College Football Picks- Week 9

Well, week #9 officially kicked-off on Tuesday with Troy defeating South Alabama 38-17. The University of Troy is having another solid season, currently sitting at (6-2). For this week’s College Football Picks- Week 9, I actually started with 14 games on the list, then had to trim it down from there.

There are 5 games on Thursday night, which include: Baylor at #13 West Virginia, Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, and #25 Appalachian State at Georgia Southern.

And then on Friday night we have some more really good match-ups! The 5 games are: Louisiana Tech at Florida Atlantic, Miami at Boston College, Indiana at Minnesota, Wyoming at Colorado State, and #23 Utah at UCLA.

So far, during the first 8 weeks, I have stayed away from picking games on Thursday and Friday night. However, because of the intriguing match-ups that are presented, I am going to break protocol and include a couple games from Friday’s line-up!

1. Miami (5-2) at Boston College (5-2) 
Both teams are coming off a Bye week, so they should be rested and ready to go. Coach Richt has decided to go back to senior, Malik Rosier, as the starting quarterback in place of freshman, N’Kosi Perry. Perry had started the previous 3 games, but was benched in Miami’s 16-13 loss to Virginia two weeks ago. “Will Miami bounce back?” is the big question. Miami’s defense is the strength of their team, and they should be able to limit the Eagles’ offense. As long as the Hurricanes don’t turn the ball over, and as long as they play well on special teams, they should be able to escape with a victory.
Winner: Miami, 30-23 

2. Utah (5-2) at UCLA (2-5) 
UCLA started off (0-5), and things looked very shaky. However, they have shown signs of improvement each week and they have won two in a row. So this will not be a “cake-walk” for the Utes! But Utah has been on a roll with 3 consecutive wins against Stanford, Arizona, and USC. The Utes have seemed to figure things out on the offensive side of the ball, and they are really clicking as a team. With a very strong defense and a handful of play-makers on offense, it would not surprise me if Utah “wins out” in their final 5 games.
Winner: Utah, 37-24 

3. Texas Tech (5-2) at Iowa State (3-3) 
I think that this is going to be a very competitive and exciting game! After Texas Tech lost the opener to Ole Miss, who would have thought that they would be sitting at 5-2 and very much alive in the Big 12 race? But as I have mentioned before, Iowa State is a much better team than their record indicates. The Cyclones completely shut-down the high-powered West Virginia offense two weeks ago in their 30-14 victory. If the game was being played in Lubbock then I might lean with the Red Raiders. But this is going to be an early kick-off  in Ames, and I like the way Iowa State’s defense has been playing.
Winner: Iowa State, 34-24

4. Purdue (4-3) at Michigan State (4-3) 
The “Mighty” Boilermakers are taking the field again this Saturday after their incredible performance against “TTFDB”! How will Purdue handle success? That is the question that must be answered on the field. The Spartans have struggled this season and have not been able to find any consistency, especially on offense. However, Michigan State has had a knack for winning these types of games in the past decade or so, and it would not surprise me if they rise to the occasion and find a way to win. But the Boilermakers have been on fire in their past 4 games, and they have been completely dominating their opponents. I have to stick with Purdue until this run comes to an end.
Winner: Purdue, 34-24 

5. Florida (6-1) at Georgia (6-1) 
Just like all of you college football fans, I cannot wait for this game! I’m honestly not sure what to expect in this one, and I am basically “flipping a coin” to pick a winner. Florida is obviously “Trending Up”, winning 5 in a row and playing outstanding defense. Georgia is coming off a very tough loss to LSU, a game in which the Tigers pushed them around in the 4th quarter. The Bulldogs have seemed slightly off all season, like they’re just not clicking on all cylinders. All I can do is go with the “Hot” team- the team that does seem to be “clicking”, and having fun doing it!
Winner: Florida, 27-23 

6. Iowa (6-1) at Penn State (5-2) 
Another game that is very difficult to predict! Penn State lost 2 in a row, and then they did not look that great in a close win at Indiana this past Saturday. Iowa, however, has looked great in recent weeks, and their only blemish is a close lose to Wisconsin in week #4. A part of me wants to stick with the Nittany Lions at home, but I just don’t feel good about the way they have been playing. The Hawkeyes are a team that can “chew-up” clock and limit offensive possessions for the opposing team. Iowa’s defense has been very dominant for most of the season, so I can’t see them giving up a lot of points.
Winner: Iowa, 28-24 

7. USF (7-0) at Houston (6-1) 
The Bulls will be facing their “toughest test” of the season on Saturday afternoon. USF has won 4 games by one possession, and I believe that they have either been tied or trailing going into the 4th quarter in 3 of those games. USF will not be able to afford to fall behind to a team like Houston, especially on the road. The Cougars are averaging nearly 49 points per game, and they know how to put teams away in the 4th quarter. When this game comes to an end, the Bulls will no longer be unbeaten!
Winner: Houston, 45-31 

8. Kentucky (6-1) at Missouri (4-3) 
Kentucky is one of those “underdog” teams that are easy to root for. The Wildcats have really over-achieved up to this point, and they have played some great games. Their defense has been outstanding, only giving up 12.9 points per game…that is incredible! On the other hand, Kentucky’s offensive has only been “serviceable”, and they do have some major limitations. The Wildcats run the ball well, but the passing game has been almost non-existent. I think that this will hurt them on Saturday because Missouri can score a lot of points. This will probably be a close game, but the Tigers will score just enough to earn a victory.
Winner: Missouri, 27-20 

9. Washington State (6-1) at Stanford (5-2) 
The Cougars are coming off a big, emotional “high” after their impressive victory over Oregon, so there is always the potential of a “let down”, especially when going on the road. But for me, this match-up feels a lot like the Iowa/Penn State game. Stanford lost 2 in a row, and then they did not look that good in a close win last week (Just like Penn State). Washington State has been playing great on both sides of the ball, and their only blemish is a close loss to USC (Very similar to Iowa). Stanford is a “Good” team, but they are not a “Dominant” team! Again, I am going with the team that is “Hot”.
Winner: Washington State, 38-24 

10. Texas (6-1) at Oklahoma State (4-3) 
This is going to be a nationally televised game (at night) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, so there is definitely a chance for a “Big Upset”. Also, the Cowboys are very capable of scoring a lot of points which is another important ingredient for pulling off an upset. But Oklahoma State has not been playing good football! They have lost 3 out of their last 4, including a 31-12 beat-down at Kansas State two weeks ago. The Longhorns have not always “looked pretty” either, but they are finding ways to win. Texas has been more balanced overall, and their defense has been solid. This should be a really fun game to watch!
Winner: Texas, 34-24