College football betting tips: Will LSU look past Mississippi State?

SVP dishes out his Week 8 college football winners (3:23)

Coming off a 7-1 week, Scott Van Pelt tries to stay hot and lists off his winners against the spread for Week 8 of the college football season. (3:23)

"You play like you practice," the old coaches' adage goes -- and it's mostly true. To know what's likely to happen on Saturday, you've got to know what's happening in the meeting rooms and on the practice fields during the week.

That's why the college football practice report is here for you every Friday with the inside word on weekly preparations around the country.

We'll check in on depth charts, game plans, personnel and health; unmask practice standouts ready to break out; assess the quality of prep, the mood of the fans and the coaches' message for the week; and let you know who's distracted and who's dialed in. All so that you can make more educated wagers.

All odds from Caesars Sportsbook as of Thursday.

LSU Tigers (-17.5, 61.5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs

Most teams' supporters have unreasonable expectations, and Mississippi State's fan base is one of the worst offenders. It was a love fest all summer last year when Joe Moorhead was hired, but after an ugly road loss in Knoxville following an open date and a postgame presser that saw the second-year coach looking worn out, beaten down and doubting himself, the fans have turned on him and the local media is comparing his tenure to the forgettable Sylvester Croom era.