College Football Week 8 Games With Biggest Line Moves

Ryan Higgins

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:14 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 9:14 PM UTC

Hit on two of three picks on the biggest spread moves in Week 7 of college football, correct on Bowling Green +31 at Toledo and Nebraska -3.5 at Indiana. Here are the three top Week 8  line moves at Bookmaker.

 Charlotte vs Marshall -13

This Conference USA game opened in the with Marshall at -18 at Bookmaker. I'm rather surprised this line has dropped because Charlotte is not a good program in just its second year of FBS action. The 49ers (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) come off a 27-26 homecoming loss to Florida International, blowing a 26-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Three penalties on Charlotte helped FIU rally. It was is the first time the 49ers allowed more than one score in the fourth quarter this season. On the bright side, the 39 yards rushing allowed by the 49ers were the lowest since they joined the FBS. Charlotte will be without cornerback Terrance Winchester and outside linebacker Jordan Starnes due to injuries for this one. This game no doubt will have extra meaning for Charlotte coach Brad Lambert as his first full-time coaching job was at Marshall starting in 1990. Marshall (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) is coming off its first conference win of the season, beating Florida Atlantic 27-21 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Thundering Herd didn't allow a second-half point. Marshall QB Chase Litton finished 27 of 39 passing with 330 yards and one touchdown – the 15th consecutive game he has thrown for a score. He's one of the better QBs in the conference. Both these teams are among the worst defensively in the nation. Last year, Marshall won in Charlotte 34-10.

NCAAF Free Pick: Marshall. Charlotte has covered just four of its past 17.

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Louisiana-Monroe vs New Mexico -17.5

The Lobos opened at -12.5 for this non-conference game. New Mexico (3-3) upset Air Force 45-40 last Saturday in a neutral-site game in Dallas. UNM's No. 2 national rushing offense had 373 yards against an Air Force defense that was No. 2 nationally against the run and had allowed 401 yards all season coming in. Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught a pass for another score. He tweaked a hamstring but should play. But questionable is quarterback Lamar Jordan with his own hamstring issue. The Lobos don't throw the ball much, but he had two TD passes among his three completions vs. Air Force and rushed for 51 yards. Senior Austin Apodaca likely would start against ULM if Jordan is unavailable. Apodaca, who started the Lobos’ first three games, played in relief of Jordan against Air Force. ULM (2-4) comes off a 40-34 win over Texas State to end a four-game losing streak. The Warhawks rushed 73 times for 298 yards in that one and they might have to keep sticking to the running game because starting QB Garrett Smith was lost to a season-ending injury early in the second quarter. So freshman Will Collins, who played well in Smith's place, gets his first start.

NCAAF Free Pick: New Mexico. ULM has covered one of its past 11 in October.

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Louisiana Tech vs Florida International +17

The Bulldogs were -14 on the opening line for this Conference USA matchup. Louisiana Tech (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) is a high-powered offensive team that ranks second nationally in passing (383.0 yards per game) and 13th in scoring (41.6 points) but they struggle to stop teams. The Bulldogs won 56-28 at UMass last time out as receiver Carlos Henderson had one of the great games in NCAA history with 12 catches for 326 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first receiver in NCAA history to have at least 325 yards and five touchdowns in a single game. Henderson is tied for the national lead with 10 touchdowns on the season, while he is ranked first in the nation with an average of 147.3 yards per game.  Ryan Higgins threw for 484 yards and those five scores in the win. In the last two weeks, Higgins is 59 of 78 passing with 938 yards and 10 touchdowns. FIU (3-4, 3-0 C-USA) rallied to beat Charlotte 27-26 as Alex McGough accounted for three touchdowns, including a 9-yard scoring pass to Jonnu Smith with 1:05 to play. The Panthers are not a good offensive team, averaging just 21.3 points per game. Louisiana Tech beat visiting FIU 27-17 last year.

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NCAAF Free Pick: Florida International only because it reached 17. I'm hoping for another half-point by kickoff.  FIU is 5-2 ATS in its past seven October games. 

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