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Week 8 CFB Predictions

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Written by Cole Locascio

I'm joined this week by my co-host from the new weekly podcast show, "No Huddle", Caleb Parikh. We run through this week's matchups from across the nation to provide insight as well as our final score predictions.

 Tennessee @ #1 Alabama

Cole:

Doesn’t it seem like Alabama is getting sick of winning so much? I certainly hope so. After stomping the Razorbacks to a shut-out win last week, maybe the Vols can catch the Tide slipping in between a blowout win and the LSU game coming up on November 9th. I think Butch Jones has Tennessee on the right path to get this program back to a competitive state – too bad Nick Saban’s been on the very same path since ’09. Saban is taking things one step at a time, and he wouldn’t dare let his team look past anyone at this point, not even the Vols. Bama rolls, 34-20.

Caleb:

Both teams enter this game on emotional highs: Tennessee with its last second upset of South Carolina and Alabama with its 52-point trouncing of Arkansas.  However, there is no question that Alabama will come out on top in this game.  At the beginning of this season, Tennessee’s performances against Georgia and South Carolina might have warranted this game a serious look.  But now that we know the reality is that both of those teams were severely overrated, the real question is: can Bama’s top-ranked defense hold a Tennessee offense that isn’t even ranked in the top half of offenses in the country to single digits?  I say yes. Bama wins, 38-6.

UCLA @ Oregon

Cole:

Never, ever bet against the Ducks. I don’t care if they’re wearing pink and purple uniforms, Oregon will get the job done against the Bruins this week, no doubt about it. Sure, they may give up a few points - the Ducks defense has been pretty questionable all year, but there’s no question that the combination of Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas is one of the deadliest in the nation. Nobody will step in Oregon’s way…..until they meet Bama. The Ducks keep flying high, 52-34.

Caleb:

This game features two of the premier offenses in the country led by two Heisman candidates at quarterback (Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley).  While at face value it seems that UCLA could more than give Oregon a game, I have learned from personal experience to never pick against Oregon.  They always find a way to cover.  While I expect Jim Mora’s offense to score plenty against Oregon, I also expect Oregon to score quite a bit more.  Those who enjoy highlight after offensive highlight, tune in to this game. Oregon wins, 58-32.

Texas Tech @ Oklahoma

Cole:

The young and sexy (yeah, I said it) Kliff Kingsbury will be rolling into Norman this weekend to take on Boomer Sooner. Kingsbury’s Red Raiders are an exciting group to watch each week with their true-freshman quarterback, Baker Mayfield, leading the offensive charge. From what I’ve seen this season (which isn’t very much) out of the Sooners, this is a pretty lackluster squad that has no business being in the top 25, especially after suffering a rather embarrassing loss to the struggling Texas Longhorns. Texas Tech’s offense will overpower the Bob Stoops and the Sooners, as the Raiders from Lubbock will continue to truck on to victory, 41-28.

Caleb:

If anyone predicted that in his first year Ryan Gosling, ahem, Kliff Kingsbury was going to have the Red Raiders undefeated and in the top ten at any point this season, that man belongs in Vegas.  Texas Tech is rolling: averaging over 40 points per game and winning by an average margin of about 22 points each game.  On the flipside, Oklahoma is coming off a hard fought game against Kansas, yes Kansas, a team that TTU beat by 38 earlier this season.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Texas Tech not only covers the line on the road, but also picks up what would be a signature win on their schedule. The Red Raiders win this one, 34-30.

Clemson @ Maryland

Cole:

It was a pleasant sight to see Dabo get his rear-end handed to him on a silver platter by Famous Jameis Winston last week. Too bad Clemson will rebound this week against a Maryland team that has really taken a hit since their showing against the Seminoles. I bet Stefon Diggs wishes he was on the Plains after the last few weeks the Terrapins have been forced to hurdle. Get ready for another L on the record, Stefon, the Tigers will have your number in this one, 38-23.

Caleb:

If only it were three weeks ago, when both of these teams were not only undefeated and ranked but also sitting atop the ACC conference playing in a game that could have Championship implications.  Instead we have Clemson coming off an embarrassment at home and Maryland entering the game without its top two wideouts (Stefon Diggs, Deon Long).  I am a big Maryland fan and a huge Clemson hater, but I simply can’t pick Maryland in this game when it comes in without its two top offensive playmakers.  The only way Maryland stays in this game is with some uncharacteristically impressive defense and a career day from quarterback C.J. Brown.  It’s simply not happening. Clemson rebounds, 41-17.

Vanderbilt @ Texas A&M

Cole:

Kevin Sumlin better be providing Johnny Manziel with all of the deer antler spray he needs in order to play this Saturday. Matt Joeckel performed horribly against Auburn last week, as he missed a wide-open receiver in the endzone for what was a “should-have-been” touchdown to go up by two scores. The Aggies need to learn that in the SEC, every single team (besides Kentucky/Vandy) has a solid backup quarterback that is ready to take the charge when needed. If Manziel plays, aTm will run away with this one. If not, well, you better buckle up College Station, it’ll be a bumpy ride against a Commodore team with all of the confidence in the world.

With JF – W 45-27  / Without JF – L 31-28

Caleb:

Johnny Manziel (Football, Heisman, Legend, whatever) will most likely be suiting up on Saturday according to Kevin Sumlin, which is good news for aTm because Matt Joeckel simply cannot get the job done.  On the other hand, star Vandy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels may not be suiting up for the ‘Dores on Saturday (Vandy hasn’t named a starter at the time of this article).  While even my high school’s offense could score 30 on aTm’s defense, no one is stopping Johnny insert description here, even if he isn’t 100%. The Aggies win, 41-28.

South Carolina @ Missouri

Cole:

If you listened to this week’s edition of Auburn Incorporated’s new podcast, “No Huddle”, then you would know that I will be traveling to Columbia, Missouri this weekend for a “college visit”. Yeah, I guess I’ll go to this one - I might as well since I’m already in town. At least that’s what I told my mother when we already booked the plane and hotel tickets for my “college visit”. I’m thrilled to be able to attend this one, especially after the Tigers manhandled Florida last week to take a two game lead in the east. In case you missed it, Missouri is now down to just one scholarship quarterback on roster after the Tigers’ third string quarterback, Corbin Berkstresser, is now on the bench with an injury. Depth is dangerously low at the quarterback position, but I expect Maty Mauk to continue his high level of play against a struggling Gamecocks team. Missouri extends their comfortable lead in the east to basically clinch an SEC title game berth, 34-28.

Caleb:

Two weeks ago, I would’ve been a huge Mizzou fan going into this game.  Oh how the tables have turned, but that’s why we love college football.  Mizzou will be entering its second game with redshirt freshman Maty Mauk taking snaps six yards behind center, but he will be sure to rely on his solid supporting cast (LaDanian Washington, Dorial Green-Beckham, Henry Josey) as he is sure to have his hands full dodging an impressive South Carolina pass rush headlined by this year’s incarnation of Manti Te’o (yes, Jadaveon Clowney).  Ordinarily I would take SCar in a heartbeat, but with Dylan Thomas under center instead of stud quarterback Connor Shaw, I have to ride the hot hand. Mizzou pulls it out, 27-20.