2017 Week 8 College Football “Six Pack” Predictions

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Here we are at week 8 of the college football season, and my prognosticating results haven’t exactly improved. Unfortunately, this is real life, so I can’t just magically pencil in an undefeated round, either. If I could, I would definitely make that happen while the Rocky soundtrack played in the background. Everything works better with a Rocky soundtrack playing.  Before rolling into week 8’s predictions, why not pause a moment and reflect on the weirdness that was week 7?

Clemson loses to Syracuse

Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, everyone now claims that he or she knew Syracuse could play with Clemson. Sure…

Washington loses to Arizona State

Sometimes, it’s better not to play the “Nobody respects us” card, because the perceived diss could get validated. Indeed. Arizona State validated the claim.

Washington State loses to Cal

Everyone loses, but getting spanked by Cal 37-3 after vanquishing USC and rolling Oregon has to rank up there as a crushing loss.

Indiana takes Michigan to OT before losing

No disrespect to Indiana and their fans, but what in the world is going on, Khaki Man? For someone who loves the center of attention and is out and about making waves, maybe you should, ya know, recruit some players that will challenge for the title. How long before you beat Ohio State?

Auburn blows a 20 point lead and loses to LSU

The great thing about being a die-hard Auburn fan at the moment is that a) Alabama is still left on the schedule. A potential win against Alabama is all the fire you need to keep going this season. Maybe a win this year will supplant the “One Second” game as the rallying cry. “One second is all you need to turn your life around…” b) The Auburn defense can really play.

The bad thing about being a die-hard Auburn fan is that somehow Coach O and LSU managed to turn a sure loss into a win. Where was the in-game adjustment from Malzahn in the fourth quarter? In the past, Malzahn avoided some of the criticism for losses due to Auburn’s defense not playing at a decent level. That excuse is no longer valid.

Now for the predictions…

Oh, I almost forgot to post last week’s results. Everyone went 3-4 last week. Strange, right? Disappointing, definitely. I can’t believe I missed a golden opportunity to gain ground on the computer. Anyway…

Prognosticator hat on. (Maybe I should buy another hat to get a winning streak started.)

USC at Notre Dame (-3.5)

Notre Dame might be good. Ugh, this is painful. With Sam Darnold’s propensity to throw the ball to the other team, I’m going with Notre Dame. I’m feeling sick.

Winner: Notre Dame (-3.5)

Dad’s prediction: Notre Dame

Computer prediction:  USC

LSU (-6.5) at Mississippi

Is it possible for LSU to gain momentum from the win last week, even though Auburn probably had more to do with LSU winning than LSU. Has Ole Miss had a signature win this year? If I was betting real money, I’d definitely stay away from this game.

Winner: LSU (-6.5)

Dad’s prediction: Mississippi

Computer prediction: LSU

Michigan at Penn State (-9.5)

Oh, Khaki Man. I really thought he’d have Michigan challenging Ohio State, or actually, that he’d have already caused Urban Meyer to find another conference to dominate. Instead, Urban is casually dismissing him to the corner like a misbehaving child. Penn State will eventually wear down Michigan’s defense in this game, and Michigan can’t score.

Winner: Penn State

Dad’s prediction: Penn State

Computer prediction: Penn State

Oklahoma State (-7.5) at Texas

Oklahoma State has a nice offense. Love the receivers. Texas isn’t that bad of a team, though, and 7.5 points is a bit much.

Winner: Texas

Dad’s prediction: Texas

Computer prediction: Oklahoma State

Kentucky at Mississippi State (-10.5)

Wow, what’s going on here, Vegas? The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 10.5 point favorites? Dan Mullen is a good coach and everything, but Kentucky isn’t awful. Usually Vegas knows best.  This point spread is too much, though.

Winner: Kentucky

Dad’s prediction: Kentucky

Computer prediction: Kentucky

Oregon at UCLA (-7)

It’s hard to give up on Josh Rosen.

Winner: UCLA

Dad’s prediction: Oregon

Computer prediction: Oregon

 

Enjoy the games everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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