WhatIfSports college football Week 8 predictions: A&M beats Ole Miss

Every Week 8 college football game was simulated 101 times to predict the outcome.

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Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com’s college football simulation engine generates predictions for every Division I FBS game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team’s likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 101 times.

Week 7 in Review

The weekly winning percentage fell from 83.9 percent in Week 6 to only 71.9 percent in Week 7. Out of the 22 games involving the AP’s Top 25 teams, the WhatIfSports simulations won 86.4 percent of those contests (19-3).

Track our 2015 performance or view our accuracy last season, when we correctly picked the winner in 77.6 percent of all games involving FBS teams.

Week 7 Highlight: Michigan State 27 – Michigan 23

The world might’ve been stunned by the ending between the Spartans and Wolverines, but the computers predicted it. After 101 simulations, the results had Michigan State winning by an average score of 26.1-23.7.

Week 7 Lowlight: Oklahoma 55 – Kansas State 0

While the machine’s results had the Wildcats winning in a nail biter (29.9-29.9), the game wasn’t even close. The Sooners bounced back from their loss to the Longhorns and walloped Kansas State.

Week 8 Top 25 vs. Top 25 Matchup:

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No. 15 Texas A&M vs. No. 24 Mississippi

There is only one showdown of Top 25 opponents in Week 8 and, naturally, it is between two SEC teams. The Aggies suffered their first loss of the season last week as they fell 41-23 to tenth-ranked Alabama. Ole Miss also lost in Week 7. The Rebels led 14-0 at one point, but were eventually shocked by Memphis, 37-24. Though Ole Miss has lost two of the past three games, it was able to defeat the Crimson Tide. As for A&M, its victories aren’t as impressive. The Aggies needed overtime to beat Arkansas. On the plus side, if you remove the three pick-sixes (I know, that’s a dramatic "plus side") from the Alabama game, the Aggies win 23-20 and could still be undefeated. Staying on the A&M optimistic side, the simulations produced a 62.4 winning percentage for the Aggies by an average of 30.9-28.3.

Week 8 Upset Pick:

Utah (+3.5) over USC

Am I the only one who is surprised that the Utes are the underdog in this scenario? Apparently, our computers weren’t fooled, either. Utah is 6-0 and has won each contest by at least six points. The Trojans, on the other hand, have lost three of the last four games. Maybe the spread is due to the fact that Utah hasn’t won in Southern California since 1916. They finished that season 3-2 (yes, only five games). USC is 6-1 against the Utes at home. However, the sim engine says Utah remains undefeated. The Utes won 57.4 percent of the results by an average of 30.1-28.3.

College Football Week 8 Predictions
Matchup Win % Avg. Score  
Boston College Eagles 38.1 22.0 Box Score
@ Louisville Cardinals 61.9 25.5  
Virginia Cavaliers 41.6 25.2 Box Score
@ North Carolina Tar Heels 58.4 29.1  
Duke Blue Devils 52.5 26.8 Box Score
@ Virginia Tech Hokies 47.5 25.2  
North Carolina State Wolfpack 59.4 26.5 Box Score
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons 40.6 23.6  
Clemson Tigers 60.4 29.1 Box Score
@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes 39.6 26.2  
Florida State Seminoles 66.3 32.3 Box Score
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 33.7 27.2  
Pittsburgh Panthers 71.3 29.4 Box Score
@ Syracuse Orange 28.7 23.1  
Indiana Hoosiers 29.7 24.9 Box Score
@ Michigan State Spartans 70.3 33.0  
Northwestern Wildcats 49.4 25.0 Box Score
@ Nebraska Cornhuskers 50.6 26.4  
Wisconsin Badgers 53.5 27.5 Box Score
@ Illinois Fighting Illini 46.5 25.7  
Penn State Nittany Lions 54.5 26.0 Box Score
@ Maryland Terrapins 45.5 24.2  
Ohio State Buckeyes 84.2 36.4 Box Score
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights 15.8 24.7  
Eastern Michigan Eagles 30.7 24.3 Box Score
@ Northern Illinois Huskies 69.3 31.4  
Miami (OH) RedHawks 36.6 26.8 Box Score
@ Western Michigan Broncos 63.4 32.0  
Central Michigan Chippewas 52.2 29.3 Box Score
@ Ball State Cardinals 47.8 29.1  
Ohio Bobcats 59.4 32.2 Box Score
@ Buffalo Bulls 40.6 28.8  
Toledo Rockets 67.3 33.9 Box Score
@ Massachusetts Minutemen 32.7 27.8  
Bowling Green Falcons 72.3 36.5 Box Score
@ Kent State Golden Flashes 27.7 29.0  
Washington State Cougars 38.6 31.1 Box Score
@ Arizona Wildcats 61.4 34.7  
Washington Huskies 39.1 26.2 Box Score
@ Stanford Cardinal 60.9 29.7  
California Golden Bears 47.5 30.3 Box Score
@ UCLA Bruins 52.5 30.8  
Utah Utes 57.4 30.1 Box Score
@ USC Trojans 42.6 28.3  
Colorado Buffaloes 58.9 31.7 Box Score
@ Oregon State Beavers 41.1 29.9  
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 25.7 28.8 Box Score
@ LSU Tigers 74.3 36.7  
Tennessee Volunteers 29.2 22.7 Box Score
@ Alabama Crimson Tide 70.8 28.2  
Kentucky Wildcats 48.4 27.6 Box Score
@ Mississippi State Bulldogs 51.6 27.7  
Auburn Tigers 57.4 28.7 Box Score
@ Arkansas Razorbacks 42.6 25.7  
Texas A&M Aggies 62.4 30.9 Box Score
@ Ole Miss Rebels 37.6 28.3  
Missouri Tigers 65.3 27.1 Box Score
@ Vanderbilt Commodores 34.7 22.2  
Wagner Seahawks 5.0 6.0 Box Score
@ BYU Cougars 95.0 48.0  
Kansas Jayhawks 20.8 21.1 Box Score
@ Oklahoma State Cowboys 79.2 30.9  
Iowa State Cyclones 22.8 25.8 Box Score
@ Baylor Bears 77.2 36.1  
Kansas State Wildcats 46.0 26.3 Box Score
@ Texas Longhorns 54.0 28.1  
Texas Tech Red Raiders 47.5 29.1 Box Score
@ Oklahoma Sooners 52.5 30.4  
North Texas Mean Green 26.7 21.3 Box Score
@ Marshall Thundering Herd 73.3 31.3  
Army West Point Black Knights 32.7 24.2 Box Score
@ Rice Owls 67.3 31.1  
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 38.6 25.8 Box Score
@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 61.4 28.6  
Old Dominion Monarchs 41.1 27.4 Box Score
@ FIU Golden Panthers 58.9 29.5  
Florida Atlantic Owls 54.5 27.9 Box Score
@ UTEP Miners 45.5 27.5  
Southern Miss Golden Eagles 65.3 33.7 Box Score
@ Charlotte 49ers 34.7 28.3  
Wyoming Cowboys 23.8 27.8 Box Score
@ Boise State Broncos 76.2 35.1  
New Mexico Lobos 44.0 30.2 Box Score
@ San Jose State Spartans 56.0 31.7  
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 46.8 27.8 Box Score
@ Nevada Wolf Pack 53.2 28.7  
Fresno State Bulldogs 48.1 29.5 Box Score
@ Air Force Falcons 51.9 30.2  
Utah State Aggies 59.4 29.6 Box Score
@ San Diego State Aztecs 40.6 26.0  
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 35.6 28.9 Box Score
@ Arkansas State Red Wolves 64.4 33.4  
South Alabama Jaguars 45.0 29.0 Box Score
@ Texas State Bobcats 55.0 30.6  
Georgia Southern Eagles 47.3 29.9 Box Score
@ Appalachian State Mountaineers 52.7 30.1  
Troy Trojans 50.8 29.8 Box Score
@ New Mexico State Aggies 49.2 29.0  
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 60.0 28.2 Box Score
@ Idaho Vandals 40.0 26.1  
SMU Mustangs 34.2 25.1 Box Score
@ South Florida Bulls 65.8 29.8  
Connecticut Huskies 37.6 29.9 Box Score
@ Cincinnati Bearcats 62.4 34.2  
Tulane Green Wave 41.1 27.0 Box Score
@ Navy Midshipmen 58.9 29.9  
Temple Owls 61.4 31.3 Box Score
@ East Carolina Pirates 38.6 26.9  
Houston Cougars 66.3 28.2 Box Score
@ UCF Knights 33.7 22.1  
Memphis Tigers 68.3 32.4 Box Score
@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane 31.7 25.6  

In addition, view our Week 8 power rankings or visit our college football archive for predictions from past weeks. For more statistics, view our weekly college football predictions.