Gary’s 2018 Week 8 College Football Picks (Against the Spread)

Gary’s picks

College Football

Week 8!  To keep up with our record for the year, along with results from each game we pick, please visit our Gambling Picks page!



Maryland @ Iowa (-12) (currently -9.5)   (Saturday / 11am / ESPN2)  

  • Iowa is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a home favorite
  • Maryland is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 as a road underdog
  • Iowa is 5-1 ATS this year
  • Metrics have Iowa as 14.6 pt favorites
  • the public is all over Maryland right now, which makes me feel even better about this game
  • Maryland, aside from the win over Texas in the 1st game, has gotten hammered by Temple and Michigan.  Their wins have been over these teams:
    • Bowling Green (1-5)
    • Minnesota (3-3, who is on a 3 game losing streak since losing their star running back)
    • Rutgers (1-6)
  • gimme the Hawkeyes all day


Miami (OH) @ Army (-9) (currently -8)   (Saturday / 11am / CBSSN)

  • a non-conference game for Miami (OH), who will probably not put too much effort into this game because they’re in their conference race, and they have to play Buffalo next
  • oddsmakers still have not caught up to Army.  The Cadets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • metrics have Army winning this game by 16


Eastern Michigan (-4.5) @ Ball St (currently EMU -3)   (Saturday / 2pm / ESPN+)

  • last 3 seasons, Eastern Michigan is 8-0 ATS in October road games
  • EMU is 14-3 on the road since 2016
  • Ball St is only 2-8 ATS in their last 10 as a home underdog
  • metrics have Eastern Michigan winning by 7


NC State (+17) @ Clemson  (Saturday / 2:30pm / ESPN)

  • my metrics have Clemson only favored by 14
  • Clemson is 7-11-1 ATS in their last 19 as a home favorite (0-3 ATS in 2018)
  • NC State is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs Clemson, including covering the last 2 years
  • Clemson has trouble with teams that can throw the football (Texas A&M, Syracuse) – NC State is #6 in the country in passing offense


Oregon @ Washington St (+2) (currently -3)   (Saturday / 6:30pm / FOX)

  • Washington St is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 as a home underdog
  • WSU is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall, including 6-0 this year
  • since 2016, Oregon is 3-11-1 ATS after a win, and 3-8-1 as a road team
  • with College Gameday in town, the Ducks are going into a buzzsaw in Pullman, WA.  Homefield advantage will be intense.

  Vanderbilt @ Kentucky (-11.5)   (Saturday / 6:30pm / SECN)

  • Kentucky is 2-0 SU & ATS vs Vandy in their last 2 meetings, including a 44-21 beatdown in Nashville in 2017
  • Vandy is 1-9-1 ATS vs SEC teams since 2017
  • Vandy is giving up an average of 280+ rushing yds per game in those 9 losses & 1 push
  • Vandy can’t stop the run, Kentucky is coming off a bye… this should be a blood bath

Fresno St (-15) @ New Mexico (currently Fresno -13.5)  (Saturday / 7:30pm / ESPNU)

  • Fresno St is 16-3-1 ATS in their last 20 games
  • New Mexico is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games
  • metrics have Fresno St -18
  • Jeff Tedford and his defense will keep things rolling, and they should beat up on this New Mexico team, even on the road
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Gary began his first website in 1998 as a sophomore in high school, writing reviews of cds and live shows in the Memphis area. He became editor of his college newspaper, then moved towards a career in music.He started the infamous blog during the 2006 football season, and was lucky enough to get into blogging just before the coaching search that landed Nick Saban at Alabama. The month and a half long coaching search netted his site, which was known for tracking airplanes, over 1 million hits in less than 90 days. The website introduced Gary to tons of new friends, including Nico and Todd, who had just started the site diving into more than just Alabama news, Gary started up his first installment of in 2012. After keeping the site quiet for a while, it was started back up in April 2016. Gary then joined forces with high school friend Chris Giannini and began a podcast during the 2016 football season that runs at least 2 times a week, focusing on college football, NFL football, and sports wagering, and diving into other sports and pop-culture topics.E-mail: Twitter: @GaryWCE