College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IOctober 18, 2010

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles in the first quarter at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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 Eagles5.98Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers94.133 
Duke Blue Devils7.917Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies92.140 
North Carolina Tar Heels24.819Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes75.229 
Maryland Terrapins37.621Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles62.428 
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets64.429Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers35.627 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights11.911Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Panthers88.131 
Syracuse Orange17.816Boxscore
@ West Virginia Mountaineers82.230 
South Florida Bulls20.817Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats79.231 
Connecticut Huskies64.426Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals35.623 
Purdue Boilermakers5.010Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes95.039 
Wisconsin Badgers30.722Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes69.330 
Indiana Hoosiers48.528Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini51.531 
Michigan State Spartans65.332Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats34.729 
Penn State Nittany Lions95.036Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers5.013 
Ball State Cardinals15.816Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets84.233 
Central Michigan Chippewas26.719Boxscore
@ Northern Illinois Huskies73.330 
Western Michigan Broncos39.620Boxscore
@ Akron Zips60.424 
Kent State Golden Flashes55.420Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons44.619 
Temple Owls85.131Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls14.918 
Ohio Bobcats95.032Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks5.012 
Washington State Cougars5.015Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal95.048 
UCLA Bruins5.011Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks95.038 
Washington Huskies8.916Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats91.137 
Arizona State Sun Devils52.529Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears47.529 
UAB Blazers9.919Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs90.141 
Mississippi Rebels12.929Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks87.144 
LSU Tigers32.724Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers67.330 
Georgia Bulldogs75.231Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats24.823 
Alabama Crimson Tide95.034Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers5.013 
South Carolina Gamecocks95.040Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores5.011 
New Mexico State Aggies5.010Boxscore
@ Idaho Vandals95.046 
Hawaii Warriors64.435Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies35.631 
Fresno State Bulldogs92.135Boxscore
@ San Jose State Spartans7.916 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish83.230Boxscore
@ Navy Midshipmen16.820 
Iowa State Cyclones5.010Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns95.038 
Kansas State Wildcats20.819Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears79.232 
Nebraska Cornhuskers38.625Boxscore
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys61.431 
Oklahoma Sooners52.532Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers47.531 
Texas Tech Red Raiders82.232Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes17.820 
Texas A&M Aggies95.039Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks5.018 
Rice Owls5.018Boxscore
@ UCF Knights95.040 
Tulane Green Wave23.822Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners76.235 
Marshall Thundering Herd25.719Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates74.330 
Houston Cougars38.629Boxscore
@ Southern Methodist Mustangs61.435 
Colorado State Rams5.011Boxscore
@ Utah Utes95.042 
Air Force Falcons5.013Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs95.044 
Wyoming Cowboys31.714Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars68.324 
San Diego State Aztecs95.036Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos5.012 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers16.813Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns83.230 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks41.625Boxscore
@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders58.429 
Florida Atlantic Owls42.627Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves57.430