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STAR PREVIEW: College Football Week 9

Week 8 was almost without drama if not for Illinois upsetting playoff hopefuls Wisconsin. Tua Tagovailoa went down with an injury which places Alabama in a situation they didn’t want, being without the potential Heisman Trophy winner. The Heisman Trophy betting continues to be dominated by Quarterbacks with former Alabama QB, now with Oklahoma, Jalen Hurts now favourite at 7/4 and Ohio State’s Justin Fields at 10/1, with the latter facing his toughest task this week against the Number 1 rated defence in the country this could be the game where Justin Fields shows us how good he is and potentially could be. Week 9 contains three all Top 25 clashes which could potentially shake up the playoff picture come the end of the season.

#3 Ohio State vs #13 Wisconsin

Ohio State have been formidable this year, having not lost and averaging nearly 50 points a game in the process. With Wisconsin coming off a shock loss to Illinois which dropped them out of the Top 10, it seems almost too easy to pick Ohio State in this one. Well, maybe not, Wisconsin still have the Number 1 defence and potentially have the best running back in all of college football in Jonathan Taylor, who still racked up 132 rushing yards in defeat last week, with Ohio State giving up 92.7 rushing yards per game, Taylor could be the difference maker between these two playoff hopefuls. But can the Wisconsin defence limit Justin Fields through the air? The Heisman trophy hopeful has been very impressive this year only throwing 1 interception and averaging over 3 TD’s a game. With J.K. Dobbins by his side who has been a key player this year, Ohio State could be the team to overturn this stout Wisconsin defence who have only allowed on average 193.9 yards per game this year. However I will be backing the underdogs here in Wisconsin in what could be a low scoring affair with Jonathan Taylor being the man to win it for Wisconsin.

Score Prediction:
Ohio State 20 Wisconsin 24.

Wisconsin to Win – 21/5
Under 49.5 Points – 17/20

#2 LSU vs #9 Auburn

LSU host Auburn this weekend in the rivalry referred to as the Tiger Bowl which will involve two Top 10 teams for the first time since 2010. LSU have been dominant this year on offence averaging 539.9 yards per game and over 6 TD’s per game. This has been down to the huge season by QB Joe Burrow who has nearly 2500 yards already this season and has only thrown 3 interceptions. LSU put 42 points on the Florida defence which limited Auburn earlier this season, so the Auburn defence will have to step up to compete with LSU this week. Bo Nix will also have to have a big game this week which he has struggled to do this year averaging less than 200 yards per game and with 5 interceptions on the year already, including crucial turnovers in that Florida game, Auburn may struggle to keep Burrow and the LSU offence off the field.

Score Prediction:
LSU 38 Auburn 24

LSU (-10.5) – 10/11

#19 Michigan vs #8 Notre Dame

What can be said about Michigan this year? Last week was another Top 25 loss for Harbaugh, another week where Shea Patterson failed to produce on the big stage and another week where Michigan dropped in the rankings. Could a loss this week force Michigan out of the Top 25? It is very possible and would be a massive failure for such a big program. Notre Dame have had a solid season, a loss to Georgia in Week 4 probably ended their playoff chances but they have performed well since that loss and are still a Top 10 team. This has been due to the performance of their offence who have averaged over 450 yards per game this season led by Ian Book and running back Tony Jones Jr, who is averaging nearly 100 rushing yards per game. The Michigan defence, ranked 14th in the country, will provide tough competition and linebackers Josh Uche and Khaleke Hudson will be crucial in stopping the Notre Dame rushing attack and force Book to throw deep, something that the Fighting Irish don’t like normally doing. However, even if Michigan do manage to stop the Notre Dame offence, they will still need Shea Patterson to play like the quarterback they believed he was when transferring. A QB rating of 64.6 and 4 interceptions this year won’t be good reading for any Michigan fans and a -1 Touchdown/Interception ratio against Top 25 opposition shows that Patterson will have to have a career best game to get the win Saturday evening.

Score Prediction:
Michigan 10 Notre Dame 17.
Notre Dame Win – 17/20

Under 52.5 Match Points – 5/6

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