College Football Picks: Week 8 Predictions for Every Game

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesCollege Basketball National AnalystOctober 20, 2021

College Football Picks: Week 8 Predictions for Every Game

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    Ole Miss QB Matt Corral
    Ole Miss QB Matt CorralKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    For the first time this season, we're about to have a weekend of college football without any head-to-head battles between AP Top 25 teams.

    That means it is technically possible that no AP Top 25 squads lose in Week 8.

    And yes, you better believe I laughed at myself while typing that.

    Of the 19 ranked teams in action in Week 8, four are underdogs and six others are favored by fewer than seven points. Also very much worth noting: We have no idea whether the starting quarterbacks for No. 7 Penn State or No. 12 Ole Miss will be healthy enough to play, which would make things more interesting for those two double-digit favorites.

    While it does look highly unlikely that any team in the AP Top Six will suffer an L, there could be carnage outside that group.

    Accountability Time: Week 7 was yet another winning slate for me, albeit not a dominant one. Between the AP Top 25 games and the "top unranked clashes," I went 13-9 against the spread, bringing my overall record to 84-73-1 (53.5 percent). That's five victorious weeks out of the last six, though I will forever apologize if you took my advice during that disastrous Week 4 performance.

    Let's keep that winning percentage moving on up.

    Predictions for each Week 8 game are broken into three sections: Top 25 teams, best games between unranked teams and the rest of the slate. Unless otherwise noted, games are assumed to take place Saturday.

AP Nos. 25-21

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    Purdue WR David Bell
    Purdue WR David BellIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Wisconsin (3-3) at No. 25 Purdue (4-2), 3 p.m. ET

    The over/under for this game has been hovering around 40, which feels aggressively high for these teams.

    Wisconsin has averaged 17.0 points scored and 18.0 points allowed in its three Big Ten games, and the Badgers' league games have been high-scoring compared to Purdue's marks of 16.7 and 12.0, respectively.

    Purdue does have a potent passing attack, though, eclipsing 275 yards in each of its six games, including back-to-back contests north of 370. And while Wisconsin's rush defense ranks among the stingiest in the country, each of Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan had aerial success against the Badgers.

    For the second consecutive week, David Bell will be the difference in a low-scoring Purdue victory.

    Prediction: Purdue 17, Wisconsin 13


    No. 24 UTSA (7-0) at Louisiana Tech (2-4), 7 p.m. ET

    Don't let the records fool you into believing this will be a breeze for the undefeated team. Louisiana Tech almost knocked off Mississippi State, SMU and NC State, while UTSA had to erase a 21-0 first-quarter deficit against Memphis in the only game it has played against a team that currently has three or more wins.

    However, the Roadrunners should improve to 8-0 against an opponent who has had a lot of trouble on defense and who curiously couldn't move the ball against either North Texas or UTEP. Look for Sincere McCormick to carry the rock 30 times for 150 yards in a victory.

    Prediction: UTSA 34, Louisiana Tech 24


    Clemson (4-2) at No. 23 Pittsburgh (5-1), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Clemson's offense is averaging 20.5 points and 325.3 total yards per game. Pitt's defense is allowing 20.0 points and 319.3 total yards per contest. It might not play to form, but let's pencil in the Tigers for 20.

    When Pitt has the ball, though, will the nation's third-highest-scoring offense (48.3) or its second-lowest scoring defense (12.5) rule the day?

    For Clemson's defense, that average is actually inflated. Georgia scored on a pick-six, and NC State scored 13 points in overtime. Take those three touchdowns out and the Tigers defense is down to 9.2 points allowed per game in regulation.

    And in its only game of the season against a top-50 scoring defense, Pitt was limited to 28 points by Virginia Tech. Against an elite defense, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Panthers held to the 14-17 point range.

    However, the Panthers offense will get the job done at home, and people will subsequently start taking Kenny Pickett seriously as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

    Prediction: Pitt 28, Clemson 20


    No. 22 San Diego State (6-0) at Air Force (6-1), 7 p.m. ET

    While it doesn't have national championship implications, this might be Week 8's best game.

    Air Force and San Diego State have done an excellent job of both running the ball and stuffing their opponents' attempts to do the same. The Falcons are No. 1 in rushing yards per game, while the Aztecs are No. 1 in rushing yards allowed per game. (SDSU's run game ranks 20th; AFA's run defense ranks 10th.)

    That run defense has been San Diego State's calling card for several years. None of the Aztecs' last 27 opponents has rushed for more than 157 yards, and two-thirds of them were held below 100 yards. While they probably won't do that to Air Force's triple-option, they will at least keep the Falcons from getting anywhere close to their season average on the ground.

    If and when these offenses are forced to take to the air, it's advantage: San Diego State, which has won eight consecutive, mostly razor-thin games in this series. In the three most recent matchups, Air Force has completed just 15 of 34 pass attempts for 130 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Prediction: San Diego State 28, Air Force 24


    Tulane (1-5) at No. 21 SMU (6-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (Thursday)

    Against FBS opponents, Tulane is 0-5 and has allowed 44.2 points per game. And SMU is merely one of the most potent offenses in the country with a quarterback (Tanner Mordecai) who is averaging 4.3 passing touchdowns per game.

    Tulane is good enough on offense (21-plus points in each game this season) to perhaps stay within shouting distance. But the Mustangs will have some fun running up the score.

    Prediction: SMU 56, Tulane 28

AP Nos. 20-16

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    Texas A&M RB Devon Achane
    Texas A&M RB Devon AchaneSam Craft/Associated Press

    No. 20 Baylor (6-1) idle

    For Baylor's sake, here's hoping its bye week isn't an "in like a lion, out like a lamb" situation, because the Bears have surged in a big way over the past two weeks. Not only did they move the ball at will against both West Virginia and BYU, but their run defense also dominated both games, and they didn't commit a single penalty against the Cougars. If they come back that hot for three straight against Texas, TCU and Oklahoma, the Big 12 standings could get interesting in a hurry.


    No. 19 Auburn (5-2) idle

    Auburn bounced back nicely from its 24-point loss to Georgia with a 15-point road win over Arkansas, subsequently vaulting back into the Top 25. The Tigers did allow at least 200 rushing yards for the third time in the span of four games, which hardly bodes well with matchups to come against Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Alabama. However, it was an impressive showing on offense from a team that had been just OK in that regard for the previous month. It could be the start of a strong finish.


    No. 18 North Carolina State (5-1) at Miami-Florida (2-4), 7:30 p.m. ET

    Over the previous two seasons, defense was a major shortcoming for NC State. The Wolfpack were a middle-of-the-pack defense in the ACC, allowing roughly 30 points and 400 total yards per game.

    This year? They're at 14.3 points and 292.7 total yards per game. Among ACC teams, only Clemson has been stingier on the scoreboard, and no one has been tougher to move the ball against. And the Wolfpack have been especially good on the ground, allowing just one rushing touchdown all season.

    As was the case last week for Boston College against NC State, that means Miami will need something special from a quarterback (Tyler Van Dyke) who is only starting because of a season-ending injury to the previous starter (D'Eriq King). For the previously 4-1 Eagles, that resulted in a 33-7 loss. It's hard to imagine things going much better for the Hurricanes in this one.

    Vegas only likes NC State by a field goal, but the Wolfpack should win convincingly and make Miami seriously consider adding Manny Diaz to the shockingly long list of head coaches who have already been fired.

    Prediction: NC State 38, Miami 17


    South Carolina (4-3) at No. 17 Texas A&M (5-2), 7:30 p.m. ET

    Between the recent wins over Alabama and Missouri, it's clear Texas A&M is figuring out this offense thing. It felt like quarterback Zach Calzada gained about three years' worth of experience in that performance against the Crimson Tide, and then running backs Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane paved the way against the Tigers. It was a 180 from what we saw from the Aggies through the first five weeks.

    The same cannot be said for South Carolina, which has yet to reach 24 points against an FBS opponent this season. The Gamecocks defense also allowed 40 to Georgia and 45 to Tennessee, so this could get ugly if A&M continues to cook.

    Prediction: Texas A&M 35, South Carolina 13


    No. 16 Wake Forest (6-0) at Army (4-2), Noon ET

    As is the case every year, Army is the ultimate "Can you defend the run?" litmus test.

    If you can't, the Black Knights will rush for more than 300 yards and score at least three touchdowns while draining both clock and your offense's patience while it waits out long drive after long drive.

    But if you can, Army doesn't have a backup plan. This offense will throw the ball maybe once per quarter just to keep the defensive backs on their toes, but the Black Knights are 1-29 in the past 30 games against FBS opponents in which they threw the ball at least 11 times.

    So, can Wake Forest stop the run?

    Well, no.

    The Demon Deacons have a great offense that has scored at least 35 points in each game, but their last two opponents (Louisville and Syracuse) combined for 101 carries, 562 yards and five touchdowns against them. They narrowly won both of those games, but the winning streak will end against an even more relentless rushing attack.

    Prediction: Army 31, Wake Forest 27

AP Nos. 15-11

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    Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall
    Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCallChris Carlson/Associated Press

    No. 15 Kentucky (6-1) idle

    Good teams win. Great teams cover. And with a last-second touchdown at the end of a 22-play drive, Kentucky finished within 18 points of Georgia. Let's see if they can somehow turn that into some positive momentum for games against Mississippi State and Tennessee directly after this bye week. The Wildcats have both the run game and the defense to win out and finish 11-1.


    No. 14 Coastal Carolina (6-0) at Appalachian State (4-2), 7:30 p.m. ET (Wednesday)

    Appalachian State got pummeled by Louisiana last week. The Mountaineers were uncharacteristically sloppy on offense and helpless on defense. They also struggled to move the ball earlier this season in their loss to Miami-Florida.

    Coastal Carolina, on the other hand, heads into this game in pummeling mode, having won its last three games by a combined score of 164-29. The Chanticleers have been unstoppable on the ground all season, and that's what App State's D couldn't do anything about in the 41-13 loss to ULL.

    This one will be much more entertaining than most of Coastal's games have been this season, but the Chants and their nation-best scoring average (48.8 PPG) will be too much in the end.

    Prediction: Coastal Carolina 41, Appalachian State 28


    USC (3-3) at No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1), 7:30 p.m. ET

    USC is the most mercurial team in the country. The Trojans have three wins by at least 23 points and three losses by at least 14 points, and they have oscillated between those results.

    Despite a coaching change and some quarterback fluidity, USC's offense has been pretty consistent, racking up from 408 to 494 total yards and scoring at least 26 points in each contest. It's the defense that has been all over the map, and it's the defense that will let them down in this rivalry game.

    Notre Dame's offense hasn't been anything close to elite, but Kyren Williams is a mighty fine running back, Michael Mayer is a star at tight end when he's healthy (and it looks like he's good to go this week) and they got an extra week to try to figure out their quarterback room. They won't drop 50 points in this one, but they'll do enough to keep the CFP dream alive.

    Prediction: Notre Dame 35, USC 31


    LSU (4-3) at No. 12 Ole Miss (5-1), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral left last week's win over Tennessee for a play with an undisclosed injury.

    "He's not in very good shape," Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said Monday, per Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. "He hasn't been for the last two days. You guys know how we are on injuries. Hopefully he will play, but I don't feel good about that right now."

    It's kind of hard to know what to make of this game with that news coming out Monday afternoon, considering Corral is one of the top candidates to win the Heisman, leading the Rebels in both passing and rushing.

    If he can't go, would freshman Luke Altmyer get the start? Or would they perhaps put John Rhys Plumlee back there, since he has way more in-game QB experience and because his proven ability to run the ball would be useful against this LSU defense?

    Also, did losing wide receiver Kayshon Boutte to a season-ending leg injury somehow force LSU to realize it can run the ball when necessary, or were those 321 yards against Florida just a fluke? Tyrion Davis-Price also ran it well the previous week against Kentucky and could be gearing up for another big game against an Ole Miss defense that ranks 111th in rushing yards allowed per game.

    If Corral is good to go, the Rebels will win. Florida put up 42 points on the Tigers last week despite committing four turnovers. A full-strength Ole Miss should be able to win a shootout against this defense.

    But if Corral is out, give me LSU to upset a ranked opponent for a second straight week.

    Either way, give me the over.

    Prediction (with Corral): Ole Miss 56, LSU 38
    Prediction (without Corral): 
    LSU 45, Ole Miss 35


    No. 11 Iowa (6-1) idle

    After more than a month of constant questions regarding whether Iowa had the offense to run the table, it proved in a complete dud against Purdue that it did not. Worse yet, that heralded, turnover-forcing defense was rendered helpless by David Bell, who darn near had more receiving yards (240) than Iowa had total yards (271). The Hawkeyes aren't hopelessly out of the CFP conversation, but they need to figure a lot of things out during this bye week.

AP Nos. 10-6

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    Michigan RB Blake Corum
    Michigan RB Blake CorumTony Ding/Associated Press

    No. 10 Oregon (5-1) at UCLA (5-2), 3:30 p.m. ET

    Have you watched Oregon play since the earth-shattering road win over Ohio State?

    It hasn't been pretty.

    Still-winless Arizona went on the road and gave the Ducks a run for their money into the fourth quarter in Week 4. Stanford upset them in overtime the following week. And given 13 days to prepare for 1-4 California, the Ducks scored just 10 points in the first three quarters and needed a pair of touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. (Cal also ran eight plays inside the Oregon 10 in the final minute with a chance to force overtime, but it couldn't cross the plane.) Let's not forget the Ducks narrowly survived their season opener at home against Fresno State too.

    The moral of the story is that the Oregon-Ohio State result feels like an even bigger anomaly with each passing week, and I have no faith in the Ducks to get this road win over UCLA.

    Arizona, Cal, Fresno State and Stanford all rank in the bottom half of the nation in rushing offense, while UCLA has rushed for at least 198 yards in six of its seven games. The ground-and-pound attack of Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown will stake the Bruins to an early lead, UCLA's front seven will keep Ducks running back Travis Dye reasonably under wraps and Oregon's Anthony Brown has never been the type of quarterback to take over a game with his arm.

    Add it all up, and yet another Top 10 team goes down.

    Prediction: UCLA 35, Oregon 27


    No. 9 Michigan State (7-0) idle

    After a hard-fought 20-15 road victory over Indiana, Michigan State gets the week off to prepare for an absolute gauntlet of a closing stretch. The Spartans will return in Week 9 for back-to-back games against No. 6 Michigan (home) and No. 25 Purdue (road). Then after a home game against Maryland on Nov. 13, it's back into the meat grinder against No. 5 Ohio State (road) and No. 7 Penn State (home). If they still have a zero in the loss column by early December, it'll be a miracle.


    No. 8 Oklahoma State (6-0) at Iowa State (4-2), 3:30 p.m. ET

    The come-from-behind win at Texas was the pop quiz for Oklahoma State, but this is the real test.

    Iowa State was a preseason Top 10 team that was quickly forgotten after losses to Iowa and Baylor knocked the Cyclones out of the Top 25. But this is still a good, well-balanced squad that simply had a few too many tough moments against two teams that are currently 6-1.

    Iowa State gains 187.7 more yards per game than it allows. That's better than Alabama (179.3) and Ohio State (175.4) and is the fourth-best mark in the nation. The Cyclones run defense hasn't been quite as impenetrable in Big 12 play as it was in nonconference play, but we came into the season expecting this to be one of the best front sevens in the country, and it hasn't disappointed.

    And that's going to make for an intriguing showdown between excellent running backs and excellent run defenses. Iowa State's Breece Hall ranks sixth in the nation in rushing at 124.7 yards per game. Oklahoma State's Jaylen Warren is in eighth place at 117.5 YPG. And both defenses are holding opponents below 100 rushing yards per contest.

    In theory, that'll be a stalemate and this one will boil down to the quarterback battle and special teams. In the former, it looks like a sizable advantage for the home team, as Brock Purdy has only had one dud this season, while Spencer Sanders has only had one good game. But the Cowboys do have quite the return tandem in LD Brown and Brennan Presley to potentially balance things out.

    I'm going with another upset, though.

    Prediction: Iowa State 24, Oklahoma State 21


    Illinois (2-5) at No. 7 Penn State (5-1), Noon ET

    We still have no clue whether Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford will play in this game after he suffered an upper-body injury against Iowa in Week 6. Given how much difficulty Ta'Quan Roberson had against the Hawkeyes in relief of Clifford (7-of-21 for 34 yards with two interceptions), you'd have to be quite brave to lay the points (23.5 of them at last check) before we find out for sure what's going on at QB for the Nittany Lions.

    Considering Wisconsin rushed for nearly 400 yards and held Illinois below 100 yards of total offense in the Fighting Illini's most recent game, though, Penn State will find a way to win regardless of who's fielding the snaps. Illinois has now been held to 10.0 points per game in its last four losses, and Penn State's defense is good enough to bump that number down a bit.

    Prediction (with Clifford): Penn State 38, Illinois 7
    Prediction (without Clifford):
    Penn State 23, Illinois 7


    Northwestern (3-3) at No. 6 Michigan (6-0), Noon ET

    Michigan is leading the Big Ten in rushing offense by more than 35 yards per game. Northwestern is in dead last in the Big Ten in rushing defense by more than 40 yards per contest.

    Throw in the facts that the game is at the Big House and that Northwestern has only averaged 21.8 points per game against defenses nowhere near as good as Michigan's, and it's not hard to see this one getting ugly in a hurry. Blake Corum, Hassan Haskins and Michigan's defense cruise to victory.

    Prediction: Michigan 42, Northwestern 10

AP Nos. 5-1

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    Alabama QB Bryce Young
    Alabama QB Bryce YoungSam Craft/Associated Press

    No. 5 Ohio State (5-1) at Indiana (2-4), 7:30 p.m. ET

    Ohio State will win, but this won't be its fourth consecutive game with 52 or more points. Indiana has faced a murderer's row of opponents, losing to Iowa, Cincinnati, Penn State and Michigan State, but the Hoosiers have held those four highly ranked opponents to 29.0 points and 320.0 yards of total offense per game. This is a legitimate defense.

    The offense is a mess, though, and the passing game has been particularly horrendous against those marquee opponents, with an overall line of 75-of-159 (47.2 percent) for 763 yards, two touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    I still have my doubts that stifling the offenses of Akron, Rutgers and Maryland was proof that Ohio State's defense has improved significantly since the loss to Oregon, but the Buckeyes should have little trouble keeping the Hoosiers from running up the score.

    Prediction: Ohio State 41, Indiana 13


    Tennessee (4-3) at No. 4 Alabama (6-1), 7 p.m. ET

    Though it lost the game, Tennessee put up one heck of a fight this past weekend against Ole Miss. The bar hasn't been set all that high as of late, but this might be the best the Volunteers have been since 2007.

    That doesn't mean they'll beat Alabama, though, as the Crimson Tide are 14-0 in this rivalry since hiring Nick Saban in 2007 and since they have already bounced back with a vengeance from that Week 6 loss at Texas A&M.

    As expected, the defense took that loss to heart and came back against Mississippi State with seven sacks, three interceptions and no touchdowns allowed. Tennessee will probably find the end zone at least once, but Alabama has won this game by 31 to 39 points in eight of the past 11 years. It'll find that comfort zone once again.

    Prediction: Alabama 42, Tennessee 10


    No. 3 Oklahoma (7-0) at Kansas (1-5), Noon ET

    Oklahoma is back on track with quarterback Caleb Williams running the show, and Kansas' average margin of defeat against FBS opponents is 32.6 points. Oklahoma has also won 16 consecutive games in this series by double digits.

    That's enough from me on this game, because if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

    Prediction: Oklahoma 55, Kansas 13


    No. 2 Cincinnati (6-0) at Navy (1-5), Noon ET

    In each of its four games against non-Power Five teams this season, Cincinnati has won by at least 35 points.

    This one could be a little more interesting than usual, though, as Navy has a decent run defense and finished within one score of both 5-1 Houston (28-20) and 6-0 SMU (31-24). I'm not saying the Midshipmen will win, but this will be less of a merciless blowout than Oklahoma-Kansas.

    Prediction: Cincinnati 38, Navy 7


    No. 1 Georgia (7-0) idle

    At this point, it's just a question of whether Georgia stays focused on the task at hand instead of starting to prepare for the SEC Championship. The Dawgs have yet to allow any opponent to score even 14 points, and four of their seven matchups were against teams ranked in the Top 20 at the time of the game. There are no ranked opponents left on the schedule, and even the upcoming showdown with Florida looks like less of a hurdle than usual after the Gators allowed 49 points in a loss to LSU in Week 7.

Top Unranked Clashes

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    Utah QB Cameron Rising
    Utah QB Cameron RisingRick Bowmer/Associated Press

    Here are the five most intriguing "other" games for Week 8, plus our weekly choice for the one game that should be as riveting as watching paint dry.


    Fifth-Best: Maryland (4-2) at Minnesota (4-2), 3:30 p.m. ET: There's a clear top five of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the Big Ten, but these two squads, Purdue and Wisconsin have been jostling for position in that "next-best" tier. Maryland has already been drilled by both Iowa and Ohio State and still has November games remaining against the league's other three top teams, so the Terps' odds of becoming bowl-eligible would take a huge hit if they can't get this road win. But I like Taulia Tagovailoa to have a bounce-back game against a nothing-special Minnesota secondary. Prediction: Maryland 34, Minnesota 28

    Fourth-Best: Kansas State (3-3) at Texas Tech (5-2), Noon ET: Can Kansas State snap its three-game losing streak? Or will Texas Tech's usually potent passing attack wake back up after just one touchdown over its last three contests? Kansas State has won five straight and nine of the last 10 in this Big 12 rivalry, and I like the Wildcats to get the job done against a Red Raiders defense that was sliced and diced by both Texas and TCU already this season. Prediction: Kansas State 32, Texas Tech 26

    Third-Best: Nevada (5-1) at Fresno State (5-2), 7 p.m. ET: It's wild that a Boise State bye week might feature the best Mountain West Conference slate in many moons. This battle between five-win squads is the undercard to the simultaneously happening six-win clash between San Diego State and Air Force. But this one has the infinitely more entertaining quarterback battle between Nevada's Carson Strong and Fresno State's Jake Haener. While it probably won't be a repeat of that time Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield combined for 1,279 passing yards and 14 total touchdowns, there could be some serious fireworks in Fresno. Prediction: Fresno State 45, Nevada 38

    Second-Best: BYU (5-2) at Washington State (4-3), 3:30 p.m. ET: An already intriguing game took a wild turn Monday night when Washington State fired Nick Rolovich and several assistant coaches for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The week after USC fired Clay Helton, the team came out and drilled Washington State 45-14. Can Wazzu follow that script and blow out BYU? While I have my doubts, it's not like BYU has played well lately. Prediction: BYU 28, Washington State 24

    Best: Utah (4-2) at Oregon State (4-2), 7:30 p.m. ET: Could this be a preview of the Pac-12 championship? Utah is certainly in the driver's seat in the South with wins over Arizona State and USC, and the North seems likely to be decided by the OSU-Oregon regular-season finale. As far as this week is concerned, though, Utah quarterback Cameron Rising has made a huge difference since inheriting the starting job in late September, while Oregon State has allowed at least 300 passing yards four times this season. The Beavers might win the battle in the trenches, but the Utes will win the war with their passing attack. Prediction: Utah 31, Oregon State 28

    Sicko Special: San Jose State (3-4) at UNLV (0-6), 11 p.m. ET (Thursday): I can't tell you what to do with your life. But if you live on the East Coast and you find yourself keeping tabs on this stand-alone game until 2:30 in the morning "Thursday night," it might be a good time to reevaluate your life choices. Both of these teams are averaging around 19.5 points per game, and it drops to 16.8 for UNLV and 15.2 for San Jose State if you remove the games against FCS opponents. This won't be pretty. Prediction: San Jose State 20, UNLV 16

The Rest of the Slate

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    Western Kentucky QB Bailey Zappe
    Western Kentucky QB Bailey ZappeAl Goldis/Associated Press

    Florida Atlantic (3-3) at Charlotte (4-2), 7:30 p.m. ET (Thursday): Charlotte 24-23

    Louisiana (5-1) at Arkansas State (1-5), 7:30 p.m. ET (Thursday): Louisiana 42-21

    Middle Tennessee (2-4) at Connecticut (1-7), 6 p.m. ET (Friday): MTSU 31-17

    Memphis (4-3) at UCF (3-3), 7 p.m. ET (Friday): Memphis 35-24

    Colorado State (3-3) at Utah State (4-2), 9:30 p.m. ET (Friday): Utah State 28-23

    Washington (2-4) at Arizona (0-6), 10:30 p.m. ET (Friday): Washington 31-3

    Eastern Michigan (4-3) at Bowling Green (2-5), Noon ET: Eastern Michigan 28-19

    Massachusetts (1-5) at Florida State (2-4), Noon ET: Florida State 49-17

    Northern Illinois (5-2) at Central Michigan (4-3), Noon ET: Central Michigan 35-28

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff (FCS) at Arkansas (4-3), Noon ET: Arkansas 56-6

    Syracuse (3-4) at Virginia Tech (3-3), 12:30 p.m. ET: Virginia Tech 24-16

    Kent State (3-4) at Ohio (1-6), 1 p.m. ET: Kent State 41-28

    Texas State (2-4) at Georgia State (2-4), 2 p.m. ET: Georgia State 35-24

    Buffalo (3-4) at Akron (2-5), 3:30 p.m. ET: Buffalo 38-17

    Western Michigan (5-2) at Toledo (3-4), 3:30 p.m. ET: Toledo 31-27

    Miami-Ohio (3-4) at Ball State (4-3), 3:30 p.m. ET: Ball State 27-20

    Rice (2-4) at UAB (5-2), 3:30 p.m. ET: UAB 38-7

    New Mexico (2-5) at Wyoming (4-2), 3:30 p.m. ET: Wyoming 27-9 

    Colorado (2-4) at California (1-5), 3:30 p.m. ET: California 25-13

    Liberty (5-2) at North Texas (1-5), 4 p.m. ET: Liberty 42-24

    East Carolina (3-3) at Houston (5-1), 4 p.m. ET: Houston 41-30

    Boston College (4-2) at Louisville (3-3), 4 p.m. ET: Louisville 35-21

    Mississippi State (3-3) at Vanderbilt (2-5), 4 p.m. ET: Mississippi State 38-13

    South Alabama (4-2) at Louisiana-Monroe (3-3), 7 p.m. ET: South Alabama 31-10

    Western Kentucky (2-4) at Florida International (1-5), 7 p.m. ET: Western Kentucky 56-31

    Temple (3-3) at South Florida (1-5), 7 p.m. ET: Temple 24-23

    West Virginia (2-4) at TCU (3-3), 7:30 p.m. ET: TCU 38-35

    Georgia Tech (3-3) at Virginia (5-2), 7:30 p.m. ET: Virginia 38-31

    New Mexico State (1-6) at Hawai'i (3-4), 11:59 p.m. ET: Hawai'i 41-17


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