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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game in Week 9

Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs Football

Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs Football

College football’s 2018 season continues with a loaded Week 9 slate featuring 55 games from Thursday to Saturday night. Five matchups are on tap for Thursday night, including Baylor at West Virginia, Appalachian State at Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech. On Friday, another five contests are slated, including Boston College hosting Miami, while UCLA looks to build on its two-game winning streak with a home matchup against Utah. The Saturday schedule kicks off with Clemson at Florida State, Wisconsin-Northwestern, Texas Tech at Iowa State and Purdue at Michigan State as the top matchups in the first window. The annual showdown between Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville is the must-see game for the afternoon, but USF-Houston, Iowa-Penn State and Kentucky-Missouri provide plenty of other intriguing matchups during that time slot. Washington State at Stanford, Texas A&M-Mississippi State, Navy vs. Notre Dame in San Diego, NC State at Syracuse and Texas at Oklahoma State headline the top contests at night. The late window of games includes three intriguing West Coast matchups, as Oregon travels to Arizona, Fresno State hosts Hawaii and Nevada looks to upset San Diego State in Reno.

Each week, Athlon Sports’ editors will pick every game in the FBS ranks. Follow us on Twitter: (@AthlonSports)

College Football Week 9 Predictions


Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Mark Ross

Ball State at Ohio (Thursday)

Baylor at West Virginia (Thursday)

Toledo at Western Michigan (Thursday)

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern (Thursday)

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Thursday)

Louisiana Tech at FAU (Friday)

Miami at Boston College (Friday)

Indiana at Minnesota (Friday)

Wyoming at Colorado State (Friday)

Utah at UCLA (Friday)

Bethune-Cookman at Nebraska

Central Michigan at Akron

Army at Eastern Michigan

Cincinnati at SMU

Illinois at Maryland

UMass at UConn

Tulane at Tulsa

Wake Forest at  Louisville

Coastal Carolina at Georgia State

Southern Miss at Charlotte

MTSU at Old Dominion

New Mexico at Utah State

Rice at North Texas

UNLV at San Jose State

Arkansas State at Louisiana

Boise State at Air Force

TCU at Kansas

Hawaii at Fresno State

New Mexico State at Texas State



North Carolina at Virginia

Vanderbilt at Arkansas

Washington at California

Notre Dame vs.  Navy (San Diego)

San Diego State at Nevada

Tennessee at South Carolina

Oregon State at Colorado

Oregon at Arizona

Northern Illinois at BYU

USF at Houston

Texas Tech at Iowa State

NC State at Syracuse

Duke at  Pitt

Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Wisconsin at Northwestern

Kentucky at Missouri

Texas at Oklahoma State

Purdue at Michigan State

Kansas State at Oklahoma

Arizona State at USC

Clemson at Florida State

Washington State at Stanford

Iowa at Penn State

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo (Tuesday, Oct. 30)

Kent State at Bowling Green (Tuesday, Oct. 30)

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