College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 9, 2020: Proven model backing Iowa, Texas Tech

The Ohio State Buckeyes got their season off to a fast start with an impressive 52-17 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday. The Buckeyes were led by quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 54 yards and an additional score. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson also had a strong showing in Ohio State’s victory, catching seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. The third-ranked Buckeyes will look to start the season 2-0 when they take on the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The latest Week 9 college football odds from William Hill list Ohio State as a 13-point favorite on the road against Penn State. Is that one of the college football lines worth making a play on this weekend in your Week 9 college football bets? And how should you treat Clemson vs. Boston College (+24) now that quarterback Trevor Lawrence (COVID-19) has been ruled out? Before making any Week 9 college football picks, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 29-19 on top-rated picks through eight weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $450 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

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: Texas Tech (+14.5) covers at home against No. 24 Oklahoma in a Big 12 battle at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Red Raiders are coming off an impressive 34-27 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday.

Texas Tech used a dynamic rushing attack to upset the Mountaineers, rushing for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back SaRodorick Thompson has been the catalyst for Texas Tech’s offense this season, averaging 5.5 yards per carry with five rushing touchdowns.

And while Oklahoma has won eight consecutive matchups between these programs, the Sooners have struggled to cover the spread. In fact, Oklahoma is 5-10 against the spread in its last 15 games overall. In addition, the Sooners are just 1-5 against the number in their last six games on the road against Texas Tech. The model is calling for Texas Tech to score 34 points on Saturday against an Oklahoma defense that has given up 37 or more points in three of its last four games, resulting in the Red Raiders covering the spread in over 60 percent of simulations.

How to make Week 9 college football picks 

The model has also made the call on who wins and covers in Week 9, and it is also predicting a major upset in the Big 12. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.

So what college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 9? And which Big 12 underdog will pull off a shocking upset? Check out the latest Week 9 college football odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 in profit over the past four-plus seasons, and find out.

Week 9 college football odds (via William Hill)

Friday, Oct. 30 
East Carolina at Tulsa (-18) 
Minnesota at Maryland (+20)
Hawaii at Wyoming (+1.5)

Saturday, Oct. 31
Michigan State at Michigan (-25)
Wake Forest at Syracuse (+11)
North Carolina at Virginia (+6.5)
UTSA at FAU (-6.5)
Kansas State at West Virginia (-3)
Boston College at Clemson (-24)
Virginia Tech at Louisville (+3.5)
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech (+19.5)
Charlotte at Duke (-10.5)
Coastal Carolina at Georgia State (+3.5)
Ohio State at Penn State (+13)
Memphis at Cincinnati (-6.5)
Oklahoma at Texas Tech (+14.5)
Purdue at Illinois (+7)
Navy at SMU (-14.5)
Northwestern at Iowa (-2.5)
Texas at Oklahoma State (-3)
Temple at Tulane (-2.5)
Louisiana at Texas State (+16.5)
Troy at Arkansas State (-3.5)
TCU at Baylor (+3)
UCF at Houston (+3)
Iowa State at Kansas (+28.5)
San Diego State at Utah State (+7.5)
Western Kentucky at BYU (-28.5)
North Texas at UTEP (+4.5)
Boise State at Air Force (+12.5)
Nevada at UNLV (+12)
Rice at Southern Miss (-3)
LSU at Auburn (+2)
UAB at Louisiana Tech (+9.5)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (+18)
Appalachian State at UL-Monroe (+31.5)
Mississippi State at Alabama (-31)
Arkansas at Texas A&M (-10.5)

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