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Betting Recap - Week 9
Week 9 Recap

Favorites went 41-14 straight-up and 31-23-1 against the spread in Week 9

Home teams finished 31-24 SU and 24-30-1 ATS in Week 9

The 'over' went 29-26  in Week 9

Live Underdogs

We had 14 underdogs cash outright wins in Week 9, with a few notable wins listed below:

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Bettors should keep Houston (+6, +175) on their radar. The Cougars suffered their first loss of the season in Week 8 at BYU (46-47) but rebounded this past Saturday with a wire-to-wire 49-14 blowout win at Rutgers. Including that cover, the Cougars are now 7-0 against the spread this season!

Duke (+12 ½, +425) upset No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 in Blacksburg, which was the first road win for the school over a ranked time since the Blue Devils beat Stanford in 1971.

Minnesota (+11, +380) knocked off Nebraska 34-23 at home. It was the second consecutive week that the Golden Gophers won outright as double-digit underodgs

UNLV (+ 6 ½) knocked off intrastate rival Nevada 27-22 in Reno. The Rebels own a 5-3 record and are one win away from becoming bowl eligible.

Middle Tennessee State (+9 ½, +310) outlasted Marshall on Thursday with a 51-49 shootout victory.

Down to Eight

After nine weeks, eight schools remain unbeaten and a couple of them needed late rallies this past weekend to keep their records perfect.

Alabama, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and Oregon improved to 8-0 with double-digit victories at home.

Baylor, Florida State, Fresno State and Miami, Fl. improved to 7-0 but the victories by the Bulldogs needed overtime to knock off San Diego State 35-28 while the Hurricanes barely beat Wake Forest 24-21 at home with a late touchdown. 

Unbeaten No More

No. 5 Missouri was upset 27-24 at home to No. 21 South Carolina. The Tigers blew a 17-0 fourth quarter lead to the Gameocks.

No. 10 Texas Tech lost to No. 15 Oklahoma 38-30 on the road. Despite the higher ranking, the Red Raiders were listed as seven-point underdogs.

Evanston Hype

Since starting the season 4-0, Northwestern has dropped four straight games and could miss out on a bowl game. The Wildcats have failed to cover in six consecutive contests and they stand at 2-6 overall. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald always has his name connected with possible coaching openings, which makes you wonder why.

SEC Favorites Back On Top

After a topsy-turvy group of games in Week 8, favorites were the play in the SEC in Week 9. Alabama (-28), Auburn (-23), Mississippi (-41 ½) and Texas A&M (-17 ½) each covered the games at home, with only Missouri losing straight-up as a home favorite (-3).

Pac-12 Chalk Connects

In five Pac-12 conference battles, the favorite cashed in four of those contests. Washington was the only team failing to cover, as California pulled off a fourth quarter cover. The 'under' was also the rule of the day out west, with the 'under' cashing in four of the five matchups.

Big Favorites Cash in Big 12

There were five games in the Big 12, and all three double-digit favorites cashed -- Baylor (-35) 59 at Kansas 14, Oklahoma State (-13 ½) 58 at Iowa State, Kansas State (-13 ½) 35 vs. West Virginia 12

As mentioned above, Oklahoma also just barely covered their seven-point number against visiting Texas Tech, while Texas thumped Texas Christian 30-7 in Fort Worth as the only underdog to cash.

Four-Horse Race

Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State were listed as the top four teams in the first installment of the BCS Rankings, which were released last Sunday. We asked oddsmaker Jay Kornegay of the LVH SuperBook for betting odds on potential matchups between the aforementioned quartet. As of last week, he provided the below numbers. 

Alabama (-3) vs. Oregon
Alabama (-6.5) vs. Florida State
Alabama (-13.5) vs. Ohio State

Oregon (-6.5) vs. Florida State 
Oregon (-17) vs. Ohio State

Ohio State vs. Florida State (-10)
 
Games to Watch – Week 10 
(Opening Odds from CRIS)

Miami, Fl. at Florida State (-22)
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (-1 ½)
Michigan at Michigan State (-5)

VegasInsider.com Top 25

VegasInsider.com handicapper Brian Edwards returns with another installment of his Top 25 Rankings. The top six spots remained the same and five of the first 10 spots are from the SEC.

VegasInsider.com Top 25
Rank School Record Prev
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 8-0 1
2 Oregon Ducks 8-0 2
3 Florida State Seminoles 7-0 3
4 Stanford Cardinal 7-1 4
5 Baylor Bears 8-0 5
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 8-0 6
7 Auburn Tigers 7-1 11
8 Texas A&M Aggies 6-2 12
9 Missouri Tigers 7-1 7
10 LSU Tigers 6-2 8
11 Wisconsin Badgers 5-2 16
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 6-2 15
13 UCLA Bruins 6-2 9
14 Michigan State Spartans 7-1 19
15 Miami, Fl. Hurricanes 7-0 10
16 Oregon State 6-2 18
17 Clemson Tigers 7-1 13
18 Oklahoma Sooners 7-1 20
19 Texas Tech Red Raiders 7-1 17
20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-2 21
21 Arizona State Sun Devils 5-2 22
22 Ole Miss Rebels 5-3 23
23 UCF Knights 6-1 24
24 Louisville Cardinals 7-1 25
25 BYU Cougars 6-2 NR

  
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