It’s going to be hard to find an opponent to give Alabama a game this year. The Crimson Tide went into College Station and completely controlled every aspect of the game and reminded the country why they are ranked number one.
But this is where sports gambling comes. While Alabama was barely tested against A&M, the 17-point line was barely covered. If it wasn’t for sports gambling, we wouldn’t have nearly as much interest in some of Bama’s games. This week is an example.
Outside of Alabama, we had our first big upset of the college football season when then-No. 3 Georgia lost at South Carolina. The Bulldogs dropped all the way to 10th this week and now face Kentucky at home.
LSU and Ohio State both jumped up this week and have important games on the schedule to keep pace with Bama and Clemson. It’s easy to say that we have numerous teams in the conversation for the playoffs here in Week 8.
It’s late October and that means we are getting close to the first college football playoff poll getting released. No team in the top 10 can afford a loss given the number of talented teams that could run the table this season. Every game is basically a playoff game going forward for the highly ranked teams.
Here’s a look at the spreads for every game in the Top 25, with odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
CFB Top 25 Week 8 odds
Friday, Oct. 18
No. 4 Ohio State (-28) at Northwestern — 8:30 p.m. ET
Coming off an open week, the Buckeyes head to Chicago for a Friday night game against the Wildcats to continue their march up the polls. QB Justin Fields and OSU have won both road contests this season by a combined score of 99 to 17. Northwestern has only defeated UNLV this season and is coming into this game on a three-game losing streak. This game could get ugly.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama (-34.5) — 9 p.m. ET
There was once a time that the third Saturday in October really meant something to the college football (and especially the SEC) season. Now, it’s just another opponent that Alabama will run over. The Tide have won the last 12 meetings in this series and scored 58 points on the Vols last season. Seven of the last 12 meetings have been decided by more than 30 points.
No. 2 Clemson (-24.5) at Louisville — 12 p.m. ET
The Tigers are losing first-place votes in both polls to LSU and Ohio State and really needed to destroy Florida State last week. They did exactly that with a 45-14 victory. The Cards have never beaten Clemson in five tries and it would be a massive shock to the college football world if Louisville got its first win over the boys in orange this week.
No. 3 LSU (-18.5) at Mississippi State — 3:30 p.m. ET
Last week, South Carolina pulled off the massive upset of the then-third-ranked team in the country. Now, Starkville hopes the Bulldogs can do the same thing to LSU this week. In 2017, MSU won 37-7 when they were seven-point underdogs. It’s highly unlikely we will see a similar score this year as the Bulldogs have lost three of their last four.
West Virginia at No. 5 Oklahoma (-32) — 12 p.m. ET
Coming off a massive win in the Red River Showdown against Texas, the Sooners come back to Norman to face a team that got rocked last week at home by Iowa State. West Virginia lost back-to-back games in Morgantown and now travels to OU where it gave up 59 points the last time it was at Memorial Stadium. The Sooners’ offense continues to impress after scoring 34 against Texas and should have another big week.
No. 6 Wisconsin (-30) at Illinois — 12 p.m. ET
Has any team in the country been more convincing in its wins than Wisconsin this season? UW has now shut out four of its last opponents after the 38-0 victory over Michigan State last week. This will only be the Badgers’ second road game, however, and the trip to Champaign starts a stretch of three of the next four away from home. Illinois has lost nine straight times to UW by more than 10 points per contest.
No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State (-7.5) — 7:30 p.m. ET
The Nittany Lions went into Iowa City and earned a hard-fought victory to stay undefeated. PSU now turns right around and welcomes another top 20 team in Michigan to Happy Valley where the home team has won the last three games in this series.
The Wolverines are coming off a blowout win at Illinois and are back on the road against another Big 10 East opponent. UM hopes it can continue its offensive progress after scoring 42 points last week.
No. 9 Florida (-5) at South Carolina — 12 p.m. ET
The voters showed a lot of respect to the Gators by only dropping them a few spots after their loss at LSU. UF might be getting the Gamecocks at their highest after knocking off then-No. 3 Georgia week in overtime. Florida failed to cover the 13-point line after losing 42-28 to LSU, but the Gators proved that their offense is something to fear along with their defense.
Kentucky at No. 10 Georgia (-24) — 6 p.m. ET
How will UGA respond to its first loss of the season? South Carolina beat Georgia in overtime last week and now the Bulldogs need to win the SEC to get into the playoffs. With an open week waiting after Kentucky, this might be a rough spot for the Wildcats who are 3-3 and have lost three of their last four.
No. 11 Auburn (-19) at Arkansas — 12 p.m. ET
Auburn being ranked this high gives the SEC five of the top 11 teams in the polls. That’s pretty incredible given that there are only 12 teams in the conference. Auburn was off last week, left to regroup after losing at Florida. Auburn is back on the road against an opponent in Arkansas that it has defeated three straight times.
No. 12 Oregon (-3) at No. 25 Washington — 3:30 p.m. ET
The Ducks defense might be the best in the country. If it’s not, it’s for sure the best in the Pac-12. Oregon has given up a grand total of 25 points in five games since allowing Auburn to score 27 in its only loss to open the season. Washington bounced back from a loss at Stanford by beating Arizona 52-27 last week. This is basically a must-win game for the Huskies if they want to win the Pac-12 North.
No. 13 Boise State (-7) at BYU — 10:15 p.m. ET
This is another big test for a Boise State team that wants to represent the Group of 5 in the New Year’s Day 6 bowl games. The Broncos have only been on the road once this season and now face their biggest road test on the schedule. Provo will be rocking all game long and Boise will need to play well. BYU is 2-4 this season but the Cougars have played a difficult schedule so far.
No. 17 Arizona State at No. 14 Utah (-14) — 6 p.m. ET
The Pac-12 has two massive games this week and this is for sure one of them. You could make a case that this is a bigger game than Oregon vs. Washington because the Utes and Sun Devils are tied for the lead in the Pac-12 South. Arizona State has won 13 of the last 15 meetings in this series. Utah beat Oregon State 52-7 last week on the road.
Kansas at No. 15 Texas (-21) — 7 p.m. ET
How will the Longhorns respond to losing their second game of the year? It would be very hard to see UT playing poorly in Austin against a Kansas team that is 0-3 in the Big 12. Texas has now lost its two biggest games of the season but UT knows it needs to run the table for a chance at revenge against Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. That’s bad news for Kansas and the rest of the teams on UT’s schedule.
No. 18 Baylor at Oklahoma State (-4) — 4 p.m. ET
Baylor has quietly been putting together a really strong season. The Bears are undefeated and got a big break last week when the refs blew a play dead in overtime that should have been a game-ending fumble recovery for Texas Tech. Oklahoma State was off last week but lost at Texas Tech last time out. This is homecoming for the Cowboys but Baylor is playing really well right now. This has the potential to be a really fun game.
No. 25 Temple at No. 19 SMU (-9) — 3:30 p.m. ET
Temple goes on the road after beating nationally-ranked Memphis at home. Don’t expect the Mustangs to take the Owls lightly after that big win. SMU is undefeated and 2-0 in the AAC. The Mustangs have scored more than 40 points in every game at home this season but will be tested by a Temple defense that hasn’t allowed more than 28 points in any game this season.
No. 20 Minnesota at Rutgers (NL) — 3:30 p.m. ET
Is Rutgers the worst team in the FBS? There is an argument to be made there, but the Scarlet Knights are for sure the worst team in the Big 10. Indiana was a massive favorite last week at home against Rutgers and covered easily with a 35-0 blowout victory. Minnesota has yet to lose and it was also involved in a lopsided game last week. However, the Gophers were the ones celebrating after they destroyed Nebraska 34-7. This isn’t going to be a fun game for the Scarlet Knights.
Tulsa at No. 21 Cincinnati (-16.5) — 3:30 p.m. ET
Tulsa was 3-9 last season. The Golden Hurricane is 2-4 right now and travel to Cincy to battle a team that has only lost to Ohio State this season. The Bearcats are leading the AAC East right now and with Temple and SMU facing each other, there is a chance that UC will have the outright lead in the division after this game.
Purdue at No. 22 Iowa (-18) — 12 p.m. ET
Iowa has a real problem with its offense. The Hawkeyes have only scored 15 points combined in back-to-back losses to Michigan and Penn State. Purdue might be just what Iowa needs to get its offense on track as the Boilermakers gave up 35 to Penn State and 38 to Minnesota. However, Purdue can score, and that could be a big problem for Iowa if the Hawkeye defense gives up some points. The Boilermakers scored 40 last week against Maryland and 31 against Minnesota.
UL Monroe at No. 24 Appalachian State (-15.5) — 3:30 p.m. ET
It’s tough to know how good App State is given its schedule, but the team remains undefeated. The Mountaineers do have a road win over North Carolina, the same Tarheels team that nearly beat No. 2 Clemson. UL Monroe has played at Iowa State and at Florida State already this season and will face its third ranked opponent away from home this week.