Spread 'Em! Top Week 8 College Football Picks Against The Spread

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets players celebrating

Doug Upstone

Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:09 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 12:09 PM GMT

After a tumultuous week in college football, everything stands to return to normal, at least by general standards. That does not mean upsets will not occur, likely just less prevalent, we think.

Though not leaning towards faves or dogs normally, I will be an alt-favorite bettor this week for selections, saving a pooch or two for Saturday Night Fever article here at SportsBookReview that you can take in Saturday around 4:00 Eastern.

Last week's college football picks had an unusual 1-0-2 record, taking season mark for this article to 11-7-3. Time to delve into this week's winners.
 

Minnesota Mauls Ugly Illinois Squad

After starting 3-0 under new coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota has been exposed and has lost first three Big Ten tilts. The largest issue has been defense, where their defensive linemen cannot get off blocks and they lack speed in the back seven and allow too many big plays. Fortunately for the Golden Gophers, Illinois presents no such challenge and speed-wise on their entire roster. In the battle for the worse team in the conference, the Illini showed no fight and lost at home to Rutgers 35-24 last Saturday. Good step down in class for Minnesota and they take on Illinois club that is 4-13 ATS after one or more straight up losses the last three seasons.

Free NCAAF Pick: Minnesota (-13.5) coversBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Michigan State Mows Down Another Big Ten Foe

Indiana is playing hard in every game but has not learned how to take contests that could go either way in second half and turn them into Hoosiers wins. The Hoosiers gave their all in OT loss to Michigan team that was beatable and will face a Michigan State squad that has regained its swagger and is 5-1 (4-2 ATS). Indiana has to protect the ball better, because -9 turnover margin will doom them again since they are 1-10 and 3-8 ATS at East Lansing since 1992. The Spartans hung on for victory at Minnesota and are growing in confidence weekly and are No.5 in total defense, which will not help the Hoosiers. While not expecting a blowout, look for Sparty to take the recent home record in the second half of the season to 7-0 ATS against Indiana.

Free Football Pick - Michigan State (-7) coversBest Line Offered: Bodog

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Going Against the Grain in ACC Affair

In surveying the landscape, supposed sharps and the betting public is against this selection. Even sportsbooks have been forced to adjust their college football odds on Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, from the Yellow Jackets, favored by -8.5 down to -5.5. The Demon Deacons have been strong defensively in giving up just 16.2 PPG. After a good start, the Wake offense has slowed against better defenses and in their past three contests, as they have only averaged 17.6 PPG. Georgia Tech is off their second hard to swallow setback, this time against Miami, losing in the fourth quarter 25-24. The Yellow Jackets will either be fired up out of frustration or flat. I'm going with the former and Wake Forest has not faced this Jackets offense in seven years which could wear them down. In addition, the Rambling Wreck is 15th in total defense and conceding just 20.2 PPG and wins by 10 or more.

Free NCAAF Pick: Georgia Tech (-4.5) coversBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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