5 College Football Games Worth Watching In Week 8
The Big Game
#15 Texas A&M (5-1) at #24 Ole Miss (5-2) – Saturday, October 24 (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS)
Ole Miss have slipped out of title contention, but they’re likely to give Texas A&M (fresh off a rough loss to Alabama) all they can handle in Week 8. The Aggies are in a tough spot as ‘Bama exposed some real weaknesses Texas A&M has to sort out. Turnovers and an underwhelming run defense were picked on by the Crimson Tide and the Aggies could be vulnerable again in those categories on Satuday but that would require the Rebels turn improve at running back in a hurry. This SEC showdown has some big consequences attached. The losing club seems destined to drop in the Top 25 with Ole Miss in danger of falling off the map entirely. Ole Miss are favoured by six at home.
Four More To Watch
#3 Utah (6-0) at USC (3-3)- Saturday, October 24 (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA)
Can the Utes keep up their surprise run as a national title contender? The next test comes against USC who’ve been dealing with the exit of former coach Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans managed to rack up 600+ yards in their loss to Notre Dame last week, so Utah will need to clamp down on D, increase their scoring or some combination of both. Utah, a three point underdog, has shown the ability to knock off high profile opponents like Michigan and Oregon so they have the nerve to come through in the clutch. The Utes have a not too terrifying schedule after their visit to Los Angeles with an undefeated season looming as a real possibility.
#6 Clemson (6-0) at Miami (4-2) – Saturday, October 24 (Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL)
Speaking of unlikely title threats looking to go 7-0, Clemson have an early afternoon appointment with ACC rival Miami. The Tigers have enjoyed spectacular play out of pivot Deshaun Watson (multiple TD passes in every game) and their defense is ranked 10th in the nation. Miami will aim to counter this with Brad Kaaya’s quality work at QB. Kaaya hasn’t thrown a pick since mid-September, a point of pride Clemson hopes to eliminate with CB Mackensie Alexander and S Jayron Kearse in the secondary. Clemson is favoured by six-and-a-half.
Western Kentucky (6-1) at #5 LSU (6-0) – Saturday, October 24 (Tiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA)
Western Kentucky doesn’t exactly have A-List name value, but the Hilltoppers are a sneaky threat to LSU’s place in the national title picture. WKU has a powerhouse offense that can go cleat-to-cleat with any school in college football and they’ve got the 44 points-per-game average to back that up. The Tigers are no slouch on offense either, especialy with superstar rusher Leonard Fournette (1202 yards on the ground and counting) getting an ample amount of touches. LSU, a 17 point home favourite, will need to keep their eyes on Saturday’s mission before looking ahead to their huge game in Alabama next weekend.
Tennessee (3-3) at #8 Alabama (6-1) – Saturday, October 24 (Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL)
Tennessee’s 2015 college football campaign’s been nothing to write home about. That said, a win over Alabama would certainly be welcome in The Volunteer State. The Vols could deal a serious blow to ‘Bama’s national title dreams with a win in Tuscaloosa. (Alabama’s favoured by 15.5 ) The Crimson Tide are currently in redemption mode aiming to scratch and claw their way back into a shot at the National Championship. Nick Saban’s defense has been tremendous of late.
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