Three Early College Football Picks Worth Adding to your Week 9 Betting Ticket

Matthew Jordan

Monday, October 26, 2015 2:44 PM GMT

Week 9 of the NCAA season is the last week before the first College Football Playoff rankings are released. Here are some interesting college football odds to keep in mind for the week.

North Carolina At No. 23 Pittsburgh (-2.5 In College Football Betting)
This is the first of an ESPN doubleheader on Thursday and it's a big one in the ACC's Coastal Division. Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0) leads the division and Pat Narduzzi has to be the leader for ACC Coach of the Year in his first season on the Pitt sideline. I gave up on the Panthers when they lost star running back James Conner for the year early in the season. Pitt might be a bit lucky as well as its four ACC wins are all by a touchdown or fewer, including last week’s 23-20 win at Syracuse that was decided by Chris Blewitt’s 25-yard field goal as time expired (his second straight last-minute winning kick). Pitt was just 1-5 in single-digit games last season. Since a season-opening loss against South Carolina, UNC (6-1, 3-0) has largely been blowing people out. Pitt ranks 16th nationally in total defense (Narduzzi's specialty) while the Heels have the ACC's top offense at 473.6 yards per game. North Carolina is 2-0 against Pitt since the Panthers joined the ACC but both were close.

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Georgia Vs. No. 11 Florida (-2.5 On College Football Odds)
This game, as usual, is in Jacksonville so it's basically a 50-50 split in terms of fan support (for those of you who don't have a map, yes Jacksonville is in Florida but it's right near the Georgia border). The Gators call all but wrap up the SEC East Division with a win over the Dawgs, who were the heavy preseason favorites in the East. UF (6-1, 4-1) leads Georgia (5-2, 3-2) by a game and all the other schools in the East already have at least three conference losses. Really, the only team that would have a shot at the division if Florida wins is Vanderbilt. Doubt that happens; Commodores go to Florida on Nov. 7. Both Georgia and Florida come off by weeks for this one. And of course both are missing key players with Gators starting QB Will Grier suspended the rest of the season and Georgia star running back Nick Chubb out for the year with a knee injury. If UGA loses this game, you might hear more rumors about Mark Richt not being back next season. You already have heard some rumors of him being pursued by Miami, which is where Richt played collegiately. Might be time for Richt to have a fresh start elsewhere.

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No. 9 Notre Dame At No. 21 Temple (+10 On College Football Picks)
Here's something I never  thought I would write in my lifetime: Temple, which is 7-0 for the first time in school history, is involved in the top game of the week in college football, with Saturday's only all-ranked matchup taking place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Both teams need a win to keep their chances at a New Year's Six bowl alive. An Owls win would put them in the driver's seat for that one bid reserved for the top Group of 5 teams, as no other unbeaten Group of 5 squad would have such a quality victory. Plus, Temple already beat Penn State. The Owls' toughest regular-season game after this is home to No. 16 and unbeaten Memphis on Nov. 21. Then you likely have the American Athletic Conference title game against either Memphis or fellow unbeaten Houston. Temple coach Matt Rhule is going to be at a Power 5 Conference school next year; would Miami dare hire another Temple coach after firing Al Golden on Sunday? As of this writing, ESPN GameDay hasn't committed to being at this game, but I don't know where else it would go. The game will be televised by ABC, which is owned by Disney, also the parent company of ESPN. That decision will come later Monday. This will be the first time that Temple has faced a ranked team while the Owls are ranked as well.

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