Week 8 Saturday picks: Utah at USC, Texas A&M at Ole Miss, more

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Why a quiet Week 8 could mean big surprises
Friday October 23rd, 2015

It’s unlikely we’ll see a game this season that will provide as much drama as last week’s matchup between Michigan and Michigan State. That was absolutely wild. But there are bound to be some thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes going forward, even in weeks that don’t offer a lot of intrigue. Take this week. On the surface, the potential for entertainment/chaos seems low, but there are a few games you can’t afford to ignore.

Can Miami push undefeated Clemson? Utah is on track to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff, yet surviving a trip to USC won’t be easy. And both Texas A&M and Ole Miss will be looking to get back on track after suffering losses last week. SI.com's team of college football writers—Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Thayer Evans, Zac Ellis, Colin Becht, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton and Ben Glicksman—offers its predictions for those games and more. 

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Week 8 Saturday picks
  Staples Thamel Evans Ellis Becht Schnell Hamilton Glicksman
Kansas State at Texas
Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Northwestern at Nebraska
Auburn at Arkansas
Clemson at Miami
Wisconsin at Illinois
Duke at Virginia Tech
Tennessee at Alabama
Texas Tech at Oklahoma
Missouri at Vanderbilt
Florida St. at Ga. Tech
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Utah at USC
Washington at Stanford
LAST WEEK 13-6 11-8 14-5 12-7 13-6 14-5 13-6 10-9
SEASON 76-40 72-44 78-38 76-40 75-41 75-41 68-48 78-38

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