We’re just a few days out from the first set of College Football Playoff rankings so the games this weekend figure to play a big part in the national title race. This week has some huge Top 25 matchups between some big-name teams, but it’s the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys that are even juicier.
The Week 9 edition of college football’s picks against the spread features predictions for some of Saturday’s biggest games, including Clemson-Florida State, West Virginia-Oklahoma State, Washington-Utah and Georgia-Florida.
College football’s Week 9 slate kicks off on Thursday night with five matchups. Virginia Tech at Pitt and California at USC are the two marquee contests on Thursday, but Appalachian State at Georgia Southern is a key game for positioning within the Sun Belt.
The Big Ten ended up winning the day last weekend on the back of Penn State's upset of Ohio State. Everything about the game — from the blocked field goal to the fans to the suddenly unstoppable defensive front of Penn State — was nothing short of outrageous.
Penn State's win over Ohio State this past weekend certainly changed the road map to the College Football Playoff. It, coupled with some other upsets around the country, also caused some voters in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Polls to turn in some questionable ballots.