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The top dogs in college football rolled last weekend as Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida State all scored huge victories over their respective opponents.
Looking ahead to Week 9, there are several riveting matchups with College Football Playoffs implications all across the country. Without spoiling our picks, let’s say we think it’ll be a strong week for the favorites.
Let’s take a look at our favorite betting picks and college football parlay for Week 9.
Gone are the days of Kansas being a pushover—however, they happen to be getting Oklahoma at the worst time possible. Just a week after a 34-30 win over Texas, they almost dropped their concentration and needed to sweat out a two-point win at home against Big 12 newcomers UCF. Still, the Sooners are 7-0 and are fourth in scoring offense and 13th in scoring defense.
Kansas is the third-highest-scoring Big 12 team and puts up an average of 35.7 points per game. QB Jalon Daniels is questionable and will give way to Jason Bean if he cannot suit up, but Bean has held down the fort admirably and is coming off a 410-yard, five-touchdown, two-interception game against Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks defense is uninspiring and is a concern heading into the matchup.
We don’t believe that Oklahoma will be caught sleeping two weeks in a row—not with a CFP berth at stake. Kansas’ defense will struggle to contain Dillon Gabriel and company, and Bean did throw two picks last week. Watch for the Sooners to reassert their authority with a big win over the Jayhawks.
Oregon is the eighth-ranked team in the country but has one of the best balances of any team. They’re second in scoring (47 points per game) and 16th in points allowed per game (17). They also lead the nation in yards per carry (6.77) and have Heisman frontrunner Bo Nix leading their offense at quarterback.
Utah just scored an upset win against Caleb Williams and USC and has scored 34 points in consecutive weeks after struggling for points early on. They’re only 98th in total scoring but are 11th in points allowed per game (15) and tied for fourth in sacks with 3.57 per game (the same as Oregon).
Although the Utes’ defense is highly impressive and the offense has progressed, this line is not a fair assessment of what Oregon has to offer. Nix has helped the team be one of the most efficient third-down teams in the country, and their ability to run or pass keeps opposing defenses off-balance. Plus, as amazing as Utah’s defense is, Oregon’s is arguably just as strong.
The Buckeyes were the villain of the college football betting public a week ago when they covered against the highly impressive Penn State. Kyle McCord, Marvin Harrison Jr., and the rest of the offense fell in the rankings after only scoring 20 last week but still averaging 33.7 per game. Meanwhile, the defense is third in average points allowed and 15th in third-down conversion percentage.
Wisconsin is 5-2 but has yet to play a ranked team. The closest they came was a matchup with Iowa a couple of weeks ago, which they lost 15-6. The Badgers are 20th in scoring defense but only 76th in scoring offense and will be in for a rude awakening when they face a team of Ohio State’s level.
This is a boys against men matchup. Ohio State might not be as nasty in the trenches as it has been in years past, but it’s far too explosive for Wisconsin to slow down. The Badgers also only have five passing touchdowns on the year (to go with 16 on the ground) and won’t be able to hang with OSU’s offense, which is why we’re leaning toward the latter against the spread.
A college football parlay is a combination of multiple college football picks into one large bet.
In order for the bet to hit, every individual pick, known as a leg, must come true. Parlays offer bettors the chance to win exponentially larger payouts if they are willing to accept the extra risk.
Certain jurisdictions do not allow users to bet on in-state colleges. If you cannot find a local school on your sportsbook, that could be why.
Parlays can include standard major markets such as spreads, moneylines, and points totals, as well as props, if your state allows you to bet on college props.
The number-one rule to finding the best value for college football parlays is to line shop across different sportsbooks.
It’s also important to remember not to place contradictory bets. For example, it would be conflicting to take an underdog team to win but for their star quarterback to hit the under on his passing yards.
You should never include bets just to bump the value of your parlay. Stick to what you are the most confident in and leave it at that.
Users can also try adding safer alternate lines for the total or spread to lessen the risk of their parlay. For example, moving a spread of +4 to +7.5 would provide a full touchdown of comfort without greatly affecting the value of the parlay.
All that you need to do to place a college football parlay is to create an account (or log into your account) at a sportsbook, submit a deposit, add your favorite picks to your bet slip, and then assign a stake to the parlay.
Users can monitor the status of their parlays in the sportsbook. If one leg misses, the parlay will instantly be marked as a loss.
Restrictions for college football betting vary by state. More information on the rules can be found in our college football betting guide.
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