College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 8, 2020: Proven model backing Alabama, Penn State
The Big Ten and Mountain West get underway this weekend, making the Week 8 college football schedule the busiest of the 2020 season thus far. The week sees four games featuring AP Top 25 teams facing each other, with visiting No. 18 Michigan taking on No. 21 Minnesota in the opener for both sides. No. 14 North Carolina looks to rebound from losing to Florida State by hosting NC State. No. 6 Oklahoma State aims to remain unbeaten when hosting No. 17 Iowa State. And No. 9 Cincinnati looks to bolster its undefeated start by traveling to face fellow unbeaten No. 16 SMU.
The NC State vs. North Carolina matchup is carrying the longest odds among those games, as the Tar Heels are giving the Wolfpack 16.5 points in the Week 8 college football odds from William Hill. Michigan, meanwhile, is a three-point favorite on the road at Minnesota. Before making any Week 8 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 25-13 on top-rated picks through seven weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $700 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 8 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head to SportsLine to see every pick.
Top Week 8 college football predictions
One of the top Week 8 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 2 Alabama (-21 at William Hill) covers on the road against Tennessee in the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC on CBS matchup. Alabama is coming off an impressive 41-24 victory over then-No. 3 Georgia in Week 7.
Quarterback Mac Jones and running back Najee Harris are building Heisman campaigns, while receivers Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle will also be a lot to handle for a Tennessee team that stumbles into this matchup after getting blown out 34-7 by Kentucky.
The Vols have huge concerns at quarterback. Jarrett Guarantano hasn’t been able to protect the ball this year and Tennessee very well could end up playing multiple guys on Saturday. The simulations show Jones throwing for almost 300 yards, with Harris adding around 100 on the ground as Alabama covers well over 60 percent of the time.
Another one of the top Week 8 predictions from the model: No. 8 Penn State easily covers as a 5.5-point road favorite against Indiana in a 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. This line has dropped from opening at -7.5, providing even more value on the Nittany Lions.
Penn State ended the 2019 season by thumping Memphis 53-39 in the Cotton