Welcome to Week 8 of the college football season. The previous week saw some upsets, but nothing like last week. Four of the top-10 teams fell in defeat last week, which shook up the college football rankings. Georgia was blown out by LSU on the road and now they’re no longer the 2nd ranked team in the county. West Virginia, Washington and Penn State also went down and pretty much destroyed their playoff hopes. Colorado came into its game with USC undefeated, but they were taking apart by the Trojans. My record last week was 2-3, which dropped my overall record to 23-9. The winning percentage continue to plummet from 77.8 to 71.9%. This week I’ll be predicting another four games with the hopes of remaining above the 70% win plateau. Let’s get started!!
We kick things off in the SEC as the 22nd ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs battle the 5th ranked LSU Tigers. Last week, the Bulldogs smothered the Auburn Tigers by beating them 23-9 which ended their two game losing streak. It seems like the Bulldogs defense is starting to look like the dominant one we expected. The last two weeks against Florida and Auburn they gave up a total of 22 points. Can they go into the tough environment of Baton Rouge and upset LSU? LSU erased their tough loss against Florida by blowing out the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers proved they have one of the better defenses in the country and the offense isn’t bad either. It’s hard to beat LSU at home and especially night games, so I’m riding with the Tigers.
LSU Win 27-14
We stay in the south, but this time we’re going to ACC country for this top-20 match-up. The 16th ranked N.C. State Wolfpack will head to Clemson to battle the 3rd ranked Tigers. If you want to talk about a team that has flown under the radar, it has to be the Wolfpack. I’m sure I’m not the only one who didn’t realize that they’re undefeated. The toughest game they’ve had was last week against Boston College where they barely got by them. Can they tame the Tigers on the road? After barely escaping with a win against Syracuse a couple weeks ago, many questioned the Tigers. Those questions were answered last week when they beat the brakes off of Wake Forest on the road by 60 points. Can they continue that momentum? I’m thinking they can and will as they’ll beat the Wolfpack.
Clemson Win 45-24
We head to the great state of Michigan for this rivalry game between two ranked teams. The 6th ranked Michigan Wolverines will travel to Lansing to battle the 24th ranked Michigan State Spartans. After losing their opener, the Wolverines have won six games in a row and they’re thinking playoffs. After an impressive 25-point win over the Wisconsin Badgers last week, it seems like Michigan is clicking on both sides of the ball. Can they beat their rival on the road and continue their playoff push? Michigan State is a tricky team to predict because one week they look horrible and the next one they’re upsetting Penn State. Can they put an end to the Wolverines playoff hopes? I’m going with the Michigan Wolverines on the road.
Michigan Win 24-21
We head to the Pacific Northwest where ESPN College Gameday will be at for the first time. The 12th ranked Oregon Ducks will travel north to face the 25th ranked Washington State Cougars. Think about this for a second? Oregon should be undefeated headed into this game, but they gave the game away against Stanford a few weeks back. After winning their second straight game against a ranked opponent, the Ducks find themselves in a four-way tie in the Pac-12 North standings. On the other hand, Washington State should be undefeated coming into this game also. They gave the game away against USC a few weeks back, but they can make a statement with this game. It’s hard going to Washington State, beating them and I don’t think Oregon will either.
Washington State Win 41-31
What game intrigues you the most in college football? Do you see any upsets happening this weekend? What do you think about my predictions and my top-5 below? Leave a comment below.
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Clemson Tigers
- Ohio State Buckeyes
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- LSU Tigers