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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 - WhatIfSports.com
October 18th, 2010

Each Monday morning, 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 the home team's chances of winning (Home 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.

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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 player's are removed from their team's game simulation for that week.

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Games of the Week: Oklahoma at Missouri and LSU at Auburn

At times, college football's number one ranking carries with it a reputation and shelf-life that exists about as long as a prom king's reign.

In order to qualify for the throne you must be, in most instances, a popular and respectable football program with a history of success. Teams must be Proactive in cleaning up blemishes on offense, defense and special teams to get the votes. Clean cut and Tebow-esque is embraced.

However, Zach's control of Bayside's scepter is short-lived after word gets out that he's been cavorting with a girl from rival Valley.

That or you get exploited by South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Boom! Welcome back to the land of the peasants.

If the metaphor fits, wear it. It's now Oregon and Oklahoma's turn to don the crown. By default, as they were enjoying a bye week, the Ducks move to the top spot in the AP ranking. With wins over Florida State, at Cincinnati and most importantly Texas, Boomer Sooner has earned elite status in the first edition of the BCS standings.

Oklahoma's reward for a 6-0 start, another road war in the Big 12. Bob Stoops' will have his hands full preparing for the Missouri Tigers as they have quietly crept up into the Top 20.

Gary Pinkel's defense is the best you've never heard of, and to be fair their strength of schedule is the reason why, but when you shut down the Texas A&M offense to the tune of nine points, you are doing something right. The Tigers are holding opponents to 10.8 points per game, second best in the nation behind TCU.

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the main reason why the Tigs passing offense is ranked in the top 20. Seven weeks into the season, he's amassed over 1500 yards through the air and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore quarterback has offensive stats comparable to Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Arizona's Nick Foles. As a whole, the Missouri's offense is ranked 24th in points per game (34.5). Although, their schedule includes such non-conference gems McNeese State, Miami (Ohio) and soon-to-be Pac-10 refugee Colorado.

Considering Sam Bradford missed most of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, Oklahoma has transitioned nicely under Landry Jones in 2010. To go along with the No. 1 BCS ranking, the Sooners are currently inside the Top 20 in total offense. Their passing game is averaging 303 yards each contest while senior running back DeMarco Murray is carrying the ground game with eleven touchdowns and over 155 yds/gm.

The only glaring weakness in the OU resume is their road test came at Cincinnati where the Sooners allowed Zach Collaros to pass for over 300 yards and nearly handed the game to the Bearcats in the fourth quarter. It may have been a bump in the road, however, as Oklahoma is ranked 28th in the country in points allowed per game at 19.

Using our college football simulation engine, we simulated the Sooners vs Tigers 101 times, and in a nail-biter the Sooners come out ahead 52.5-percent of the time by an average score of 32-31.

LSU at Auburn

If there was any doubt that Les Miles and LSU have a horseshoe, four-leaf clover and rabbit's foot buried someplace where the sun don't shine, the Tigers' first-half effort against McNeese State this past Saturday definitely exposed what most educated college football fans already knew.

This team is on borrowed time.

The final score may have read 32-10, but the FCS Cowboys only trailed their FBS big brother by six at the half. The same McNeese program that earlier this season lost to the definition of college football excellence, Cal Poly (ranked 23rd in FCS), was down six points to sixth best team as determined by the BCS.

This system works fine.

If you believe in the theory of course correction, Auburn's play on the field this Saturday should speak on the behalf of North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and the little guy.

Auburn, along with Arkansas, rewrote the SEC record books over the weekend. Cam Newton is like the Denard Robinson of the South, but the Heisman chatter took a bit longer to reach this quarterback as most of the attention was paid to another team within Alabama's state lines.

Newton is responsible for 25 Tiger touchdowns through the first seven weeks of the season. He's passed for over 1200 yards and rushed for over 800. Auburn is currently ranked 6th in the country in rush yards/gm, pounding the turf for over 283 a contest.

All things being fair, the LSU Tigers defense does deserve some kudos for their efforts. The 11th best defense is holding opponents to less than 15 points a game.

With Auburn scoring 65 against the Razorbacks, LSU should be content yielding 30 to the Tigs at home.

Using our college football simulation engine, we simulated LSU vs Auburn 101 times, and Gene Chizik's Tigers came out ahead 67.3-percent of the time by an average score of 30-24.

College Football Week 8
MatchupWin%Avg Score 
Eastern Michigan Eagles 5.98Boxscore
@ Virginia Cavaliers94.133 
Duke Blue Devils 7.917Boxscore
@ Virginia Tech Hokies92.140 
North Carolina Tar Heels24.819Boxscore
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes75.229 
Maryland Terrapins37.621Boxscore
@ Boston College Eagles62.428 
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets64.429Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers35.627 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights11.911Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Panthers88.131 
Syracuse Orange17.816Boxscore
@ West Virginia Mountaineers82.230 
South Florida Bulls20.817Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats79.231 
Connecticut Huskies64.426Boxscore
@ Louisville Cardinals35.623 
Purdue Boilermakers 5.010Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes95.039 
Wisconsin Badgers30.722Boxscore
@ Iowa Hawkeyes69.330 
Indiana Hoosiers48.528Boxscore
@ Illinois Fighting Illini51.531 
Michigan State Spartans65.332Boxscore
@ Northwestern Wildcats34.729 
Penn State Nittany Lions95.036Boxscore
@ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5.013 
Ball State Cardinals15.816Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets84.233 
Central Michigan Chippewas26.719Boxscore
@ Northern Illinois Huskies73.330 
Western Michigan Broncos39.620Boxscore
@ Akron Zips60.424 
Kent State Golden Flashes55.420Boxscore
@ Bowling Green Falcons44.619 
Temple Owls85.131Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bulls14.918 
Ohio Bobcats95.032Boxscore
@ Miami (OH) RedHawks 5.012 
Washington State Cougars 5.015Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal95.048 
UCLA Bruins 5.011Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks95.038 
Washington Huskies 8.916Boxscore
@ Arizona Wildcats91.137 
Arizona State Sun Devils52.529Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears47.529 
UAB Blazers 9.919Boxscore
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs90.141 
Mississippi Rebels12.929Boxscore
@ Arkansas Razorbacks87.144 
LSU Tigers32.724Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers67.330 
Georgia Bulldogs75.231Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats24.823 
Alabama Crimson Tide95.034Boxscore
@ Tennessee Volunteers 5.013 
South Carolina Gamecocks95.040Boxscore
@ Vanderbilt Commodores 5.011 
New Mexico State Aggies 5.010Boxscore
@ Idaho Vandals95.046 
Hawaii Warriors64.435Boxscore
@ Utah State Aggies35.631 
Fresno State Bulldogs92.135Boxscore
@ San Jose State Spartans 7.916 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish83.230Boxscore
@ Navy Midshipmen16.820 
Iowa State Cyclones 5.010Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns95.038 
Kansas State Wildcats20.819Boxscore
@ Baylor Bears79.232 
Nebraska Cornhuskers38.625Boxscore
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys61.431 
Oklahoma Sooners52.532Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers47.531 
Texas Tech Red Raiders82.232Boxscore
@ Colorado Buffaloes17.820 
Texas A&M Aggies95.039Boxscore
@ Kansas Jayhawks 5.018 
Rice Owls 5.018Boxscore
@ UCF Knights95.040 
Tulane Green Wave23.822Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners76.235 
Marshall Thundering Herd25.719Boxscore
@ East Carolina Pirates74.330 
Houston Cougars38.629Boxscore
@ Southern Methodist Mustangs61.435 
Colorado State Rams 5.011Boxscore
@ Utah Utes95.042 
Air Force Falcons 5.013Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs95.044 
Wyoming Cowboys31.714Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars68.324 
San Diego State Aztecs95.036Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos 5.012 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers16.813Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns83.230 
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks41.625Boxscore
@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders58.429 
Florida Atlantic Owls42.627Boxscore
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves57.430 

Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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