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College Football Must Watch Games Week 8

The first month of college football lies to everyone. Preseason expectations, early-season hiccups, and analyst overreactions all contribute to the craziness of early-season mayhem. October tells the true story. Here are Week 8’s top college football games to mark on your calendar along with the opening betting spreads.

College Football Must Watch Games Week 8

No. 4 Ohio State (6-0) at Northwestern (1-4)
When: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
TV: FS1
Spread: Ohio State -27½

Northwestern might be playing at home, but it won’t matter since the Wildcats are severely overmatched in this Week 8 Big Ten matchup. The Wildcats are averaging a pitiful 14.4 points per game (128th) while Ohio State is putting up a stellar 49.3 points per game (third). If the Buckeyes don’t have this game well in hand by halftime, I’ll be shocked.

No. 6 Wisconsin (6-0) at Illinois (2-4)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
TV: BTN
Spread: Wisconsin -29

Wisconsin might be ranked a modest eighth right now, but the Badgers have the look of a legitimate College Football Playoff contender after smacking Michigan State senseless en route to a stunning 38-0 win this past weekend. Illinois, on the other hand, is reeling, waving dropped four straight while giving up at least 40 points in three straight.

No. 3 Clemson (6-0) at Louisville (4-2)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
TV: ABC
Spread: Clemson -23

The Tigers remained unbeaten by subduing Florida State this past weekend, but I wouldn’t go around expecting a repeat of last year’s historic 77-16 beatdown of the Cardinals this time around seeing as how Louisville has put a whopping 103 combined points on the board in getting past BC and Wake Forest the last two weeks.

No. 17 Arizona State (5-1) at No. 13 Utah (5-1)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: PACN
Spread: Utah -13½

These Pac-12 rivals might have identical records heading into Week 8, but Arizona State nearly lost to mediocre Washington State on Saturday. Additionally, Utah averages almost 10 points per game more than the Sun Devils while limiting the opposition to just 13.2 points per game to rank ninth in fewest points allowed. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the Utes will be looking for revenge to snap a two-game skid in this conference clash.

No. 9 Florida (6-1) at South Carolina (3-3)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
TV: ESPN
Spread: OFF

South Carolina pulled off one of the biggest upset of the season by taking down previously No. 3 Georgia in OT this past weekend, but I expect the Gamecocks to be hard-pressed to duplicate their feat, even at home against a very good Florida squad that will be highly motivated after suffering their first loss of the season against LSU on Saturday.

West Virginia (3-3) at No. 5 Oklahoma (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
TV: FOX
Spread: Oklahoma -33½

There’s no other way to say it. West Virginia is in trouble in this Week 8 matchup. Oklahoma got an impressive Red River Showdown road win at Texas on Saturday to remain unbeaten despite scoring a ‘modest’ 34 points. West Virginia has dropped two straight, including a pitiful 38-14 home loss to Iowa State on Saturday. The Mountaineers have allowed 38 points or more in all three of their losses this season, and Oklahoma puts up a phenomenal 50.2 points per game to rank third in scoring nationally.

No. 2 Louisiana State (6-) at Mississippi State (3-3)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi
TV: CBS
Spread: LSU -19

LSU and quarterback Joe Burrrow now have the look of a team that is capable of competing against anyone, and I do mean anyone. The Tigers got past Florida in a hard-fought affair, and Mississippi State proved they can apparently lose to anyone by falling against awful Tennessee 20-10 this past weekend.

Tennessee (2-4) at No. 1 Alabama (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: ESPN
Spread: Alabama -34½

Stop the presses! Tennessee got their second win of the season by stunning Mississippi State 20-10 this past weekend. I wouldn’t go getting all excited, however, with mighty Alabama up next, and the Tide having put 47 points or more on the board in each of their last five games.

No. 12 Oregon (5-1) at Washington (5-2)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
TV: ABC
Spread: Oregon -2½

Oregon has won five straight since dropping their regular-season opener against Auburn. Still don’t get overly excited about victories over Montana, Cal, and Colorado. The Ducks’ 21-6 smackdown of Stanford does look good when you consider the fact that Washington lost to the Cardinal by 10 points two weeks ago.

No. 16 Michigan (5-1) at No. 7 Penn State (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
TV: ABC
Spread: Penn State -7½

Michigan has won three straight but wins over Rutgers, Iowa and Illinois certainly don’t erase their blowout road loss against Wisconsin – or their ‘lucky’ overtime win one week earlier at home against Army. The last time the Nittany Lions hosted the Wolverines, they recorded an emphatic 42-13 win. This one might not be as commanding, but I think Penn State’s stout defense comes up big.