Week 9 College Football Picks on Top Dog Waiting for Your Bite

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 6:56 PM UTC

Our college football handicapping professional has gone 6-2 ATS in the last two weeks with his upset alerts. He has three more this week, go inside to find out his college football picks.

Georgia vs. Florida 3:30 PM ET
After studying this matchup carefully, I’ve come to this conclusion. Florida has pretty much struggled to run the ball with any consistency all season. They’ve been able to mask that deficiency with an outstanding defense, and a stellar +9 turnover differential. They’ll need to establish some semblance of a running game against Georgia if they hope to come out on top. They’ll certainly have their work cut out for them in that regard. The Bulldogs run defense is allowing just 121 yards per game, and opponents are averaging only 3.3 yards per rushing attempt.

Georgia is in a more urgent and desperate situation than Florida in regards to their SEC title hopes. If the Bulldogs are fortunate enough to come away with a win, they would then only need to knock off Kentucky (4-3) and Auburn (4-3) in order to play in the conference championship game. Those two teams have combined to go a less than impressive 3-6 in SEC play this year. Georgia will be out to atone for last season’s humiliating 38-20 loss as an 11.0 point favorite to a then mediocre at best Gators squad.

College Football Pick: Georgia +3 at Bovada

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Stanford vs. Washington State 10:30 PM ET
Washington State has flown under the radar a bit and has put together a nice string of impressive performances. Since being upset in their season opener as a 31.0 point home favorite by Portland State, the Cougars have won five of their last six games. Their only loss in that sequence came on the road against then nationally ranked California by a score of 30-24. The Cougars never trailed in that contest until California scored the go ahead touchdown with just 0:42 to play. Washington State has gone a perfect 4-0 ATS as an underdog this year, and they won three of those games outright.

Stanford has been on a winning roll as well. Since they suffered a loss at Northwestern in their season opener, the Cardinal have 6-0 SU&ATS since that time, and their average margin of victory during that stretch was 20.8 points per game. Stanford’s defense although good, has encountered moments of weakness this season. They allowed 427 total yards to USC, 386 to Oregon State, and 506 to UCLA. Stanford has also forced just 5 turnovers in seven games this year.

On paper, Stanford is clearly the better team in this matchup. However, you always have a puncher’s chance with an explosive offensive team like Washington State. The Cougars have averaged 47.7 points and 597.3 yards of total offense during their previous the games. Those three contests all resulted in wins at Oregon, home versus Oregon State, and last Saturday at Arizona. Current college football betting odds indicate to me there's a ton of wagering value on the underdog in this contest.

College Football Pick: Washington State +11 at TheGreek

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Arizona vs. Washington 11:00 PM ET
Washington has been an overvalued team over the past five weeks with an exception being against USC. Speaking of that USC contest, that’s been their only win in the last four games. You can make a case that was a bit tarnished considering the state of the USC football program at that time. The Huskies are very limited offensively, and have scored 24 points or less in all four PAC-12 games thus far.

Arizona will be smarting after last Saturday’s 45-42 upset loss as a 7.0 point home favorite to Washington State. On a positive not, they nearly overcame a 17 point deficit late in the 3rd quarter before coming up just short. Two things that the Wildcats can do very well, move the ball, and score a lot of points. During their past three games they’ve averaged 41 points and 449 yards on offense. In my eyes , this game has upset written all over it. Give me the underdog for one of my college football picks this week.

College Football Pick: Arizona +5 at Bookmaker

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