TGIS Ten Piece – Week 8

By: Nick Radivoj

The upsets are beginning to take place as Week 7 left us with 2 Top 10 teams going down and earning their first loss of the season in USC and Alabama. Should we expect another one? Recapping Week 7, we went 7-3 on the weekend improving us to 40-30 (57%) on the year. Still plenty of exciting match ups in Week 8 as we have 5 Top 25 matchups. Let’s not waste anymore time and get to the picks!

Virginia (2-4) at Georgia Tech (3-3)

When: 7 PM on 10/20

Line: GT -3

O/U: 45.5

Growing up a Georgia Tech fan, I couldn’t resist the chance to talk about them on a relatively quiet week around College Football. Georgia Tech, funny enough, controls their own destiny in terms of winning the ACC Coastal division and playing in the ACC Championship. They are coming off 2 straight wins after letting go of HC Geoff Collins and are sitting at 3-3 on the year with a 2-1 ACC record. Meanwhile, Virginia shows to be one of the worst teams in the conference as they are currently 0-3 in conference play. Georgia Tech has captured lightning in a bottle now and continues their hot streak behind interim HC Brent Key.

The Play: Georgia Tech -3

Kansas (5-2) at Baylor (3-3)

When: 12 PM on 10/22

Line: Baylor -8

O/U: 59.5

Both teams enjoyed their short stay in the Top 25 as they find themselves on the outside looking in now. Even after their QB Jalon Daniels went down, Kansas still found some fire power on offense putting up over 40 in their defeat against Oklahoma. Baylor is also coming off a loss of their own as they lost to West Virginia 43-40 in Week 7 action. Really not too much to dive into here as Kansas shows repeatedly that their defense can’t stop a nosebleed but contains an offense to put up points with the best of them. Points and a lot of them.

The Play: Over 59.5

#14 Syracuse (6-0) at #5 Clemson (7-0)

When: 12 PM on 10/22

Line: Clemson -13.5

O/U: 50

The final 2 undefeated ACC teams are set to square off and catapult both of themselves hire in the polls with a victory. Both Syracuse QBs Garrett Shrader and Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei have looked better than expected thus far this year but still show signs of lacluster play which could be capitalized on at any point. Clemson held a multiscore lead last week against Florida State but allowed the Seminoles to slowly creep back into the contest winning by only 6 at the end. I think they come back home and levelset their minds as they look to show the College Football world that they are back and should be noticed as a National Championship contender. Clemson dominates Cuse at home and tells the Orange to see them basketball season.

The Play: Clemson -13.5

#7 Ole Miss (7-0) at LSU (5-2)

When: 3:30 PM on 10/22

Line: LSU -1.5

O/U: 66.5

Ole Miss finds themselves entering Baton Rouge with an undefeated record and finds themselves atop the SEC West by themselves for the first time this year. Will their time at the top be short lived? I believe so as Jackson Dart and the Rebels team suffer their first loss of the season. They’ve shown signs of slipping the past few weeks and it may catch up with them here as LSU brings a different type of atmosphere and play they haven’t seen yet this year. Ole Miss accustomed to their 3-3-5 defense to slow down passing offenses will collide with an LSU ground game which may provide them an advantage.LSU takes this at home to find their 6th win in Brian Kelly’s short time as head coach.

The Play: LSU -1.5

#9 UCLA (6-0) at #10 Oregon (5-1)

When: 3:30 PM on 10/22

Line: Oregon -6

O/U: 70.5

Will another undefeated California team go down this weekend? After USC went on the road last weekend as underdogs losing to Utah, UCLA continues the trend as underdogs travelling to Eugene, Oregon. Dorian Thompson Robinson has rejuvenated a Bruin offense which high QB player looking like a different player this year. DTR brings a fun combination of athleticism combined with arm strength which is a deadly combo when finally tuned. Oregon continues their hot streak after falling to Georgia first game of the season behind Bo Nix. Both offenses are high powered and could easily fly over this total but not often do we recommend shooting over 70 point totals. Rather, we take the points with a hungry Bruin team who may suffer their first loss of the season but under a touchdown.

The Play: UCLA +6

#20 Texas (5-2) at Oklahoma State (5-1)

When: 3:30 PM on 10/22

Line: Texas -6

OU: 64.5

Ewers and the Longhorns were almost caught sleeping last weekend barely prevailing over Iowa State late. This could be because of a rather young Texas team or because of the fat they were looking ahead to this game and I believe the latter is more likely. Texas brings into town a rather scary combination with HC Sark’s offensive mind combined with DC Gary Patterson defensive game planning.. Spencer Sanders and the Cowboys almost upset division rival TCU last weekend but ended up losing in a game needing 2 overtimes. The team will surely be exhausted and deflated after leading for a majority of that game. Longhorn nation adds insult to injury as Ewers earns another win in his young career.

The Play: Texas -6

#24 Mississippi State (5-2) at #6 Alabama (6-1)

When: 7 PM on 10/22

Line: Alabama –21

O/U: 62

Alabama suffers there first loss to Tennesee in 15 years and come back home to face yet another Top 25 team in Mississippi State. Oddly, Mississippi State has been the opponent to face Alabama the past 3 times they have suffered a regular season loss. Unfortunately for them, the past 2 times have not been well for them and neither will this time s Alabama will surely get right in this game. I would love to be a fly on the wall in a Nick Saban practice right now as the team has continuously beat themselves with penalties and careless turnovers and it finally caught up to them. Will Anderson, Dallas Turner, and the defense will get back to playing elite football while Bryce gets the offense back clicking.

The Play: Alabama -21

Minnesota (4-2) at #16 Penn State (5-1)

When: 7:30 PM on 10/22

Line: Penn State -5

O/U: 44.5

Penn State comes back home after suffering their first loss of the season on the road against Michigan. Giving this one away early as I’m riding with the Nittany Lions here in a comeback spot for a night game in Happy Valley. They welcome in a Gopher team who has stumbled to score as of late having not surpassed 17 points in either of their past 2 games. Penn State and the night time atmosphere will keep Minnesota’s offense locked up while star RB Nicholas Singleton will show the world why he needs to be a household name. Penn State keeps their Big 10 hopes alive as they move to 6-1 on the year.

The Play: Penn State -5

Texas A&M (3-3) at South Carolina (4-2)

When: 7:30 PM on 10/22

Line: Texas A&M -3.5

O/U: 45

Death, taxes, and Texas A&M overs. This will be the recipe for success this year until th trend finally turns for us. TAMU has yet to show any explosion on offense but have shown time and time again to have a strong defense willing to play all 60 minutes. Jimbo does what he does best and leads a mediocre game plan up and down the field as clock burns quickly for us. TAMU defense will bottle up Spencer Rattler for a heavy part of the night and unless a few turnovers will lead to quick scores I think we can ship this one in.

The Play: Under 45

#17 Kansas State (5-1) at #8 TCU (6-0)

When: 8 PM on 10/22

Line: TCU –3.5

O/U: 58.5

TCU remains undefeated as they come from behind to take down Oklahoma State in double overtime last weekend. They look to stay perfect as they welcome in a Top 25 Kansas State team who always seems to find themselves playing spoilers. Kansas State has demonstrated capability to win games multiple ways either in a defensive battle or a offensive shootout and their opponent here my indicate what wy this goes as TCU has scored over 38 in every game thus far. Max Duggan and the Horned Frog offense stays hot and Kansas State is left with no other choice but to run with them.

The Play: Over 58.5

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