Early College Football Betting Lines Worth A Look For Week 8

Matthew Jordan

Monday, October 19, 2015 2:02 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 2:02 PM GMT

Last week we had some huge games that separated some contenders from pretenders. Week 8 isn't quite as good of a schedule. But here are some interesting opening college football lines from BetOnline.

Clemson vs. Miami (+7)
Hurricanes coach Al Golden could potentially save his job with an upset of the Tigers. The Canes bounced back from a close loss at Florida State with a 30-20 win over Virginia Tech this past

Saturday. A loss there would have killed UM's chances of playing in the ACC Championship Game for the first time in school history. Unfortunately for the Canes, they lost starting linebacker and leading tackler Raphael Kirby in that victory. He will miss the rest of the season, ending his college career with a right knee injury. Kirby, a captain, has 44 tackles and he had started 19 straight games dating back to last season. He's the third linebacker the team has lost for the year. Clemson beat Boston College 34-17 on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Preseason ACC Player of the Year favorite Deshaun Watson had his best game of the year, throwing for 420  yards and three scores against what was the nation's No. 1 defense. It's the first meeting between these schools since 2010. Clemson is taking the heavy early lean.

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Indiana vs. Michigan State (-16.5)
This shapes up as potentially the ultimate letdown game for the Spartans. By now I'm  sure you've seen the replay of what happened in Ann Arbor on Saturday as MSU returned a fumbled punt attempt by Michigan for a touchdown as time expired in one of the most crazy and unlikely endings in college football history. The Spartans had a 0.2 percent chance of winning that game; all the Wolverines had to do was get the kick off and it was over. And all punter Blake O'Neill had to do was fall on the ball instead of trying to kick it after he fumbled the low snap. But he didn't and freshman Jalen Watts-Jackson returned it 38 yards for the touchdown -- dislocating his hip either while being tackled in the end zone or when his teammates piled on top of him in celebration. How is Sparty not a bit flat for Indiana, especially with another big game at Nebraska the following week? IU has lost three straight games but did put a scare into  No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 3. That was also in Bloomington. If Michigan played this week, I'd bet the house against UM as well for similar reasons but Jim Harbaugh's club is on a bye week.

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Iowa State vs. Baylor (-37)
This is the biggest spread on the College Football Odds board for Week 8. And that makes sense considering the Bears are on an offensive roll unlike any we have seen in college football history. They haven't scored less than 56 points yet in their six wins and have scored at least 62 in five straight. Do you realize that Bears receiver  Corey Coleman has 16 touchdown catches? That's already a single-season school record and obviously leads the nation by far. He's on pace to shatter the FBS single-season record of 27 receiving touchdowns. Coleman  needs to get some Heisman love, although most of that on Baylor is going to quarterback Seth Russell, who is also having a huge season. In Sunday's win over West Virginia, Russell joined former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III as the only player in Baylor history to pass for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in the same game.  Russell, who had five TD passes and one rushing vs. the Mountaineers, right now is the top contender for the Heisman to LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who remains the heavy betting favorite at sportsbooks. Iowa State allowed 66 points in a loss at Texas Tech a few weeks ago so Baylor might throw up 80. Baylor is 38-18-1 against the spread since the start of 2011, the best mark in the country.

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