If you think the college football season has been great to this point, it might just be about to get even better in Week 8. The Big 10 teams are coming to play this weekend, but the top teams in that conference have some catching up to do, as Alabama and Clemson look to be the ones to beat this season. Clemson laid an absolute beating on Georgia Tech in Week 7, while Alabama came from behind to deliver a brilliant second half performance in a win over the Georgia Bulldogs. Those two have set the bar high, but it is going to be interesting to see how close the Big 10 can get to that mark. We are, as always, going to try and picks out some winners for you this college football weekend, starting with some picks against the spread, along with their NCAAF odds.
NCAAF ATS Picks for Week 8 | College Football Betting
NC State Wolfpack (+16 ½) at North Carolina Tar Heels
We have seen a lot of surprise results so far this season, with North Carolina on the receiving end of one of those over the weekend. Starting out the season at 3-0, they were expected to roll over Florida State in Week 7, but they instead fell to a stunning 31-28 loss in a game that they started as a 13 ½ point favorite. Despite that loss, they are in as a big favorite again this weekend, but how are they going to respond to the FSU debacle. If the trends are anything to go by, they may have trouble covering the spread versus the Wolfpack. NC State has covered in 4 of their last 5, but in head to head meetings with these two, things get even more convincing. The road team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7, while the underdog is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
Iowa Hawkeyes (-4) at Purdue Boilermakers
It is always a little risky to make picks on potentially tight games in the opening week of the season, which is what it is for the Big Ten, but I am going to take that risk with this one. Now, it is worth noting that the Hawkeyes are making headlines for all the wrong reasons at the moment, with a group of former players in a $20 million lawsuit against the university. That type of stuff can often serve as a distraction, but I don’t see that happening here. There is a enough to be found in the trends to suggest that the Hawkeyes can win and cover the spread this weekend, starting with the fact that Iowa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 visits to Purdue. Also, the road team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-20 ½) at Tennessee Volunteers
For 30 minutes last weekend, the Alabama Crimson Tide looked to be in trouble against the Georgia Bulldogs, but a rousing second half performance took them to a comfortable win over the #3 team in the nation. The Tide are rolling this season, but this will be another tough one on the road against a very good Tennessee team. This, though, has been a matchup that the Crimson Tide have dominated of late, and they are sure to still be on a high after that big win over the weekend. Alabama has covered the spread in 8 of their last 9 visits to Tennessee. They are also 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 against the Vols overall.
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