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College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions

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

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UPDATE: October 17, 2013

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Game of the Week: Florida State at Clemson

Two of the more popular clichés in sports are when a team is "caught looking ahead" during a "trap game."

Perhaps Clemson was caught looking ahead to Florida State during a trap game against Boston College last weekend. The Tigers needed a 14-point fourth-quarter rally to beat the Eagles 24-14 at Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd had his "worst" four-quarter game of the season. He finished 30-44 for 334 yards with a touchdown via the pass and one by calling his own number. His pass TD:INT ratio now sits at 15 to 2 and he's completing over two-thirds of his passes. The Tigers are 10th in the country in passing yards per game at 342 yards per contest. The 40.8 points per game are 18th in the country heading into Week 8. Now I know what you are thinking. Do any football teams play defense anymore?!

Yes, in fact, Clemson and FSU are pretty good at it. The Tigers are 10th in the country in points allowed. They have allowed 14-or-fewer points in five out of their first six games. Florida State has held opponents to 13-or-fewer points in four out of five games – 12.0 PAPG, third in the country.

Speaking of, the Seminoles were enjoying the perks that come with a BYE seven days before the ACC game of the decade. Seminoles' nation should give whoever created the 2013 schedule a standing ovation.

In an interesting plot twist, Boston College also fought Florida State for 60 minutes back in late-September. Now FSU managed to survive 48-34, but the Eagles did lead by 14 points in the second quarter before redshirt-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston torched their secondary for three touchdowns before halftime.

Speaking of Winston, in the team's last game he torched Maryland for nearly 400 passing yards and five touchdowns – both season highs. Florida State's balance on offense is scary with 320 passing yards and 228 rushing yards per game – both inside the Top 20.

We simulated the Seminoles and Tigers 101 times and it's Clemson winning 58.4 percent of the time by an average score of 26-23.

Game Fun Fact: FSU last beat Clemson at Memorial Stadium in 2001 when Jameis Winston was 7 years old.

Please note: Predictions were updated on 10/17 to correct several games that had differing predictions in the boxscore.

College Football Week 8
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Old Dominion Monarchs 5.07Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Panthers95.045 
Syracuse Orange37.622Boxscore
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets62.425 
Florida State Seminoles41.623Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers58.426 
Duke Blue Devils53.524Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers46.523 
Maryland Terrapins64.421Boxscore
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons35.617 
Miami (FL) Hurricanes70.332Boxscore
@ North Carolina Tar Heels29.724 
Iowa Hawkeyes21.318Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes78.726 
Purdue Boilermakers28.719Boxscore
@ Michigan State Spartans71.324 
Minnesota Golden Gophers34.220Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats65.825 
Indiana Hoosiers35.622Boxscore
@ Michigan Wolverines64.425 
Wisconsin Badgers70.327Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini29.719 
Massachusetts Minutemen20.813Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls79.223 
Navy Midshipmen48.026Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets52.027 
Akron Zips59.424Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks40.620 
Ohio Bobcats70.327Boxscore
@ Eastern Michigan Eagles29.720 
Northern Illinois Huskies74.330Boxscore
@ Central Michigan Chippewas25.722 
Ball State Cardinals82.235Boxscore
@ Western Michigan Broncos17.824 
Washington State Cougars15.818Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks84.230 
UCLA Bruins43.624Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal56.425 
Utah Utes45.523Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats54.526 
Washington Huskies55.025Boxscore
@ Arizona State Sun Devils45.023 
Oregon State Beavers66.328Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears33.723 
Arkansas Razorbacks14.915Boxscore
@ Alabama Crimson Tide85.128 
Auburn Tigers38.623Boxscore
@ Texas A&M Aggies61.427 
Florida Gators51.021Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers49.020 
Georgia Bulldogs63.423Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores36.620 
LSU Tigers63.423Boxscore
@ Ole Miss Rebels36.621 
South Carolina Gamecocks67.328Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers32.721 
USC Trojans46.521Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish53.523 
Rice Owls71.327Boxscore
@ New Mexico State Aggies28.720 
Iowa State Cyclones28.224Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears71.830 
TCU Horned Frogs42.622Boxscore
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys57.424 
Texas Tech Red Raiders69.331Boxscore
@ West Virginia Mountaineers30.725 
Oklahoma Sooners73.329Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks26.720 
Southern Miss Golden Eagles19.319Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates80.728 
North Texas Mean Green54.027Boxscore
@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs46.023 
UNLV Rebels17.318Boxscore
@ Fresno State Bulldogs82.731 
Nevada Wolf Pack26.223Boxscore
@ Boise State Broncos73.831 
Colorado State Rams45.027Boxscore
@ Wyoming Cowboys55.028 
Utah State Aggies65.328Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos34.722 
Georgia State Panthers17.817Boxscore
@ Texas State Bobcats82.229 
Kent State Golden Flashes49.524Boxscore
@ South Alabama Jaguars50.525 
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns60.928Boxscore
@ Western Kentucky Hilltoppers39.125 
Connecticut Huskies30.718Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats69.325 
UCF Knights38.625Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals61.429 
SMU Mustangs49.521Boxscore
@ Memphis Tigers50.522 
Army Black Knights51.023Boxscore
@ Temple Owls49.022 
BYU Cougars60.425Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars39.622 
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