Week 7 saw a few upsets shake up the polls, but at least four teams still command their conference races in the five power leagues, including our preseason selections of Clemson, South Carolina, Michigan State and Stanford.
After a 5-5 mark left us at 34-36 on the season, Week 8 has us offering a confident endorsement of a pair of rivalry-game hosts, an opinion on Zero Dark Thursday and an easy choice in the upcoming ACC Atlantic showdown.
USC Trojans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (minus-3)
ATS pick: Notre Dame
The Irish have a coach with more than 200 wins who is coveted by the NFL. The Trojans have an interim coach with an 11-25 career record.
The Irish have an elite staff with one coordinator a reigning Broyles Award winner and the other a former head coach with a 74-7 career record. The Trojans have a short-handed, recruiting-oriented, lame-duck staff with one coordinator a new playcaller and the other in his first year with the program.