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College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions

Week 8 predictions for every D-I/FBS college football game

By Ryan Fowler and Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
UPDATE: October 20, 2011

Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com's NCAA college football simulation engine will provide you with game predictions for every D-1 FBS game that upcoming week. The college football simulation engine generates detailed information for each game including each team's chances of winning (Win%) and the average points scored for both teams. Make sure to share the college football information you gained here with your friends by either checking out our NCAA football widgets on the WhatIf To Go page or clicking on the social networking share bar at the top and bottom of this article.

Check out our 2011 College Football Season-to-Date page to follow our accuracy and for Upsets of the Week available on Wednesdays.

The statistical inputs to the thousands of college football simulations are based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth charts and statistically based player rankings. Roster modifications are made in cases of injury or suspension and those players are removed from their team's game simulation for that week.

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Game of the Week: Wisconsin at Michigan State

With their win on Saturday, Michigan State has now beaten Michigan four consecutive times for the first time since 1959-1962. But that streak would hold little weight in 2011 if the Spartans fall to Wisconsin in East Lansing Saturday night.

MSU currently leads the Big Ten's Legends Division by a half game over Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa, while the Badgers remain undefeated after trouncing Indiana 59-7.

Wisconsin is quietly making a strong run at the BCS National Championship. They lead FBS schools in scoring (50.1 points per game) and have scored at least 35 points in every single game. Their two-headed monsters in the running game, Montee Ball and James White, have already rushed for over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Then there is the all-transfer team president, Russell Wilson, who is completing nearly 75 percent of his passes with over 1,500 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.

It's that runaway locomotive of an offense that Michigan State hosts this Saturday. The Spartans' defense has led them to their 5-1 start as their offensive output lingers in the middle of the FBS pack. They rank first in pass defense (119.1 yards per game), third in rush defense (186.1 yards per game) and fourth in scoring defense (10.8 points per game).

Using our college football simulation engine, we "played" the Badgers and Spartans 101 times and its Wisconsin winning 78.7 percent of the time by an average score of 36-24.

Washington at Stanford

Certain NFL fan bases have adopted "Suck for Luck" campaigns, hoping to snag the services of Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft, but Stanford's quarterback remains focused as he's led the Cardinal to a nation-best 14-game win streak. Their latest victory was a 30-point shellacking of Washington State. They return home for a Week 8 meeting with the 22nd-ranked Huskies Saturday night.

Stanford currently ranks fifth in both scoring offense (45.8 points per game) and defense (11.2 ppg). Luck is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for more than 1,700 yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. A potpourri of running backs have accounted for 5.1 yards per rush and 15 touchdowns.

Washington's quarterback, Keith Price, is no slouch as he is third in the nation with 21 passing touchdowns. Outside of that, the Huskies' stats are far from inspiring heading into a road contest against Luck. They rank 45th in passing offense and 48th on the ground. What hurts the most and that needs to improve Saturday night are the 28.5 points per game (77th in FBS) Washington is surrendering each time they take the field.

We simulated the Cardinal and Huskies 101 times and it's Stanford winning 89.1 percent of the time by an average score of 37-22.

Please note: The LSU/Auburn game was resimulated on 10/20 to account for suspended LSU players.

College Football Week 8
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Boston College Eagles21.818Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies78.227 
North Carolina Tar Heels25.720Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers74.330 
Maryland Terrapins25.721Boxscore
@ Florida State Seminoles74.330 
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets37.622Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes62.426 
Wake Forest Demon Deacons62.432Boxscore
@ Duke Blue Devils37.628 
North Carolina State Wolfpack68.327Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers31.722 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights53.523Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals46.522 
Cincinnati Bearcats57.430Boxscore
@ South Florida Bulls42.628 
West Virginia Mountaineers69.329Boxscore
@ Syracuse Orange30.722 
Indiana Hoosiers14.918Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes85.133 
Illinois Fighting Illini63.426Boxscore
@ Purdue Boilermakers36.622 
Penn State Nittany Lions74.827Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats25.220 
Wisconsin Badgers78.736Boxscore
@ Michigan State Spartans21.324 
Nebraska Cornhuskers95.032Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5.010 
Miami (OH) RedHawks25.721Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets74.332 
Central Michigan Chippewas80.229Boxscore
@ Ball State Cardinals19.819 
Northern Illinois Huskies86.633Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls13.419 
Western Michigan Broncos86.635Boxscore
@ Eastern Michigan Eagles13.419 
Ohio Bobcats91.132Boxscore
@ Akron Zips 8.913 
Temple Owls91.132Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons 8.917 
Washington Huskies10.922Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal89.137 
UCLA Bruins31.225Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats68.828 
Utah Utes59.424Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears40.622 
Oregon State Beavers67.329Boxscore
@ Washington State Cougars32.725 
Oregon Ducks93.141Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes 6.919 
Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5.08Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats95.043 
Tennessee Volunteers10.915Boxscore
@ Alabama Crimson Tide89.133 
Auburn Tigers15.319Boxscore
@ LSU Tigers84.732 
Army Black Knights37.618Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores62.420 
Arkansas Razorbacks93.138Boxscore
@ Mississippi Rebels 6.919 
New Mexico State Aggies 6.919Boxscore
@ Hawaii Warriors93.139 
Fresno State Bulldogs51.029Boxscore
@ Nevada Wolf Pack49.027 
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs62.429Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies37.625 
Idaho State Bengals 5.08Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars95.049 
USC Trojans45.528Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish54.529 
East Carolina Pirates48.526Boxscore
@ Navy Midshipmen51.528 
Texas Tech Red Raiders12.920Boxscore
@ Oklahoma Sooners87.138 
Kansas State Wildcats79.234Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks20.821 
Oklahoma State Cowboys80.237Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers19.825 
Texas A&M Aggies92.136Boxscore
@ Iowa State Cyclones 7.918 
Memphis Tigers 6.913Boxscore
@ Tulane Green Wave93.131 
Marshall Thundering Herd23.823Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars76.233 
Colorado State Rams45.023Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners55.024 
Southern Methodist Mustangs73.337Boxscore
@ Southern Miss Golden Eagles26.731 
Tulsa Golden Hurricane82.238Boxscore
@ Rice Owls17.827 
UCF Knights92.137Boxscore
@ UAB Blazers 7.919 
New Mexico Lobos 5.09Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs95.046 
Air Force Falcons 5.018Boxscore
@ Boise State Broncos95.040 
FIU Golden Panthers56.428Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves43.626 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks63.428Boxscore
@ North Texas Mean Green36.623 
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns71.331Boxscore
@ Western Kentucky Hilltoppers28.722 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders83.227Boxscore
@ Florida Atlantic Owls16.816 
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