Week 8 College Football Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:51 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 1:51 PM UTC

I already gave you my thoughts in the big Notre Dame vs. Florida State game, so let's hit some other games on full slate of Saturday college football games. "Let's do this"; Here are your winning betting picks as a chill of fall hits some of the northern regions.

Washington Huskies (5-1) vs. #9 Oregon Ducks (5-1)

Perfect Scenario
Although the betting spread is quite large, this is a series that the Ducks have owned, winning the last 11 matchups between these two teams and Heisman candidate and Ducks quarterback, Marcus Mariotta, has been perfect this season with a quarterback rating of 193.7. This is the highest rating in the nation for any starting quarterback. Is there any way that the Huskies, who only have one loss on their resume, can pull off the upset as a 3 touchdown dog?


How Good Is He?
This year of 17 touchdown passes thrown and no interceptions isn't a fluke for Marcus Mariotta. Over his career, the junior QB has thrown 80 touchdowns an just 10 interceptions. Mariotta doesn't force the issue. In fact, he only threw the football 27 times in last week's 42-30 victory over UCLA in which he finished up with 210 yards and 2 touchdowns thrown. Mariotta is more concerned about winning than statistics and personal achievements. Look for Mariotta to be effective in this game against an average Huskies defense which allows 21.3 points per game.

Mariotta's has a wide array of targets to deliver the football to, but his favorite on is freshman Devon Allen. While Allen doesn't lead the team in receptions, he's the guy that they look for in the red zone. Thus far Allen has accounted for 1/3 of Marcus Mariotta's touchdown throws. Oregon has an equally effective running game with freshman, Royce Freeman, leading the way. Freeman is coming off of his biggest game to date as he rushed for 121 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Washington is a primarily rushing team and I look for them to bleed the clock on the ground as they can't compete with the Oregon offense. Although Cyler Miles is quite capable of passing the ball with 9 touchdowns and no picks, expect to see a large dose of running backs Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington on the ground. Washington is coming off of a 31-7 defeat of Cal and needs to be taken serious or this game could be closer than expected.

College Football Pick: Washington +21 at 5Dimes

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Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (6-0)

The Art of Defense
I'm sure that Eli and Archie Manning are very proud of their alma mater as Ole Miss is in contention for the national title and has a defense that can stop the best teams in the country.

Thus far this season, Ole Miss ranks 2nd in the nation, allowing just 11.8 points per game. They have wins over Texas A&M and Alabama on their resume and have held both teams to 20 points or less. With senior, Bo Wallace, having a stellar season at quarterback (15 TD, 6 INT, 1700 yards), this team has the perfect balance on each side of the ball and Tennessee will need to play a perfect game to even compete in this game.

Tennessee is coming off of a 45-10 win over the Chattanooga Mocs, but the level of competition in this game is much higher. The Vols are capable of passing and running the football but have only 5 rushing touchdowns on the season. Look for the Rebels defense to hold the Volunteers to under 100 yards rushing for the game and Tennessee will need to rely on the arm of senior Justin Worley.

Worley has had a very solid season with a touchdown thrown to interception ratio of 2 1/2 to one. In other words, he doesn't force the ball, but I could see him possibly forcing the ball more than normal in this game .While Worley has several serviceable targets to throw thew football to, Marquez North will be one that he will be focused on. North is a big target at 6 foot 4 , 221 pounds and is quite capable of getting the football in the endzone.

This game should be no problem for Bo Wallace. He has the better football team to support him and will Ole Miss should rule time of possession with their defense sending Tennessee's offense to the sidelines often.

College Football Pick: Ole Miss -16 at 5Dimes

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