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College football odds, picks for Week 8: Wisconsin, Louisville are safe choices

College football odds, picks for Week 8: Wisconsin, Louisville are safe choices

This week’s best bets include Maryland-Wisconsin, Louisville-FSU and Oregon-UCLA

Each week, I will use this space to tell you what I think are a few of the best bets heading into the weekend. I will also throw in an upset of the week, which will be a team that is at least a touchdown underdog that I am picking to win outright.

Auburn didn’t just gag away a win at LSU last week, it gagged away a winning Week 7 record for me. Not that I’m bitter, but I’m bitter. My record for the season is now 12-8-1. LSU wasn’t the only team to spring an upset last week, but my pick of Texas was not one of them. My record on those picks is now 2-5, but two of my five losers at least managed to covered the spread.

Week 8 Picks

Maryland at Wisconsin (-24): Wisconsin got off to a great start against Purdue , scoring the first two times it had the ball, but only managed 3 points the rest of the way. Three turnovers helped stymie Wisconsin, but I would not expect such dysfunction again. Also, a slew of injuries has Maryland playing its fourth-string QB, Max Bortenschlager , and he is not 100 percent either. Pick: Wisconsin (-24)

Louisville at Florida State (-6.5): Louisville has a prolific offense led by Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson , who has been every bit as good as he was last year. Yet the Cardinals are just 4-3 and coming off a home loss to Boston College because their defense is worse than their offense is good. Florida State’s offense with new QB James Blackmon is struggling enough that I expect Louisville to be able to keep this close. Pick: Louisville (+6.5)

Oregon at UCLA (-7): Oregon QB Justin Herbert broke his collarbone against Cal. In the two games since he has been out, the normally high-flying Ducks offense has been grounded, scoring just 17 points total against Washington State and Stanford . UCLA’s defense will give up more than that, but it is hard to imagine Oregon being able to hang with the Bruins and their equally high-powered attack. Pick: UCLA (-7)

Upset of the Week

LSU vs Mississippi (+6.5): This is not just about me being bitter. It is about Ole Miss finding some life after putting up 56 points last week in a win over Vanderbilt . It is also about the fact that I am not hopping on the LSU bandwagon again too quickly. That team that lost at home to Troy is still in there somewhere. Pick: Mississippi (+6.5)

Other CFP candidates in action

  • Tennessee at Alabama (-34.5) Pick: Alabama

  • Michigan at  Penn State (-9.5) Pick: Michigan

  • Kansas at TCU (-37.5) Pick: TCU

  • Syracuse at Miami (-15) Pick: Syracuse

  • Oklahoma at Kansas State (+12.5) Pick: Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma State at Texas (+7.5) Pick: Oklahoma State

  • USC at Notre Dame (-4) Pick: USC

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