The Week 8 college football schedule features zero ranked vs. ranked matchups, but this sport still finds a way to make every weekend special. That means the potential for an earth-shattering upset is high. No. 2 Cincinnati is -28 against Navy, No. 3 Oklahoma is -38.5 against Kansas, No. 4 Alabama is -25 against Tennessee and No. 5 Ohio State is -21 against Indiana, per the Week 8 college football odds at Caesars Sportsbook.
Whether you’re looking to take on one of these giant spreads or looking to bet on something closer like No. 10 Oregon (-2) vs. UCLA or No. 8 Oklahoma State against Iowa State (-7), some expert advice can go a long way. Where are the best values in the Week 8 college football lines? Before locking in any college football bets on Saturday, be sure to see the top Week 8 college football expert picks, predictions and best bets from Barrett Sallee.
Sallee is a true insider a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread — and his best bets have helped bring in huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way on his college football picks.
Over the past two-plus years, he is 90-68 in his popular best bets column at SportsLine. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, he has turned his attention to the Week 8 college football odds from Caesars and is sharing his top three best bets over at SportsLine. If you parlay them together, you could be looking at a return of around 6-1. Get his top college football picks now.
Top Week 8 college football expert predictions
One of Sallee’s top college football picks for Week 8: He’s backing No. 8 Oklahoma State (+7) at Iowa State in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday.
Oklahoma State running back Jaylen Warren has burst onto the scene in the Big 12, rushing for 705 yards and six touchdowns. He ran wild in a 32-24 win over Texas last week, finishing with 193 rushing yards on 33 carries. The Cowboys have now knocked off three ranked teams this season and are undefeated coming into this matchup.
Iowa State has lost to the top two teams it has faced (Iowa, Baylor) this year. The Cyclones rank third nationally in total defense, but they have not played the best offensive teams in the conference. Oklahoma State has covered the spread in four of its last five games this year and has won eight of its last nine contests against Iowa State.
As we progress past the midway point of the 2021 college football season chaos has been a consistent theme. Week 8 appears to be a lighter schedule in terms of marquee matchups and potential upsets, but there’s plenty of deck with top 25 teams facing stiff competition from conference opponents that could doom their College Football Playoff chances.
There are 17 ranked teams in action Saturday but not a single game between top 25 opponents. No. 1 Georgia and No. 9 Michigan State are both off while the rest of the top 10 faces unranked opponents. The SEC features two of the highest-profile games as LSU, fresh off an upset win over Florida, looks to take down No. 12 Ole Miss and Tennessee hopes to find enough offense to test No. 4 Alabama. Elsewhere, No. 23 Pittsburgh and CBS Sports Midseason All-America quarterback Kenny Pickett look to prove they belong atop the ACC when they host Clemson as more than a field goal favorite.
While winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff onward. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the eighth full Saturday of the season.
This game has all of the makings of an old-school slugfest,” Sallee told SportsLine. “A full touchdown spread seems a bit aggressive here.
College Football Expert Picks: Who Will Prevail in Week 8?
Week 8 of the college football season isn’t the juiciest on paper, but it still brings promise for some intriguing story lines and unexpected results. Surprising undefeated teams will continue to put their perfect records on the line, especially on the road.
Will No. 16 Wake Forest escape West Point to reach 7–0? Or how about No. 8 Oklahoma State with its trip to Ames to meet Iowa State, or No. 22 San Diego State on the road at Air Force?
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