College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions

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College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions
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Games of the Week: Oklahoma at Missouri and LSU at Auburn

At times, college football's No. 1 ranking carries with it a reputation and shelf life that exists about as long as a prom king's reign.

In order to qualify for the throne you must be, in most instances, a popular and respectable football program with a history of success. Teams must be proactive in cleaning up blemishes on offense, defense and special teams to get the votes. Clean cut and Tebow-esque is greater than rich and spoiled.

However, Zach's control of Bayside's scepter is short-lived after word gets out that he's been cavorting with a girl from rival Valley.

That or you get exploited by South Carolina or Wisconsin.

Boom! Welcome back to the land of the peasants.

If the metaphor fits, wear it. It's now Oregon and Oklahoma's turn to don the crown. By default, as they were enjoying a bye week, the Ducks move to the top spot in the AP ranking. With wins over Florida State, at Cincinnati and most importantly Texas, Boomer Sooner has earned elite status in the first edition of the BCS standings.

Oklahoma's reward for a 6-0 start is another road war in the Big 12. Bob Stoops will have his hands full preparing for the Missouri Tigers as they have quietly crept up into the Top 20.

Gary Pinkel's defense is the best you've never heard of, and to be fair their strength of schedule is the reason why, but when you shut down the Texas A&M offense to the tune of nine points, you are doing something right. The Tigers are holding opponents to 10.8 points per game, second-best in the nation behind TCU.

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the main reason why the Tigers' passing offense is ranked in the top 20. Seven weeks into the season, he's amassed over 1,500 yards through the air and 10 touchdowns. As a whole, the Tigers' offense is ranked 24th in points per game (34.5). Although, their schedule includes such non-conference gems McNeese State, Miami (OH) and soon-to-be Pac-10 refugee Colorado.

Considering Sam Bradford missed most of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, the team has transitioned really nicely under Landry Jones in 2010. The sophomore quarterback has offensive stats comparable to Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Arizona's Nick Foles. The Sooners are currently ranked in Top 20 in total offense. Their passing game is averaging 303 yards each contest while senior running back DeMarco Murray is carrying the ground game with eleven touchdowns and over 155 yds/gm.

The only glaring weakness in the OK resume is their road test came at Cincinnati, where the Sooners allowed Zach Collaros to pass for over 300 yards and nearly handed the game to the Bearcats in the fourth quarter. It may have been a bump in the road, however, as Oklahoma is ranked 28th in the country in points allowed per game at 19.

Auburn vs. LSU Coming Soon

College Football Week 8
Matchup Win% Avg Score  
Eastern Michigan Eagles 5.9 8 Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers 94.1 33  
Duke Blue Devils 7.9 17 Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies 92.1 40  
North Carolina Tar Heels 24.8 19 Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes 75.2 29  
Maryland Terrapins 37.6 21 Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles 62.4 28  
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 64.4 29 Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers 35.6 27  
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 11.9 11 Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Panthers 88.1 31  
Syracuse Orange 17.8 16 Boxscore
@ West Virginia Mountaineers 82.2 30  
South Florida Bulls 20.8 17 Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats 79.2 31  
Connecticut Huskies 64.4 26 Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals 35.6 23  
Purdue Boilermakers 5.0 10 Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes 95.0 39  
Wisconsin Badgers 30.7 22 Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes 69.3 30  
Indiana Hoosiers 48.5 28 Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini 51.5 31  
Michigan State Spartans 65.3 32 Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats 34.7 29  
Penn State Nittany Lions 95.0 36 Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5.0 13  
Ball State Cardinals 15.8 16 Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets 84.2 33  
Central Michigan Chippewas 26.7 19 Boxscore
@ Northern Illinois Huskies 73.3 30  
Western Michigan Broncos 39.6 20 Boxscore
@ Akron Zips 60.4 24  
Kent State Golden Flashes 55.4 20 Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons 44.6 19  
Temple Owls 85.1 31 Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls 14.9 18  
Ohio Bobcats 95.0 32 Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks 5.0 12  
Washington State Cougars 5.0 15 Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal 95.0 48  
UCLA Bruins 5.0 11 Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks 95.0 38  
Washington Huskies 8.9 16 Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats 91.1 37  
Arizona State Sun Devils 52.5 29 Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears 47.5 29  
UAB Blazers 9.9 19 Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs 90.1 41  
Mississippi Rebels 12.9 29 Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks 87.1 44  
LSU Tigers 32.7 24 Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers 67.3 30  
Georgia Bulldogs 75.2 31 Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats 24.8 23  
Alabama Crimson Tide 95.0 34 Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers 5.0 13  
South Carolina Gamecocks 95.0 40 Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores 5.0 11  
New Mexico State Aggies 5.0 10 Boxscore
@ Idaho Vandals 95.0 46  
Hawaii Warriors 64.4 35 Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies 35.6 31  
Fresno State Bulldogs 92.1 35 Boxscore
@ San Jose State Spartans 7.9 16  
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 83.2 30 Boxscore
@ Navy Midshipmen 16.8 20  
Iowa State Cyclones 5.0 10 Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns 95.0 38  
Kansas State Wildcats 20.8 19 Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears 79.2 32  
Nebraska Cornhuskers 38.6 25 Boxscore
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys 61.4 31  
Oklahoma Sooners 52.5 32 Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers 47.5 31  
Texas Tech Red Raiders 82.2 32 Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes 17.8 20  
Texas A&M Aggies 95.0 39 Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks 5.0 18  
Rice Owls 5.0 18 Boxscore
@ UCF Knights 95.0 40  
Tulane Green Wave 23.8 22 Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners 76.2 35  
Marshall Thundering Herd 25.7 19 Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates 74.3 30  
Houston Cougars 38.6 29 Boxscore
@ Southern Methodist Mustangs 61.4 35  
Colorado State Rams 5.0 11 Boxscore
@ Utah Utes 95.0 42  
Air Force Falcons 5.0 13 Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs 95.0 44  
Wyoming Cowboys 31.7 14 Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars 68.3 24  
San Diego State Aztecs 95.0 36 Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos 5.0 12  
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 16.8 13 Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 83.2 30  
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 41.6 25 Boxscore
@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 58.4 29  
Florida Atlantic Owls 42.6 27 Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves 57.4 30  
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