Week 9 College Football Picks

Two Spooktacular Games Halloween Night

10/30/09 in NCAAF   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Week 9 and Halloween are here and two National Title contenders hit the road for more than likely their final major roadblocks of the season. I went 5-1 last week with picks to bring my overall record to 27-19 for the season, so things are starting to look up for me. With both big games being at 8pm and the rest of day devoid of great games, we are going to be hoping for some upsets to shake up the landscape. Let's get to the picks

Saturday 1pm - Southern Miss at #15 Houston [92% of FanIQ is picking Houston]

Houston is still clinging to very outside BCS bowl chances and is certainly the favorite right now in Conference USA. If Houston wants to win Conference USA then these next two weeks will be key. First up is a dangerous Southern Miss team. Southern Miss comes in with a 5-3 record, the only problem is all three of their losses came on the road. Both teams are very good offensive teams with suspect defenses, like most Conference USA teams. Houston has one loss this year and it was a 58-41 loss to UTEP. Conference USA always comes through when it comes to entertainingly high scoring games, and I really don't see this one being any different. Cougars 49 Golden Eagles 38

Saturday 3:30pm CBS - #1 Florida vs Georgia in Jacksonville [82% of FanIQ is picking Florida]

The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party takes place this weekend and if the last two years have shown us anything, it is that these two teams really don't like each other. Two years ago, as everyone remembers, after Georgia scored their first touchdown, the entire team went to the endzone and celebrated. Last year, in Florida blowout win over Georgia, Urban Meyer used all of his timeouts late in the game just to stick it to Georgia. Florida hasn't looked impressive all season and that really starts with the play of Tim Tebow. Tebow has been a mediocre quarterback at best this season. With the loss of his weapons at WR, he has struggled and leading to Coach Meyer "calling out" the Florida wide outs. Georgia on the other hand, isn't a very good team. Florida is favored by over two touchdowns but in this rivalry, you never know. I think Tebow rights the ship and leads the Gators to a resounding victory. Gators 35 Bulldogs 10

Saturday 8:00pm ABC or ESPN2 - #3 Texas at #14 Oklahoma St. [83% of FanIQ is picking Texas]

This is a game that Oklahoma St. fans have had circled all season. Halloween night in Stillwater. The Cowboy faithful know that if they are going to beat Texas, then this is the year. Colt McCoy and Texas have seemed to right the ship with last weeks victory over Missouri, but Missouri isn't a very good team. Oklahoma St. has only dropped one game all season (vs. Houston) and have actually been rather impressive in their other wins. Texas comes into this game with one of the best defenses in the nation while Oklahoma St. continues to have one of the most balanced offenses in the nation, even without big play WR Dez Bryant (suspended) and the Big 12's returning leading rusher Kendall Hunter (injury). If Oklahoma St. is going to have any chance to win this game, they must jam the Texas receivers and force Colt McCoy to throw deep. McCoy is completing a division 1 worst 36.6% of his passes more than 5 yards down the field. If Oklahoma St. can jam the receivers and not let Colt and Jordan Shipley get going, then they will be in this game until the very end. I have a gut feeling that Oklahoma St. is going to feed off the energy of the crowd and spring the Halloween surprise on Texas, putting them in the drivers seat for their first Big 12 South Title and even back in the national title picture. Cowboys 28 Longhorns 24

Saturday 8:00pm ABC or ESPN2 - #5 USC at #10 Oregon [61% of FanIQ is picking USC]

A home game at Autzen Stadium on Halloween night, that place will be rocking. The Pac-10 title and quite possibly a shot at the national title is on the line for both teams. Oregon has rebounded greatly from their opening night loss to Boise St. and currently sit in first place in the Pac-10. USC is about to play their fourth road game against a top 25 team. This game has all the makings of being a high scoring and highly entertaining game. Neither team has really played a great defensive game yet but each offense has been lighting up scoreboards all season, with both teams are averaging over 31 points per game. This game will come down to whichever team can get a stop at a key point in the second half. I think that the night game home crowd, which will be rockin and hyped up for this game big time, will give Oregon an edge and will rattle, for the first time all year, the freshman QB Matt Barkley. Oregon will squeak this one out, and put them right back into the nation championship picture. Ducks 45 Trojans 38

Now for my "Locks of the Week"

Georgia Tech (-11.5) over Vanderbilt
Arkansas (-36.5) over E. Michigan
Oklahoma (-27.5) over Kansas St.
TCU (-35) over UNLV
Oregon/USC OVER 47
LSU (-36) over Tulane

So there are my picks for the big games for week 9 of the College Football season. Tell me what you think of my picks while sharing yours below.
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10/31/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

You win biggest homer of the week.

All day.

10/30/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Gutsy stuff Nick...Not sure the Cowboys beat Texas and I agree with Bill: TCU a LOCK at -35?? over UNLV..Wow...

10/30/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

(Edited by beerstudk)

 Oregon has relied on their defense and special teams heavily this season yet both of those squads get little to no recognition for it.  It was the Duck D (formerly known as 'Gang Green') that won the games against Utah and UCLA, and special teams can get a lot of credit for the wins against Purdue and Washington.

I think it will be a great game, but one that Oregon will pull away from late:  Oregon 48, USC 31

10/30/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Sweet picture.  This feels like one of those weeks where you wonder if Ok. State or Oregon could spring the upset, and both end up behind 17-0 in the first quarter.  I have a little more confidence that Oregon can scare USC.

10/30/09   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

Oregon over USC - from your keys to God's eyes!

Here's hoping

10/30/09   |   Scott   |   53885 respect

Houston's loss to UTEP took the chance of getting to the BCS completely out of there hands.  There going to need alot of help from the teams above them to sneak in.

10/30/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

The OK State game is one I agonized over, but I get the sense that Gundy might get out-coached here.  Don't be too surprised if UT gets stubborn in the run game in order to get two or 3 big plays against the Cowboy's aggressive secondary by combining play-action with double moves and ekes out a 3-4 point win.

On the UH game it's a great match up of 2 of the most impressive young coaches in the NCAA, just watch Sumlin and Fedora are both headed for big things in their careers.  Might be the game of the day.  Watch out for TCU to let down against UNLV and play down a to the Running Rebels level and win by 17-24 points.  The rest seems about right.