CFB Week 9 Pick ‘Em

Crazy week of football last week, absolutely crazy. A few crazy plays turned both of our picks upside down last week. As far as picking the ranked games this week, we have byes on byes. I went 10-7, while Kevin went 11-6. We definitely learned two things from last week… First, don’t go against Nick Saban twice in one season (I’m the idiot here), and second, your record can be affected by one dropped snap (Looking at you Michigan).

NOTE- *takes deep breath * #4 TCU, #11 Notre Dame, #12 Iowa, #13 Florida, and #16 Michigan all have byes this week.

Thursday:

#22 Temple v. East Carolina
Tyler: Temple is ranked, and the people in Philly are pumped. I can’t wait for Notre Dame to ruin their dreams in about two weeks. But for right now, they go to East Carolina, a confusing team in their own right; they lost to Florida by a touchdown and beat Virginia Tech, but lost to Navy. Temple isn’t great, but they have some wins against solid opponents (most notably, Penn State). I’ll go with Temple by 17.
Kevin: This is one of the more interesting games this weekend I think. Both teams have been inconsistent. Temple less so but they have still played some pretty bad games. ECU will give them a challenge, but to win they’ll have to play the way they did against Florida which I don’t see happening. Temple by 10.

#20 California v. UCLA
Tyler: UCLA falls out of the Top-25 rankings after getting drubbed by Stanford. Cal definitely has some talent, led by quarterback Jared Goff. I think he’ll outperform the freshman Josh Rosen, and Cal will continue to climb in the rankings so they can have a shot at redemption against Utah in the conference championship Cal by 10.
Kevin: Jared Goff is a stud. The Utah game is the worst Goff has played for the Bears and that includes starting his entire freshman season. He is going to bounce back this week as he takes on the Bruins. UCLA is coming off two straight losses with a young team and they’re going against veteran squad ready to take care of business. Cal by 14.

Friday:

#18 Memphis v. Tulsa
Tyler: Memphis is no cupcake, I was wrong. Tulsa, is a cupcake. I’m right about that. Memphis by 17.
Kevin: Memphis has a high powered offense with a defense that can get it done. Tulsa is overmatched this week. Memphis by 21.

Saturday:

#6 Clemson v. Miami (FL)
Tyler: Clemson is on a roll right now. I’ve seen and heard people argue that they should be ranked higher than #6, and I understand that. Going away to The U could be a trap game. But I don’t think it will be. Clemson by 14.
Kevin: Clemson is legit. They have a bonafide star in Deshaun Watson, they have playmakers all over offense, and they have an athletic defense. They’re more talented and better coached than the hurricanes and should not have much of a challenge this week. Clemson by 17.

#25 Pittsburgh v. Syracuse:
Tyler: This game could be really intriguing. I’m actually convinced that the Carrier Dome is one of the hardest places to play in college football. It gets loud and their fans get passionate. But I really like Pitt’s running attack, headlined by Qadree Ollison. Panthers by 12.
Kevin: Syracuse has played some good football this year, most notably in a 10 point loss to the LSU Tigers where they played with them for most of the game. The problem is that Syracuse has a good run defense. Pittsburgh loves to run the ball but this week they’ll be relying on their best player more than normal as the Orange have no one that can cover Tyler Boyd. Pittsburgh by 7

Iowa State v. #2 Baylor:
Tyler: Ha. Baylor by 35.


Kevin: The last two weeks I have predicted blowouts but I’ve been underrating Corey Coleman and the Bears offense. Not this week. Baylor by 41

#21 Houston v. UCF
Tyler: Houston’s passing attack is prominent; one of the very best in the country. UCF has the 79th best pass defense in the nation. Not a good mix if you’re a fan of the 0-7 Knights. Houston by 24.
Kevin: Houston once again will spread the field out and let their talent make plays as they take on the less talented Knights. This will be another easy win. Houston by 24.

#19 Toledo v. Massachusetts
Tyler: It’s actually really funny how much I know about the Minutemen now after watching them play and arguing with TJ earlier this year. They’re not awful. But they’re not better than Toledo, who seems to be the golden child of the MAC… that’s like being the fastest turtle in the race. Kevin, they’re called the Rockets, and they should win by 14.
Kevin: Toledo in my mind remains the most obscure team in the top 25. I still know nothing about them. I do know about UMass though, and they have a good QB in Blake Frohnapfel and a yards monster in Tajae Sharpe. Im counting on a win from the Minutemen. UMass by 7.

Tennessee v. #8 Alabama
Tyler: I’m not going to read into this game for this reason- I will just never go against Nick Saban again. ‘Bama by 24.
Kevin: This game is no longer a real rivalry and Nick Saban and company are going in business as usual. Alabama by 20.

#23 Duke v. Virginia Tech
Tyler: I really like Duke’s versatility on both sides of the ball. They don’t have any all-stars but they’ve got ballplayers. Going away to VT is tough, but I think one of the ACC’s best will keep on rolling. Duke by 14.
Kevin: Duke is not good. They have yet to play a good team outside of Northwestern who proved to us the last two weeks they aren’t good. I don’t think Duke should be ranked and I expect them to show it this week. Virginia Tech by 3.

Kansas v. #14 Oklahoma State
Tyler: You can’t be serious. Cowboys by 30.
Kevin: Dez Bryant is my favorite player to get kicked off Oklahoma State’s football team. Oklahoma State by 35.

Texas Tech v. #17 Oklahoma
Tyler: This isn’t a gimme for Oklahoma. Texas Tech went toe-to-toe with TCU. They showed that their offense is a real threat that has to be accounted for. But at the end of the day, Oklahoma is the more complete team. Oklahoma by 17.
Kevin: Texas Tech is known for their offense and it can compete in a shootout with a lot of teams. They’ve shown week in and week out that they can rely on it to win, but Oklahoma simply has a better offense. Baker Mayfield and the Sooners will set the scoring pace for this game. Oklahoma by 13

Indiana v. #7 Michigan State
Tyler: Michigan State, at this point, could have conceivably lost three straight games. But the key words are “could have”. At the end of the day, they make plays in order to win… even if it does come from a less-than-good-snap and a bad fumble. Spartans by 10.
Kevin: The words “Team of Destiny” have been thrown around in the wake of last week’s game. This team has more than destiny. They have a stout defense, with a veteran offense. Michigan State finds the win every week and this will not be any different. Michigan State by 14

Western Kentucky v. #5 LSU
Tyler: Western Kentucky is 6-1. It’s not like they’ve played anyone though. LSU by 35.
Kevin: Leonard Fournette is going to have another Heisman week. LSU by 31.

#15 Texas A&M v. #24 Ole Miss
Tyler: Both teams are coming off losses. Both need to salvage their season with a win (especially Ole Miss, who’s probably out of the playoff picture). Expect nothing left on the field; they’re desperate. I like Kyle Allen over Chad Kelly though. Aggies by 10.
Kevin: Ole Miss has suffered two major losses already this season and is ready to enter full desperation mode. A&M just suffered their first loss and could end up in the same boat as the Rebels. This game is going to have players putting in their all and it’s going to make for a good matchup. A&M by 7.

#9 Florida State v. Georgia Tech
Tyler: I was positive Florida State would lose. I refuse to admit they’re as good as they’re undefeated record. But Georgia Tech just isn’t that good. Seminoles by 14.
Kevin: Florida State just keeps on chugging, as they chase a third straight undefeated regular season. The train isn’t slowing down this week as Dalvin Cook and Everett Golson lead the Seminoles against Georgia Tech. Florida State by 17.

#3 Utah v. USC
Tyler: I think this game will be bad for the Trojans. Like, really really really bad. They’re leaving a loss at Notre Dame that they really played well in. But any time you lose to a rival, it’s demoralizing. The sad thing is that it’s not even the most demoralizing thing that’s happened to this team this year. The game against the Utes will be. Utah by 24.
Kevin: This is the first week I’m not picking the Trojans, and honestly I’m a little worried about it. They just suffered a tough loss to Notre Dame making it back to back losses. They have the talent to play with Utah but you don’t know how USC will respond to their recent games. If they don’t come out ready to change the direction of their season Utah is going to win big. Utah by 20.

#1 Ohio State v. Rutgers
Tyler: Changing to J.T. Barrett will be a revelation for Ohio State. I expect the biggest offensive show yet this season. Buckeyes by 40.
Kevin: J.T. Barrett is staring this week and he has looked good in game but do not expect Ohio State to just completely turn it around. This offense has talent but no chemistry thanks to the constant play of 2 QB’s. Rutgers isn’t that good though so the buckeyes will put up numbers, but they will come from running back Ezekiel Elliot. Ohio State by 31.

Washington v. #10 Stanford
Tyler: Stanford has just kept on rolling after opening their season with an L at Northwestern. They know Cal has talent and wants to catch them in the divisional chase. They’ll be able to handle Washington, especially at home.
Kevin: Stanford is looking more and more like a true contender for the PAC-12 championship, and the a playoff spot, and they’ll handle Washington with ease this week to further their case. Cardinals by 17.

Boston College v. Louisville (Hey, we’re short a few games. Might as well pick this one)
Tyler: BC has a really good defense. It’s just a shame that they don’t have a quarterback. It’ll be low-scoring, but I don’t think they’ll be able to put up more than the Cardinals. Louisville by 3.
Kevin: BC has really been killing me since the Pinstripe Bowl. Our defense is great. Teams don’t get yards against them, and they don’t score a lot of points. The offense on the other hand is a joke. I think I would be their best option at QB for the rest of the season. However unless BC is playing a top 10 team I refuse to lose faith. BC by 3.

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