High/Low Spreads & Totals for Week 9 College Football Picks

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:35 PM GMT

Welcome to Week 9 of High/Low, a look at the highest and lowest spreads and totals on every NCAA football game on Saturday. Last week we put up a  2-2 mark and now stand at 16-16 for the year. All NCAA football odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Florida Atlantic vs. Marshall (-27.5 at sportsbooks)
This is the second time that No. 23 Marshall has been the biggest favorite at sportsbooks this season (that I addressed). A few weeks ago the Herd were 24-point favorites on college football odds at home against Middle Tennessee. I liked the Blue Raiders to cover that number by a little so of course they lost by 25 points. Marshall has been arguably the most impressive team in the  nation thus far in winning every game by at least 15 points. The Herd have scored no less than 42 yet, are second nationally in points per game (47.4) and seventh in points allowed (16.6). QB Rakeem Cato could get an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York. He has thrown a TD in 39 straight games, tying the FBS record. However, that schedule is  a joke. Is Marshall doesn't win out and earn the non-Power 5 major bowl bid it will be a surprise. At 3-4 overall, Florida Atlantic doesn't figure to put up much of a fight. The Owls are 96th in scoring (24.6 per game) and 109th in scoring defense (35.7 per game). They have been outscored 154-36 on the road this year. Last year Marshall won just 24-23 at FAU on a 41-yard field goal as time expired.

Free college football pick: Give the points. Marshall has covered nine straight home games at sportsbooks.

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Old Dominion vs. Western Kentucky (77 total on NCAA football odds)
Well, this one takes some homework as I can't say I follow Old Dominion or Western Kentucky too much -- maybe in college basketball. Western Kentucky games are fun to watch because they are always shootouts. WKU has tallied 253 points over its first six games, a school record to this point in the season. It is the only school in the nation to score 34 or more points in each of its past eight games dating to last year. WKU has four losses this year, each by eight points or fewer. The past two games the Hilltoppers totaled 77 points but allowed 87. Also, in a 50-47 triple-OT loss to Middle Tennessee back on Sept. 13, WKU had a school-record 718 yards of offense and QB Brandon Doughty threw for 593 yards, a school and Conference USA record. Behind Doughty, WKU ranks second nationally in passing. However, the defense ranks 122nd in scoring. Old Dominion is nowhere near as good offensively but nearly as bad defensively, ranking 116th. It has given up at least 41 points in each of the past four games. This is the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Free college football pick: 'Over' at sportsbooks. The 'over' is 4-0 in ODU's past five on the road and 10-4 in WKU's past 14 at home.

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West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State (pick'em at sportsbooks)
Neither WVU nor OSU was expected to contend for the Big 12 title this season but both essentially control their own destiny for the conference title. The No. 22 Mountaineers and Cowboys still get to play Big-12 leading Kansas State. Oklahoma State fell out of the rankings this week following an ugly 42-9 loss at TCU last Saturday. Prior to that, OSU had scored 20 or more points in 58 consecutive games. That was the longest active streak in the country and the second-longest since Division I split into the FBS/FCS in 1978. The Pokes were outgained by the Horned Frogs 676-258. West Virginia surprised then-No. 4 Baylor 41-27 last week, probably knocking the Bears out of the College Football Playoff chase. Clint Trickett, the former Florida State backup, is having a fine season for WVU and threw for 322 yards and three scores in that one. It was his eighth straight 300-yard game going back to last season. WVU was helped by Baylor's 18 penalties for 215 yards.  These teams are similar offensively in that WVU head coach Dan Holgorsen was Mike Gundy's offensive coordinator at OSU in 2010.

Free college football pick: OSU. The Pokes have won 23 of their past 25 at home and all four this year by an average of 18.5 points. West Virginia is 1-6 ATS at sportsbooks in its past 12 Big 12 games. The Cowboys are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 after allowing more than 40 points in their previous games.

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Boston College vs. Wake Forest (40 total on NCAA football odds)
Could this total drop a half point by kickoff? Totals in the 30s are a thing of the past in college football these days and there hasn't been one under 40 yet in 2014. This is the third time that offensively-challenged Wake has had the lowest total and the 'under' has won on both. Boston College can't pass a lick, averaging just 130 yards per game, but it is a strong running team. Wake Forest can't pass (115th) or run (128th at a scant 36.7 yards per game). Wake hasn't scored more than 10 points in its three Atlantic Coast Conference games and is 126th overall in scoring (14.4 ppg). The Deacons were blown out 30-7 last week by a very mediocre Syracuse team so Coach Dave Clausen apologized to the home fans. Wake starting QB John Wolford suffered an injury against the Orange but is in line to start. Is that a good thing? His 12 interceptions are second most in the FBS.

Free college football pick: 40 is awfully low but go 'under' for your college football picks. The 'under' is 8-0 in Wake's past eight in  October. It is 4-0 in BC's past four in the month. The 'under' is 4-0 in the past four meetings.

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