As we move toward the final Saturday of October, we get into rivalry season, with two big rivalries headlining the NCAA football schedule this week.
Georgia goes to Jacksonville to take on the Florida Gators, which is preceded by the so-called “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”
Michigan hosts Michigan State as it tries to win back the Paul Bunyan Trophy, not to be confused with the Paul Bunyan Axe, which is given to the winner of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. We’re still a month away from that game.
For the best betting on NCAA football Week 9, here are our choices.
No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (-22.5) vs. Florida Gators
Georgia is the class of the country and the No. 1 NCAA football team in the nation, and they very much enjoy beating Florida, which they should do with ease on Saturday. Florida has a great offensive line, and quarterback Anthony Richardson will continue to look good, but the Florida defense will get abused all day.
Georgia wins this game 41-17 and covers the spread.
No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (-15.5) at No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions
Much like with their NCAA football game with Michigan, Penn State should be able to keep things close early. The energy of the home crowd should help them do that. But also, like with their game against Michigan, the Nittany Lions won’t be able to sustain it.
Ohio State will roll in the second half of this game as their superior talent overwhelms Penn State, and they will end up winning by three touchdowns, covering the NCAA football spread.
No. 19 Kentucky (+12.5) at No. 3 Tennessee
Tennessee is great everywhere, but their secondary, and that should mean a big day for Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. We’ve also seen the Kentucky defense put in several big performances, holding Mississippi State to less than 200 yards passing and just 17 points.
The Wildcats will move the ball and slow the Vols enough to keep this NCAA football game close. Tennessee wins in the end, but they fail to cover.
Michigan State at No. 4 Michigan (-21.5)
Last season the Michigan State Spartans overcame a 16-point deficit to upset their rivals from Ann Arbor in a season that ultimately saw the Wolverines play in the National Semifinals against Georgia. This Michigan team may be as good as that one, and Michigan State isn’t as good as they were in 2021.
Plus, the Wolverines want their revenge. Until losing to Georgia, the loss to State was their only blemish. Look for Michigan to put it on the Spartans in a revenge game, winning this one by four touchdowns.
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