College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 9: Proven computer model loving Penn State, North Carolina
SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated every Week 9 college football game 10,000 times
Joe Burrow and the No. 2 LSU Tigers are putting up historic offensive numbers in 2019 as the senior quarterback continues to push for the Heisman Trophy. But they'll be tested on Saturday when they host No. 9 Auburn, the SEC's third-ranked team in terms of total defense. The latest week 9 college football odds give the Bayou Bengals a 12-point edge in that SEC West showdown. Burrow was a transfer from Ohio State, and the Buckeyes (-14) will be relying on quarterback Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, as they take on running back Jonathan Taylor and the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers at the Horseshoe. At two touchdowns, that game features one of the largest college football lines of the week involving a ranked team. The Week 9 college football spreads are sure to move as the week progresses and injuries become clearer. So, before locking in your own Week 9 college football picks, be sure to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread.
The model enters Week 9 of the 2019 season on a strong run, going 92-59 on its top-rated college football picks. It also nailed Illinois (+30.5) easily staying within the spread against No. 6 Wisconsin in one of the largest upsets of the entire season in Week 8. Anybody who has been following it is way up.
One of the Week 9 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 6 Penn State (-5.5) covers on the road against Michigan State.
The Nittany Lions picked up a huge 28-21 win over Michigan last week, keeping them undefeated and in the mix for the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff bid. They'll have to keep style points in mind, however, with five other undefeated teams currently sitting in front of them. Michigan State, meanwhile, is just 2-5 against the spread and ranks 12th in the Big Ten in total offense. The model projects that the Spartans muster just 11 points, while Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford throws for well over 200 yards as the Nittany Lions cover in over 60 percent of simulations.
Another one of the 2019 Week 9 college football predictions from the model: North Carolina (-3.5) covers at home in a rivalry matchup against Duke.
It's been an up-and-down first year for Mack Brown in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels opened the season with impressive wins over South Carolina and Miami, then dropped three straight and have split their last two games.
But freshman quarterback Sam Howell has been exceptional, throwing for 1,892 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. Duke, meanwhile, has dropped two of its last three after opening the season 3-1, and is just 1-2 against the spread as an underdog. The model projects that Howell will throw for over 250 yards and two scores as the Tar Heels cover in over 50 percent of simulations.
The model also has made the call on every other FBS matchup in Week 9, including the monster SEC showdown between No. 2 LSU and No. 9 Auburn. It also knows a line in another game is way off, saying one side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations. You need to see its college football picks before locking in any of your own.
So what college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 9? And which line is Vegas way off on? Check out the latest Week 9 college football odds below, and then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned over $4,200 in profit over the past four seasons.
SMU at Houston (+13.5, 66.5)
USC at Colorado (+13, 62.5)
Illinois at Purdue (-7.5, 57.5)
Mississippi State at Texas A&M (-10.5, 51.5)
Iowa at Northwestern (+10, 37.5)
Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh (-5, 45.5)
Wisconsin at Ohio State (-14, 50.5)
Penn State at Michigan State (+5.5, 42.5)
Oklahoma State at Iowa State (-10.5, 65.5)
Texas at TCU (PK, 60.5)
Virginia at Louisville (+3, 54.5)
Auburn at LSU (-12, 59.5)
Duke at North Carolina (-3.5, 52.5)
South Carolina at Tennessee (+4, 48.5)
Arkansas at Alabama (-33, 57.5)
Tech Tech at Kansas (+3.5, 60.5)
Boston College at Clemson (-33.5, 61.5)
Missouri at Kentucky (+10, 46.5)
Notre Dame at Michigan (-1.5, 50.5)
Arizona State at UCLA (+4, 54.5)
California at Utah (-19.5, 38.5)
Washington State at Oregon (-14, 64.5)