College Football Predictions Week 8

Skyler Carlin
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Following an 0-3 performance on our college football best bets in Week 6, we bounced back with a 2-1 betting record in Week 7.

We got some exhilarating matchups last week, and there are a handful of anticipated games slated for this weekend – including four showdowns between ranked teams.

Here are our favorite college football bets for Week 8.

Skyler Carlin’s 2023 CFB Best Bets Record: 13-10

College Football Week 8 Predictions

All NCAAF betting odds used for these CFB Week 8 predictions are current as of Monday, Oct. 16, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

UCF vs Oklahoma Prediction: Oklahoma -19 (-110)

Both UCF and No. 6 Oklahoma will be coming off bye weeks from Week 7, but both programs are trending in opposite directions.

The Knights are on a three-game losing streak (all to conference opponents), making for an uninspiring start to their first year in the Big 12.

Meanwhile, the Sooners are first in the Big 12 and defeated No. 8 Texas on the road before a Week 7 bye.

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel is creating magic for Oklahoma as the offense averages 45.2 points per game (fourth-most in the nation). The defense also gives up only 14 points per game (tied for seventh-best mark in the country).

The Sooners are a perfect 6-0 ATS this season, while UCF is 0-3 ATS in its three road games and 0-3 ATS in its first three conference matchups.

South Carolina vs Missouri Prediction: Missouri -7.5 (-110)

After a devastating loss to No. 19 LSU in Week 6, No. 20 Missouri bounced back with a 38-21 road win over Kentucky in Week 7.

The Tigers are headed home to host South Carolina in Week 8, and they’ve held the advantage in the matchup in recent years.

Missouri has won four consecutive meetings, covering the spread in all four contests.

As for this season, the Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games, and the Gamecocks are 0-2 ATS in their previous two contests.

Teams are also scoring on South Carolina with ease this season, with the Gamecocks allowing 31.3 points per game.

The Tigers are registering a solid 33.9 points per game (34th in the nation), and Brady Cook is primed for a stellar output against a horrendous pass defense.

Rutgers vs Indiana Prediction: Rutgers -4.5 (-110)

Greg Schiano is in the fourth year of his second stint at Rutgers and appears to be figuring some things out.

The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 through the first seven weeks, giving the team a chance to win more than five games for the first time since the 2014 season.

On the opposite end, Indiana isn’t showing much of anything this season, as its lone wins thus far include a narrow victory over a 1-6 Akron team and a blowout of Indiana State.

Rutgers is playing a physical brand of football on defense, limiting teams to 16 points per game (tied for the 12th-best mark in the nation).

And Indiana is struggling to produce points, putting up a measly 18.5 points per game (tied for seventh-fewest in the nation).

The Scarlet Knights are 5-1-1 ATS overall, and the Hoosiers have failed to cover the spread in three straight games.

College Football Week 8 Schedule & Scores: AP Top 25

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023

(7) Penn State @ (3) Ohio State, 12 p.m. ET

UCF @ (6) Oklahoma, 12 p.m. ET

(22) Air Force @ Navy, 12 p.m. ET

Washington State @ (9) Oregon, 3:30 p.m. ET

(17) Tennessee @ (11) Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET

South Carolina @ (20) Missouri, 3:30 p.m. ET

North Texas @ (23) Tulane, 3:30 p.m. ET

Minnesota @ (24) Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET

(8) Texas @ Houston, 4 p.m. ET

Virginia @ (10) North Carolina, 6:30 p.m. ET

(13) Ole Miss @ Auburn, 7 p.m ET

(2) Michigan @ Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. ET

(16) Duke @ (4) Florida State, 7:30 p.m. ET

Army @ (19) LSU, 7:30 p.m. ET

(14) Utah @ (18) USC, 8 p.m. ET

Arizona State @ (5) Washington, 10:30 p.m. ET

(25) UCLA @ Stanford, 10:30 p.m. ET


Skyler Carlin

Before joining The Game Day, Skyler has written for various sites for 5-6 years and his work has been (or is) currently featured on Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and SB Nation. Skyler loves to talk about movies, TV shows, and anything sports. He has taken part in multiple well-known fantasy contests like RazzBowl, Scott Fish Bowl, and NFL DFS Wars.

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