College Football Week Eight: Early Lines and Point Spreads

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2008

The lines have been posted for Week Eight and, as we've seen just about every week, we're probably in for a good amount of volatility.

While most places won't have the games or odds posted until tonight, these are the current point spreads for this week's games. While I haven't taken a close look at them nor done any research at all, as usual there are some surprises at a glance. Let's take a look and see what's in store.

For Thursday, we have two games with road favorites—Florida State is favored by 11 1/2 over NC State and BYU is giving 1 1/2 to TCU. While last week I did manage to have Wake over Clemson, I haven't been my best on Thursdays. Neither of these lines surprise me much, but, if I were to guess, they may go higher.

On Friday night, Boise is favored by 25 1/2 over visiting Hawaii. Boise usually lights it up during these midweek games on the blue turf, though they didn't score 25 points all last week.

As we move into Saturday's games, we see:

Connecticut is +1 at Rutgers. This is a little surprising, as UConn has been pretty good and Rutgers has been pretty bad, maybe someone knows something.

Wake Forest is -1 at Maryland. The Terps have been playing a lot better, but we have a consistent team against a non-consistent team.

Clemson is -1 1/2 against visiting Georgia Tech. The Tigers open as a favorites once again; it will be interesting to see how their backers treat them after the way they have been treating their backers.

East Carolina is -9 1/2 over visiting Memphis. ECU has gone from world beater to doormat in a month; this should be a good barometer game for the rest of its season.

Miami is -5 1/2 at Duke. Traditionally, Miami has had a hard time covering against the Blue Devils.

Boston College is a soft +2 1/2 over Virginia Tech. Both teams come off bye weeks and both need this win.

South Florida is -24 against Syracuse. The Orangemen just covered a similar number at West Virginia this past week.

Wisconsin is +3 1/2 at Iowa. Wisky has dropped three in a row in Big Ten play and Iowa comes off of a win against Indiana.

Northwestern is -3 1/2 against Purdue. Both of these teams played very physical opponents last week and it will be interesting to see how they rebound.

Oklahoma is -18 against a ranked Kansas team. Oklahoma will be looking to rebound from a game they were well ahead in and lost last week to Texas.

To see the rest of the early lines and much more visit The College Football Place.