Wilson: My 3 College Football Best Bets for Week 8


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Oct 18, 2019, 12:50 PM EDT
  • Collin Wilson gives out his college football best bets for Week 8.
  • He's counting on a bounceback from a preseason MAC favorite, an SEC team to run out of gas and two surprisingly good defenses.

Combing over the analytics is the best part of my week.

While most people enjoy Sunday Night Football, there is an early college football point spread market to attack that I’m far more worried about.

Once the work is put in on the analytics side, reading the market becomes an art. You’re left asking yourself if each line will go up or down, and when will be the best time to buy the side.

Odds as of Friday afternoon and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

While there is no metric on punt havoc or getting Cephus Johnson’ed — two things that cost us during weekday action in the last few days — there is plenty of data to help handicap college football.

Havoc will play a huge factor in Penn State-Michigan, rushing explosiveness may give Clemson a scare and Wake Forest’s lightning fast pace are all apart of the Week 8 story.

Be sure and follow me in The Action Network App to get my bets on every Week 7 game, plus Week 8 openers on Sunday.

College Football Best Bets for Week 8

Kent State vs. Ohio

  • Spread: Ohio -7.5
  • Over/Under: 63
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

A look at the MAC conference standings may surprise readers. Kent State supports a 2-0 record and will look to take a commanding lead to the championship game in Detroit with a victory over Ohio.

The Golden Flashes have, for lack of a better term, been a flash on the field with an uptempo pace that leads to a time of possession rank of 128th. Head coach Sean Lewis is still building his vision of a tempo air attack with a top 25 rank in pass completion percentage and top 40 in passing success rate.

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