I am often asked for my best college football picks so I thought I would lay out a big one for Week 9 of the NCAA season. Betting on college football is always fun given the often improbable pointspreads and Over Under Totals. As I have mentioned multiple times in previous articles, you are also dealing with amazingly talented kids who can still be prone to immature errors on the field.
However, my best college football picks take that sort of thing into account and most of the top programs could give the bottom tier NFL teams a run for their money. Let’s take a look at a key matchup this weekend and see if we can bank some profit.
Best College Football Picks – Lines and Odds
We of course start with the #1 program in the country i.e. the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide are an unsurprising 8-0 and the big story for them this weekend is that they have a bye week- psych! And all the rest of the NCAA teams breathed a sigh of relief. The Tide will be in action next week against #23 LSU in a divisional classic. Hint, Alabama will be one of our best college football picks next weekend too.
Betting College Football Online – Penn State vs. Ohio State
This will be the big game of the weekend as #2 Penn State takes on #6 Ohio State. Nobody would have picked Penn to be ranked #2 in the nation at this point in the year so they have been a pleasant surprise. Penn are +6.5 dogs on the pointspread which makes sense as they are on the road. However, I think they are more like +3.5 dogs and so I don’t mind taking Penn on the spread here. Their star running back and probable Heisman Trophy winner Saquon Barkley (at -300) is going to face a talented Buckeyes defense- but I think he will keep it close.
NCCA Football Tips – Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio has their own Heisman entrant in J.T. Barrett (+1000) who has helmed the Buckeyes to another solid year. This is an elite level program that won the College Football Championship in 2015 and almost made it back in 2016 before getting blown out by Clemson. This year sees them 6-1 and still in the running for the big show but time will tell. Beating the Lions will be a must if Ohio has grand designs on the rest of the year- they are -240 on the moneyline which I think is way too big.
College Smart Bets – Penn State
I think that taking Penn State on the spread is risky here but it is the play in my opinion. Ohio State will be tough at home but if the Lions and Saquon Barkley are hot then this will be a close game and those points will make all the difference. The Over Under for this game is a healthy 57.5 and I think the Under is slightly the better of the two bets. Either way, pop the popcorn and crack a cold one as this will be an epic college football game to bet on!
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