Notre Dame vs Navy

No. 3 Notre Dame will take on Navy on Saturday at a neutral site in San Diego. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET. The Fighting Irish are 24-point favorites and the total is at 52.5 in the latest Notre Dame vs. Navy odds. Notre Dame is fresh off a bye week after experiencing a scare against Pitt two weeks ago, while Navy has dropped four straight. However, records rarely seem to matter in this rivalry, so before you make any Notre Dame vs. Navy picks, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made several huge calls against the spread last week, including nailing LSU (-6) over Mississippi State, Washington State (-3) over Oregonand Alabama (-29.5) over Tennessee. And when it comes to top-rated picks against the spread, it finished Week 8 on a strong 5-1 run. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

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For Notre Dame vs. Navy, we can tell you the model is leaning over, and it has also locked in an against-the-spread pick that hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model knows Notre Dame has been favored in its past five games by an average of 14.5 points and has covered just once. And the Irish have failed to cover in all three of the games in which they were double-digit favorites this season. If Navy can control the pace like the Midshipmen prefer, Notre Dame will struggle to cover a 24-point spread.

However, this isn’t the same Navy squad we’re used to seeing, and a cover for the Midshipmen based on the stylistic clash is no guarantee.

Notre Dame’s defense is much better against the run than in past seasons and Navy’s defense isn’t a match for offenses that can confidently move the ball through the air. Hawaii, for example, scored seven touchdowns against Navy. Quarterback Cole McDonald lit up the Midshipmen defense for 428 yards and six passing scores in that game.

If Navy can’t find a way to slow down Ian Book and the Notre Dame aerial attack, it’s going to have a hard time covering, even in front of a pro-Navy crowd in San Diego.

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Texas vs Oklahoma State

Texas vs Oklahoma State : No. 6 Texas football hits the road in Week 9 to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in an effort to maintain its hold on the Big 12.. Texas didn’t have the greatest of games against Baylor before going on bye and what team wouldn’t after losing their starting quarterback early on in the game. Shane Buechele took over and won the game and that is all that matters. There were two things that we would’ve gained from that game and that is that Texas’ defense can hold up when faced with adversity and Keontay Ingram is the answer for Texas’ backfield problems.

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Sam Ehlinger was throwing earlier in the week and Tom Herman plans to start the sophomore this week against Oklahoma State. I’m sure that Buechele has gotten some reps with the first team at some point this week as a precaution for Sam Ehlinger’s shoulder injury flaring back up. In other news, Keaontay Ingram led the Texas backfield in carries against Baylor two weeks ago and went for 110 yards against the Bears which is one of the better rushing performances from a Texas player not named Sam Ehlinger that we’ve seen in a while.

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Oklahoma State’s last time out resulted in an embarrassing loss to a sub-par Kansas State team in which they allowed Alex Barnes to run for 181 yards and four scores on the ground. The Pokes offensively weren’t much better as Taylor Cornelius tossed two interceptions, boasted a 48.5 percent completion percentage, and could not score through the air. Justice Hill only saw 11 carries which is just downright disrespectful for a running back of his caliber. Can the Cowboys get things together against a top ten ranked Longhorns team?

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Stillwater, OK
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium
TV: ABC
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Texas needs to protect Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger can run but this game he just needs to take a break with that. Just keep Ehlinger in the pocket or even put him on the move in play action but make it to where he throws the ball away or that he can slide. One wrong hit on Ehlinger and this game becomes an entirely new beast with Buechele at quarterback. Defensively, focus on stopping the run and let Taylor Cornelius make mistakes. Cornelius couldn’t get anything going through the air against a weak Kansas State team and that has to be the same case this week.

Oklahoma State must play efficiently on offense. Kansas State is nowhere near as good as Texas is on defense and held the Pokes to a mere 12 points and even held them under 200 passing yards. Cornelius has to pass for over 60% this week at minimum and, for God sakes, Mike Gundy give Justice Hill the ball. Hill is the most talented player on this offense and he got a total of 13 touches last week. Let Hill do something this week at home or regret it. Defensively, the Cowboys must make the Longhorns win on the ground. Ingram is a good player but he is still very green. LEt Ingram make some freshman mistakes and take advantage of these situations.

NC State vs Syracuse

NC State vs Syracuse : Syracuse is 5-2 and will try to clinch a bowl bid for the first time since 2013 when it hosts North Carolina State on Saturday. Ahead of the game, The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman and Wes Cheng gave their predictions for the game.

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For those not attending in-person Saturday night under the Dome lights, it will be must-watch programming to see how the quarterback position plays out a little after 7:00 p.m. ET.

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No matter who sees the majority of snaps, look for Syracuse to throw the ball to set up the running game, while the Orange defense looks to contain Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley who struggled last week against Clemson throwing for only 156 yards and two interceptions.

Both coaches, Dino Babers and Dave Doeren, mentioned on this week’s ACC coaches’ teleconference that the mindset in their respective locker rooms is about the proverbial one game at a time.

Babers said the ‘Cuse understands that after a 4-2 first half of the season it is now 1-0 in the second half, while off a 41-7 loss against the Tigers, Doeren says his team is buying the philosophy of finishing this week 1-0 with a win over a team that’s played back-to-back overtime games.

We don’t think this game goes to overtime, and we think both SU quarterbacks will play, with Dungey the starter as he heads into what’s likely to be six games left in his Syracuse career. In a game of defensive stops a turnover or two and some spectacular touchdown passes, SU pulls out a 34-30 winto celebrate bowl eligibility into the chilly Syracuse overnight hours.

WES CHENG (Season Predictions, 5-2): My prediction to this game hinges on the state of the Orange secondary. We’re getting to the time of the year when teams start to struggle with injuries, and SU is no exception, with defensive backs Chris Fredrick and Scoop Bradshaw questionable.

Both will need to be healthy to cover junior wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, who to date has racked up 547 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Yes, Ryan Finley struggled against a staunch Clemson defense, throwing for just 156 yards with two interceptions (and no touchdowns), but the Orange defense is also surrendering more than 400 yards per game.

If Syracuse is thin in the secondary, expect Finley to have a bounce back game, with the Wolfpack taking a 35-31 win on the road.

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Kentucky vs Missouri

Kentucky vs Missouri: A look at what oddsmakers and experts have to say about Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers. Another weekend, another SEC game in which the Kentucky Wildcats are considered to be the underdog. While the Wildcats are indeed on the road against an explosive Missouri Tigers offense, they’re 4-1 in SEC this year with their one loss coming at Texas A&M in overtime.

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On Saturday, the nation’s second-ranked Kentucky defense will clash with the 12th-ranked Missouri offense. With one side due to fall, recent years show that, despite Kentucky being viewed as the underdog, the Wildcats could come away victorious.

Kentucky has played just two away games this season, fairing 1-1 in two of the most hostile environments in the SEC. While Missouri boasts a high-powered offense, the Wildcats have held all seven of their opponents under 20 points per contest this season.

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While the Tigers have only been held under that mark just once thus far (at Alabama), the ability of Benny Snell to carve away at opposing defenses has the potential to slow down Missouri quarterback Drew Lock.

Lock is having another sensational season from the pocket but, aside from the quarterback, the Tigers don’t have much else going for them. Though Kentucky may have issues under center, every other aspect of the game is well-covered.

It’d be ignorant to completely write off a quality SEC quarterback but so would saying the Wildcats are seven-point underdogs. After playing up to their competition time & time again this season, expect nothing less as they look to handle business before hosting the Georgia Bulldogs next weekend.

If you’re a gambler, Kentucky has either been the team you love or hate in college football this season. The ones who hate betting on Kentucky are the ones who pick against them when they’re underdogs. The Wildcats are 3-1 this year when underdogs.

The ones who love Kentucky are who understand the simple formula of bet on Kentucky to cover the spread as underdogs and not cover when favored. The Wildcats are 0-3 vs. the spread this season when favored (Murray State, Central Michigan and Vanderbilt), but are 4-0 against the spread as underdogs (Texas A&M, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina).

That would suggest the smart play this week is to pick Kentucky to cover vs. Missouri in what’s a seven-point spread by some sportsbooks

Here is a look at the betting trends for both teams:

  • Kentucky is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Kentucky is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky’s last 8 games on the road
  • Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Missouri
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky’s last 6 games when playing Missouri
  • Missouri is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Missouri is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri’s last 6 games
  • Missouri is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Missouri is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Barrett Sallee, Ben Kercheval, Chip Patterson, Jerry Palm & Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports are siding with the Wildcats to come within the seven-point spread. Barton Simmons & Dennis Dodd, though, expect the Tigers to cover.

Regarding how Kentucky fares straight-up, Palm & Sallee were the two lone experts to side with the 12th-ranked Wildcats.

USA Today experts Dan Wolken & George Schroder were outnumbered when picking Kentucky, as Eddie Timanus, Erick Smith, Jace Evans & Paul Myerberg predict Missouri to come out victorious.

OddsShark predicts Missouri to win and cover the spread, 33.8-26.6, to send the game total over.

According to ESPN’s Chris Fallica, a ranked team has been an underdog by a touchdown or more just eight times in the last four decades. Of the eight teams that were shocking underdogs, all of them lost and seven of the eight teams that were favored even managed to cover.

History suggests that Kentucky is in for a rude awakening on Saturday, but that’s also what head coach Mark Stoops & his team has heard all season.

Their response?

A 7-1 record with the reigns to win the SEC East.

Saying the coaching staff has concerns regarding Terry Wilson would be an understatement. Though he’s 7-1 as a starter, Wilson’s play from the pocket has been far from the leading cause of Kentucky’s success. Though their defense should be able to keep the game from becoming a shootout, the Wildcats’ will need to move the ball downfield in order to win at Mizzou.

Benny Snell has had yet another phenomenal season for the Wildcats and their defense has lived beyond expectations. However, without stability under center, it’s difficult for teams to win on the road in the SEC.

While Wilson made a few exceptional throws at Florida, he also played one of his worst games as a starter at Texas A&M.

The Wildcats are the better team, but this game will be much closer than what it should be. A change at QB seems inevitable, though Wilson could also come out & torch what is the 96th-ranked defense in the country.

Final Score: Kentucky 24, Missouri 20

Be sure to check out all of our predictions for Kentucky vs. Missouri.

Washington vs California

Washington vs California : As Washington enters Saturday’s game against California, the goal is fairly straightforward. The Dawgs need to have their day Saturday. And a few more after that.

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Even though the 15th-ranked Huskies entered this season with lofty expectations, the reality of their situation is that they will need to get plenty of help from their friends and rivals to have any shot at getting into the College Football Playoff. Washington’s chances are considered to be in the long-shot variety, at best.

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But first things first — a win in Week 9 over the host Golden Bears at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. Both Pac-12 North Division crews come into this game on the heels of victory.

The Huskies held off a stiff test from the visiting Colorado Buffaloes for a 27-13 triumph to improve to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference action, which puts them in first place in the division, for now.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears sit at 4-3 overall and just 1-3 mark in conference play, placing them fifth in the division ahead of just one other team — Oregon State, whom Cal thumped last weekend, 49-7.

It’s been a tale of two seasons for Cal, which opened with three straight non-conference victories to look like a willing bunch ready for Pac-12 primetime. But when the conference lights switched on, the Golden Bears seemed to go into hibernation, dropping a trio of games to quickly fall out of the AP Top 25. Turnovers marred those losses against Pac-12 opposition, and the play of sophomore quarterback Brandon McIlwain left a lot to be desired.

The cold snap, which included an ugly loss to the previously winless UCLA Bruins, also left Cal without a conference win in 14 road contests dating back to the 2015 season against Saturday’s opponent, Washington. Then came a visit to Oregon State in Week 8 — just what the doctor ordered — and the Bears rediscovered their early season touch by destroying the Beavers, a team that has struggled all season long.

Freshman QB Chase Garbers replaced McIlwain in the game in Corvallis and put up nice numbers — 17-for-26 for 234 yards and three touchdowns. This performance came after he missed the previous two weeks and provided the team with a jolt. For the season, Garbers has 727 passing yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Compare that to McIlwain, who has tossed three times as many picks (seven) as TDs (two), although he’s known more his ability to make things happen with his legs. McIllwain is second on the team in rushing with 398 yards and four scores.

Beating Oregon State, even on the road, is one thing. The question for the Bears’ offense is not just which quarterback will get the snaps, but how will this unit fare against a defense that’s ranked in the top 20 nationally in both yards and points allowed per game?

Washington quarterback Jake Browning finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting just two seasons ago. But since then, the senior has struggled to find that superstar consistency.

Take for instance his performance in Week 8, when he couldn’t find his rhythm at home against Colorado. It wasn’t until a 26-yard TD pass to Aaron Fuller on 4th-and-5 with less than four minutes remaining that Browning came through when his team needed him to. He finished the game a pedestrian 15-of-25 for 150 yards with a TD and interception for a 67.2 QB rating.

Meanwhile, Browning’s co-star in the backfield, senior RB Myles Gaskin, sat out the game due to a banged-up shoulder suffered in the Week 7 loss to Oregon. After going through pregame warmups, he wasn’t cleared to play and missed the first game in his impressive college career.

The good news is that Huskies head coach Chris Peterson said earlier this week that Gaskin is likely to be ready to play against Cal. Along with Gaskin’s probable return comes the long-awaited one by sophomore tight end Hunter Bryant, who has yet to play this season because of a knee injury. Gaskins and Bryant will give Browning even more weapons to work with as he looks to bounce back from his subpar showing against the Buffaloes.

With or without Gaskin, the Huskies seem to be set for a strong rushing game against the Bears. Last week, Washington ran for a season-high 201 yards in the win over Colorado.

Sophomores Salvon Ahmed (73 yards), Sean McGrew (58) and Kamari Pleasant (35) all got in on the act with Browning chipping in 25 on the ground as well. Gaskin’s return would add to the challenge facing Cal’s defense, which did a good job last week against Oregon State, although it was helped out greatly by an injury.

The Beavers’ Jermar Jefferson, who is fifth in the country in rushing, was hobbled by a hamstring injury, which limited him to just two carries (which he gained 34 yards on). As a team, Oregon State managed just 95 yards on 41 carries (2.3 ypc). The week prior, UCLA went off for 207 rushing yards in its win over Cal while Oregon picked up 260 on the ground in their game against the Bears back on Sept. 29.

However, Cal ate up plenty of real estate of its own last week, gashing the Beavers for 305 rushing yards. The Bears ran the ball 43 times and still managed to average 7.1 yards per attempt. Patrick Laird was the workhorse, picking up 193 and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It was Laird’s sixth 100-yard game in his career.

But once again that came against an Oregon State defense that has given up more rushing yards than all but two FBS teams (Connecticut, Bowling Green). Washington is on the opposite side of the spectrum, as the Huskies’ 134.4 rushing yards allowed per game is less than half of what the Beavers (274.6) are surrendering.

One team (Cal) seems to have righted the ship while the other (Washington) can’t let its guard down if it wants to stay in the College Football Playoff conversation, as unlikely as that seems given the present landscape. Whichever team comes out on top in this Pac-12 North tilt may be the one whose defense is likely to bend most without breaking. In that case, advantage Washington.

Hanging 49 points on the Huskies, which is what the Golden Bears did last week against Oregon State, isn’t likely to happen. It certainly doesn’t help that Cal’s star left guard Mike Saffell is done for the season with a lower-body injury. Washington, however, has the firepower to put the Bears’ defense on its heels regardless of whether Myles Gaskin plays or Jake Browning is at his best.

The only issue for the Huskies might be the age-old football issue of looking ahead to a final stretch of games that includes the Apple Cup against archrival and legitimate Pac-12 contender Washington State. Any lack of focus or effort could certainly bite the Dawgs — especially against a Cal team that seems to have rediscovered its confidence.

But in the end, look for Washington to make the necessary plays to live up to their No. 15 ranking and keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

Washington State vs Stanford

Washington State vs Stanford : Stanford beat Washington State eight times in a row into 2016, but the Cougars are 2-0 straight up over the last two meetings and 3-0 against the spread over the last three.

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In a big game out in the Pac-12 North, Washington State clashes with the Cardinal on Saturday night out on The Farm.

College football point spread: The Cardinal opened as three-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report) College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.4-26.4 Cougars (College football picks on every game)

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Washington State pounced out to a 27-0 halftime lead on the Ducks, allowed Oregon to get within 27-20 midway through the fourth quarter but immediately reapplied the gas and drove 75 yards to an insurance touchdown, securing the win and the money as three-point favorites.

The Cougars outgained the Ducks 400-335, converted 10-of-15 on third-down and fourth-down situations and held a 33/27 edge in time of possession. Also, the Washington State defense held Oregon to just 39 yards of offense in the first half.

The Cougars have now outgained each of their seven opponents this season—even USC in the game they lost.

At 3-1 in conference play, Washington State trails first-place Washington by a half-game in the Pac-12 North, and the Cougars get the Huskies in Pullman for the Apple Cup in the season finale.

Stanford halted a two-game losing streak last week with a 20-13 victory at Arizona State.

The Cardinal spotted the Sun Devils an early field goal, led 6-3 at the half, then broke a 6-6 tie by driving 75 and 80 yards to touchdowns on consecutive possessions and held on from there for the win and the cover as two-point favorites.

Stanford held a 24-20 edge in first downs, ground out a 38/22 advantage in time of possession and won the turnover battle 3-0, creating a plus-six point differential, enough for the money.

At 3-1 in conference play, the Cardinal are tied with Washington State at a half-game back of first-place Washington. Stanford gets its shot at the Huskies next week.

Cardinal running back Bryce Love is still hampered by injuries; last week he carried the ball 11 times for just 21 yards before limping off the field in the third quarter, and Stanford managed just 127 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile, Washington State won this matchup last year by a field goal 24-21 but actually dominated play.

The smart money here likes the Cougars.

Washington State is 3-0 ATS in its last three games versus Stanford.

The total has gone under in three of Washington State’s last four games versus Stanford.

The total has gone under in seven of Stanford’s last eight games in October.

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Penn State vs Iowa

Penn State vs Iowa : Penn State’s national championship hopes have been all but dashed — but the Nittany Lions can still ruin Iowa’s season. James Franklin’s team rebounded from a two-game losing streak last week when they held off a feisty Indiana team. That 1-2 stretch knocked a top-10 PSU team to the back of the line when it comes to this year’s playoff contenders, and any chance of rebuilding will start Saturday in Happy Valley.

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As for the Hawkeyes, Penn State is the last major hurdle standing between them and a potential 11-1 season. Iowa has rolled through an easy early schedule to a 6-1 record whose only blemish came against Wisconsin. But that schedule gets significantly harder thanks to road trips to State College and then to face a rising Purdue team that just smashed Ohio State to dust. If Kirk Ferentz’s team is for real — and if they’ve got any real claim on the Big Ten West title — we’ll know by November 4.

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Penn State is looking for its first win over a top-25 opponent. Iowa is looking to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. So who’s going to come out on top?

The S&P+ ratings slot Penn State in as the nation’s No. 10 team, while Iowa’s relatively weak schedule dropped the Hawkeyes to No. 21 despite a one-loss record. The preseason predictor saw this as a 15.5-point win for the home team, and while it doesn’t seem like it will be that lopsided, Saturday certainly seems like a prime opportunity for Franklin to get his team back on track.

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Odds: Penn State is favored by 6.5 points.

Iowa vs. Penn State news:

Statistically, Penn State and Iowa are pretty similar teams.

Hawkeyes safety Amani Hooker will be tasked with his toughest test of the season: stopping Trace McSorley.

Iowa can feel confident in its defense after last week’s thrashing of Maryland.

Saturday’s game isn’t just an opportunity for James Franklin to go “1-0” — it’s the start of a vital stretch for Penn State football.

Iowa’s occasionally-explosive offense is led by Nate Stanley’s passing game. While wideout TJ Hockenson has emerged as a field-stretching deep threat, the meat and potatoes of that aerial attack comes from Fant, a 240-pound tight end who creates serious mismatches against Big Ten linebackers.

He leads the team with 26 receptions and six touchdowns — but even his two scores weren’t enough to lead the team to a win over Wisconsin. He’s going to have to be even better to upset the Nittany Lions on the road, but Penn State is vulnerable. Brett Pry’s defense ranks just 66th in the nation in passing yards allowed.

Florida State vs Clemson

Florida State vs Clemson: As they head toward perhaps another ACC title game, the Clemson Tigers face a challenge Saturday at noon ET when they visit longtime conference rival Florida State. Clemson can all but wrap up the Coastal Division with a victory, while Florida State coach Willie Taggart could earn a signature win in his first year leading the Seminoles.

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The latest Clemson vs. Florida State odds have the Tigers as 17-point favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 51 points. Both are unchanged from where they opened. Before you make any Clemson vs. Florida State picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

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Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has put his stamp on college football. His expertise has earned him the nickname “The Czar of the Playbook,” and Hunt already has spent endless hours breaking down the rosters of FBS clubs. He has been particularly strong with his handicapping of ACC programs, which includes an incredible 9-1 spread record on games involving Florida State.

Three weeks ago, Hunt predicted the Seminoles would battle Miami to the wire and recommended backing FSU as a two-touchdown underdog. The Seminoles delivered as Miami had to rally from 20 points down to manage a 28-27 victory. Anyone who followed Hunt’s advice booked an easy winner.

Now, Hunt has scrutinized Clemson vs. Florida State from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only at SportsLine.

Hunt knows Florida State (4-3) has made progress following a disastrous early stretch in which it was blown out by Virginia Tech and Syracuse. The Seminoles likely played their most complete game of the season in last week’s 38-17 win over Wake Forest. They racked up 485 yards of total offense and held the Demon Deacons scoreless for nearly a three-quarter stretch in which they turned a close game early into a blowout.

Still, an improving team doesn’t necessarily mean the Seminoles will cover against Clemson on Saturday.

The Tigers were tested early in the season against Texas A&M as they struggled to find consistency on offense. Since then, quarterback Trevor Lawerence has been named the permanent starter and has been on a tear the past two weeks, beating NC State and Wake Forest by a combined score of 104-10.

Lawrence has completed 68.3 percent of his attempts for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns against two interceptions. Workhorse running back Travis Etienne has gained 800 yards and found the end zone 14 times for the Tigers.

Hunt has analyzed this matchup from every possible angle and while we can tell you he’s leaning under, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing his pick over at SportsLine.

Who covers Clemson vs. Florida State? And which crucial x-factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you should jump on Saturday, all from a seasoned expert who is 9-1 on picks involving Florida State.

Florida vs Georgia

Florida vs Georgia: Border battles often make for some of the most intense rivalries in all of college football and Week 9 brings one of the absolute best. Georgia and Florida will meet up for their annual neutral-site bout in Jacksonville, Florida, on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. Bettors from all over the country will be tuned into this showdown between top-10 teams, the main event after what has been dubbed the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

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In the latest Georgia vs. Florida odds, the Bulldogs are 6.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. And with plenty of betting action pouring in on this marquee matchup, you’ll want to keep an eye on those lines. Before you make any Georgia vs. Florida picks and predictions, you need to check to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say.

Two top-ten SEC teams will meet up on Saturday in one of the conference’s best rivalries when No. 9 Florida meets No. 7 Georgia.

Both teams will have the opportunity to essentially knock the other out of contention in the College Football Playoff and gain a huge advantage over the other in the SEC East standings.

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Florida (6-1, 4-1 in SEC) is riding a five-game winning streak behind one of the country’s best pass defenses. The Gators have allowed just 160 passing yards per game, which is sixth in the country and best in the SEC, and have allowed only 16.6 points per game.

Defense has also been a strength for the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1), who were cruising this season until their most recent game, a 36-16 blowout loss at the hands of then-No. 13 LSU. Georgia has dominated on both defensive and offensive end, coming in tied for 15th in the country in points for (39.6) and 13th in points against (16.3).

Here is all the information you need to watch Florida vs. Georgia:

When does Florida play Georgia?

Saturday’s game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.

What channel can I watch Florida-Georgia?

The contest will be broadcast nationally on CBS, but you can also stream it online at fuboTV.

Where is Florida-Georgia being played?

Florida-Georgia, per tradition, will take place at a neutral site in Jacksonville, Fla., the same place it has been every year but twice since 1933. The Gators have won three of the last four matchups, although the Bulldogs emerged victorious with a 42-7 win last season.

Who is the favored team between Florida and Georgia?

Georgia opened the week as the seven-point favorites, but the line has moved down to 6.5 points.

Oklahoma vs Kansas State

Oklahoma vs Kansas State: It’s been four weeks since the Sooners played on Owen Field, but the team looks to be finding its stride for Homecoming.

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It’s Homecoming weekend at the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Sooners (6-1, 3-1 in Big 12) are finally back in Norman for the first time in nearly a month. Saturday’s forecast is expected to yield perfect football weather for Lincoln Riley and company as they welcome Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats (3-4, 1-3 in Big 12).

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Last season, this matchup appeared destined for another Sooner letdown after OU fell down 21-7 during the first half. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield once again showed zero quit in the Little Apple, as he rallied the team to a dramatic comeback in the second half. The night was also special because it was Rodney Anderson’s first career breakout game, culminating in an improbable, go-ahead touchdown run in the waning seconds.

Now, Oklahoma is sitting in roughly the same position it was when these two played a year ago, but K-State hasn’t looked nearly as formidable as it was last season. Still, as long as the legendary Bill Snyder is manning KSU’s ship, Sooners fans know better than most to never underestimate the Wildcats. In fact, two of the last three times this game was played in Norman, the wily purple wizard waltzed away with the ‘W’.

Date – Saturday, October 27th

Time & TV – 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX

Spread – Oklahoma (-24.5)

Other than a plethora of Oklahoma turnovers, the No. 1 way this game could wind up as an utterly embarrassing upset is if Kansas State follows Army’s game plan and eats up the clock in bunches. Oklahoma has already played three teams that are averaging more TOP than KSU (43rd) this season in the Black Knights of West Point (1st), Baylor (16th) and Texas (19th). Still, the blueprint is out there and the formula is rather simple, and the Wildcats have the players and the coaches to pull it off.

Something to keep an eye on for K-State will be the yardage gained first down. If the Wildcats are gaining four or more yards per play on first down, the Sooners could be in for a long afternoon. Staying on schedule is part of what the Black Knights were able to do so well, and you better believe Bill Snyder is going to try to replicate that very same strategy.

The next aspect of controlling the game that KSU will aim to accomplish is converting on third down. Again, this is what Army also did well, along with converting fourth downs in plus-territory. Quarterback Skylar Thompson shouldn’t light up Oklahoma’s secondary with deep balls and bullet passes, because that’s not what Kansas State’s offense is designed to do. In pass plays, expect him to take what the defense gives him. Limiting yards after the catch will go a long way towards keeping the ‘Cats off schedule and behind the chains.

If Kansas State wants to make this a competitive game for four quarters, it’s going to have to completely dominate time of possession. Winning on first down and converting on third and fourth down has to be the way, otherwise the Wildcats could fall behind the Sooners quickly. As we all know, Oklahoma can build a lead in a hurry and turn on the cruise control from there.

With the status of starting running back Trey Sermon up in the air following the TCU game, redshirt freshman Kennedy Brooks has another chance to continue his rise as a force in Oklahoma’s running game. Personally, I think Sermon will see the field, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see his touches limited by some measure.

The other part of Oklahoma’s running game that must be acknowledged and followed is the growth of the offensive line. Pretty much since the beginning of the season, pass protection has been quite good, but run blocking has been up and down. Against TCU, the O-line unit turned in its best performance of the season, paving the way for the Sooners to rack up 323 yards on the ground against one of the best defenses in the Big 12.

Another factor to this equation is that Kansas State has not been nearly as strong in its run defense through seven games this season as they were all throughout 2017 (173 vs. 121.8 yards per game). In last season’s matchup, Oklahoma rushed for 209 yards on a 5.5 average per carry, and that includes a 32-yard loss on a failed punt attempt. With Oklahoma’s offensive line coming together, the mobility of Kyler Murray, and the emergence of Kennedy Brooks, it could be another long day on the ground for KSU’s D.

If there’s one player on Kansas State’s entire team that should cause concern, it’s running back Alex Barnes. The Wildcats go as he goes, and this season he’s thriving as the go-to guy.

Coming into Week 9, Barnes is the Big 12’s leading rusher with 788 yards, as well as the conference leader in rushing scores with 9 TDs. This might be a breakout year for the junior, but he came into this season as a proven big play threat. Last season in Manhattan, on the opening drive of the game, the big back flexed his top end speed right up the gut against Oklahoma for 75 yards and the score. That night he finished with a total of 108 yards on six carries.

If the Wildcats are going to have any chance at making this a game, Barnes is going to have to be the driving force behind it all. Ruffin McNeill and the Sooner defense will be well aware of how much Kansas State will rely on him, but recognizing that and stopping him are two completely different things. If he has even 75% of the success he’s had on average this season, expect this one to be at least a bit closer than Vegas suggests.

If you’re keeping track, the two main keys for K-State’s game plan coming into this game are both on offense. They need to maintain long possessions and Alex Barnes needs to feast. On the other side of the line of scrimmage will be the revamped Sooner defense. In its first test under interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, there was marked improvement in both effort and player positioning.

Now Oklahoma’s defense was far from perfect against the Horned Frogs, but it’s evident that the heavily scrutinized group seems to finally be trending upwards. Against an opponent who struggles at times to move the ball like Kansas State, that improvement needs to continue to show on the field.

Starting MIKE linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. and crew can’t rely on the Wildcats to hurt themselves with penalties or mental errors, so they’ll have to be on their A-game to produce stops. Creating turnovers is another aspect of the game that the defense seems to be on the very cusp of, but have struggled to capitalize on. Still, priority No. 1 for this defense hasn’t changed. It’s all about the basics. Sure-tackling and maintaining assignments will make this game much more comfortable for all wearing the crimson and cream, both on the field and throughout the stadium.

At the end of the day, the disparity in talent between Oklahoma and Kansas State is quite vast, and it’s pretty much been proven that the only way to truly slow down or limit the Sooner offense is to just keep it off the field entirely. With a defense that’s finally showing some improvement, I don’t envision the Wildcats having nearly as much success as Army did in that aspect, and for that reason I see OU running away (literally) with this one in the second half.