Last week featured a tremendous slate of games. This week, not so much. Even ESPN’s College GameDay isn’t attending an FBS game this week. Nonetheless, it’s another week of college football which means we’re in for a lot of excitement no matter the matchup.
Here are the top 5 games to watch in week 8:
1.) #15 Texas A&M @ #25 Ole Miss
The biggest SEC matchup of the week features two teams who are desperate for a win. The Aggies are coming off a big home loss to the Crimson Tide where a win would’ve solidified their presence as a legitimate CFB Playoff caliber team – they look to rejuvenate that thought with a win on the road this week. As for Ole Miss, they were upset by a rising Memphis team giving them their 2nd loss on the year. Hugh Freeze and the Rebels are set to battle with Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies.
2.) #21 California @ UCLA
What a horrific performance it was for Jared Goff in week 6 where he threw 5 interceptions in the national spotlight. After a bye week, he should this week’s conference contest against UCLA well-rested and well-prepared. A win would make a huge statement for the Golden Bears as it would advance them to 6-1 and most likely into the top 15. A loss for Josh Rosen and the Bruins would most likely eliminate them from contention in the Pac-12. Goff vs. Rosen makes for a great duel at the QB position. A great game to catch on Thursday night.
3.) Texas Tech @ #11 Oklahoma
Of all the games this week, this looks to be the most exciting. If you like offense tune into this game on Saturday. Following their loss to rival Texas, the Sooners responded in a big way this past week with a 55-0 rout of Kansas State. Baker Mayfield goes against his former team as he tries to outduel a Texas Tech team who have started 5-2 on the year. A classic Big 12 matchup that very well could break 100 combined points. Oklahoma tries to strengthen their CFB Playoff case with another win.
4.) #6 Utah @ USC
The Trojans looked very good and revived against Notre Dame this past week in their first game with Clay Helton as their head coach. The Trojans will try to play spoiler this week at home against the high ranked Utah Utes. Even at 6-0, I’m still not big on Utah. This is my upset pick of the week. Fight on SC!
5.) #5 Clemson @ Miami (FL)
The biggest ACC matchup of the week heads to Miami. Al Golden continues to survive by just a thread, perhaps a win against a top 5 team would be enough for him to comeback next season. The Hurricanes look to stay relevant in the ACC and more specifically the Coastal division – they have just Pitt and UNC to beat out at this point. Dabo Swinney and the Tigers attempt to keep their CFB Playoff hopes alive.