Just when you think the college football slate is in for a light weekend exiting October, that’s when the greatest sport in the world surprises us. Week 9 predictions are in, highlighted by Georgia’s rivalry matchup with Florida and two tilts involving nationally-ranked teams — Tennessee’s prime-time showdown against Kentucky and Ohio State’s trip to Penn State. Oklahoma State at Kansas State is another must-see in the Big 12 that puts the loser in the second-tier of the league standings heading down the stretch.
This weekend is also the final opportunity for teams near the top of the poll to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee, whose initial rankings will be revealed next week.
Season results: Brad Crawford (52-20 straight; 44-25-1 against the spread); Chris Hummer (48-24 straight; 42-27-1 ATS). If you’ve followed along this season, you’re making serious cash at one unit per game. I’m 17-3 over my last 20 picks to move 19 games above .500 for the season and Hummer is not far behind. For the record, my favorite personal play of the week is not included here — BYU to cover on Friday night against ECU in Provo, Utah.
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Here are our picks straight up and against the spread for Week 9’s biggest games.