As the season progresses, many division title races are heating up, especially in the Big 12 and Pac-12. With the first College Football Playoff rankings to be announced next week, there are plenty of games in Week 9 that could make a big difference to the CFP Selection Committee’s first top 25.
(Note: All times are ET, odds are from BetMGM)
Time: Noon | TV: Fox | Line: OSU -15.5 | Total: 61
It looks like Ohio State and Michigan are once again clashing in the Big Ten East, but Penn State is hoping to change that. PSU (6-1 aggregate, 3-1 Big Ten) has been quite competitive in OSU’s game, but hasn’t won a game in the series since its Big Ten title in 2016. In the five conferences since then, OSU has averaged a seven-point deficit. This game will be the toughest test yet for the 7-0 Buckeyes, who beat nearly every opponent thanks to a strong offense led by Hesiman Trophy favorite quarterback CJ Stroud.
Time: 3:30 p.m. TV: CBS | Line: UGA -22.5 | Total: 56.5
Lots of visits from No. With a looming 5 in Tennessee on Nov. 3, Georgia first needs to deal with the business of a team at odds with Florida in one of the SEC’s main rivals. Like Georgia, Florida is about to say goodbye. The Gators (4-3, 1-3 SEC) entering their first season under head coach Billy Napier have had their ups and downs at this point. Will QB Anthony Richardson and the Gators regroup to keep the No. 1 Bulldogs snubbed in Jacksonville?
Time: 3:30pm TV: Fox | Line: KSU -1.5 | Total: 56.5
Oklahoma State and Kansas State lost one game each in the Big 12, making this a huge game in the race for the Western Conference title. Injuries will play a key role, with Kansas State starting quarterback Adrian Martinez and backup Will Howard both injured last week, along with several key K-State guards and multiple Oklahoma State guards. College offensive linebacker. Who can knock it out in this crucial match?
Time: 3:30 p.m. TV: ESPN | Line: UCF -1 | Total: 56
Cincinnati is undefeated against UCF (2-1), making Saturday’s league title race huge. Cincinnati is 6-1, but not far from where it was last year when it entered the college football playoffs. Meanwhile, UCF is losing 34-13 to East Carolina. Can UCF bounce back?
Time: 7 p.m. TV: ESPN | Line: UT -12.5 | Total: 62.5
The appearance of Tennessee is one of the biggest stories of the season. The Vols already have impressive victories on their resumes with 7-0 victories over Alabama and LSU. They face two other top-ranked teams over the next few weeks, including a game this week against a Kentucky team in the midst of a bye. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis is back from injury, so the offense looks much better. But can the UK do enough to keep up with No. 1 Tennessee? 1 total fouls in the country?