What ten games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into the first weekend of Week 8? Here you go. Enjoy.
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Still standing and trying to survive after last season’s epic bloodletting with all of the crazy upsets, now things go back to normal.
Starting with a few that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still spicy …
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LINE: Utah State -15, o/u: 51
ATS PICK: Utah State
This 15 is a way-too-big number on the road against a team with Wyoming’s defensive experience and talent. However, the Cowboy offense has been a total disaster so far, and it while it might be a grind, Utah State should get there.
UW has lost its last three games and isn’t scored more than 17 points in the last six outings. The game before that? A 41-19 loss to a Washington State team with a brilliant midrange passing game.
Utah State has a brilliant midrange passing game for an offense that’s put up 42 points or more against everyone BYU Michigan State. The Aggies scores 31 in the opening season loss.
You’ll have to sweat, but if Utah State plays like it has over the last month, it should get there.
9. UConn at USF
LINE: USF -34, o/u: 69
ATS PICK: UConn
You’re probably going to have to hang on for dear life on this one, but the payoff should be there.
The UConn defense has been historically bad, giving up well over 50 points per game and allowing 49 or more against everyone so far. Meanwhile, the offense was stoned by Cincinnati for just seven points, and Memphis for 14.
Yeah, four of the five losses were by well over 34 points, and the other loss to Syracuse was by 30. However, USF needed everything in the bag to get by Tulsa 25-24, struggled to put away UMass, and only beat East Carolina by seven and Elon by 20.
A whole lot of things have to go wrong to lose by 34.
LINE: Hawaii -3, o/u: 67
ATS PICK: Hawaii
This is more about having fun at the end of a long college football day.
You’re going to get all your picks right thanks to the rest of this top ten piece, so you want a little cherry on top for the Mountain West shootout that will start on Sunday morning ET.
Hawaii just got bombed on by BYU, but that was in Provo. At home, the Rainbow Warriors are a rock-solid 4-0. Nevada has lot three of its last four with the offense taking a wee bit of a siesta lately.
This a decent Wolf Pack team that should go bowling, but outside of the blowout over Portland State to start the season, the other two wins over FBS teams were by a total of five points.
It’s late, and it’s Hawaii, and it’s only three points.
LINE: Middle Tennessee -16.5, o/u: 48.5
ATS PICK: Charlotte
Shop around a little on this one, because the line was hanging around 17.5ish for a while there before dropping a bit.
The big X factor is the quarterback situation for both teams. Middle Tennessee’s Brent Stockstill should be able to give it a go, but he’s got a banged up leg and is far less than 100% if he plays. Charlotte’s Chris Reynolds is out for the year after breaking his ankle.
However, former Miami Hurricane Evan Sherriffs is a more-than-capable backup for the 49ers. The Charlotte No. 2 situation is far better than Middle Tennessee’s.
Even if everything was fine across the board, Middle Tennessee isn’t blowout anyone out. The offense has been just okay so far. On the other side, Charlotte hasn’t been good on the road, but the 16.5 is just too big.
LINE: Arkansas -5.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS PICK: Arkansas
And the line keeps going down. Cool.
The concern here is a shaky Arkansas quarterback situation with Ty Storey likely not playing. That, and a Hog team that has yet to beat anyone from the FBS world.
But Tulsa doesn’t have an FBS win, either.
The Golden Hurricane have been plucky – they hung around with Texas and should’ve beaten USF – but four of their five losses were by a touchdown or more. All you’re asking is for an SEC team to win a home game by six points over a 1-5 Power Five team on a five-game losing streak.