The Week 8 college football schedule could determine the Pac-12’s chances of having a team in the College Football Playoff this season. No. 9 UCLA is the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference following USC’s loss to Utah last week. The Bruins have a tough matchup this week, as they will travel to No. 10 Oregon on Saturday afternoon. The Ducks are 6-point favorites in the latest Week 8 college football odds at Caesars Sportsbook, but should you back the Bruins with your Week 8 college football bets?
There are four other ranked vs. ranked matchups this weekend, including No. 8 TCU vs. No. 17 Kansas State in a nightcap. The Horned Frogs improved to 6-0 this year with their 43-40 win over then-No. 8 Oklahoma State in double overtime last week. Before locking in any Week 8 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, it has turned its attention to the latest Week 8 college football odds from Caesars and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.
Top college football predictions for Week 8
One of the college picks the model is high on in Week 8: No. 5 Clemson (-13) cruises to a blowout win over No. 14 Syracuse at noon ET. Clemson continues to be undervalued in the betting market, despite covering the spread in three straight wins. The Tigers held a 34-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter at Florida State last week before allowing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but they still covered the 4.5-point spread.
Clemson’s offense has been much improved this season, as it has put up at least 30 points in all seven of its games. Junior quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has thrown for 1,665 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Tigers have one of the most balanced offenses in the country, as running back Will Shipley is averaging 5.9 yards per carry on 96 attempts.
Uiagalelei is accounting for more than 300 yards of total offense in the latest simulations, while Shipley is adding nearly 80 rushing yards. They have too much firepower for Syracuse to match, which is why Clemson is covering almost 60% of the time.
Another one of the model’s top college football picks: Iowa (+29) keeps things close enough to cover the spread on the road when it faces No. 2 Ohio State at noon ET. This is a potential trap game for the Buckeyes, who are coming off a rod win at Michigan State last week and have a showdown at No. 16 Penn State coming up next week. They only have two ranked opponents remaining on their schedule, so they might not be fully invested in this game.
Iowa’s offense continues to struggle, but it simply needs to control the tempo and play well on defense to stay within this large of a number. The Hawkeyes held Illinois to just nine points in their last game, and the Illini have scored at least 20 points in their other six games this season. This is a good scheduling spot for Iowa, which had the week off following its game at Illinois.
The Hawkeyes do not mind playing on the road, covering the spread in eight of their last 10 games away from home. SportsLine’s model expects that trend to pay dividends again on Saturday, as Iowa is covering the spread well over 60% of the time. See which other teams the model likes here.
How to make college football picks for Week 8
The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in every other FBS matchup in Week 8, and it says a top-20 favorite will go down hard. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.
So what college football picks can you make with confidence? And which top-20 favorite goes down hard? Check out the latest college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned almost $3,000 in profit over the past six-plus seasons, and find out.
College football odds for Week 8 (via Caesars)
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Wednesday, Oct. 19
Georgia State at Appalachian State (-10.5, 60)
Featured Game | Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Georgia State Panthers
Thursday, Oct. 20
Virginia at Georgia Tech (-3.5, 45.5)
Featured Game | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Cavaliers
Troy at South Alabama (-3, 48.5)
Featured Game | South Alabama Jaguars vs. Troy Trojans
Friday, Oct. 21
UAB at Western Kentucky (-2.5, 57.5)
Featured Game | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. UAB Blazers
Tulsa at Temple (+13, 52.5)
Featured Game | Temple Owls vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Saturday, Oct. 22
Iowa at Ohio State (-29, 49.5)
Featured Game | Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Syracuse at Clemson (-13.5, 51)
Featured Game | Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange
Indiana at Rutgers (-3, 45)
Kansas at Baylor (-8.5, 63)
Featured Game | Baylor Bears vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Cincinnati at SMU (+3, 63)
Featured Game | SMU Mustangs vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Duke at Miami (-8, 60.5)
Featured Game | Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils
West Virginia at Texas Tech (-6, 68.5)
Featured Game | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Northwestern at Maryland (-13.5, 52.5)
Featured Game | Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Boston College at Wake Forest (-21, 61.5)
Featured Game | Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Boston College Eagles
Ole Miss at LSU (PK, 64.5)
Featured Game | LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Texas at Oklahoma State
Featured Game | Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns
Purdue at Wisconsin (-2, 52.5)
Featured Game | Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers
UCLA at Oregon (-6, 70.5)
Featured Game | Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins
Memphis at Tulane (-7, 56.5)
Featured Game | Tulane Green Wave vs. Memphis Tigers
Vanderbilt at Missouri (-14, 55)
Featured Game | Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Mississippi State at Alabama (-21, 62)
Featured Game | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Minnesota at Penn State (-4.5, 45)
Featured Game | Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Texas A&M at South Carolina (+3.5, 45)
Featured Game | South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Kansas State at TCU (-4.5, 59)
Featured Game | TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Pittsburgh at Louisville (-1, 56.5)
Featured Game | Louisville Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Washington at Cal (+7.5, 57)
Featured Game | California Golden Bears vs. Washington Huskies