No. 22 Florida at No. 14 MissouriESPN3Florida
12:30 p.m.Syracuse at Georgia TechESPN3Georgia Tech
1 p.m.Akron at Miami (Ohio)ESPN3Miami (Ohio)
1 p.m.Army at TempleESPN3Army
1 p.m.Ohio at Eastern MichiganESPN3Eastern Michigan
2 p.m.Charleston Southern at ColoradoColorado
2 p.m.Ball State at Western MichiganESPN3Western Michigan
2 p.m.Colorado State at WyomingColorado State
3 p.m.No. 23 Northern Illinois at Central MichiganESPN3Northern Illinois
3 p.m.Kent State at South AlabamaESPN3 and Watch ESPNKent State
3:30 p.m.Iowa at No. 4 Ohio StateABC, ESPN2 and Watch ESPNOhio State
3:30 p.m.No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&MCBSTexas A&M
3:30 p.m.No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 StanfordABC and ESPN2UCLA
3:30 p.m.No. 18 Oklahoma at KansasESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV appOklahoma
3:30 p.m.Indiana at MichiganBTNMichigan
3:30 p.m.Maryland at Wake ForestESPNU and Watch ESPNMaryland
3:30 p.m.Brigham Young at HoustonESPNEWS and Watch ESPNBYU
3:30 p.m.Duke at VirginiaESPN3Virginia
3:30 p.m.Massachusetts at BuffaloESPN3Buffalo
3:30 p.m.North Texas at Louisiana TechCBS Sports NetworkLouisiana Tech
6 p.m.No. 20 Washington at Arizona StatePac-12 NetworkWashington
7 p.m.Arkansas at No. 1 AlabamaESPN and Watch ESPNAlabama
7 p.m.No. 6 LSU at Ole MissESPN2 and Watch ESPNLSU
7 p.m.Iowa State at No. 12 BaylorESPNU and Watch ESPNBaylor
7 p.m.Old Dominion at PittsburghESPN3Pittsburgh
7 p.m.Georgia State at Texas StateESPN3Georgia State
7:30 p.m.USC at Notre DameNBCNotre Dame
8 p.m.No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 ClemsonESPNFlorida State
8 p.m.No. 25 Wisconsin at IllinoisBTNWisconsin
8 p.m.Nevada at Boise StateCBS Sports NetworkNevada
8 p.m.Rice at New Mexico StateESPN3New Mexico State
9 p.m.Utah State at New MexicoNew Mexico
10 p.m.Washington State at No. 2 OregonFOX Sports 1Oregon
10 p.m.UNLV at No. 17 Fresno StateFresno State
10 p.m.Utah at ArizonaPac-12 NetworkUtah
10:30 p.m.Oregon State at CaliforniaESPN2, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV appCalifornia
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