College Football Week 9: CFP Time

Updated: October 25, 2017

We are exactly one week from the initial College Football Playoff rankings being released (October 31st). Six undefeated teams remain with legitimate playoff aspirations as well as a bundle of 1 loss teams that are waiting for their time to come. Most polls currently have Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU as their top 4 and it’s hard to argue with any of them at the moment but there is a lot of football to play and it starts here in week 9. Let’s look at a few of the matchups that could help us in shaping the rest of this college football season.

Oklahoma State at West Virginia: Saturday 10/28 at 12:00 pm ET

In what is probably an elimination game for the Big 12 title Oklahoma State takes on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, WV. The Cowboys come into Morgantown off a lackluster win over Texas 13-10 in overtime. Oklahoma State had a substantial lead in yardage versus the Longhorns but struggled the entire game to put them away. WVU got its own dramatic win holding off a frantic Baylor comeback 38-36. The Mountaineers led 38-13 after three quarters but had to stop a tying two-point conversion by Baylor with 20 seconds left to hold on for the victory.

Oklahoma State opened as a -7 point favorite with the spread currently sitting at -7.5. The Cowboys will rely on quarterback Mason Rudolph to get the offense back on track after last weeks abysmal showing. Rudolph led the Cowboys with 3 TD passes in their defeat of the Mountaineers last season. The total is currently at 73.5. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams since WVU joined the Big 12 in 2012.

NC State at Notre Dame: Saturday 10/28 at 3:30 pm ET

Which team currently outside of the top 4 is going to generate the most conversation with a win this weekend? If you answered the Fighting Irish you are probably correct. The Fighting Irish will have one of the stronger resumes of 1 loss teams if they win this week with their only loss being a 1 point loss to current #3 Georgia. The Irish are currently ranked 9th in the AP poll and are fresh off a 49-14 trouncing of rival USC last week. Since that 1 point loss to Georgia, the Irish are on fire winning and covering the spread handily in their last 5 games.

NC State enters this contest also 6-1 and are coming off a 35-17 win over an outclassed Pittsburgh squad. This is the first of back to back big games for the Wolfpack as they will host Clemson next week in a huge ACC showdown.

Notre Dame opened as an early -8 point favorite but the number has been bet down to its current position at -7. The total for the game is up to 60.5 from its opening of 59.5 despite NC State games going under the total in their last 4.

Penn State at Ohio State: Saturday 10/28 at 3:30 pm ET

The main event for the weekend comes to us from the Big 10 where number 2 ranked Penn State will travel to Columbus to battle the 6th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. This game is full of national and conference implications as it will go a long way in deciding who will be in the driver’s seat in the Big 10 East division (Michigan State will have a say as well).

Penn State enters this game off a dominating victory over the Michigan Wolverines 42-13. Penn State’s offense is led by Heisman candidate Saquon Barkley, who may be the best player in the country. The Nittany Lions will be looking for a repeat of last year where they beat the Buckeyes for the first time since 2011.

Ohio State enters the contest on a roll.  Since their week 2 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are rolling teams. They had a bye last week but demolished Nebraska the previous week 56-14. The offense is running especially hot lately as they have scored at least 54 points in their previous 4 contests. They will be looking at serious revenge here as Penn State’s victory last season gave the Nittany Lions the East division title and eventually the Big Ten title.

Ohio State opened as -7 point favorites but the line has been pushed to its current spot at -6.5. Can Penn State avoid a letdown after last week’s big win? The total currently sits at 55 down from its opener of 56.5