Well folks, would you believe we’re already in week 9? The season has sure gone by fast. Read below for this week’s preview of games.
Baylor at #13 West Virginia (-13.5)
Coach Matt Rhule has the Bears at 4-3, not great, not horrible. They have the 41st best scoring offense in the nation at 33.1 points per game. QB Charlie Brewer has thrown 10 TD’s and only three interceptions, with 1,798 yards. Though they have scored quite a few rushing touchdowns, they lack dynamic backs and have really not gotten it going in that area. WR Jalen Hurd has 47 catches for 622 yards and has been major for his team. Watch for James Lynch and Greg Roberts with the pass rush.
The Mountaineers, at 6-1, are top 30 in scoring and scoring defense. 22 TD’s and only 7 INT’s, plus 1,919 yards have Will Grier in the Heisman conversation. The team lacks an efficient run-game, making his play that much more important. They also lack a pass-rush, but have seven interceptions in seven games. The defense will be the key early, so a few early stops and then Grier touchdown drives gets them all the separation they need.
Prediction: West Virginia by two touchdowns
#9 Florida at #7 Georgia (-7)
So far so great for the Gators under Dan Mullen this year. They’re #15 in points per game allowed, giving up just 16.6 per. Felipe Franks has tossed 15 TD passes to 5 INT’s, but is averaging hardly over 200 yards passing per game. Between Lamical Perine (Samaje’s cousin) and Jordan Scarlett, they pick up some nice yards on the ground. But this won’t be enough this week. They will need a monster day from Franks, and Jachai Polite, who has SEVEN sacks on the year.
For the Bulldogs, they are inside the top 20 in points for and against. Jake Fromm has taken good care of the pigskin with only four interceptions this year. He’s got 13 TD’s and 1,409 yards, similar numbers to Franks. Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift combine to form quite the formidable rushing duo. It will be important, above all, for D’Andre Walker to put pressure on, as he’s got more than half of his team’s sacks this year.
Prediction: Bet the underdog! We’re picking Florida to beat the Bulldogs!
#6 Texas at Oklahoma State (+3)
Having picked up various wins as underdogs this year, the Longhorns find themselves favored this week. QB Sam Ehlinger has 11 TD’s to only TWO interceptions and has added six rushing touchdowns. His top receiver, Collin Johnson, should have a monster day. Charlie Omenihu who’s got six sacks so far will be vital with his pass-rush ability this week. Watch for Keaontay Ingram to have a 100-yard rushing day.
The Cowboys have gotten quite the season from Taylor Cornelius, who has 2,009 yards, 16 TD’s, and eight interceptions. Justice Hill has 684 rushing yards and seven scores, while Tylan Wallace has 40 receptions for 718 yards and four touchdowns. They have gotten NINE sacks from Jordan Brailford, who will be heavily pressuring Ehlinger all night. With the 16th highest scoring offense in the nation, that will be what they have to do to win. SCORE A LOT.
Prediction: Texas wins an exciting game, Bet the favorite, despite being on the road.
NCAA Football Week 9 Full Betting Odds
The NCAA Football Week 9 Full Betting Odds are as of Wednesday, October 24, 2018, and come from BetOnline.ag:
- Baylor +13.5 at West Virginia
- Appalachian State -9.5 at Georgia Southern
- Utah -10.5 at UCLA
- Clemson -17.5 at Florida State
- Wisconsin -7 at Northwestern
- Iowa +6.5 at Penn State
- South Florida +7 at Houston
- Kansas State +24.5 at Oklahoma
- Florida +7 at Georgia
- Kentucky +7 at Missouri
- Washington -11.5 at California
- NC State -2.5 at Syracuse
- Texas A+M +2.5 at Mississippi State
- Washington State +3 at Stanford
- Texas -3 at Oklahoma State
- Notre Dame -23.5 at Navy
- Oregon -9.5 at Arizona