We head into week 9 of the college football season with some big rivalry games on tap which will have major implications for conference champions and the college football playoff picture.
This could be the first year we have a non-power 5 team on the college football playoff field, which will be a nice change from what we have seen since the CFP format started in 2014. If you want to place a wager on the College Football action this weekend be sure to check out our Offers Page for the most up-to-date operator promotions and sign-up bonuses.
The Heisman odds have tightened up over the last couple of weeks and the winner will likely come from the team that closes the season the best over the next month. Alabama has a stretch of big games and likely a huge game against Georgia in the SEC title game that will give Bryce Young an opportunity to shine on the biggest stage. If Alabama falls, Matt Corral from Ole Miss or someone like Desmond Ridder from Cincinatti are players to keep an eye on as they have had the best seasons statistically.
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Not too many changes on the CFP odds front as the SEC, Big10 and Big 12 each look like they will get one team in. The 4th spot is likely to be a one-loss Georgia if they lose to Alabama in the SEC title game, or Cincinnati has a great shot to get the 4th spot. What is surprising is how little respect Michigan and Michigan State are getting despite their unbeaten records. Ohio State closes out the season at home vs. Michigan St. and on the road at Michigan so it will be interesting to see how they close things out.
The biggest game of the weekend will be a battle for the best team in Michigan and possibly the BIg 10. Both teams have put together impressive seasons so far and hope to top Ohio State for the Big 10 title. This game is the first step in what appears to be a mini Big10 playoff between Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Iowa. I think the home field will play a big role in this game and I think we will see a sloppy low scoring Big 10 game that will come down to a field goal. I like Michigan State to find a way to get the win at home and get one step closer to a Big 10 title.
Penn State suffered a disappointing loss in 9 OTs to Illinois last week which all but knocked them out of the Big 10 race. They head to Ohio state as significant underdogs against a Buckeye team that has been on a roll as of late. Penn State has nothing to lose in this matchup and will likely come into the game with an aggressive game plan. I think Penn State will cover the spread but Ohio State will pull away late and get the win at home.
Oklahoma made the move to Caleb Williams at Quarterback a few weeks ago and they have added a different element on the offensive end with his explosive running ability. The Sooners should be able to get by the Red Raiders at home with ease as they gear up for a tough final 3 game stretch against Baylor, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State. Will Williams at QB the Sooners are the type of team that could give physical defenses like Alabama or Georgia trouble. The Sooners are still not getting much national respect as a legitimate National Championship threat, but Williams is the X factor that could bring the Sooners their championship in 20 years.
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