Week 8 College Football Picks: Let The Good Times Roll

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On a complete side note from our football picks, we would like to offer all of you a solace piece of advice: enjoy the fuck out of your time in college. We aren’t saying this because we miss all of the promiscuous ragers, women, and overall drug infused lifestyle–but dammit, do we miss that. The real reason we offer this piece of advice is because the real world is actually pretty demanding. I’ve been working this article around my damn schedule with coffee in one hand and typing on the other during my morning commute, analyzing picks on the shitter and sending notes to my email at work, and so on. Life is good when your only responsibilities are to show up to clicker classes and learn just enough to get a degree. Cherish it.

Alright, alright, enough with the soapbox. Week seven was another winner. We pushed the lock but shot 65 percent on the other 11 games. Let’s get into week eight.

TSG Lock Of The Week:

Cincinnati @ SMU

Spread: Cincinnati -13
TSG Pick: Cincinnati -13
Summary: Cincinnati scored 34 points against a pretty terrible Miami squad, and we expect the team to put up at least five touchdowns on the road against SMU. The Mustangs are still only averaging one touchdown per game, and with all of these crazy spreads, this one looks to be the safest bet.

Baylor @ West Virginia

Spread: Baylor -7.5
TSG Pick: Baylor -7.5
Summary: The Bears played through their scare of the season and showed they had some steel balls when their back is against the wall. With this clusterfuck of teams still in the playoff picture, Baylor will head east for an early morning kickoff, sleepwalk through the first half before getting its morning jolt, and earn a convincing road win against a tough and underrated Mountaineers team. Baylor wins by two touchdowns.

Kansas State @ Oklahoma

Spread: Oklahoma -7
TSG Pick: K-State +7
Summary: K-State’s only loss came in a hard fought battle against the defending SEC champions, Auburn. With a competent field goal kicker, it would have pulled off this upset. Oklahoma squeaked out of the Red River Shootout to demonstrate its previous top five ranking was a complete scam. Oklahoma stats against decent opponents aren’t impressive. Kansas State will show up and give the Sooners a better game than the Longhorns did this past week. We aren’t saying take the money line on the Wildcats, but expect them to keep this within a touchdown ballgame.

Washington @ Oregon

Spread: Oregon -21
TSG Pick: Washington +21
Summary: Oregon needs more big wins to bulk up its résumé; however, Washington isn’t a team the Ducks will earn them from. It seems as though most of the pre-season top ranked teams are only a shell of themselves, and Oregon is no exception. This inexperienced Oregon team up against the ever improving Fighting Chris Petersens will find one way or another to let this game remain closer than their talent should allow for.

Furman @ South Carolina

Spread: USC -38
TSG Pick: Furman +38
Summary: A five-plus touchdown spread is usually a trap, and this one is no different. South Carolina has played a brutal schedule to date and even coming off of its bye week is still looking to recover and get as many reps in for as many guys as it can before its daunting matchup with Auburn. Look for the Cocks to get out to a sizeable early lead and then get the backups in the game to slow the onslaught of points that are sure to keep coming otherwise.

Texas A&M @ Alabama

Spread: Bama -12.5
TSG Pick: A&M +12.5
Summary: Sumlin’s hurry up offense will keep ‘Bama on its heels for the majority of the game. The Crimson Tide has snuck out of a few close victories and has an uncanny ability to hide its deficiencies on defense to win ballgames. There is no reason to believe the Tide won’t continue this trend on its home field, but expect A&M to put up some points and keep the game within reach all afternoon.

Oklahoma State @ TCU

Spread: TCU -9
TSG Pick: TCU -9
Summary: TCU has put together one hell of a show this football season. The Horned Frogs have finally matched their notable defense with an explosive offense, led by a much improved Boykin at quarterback. Nine points is a long shot against a good team like Oklahoma State, but TCU earned a season’s worth of confidence in Waco even in defeat.

Georgia @ Arkansas

Spread: Arkansas +3.5
TSG Pick: Arkansas +3.5
Summary: Arkansas has proven notorious to covering the spread but is still finding a way to lose this season. That all changes this weekend. Arkansas is fighting to keep its bowl hopes alive, and we don’t expect that hope to die this week. Arkansas will get out to an early lead and force the Bulldogs to throw more than they are comfortable. This will allow the Razorbacks to put it all together and finally close one out, pulling off the upset.

Missouri @ Florida

Spread: Florida -5.5
TSG Pick: Mizzou +5.5
Summary: Mizzou is just a frustrating team to be a fan of. The Tigers are this year’s football version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Will Maty Mauk learn how stay in the pocket and deliver a strike? Can the Tigers put together a drive longer than four plays? If they can, Florida shouldn’t be a problem. The Mizzou defense is the real deal if it can get more than 30 seconds to rest at a time. Mizzou should be able to hold Florida to three touchdowns. Can the Tigers reciprocate with three of their own? We bet they can.

Notre Dame @ Florida State

Spread: FSU -12
TSG Pick: FSU -12
Summary: Notre Dame has found a way to jump into the playoff talks again. However, FSU will quickly shut up these ignorant ESPN pundits. Controversy or not, Jameis is poised to put up huge numbers against the Golden Domers’ defense, which will be missing its starting safety to injury.

Stanford @ Arizona State

Spread: Stanford -3.5
TSG Pick: Arizona State +3.5
Summary: The Pac-12 seems to be wide open right now. ASU understands what it can gain with a win against a top 25 team; major bowl talks, recruits, an even bigger after-party, etc. Bettors leaning toward the Sun Devils are in a great position with that extra half point hanging over the field goal spread difference. An ASU win at home wouldn’t even be much of an upset, contrary to what the spread says.

There you have it, another 11 solid picks to keep the gravy train moving. Tweet us @TokenSportsGuys if you have any questions on games we didn’t pick or want to berate us for games we completely botched.

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