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WEEK 8 NCAA Footall Picks - late games

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3:30 pm TCU at West Virginia (-6 1/2, 65 1/2) - Having possibly the best defense in the conference, the Mountaineers have allowed just 97 points en route to a 5-0 mark. By contrast, the Horned Frogs have allowed nearly twice that number (180), albeit in six games.

Hard to be confident in the Mountaineers, however, as last season they were hammered at TCU, 40-10, the culmination of a four-game losing streak. TCU's two losses have been to quality foes, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and by narrow margins. If West Virginia does win, it's unlikely to be by much.

Coin Flip: TCU

Prediction: Horned Frogs 31 Mountaineers 28


3:30 pm Texas A&M at Alabama (-18 1/2, 58 1/2) - It may be time to stop taking a stand against the Tide, because it seems to be rolling in with increasing force. Alabama torched Tennessee last week, 49-10, improving to 4-0 in the SEC and 7-0 overall. They're not #1 for nothing, though 6-0 A&M (also 4-0 in the conference), could pull off a major upset and take over the lead in the SEC West with a win.

According to what the college football world has been witnessing the past six to eight weeks - the maturation of a solid national title contender - chances for an Aggie win on Tide turf is unlikely and the wise move is to not stand against the rising Tide.

Coin Flip: Texas A&M

Prediction: Crimson Tide 45 Aggies 20


3:30 pm Memphis (-2, 56 1/2) at Navy - Here's the second big tilt in the American Athletic conference. The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the AA, trailing Navy, which is 4-1 and 3-0 in conference play. Navy's 46-40 win over Houston in Annapolis put them firmly on the path for a solid bowl bid and a win here could catapult the Middies even further.

Memphis will have to deal with Navy's shifty runners in their option offense, always a chore, and they have the added disability of playing in Navy's yard, a raucous environment. The Tigers should be equal to the task. Their only loss was at Ole Miss. Otherwise, they've largely pummeled the opposition, but this won't be easy.

Coin Flip: Memphis

Prediction: Tigers 34 Midshipmen 31



8:00 pm Ohio State (-19 1/2, 58 1/2) at Penn State - What used to be a good, hard-hitting, crunching good time or two powerhouse teams has become a little more than a ritual of late, as the Buckeyes have returned to national prominence and the fates have not been kind to the Nittany Lions.

Penn State has a decent football team at 4-2, but their 49-10 loss at Michigan tells the real story. They're good, but the Wolverines and Buckeyes are clearly the class of the Big Ten this season. Ohio State will not be stopped.

Coin Flip: Penn State

Prediction: Buckeyes 42 Nittany Lions 14


8:00 pm Oklahoma (-14, 85) at Texas Tech - Don't look for defensive stars in this game because they're likely to be gasping for breath on the sidelines most of the game. This is about who can move the ball up and down the field with the fewest number of plays, in the shortest amount of time, with a minimum of turnovers.

Give Tech a slight edge on the first two, but the Sooners a massive plus on the last one. Oklahoma may scoop and score two or three times here. The Red Raiders are also not good on defense. How not good? They lost to Arizona State back on September 10, 68-55, and their last two games were both losses, 44-38, at Kansas State, and 48-17, vs. West Virginia last week at home.

Coin Flip: Texas Tech

Prediction: Sooners 57 Red Raiders 38


9:00 pm Ole Miss at LSU (-6, 60 1/2) - Ole Miss was once again bright down to earth last week, losing late at Arkansas, 34-30, evening their record at 3-3. Sure, the Rebels losses are to quality teams (Florida State, Alabama, Arkansas), but a really good team is supposed to beat those teams.

Coming off back-to-back wins over questionable opponents (42-7 over Mizzou; 45-10 over Southern Miss.). the Tigers are 4-2 and will have to avoid looking ahead to next week's meeting with #1 Alabama. LSU looks the better of the two teams on the field this weekend, but not by much. The Rebels may stage an uprising.

Coin Flip: LSU

Prediction: Rebels 32 Tigers 30


10:00 pm Washington State (-7, 65) at Arizona State - Not sure what the Washington State fight song sounds like, but Cougar fans should be singing it loudly now that their team has run off four straight wins after an 0-2 start. The Cougars have neaten Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA in succession, probably for the first time in school history.

At 5-2, Arizona State has proven ability to move the ball and score in bunches, as does Washington State, but the Cougars have the makings of an imposing defense, one which may assert itself early in this important road test.

Coin Flip: Arizona State

Prediction: Cougars 45 Sun Devils 27

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