College football 2022, week 8, upset pick, lockdown, bad bet and the weirdest thing

Things are starting to take shape in the 2022 college football season. Week 8 can either prove to be solidifying or chaotic depending on what has been seen in previous seasons.

I took a week off last week to give my daughter to her wedding. Yes, a fall wedding on a football Saturday. Something I may never experience.

As I worried about the details of marriage and struggled with the emotions that come with seeing a girl get married, the world of college football decided to turn against it.

15 years of frustration finally came to an end in Knoxville, as the Vols secured a last-minute victory over Alabama. Pac-12 power USC was knocked down by Utah. Oklahoma had a corrective game and handed Kansas its second straight loss of the season, and Notre Dame found a way to lose to a struggling Stanford team.

In Week 7 no-surprises, No. 1 Georgia beat Vanderbilt, and James Franklin continued his bad luck against the top ten teams as Penn State was soundly beaten by Michigan.

Looking at my Week 6 picks before moving on to this week’s predictions.

upset: Like many across the country, I really wanted to believe in Kansas. Unfortunately, TCU had other plans and outscored the Jayhawks by a touchdown. While I narrowly missed the spread, I picked the most well.

To block: Mississippi State took Arkansas to the stake, like I thought they would, with a 40-17 beating of the Hawgs.

A 2-1 week on picks takes me to 9-7 on the season. Here are my picks for Week 8 with odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change.


Syracuse Orange


Clemson tigers


Saturday October 22

12:00 p.m. ET

College Football Week 8 Upset Pick: Syracuse Orange vs. Clemson Tigers

There are two big questions hovering around the ACC right now – is Clemson back and is Syracuse real?

We’ll have a good answer to both questions when the two meet at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC this weekend.

This game has the potential to be downright upset, and Clemson tends to leave a stink on the court at least once a season. With the Tigers 4-3 ATS this year and Syracuse 5-1, it’s hard not to pick the Orange to at least beat a 13.5 point spread, if not win the game.

We may see that number go down in the next few days, but I’d comfortably take Syracuse to beat any gap over 10. If this game was played in the Loud House, I’d even comfortably pick the Orange in outright upset.

Choice: tight and defensive battle, probably decided by a last minute basket. Syracuse beats the spread.

An SEC pick is on tap for our lock, and it doesn’t involve Georgia (which is out this week) or Alabama (which is apparently trying to find its defense among missing baggage on the road)


Texas A&M Aggies


Caroline from the south Game roosters


Saturday October 22

7:30 p.m. ET

College Football Week 8 Lockdown: Texas A&M Aggies vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

The old saying goes, when looking at spreads in a game like this, “someone knows something”. In that case, it’s probably that the Aggies aren’t as bad as their 3-3 record might indicate, and the Gamecocks are probably a bit worse than their 4-2 record.

Texas A&M is simply the best team, but the question is, which team will show up? South Carolina, on the other hand, went through a few cupcake games and upset a hobbled Kentucky team.

I just trust Texas A&M to make fewer mistakes than Spencer Rattler will, and defensively the Aggies have a bigger advantage. They will cover the 3.5 point gap but neither team will light up the scoreboard. Over/Under sits at 44.5, and while that’s a reasonably low number, we’ll likely see less than that.

Choice: Aggies by a touchdown without either team scoring more than 20 points.

So what’s the game to avoid this week? Let’s continue the western trend.


Texas Longhorns


Oklahoma State Cowboys


Saturday October 22

3:30 p.m. ET

College Football Week 8 Bad Bet: Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The one thing that’s certain in the Big 12 this year is that TCU can play some defense. Beyond that, it’s a shitty shoot every week. For example, the No. 20 Texas Longhorns are road favorites over the No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

What what ?

Texas has been by far one of the most unpredictable teams this season, looking fearsome at times and sluggish at others. This is classic Sarkisian cartography. Oklahoma State has been in a few shootouts, and could well be another casualty of Texas having an offensive juggernaut week like they did against Oklahoma.

Then again, it’s entirely possible that both teams will send this one.

This is a game you just want to stay away from, sit back and watch the carnage because regardless of the outcome, the Big 12 will be upside down, with the TCU likely expanding their lead in the conference.

Choice: Lots of points. Like, the infinity points. The last one with the ball wins.

Weirdest thing we saw in Week 7 of college football

It might seem like a low hanging fruit to pick Tennessee’s upset at Alabama as the weirdest thing in Week 7, but the aftermath of that win definitely took a pretty weird turn.

As expected, fans stormed the field, tore down the goal posts, threw them into the Tennessee River, and then turned Knoxville into a nonstop party for the foreseeable future (or at least until that they meet Georgia).

But coming back to those goalposts, the University of Tennessee athletic department decided to beg fans for money to replace those goalposts.

Are you serious, Tennessee?

Despite the warm and familiar tone of the plea, fans were sarcastic in response.

The brass of Vols are, to say the least, opportunistic.

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