Week 9 of college football is already here. Conference races and playoff predictions are both heating up. And this week’s top games will just ratchet up the temp. From Auburn’s trip to Death Valley to face LSU to Wisconsin’s shot at redemption at Ohio State and in what could be Jim Harbaugh’s last game at Michigan if the Wolverines lose to Notre Dame.
College Football Best Bets Week 9
No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State at 12:00 PM ET
Spread: Oklahoma -21½
K-State managed to snap a two-game skid by getting past mediocre TCU this past weekend, but the Wildcats were limited to a paltry 13 points against Oklahoma State and 12 points against No. 14 Baylor in their two losses this season. On the flip side of the coin, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts continued his quest for the Heisman by tossing three TD passes and running for two more in the Sooners’ 52-14 blowout win over West Virginia on Saturday.
No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State at 12:00 PM ET
Spread: Ohio State -14
The Badgers will be going all-out for the upset after suffering their first loss of the season by getting upset against lowly Illinois this past weekend. Could Wisconsin get the upset over an Ohio State squad that throttled Northwestern 52-3 two weeks ago? I think not!
No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State at 3:30 PM ET
Spread: Penn State -5½
Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley might be gone, but in their place, No. 6 Penn State now has a lock-down defense and just enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to challenge anyone. Michigan State has dropped two in a row, including their embarrassing 38-0 shutout loss against Wisconsin two weeks ago. Even on the road, the Nittany Lions are looking like the easy pick to cover the chalk here.
No. 15 Texas at TCU at 3:30 PM ET
Spread: Texas -1½
The Longhorns bounced back from their Week 7 loss to Oklahoma to get a win in Week 8, but they sure didn’t look very good in narrowly getting past a two-win Kansas team 50-48 this past weekend. Still, Texas should be able to easily get past a TCU squad that has lost two straight and three of four, including their 24-17 loss to K-State on Saturday.
No. 9 Auburn at No. 2 LSU at 3:30 PM ET
Spread: LSU -11½
Auburn bounced back from their loss to Florida in Week 7 to beat the hell out of pitiful Arkansas 51-10 on Saturday. However, Joe Burrow and the second-ranked LSU Tigers continued their impressive run this season by smacking Mississippi State senseless in the second half en route to a commanding 3613 win. Still, the double-digit spread looks daunting here.
Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama at 7:00 PM ET
Spread: Alabama -33
The Crimson Tide will be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after he suffered a high ankle sprain in Alabama’s blowout win over Tennessee on Saturday, but two-win Arkansas has dropped four in a row including a sad 51-10 loss to Auburn on Saturday. Could Nick Saban’s top-ranked team covert the chalk as nearly five-touchdown favorites in this one? In the words of the immortal Marv Albert…”Yes!”
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson at 7:30 PM ET
Spread: Clemson -33½
BC snapped a two-game skid by smacking NC State around on Saturday. Even though No. 4 Clemson clearly isn’t the same juggernaut that won last season’s national championship, the unbeaten Tigers have put 45 points on the board in two straight, and I still can’t get past BC’s disgraceful 48-24 home blowout loss against lowly Kansas.
No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan at 7:30 PM ET
Spread: Michigan -2½
While Notre Dame struggled to get past USC 30-27 on Saturday, if you saw Michigan’s pitiful offense against Penn State this past weekend, then you know the Wolverines shouldn’t be favored against the Fighting Irish in this matchup, even at home.
California at No. 12 Utah at 10:00 PM ET
Spread: Utah -18
Let’s see, Cal has lost three in a row while Utah has won three straight. To make matters worse for the visiting Golden Bears, the Utes are limiting the opposition to just 11.7 points per game, good for sixth in the nation.
Washington State at No. 11 Oregon at 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Oregon -13½
Washington State has won two in a row, and the Cougars beat Oregon 34-20 a year ago. However, the Ducks will enter this contest riding the wave of a six-game winning streak that includes their most impressive win of the season, a 35-31 comeback win over Washington on Saturday.