Our best Week 8 picks and score predictions feature a pair of ranked matchups between No. 6 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State and No. 16 N.C. State at No. 3 Clemson
No. 6 Michigan (-7, 41.5) at No. 24 Michigan State
Pick: Spartans +7, UNDER 41.5
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has covered the spread in all 11 attempts to bring home the Paul Bunyan Trophy against Michigan. Going 8-3 SU and 11-0 ATS, the Spartans are covering a 2.5 average line by a 10.8 margin.
Three times the rivalry has kicked off with a total below 45 points. The two combine for 599.3 yards and 32 points per game under these betting conditions. With a projected low-scoring game, pick the Spartans ATS and the UNDER. Dantonio has only loss a single matchup by more than 4 points. First to 20 points wins.
Score Prediction: Michigan 20-17
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No. 16 N.C. State at No. 3 Clemson (-17.5, 56)
N.C. State has squared off against six ranked opponents on the road under head coach Dave Doeren all-time. It scored 17 (Florida State, 2013), 17 (Florida State, 2015), 17 (Clemson, 2016), 13 (Louisville, 2016), 27 (Florida State, 2017), and 14 (Notre Dame, 2017) points. The current Tigers defense is arguably the best of the bunch.
Score Prediction: Clemson 37-17
Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-25.5, 68)
Pick: UNDER 68
App State has kicked off as double-digit favorite in Sun Belt play 22 times. A stout defense allows 15.9 points per game. The Mountaineers will likely hang 40 points, but the over-under 68 is a bit steep considering Louisiana-Lafayette will struggle to get out of the teens. App State will resort to the run late with a big lead and milk the clock.
Score Prediction: App St. 43-10
Other Week 8 Picks:
Miami (OH) at Army, UNDER 48
No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Mississippi State, UNDER 45
No. 2 Ohio State at Purdue, UNDER 68.5
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, UNDER 55
Florida Atlantic at Marshall, UNDER 62.5
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