College Football Betting: Winners & Losers from NCAAF Week 9
The ninth weekend of the NCAAF season brought with it more than great opportunities for College football betting fans. If you thought that the Clemson Tigers were going to slip up in their game against North Carolina State, you’re going to have to wait longer for that team to fall off the playoff train. Their defeat of Notre Dame might be the most significant win of the entire year so far, and after beating the Wolfpack 56-41, Clemson moves into a huge home game against Florida State. If Clemson takes the victory and beats the Noles, they would have the inside track at their first ACC title since 2011, and it would also make a huge statement as to their likelihood of making the College Football Playoff. After FSU on their schedule, the Tigers face South Carolina, Wake Forest and Syracuse remaining.
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Who are some of the other winners from Week 9? Take a look at the Florida Gators. Their 27-3 walloping of Georgia on Saturday pretty much gave them the SEC East, although there are some tiebreaker issues with Vanderbilt at least for now. Given the huge personnel issues that Jim McElwain inherited when he took the team over. The Gators have already suffered a loss having to play Treon Harris at quarterback, since Will Grier got suspended for the rest of the season for using performance-enhancing substances. However, the Gator defense is a swarming storm.
Ole Miss is a winner too because they still have that head-to-head tiebreaker over Alabama. If they win out, they would have the SEC West title, which could leave the SEC in a position where Ole Miss wins the conference championship but has two losses, which could easily leave the SEC without a College Football Playoff team – especially since one of Ole Miss’ losses came to Memphis, which is a non-Power 5 conference team. Ole Miss has Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State remaining on its slate before a potential SEC championship game.
Losers? Let’s start with Cal. They opened with a 5-0 start and were a hot story in the Pac-12 North. However, they have now dropped three straight contests, including the most recent loss this Saturday to USC, as they lost 27-21. They still have three tough games left, and if they just limp in with a 6-6 record, that would not make this a successful season. Quarterback Jared Goff had another off game, throwing two picks and just 272 yards through the air.
Minnesota may have gone through the cruelest loss of all. Their coach had to retire in the middle of last week because of a medical condition. Then they had Michigan against the wall and had just scored the go-ahead touchdown. Then the referees took the touchdown away (and rightly so, as the receiver’s knee was down when he still had the ball outside the end zone). However, the coaches really mismanaged those last 19 seconds, and when they had 2 seconds left and a chance to kick a chip-shot field goal to send the game to overtime, they opted instead to try a quarterback sneak against a stacked-up Michigan defense. The Golden Gophers ended up losing a game they had been leading only seconds before – and had a guaranteed chance to send into overtime.