College Football 2023 Preview Week 9. USC has had a couple of tough weeks. First, they lost to then-No. 21 Notre Dame in Week 7, and then they lost a squeaker to then-No. 14 Utah 32-34 in Week 8. They’re almost at the bottom this week at No. 24 and will have to win against California if they hope to stay in the rankings.
Ranked Games for Week 9
There are only two ranked matchups this week, but there are also a couple of games with short spreads, including No. 8 Oregon State at Arizona and No. 21 Tennessee at Kentucky. Both are 3.5-point spreads, with the ranked teams as favorites.
Four teams have a bye this week: No. 2 Michigan, No. 9 Alabama, No. 15 LSU, and No. 16 Missouri.
Saturday, October 28
- 1 Georgia (7-0) vs. Florida (5-2) (in Jacksonville, Fla) Georgia (-14.5, 48.5)
- 3 Ohio State (7-0) at Wisconsin (5-2) Ohio State (-15.5, 43.5)
- 4 Florida State (7-0) at Wake Forest (4-3) Florida State (-20.5, 53.5)
- 5 Washington (7-0) at Stanford (2-5) Washington (-26.5, 59.5)
- 6 Oklahoma (7-0) at Kansas (5-2) Oklahoma (-10, 66.5)
- 7 Texas (6-1) at BYU (5-2) Texas (-17.5, 50.5)
- 8 Oregon (6-1) at No. 13 Utah (6-1) Oregon (-7, 49)
- 10 Penn State (6-1) vs. Indiana (2-5) Penn State (-32.5, 44.5)
- 11 Oregon State (6-1) at Arizona (4-3) Oregon State (-3.5, 56.5)
- 12 Ole Miss (6-1) vs. Vanderbilt (2-6) Ole Miss (-25.5, 63.5)
- 14 Notre Dame (6-2) vs. Pitt (2-5) Notre Dame (-19.5, 45.5)
- 17 North Carolina (6-1) at Georgia Tech (3-4) North Carolina (-11.5, 63.5)
- 18 Louisville (6-1) vs. No. 20 Duke (5-2) Louisville (-4, 47.5)
- 19 Air Force (7-0) at Colorado State (3-4) Air Force (-12, 49.5)
- 21 Tennessee (5-2) at Kentucky (5-2) Tennessee (-3.5, 51.5)
- 22 Tulane (6-1) at Rice (4-3) Tulane (-11.5, 54.5)
- 23 UCLA (5-2) vs. Colorado (4-3) UCLA (-16.5, 63.5)
- 24 USC (6-2) at Cal (3-4) USC (-11, 67.5)
- 25 James Madison (7-0) vs. Old Dominion (4-3) James Madison (-17.5, 48.5)
USC Looking to Rebound Against California
Southern California’s quarterback, Caleb Williams, is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. He’s thrown for 2,277 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only four interceptions this season. Combined with running back MarShawn Lloyd, who has 651 rushing yards and six touchdowns, these two will lead the comeback for USC. Their only two losses came against top-25 teams.
California has also lost all of its games against ranked teams. Those three losses were by double digits. USC will win and cover this one unless they were demoralized by their two-game losing streak.
North Carolina’s First Loss is an Embarrassment
The Tar Heels had finally broken the top ten rankings, and they were given an easy team to beat in Week 8: Virginia, which only had one win so far this season. The Tar Heels were 23.5-point favorites and unbeaten at this point. They lost 31-27 and dropped from No. 10 to No. 17.
This week, they take on Georgia Tech to redeem themselves or keep their rank from dropping further. They’ll be playing for their lives, trying to win decisively (not just cover) to keep from slipping.
Colorado is Back in Prime Time
The Buffaloes have had a rocky ride since their initial rocket rise into the rankings. Since they’ve had success before in the top 25, you would think that they would have better odds against a No. 24 team like UCLA. But here’s the thing. Colorado was up 29-0 at the half against Stanford in Week 7 before losing in double overtime, 46-43.
UCLA beat that same Stanford team in Week 8, 42-7, so you can see why Colorado are 16.5-point underdogs. That spread should be higher, but their fan base bets on them, and they had a Week 8 bye. Keep your limits in because the outcome depends on how pumped Coach Prime can get his team going.
Both Tennessee and Kentucky are Struggling on Offense
Tennessee’s offense was one of the best last season, but they have dropped considerably this year. It won’t get any easier as they have a demanding schedule ahead with games against No. 16 Missouri, No. 1 Georgia, and this road trip to Kentucky. Both of their losses have been on the road to SEC rivals.
A big part of their offensive slide is because of quarterback Joe Milton. But he is doing better than Kentucky’s Devin Leary, who only completes 54% of his passes for 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The teams are evenly matched as both have a struggling passing game, excellent rushing, improved defense, and a 5-2 record in the SEC East.
It will be tough to predict the winner of this one, so keep your limits in and watch for any line movement.
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