College football Week 8: Scott Van Pelt's Winners

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Straight from the TV segment "SVP Winners," Scott Van Pelt breaks down his picks for Week 8 of the college football season.

College football Week 8: Scott Van Pelt's Winners play LSU headlines SVP's college football winners (3:58) Scott Van Pelt serves up 10 college football lines he's eyeing for Week 8. (3:58) 8:00 AM ET Scott Van PeltHost, SportsCenter with SVP Close Scott Van Pelt joined ESPN in Spring 2001 as the network's lead professional golf reporter. He has since become a SportsCenter anchor, primarily hosting the 11 p.m. ET edition while remaining the lead reporter and host of the network's coverage of golf's grand slam events. In April 2008 he was named co-host of ESPN Radio's Tirico & Van Pelt weekday show (2-4 p.m. ET on weekdays). A native of Brookville, Md., Van Pelt graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in radio/television and film. We went 5-4 week last week, eight over .500 midway through October. 58% clip. We're chugging along waiting for another big week. Too many on the card again, had a couple near cross offs. Will let you know which ones so you can proceed accordingly. Houston (-3, 51.5) at Navy noon ET on ESPNU, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland Van Pelt's pick: Navy +3 Let's get into in the noon window again and take Navy once more in Annapolis. Every Houston game is just insanity in all directions. It will likely be a ridiculous sweat, but so what, anchors away. SVP: 6-3 all-time when picking Navy No. 21 Cincinnati (-3.5, 58.5) at SMU noon ET on ESPN, Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas Van Pelt's pick: SMU +3 Navy just backdoored SMU, which was in Bad Beats. We are taking the Ponies at home against Cincinnati. The Cats have won five in a row, but they've let some teams hang around who weren't as capable as SMU. We are taking them plus a little in Dallas. Shout to the Big Rig, Harry Higgs. SVP: 29-11 all-time when picking American Athletic Conference games No. 7 Ole Miss at LSU (-2.5, 66.5) 3:30 p.m. ET, Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Van Pelt's pick: LSU -2.5 This one was a near cross off -- we've struggled to get a read on LSU all year. Had them at home against Tennessee and they got absolutely trucked. But they are unranked and favored over an unbeaten top-10 team, that leaves us no choice than to back the Tigers. Let the band play Neck, we'll pay the fine. College Pick 'Em Pick games every week and compete for prizes! Make Your Picks SVP: 8-5 all-time when picking favorites in SEC games Northwestern (+14) at Maryland 3:30 p.m. ET, SECU Stadium, College Park, Maryland Van Pelt's pick: Northwestern (+14) Am I really about to take the team playing the Terps on homecoming weekend when I plan to be in the Snake Pit on Saturday? I am. QB situation uncertain for the Terps and Northwestern has shown an ability to hang around. That's a lot of candy to be handing out. Happiness hedge here. Terps to win, but not by quite this many. SVP: 1-3 all-time when picking against Maryland BYU at Liberty (+7) 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Williams Stadium (VA), Lynchburg, Virginia Van Pelt's pick: Liberty +7 Was it a gambling man who once said, give me liberty -- or give me debt? I think it was. We don't want you in debt to your man -- let's light the fire and go with the Flames at home plus the TD vs BYU. Editor's Picks College football Week 8 betting trends: Can Syracuse continue its ATS streak? 2d ESPN Stats & Information Stanford Steve and The Bear: Week 8 college football picks, bets and nuggets 20h Chris Fallica and Steve Coughlin 2 Related SVP: Won five straight picks against BYU Georgia Southern (+2.5) at Old Dominion 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+, S.B. Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, Virginia Van Pelt's pick: Georgia Southern +2.5 I don't know if I am the nation's finest Sun Belt tout - but I think I must be close. We are taking another nibble and taking Georgia Southern again plus the small helper in Norfolk against Old Dominion. SVP: 7-0 when picking Sun Belt teams this year UCF at East Carolina (+5) 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina Van Pelt's pick: East Carolina +5 Scott Van Pelt on Sportscenter Few things bring me as much joy as this picture. It represents so many things. Those that know -- know. NO Quarter. Sup Dogs? More like home dogs? The Pirates battle UCF in Dowdy-Ficklen, where they're always dangerous. SVP: 5-2 when picking East Carolina Minnesota (+4) at 16 Penn State 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania Van Pelt's pick: Minnesota +4 The White Out game is one of the great events in the sport, the scene is special. This line kinda stinks a little bit and Ohio State is up next for the Nittany Lions. Feels like a tricky spot and we are rowing the boat with Sky-U-Mah in this tilt SVP: 5-2 all-time when picking P.J. Fleck teams No. 17 Kansas State (+3.5) at No. 8 TCU 8 p.m. ET, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas Van Pelt's pick: Kansas State +3.5 Finally -- another game I have gone back and forth on all week. If it seems like TCU has been in big games for a month straight, it's because they have. At some point, does the energy wane just a little? Kansas State had a bye last week. We went with EMAW earlier this season on the road in Norman where they were outright winners. Now we are with them in Fort Worth in a huge Big 12 showdown. SVP: 6-3 all-time when picking matchup of ranked Big 12 teams