The Loaf: Week 8 College Football Picks

Sports Section Chair: Michael Brown

Welcome back to The Loaf! We’re back at it again for Week 8. We had another 3-4 week last week, so I’d say we’re on a bit of a skid now. We’re still 26-22-1 on the season, so we gotta get back on track.

I’ve got a whopping 8 (!!) picks comin’ up for y’all:

First up is Purdue @ #23 Iowa (UNDER 49.5). I don’t really have much to say about this one other than it’s a really bad team playing at Kinnick. Iowa is never going to score a bunch, and they won’t give up much either. This is known. And does anybody think Purdue gets in the endzone more than once? Nope. Iowa 28, Purdue 6

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Iowa

Not hoping to see a big game out of Iowa QB Nate Stanley this weekend in order for the under to hit. Photo Credit: Hawkeye Haven

We’re back at it again for one more time at least with our dynamic duo. Give me Miami (FL) (-18) vs Georgia Tech (UNDER 48.5). Now, the under has become less reliable in Tech games as of recently. The Jackets’ defense has become less stout, and the offense has (somewhat) gained competence. That said, Miami is good defensively, better than the Carolinas and Dukes of the world that Georgia Tech just went up against. Plus, the Canes are pretty bad on offense too. In terms of the spread, I’m actually a bit concerned about this one this week, but Georgia Tech is 0-6 against the spread this season, so it’s automatic at this point. Fade the bees. Miami (FL) 30, Georgia Tech 10

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James Graham has proven to be the answer at QB for Georgia Tech. But can he lead them to a cover down in Coral Gables, where Tech hasn’t won outright since 2007? Photo Credit: Georgia Tech Athletics

My next pick probably wouldn’t be extremely popular amongst the big wigs in college football media. But I like #3 Clemson (-24) @ Louisville. Don’t get me wrong. Louisville has been great this year, much better than most expected (I say “most” because I actually expected them to be decent). Scott Satterfield has done a phenomenal job, and he’s probably the front-runner for ACC Coach of the Year as things currently stand. That said, I think Clemson is still on a mission following the near debacle at Carolina. They looked like a different team against FSU last week, and when Clemson is playing to its full capability and strength, there aren’t more than 5 or 6 teams that can even stay on the field with them, and Louisville certainly isn’t one of them. Plus, this a noon game at Cardinal Stadium. It’d be different if it was a night game. Let Clemson get up 14-0 in a hurry, and the crowd noise will be rendered useless. Tigers will cruise. Clemson 41, Louisville 14

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Trevor Lawrence is so good. That’s’ it. That’s the caption. Photo Credit: Independent Mail

Next up is quite possibly the best game on this week’s slate, where I like #25 Washington (+3) vs #12 Oregon. This one’s weird. Oregon is probably better than Washington. But this game is in Seattle. And I just don’t feel comfortable with a non-Chip Kelly Oregon team being favored against a ranked team on the road. Also, Oregon just hasn’t played anyone good outside of Auburn, which it lost to, of course. I’m not saying Oregon isn’t good, because it certainly is. And like I said, they’re probably beating Udub on a neutral field. But this isn’t that. Huskies. Washington 31, Oregon 27

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This is from the Rose Bowl last season but this picture is so cold that I had to use it. Photo Credit: uwdawgpound.com

I’m excited about this next one. I’ve got #2 LSU @ Mississippi State (OVER 61.5). This one is a bit of a reaction to last week, but I’ve come to this conclusion, among other things: LSU’s offense is really good. And it’s going to light up the scoreboard against a Mississippi State team that just isn’t good. Conversely, and because the world is just out of whack this season, LSU’s defense is….kinda bad. So we know LSU is going to score. A lot. The only question is which is worse: LSU’s defense or Mississippi State’s offense? I’m putting my faith in the Bulldogs being able to score some for a 3:30 kick in Starkville. LSU 48, Mississippi State 21

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LSU-Florida was so awesome last week. Photo Credit: Roll ‘Bama Roll

Next up is #17 Arizona State (+13.5) @ #13 Utah. This spread is huge and I’m not sure why. These teams are both really good, and to me it’s a toss up, and I’d just give the edge to the home team whether it be in Tempe or Salt Lake City. But 13.5 is way more than that. I just don’t think Utah is that much better than Arizona State. Herm Edwards has done well so far for the Sun Devils, and I expect them to put up a much better fight this weekend than Vegas thinks. Utah 28, Arizona State 27

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Honestly, ASU could pull out an outright win on Saturday. Wouldn’t shock me. Photo Credit: Bruins Nation

Last up is a bit of a risky pick, but I’m gonna take #10 Georgia (-25) vs Kentucky. Georgia is down right now. They got knocked down, and it’s up to them to get up. I believe they will. Like Clemson after Carolina, Georgia will be firing on all cylinders this weekend, and when they play that way, not many teams are better. And Kentucky is so bad. This game is also an evening kick in Athens. It has all the makings of a blowout as the Bulldogs look to circle the wagons. Georgia 42, Kentucky 0

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Oh, Hot Rod. That was rough. I feel bad. Photo Credit: The Comeback

That’s all I’ve got for The Loaf this week! Enjoy your College Football Saturday!

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