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NCAA Week 8 Late Games

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3:30 pm #2 Alabama (-21, 66) at Tennessee - The way Alabama took control n the second half in last week's resounding, 41-24, win over Georgia, bodes ill for the Volunteers.

Tennessee has dropped two straight, and were embarrassed at home by Kentucky in a lopsided, 34-7, defeat. The Vols fired their defensive coordinator after the game, but, by the looks of things, they may want to start looking for a new offensive coordinator as well. With Tennessee in disarray, the Tide is going to roll into Tennessee and roll out with a monster win.

Coin Flip: Tennessee

Prediction: Crimson Tide 45 Volunteers 14

3:30 pm #3 Notre Dame (-10 1/2, 43 1/2) at Pittsburgh - Notre Dame may be #3 in the polls, but they look nothing like the #1 and #2 teams, Clemson and Alabama.

The Irish have not been winning like a national championship contender and it's only a matter of time before one of their ACC opponents rises up and smites them. Surely, the Clemson game (November 7) is going to be a tough go for Irish fans, but don't overlook the Panthers here at home.

Despite losing three straight, Pitt's losses were close, and to some good teams. A 30-29 defeat to NC State, a 31-30 OT loss at Boston College and last week's 31-19 loss at Miami were hardly season-busters. QB Kenny Pickett did not play in that Miami loss, replaced by Joey Yellen, who didn't disappoint. No matter who gets the start for the Panthers, they'll put it to the Irish. If Pickett is healthy, look for an potential rout.

Coin Flip: Notre Dame

Prediction: Panthers 34 Fighting Irish 30

3:30 pm #17 Iowa State at #6 Oklahoma State (-3 1/2, 52) - In what is likely to be the best game of the collegiate weekend, two Big 12 teams with solid defenses will meet, each with a chance to claim the top spot in the conference.

in three games, the Cowboys have yielded just 27 points in wins over Tulsa, West Virginia and Kansas. They're 2-0 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones, after an opening week loss to Louisiana, have run up three straight conference wins, over TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech, the defense limiting the Red Raiders to just 15 points.

Close game is in order, with the points quite possibly coming into play.

Coin Flip: Oklahoma State

Prediction: Cyclones 31 Cowboys 29

3:30 pm #8 Penn State (-6 1/2, 59) at Indiana - The Hoosiers had a solid 2019, going 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference. They lost a November meeting at Penn State to the Nittany Lions, 34-27, so they figure to be competitive here.

Michael Penix Jr. will guide the offense. He completed 68.8% of his passes last season, though he missed most of it due to injury.

Penn State went 7-2 in conference play and was 11-2 overall last season. Their only losses were to Ohio State and Minnesota. Sean Clifford returns at QB, as does RB Journey Brown. The Lions are loaded on defense as usual, but with no non-conference patsies to tune them up, the Hoosiers may be able to hang right with them and have a shot for an upset.

Coin Flip: Penn State

Prediction: Hoosiers 32 Nittany Lions 27

7:30 pm #18 Michigan (-3, 55) at #21 Minnesota - The Wolverines look to improve on their 9-4 record from last year, which concluded with a 35-16 loss to Alabama in the Citrus Bowl. Michigan will lean on RB Hassan Haskins and a bevy of other backs to help out whoever head coach Jim Harbaugh names as starting QB. Joe Milton appears to be the choice, but redshirt freshman Cade McNamara has been impressive in practice. No decision has been made.

Minnesota's Golden Gophers had a stellar season in 2019, going 9-2 and capping it off with a 31-24 win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Tanner Morgan returns at QB. He threw for 30 scores in 2019 with just seven interceptions. Mohamed Ibrahim will be the main target, but the Gophers have plenty of weapons, though running back Rashod Bateman has opted out on the season due to COVID fears.

Coin Flip: Michigan

Prediction: Gophers 27 Wolverines 24

8:00 pm Virginia at #11 Miami (-11 1/2, 58) - At 4-1, Miami's only loss was at Clemson, a 42-17 washout in which their offense was stifled throughout the contest. They came back with a 31-19 win over Pitt, but they seem to have lost a bit of their swagger.

Virginia comes in at 1-3. After opening with a 38-20 win over Duke, they've lost consecutive games to Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest. The three losses have been by 18, 17, and 17 points, respectively, and Miami appears to be as good as NC State and Wake Forest, at least. The Hurricanes are putting up 35.6 points per game on average. If they get their running game going, it opens up lots of possibilities for a very talented offense.

Coin Flip: Miami

Prediction: Hurricanes 42 Cavaliers 20

9:00 pm #9 Cincinnati at #16 SMU (-2 1/2, 56 1/2) - The Bearcats are off to a 3-0 start, topping Austin Peay, Army, and SouthFlorida convincingly. Cincy's defense has allowed just 37 points thus far, putting them at #6 in points allowed at 12.3 per game.

The Mustangs are coming off a 37-34 overtime win at Tulane and are 5-0 (2-0 conference). SMU is scoring at a 42.6 per game clip, tied for sixth nationally with BYU. With a more than adequate passing attack, the Mustangs are also averaging 204 yards per game on the ground.

The obvious match-up is SMU's offense against Cincinnati's defense. SMU's Shane Buckle is second overall in passing yards in the nation, amassing 1,710 yards with a 67.2 completing rate, 12 TDs and 2 picks.

Coin Flip: SMU

Prediction: Mustangs 34 Bearcats 24

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