College Football Week Eight Game Predictions

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#14 Syracuse @ #5 Clemson

Matt: Syracuse is having a season to remember and if they can take down Clemson, it would be one for the ages. Clemson is a very tough team to beat at home so the Orange are going to need to play a near perfect game if they want to come out with the win. This should be one of the better games of the weekend but I think the Tigers come out with the win. Syracuse is close but they fall this weekend. If only this game was being played in upper New York…

Clemson 38 Syracuse 28

Marissa: We have a battle for first place in the ACC on Saturday between 7-0 Clemson, and 6-0 Syracuse. It has been a tremendous season for the Orange, with wins over teams like Purdue and N.C. State. Yet now they face Clemson, who have found their stride offensively with DJ Uiagalelei improving and a dominant ground game with Will Shipley. Shipley is averaging 5.9 yards per carry for a total of 567 yards and eight touchdowns. The Syracuse defense has a defender in Mikel Jones who has been making plays all over the field with 40 tackles and three sacks. It will be up to him to make an impact, slowing Shipley down. For Syracuse’s offense, it’s their rushing attack that leads the way. Sean Tucker is one of the top running backs in the country with 644 yards and six touchdowns, but quarterback Garrett Shrader also has the rushing ability with his 300 yards and five touchdowns. The last time Syracuse beat Clemson was October 13, 2017, with a score of 27-24. With both ground games, expect this game to be another low scoring, close one as both teams rely on the run and drain the clock. With it being close, Syracuse could pull off an upset, but Clemson just narrowly gets the victory. 

Clemson 24 Syracuse 21

 

#9 UCLA @ #10 Oregon

Matt: Will the PAC-12 torture themselves once again? It seems that way as every team expect for UCLA has a loss. UCLA may be the conferences last shot at a potential playoff spot but this game against Oregon won’t be easy. Going into Autzen Stadium and coming out with a win, is extremely difficult. UCLA has been incredible this season so far and may be the most complete team in the conference. But Oregon isn’t too shabby either and this is a chance for them to redeem themselves from the opening week disaster against Georgia. The crowd is going to be rocking and ready to go. I see the Ducks giving them reason to cheer this weekend. I like Oregon to take down UCLA in this game.

Oregon 35 UCLA 24

Marissa: This is a huge prove-it game for both teams. For Oregon, this is their first real test since getting blown out against Georgia in week one. For UCLA, they got a huge victory over Utah in their last matchup, and have the chance to show they are for real with back-to-back humongous wins over top-ranked opponents. This is now the third season in a row these two teams have faced each other, with Oregon narrowly winning the last two matchups. What UCLA didn’t have both times was quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is a Heisman dark horse contender at the moment throwing for 1,510 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Their offense is clicking and their defensive front with Laiatu Latu, Bo Calvert, and Jacob Sykes have been able to get after quarterbacks and pressure them effectively. They now face Oregon’s offensive line that has allowed only one sack on Bo Nix, so trying to find ways to pressure Nix will be key. Where this game could be decided is with the UCLA run game with Zach Charbonnet, as the Ducks are allowing 98 rush yards per game. The way this season has gone, it seems like the season the Bruins switch the tide and get a win.

UCLA 44 Oregon 41

 

#20 Texas @ #11 Oklahoma State

Matt: Oklahoma State is coming off their first loss of the season to TCU last week and are seeking to regain some ground. Getting a win against the suddently hot Longhorns could go a longway for this Cowboys program this season. I still see Oklahoma State as one of the better teams in the Big-12 and I think they go out and prove it this weekend. Give me the Cowboys to take down Texas in this showdown.

Oklahoma State 37 Texas 30

Marissa: Had it not been for Quinn Ewers getting injured against Alabama, one could argue this Texas team could be undefeated. Ewers in just four games has thrown for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. Xavier Worthy has been the top target for Ewers as he has 432 yards and six touchdowns. Now the duo of Ewers and Worthy face an Oklahoma State pass defense ranked 126th in the nation, allowing 1,806 yards on the year. If Oklahoma State wants to slow down Ewers, they will need Brock Martin and Tyler Lacy to get in the backfield to affect him. Oklahoma State has struggled to get their ground game going, which has put the offense on Spencer Sanders to step up. He started off strong, but is coming off back-to-back games with a completion percentage below 50%. Texas has been good against the pass though, creating 21 pass deflections, which has been helped by their pass rush with players like DeMarvion Overshown and T’Vondre Sweat creating pressure effectively. Texas matches up well against Oklahoma State and will get a win on Saturday.

Texas 41 Oklahoma State 25

 

#17 Kansas State @ #8 TCU

Matt: TCU just keeps winning and has stay undeafted ahead of this pivitol matchup with the Wildcats. TCU is making noise in the Big-12 and is the favorite as of now. Kansas State is a good football team and has weapons that could make life tough for the Horned Frogs but I think TCU is on a mission. They are a talented and well coached team that should have no issue with this Wildcats squad. Give me the home team in this matchup.

TCU 41 Kansas State 28

Marissa: Kansas State has been good offensively with their run game, Deuce Vaughn leads the way with 661 yards and quarterback Adrian Martinez right behind him with 546. But, they have struggled to score, putting up only 28.7 points per game, which is second to last in the Big-12. They need to pick up their scoring, as TCU has averaged 45.8 points per game. Max Duggan had his fifth game in a row last week finishing with over 250 yards through the air. TCU has shown their ability to strike quick, Kansas State hasn’t. If Kansas State falls behind and has to limit the run game, Martinez hasn’t shown the ability to truly win the game through the air. That swings the game in favor of TCU.

TCU 41 Kansas State 31

 

#21 Cincinnati @ SMU

Matt: This game screams upset waiting to happen to me. Cincinnati is still a good team despite losing many players to the NFL but this could be a slip up game. This game could be one of the more underrated on the slate for the weekend as the Bearcats come in as the favorites and seem to have the edge against SMU. SMU won’t go down queitly though as they have an explosive offense themselves. I think the Mustangs will keep this close but Cincinnati barely squeaks out with the victory.

Cincinnati 30 SMU 27

Marissa: The Cincinnati Bearcats lost plenty of talent to the NFL, but haven’t taken a huge step back as they are 5-1 with their only loss coming to Arkansas in week one. Ben Bryant has looked more comfortable but has still been susceptible to interceptions as he has thrown at least one in every game this season besides one. What should help is they finally truly got the ground game going last week as Charles McClelland ran for a career high 179 yards while adding two touchdowns as well. Cincinnati has shown the ability to score at will, averaging 38.2 points per game. But so has SMU. The Mustangs are averaging 35.5 points per game with Tanner Mordecai throwing for 2,111 yards on the season and 15 touchdowns, but he as well has been susceptible to interceptions, throwing seven on the season. Mordecai has also taken eight sacks, and the Bearcats have Ivan Pace Jr. who has five sacks on the season. He will be the key player in the outcome of this game. 

Cincinnati 45 SMU 42

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