2012 CFB Week 9 Betting Odds & Predictions

by Scott

My week 8 picks ended up going 50% (3-3) and I’ll be looking to do much better than that this weekend. I’ve written up my picks for some of the biggest games on the college football schedule this Saturday. After reading through these picks make sure you take a few minutes to go through my game predictions for week 8 of the NFL regular season.

Week 9 College Football Best Bets

Florida -7 (-105) vs. Georgia +7 (-115) – Pick: Gators -7

The #2 Gators are still undefeated at 7-0, but this week will be a huge test on the road. The #10 Bulldogs are 6-1 right now after getting back into the win column last weekend against Kentucky (29-24). Georgia ranks 30th in passing and rushing offence this season, but the defence hasn’t been as good as I thought it would have been. They allow an average of 24.1 PPG (50th).

Florida has been getting it done with rushing and defence. They rank 25th in the nation in rushing with an average of 212.7 RYPG, but the passing game hasn’t been consistent. What’s really helped is the fact that the Gators only allow an average of 12.1 PPG, which is 4th best in the country. Florida has played some tough games as well including a 44-11 win against SC last week.

Texas Tech +7.5 (-115) vs. Kansas State -7.5 (-105) – Pick: Texas Tech +7.5

This point spread seems a bit too high. I’ve been on KSU most of the season, but this week I’m betting against them. I think they win the game at home, but I don’t think they’ll win this game by more than a TD. KSU is fresh off smoking WVU and they might take this match-up at home a bit lightly, which isn’t good against one of the best passing teams in the country.

Texas Tech has the 4th ranked passing offence and they average 361.7 PYPG. A solid passing attack in college football will almost always equate to points and that’s true of the Red Raiders who average 42.9 PPG (10th). Both teams have been solid defensively, but I expect the offences to shine this weekend. In a back and forth shootout I’ll gladly take the +7.5 points on the road dog.

Notre Dame +11.5 (-110) vs. Oklahoma -11.5 (-110) – Pick: Notre Dame +11.5

The Fighting Irish are ranked #5 in the country and will be on the road against the #8 Sooners this week. Notre Dame is 7-0 and if they win this game they’ll only really have to worry about USC in their last regular season game. Notre Dame has been amongst the top defences in the country, as they rank 2nd in points allowed at just 9.4 PPG. Oklahoma isn’t far behind at 15.3 PPG (12th).

Offensively the Sooners are the much better team and they can score points fast. At home they’re going to be tough for ND to beat, but with their perfect record on the line I expect the Fighting Irish to be in this game until the end. Getting +11.5 points on an undefeated team is something that I’ll take all the time. Look for ND to rush the football and keep the clock moving.

Mississippi State +24 (-110) vs. Alabama -24 (-110) – Pick: Alabama -24

The #1 ranked team in the country is a huge favourite this weekend at home against the Bulldogs who are #11 and 7-0. The issue with Mississippi State is that they haven’t really played any tough teams and I don’t think they’ll be able to handle Bama. If the Tide come out and play like they have all season they should be able to cover this huge point spread.

Alabama’s lowest margin of victory this year is 19 points against Ole Miss at home. Every other game has been a blowout and that includes a 41-14 win against Michigan at the beginning of the season. Miss State is going to have a tough time scoring on the #1 ranked defence that only allows an average of 8.3 PPG. Bama averages 41 PPG offensively and should be able to match that.

Tennessee +13.5 (-110) vs. South Carolina -13.5 (-110) – Pick: South Carolina -13.5

After two tough weeks for South Carolina that seen them lose to the Tigers (23-21) and Gators (44-11) on the road they’re now back at home to play the Volunteers who have posted an 0-4 SEC record. Tennessee has been good on offence this year and rank amongst the best teams in the country, but defensively they’ve struggled and rank 99th in points against (33.3 PPG).

South Carolina has been great at home this season. They beat Mizzou 31-10 last month and then this month they also knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs 35-7. After losing two SEC games and basically ruining their season the Gamecocks will take out some of their frustration at home against the Volunteers who won’t be able to stop the rushing attack of Lattimore.

USC -6.5 (-110) vs. Arizona +6.5 (-110) – Pick: USC -6.5

USC is under a TD favourite right now on the road against Arizona. After losing to Stanford USC hasn’t folded and they’ve come back with four straight victories albeit against weaker competition. Arizona isn’t that tough of a team though either and USC should be able to cruise past the Wildcats on Saturday before playing Oregon next weekend in what will be a massive game.

With this being a Pac-12 game USC can’t afford to look past the Wildcats and I expect them to come out and win this game by a couple TD’s. Barkley is going to shred this defence. Arizona allows 30.4 PPG (85th) on defence and while they score a ton of pts as well I don’t think they’re going to score much this week against the Trojans defence that only allows an average of 16.7 PPG.

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