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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Week 8 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 22-24, 2015

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 22

7:00 pm Temple at East Carolina (-3, 53 1/2) - Off to one of their best seasons in years, the 6-0 Owls travel down the pike to meet the Pirates, always a competitive group, though just 4-3 so far this season.

This is a tough call for Temple, on the road for already the fourth time this year, but they're unbeaten and figure to roll on here. The Owl defense has been especially rugged, allowing a mere 29 points over their last three games vs. Charlotte, Tulane and UCF.

Prediction: Owls 27 Pirates 23


9:00 pm California at UCLA (-3 1/2, 65 1/2) - The Bruins were slaughtered last week up north at Stanford, 56-35 and already has accumulated two losses, likely putting an end to any national championship aspirations. However, the PAC-12 is still up for grabs and a Rose Bowl berth is still a large motivator.

5-1 Cal has been consistent this season, to say the least, their only loss coming just in their last game, October 10, losing narrowly, 30-24, at Utah. Away from home for the second straight week might be daunting, but the Bears are hungry for a taste of championship caliber post-season play, and this game becomes a must win if they are to remain close to Stanford and challenge for the PAC-12 North.

The Golden Bears have played a number of close games, and this figures to be another. UCLA has been sloppy on defense and the Bears can take advantage.

Prediction: Golden Bears 37 Bruins 31


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Friday, October 23

8:00 pm Memphis (-11, 75) at Tulsa - The Tigers are currently the toast of the American Athletic conference, which sports three undefeated teams (Memphis, Temple, Houston), after their stunning victory over visiting Ole Miss last week, topping the Rebels in a serious slap to the SEC, 37-24.

What the Tigers have to guard against is an emotional letdown after their big win, and they'd better be ready from the get-go, as Tulsa is no knockover, despite their 3-3 mark.

Both teams share the short work week, having played on Saturday, but Tulsa lost at East Carolina, 30-17, and should be geared up for the Tigers. Problems for the Golden Hurricanes occur when opponents have the ball, as they are averaging 34.8 points allowed per game. The Tigers should claw their way to another victory.

Prediction: Tigers 44 Golden Hurricane 24


10:30 pm Utah State (-5, 46) at San Diego State - Seemingly coming from nowhere to lead the Mountain West's Mountain division at 3-0, the Aggies shrugged off non-conference losses at Utah (24-14) and Washington (31-17) to focus on what counts, last week burying Boise State on their home blue field by a 52-26 score.

This is a real showdown game, as the Aztecs are 3-0 in conference as well, but only 4-3 overall. San Diego State has displayed some fine defense over the past three games - all wins - allowing just 28 points in those contests.

This shapes up to be a battle royal, with the Aztecs getting the nod at home with another solid defensive effort. Should be close from start to finish and fun to watch.

Prediction: Aztecs 25 Aggies 23


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Saturday, October 24

12:00 pm Auburn at Arkansas (-5 1/2, 50 1/2) - Early game for SEC fans between two bottom dwellers in the West division, each with 1-2 conference records, though the Tigers are actually 4-2 overall versus Arkansas' horrid 2-4 record.

Arkansas was last seen losing at Alabama, 27-14, on October 10, so the Razors have had some extra time to recover and prepare. Auburn has won two straight, topping San Diego State, 35-21, and winning last Thursday at Kentucky, 30-27, so the Tigers may be righting their season before it's too late.

The points may be of value here as the Tigers have beaten Arkansas the past two years, but the Razorbacks are hungry for win.

Prediction: Tigers 26 Razorbacks 24


12:00 pm Clemson (-7, 54 1/2) at Miami (FL) - After consecutive losses on the road to Cincinnati and Florida State, the Hurricanes bounced back last week to defeat Virginia Tech, 30-20, but the Hokies aren't much of a team this season (3-4 overall).

Now, they face their toughest test of the season, and, despite home field, have to hope to slow down the Clemson offense, which is averaging 35.2 ppg.

That may not be doable, as the Tigers last week put up 34 on Boston College, one of the best defensive teams in the conference. Besides, Clemson has scored 41 or more points in three of their six wins this season and already boast wins over Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. Could get very ugly, very early.

Prediction: Tigers 38 Hurricanes 21

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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