Week 9 of the NCAA football season has some big games on the docket, as teams move into the back half of their season and start playing conference rivals. In addition, teams have to work harder to prove their worth for potential bowl game bids.
So, what games are college football betting enthusiasts watching and betting on this week?
Read on to learn more about these big Week 9 games.
Michigan (-4.5) at Michigan State
On Saturday, football fans in Michigan will be glued to their TVs when number six Michigan travels to rival number 8 Michigan State with both teams at 7-0.
It’s the first time since 1964 that both teams have met while ranked and 7-0.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh had his worst season as the Wolverine’s coach last season. This year, he has a new line-up of coaches. He also is likely still smarting from the Spartans’ visit to Ann Arbor last year, when Michigan State ran up and down the field against a stunned Michigan defense.
Both teams have outperformed predictions this year and have more to prove this week. This is an emotional rivalry where in most cases, the stats go out the window. Both head coaches are preaching tough, focused play as they prep for the big game.
Watch for Michigan to come out strong, hoping to set the tone for the day with their rushing attack.
Meanwhile, keep your eyes on Michigan State’s line-up of strong offensive players, including quarterback Payton Thorne and running back Kenneth Walker III. In contrast, Michigan’s tough run defense will attempt to slow them down.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma (-19.5)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are treating Week 9 as a new season. They’re hoping that their recent changes will help them to surprise the number four Oklahoma Sooners.
The Red Raiders travel to Norman with Sunny Cumbie, who has moved from offensive coordinator to interim head coach. They also bring backup quarterback Henry Colombi.
While it might sound like the Sooners will run circles around the rebounding Red Raiders, Texas Tech has hit a reset button and is ready to prove themselves.
Texas Tech’s 27th ranked third-down offense should give the struggling Sooner defense a real challenge.
Penn State at Ohio State (-18.5)
Ohio State continues to command the field with its offense. Meanwhile, Penn State fell apart at the seams against Illinois in Week 8.
Look for the Nittany Lions to lick their wounds and come to Columbus with a renewed interest in showing the football world that Week 8 was just a stumble.
As for Ohio State, I expect them to continue to dominate with one of the best offenses in college football. I believe that this game will be a lot closer than the spread suggests.
Iowa at Wisconsin (-3.5)
Iowa at Wisconsin will center around the Purdue factor. Ninth-ranked Iowa spent Week 8 licking their wounds and recovering from a stunning loss to Purdue.
At the same time, the Boilermakers, who enjoyed a short-lived ranking, traveled to Wisconsin, where the Badgers handed them a loss.
Iowa took the Heartland Trophy last year, but Wisconsin has won seven of their previous nine meetings.
Watch for Wisconsin’s Chez Mellusi and Braelon Allen to have some fun against a struggling Iowa defense, especially without standout star defensive back Riley Moss.
Mississippi at Auburn (-2.5)
The Rebels appear to be on a roll coming into Week 9 after an impressive 31-17 win over LSU.
Ole Miss appears to have recovered from their early loss to Alabama with three consecutive wins against Arkansas, Tennessee, and LSU.
The Rebels proved their offense is something to contend with against LSU with 470 yards of total offense, with 266 on the ground.
But look for tenth-ranked Auburn to challenge that offensive power. Overall, the Tigers are 5-2 with impressive road wins over the last two weeks against Arkansas and LSU. This should be a fun game between two SEC powerhouses. Look for Lane Kiffin to cook up something special for this game.
Week 9 College Football Odds
Many of these games will play a significant role in bowl selections and recruiting in the coming months.
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