The Big Ten joined the 2020 college football season last week and promptly upended the college football rankings, as Indiana upset Penn State and Rutgers upset Michigan State. Those losses make Michigan State’s road test against No. 13 Michigan at noon ET and No. 18 Penn State’s home game against No. 3 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. ET even more important as those teams look to bounce back quickly from their poor start.
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Michigan is a 25-point favorite at home against Michigan State, while Ohio State is giving Penn State 12 points in the Week 9 college football odds from William Hill. Should you target those college football lines or others in your Week 9 college football bets? Before making any Week 9 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.
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Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 9 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.
Top Week 9 college football predictions
One of the top Week 9 college football picks the model is recommending: Iowa (-2.5) wins and covers at home against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes are coming off a disappointing 24-20 loss against Purdue in their season-opener.
Despite their season-opening setback, the Hawkeyes will be confident they can secure their first victory of the season on Saturday. That’s because Iowa has been sensational at home, winning seven of its last eight games at Kinnick Stadium.
Northwestern, meanwhile, has struggled mightily in conference play over the years. In fact, the Wildcats are just 2-9 in their last 11 games against Big Ten opponents. In addition, the Hawkeyes recorded a 20-0 shutout over Northwestern a season ago. The simulations show Iowa’s defense holding Northwestern to just 13 points on Saturday, resulting in the Hawkeyes covering the spread well over 60 percent of the time.
Another one of the top Week 9 college football predictions from the model: Virginia Tech covers as a 3.5-point road favorite against Louisville. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The Hokies are looking to bounce back from a surprising loss to Wake Forest last week. Quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 223 yards and a score and also led the team with 98 rushing yards. But he also threw three interceptions, an issue he’ll need to clean up in this matchup.
Louisville snapped a four-game losing streak last week with a win over Florida State, but the