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    College Football Picks Week 8

    Updated: October 20th, 2010

    Oklahoma State +6 over Nebraska

    Oklahoma State has covered in this game 5 of the last 6 years. They are undefeated and will be hitting on all cylinders against Nebraska. The cornhuskers come off a beating at the hands of Texas who gave everyone the blueprint of how to stop their run. Plus, after losing undefeated status I do not expect Nebraska to be at the top of their game. This is anyone’s game and I’ll take the point every time in that situation. The only problem I see is that they are calling for gusty winds which might hurt the OK State passing attack.

    G-Tech Clemson under 52

    G-tech Clemson figures to be a dogfight. Clemson’s defense can slow down a not as potent Georgia Tech offense as last year and Clemson has trouble with consistency on offense. I do not think this will be a high scoring game.

    Illinois -13 1/2 over Indiana

    Illinois has had a difficult schedule and I rank their offensive and defensive lines quite highly in the Big Ten. This week they get an opponent at home that they should be able to flex their muscles against. Illinois’ defensive front featuring Liuget and Nurse should be able to put enough pressure on QB Chapell to limit points. On offense, Illinois’s offensive front should dominate allowing Leshoure and Scheelhaase to roll up yardage all day long. Lay the points!

    LSU +6 over Auburn

    LSU will keep this game very close with their power running game while keeping Cam Newton and his potent offense off the field. LSU is a grind it out team that physically overpowers their opponents on both sides of the line. If I am right about coach Miles plan of attack then they will be successful at shortening the game and walking out of Jordan Hare Stadium with a victory or a very close loss. Give me the points in great battle.

    Northern Illinois – 10 over Central Michigan

    The Northern Illinois Huskies rush for an outstanding 242 yards per game and are 3-0 in the MAC. Central Michigan has been struggling of late, comes off a tough loss at home verse Miami, Ohio, and now stands at 1-3 in the Conference. The Huskies need this game to remain undefeated in the Western conference of the MAC and to keep pace with Toledo who is also 3-0. These are two teams going in the wrong direction. The Huskies have lost to Central Michigan three years in a row, but the two teams are in a much different place this year. The Huskies pound the ball and take out 3 years of frustration against the Chippewas.

    Purdue plus 23 1/2 over Ohio State

    Purdue finds itself 2-0 in the Big Ten, playing with confidence and a new found run attack. I expect the Boilermakers to do enough on offense to shrink the game against the Buckeyes who return home after losing a chance at the national championship. I don’t expect the Buckeyes to be pumped for this one.

    Colorado State + 30.5 over Utah

    Colorado State has been good for us the last two weeks having been our play of the day and covering by 25 points and covering late against Air Force in a game that was much closer than the final score. This week they are playing the powerhouse Utah team and getting 30.5 points. Utah has two big games coming up in Air Force and TCU. I think they will be overlooking Colorado State just enough for them to get us another cover. Not to mention they have good talent on offense having racked up 500 yards against Air Force two weeks ago.

    Iowa -5.5 over Wisconsin

    Iowa stopped Wisconsin’s run last year en route to a 20-10 victory on the Badgers home field. Although the Iowa linebackers are a step down from last year especially with Tarpinian injured, Iowa’s defensive line should be stout enough to limit points. On offense, Stanzi should be able to exploit the quickness advantage that his receivers have over the Badger secondary. Iowa is sitting on this one they way the Badgers were sitting on last week’s game against Ohio State. Energy edge to Iowa.

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