clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The best game and sleeper game to watch in Week 8 of the college football schedule

The Big Ten and Mountain West will return this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the games you should be checking out on Saturday and one to avoid.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back, Big Ten.

The college football season officially started on Sept. 3. Fifty days later, the Big Ten returned with a game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini last night. The rest of the conference will compete on Saturday, and Mountain West teams will debut its season as well.

While it’s great to have more teams to the party, there aren’t too many huge matchups with College Football Playoff implications on the line, but there are some quality games that are in need of college football fan viewership. Here’s a look at the slate.

Best game

Four games on this weekend’s schedule are between ranked teams, but it’s Big Ten week and that’s where we’ll be going for the best game of the weekend. On Saturday night, the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines are headed on the road to play the 21st-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. This has to be the quietest Michigan has been going into a college football season.

Michigan does not have a whole lot of buzz coming into this college football season. The Wolverines don’t appear to be much of a threat to Ohio State just like pretty much any team in the Big Ten, but they will be be led by their defense. For Minnesota, can the Gophers replicate an incredible season for the program in 2019? Wide receiver Rashod Bateman opted back into the season and is one of the best at his position in the country.

Sleeper game

It’s a game between a pair of ranked teams, but it’s a matchup between Group of 5 opponents, so we can call it a sleeper game. We’re going with the No. 9 Cincinnati Bearcats on the road when they take on the No. 16 SMU Mustangs. Both teams are coming into this game undefeated with Cincinnati at 3-0 and SMU at 5-0 so far in 2020.

It’s still early, but this would put the winner of this game in the driver’s seat in the AAC, especially since Memphis already lost a game and UCF has lost twice so far. SMU continues to operate without its star receiver Reggie Roberson Jr., and it survived in overtime in a 37-34 win over Tulane last week. For Cincinnati, it relies on its defense, so this should be a fun matchup between a great offense and great defense.

Worst game

We’re going with the No. 1 team in the country Clemson Tigers as they host the Syracuse Orange. After coming off a 73-7 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, Clemson is headed into Saturday’s game as 46-point favorites. Forty-six. It’s a high spread, but the Tigers went into halftime with a 45-point advantage last weekend. Syracuse is coming off a 38-21 home loss to Liberty and is 1-4 on the season with four double-digit losses. Feel free to enjoy your Saturday without tuning into ACC Network at noon ET for this one.

Here is the complete TV schedule for today’s games, with odds, spreads, and totals included, from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Week 8 Odds, Bet Splits, Time, TV

Teams TV/Time Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams TV/Time Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
#23 NC State 12 p.m. +15 58% 58% Over 60.5 70% 84% +420 25% 17%
#14 North Carolina ESPN -15 42% 42% Under 60.5 30% 16% -670 75% 83%
Georgia Southern 12 p.m. +4.5 36% 34% Over 51.0 26% 90% +163 21% 33%
#25 Coastal Carolina ESPNU -4.5 64% 66% Under 51.0 74% 10% -200 79% 67%
Kansas 12 p.m. +20 8% 18% Over 46.5 32% 72% +700 33% 9%
#20 Kansas State FS1 -20 92% 82% Under 46.5 68% 28% -1667 67% 91%
Nebraska 12 p.m. +27 12% 21% Over 68.0 77% 68% +1100 38% 13%
#5 Ohio State FOX -27 88% 79% Under 68.0 23% 32% -5000 62% 87%
Syracuse 12 p.m. +46.5 43% 48% Over 62.0 91% 94% OTB
Clemson ACC Network -46.5 57% 52% Under 62.0 9% 6%
Auburn 12 p.m. -4 22% 32% Over 71.5 64% 32% -162 49% 51%
Ole Miss SEC Network +4 78% 68% Under 71.5 36% 68% +125 51% 49%
Florida State 12 p.m. +4.5 79% 58% Over 61.0 71% 45% +150 56% 68%
Louisville ESPN3 -4.5 21% 42% Under 61.0 29% 55% -190 44% 32%
Mercer 12 p.m. +30.5 23% 31% Over 50.0 21% 53% OTB
Army CBSSN -30.5 77% 69% Under 50.0 79% 47%
Oklahoma 12 p.m. -7 88% 28% Over 59.0 71% 94% -250 86% 71%
TCU ABC +7 12% 72% Under 59.0 29% 6% +188 14% 29%
Rutgers 12 p.m. +13 13% 19% Over 44.5 46% 75% +440 7% 8%
Michigan State Big Ten Network -13 87% 81% Under 44.5 54% 25% -625 93% 92%
Temple 12 p.m. +13.5 32% 24% Over 69.5 25% 58% +360 8% 10%
Memphis ESPN+ -13.5 68% 76% Under 69.5 75% 42% -530 92% 90%
UTEP 12 p.m. +15 27% 31% Over 48.0 19% 85% +540 36% 9%
Charlotte ESPN+ -15 73% 69% Under 48.0 81% 15% -910 64% 91%
Syracuse 12 p.m. +46.5 43% 48% Over 62.0 91% 94% OTB
#1 Clemson ACC Network -46.5 57% 52% Under 62.0 9% 6%
Southern Mississippi 1 p.m. +12.5 5% 4% Over 60.0 5% 58% +325 3% 6%
Liberty ESPN3 -12.5 95% 96% Under 60.0 95% 43% -455 97% 94%
Tulane 2 p.m. +20 65% 63% Over 72.0 30% 62% +600 8% 9%
UCF ESPN2 -20 35% 37% Under 72.0 70% 38% -1115 92% 91%
Florida Atlantic 2:30 p.m. +16 16% 22% Over 51.0 93% 89% +575 17% 9%
#22 Marshall N/A -16 84% 78% Under 51.0 7% 11% -910 83% 91%
#17 Iowa State 3:30 p.m. +2.5 55% 8% Over 52.0 85% 85% +112 60% 68%
#6 Oklahoma State FOX -2.5 45% 92% Under 52.0 15% 15% -139 40% 32%
#2 Alabama 3:30 p.m. -21.5 91% 87% Over 66.0 86% 88% -3335 91% 97%
Tennessee CBS +21.5 9% 13% Under 66.0 14% 12% +850 9% 3%
#3 Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. -10 39% 60% Over 42.0 76% 90% -435 82% 86%
Pittsburgh ABC +10 61% 40% Under 42.0 24% 10% +300 18% 14%
#6 Penn State 3:30 p.m. -6.5 80% 79% Over 62.0 92% 66% -250 85% 81%
Indiana FS1 +6.5 20% 21% Under 62.0 8% 34% +175 15% 19%
Baylor 3:30 p.m. +8.5 53% 46% Over 60.0 92% 89% +240 15% 15%
Texas ESPN -8.5 47% 54% Under 60.0 8% 11% -335 85% 85%
Houston 3:30 p.m. -15 64% 53% Over 55.0 41% 69% -625 78% 80%
Navy CBSSN +15 36% 47% Under 55.0 59% 31% +450 22% 20%
Iowa 3:30 p.m. -3 77% 82% Over 52.5 54% 52% -162 63% 56%
Purdue Big Ten Network +3 23% 18% Under 52.5 46% 48% +125 37% 44%
Middle Tennessee 3:30 p.m. +3.5 30% 20% Over 51.0 24% 67% +140 31% 49%
Rice ESPN -3.5 70% 80% Under 51.0 76% 33% -175 69% 51%
Chattanooga 4:00 p.m. +14 6% 23% Over 54.0 1% 65% +450 10% 6%
Western Kentucky ESPN3 -14 94% 77% Under 54.0 99% 35% -910 90% 94%
Georgia State 4:00 p.m. +2.5 35% 30% Over 68.5 44% 63% +106 52% 65%
Troy ESPNU -2.5 65% 70% Under 68.5 56% 37% -129 48% 35%
Kentucky 4:00 p.m. -5.5 47% 73% Over 47.0 8% 86% -225 59% 57%
Missouri SEC Network +5.5 53% 27% Under 47.0 92% 14% +180 41% 43%
West Virginia 5:30 p.m. -3 49% 52% Over 54.0 37% 75% -159 92% 52%
Texas Tech ESPN2 +3 51% 48% Under 54.0 63% 25% +125 8% 48%
Louisiana-Monroe 7:00 p.m. +15 71% 56% Over 56.5 82% 52% +450 7% 7%
South Alabama ESPN+ -15 29% 44% Under 56.5 18% 48% -625 93% 93%
South Carolina 7:00 p.m. +6.5 57% 50% Over 55.5 25% 71% +185 53% 31%
LSU ESPN -6.5 43% 50% Under 55.5 75% 29% -240 47% 69%
Utah State 7:00 p.m. +16 6% 23% Over 52.5 56% 63% +575 4% 4%
Boise State FS1 -16 94% 77% Under 52.5 44% 37% -910 96% 96%
Wyoming 7:00 p.m. -4.5 31% 59% Over 50.5 85% 82% -205 76% 57%
Nevada CBSSN +4.5 69% 41% Under 50.5 15% 18% +160 24% 43%
#18 Michigan 7:30 p.m. -3.5 37% 45% Over 53.5 28% 38% -167 53% 43%
#21 Minnesota ABC +3.5 63% 55% Under 53.5 72% 62% +135 47% 57%
Hawaii 7:30 p.m. +4 68% 40% Over 66.5 85% 71% +138 53% 43%
Fresno State Team1Sports -4 32% 60% Under 66.5 15% 29% -180 47% 57%
Maryland 7:30 p.m. +11 22% 84% Over 55.0 9% 21% +310 43% 28%
Northwestern Big Ten Network -11 78% 16% Under 55.0 91% 79% -420 57% 72%
La Tech 8:00 p.m. -2.5 3% 18% Over 53.5 36% 51% -132 39% 51%
UTSA ESPNU +2.5 97% 82% Under 53.5 64% 49% +110 61% 49%
Virginia 8:00 p.m. +12 2% 9% Over 57.0 9% 62% +335 1% 3%
Miami Florida ACC Network -12 98% 91% Under 57.0 91% 38% -455 99% 97%
#9 Cincinnati 9 p.m. +2.5 79% 66% Over 57.0 54% 52% +107 69% 75%
#16 SMU ESPN2 -2.5 21% 34% Under 57.0 46% 48% -130 31% 25%
Air Force 10:30 p.m. -7 0% 0% Over 62.5 12% 44% -275 91% 75%
San José State FS1 +7 100% 100% Under 62.5 88% 56% +195 9% 25%
UNLV 10:30 p.m. +14.5 19% 30% Over 49.0 69% 89% +480 41% 6%
San Diego State CBSSN -14.5 81% 70% Under 49.0 31% 11% -715 59% 94%