Let's take a look back at the college football odds from Week 9 and see what we learned from the bad beats, the stunning victories and how we could have improved our NCAAF picks.
Tigers Offense Roaring
The Clemson Tigers and their fans woke up before their Week 9 game against NC State with a No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll and based on their performance on Saturday there is no reason to believe they're in jeopardy of slipping from that perch. Clemson continues to steamroll the opposition with two consecutive road victories including a 58-0 decimation of the Miami Hurricanes followed by a 56-41 victory over a tough NC State squad, covering the number as 13-point favorites.
If you jumped on the Tiger bandwagon early and have included them in your College football picks then you must be smiling as Clemson heads into a critical ACC showdown next week with Florida State owning an undefeated straight up record and a sparkling 6-2 mark against the number. The Clemson Tigers are in the BCS playoff conversation and a win next week could go a long way towards cementing their position.
The Cardinal traveled to Washington State as 10-point road favorites but anyone who backed them with their own hard earned money never really had a chance of seeing a return on that investment. Stanford came into this one undefeated in Pac-12 play but almost left with their first blemish. Trailing 12-3 at the half the Cardinal got back in it with 17 points in the third quarter and held their breath - as did everyone inside Martin Stadium - when Cougar kicker Erik Powell, who had already made five field goals, teed up a potentially game winning 43-yarder with only seconds remaining only to punch it wide right.
The No.8 Cardinal survived a scare from their closest competition in the Pac-12 North division to remain undefeated in conference play and sport a 7-1 overall record. Stanford travels to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes next week.
Luck of the Irish
The Temple Owls and their fans were in a frenzy as they contemplated their biggest football victory in school history. Undefeated coming into this one the Owls had the No. 9 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the ropes. There were less than three minutes to play in the game and Temple held a 20-17 lead. But then fate intervened and DeShone Kizer connected with Will Fuller for a 17-yard trip into the endzone. The Owls got the ball back but the Irish intercepted, ending any hopes Temple had for a perfect season and a historic victory over the Irish.
The College football odds makers tagged Notre Dame as 12-point favorites headed into that close call and will travel to Pittsburgh next week. Meanwhile Temple will have to rebound as they take to the highway and visit SMU.
Gators Tame Bulldogs
The Florida Gators want to run away with the SEC East division and they took a big step towards doing just that on Saturday as they dispensed with the Georgia Bulldogs 27-3. The oddsmakers said this one was a coin flip as the game closed as a pick'em in most offshore spots but when the dust settled the Gators made sure everyone knew this was a mismatch. Kelvin Taylor ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns while the Gator defense paralyzed the Georgia offensive attack.
The Gators, ranked 11th in the nation before Saturday's huge SEC victory, could very well break the top 10 when the polls come out later on in the week. Florida will look to keep the good times rolling when they host Vanderbilt (3-5) next week.