College Football Week 8 Opening Lines

Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheering for their team

Doug Upstone

Monday, October 17, 2016 5:21 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 5:21 PM UTC

We head into the second half of the season and off the top, the majority of action looks a little dull. However, there are games that will have a tremendous impact if you are betting college football. Make sure to read this article before making your NCAAF picks.


For example, we immediately went to BetOnline, an industry leader in having the first offshore lines as well as fantastic bonuses, and began studying the college football odds in Texas A&M at Alabama, key ACC contests and possible trouble spots for unbeaten teams.

Please take a look at our early look-ins and what possible direction to consider for college football picks.


Can Texas A&M Even Compete with the Crimson Tide?

Alabama opened as -16.5 point home favorites against the Aggies. There are coaches in the SEC who think this might be Nick Saban's most talented and complete team across the board, which is mind-boggling. The truth is if the Tide play their best, they win and cover.

However, QB Trevor Knight is mature, played in a lot of big games and is capable of brilliance. If he makes big plays to excellent receivers and first downs with his feet, he gives Texas A&M a chance. Defensively, the Aggies have athletes and DC John Chavis has given Bama fits before. Should be fascinating!


Everything Matters in the ACC

We start on Thursday night with Miami at Virginia Tech. The loser is essentially done in the Coastal Division. Both teams are coming off dreary showings, with Hurricanes still lamenting Florida State loss and Hokies off North Carolina upset and having this game on deck and taking Syracuse lightly. Virginia Tech is a 4.5-point home favorite and whichever offense finds itself is your winner.

Virginia ended up being manhandled by Pittsburgh and North Carolina could do the same to the Cavaliers, just with more speed and big play capabilities. The Tar Heels are 10-point road favorites at all sportsbooks checked and watch for total, because if it is 65 or higher, North Carolina is built to play in those kinds of games.

N.C. State had Clemson beat and if Louisville plays like they did against Duke, the Wolfpack can still earn that big conference upset. The Cardinals are -18 at home and better be prepared to get whacked because N.C. State defense will knock your mouth guard loose.

Unbeatens Alert

Boise State might be 6-0 but are hardly impressively at 2-4 and in comes BYU, who plays everyone tough with physical style and never quitting. Not sure I would want to give 7.5-points to these Cougars even on the blue turf.

Who would have thought December 3rd battle between Baylor and West Virginia could be for Big 12 title? Setting up that way at the moment, but still, a lot of football before we get there and TCU comes to Morgantown as only +4.5 point underdogs. The Horned Frogs offense is potent, but defense is below average and if the Mountaineers 3-3-5 defense plays like they did at Texas Tech, they can win and cover this conflict.


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