clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Frogs O’ War Staff Picks: College Football Week 8

We predict the winners of the week’s biggest games

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 29 Ohio State at Penn State
TreVeyon Henderson (32) and the Ohio State Buckeyes look to silence any doubters with Penn State coming to town
Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s already Week 8 of the college football season as some big questions will be answered in the Big 12 and a trio of marquee Top 25 showdowns highlight the slate. Our staff gives predictions for the biggest games of the weekend

Big 12

UCF Knights at Oklahoma Sooners - Sat. Oct. 21, 11:00 AM, ABC

  • Anthony: John Rhys Plumlee appears likely to return for UCF. He may help keep this within 3 scores. OU rolls. Dillon Gabriel +1000 to win the Heisman, get it while you can.
  • Austin: Boomer Sooner.
  • Drew: Oklahoma wins big here.
  • Miles: Oklahoma continues to roll.
  • Russ: Sooners win an easy contest.

Baylor Bears at Cincinnati Bearcats - Sat. Oct. 21, 11:00 AM, ESPN+

  • Anthony: What a disappointing performance from Cinci last week. Give me Bears off a bye, I guess.
  • Austin: These two squads appear to be on different paths. I have the Bears, no cats, in this one.
  • Drew: I’ll take the Bears coming off of a bye to continue the trend of the new Big 12 struggling in conference play.
  • Miles: No clue... This game will probably be ugly. I’ll take Cincinnati at home.
  • Russ: I was wrong about Cincinnati against Iowa State. I’ll take Baylor.

Oklahoma State Cowboys at West Virginia Mountaineers - Sat. Oct. 21, 2:30 PM, ESPN

  • Anthony: Can the Orange & Black October magic continue away from Stillwater after two terrific wins? Nope, WVU bounces back at home.
  • Austin: Picking has been rough as of late, so I’ll go with the team I wouldn’t pick. Go Cowboys.
  • Drew: I think West Virginia rebounds after a heartbreaking loss on the road in Houston last week.
  • Miles: Can Mike Gundy keep the Cowboys rolling? They’re surprising a lot of people right now. I’ll take the Mountaineers in a close one here.
  • Russ: I think Oklahoma State keeps rolling and the Cowboys net a narrow win here.

Texas Longhorns at Houston Cougars - Sat. Oct. 21, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM FOX

  • Anthony: Perhaps the most anticipated football game in Cougars history. Longhorns blow them off the field.
  • Austin: Alright, alright, alright, UT in a landslide.
  • Drew: Texas might score 100 in this one. Give me the Longhorns.
  • Miles: Longhorns keep rolling.
  • Russ: Easy win for the Longhorns in Houston.

Texas Tech Red Raiders at BYU Cougars - Sat. Oct. 21, 6:00 PM, FS1

  • Anthony: BYU is the cure to the common fledgling offense. Whatever is going on for TTU and its QB situation will magically be fixed in Provo. Red Raiders win.
  • Austin: Even though we witnessed a massacre last weekend in Fort Worth, I’m siding with BYU.
  • Drew: It is hard to pick against BYU at home at night, but they did not look like a good football team last week against the Frogs. I’ll take the Red Raiders.
  • Miles: I think Texas Tech has lost every time I’ve picked them this year. BYU at night at home? Cougars.
  • Russ: BYU bounces back with an important home win.

Top National Games

Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes - Sat. Oct. 21, 11:00 AM, FOX

  • Anthony: Buckeyes keep getting away with it and Franklin continues to be unable to win the big one since leaving Vanderbilt.
  • Austin: Although I believe in the Nittany Lions, I’m going with the Buckeyes.
  • Drew: Is Drew Allar ready for the big stage on the road against Ohio State? I don’t think he does enough for Penn State to pull off the upset. Give me the Buckeyes.
  • Miles: Penn State’s coming out party!
  • Russ: Buckeyes are tough to beat at home. Give me Ohio State.

Washington State Cougars at Oregon Ducks - Sat. Oct. 21, 2:30 PM, ABC

  • Anthony: The Wazzu dream is dead; Ducks stay on course for rematch with UW in the conference championship.
  • Austin: What happened to that incredible offense? I have to side with Oregon here.
  • Drew: Washington State had not looked right the last two games. I think the Ducks win big over a struggling Wazzu team.
  • Miles: The Ducks get back on track and win BIG.
  • Russ: Oregon needs a bounce-back win here and they get one.

Tennessee Volunteers at Alabama Crimson Tide - Sat. Oct. 21, 2:30 PM, CBS

  • Anthony: Tide may require some Terrence Cody-esque magic, but Bama wins.
  • Austin: Tennessee tempts me, but I’m going Roll Tide.
  • Drew: The Tide rolls at home. Have to imagine Saban has been waiting for this one after last year’s loss to the Vols.
  • Miles: I have to take the Tide at home in this one. Joe Milton gets exposed.
  • Russ: I can’t go against Nick Saban at home. Alabama wins.

Ole Miss Rebels at Auburn Tigers - Sat. Oct. 21, 6:00 PM, ESPN

  • Anthony: No logical analysis here, but I’m taking Auburn. Hugh Freeze pulls some good nonsense and Lane Kiffin pulls some bad nonsense and the Tigers take it.
  • Austin: Ole Miss. Auburn had me at one point, but I’m no longer a believer.
  • Drew: I think this game is very close but I don’t think Auburn has enough juice to upset Ole Miss.
  • Miles: Ole Miss, but Auburn keeps it close at home!
  • Russ: Lane Kiffin and his team find a way to get it done.

Duke Blue Devils at Florida State Seminoles - Sat. Oct. 21, 6:30 PM, ABC

  • Anthony: If Riley Leonard was confirmed healthy, I might be tempted towards the Blue Devils, but FSU keeps its CFP hunt on track.
  • Austin: Duke is a fun story, but the Seminoles have too much talent for the Blue Devils. Florida State rolls.
  • Drew: Florida State in a game that is not particularly close.
  • Miles: Florida State gets a big win in the ACC race.
  • Russ: Seminoles pick up a big win against the Blue Devils.

Utah Utes at USC Trojans - Sat. Oct. 21, 7:00 PM, FOX

  • Anthony: Kyle Whittingham owns Caleb Williams and the Trojans, but can’t see Williams having two consecutive duds; maybe this time he’ll let his play do the talking instead of his finger nail polish. Trojans win.
  • Austin: Big bounce-back win for the Trojans.
  • Drew: I think Utah gets one last win over the Trojans before both teams change conferences.
  • Miles: USC gets exposed part 2? The Utes are great on defense. I’ll take them on the road.
  • Russ: I’d take Utah with a healthy Cam Rising, but since that’s not the case, USC wins.

Clemson Tigers at Miami Hurricanes - Sat. Oct. 21, 7:00 PM, ACC Network

  • Anthony: Clemson put up 17 points at home vs. Wake Forest before the bye; Garrett Riley was purely a product of Max Duggan, Quentin Johnston, and Kendre Miller. I’m done buying-in on this Clemson team, give me The U.
  • Austin: As much as I’d like to side with the Hurricanes; I’m choosing Clemson to win a hard-fought battle on the road.
  • Drew: Miami’s best win being Texas A&M looks worse and worse every week. Clemson gets the win on the road.
  • Miles: Miami’s losing streak continues and the Tigers win on the road in front of an empty stadium.
  • Russ: Dabo Swinney and the crew score a road win against the ‘Canes.

Frogs O’ War Pick ‘Em Leaderboard

You can get in on the action for Week Eight HERE

Leaderboard Top 10

Staff Standings

Staff picks results from Week 7

Overall Season Win %

  1. Drew: 69%
  2. Russ: 64%
  3. Miles: 56%
  4. Anthony: 54%
  5. Austin: 46%