College football picks, schedule: ATS predictions, odds for the top 25 games today in week 9
We’re past the middle of the 2021 college football season, and now it’s time to separate the nation’s top teams starting this weekend. No conference is more ready to do so than the Big Ten, which is set for a Saturday of separation with two top-25 clashes between the Big Ten East’s top teams. Michigan’s No.6 will travel to Michigan State’s No.8 in a top 10 unbeaten battle to kick off the day, while No.20 Penn State looks to find some mojo at No.5 of Ohio State after an approximate loss of nine hours of overtime. in Illinois.
In between, No.1 Georgia will be hoping to maintain its momentum and top spot against rivals Florida in the world’s biggest outdoor cocktail party. The Gators have suffered losses in three of their last five games, but remain the Bulldogs’ biggest test remaining in the regular season nonetheless. With the first college football playoff standings expected to be released on Tuesday, Florida stands in the way of Georgia as the Dawgs hope to claim their right to the top of the CFP process.
While winning is all that matters for the standings, we do care whether these teams will cover their gaps. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the start. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the ninth full Saturday of the season.
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# 6 Michigan to # 8 Michigan State
Michigan Wolverine -4
Noon | Fox, fuboTV (Try for free) – While the Wolverines have dominated the scoreboard for most of this rivalry’s history, the Spartans have dominated the gap in recent years. The State of Michigan has covered 11 of the last 13 meetings and five of the last six in East Lansing, Michigan. I think this trend continues this weekend. Michigan’s hasty attack will cause problems for the Spartans’ defense, but the Wolverines haven’t been as punchy in the passing game. It’s hard to cover the gaps as a road favorite when you can’t effectively move the ball through the air. Prediction: Michigan State (+4.5) – Tom Fornelli
Florida vs. Georgia # 1
Georgia Bulldogs -14
3:30 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app – Florida are on the verge of being a shattered team, and Georgia will shatter them to thousands of pieces. Florida have a quarterback problem, and it’s never a good sign this late in the season. On top of that, he faces the best defenses in the country. Georgia will execute a vanilla offense because they won’t feel threatened, and the defense will hold the Gators to single digits. Prediction: Georgia (-14) – Barrett Sallee
No. 10 Ole Miss to No. 18 Auburn
Auburn Tigers -3
19h | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) – This has the makings of a high-scoring affair that could be decided by untimely turnover. The unpredictable nature of QB Bo Nix’s game and Ole Miss QB Matt Corral’s newfound prowess in football protection make the Rebels a safer bet to navigate clutch moments. Ole Miss is banged up, but Auburn’s defense is too inconsistent to be trusted. Prediction: Ole Miss (+2.5) –David Cobb
# 20 Penn State to # 5 Ohio State
Ohio State Buckeyes -19.5
7:30 p.m. | ABC, fuboTV (Try for free) – This gap doesn’t exactly reflect the difference between these two teams at their best, but it accurately describes where they currently stand. Penn State QB Sean Clifford was well below 100% in the Nittany Lions’ loss to Illinois, and if he’s not healthy, an already limited offense becomes even more of a liability. Additionally, the loss of defensive lineman PJ Mustipher for the season had a notable impact on Penn State’s defense against Illinois. Now that same unit needs to stop chasing back TreVeyon Henderson while also covering all the weapons Ohio State has in the passing game. I just don’t see how Penn State can keep up with this Ohio State team right now. Prediction: Ohio State (-18.5) – Tom Fornelli
North Carolina at No.11 Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3.5
7:30 p.m. | NBC, fuboTV (Try for free) – I think there will be a lot of points here, with UNC QB Sam Howell and wide receiver Josh Downs succeeding against a Notre Dame secondary who will be without his All-American security. So if you want to make a play out of the play, mine would take over. But even in a shootout scenario, I think the best, most consistent team ends up winning the game by a touchdown. Prediction: Notre-Dame (-3.5) – Chip Patterson
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