The Saturday afternoon schedule for Week 8 of the NCAAF regular season will see a number or ranked squads in action. Some of the games are mismatches on paper, while others project to be on the close side. Either way, there’s an appeal to be found from a point spread perspective.
Here are the 10 best games of the day and a pick for each. All odds are current as of this writing and courtesy of PointsBet.
Clemson at Louisville, 12 PM, ABC
Last Saturday, the defending national champs returned from a week off with a resounding home win over Florida State. Meanwhile, Louisville pulled out an upset over a ranked Wake Forest team. The Cardinals won’t make it two in a row, but they can make Clemson work for it.
The Pick: Louisville +23.5 (-110)
West Virginia at Oklahoma, 12 PM, FOX
The Mountaineers are riding a two-game losing streak, and that’s just not a great spot to be in for a trip to Oklahoma. That said, this spread is quite hefty for a Big 12 game which could devolve into a points-fest. Sooners win, but West Virginia keeps it closer than 33.5.
The Pick: West Virginia +33.5 (-110)
Florida at South Carolina, 12 PM, ESPN
The Gators’ winless run came to an end at the hands of LSU. They now head to South Carolina to face a Gamecocks team which just upset Georgia. Florida avoids the pothole its divisional rival stepped in last week to bounce back with a win and cover.
The Pick: Florida -5 (-110)
Auburn at Arkansas, 12 PM, SEC
The Tigers are in the midst of a three-game road swing which wraps up with a date at LSU next week. While Arkansas has shown little this season while going 2-4, they have kept it closer than this hefty spread in three conference losses. Auburn wins, but Razorbacks cover.
The Pick: Arkansas +18.5 (-110)
Iowa State at Texas Tech, 12 PM, FS1
Since opening at 2-2, Iowa State has won two straight over conference foes by double digits. The Red Raiders showed something in an upset win over Oklahoma State a few weeks back, but they have also dropped three of the last four. Cyclones win and cover.
The Pick: Iowa State -7 (-110)
LSU at Mississippi State, 3:30 PM, CBS
The Tigers are off to a fantastic start, and pollsters continue to show them love. They can certainly run the record to 7-0 here, but they’re going to get a fight from a conference foe that would love to knock them down a peg. Bulldogs cover on the home field.
The Pick: Mississippi State +18.5 (-110)
Oregon at Washington, 3:30 PM, ABC
As a whole, the Pac-12 is wide open this year. However, Oregon has separated itself in the North division with a perfect 3-0 conference mark. Washington may have two blemishes this season, but they are absolutely capable of getting the outright upset at home.
The Pick: Washington +3 (-110)
Temple at SMU, 3:30 PM, ESPN2
The Owls pulled off one of last week’s biggest upsets with a home win over Temple. They hit the road to take on one of the most intriguing squads of 2019, the undefeated Mustangs. SMU takes advantage of a potential letdown spot for Temple to get the home win and cover.
The Pick: SMU -7.5 (-110)
South Florida at Navy, 3:30 PM, CBSSN
Since starting out a disappointing 1-3, the Bulls have won two straight. They’ll have their hands full with a Navy team that continues to impress. The Midshipmen aren’t far away from cracking the AP Top 25, and they’ll be even closer after an impressive win and cover.
The Pick: Navy -14 (-110)
Baylor at Oklahoma State, 4 PM, FOX
The undefeated Bears have a date with a Cowboys team which already has two losses on the year. The hosts simply can’t afford another if they hope to be a factor in the Big 12. They get the home win and knock Baylor from the ranks of the unbeaten, but the visitors make them sweat.
The Pick: Baylor +3.5 (-110)