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Tomlin’s Tips: 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets

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It was a mixed bag last week so hopefully, the 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets bounce back.

I highlighted going against the new NFL head coaches and it went 1-1 winning and losing a coin flip. I’m still on board with the trend, since the three worst ones weren’t usable.

I was way off on New England and Denver. Denver was more of me under-rating how versatile the Kansas City offense really is. With New England, I think it was a worse matchup with San Francisco than I gave it credit as well as the lasting COVID effects on Cam Newton.

Nevertheless, my NFL picks are exactly .500, with some great positive value in prop bets and college.

Hopefully, we can get the NFL best bets back on track as we head to the 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets!

As always, a simple disclaimer: sports betting should be entertainment. The 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets will not make you rich. Anyone with picks saying they can make you rich is a liar and I would bet against them.

The 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets will be about having fun wagering on sports while trying to stay even or break a small profit.

So let’s get to the picks!

All of the information is up to date as of October 29th.

Tomlin’s Tips: 2020 NFL/NCAA Football Week 8 Bets

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Best NFL Bets: 1-4 last week, 17-17 season

Each week I will pick my five best bets for the NFL weekend. This is similar to the most famous handicapping contest in the world, The Las Vegas Supercontest, where the winner gets over a million bucks.
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Philadelphia Eagles -7.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys

The line is currently off the board everywhere as we wait on the starting quarterback news out of Dallas. It opened briefly at 7.5 so I will go with that for now. I honestly don’t care. Put the line up to 21 and I’ll probably still take the Eagles. Dallas has completely given up.

Cleveland Browns -2.5 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

I am going against my new head coach theory here strictly because the value is off in this game. The line dropped almost two points because of Odell Beckham going out? I mean in Week 7, Cleveland pushed (depending on the closing line) in a win. The Raiders got blown out. Yet the line goes down? I think Beckham being out will actually help Baker Mayfield here and they easily handle the Raiders.

San Francisco 49ers +4 at Seattle Seahawks

Going into the season, you would have thought beating Dallas, New England, Atlanta, and Minnesota were all great wins. Looking at it now, none of those teams have winning records and they are a combined 6-20. They weren’t exactly blowing all of these teams out either. The 49ers have dealt with massive injuries but have turned it around the past couple of weeks in a big way. I like getting more than a field goal against a defense that can’t stop anyone.
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New England Patriots +4 at Buffalo Bills

It’s really tough to bet against Bill Belichick right here. He’s hasn’t lost four games in a row since 2002. That’s not all with Tom Brady either, considering he missed a whole season and a quarter of another. I just have faith he will figure out a way to win in a game that could bury them in the division race if they lose.

Miami Dolphins +4 vs. Los Angeles Rams

I’ve never been the biggest Tua Tagovailoa fan, but I like the spot here for Miami. The Dolphins don’t make this move unless two things are true: 1. Tua has dominated in practice, 2. The team wants/will rally around him. They are coming off two massive wins by more than twenty points each and now are getting more than a field goal at home. I just know that if this was flipped and the Rams were favored by more than a touchdown at home then I would be all over it too, so I love the Dolphins.

Other NFL Games Picked: 5-3 last week, 34-34-1 season

I’ll put my picks in for all of the NFL games. Some people are in pools where they pick every game each week. Home teams are in CAPS.

PANTHERS -2 over Falcons

LIONS +3.5 over Colts

Vikings +7.5 over PACKERS



BENGALS +6 over Titans

CHIEFS -19.5 over Jets

Saints -4 over BEARS

Chargers -3 over BRONCOS

Steelers +4.5 over RAVENS

GIANTS +11.5 over Buccaneers

Survivor Pool Plays 1-0 last week, 6-1 season

One of the most popular games now is survivor pools. You pick one winner, no spread, every week. You can never use the same team twice.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys are not winning this game.

Other Options:  Chiefs, Buccaneers, Packers

NFL 10-Point Teaser of the Week: 0-1 last week, 5-2 season

My brother and I’s favorite bet: you take 10 points extra either off the spread or over/under. You combine three different sides with the 10 extra points and all have to hit to win.
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Eagles +2.5, Chiefs -9.5, and Chiefs/Jets UNDER 59.5

The Cowboys are not winning that game. Then I want to focus on that Chiefs/Jets tilt. I feel pretty safe about Kansas City winning by double digits at home against the Jets. Surprisingly, the Chiefs have just one game that has seen 60 points or more. Even if they score 40, do we really think the Jets can score 20?

Game Total of the Week: 0-1 last week, 5-2 season

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks OVER 53

The Seahawks are the best over team in the league. They have four totals that have gone over to just two unders, but their two unders missed by a point each. The lowest total in a game for them this season is 53, and I think the 49ers’ offense has figured it out.

College Best Bets: 3-2 last week, 19-14-1 season

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West Virginia Mountaineers -4 vs. Kansas State Wildcats

There have been thirteen instances of an unranked team favored by at least four points over a ranked team since 2017. The unranked teams in those games are 11-2 Straight Up and Against The Spread. The West Virginia loss was misleading last week as they out-gained Texas Tech by almost 100 yards, were -50 yards in penalties, and gave up a long fumble-return touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma Sooners -14 at Texas Tech Red Raiders

As I said, the Texas Tech win last week was quite misleading. What’s not misleading is the fact that Oklahoma has been up multiple touchdowns in the fourth quarter of every game this season except one, where they were still up a single touchdown. After blowing a couple of those games, the Sooners seemed to have figured it out closing out Texas and blowing out TCU. The Texas Tech offense is not capable of keeping pace.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10.5 at Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana is coming off an emotional, questionable, and last-second win against Penn State. This is definitely a letdown spot. Rutgers is coming off a domination of Michigan State and is brimming with confidence. They were up 18 points late in the fourth quarter before a last-minute, garbage-time touchdown. This isn’t the same Rutgers team that we have become accustomed to. Also, Indiana is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games as a road favorite.
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North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 at Virginia Cavaliers

Transitive property here as Virginia lost to North Carolina State by 17 points, a team that North Carolina just beat last week by 27 points. Sometimes with up-and-coming teams that don’t quite have the depth of the elite programs, eggs can be laid. I think that’s what happened with North Carolina at Florida State. If you disregard that game, the Tar Heels should be a 17-point favorite here.



Ohio State Buckeyes -11 at Penn State Nittany Lions

I don’t have a bunch of numbers or stats to back this one up, but sometimes you just have to go by feel. I feel like this Ohio State team is going to run roughshod through the Big Ten. Also, I feel like Penn State just is not as good as they have been in recent years. Justin Fields is a man on a mission to prove he’s 1B to Trevor Lawrence’s 1A.


That’s it for the 2020 Week 8 Football bets. Check out our Fantasy Football rankings!

About Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.

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