Bulldog Dave’s Week 8 College Football Picks

Another winning week last week so let’s look for some winners this week!

Utah -7 vs. USC

I expected this USC team to get better once freshman QB JT Daniels got settled in but it hasn’t happened. I had USC last week against Colorado and was lucky to get the cover because USC looked disorganized and Clay Helton hasn’t done anything to dispel my thinking that he is just not a good coach.  Meanwhile, Utah looks like a team on a mission this year with one of the best defenses and special teams in the PAC-12 and coach Whittingham has them running some very innovative offensive bunch sets that are creating chunk yards.  I like the Utes here to cover.

 

Washington State -2.5 vs Oregon

The Cougars are playing very well this year and Mike Leech has that air raid really humming with his new QB Gardner Minshew.  Gameday is coming to town for the first time in the history of the program which should have them jacked up for the game.  Meanwhile, Oregon is coming off a huge emotional win vs. Washington and is in a really tough spot here.  I like Wash St to cover here.

 

Arizona +10 at UCLA

Arizona has not been playing well lately but I think there is just too much value here to pass up.  Our SSA line for this game is UCLA -1 and with Khalil Tate out I think a lot of folks are jumping on UCLA but backup Rhett Rodriguez (Rich Rod’s son) is a decent passing QB and might actually improve this offense since Tate couldn’t really run the last few weeks anyway.  I like the Wildcats to keep this one close and cover here.

 

Marshall +3 vs FAU

I think the wrong team is favored here as this FAU team just isn’t as good as last year and much worse than people thought.  The Lane train has struggled to win or cover any spreads this year and Marshal has some real playmakers on offense that should give them the edge here.  I like the home dog to win outright here.

 

Temple -3 vs Cincinnati

Temple has been much better than I expected here and I think they have what it takes to hand the Bearcats their first loss.  They have a very good defense led by future NFL QB and walking Key and Peele Skit waiting to happen Rock Ya-Sin and a great rushing attack which should give them the edge here.  I’ll roll with Temple at home to cover here.

 

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