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College Football picks for Week 8: Times staff predictions

 
USF Bulls quarterback Blake Barnett (11) is sacked by East Carolina Pirates tight end Johnny Bogle (84) during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
USF Bulls quarterback Blake Barnett (11) is sacked by East Carolina Pirates tight end Johnny Bogle (84) during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES | Times [ JONES, OCTAVIO | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Oct. 19, 2018|Updated Aug. 16, 2022

The buildup to a potential battle of unbeatens on Interstate 4 continues this week, but with a little less suspense.

USF is a 32.5-point favorite at home Saturday against Connecticut. UCF is a 21.5-point favorite at East Carolina.

Meanwhile, Florida State is a 10.5-point favorite at home against Wake Forest.

Here’s a look at the Times' college football coverage team’s predictions for Week 8:

(!-indicates Lock of the Week, *-indicated Upset Special).

(Pickers arranged, from left, in order of record against the spread).

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UCF (-21.5) East Carolina UCF 38-13 UCF 42-21 UCF 45-14 UCF 40-17 UCF 42-14 UCF 55-20
UConn USF (-32.5) USF 48-17 USF 48-17 USF 38-10 USF 33-12 USF 42-14 !USF 48-14!
Wake Forest Florida St. (-10.5) FSU 27-21 FSU 26-14 FSU 28-21 FSU 27-10 FSU 28-24 FSU 30-21
Auburn (-4.5) Ole Miss Auburn 31-23 Auburn 28-21 Auburn 31-24 Auburn 28-14 Auburn 28-27 Auburn 42-24
Illinois Wisconsin (-25.5) Wisconsin 35-10 Wisconsin 45-13 Wisconsin 52-14 Wisconsin 44-10 Wisconsin 35-7 Wisconsin 31-14
Maryland Iowa (-11.5) Iowa 20-19 Iowa 35-24 Iowa 34-24 Iowa 21-17 Iowa 28-14 Iowa 35-21
Michigan (-7.5) Michigan St. Michigan 41-24 *Michigan St. 28-26* *Michigan St. 35-31* Michigan 24-17 Michigan 28-20 Michigan St. 27-24
Oklahoma (-7.5) TCU OU 35-19 OU 42-34 OU 38-27 OU 36-21 OU 35-24 OU 33-21
N.C. State Clemson (-17.5) Clemson 37-20 Clemson 38-20 Clemson 28-27 Clemson 31-14 Clemson 35-20 Clemson 31-28
Minnesota Nebraska (-3.5) Nebraska 28-24 Nebraska 23-20 Minnesota 28-24 Nebraska 21-20 *Minnesota 28-24* Nebraska 31-24
Penn St. (-14.5) Indiana *Indiana 31-28* !Penn St. 34-14! !Penn St. 35-24! Penn St 31-17 Penn St. 42-20 Penn St. 35-17
Colorado Washington (-14.5) Washington 28-24 Washington 34-21 Washington 37-21 Washington 31-20 Washington 31-14 Washington 38-28
Alabama (-29.5) Tennessee !Alabama 52-17! Alabama 48-20 Alabama 42-20 Alabama 40-13 Alabama 42-17 Alabama 42-14
Mississippi St. LSU (-6.5) LSU 23-20 LSU 28-21 LSU 31-27 !LSU 30-13! LSU 24-20 LSU 23-14
Vanderbilt Kentucky (-10.5) Kentucky 28-21 Kentucky 31-20 Kentucky 28-24 Kentucky 24-13 !Kentucky 31-17! Kentucky 38-24
Oregon Washington St. (-1.5) Oregon 33-30 Oregon 34-28 Oregon 38-31 Oregon 34-31 Oregon 31-28 Oregon 40-35
Ohio St. (-14.5) Purdue Ohio St. 42-20 Ohio St. 45-30 Ohio St. 55-28 Ohio St. 52-16 Ohio St. 42-35 Ohio St. 42-20
USC Utah (-6.5) Utah 28-27 Utah 24-20 Utah 31-24 Utah 34-24 Utah 27-24 Utah 27-24
Virginia Duke (-7.5) Duke 23-21 Duke 22-13 Duke 28-21 Duke 31-23 Duke 21-17 Duke 35-24
Houston (-13.5) Navy Houston 31-21 Houston 28-20 Houston 28-23 *Navy 26-23* Houston 28-13 *Navy 28-24*
Straight up (overall) 102-43 98-47 106-39 104-41 105-40 95-50
Straight up (week 7) 10-10 12-8 12-8 13-7 13-7 11-9
Vs. spread (overall) 69-70 67-72 63-76 60-79 57-82 57-82
Vs. Spread (week 7) 7-13 7-13 9-11 10-10 10-10 7-13
Locks of the week 4-3 1-6 6-1 5-2 2-5 5-1
Upsets of the week 2-5 3-4 3-4 2-5 3-4 4-2