College Football Week 8 Odds: Big Matchups Out West To Determine Divisions

Written By Brett Gibbons on October 22, 2021

The college football season is officially halfway over (we’re not happy about it, either). With the back half of the season gearing up this week, there’s plenty of conference and divisional battles on tap to make this a pivotal week of football. While traditional powers in the SEC and Big Ten are largely free of marquee matchups, the SunBelt and Mountain West pit their top teams against each other.

This article will break down College Football Week 8 and its top games. Be sure to use all of the resources here at theLines to make the most informed bets this week; we always have the latest odds from the best US sportsbooks for you.

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College Football Week 8 Odds

College Football Week 8 Top Games

#14 Coastal Carolina () at Appalachian State

Coastal Carolina has been as dominant, if not more, than expected this season. They lead the nation in average point margin (+33), sit second in yards per play (8.3), and stand first in third down conversion rate (61.2%). Grayson McCall leads the nation in  QB rating and completion percentage– need we say more? The Chanticleers returned most of their players from the 11-1 squad from last year.

Appalachian State offers Coastal their first difficult test of the year and the number on the Mountaineers is the smallest mark against the Chants all season. App State’s had their fair share of difficult matchups, namely at Miami and Louisiana. However, this team lacks the true elite feel of past App State teams, falling outside the top 60 in yards allowed per play and outside the top 50 in yards gained per play.

This game helps determine the landscape of the SunBelt Conference, even if it might not carry the same weight as it may have preseason.

#10 Oregon () at UCLA

The excitement surrounding Oregon has certainly subsided since their big win over Ohio State earlier this season. The Ducks have scored 24 points each in their last two games, resulting in an 0-2 record against the spread and 1-1 record outright. While the offense has struggled to move the ball, the defense is doing just enough to propel them to a 5-1 record.

UCLA (5-2) brings in a run game led by Zach Charbonnet that looks to stress Oregon’s run defense. He’s picked up 566 yards and seven rushing touchdowns so far this season and is inside the top 20 in yards per carry (6.4) among running backs. Oregon is 43rd in the nation, allowing 3.7 yards per carry so far this season.

Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown struggled in their only loss this season, posting only 186 yards and an interception; UCLA will look to limit Brown through the air and on the ground in this one.

#22 San Diego State (OTB) at Air Force

Odds will be placed here once they are available.

There aren’t many more impressive units in the nation than San Diego State’s defense; the Aztecs are third in the nation in yards per play allowed (3.8) and fourth in rush yards per attempt allowed (2.3). They also have an impressive, immeasurable nose to win ballgames, winning two games in overtime so far this season. Keep an eye on pass rusher Cameron Thomas, who’s racked up 3.5 sacks and 26 total tackles so far this season.

Air Force, on the other hand, brings a potent scoring offense and a big win at Boise State. Running back Brad Roberts sits seventh in the nation in rushing yards (818), including 138 and two scores against Boise. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels leads the team with nine rushing touchdowns, third in the country. What’s made Air Force’s rushing attack so effective this season is the pace run– their 74.2 plays per game is 32nd in the nation.

Ultimately, this game comes down to an unstoppable force (Air Force’s rushing attack) meeting an immovable object (San Diego State’s run defense). Expect a physical game that keeps close and relatively low-scoring.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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