College Football Betting: Week 8
The third-ranked Clemson Tigers clawed their way back from a fourth-quarter deficit last week and scored 14 unanswered points to defeat Boston College.
Now they'll hope to avoid getting beat by No. 5 Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference's first top-five showdown in eight years.It's the league's first matchup of top-five teams since then-No. 5 Miami defeated then-No. 3 Virginia Tech 27-7 in 2005.
Currently at 5Dimes Florida State (5-0, 3-0 ACC) is laying -3 points on the road to Clemson (6-0, 4-0). The winner will take another step closer toward its chance at vying for the national title. And while the Tigers have had to collect themselves since Saturday's come-from-behind 24-14 win over B.C., the Seminoles should be more than well rested since their last win was a 63-0 whitewash of Maryland.
This is being hyped - rightfully so - as a quarterback duel between Jameis Winston and Tajh Boyd, both of whom lead high-powered offenses. The Seminoles average nearly 54 points a game, about 10 more than the Tigers.
The Tigers will have revenge on the brain, as they were ahead 27-13 in Tallahassee last season in what was a top-10 showdown, when the Seminoles rallied for a 49-37 victory. And make note, Florida State hasn't fared well the past decade at Death Valley, where it hasn't won since 2001.
The 'Noles are mired in a 1-7 ATS slide on the highway, while Clemson has covered 10 of its last 13 in conference play. The home team has covered 12 of the last 15 meetings.
In other Top 25 clashes this week, Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel are laying -13.5 at home to No. 24 Auburn; No. 9 UCLA will travel to play an angry 13th-ranked Stanford team that lost to Utah over the weekend and that is laying -4.5 to the Bruins; and, fresh off their upset win at Georgia, No. 14 Missouri is a home underdog to No. 22 Florida, which is laying -3. The obnoxiously big line of the week goes to No. 2 Oregon, which is laying -38 to Washington State.