The weekend is almost here, so it’s time to make your College Football Week 9 picks at BetRivers.com. We’re going to give you the information you need to place your bets! We’ve got an in-state rivalry in the Big Ten, the Chanticleers continue their historic run in the Top 25, and Cincinnati continues trying to claw its way into the College Football Playoff.
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Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to give you his favorite picks, including what looks to be another BYU blowout.
Before we dive into the picks, take a look at our Week 9 Odds preview and games to watch for and click below for the latest episode of Weekend Jenks: Candy Corn edition.
College Football Week 9 Picks:
Michigan State (0-1) at #13 Michigan (1-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Michigan -5000, Michigan State +1300
Spread: Michigan -24.5
Over/Under: 52 points
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Michigan State lost to Rutgers, and that’s deserving of a decade’s worth of shaming. However, the Spartans had seven turnovers in their 38-27 loss, and that’s not going to happen on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Michigan is by far the better team, but more than three touchdowns better in a fierce, in-state rivalry? And one in which the Spartans have covered the number in ten of the last 12 meetings? I don’t buy it. I’ll grab Michigan State and a ton of points. The Pick: Michigan State +24.5.
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#20 Coastal Carolina (5-0) at Georgia State (2-2). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Coastal Carolina -134, Georgia State +110
Spread: Coastal Carolina -3
Over/Under: 60.5 points
I have to admit, I got a little turned on typing “No. 20 Coastal Carolina.”
The Chanticleers remain perhaps the best story in all of college football, and now they’re laying less than a field goal at Georgia State. We still don’t know if Coastal starting quarterback Grayson McCall will return after suffering an upper-body injury two weeks ago, but it shouldn’t matter. Backup Fred Payton threw three touchdown passes in last week’s win against Georgia Southern–his tenth start with the team.
Both Coastal and Georgia State can score, but the Panthers have one of the worst defenses in college football, giving up 39 points a game. Lay it. The Pick: Coastal Carolina -2.5.
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Memphis (3-1) at #7 Cincinnati (4-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Cincinnati -225, Memphis +180
Spread: Cincinnati -6.5
Over/Under: 55.5 points
Luke Fickell has done a tremendous job with the Bearcats, but now comes their toughest test of the season with the Memphis Tigers rolling into town. There will be plenty of points in this one, and if you like great quarterback play, you’ll see plenty of it. Memphis gunslinger Brady White has tossed 17 touchdowns this season, while Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder has already amassed more than 1,000 total yards. The Bearcats have covered the number in eight of the last ten meetings in this series, and the Tigers have the worst defense in college football. The Pick: Cincinnati -6.5.
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Texas (3-2) at #6 Oklahoma State (3-0). 4:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Oklahoma State -159, Texas +128
Spread: Oklahoma State -3.5
Over/Under: 59 points
The Tom Herman Farewell Tour continues for Texas despite the Longhorns besting Baylor 27-16 last Saturday. Now they meet the top team in the Big 12, where Spencer Sanders returned at starting quarterback in Oklahoma State’s win against Iowa State. Sanders can hurt you with his arm and feet, but it’s the Cowboys defense that deserves the spotlight here. Texas often forces the run, putting itself in third and long situations, and Oklahoma State has the best third-down defense in the country. The Pick: Oklahoma State -3.5.
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Western Kentucky (2-4) at BYU (6-0). 10:15 p.m. ET
Spread: BYU -28.5
Over/Under: 52 points
BYU knows it has to blow out opponents each week to be taken seriously, and that’s exactly what they should be able to do against a feckless Western Kentucky squad.
The Hilltoppers have won two games by a total of six points, and their offense struggles to produce only 17.7 points per game. Western Kentucky is also 0-7-1 in their last eight ATS, and I see no reason why this won’t turn into a Halloween slaughterfest—and quickly. The Pick: BYU -28.5.
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