Top NCAA Football Picks For Week 8 Thursday Card

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:49 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 3:49 PM UTC

Thursday night offers three college games and we have opinions on all of them. Let’s see what the college football odds makers are hanging on these contests and sweep the board!


Swinger’s 2016 College Football Record: 6-8 ATS


Miami Florida (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) vs. Virginia Tech (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS)

The Hurricanes won last year’s meeting 30-20, installed as three-point home chalk by the college football odds makers. But this season they travel to Blacksburg to meet a Hokies team fresh off a stunning 31-17 loss to lightly regarded Syracuse, as 22-point favorites. The conventional wisdom holds that they will bounce back and thrash Miami but I say not so fast, because the ‘Canes are licking their wounds after dropping a pair of hotly contested games against FSU and North Carolina. The Hokies are not nearly as good as the public believes and we look for an upset here, but we’ll grab the points just in case.

Free College Football Pick: Miami +6 ½ Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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 Troy (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) vs. South Alabama (3-3 SU, 2-4 ATS)

The Sun Belt Conference is the orphaned son of big-time college football but sometimes the unheralded games are those that can be exploited because of the lack of attention and money flowing on them. The Troy Trojans are the top dog in the conference for a reason and they will be playing the cellar-dwelling Jaguars.

The bottom line is that Troy is 4-0 ATS in their last four road contests while South Alabama is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. The Jaguars cannot run the ball – period. That makes them a one-dimensional offense and Troy is too good to allow a team like that to hang around, particularly on the road where they’ve been especially tough.

Free College Football Pick: Troy -8 Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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BYU (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) vs. Boise State (6-0 SU, 2-4 ATS)

Boise State has a 4-2 series edge over the Cougars but lost last year by the score of 35-24 at BYU. It is a different year, a different venue and so too will be the result will be different. The Broncos have a high-octane offense that BYU will be unable to contain. The Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games versus a team with a winning road record (like the Cougars) while BYU is 1-7 ATS in their last eight contests after gaining less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. The moon and the stars point to the home chalk in this one which is why I am including the Boise State Broncos in my college football picks.

Free College Football Pick: Boise State -6 ½ Best Line Offered: at BetOnline  

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