College Football Picks: Home Teams Offer Valuable Bets This Saturday Night

David Lawrence

Thursday, October 8, 2015 6:22 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 6:22 PM UTC

You’re going to see some of the highest-ranked teams in the nation in the night games. How will these teams handle the challenge so we can take advantage of the best college football picks.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida State Seminoles
This is a game in which Florida State will try to win six straight games against Miami for the first time in the history of this storied modern-day college football rivalry. No one cared about Florida State and Miami in the 1970s, but from the 1980s and on, this rivalry has often been at the center of a college football season and its key twists and turns. Neither team’s offense looks very convincing right now – both teams, to be honest, are struggling heading into this game. Miami lost at Cincinnati in what was a big black eye for head coach Al Golden, believed by everyone in college football to be gone if he can’t win at least eight or nine games this regular season. Florida State won, but it barely got past Wake Forest in what was a very sloppy affair. Quarterback Everett Golson has yet to click with his receivers. He hasn’t yet played a game in 2015 which recalled the very best of his days at Notre Dame, before he transferred to Tallahassee. Florida State does, however, have a very sound defense, one which continuously shoulders the workload for the Seminoles and makes sure they don’t lose ground to Clemson in the ACC Atlantic Division race. Playing at home, Florida State should be able to stay unbeaten and maintain hopes that it can contend for yet another national title. Take the Seminoles with your college football picks.

College Football Pick: Florida State -8.5 at Pinnacle

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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The key point to make here is that Alabama has settled into the way it wants to play. What you saw last Saturday from the Crimson Tide in their lopsided win over Georgia was the kind of football Nick Saban expects from his team. Alabama emphasized the running game and didn’t need a lot from its passing game. The Tide were much more physical than Georgia up front, and they never truly relented. They scored on defense and special teams, and put the game away early. They didn’t make nearly as many mistakes as they did against Ole Miss a few weeks ago. They appear to be back to being “Alabama,” the force which has dominated college football for most of the past six years. Arkansas did win at Tennessee last week, but Tennessee is no Alabama. The Razorbacks will play a team in a completely different weight class. Alabama should smack the Hogs and cover the college football odds.

College Football Pick: Alabama -16.5 at Bovada

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TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats
It’s true that Kansas State might have to use a fifth-string quarterback, Kody Cook, in this game, and it’s true that the Wildcats have been ravaged by injuries to their offense. However, this game isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Kansas State still scored 34 points against Oklahoma State last weekend even with all of its offensive limitations. This game is in Kansas State’s stadium, at night, and a loud crowd will give support to a capable KSU defense as it goes against Trevone Boykin and the TCU offense. Don’t expect TCU to score very easily in this game, and don’t expect Kansas State to fail to score a few touchdowns. TCU might win, but this is going to be a close game just the same. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder successfully gets his teams prepared for moments such as this one. TCU might win, but it will be close.

College Football Pick: Kansas State +10 at Bookmaker

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