After going 3-2 last week our season total is 7-2. This is good, but I was honestly hoping for better. My two losses were Iowa +4.5, who ended up losing by…wait for it…5. After a missed 2-point conversion late in the 4th the spread was doomed. Missing by .5 always stings, but that’s part of the business.
My other loss was the Florida and LSU under. I heavily underestimated Florida’s offense, and won’t make that mistake again.
Here we go with our Week 8 CFB Picks.
UCLA @ Stanford
Sean’s Pick: Stanford -4
Stanford is coming in off two straight wins, while UCLA is coming in off 2 straight losses.
Stanford beat #15 ranked Washington by 10.
UCLA lost by 17 to Oregon State.
These teams are trending in opposite directions and it will show on the field. Stanford is finally getting back to near full strength. They are getting back to Stanford football, which is running the ball down the other teams throat, while playing stout defense.
They allowed just 13 point against Washington in a great defensive win.
Stanford RB Cameron Scarlett ran for over 150 yards with 33 touches in the win over Washington. Scarlett is an absolute work horse, 33 touches is a heavy workload for anyone. Look for them to keep feeding him the ball.
Laying less than a touchdown at home with the better team is a good bet.
Lay the points in this Thursday night match-up.
Lock in Stanford -4.
Florida @ South Carolina
Sean’s Pick: Florida -5
This game has a lot of interest behind it, considering the two games both these teams are coming off.
South Carolina just had the biggest upset of the season beating #3 Georgia in OT. While Florida had a shoot-out with LSU and ended up losing by 14.
The South Carolina game wasn’t all that fluke. They’re a good team and did outplay Georgia for the majority of that game. That doesn’t mean Georgia didn’t have a bad game.
Everyone (including myself) had a lot of questions, and some (once again including myself) doubted the Florida offense. Well on the biggest stage of their season, they showed up. Their offense looked great against LSU. They did lose by 14, but I can count on one hand the amount of teams that can compete with LSU, and Florida kept it interesting until late.
Florida is by far the more talented team. I don’t think this will be a blowout by any means, but we don’t need it to be. South Carolina showed what they are capable of but I expect the Florida defense to be lockdown and for this Florida offense to build off last week.
I just don’t see South Carolina repeating last weeks performance.
Lock in Florida -5.
Oregon @ Washington
Sean’s Pick: Oregon -3
This game should be a good one. A meeting between 2 ranked teams is always exciting.
Oregon ranked #12 and Washington #25.
I think that Oregon is an extremely balanced team. They have a potential NFL prospect at QB, and a light out defense allowing just over 8 points a game.
Justin Herbert is an absolute stud, he has 1600 passing yards with a 17/1 TD/INT ratio so far this season.
Oregon has only allowed double digits in a single game, and it was their week 1 loss vs. Auburn. Since then this team has learned so much and improved a lot.
Washington is coming in with a record of 5-2. Their two loses coming against Cal and Stanford. Notable that Oregon has beat both these teams so far this season.
Washington should be a great test for Oregon but I like what I have seen out of the Oregon offense and Justin Herbert. I’m backing the Ducks in this one.
Lock in Oregon -3.