NCAA Week 9 Early Lookahead: Florida-Georgia Cocktail Party Time!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 9 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

<h2>Miami at Boston College, Friday</h2><p><a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow"><strong>5Dimes summer line:</strong> </a>NA</p><p>The Hurricanes control their destiny to win the ACC Coastal Division for the second year in a row, but this sure seems to line up as a potential pothole. Miami didn’t look division champion worthy in their 16-13 loss last Saturday at Virginia to fall out of the Top 25. Mark Richt has a quarterback problem on his hands: He can’t trust either Malik Rosier or freshman N’Kosi Perry. Rosier will return to the starting role vs. BC.</p><p>The Hurricanes historically don’t play well in cold-weather cities this late in the season. Need I remind you of last November? Miami was No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings and got dominated in a 24-14 loss at unranked Pittsburgh.</p><p>Plus, the Friday night atmosphere will make this even more raucous in Chestnut Hill. Boston College basically goes as star running back A.J. Dillon goes, and he has been a bit banged up of late. BC is just 5-24 all-time in this series but has won two of the past three. However, the schools haven’t played since 2012. UM is 11-0 in the series when it’s ranked and BC isn’t.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Here's a complete transcript of what coach Mark Richt said in regards to what into the decision of naming senior Malik Rosier the quarterback against Boston College. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— (@247Canes) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;October 17, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>No. 3 Clemson at Florida State</h2><p><strong><a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">5Dimes summer line:</a> </strong>Tigers -10</p><p>The Clemson-Florida State winner has claimed the ACC Atlantic Division each of the past nine years. The only way that continues is if the Tigers prevail in Tallahassee because the Seminoles are struggling under first-year coach Willie Taggart and their national-best bowl streak is in major jeopardy of ending.</p><p>This series has been rather streaky. FSU won every game from 1992-2002. Starting in 2003, Clemson won three of the next four. From 2012-12, the Noles won all three, and the Tigers have since taken the past three. Last year, it was 31-14 and Clemson clinched the division. Travis Etienne ran for 97 yards and two scores, including a 1-yarder with 3:05 to go to make it 24-17. FSU did well to make it a game after trailing 17-0 in the third.</p><p>If this spread is accurate, it would be rather historic. FSU has been a double-digit home dog just once as far back as databases go: Nov. 29, 2008, when it was +16.5 and lost 45-15 to Florida. The Noles also have been home dogs just once in this series: 2016 (Clemson won 37-34 but didn’t cover at -4).</p><p> </p><h2>No. 11 Florida vs. No. 8 Georgia</h2><p><strong><a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">5Dimes summer line:</a> </strong>Dawgs -15</p><p>If you are a true college football fan, I urge you to go to Jacksonville for a Florida-Georgia weekend as it’s quite something. They call it the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for a reason – although that’s no longer the “official” name. The nickname was first coined in the 1950s by Bill Kastelz, the sports editor for The Florida Times-Union and it was so popular that the City of Jacksonville used it for many years before dropping it because there were so many alcohol-related arrests, etc.</p><p>This rivalry began in 1904 and has been played every year since 1926 except for 1943 during World War II. Georgia leads 51-43-2 and <a href="" rel="nofollow">the record when both are ranked has Florida ahead 10-9-1.</a></p><p>The winner Saturday is in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East and then get clobbered by the Alabama runaway train in the conference title game. After this, UF just plays Missouri and South Carolina and both at home. Georgia has to go to ranked Kentucky and host Auburn, so that’s obviously much tougher.</p><p>Last year, Georgia ended a three-game skid in the series with a 42-7 rout – it was 21-0 after one and essentially over. It was Florida's most lopsided loss in the series since a 44-0 whitewashing in 1982.</p><p> </p><h2>Kansas State at No. 9 Oklahoma</h2><p><strong><a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">5Dimes summer line:</a> </strong>Sooners -19</p><p>Kansas State is just playing out the string and is better than only Kansas in the Big 12 – why is Bill Snyder still in Manhattan? The Wildcats are coming off a bye.</p><p>The Sooners obviously need to win out for any shot at returning to the College Football Playoff following their Red River Showdown loss to Texas two weeks ago, which cost defensive coordinator Mike Stoops his job. OU certainly will be favored the rest of the way except perhaps at No. 13 West Virginia on Nov. 23, which could be a Big 12 title game preview. Although now that every Big 12 school has an overall loss, the conference might not get a playoff team.</p><p>Oklahoma has won the past three in the series, but each has been closer. It was just 42-35 last year when the Sooners were ranked No. 9. Rodney Anderson ran 22 yards for the go-ahead score with 7 seconds left, Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards and accounted for four touchdowns.</p><p>OU is 41-0 in the series when it’s ranked and K-State isn’t.</p>
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