After a wild Week 7 in college football, with four Top 10 teams losing, there are only eight schools left with a zero in the loss column. Here’s a look at the opening Week 8 odds for some marquee matchups from BetOnline.
This is the Thursday night ESPN game, and the loser probably won’t have a shot at winning the American Athletic Conference West Division. The Tigers jumped into the Top 25 following their 30-27 home win over previously unbeaten Navy on Saturday. Memphis forced the usually disciplined Midshipmen into five turnovers. It was Memphis’ third straight win over a ranked team dating to last year. Houston was surprisingly bombed at Tulsa on Saturday, 45-17. The Cougars were only down 10-7 at halftime.No. 10 Oklahoma State at Texas (+6)
Back in the summer on the advanced lines out of Las Vegas, the Horns were 3-point underdogs. The Cowboys, who can’t afford a second loss and likely make the Big 12 title game, warmed up with a 59-16 destruction of Baylor. QB Mason Rudolph kept his Heisman hopes alive with 459 yards passing and three scores while also rushing for a TD. James Washington, who might win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver, had six catches for 235 yards and a touchdown while also running for a score. Texas covered in the Red River Rivalry but lost to Oklahoma 29-24. That leaves TCU as the only Big 12 school without a conference loss.No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State (-11.5)
ESPN GameDay will be in Happy Valley for this one. That Lee Corso picks Penn State to win is -1200 at 5Dimes and that he goes with Michigan is +600. On the advanced lines, this had been PSU -6.5. The Nittany Lions, off a bye week, were the beneficiaries of all the Week 7 upsets by Top 10 teams in moving to second in the AP poll. PSU running back Saquon Barkley remains the Heisman betting favorite at SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks; he was held to 75 yards in the Lions' Oct. 7 31-7 win over Northwestern but did score twice. He’ll have his work cut out for him against a Michigan defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in in yards allowed per game at 224. The Wolverines are No. 6 against the run (85.8). They held Barkley to 59 yards on 15 carries last year in a 49-10 blowout win in Ann Arbor.No. 11 USC at No. 13 Notre Dame (-4)
The Trojans were 8-point favorites for this one back in June. The Pac-12 was the big loser of Week 7 with two Top 10 teams, Washington State and Washington, being upset by unranked foes California and Arizona State, respectively. Now the Trojans are the highest-ranked team in the conference at No. 11 but they already have a loss. So the Pac-12 could potentially get shut out of the College Football Playoff for the second time in its four years – especially if USC loses here but then goes on to win the South Division and beat either Washington or Wazzu in the conference title game. USC comes off a thrilling 28-27 win over Utah in which the Utes tried for a 2-point conversion at the end but failed. Sam Darnold lost three fumbles but didn't throw an interception for the first time this season. Notre Dame is off a bye week. Since a one-point loss to Georgia in Week 2, the Irish have been cruising. But a loss here likely ends their playoff hopes.Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama (-34)
If Vols coach Butch Jones wasn’t already fired before Saturday, his fate had to be sealed in a 15-9 home loss to South Carolina that dropped UT to 0-3 in the SEC. The Gamecocks had a goal-line stand in the final seconds. The Vols haven't scored a touchdown in their last 10 quarters. BetOnline still has a prop up on who the Tennessee coach is for the start of the 2018 season and Chip Kelly remains the +325 favorite. Tennessee was a 24-point dog vs. the Tide a few months back. The Crimson Tide have won the past 10 in this series and covered in seven. I couldn’t find any game where UT was this big of an underdog against anyone.