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Week 8 results: Rick: 6-8; Coin: 5-9
Cumulative: Rick: 39-56-1; Coin: 35-60-1

Thursday, October 29

7:30 pm South Alabama at Georgia Southern (-4, 51) - The Eagles of Georgia Southern own this Sun Belt series, having won the last six meetings straight up with a 5-1 mark ATS.

Both squads are 3-2 though South Alabama is 2-0 in conference play to Georgia Southern's 1-2 record.

The Eagles should recover from last week's 28-14 loss at Coastal Carolina, a ranked team.

Coin Flip: Georgia Southern

Prediction: Eagles 35 Jaguars 24

Friday, October 30

9:45 pm Hawaii (-1, 59 1/2) at Wyoming - The Mountain West conference having just started last week, Wyoming suffered a tough loss at Nevada, in OT, 37-34, but is labels as a contender after an 85- mark in 2019.

Hawaii smacked Fresno State this past Saturday, 34-19. The Rainbow Warriors were a solid 10-5 last season and lost in the MWC championship to Boise State, 31-10. The Cowboys better have their shoes laced up or else Hawaii will run the out of their own stadium. Lots of scoring and a Hawaii win expected.

Coin Flip: Wyoming

Prediction: Rainbow Warriors 45 Cowboys 28

Saturday, October 31

12:00 pm Boston College at #1 Clemson (-31, 61) - It's lazy to think that 6-0 Clemson just blows everybody out and covers these ridiculous point spreads, but they often do not, as was the case last week when they "barely" got past Syracuse, 47-21, spotting them 42 points.

Boston College has been playing some good ball of late, despite being blown out at Virginia Tech two weeks ago, 40-14. They're 4-2, the other loss a 26-22 defeat by North Carolina. So, the Eagles lose to ranked teams, but otherwise, they're not so bad. Can they make a solid showing against the Tigers? Maybe. We'll be suckers for big points and hope Clemson pulls their starters in the second half.

Coin Flip: Clemson

Prediction: Tigers 48 Eagles 23

12:00 pm #5 Georgia (-15, 42) at Kentucky - The 2-3 Wildcats put a hurting on Tennessee October 17, hammering them, 34-7, in a road win, but, last week they got road weary and fell at Missouri, 20-10. What Kentucky's offense lacks, the defense makes up for and that's a key for them at home against the Bulldogs.

Defense is also what Georgia does best, so a low-scoring struggle might ensue. Georgia has had a week off since their 41-24 drubbing at Alabama, when they were shut down scoreless in the second half. The Bulldog offense is good, not great, giving Kentucky a fighting chance at an upset.

Coin Flip: Georgia

Prediction: Bulldogs 24 Wildcats 19

12:00 pm Memphis at #7 Cincinnati (-6 1/2, 55 1/2) - At 2-0 in the AAC, Cincinnati is tied with Tulsa and Houston for the top spot, with Memphis lurking at 2-1.

The Bearcats made quick work of SMU last week, ripping them 42-13. They should do the same to Memphis, a team bestowed with offensive weapons but no defense.

Cincinnati's defense is among the best in the country. In four games, they've allowed an average of just 12.5 points per outing. Memphis defenders average giving up 33.

Coin Flip: Memphis

Prediction: Bearcats 42 Tigers 21

12:00 pm Michigan State at #13 Michigan (-24 1/2, 52 1/2) - The Wolverines opened their season with a win on the road, taking the Little Brown Jug from Minnesota, 49-24.

Michigan State didn't do so well, losing their home opener to Rutgers, 38-27. Normally a pretty good defensive team, the Spartans didn't get a chance to show it, with the offense turning the ball over four times in the first half. They'll be put to the test by Michigan QB Joe Milton, who looked positively super against the Badgers. Michigan looks superior, but the Spartans, in this rivalry match-up can spring the upset or at least keep it close if they control the clock and avoid costly mistakes.

Coin Flip: Michigan State

Prediction: Wolverines 27 Spartans 23

12:00 pm #16 Kansas State at West Virginia (-3 1/2, 46) - Questioning this line favoring the 3-2 Mountaineers, though they have not lost at home this season, topping Eastern Kentucky, Kansas, and Baylor, 27-21 (double OT). Last week's loss was at Texas Tech, 34-27. West Virginia has a respectable defense and an offense featuring RB Leddie Brown.

The Wildcats have been lights out since losing their opener to Arkansas State, 35-31. They topped Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas with an improving defense, which is kind of a new twist in the Big 12. Some teams have good defenders and they're making hay. QB Will Howard and RB Deuce Vaughn are a lethal one-two punch.

Coin Flip: West Virginia

Prediction: Wildcats 28 Mountaineers 20

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