Week 9 college football action at BetCris begins on Thursday, October 27th with five games including Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh and California at USC on ESPN. There are three games on Friday, October 28th with Navy at South Florida on ESPN 2, San Diego State at Utah State on CBS Sports Network and Air Force at Fresno State on ESPN 2. The Week 9 action on Saturday, October 29th features a number of excellent games including a Top 15 matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin on ESPN, a key game in the ACC with 3rd-ranked Clemson visiting 12th-ranked Florida State on ABC and 4th-ranked Washington visiting 17th-ranked Utah on FS1.
College Football Week 9 Opening Odds at BetCris
Ohio at Toledo (-16.5)
Akron (-14.5) at Buffalo
Virginia Tech (-3.5) at Pittsburgh
Appalachian State (-4.5) at Georgia Southern
California at USC (-14.5)
Navy at South Florida (OFF)
San Diego State (-6.5) at Utah State
Air Force (-12) at Fresno State
Miami Ohio at Eastern Michigan (-6.5)
Connecticut at East Carolina (-6)
New Mexico State at Texas A&M (-41)
Middle Tennessee State (-16.5) at Florida International
Western Kentucky (-20) at Florida Atlantic
Cincinnati at Temple (-8)
Army at Wake Forest (-7.5)
Minnesota at Illinois (OFF)
Texas Tech at TCU (-7)
Kansas at Oklahoma (-41)
Penn State (-13.5) at Purdue
Maryland at Indiana (-5)
Louisville (-27) at Virginia
Georgia State at South Alabama (-2.5)
Kent at Central Michigan (-12.5)
Clemson (-2.5) at Florida State
Kansas State (-7) at Iowa State
Boston College at NC State (-14.5)
West Virginia (-1) at Oklahoma State
Miami Florida at Notre Dame (-1)
Baylor (-2.5) at Texas
Tulsa at Memphis (-6.5)
SMU (-2.5) at Tulane
Washington State (-15.5) at Oregon State
Stanford (-7) at Arizona
Northwestern at Ohio State (-21.5)
Nebraska at Wisconsin (-8)
Marshall at Southern Miss (-14)
Duke at Georgia Tech (-8)
Georgia vs. Florida (-5.5)
Auburn (-2) at Mississippi
Tennessee (-12.5) at South Carolina
Central Florida at Houston (-12)
Rice at Louisiana Tech (-23.5)
Boise State (-14) at Wyoming
North Texas at UTSA (-2.5)
Kentucky at Missouri (-4)
UL Monroe at Arkansas State (-18)
Old Dominion (-5) at UTEP
Michigan (-20) at Michigan State
Washington (-10.5) at Utah
Arizona State at Oregon (-7.5)
UNLV (-1) at San Jose State
New Mexico at Hawaii (-2)
Games of the Week
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers 7:00 pm ET
One of the biggest surprise teams in 2016 so far has been the Nebraska Cornhuskers who come into this week at 7-0 for the first time since 2001. They are also untested as the Cornhuskers have yet to play a good team.
“We’re exactly where we want to be,” said junior kicker Drew Brown
The Cornhuskers have not been impressive as they just barely beat losing teams Oregon, Illinois and Purdue. Whether or not the Cornhuskers are ready to take on Wisconsin and Ohio State on the road in the next two games is questionable but there is no doubting their confidence. “Our confidence is through the roof,” said senior wide receiver Brandon Reilly, “I like the mentality our guys have and we need to get a few guys healed up a little bit and go up to Camp Randall.”
The Cornhuskers do not have good memories of Camp Randall as they gave up an NCAA-record 408 yards through three quarters to lose 59-24 two years ago. “Wisconsin is a Top 10 team and any time you can beat a ranked team really in general, it’s big for you,” Brown said. “If we’re able to escape Wisconsin with a victory, that will be massive for us.”
Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles 8:00 pm ET
The Clemson Tigers have one more big test on the way to an undefeated regular season and a spot in the ACC title game as they head to Tallahassee on Saturday night. The Tigers are 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC but they have to get past the Seminoles to get a shot in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson is led by quarterback Deshaun Watson who has thrown for an average of 278.6 passing yards per game in ACC contests with 20 touchdowns this season. “[Watson] is a great quarterback and he’s done some great things. We just need to game plan for Clemson,” senior defensive end Demarcus Walker said.
On the other side, the Seminoles need to protect redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois who has been sacked 21 times this year.
“We are letting our quarterback get hit too much. We are leading the ACC in sacks, which is unacceptable,” offensive lineman Alec Eberle said. “So we know that we need to get better, we need to protect our quarterback.”
Washington Huskies at Utah Utes 3:30 pm ET
The Huskies have all the looks of a national title contender as they come into this game at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12. They get a tough test on Saturday as they visit the 17th-ranked Utes on FS1. Many people are predicting this will be a preview of the Pac-12 championship game later this year.
The Utes scored 52 points last week but they gave up 45 points which is a major problem with Washington coming to town. The Utes do have an offense that puts up nearly 30 points per game so they may be able to challenge the Washington defense.
The Pac-12 has not won a national title since USC did it in 2004 but the Huskies are in position to make the College Football Playoff if they run the table.
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