College Football Picks Week 9: Full Predictions for Top 25 Teams

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 25, 2017

With the first BCS rankings coming out last Sunday, Week 9 of the college football season has some big games for teams looking to climb up the polls and make their case for a BCS bowl game at the end of the year.

There will be four games between Top 25 teams this week, along with several other games that have teams officially on upset alert.  

After so many big teams went down last week, you can bet that others schools will be trying to do the same on Saturday.

Let's take a look at a full list of predictions for Top 25 teams, followed by a breakdown of some of Saturday's biggest matchups.

Week 9 Top 25 Predictions
Tennessee21-38No. 1 Alabama
NC State10-45No. 2 Florida State
No. 12 UCLA24-48No. 3 Oregon
Penn State28-31No. 4 Ohio State
No. 21 South Carolina35-24No. 5 Missouri
No. 6 Stanford30-21No. 25 Oregon State
Wake Forest17-31No. 7 Miami (FL)
No. 8 Baylor68-14Kansas
No. 9 Clemson35-20Maryland
No. 10 Texas Tech38-35No. 15 Oklahoma
Florida Atl11-30No. 11 Auburn
Furman7-35No. 13 LSU
Duke13-28No. 14 Virginia Tech
Vanderbilt27-41No. 16 Texas A&M
No. 17 Fresno State40-21San Diego State
Eastern Michigan17-37No. 18 Northern Illinois
No. 19 Oklahoma State33-20Iowa State
No. 20 Louisville35-10South Florida
Connecticut10-32No. 23 UCF
No. 24 Nebraska24-27Minnesota
Predictions by Tyler Brooke


No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 3 Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET


Prediction: 48-24, Oregon

A lot of people think that UCLA can take down Oregon this week, but I think that the Ducks and their explosive offense are simply going to be too much for the Bruins.

Oregon is currently averaging 57.6 points and 643.1 yards per game.  

Marcus Mariota is the current front-runner for the Heisman award, putting up over 2,500 total yards and 28 total touchdowns without a single interception.

To make things even better for the Ducks, it appears that De'Anthony Thomas will finally be able to play after missing the last four games, according to ESPN College Football.

Brett Hundley has been a great player under center, but he showed signs of struggle last week, throwing for less than 200 yards along with a touchdown and two interceptions.  

They scored just 10 points against Stanford, and they might have trouble scoring against Oregon.

The Ducks have an underrated defense this season, especially with their secondary.  They're holding opponents to 251 passing yards and 17.3 points per game.  When they went up against Keith Price and Washington, Oregon held him to just 182 yards passing.

UCLA is a great team, but the Ducks are a national championship contender.  They're currently No. 3 in the BCS rankings, but a convincing win over the Bruins should help them move to No. 2 when Sunday's newest poll comes out.


No. 21 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC) at No. 5 Missouri (7-0, 3-0 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET


Prediction: 35-24, South Carolina

Even with the loss to Tennessee last week, the South Carolina Gamecocks should be able to come into this game and pull off the upset over No. 5 Missouri.

South Carolina has been a very good team this season, and they should be fine without Connor Shaw on offense.  

According to College Football Talk, Dylan Thompson will be starting for the injured Shaw this week.

Fortunately for the Gamecocks, they won't have to completely depend on Thompson, as they have some great running backs behind him.  

Mike Davis has been particularly deadly, running for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.

Defensively, South Carolina still has the best player in the country with Jadeveon Clowney.  

Forget all of the controversy and lack of impressive stats. Clowney is still playing like someone who deserves to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in May.

For Missouri, they're still undefeated and have had back-to-back convincing wins over Georgia and Florida, but they also lost their starting quarterback James Franklin against the Bulldogs.  

Maty Mauk had to step in against Florida, and he struggled, completing only 50 percent of his passes and throwing an interception.

I really think that Missouri is a solid overall team, but they're way too high in the initial BCS rankings.

Look for South Carolina to end their undefeated season due to an overall more talented football team.


No. 10 Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at No. 15 Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET


Prediction: 38-35, Texas Tech

This game has been overlooked heading into Week 9, but this Big 12 matchup has the opportunity to be one of the most fun battles to watch on Saturday.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have played with two different quarterbacks this season, but Davis Webb should be the starter for in this one.  

Even as a true freshman, Webb has been impressive this year, throwing for nearly 900 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception in his last two games.  

The offense as a whole for Texas Tech focuses on making plays through the air, and they're really good at it.  They're the second-best passing offense in the nation, averaging 416.4 yards per game, while also putting up an average of 41.4 points.

You can't sleep on the Oklahoma Sooners either.  

They're scoring 30 points a game thanks to a strong offensive attack.  Blake Bell has led that attack, throwing for 1,099 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

On the ground, the Sooners are just as deadly.  They've run for 1,595 yards and eight touchdowns as a team, averaging 5.2 yards per rush.

The Sooners have the slight advantage defensively, holding their opponents to just 17.1 points per game.  Only one team has scored more than 21 points, and that was Texas, who scored 36 and pulled off the upset over Oklahoma.

I think that this is going to be a shootout with Webb showing the nation that he's going to be one of the most exciting quarterbacks in college football over the next few seasons.  

It's going to be a close one, but I think the Red Raiders will continue their undefeated season and finally win a big one over Oklahoma.


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