Best of the best is back! We went a perfect 2-0 with our best of the best bets for CFB last week and we’re also sneaking up on 50% overall for our individual best bets of the week. Next mission? Risky business.
Feeling good about the teasers we’ve put together for week 8 and looking forward to making up some ground in what has been a volatile CFB season thus far, to say the least…
Take advantage of the matchups this week and always remember to bet smarter, not harder.
Q’s Best Bets (8-9 overall)
Coastal Carolina @ App State – Wednesday, 10/20 (7:30 PM EST)
Pick: Coastal Carolina -3.5
I’m willing to give love another shot when it comes to the Chanticleers. Despite having forsaken me in the past (missed their only spread of the season when I bullishly took them in week 3…) I still have a ton of respect for this squad. While App State is always a scary team to bet against when they’re playing the spoiler role at home, Coastal is coming off a bye week and a victory in this divisional matchup would cement their spot atop the Sun Belt Conference. Grayson McCall is putting together quite the highlight reel of a season and he’s throwing to an NFL caliber TE in Isaiah Likely. The Mountaineers defense has been far from stellar this year so I’m fully expecting McCall and Co. to feast on a subpar secondary all night long. As long as the Chanticleers can somewhat keep the App State run game in check (which is admittedly very solid) then they should be able to pull away late. Banking on Coastal to cover their first single digit spread of the year and win by a TD+.
Clemson @ Pittsburgh – Saturday, 10/23 (3:30 PM EST)
Pick: Total Points Under 48
I PROMISE THIS IS NOT A HOMER PICK! While I obviously have a ton of love for my Clemson Tigers, this season has obviously been a down year. That said, those disappointments have almost entirely been on the offensive side of the ball *cough* Tony Elliot *cough*. The Tigers defense is only allowing 12.5 points per game and Venables still has the boys playing with a lot of pride/passion despite the lackluster record up to this point. Clemson’s defense should be able to dish out a solid reality check to a Pitt offense that hasn’t faced an elite defense all year. Add to the mix Clemson’s surprisingly suspect offense this season going up against a stingy Pitt defense and you get a low scoring affair that will more than likely be decided by 1 score or less. I think the only risk to the under in this one would be Clemson’s offense finally coming back to life but, unfortunately, I have to think that won’t be the case at this point. Looking for a defensive battle in this matchup and who knows… maybe the Tigers actually come away with a win as well.
DPJ’s Best Bets (5-8-1 overall)
UTSA @ LA Tech – Saturday, 10/23 (7:00 PM EST)
Pick: UTSA -6.5
The Roadrunners are the hottest team in College Football right now and it is time to jump on this bandwagon while we still can. San Antonio continues to roll through Conference USA with a balanced attack coming from QB Frank Harris and RB Sincere McCormick (Sincere, what a name). This is the Roadrunners first week in program history being ranked in the top 25 and I see that as motivation for them to keep charging forward. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech comes in having lost two games in a row and three of their last four. Things are moving in the wrong direction for the Bulldogs and this matchup could end up looking pretty similar to what they saw last week vs UTEP (19-3 loss). I would expect UTSA to establish a lead early and grind LA Tech down in the second half, cruising to a double digit victory.
BYU @ Washington State – Saturday, 10/23 (3:30 PM EST)
Pick: Washington State +4.5
WSU coach Nick Rolovich was canned this week after a long battle with the WSU administrators as he refused to get vaccinated. Whether or not Rolovich is an idiot remains to be seen (he most likely is), but his players seem to be pretty fired up over the decision. Starting QB Jayden de Laura voiced his support saying “we have no issue with Coach Rolo” and that he “respects his decision”. Either the whole team hates him and they are happy he is gone, OR they love him and will be playing hard for him this week after he was dismissed. Either way, I like the Cougars to hand BYU their third loss in a row. This season has quickly fallen apart for BYU and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Other Action (6-8 Overall)
Oklahoma State @ Iowa State: OK State +7
Best of the Best Bets – DPJ & Q approved (4-8 Overall) (2-0 Week 7)
Ohio State @ Indiana – Saturday, 10/23 (7:30 PM EST)
Pick: Ohio State -19
The Buckeyes look to keep the freight train rolling as they head down to Bloomington for a matchup with Indiana. OSU has won every game by 3+ scores since losing to Oregon in week 2. They have rounded into form and need to keep kicking the shit out of teams in order to secure not only a CFP berth but ideally a 2 or 3 seed to avoid a potential matchup with Georgia in the first game. There is still a lot of season left but this stuff is incredibly important when the committee looks at resumes…it’s a no-brainer that they not only need to beat Indiana but they need to plant another 3+ score W in Bloomington. I don’t have many words to write about the Hoosiers other than their defense is 69th (nice) in the country in rush yards allowed per game, and their offense is atrocious. How does an OSU 45-13 final score sound? – DPJ
Risky Business (1-10 Overall)
3 Team – 6 Point Teaser (+180 odds): Ohio State (-13.5), Notre Dame (-0.5), Texas A&M (-14)
3 Team – 7 Point Teaser (+130 odds): LSU (+17), Clemson (+10.5), Oklahoma State (+14)
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