Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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College football week 9: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

The Times’ college football coverage team makes its picks for week 9 of the college football season:

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Against the spread (last week)--12-88-1212-89-1110-1012-8
Against the spread (overall)--69-6467-6664-6963-7061-7261-72
Straight up (last week)--19-115-519-113-718-218-2
Straight up (overall)--106-2797-3697-3696-37102-3196-37
Upset special (overall)--4-31-64-31-64-31-6
Lock of the week (overall)--7-04-34-34-34-34-3
FSU (-3.5) at Boston College8/FriFSU 24-20BC 20-17 (U)BC 28-27FSU 24-21FSU 31-26FSU 21-17
Georgia (-14.5) at Florida3:30/SatGeorgia 24-10Georgia 37-14 (L)Georgia 42-21Georgia 31-21Georgia 31-13Georgia 31-14
Miami (-20.5) at North Carolina12/SatMiami 38-10Miami 35-14Miami 31-10Miami 35-14 (L)Miami 33-13Miami 42-21
Houston at USF (-10.5) 3:45/SatHouston 35-31USF 37-23USF 38-31USF 42-35USF 40-28USF 28-20
Austin Peay at UCF (N/A)5/SatUCF 56-3UCF 55-3UCF 49-10UCF 51-14UCF 55-7UCF 55-10
Stanford (-23.5) at Oregon St9/ThuStanford 42-14 Stanford 41-17Stanford 38-13Stanford 48-14Stanford 31-12Stanford 51-14
Texas Tech at OU (-20.5)8/SatOU 35-20OU 33-28OU 42-24OU 54-42OU 41-21OU 56-31
Wisconsin (-26.5) at Illinois12/SatWisc 42-10Wisc 42-10Wisc 56-27Wisc 41-14Wisc 38-10Wisc 49-14 (L)
OK State (-7.5) at W. Virginia 12/SatOK State 42-38OK State 36-33W.Va. 38-35 (U)OK State 41-36OSU 39-30W.Va 48-41 (U)
Rutgers at Michigan (-24.5)12/SatMichigan 42-13Michigan 33-16Mich 28-7Mich 27-3Mich 28-3Mich 27-20
Arkansas at Ole Miss (N/A)12/SatOle Miss 31-20Ole Miss 30-22Ole Miss 34-24Ole Miss 31-14Ole Miss 37-30Ole Miss 35-28
Penn St at Ohio St (-6.5) 3:30/SatOhio St 28-20Ohio St 31-30Penn St 34-31Penn St 24-21 Ohio St 24-20Ohio St 30-28
TCU (-6.5) at Iowa St3:30/SatTCU 35-31TCU 25-22TCU 34-27TCU 27-21Iowa St 34-30 (U)TCU 35-29
NC State at N. Dame (-7.5) 3:30/SatNC State 28-24ND 28-24ND 35-31ND 28-24ND 28-20ND 35-24
Mich St (-1.5) at Northwestern3:30/SatN’western 21-17Mich St. 28-17Mich St 30-24N’western 23-20Mich St 24-21Mich St 21-17
Vanderbilt at S. Carolina (-6.5)4/SatS. Carolina 28-17S. Carolina 27-23S.Carolina 28-21S. Carolina 27-17S. Carolina 30-20S. Carolina 23-21
Miss St (-1.5) at Texas A&M7:15/SatA&M 31-28 (U)A&M 31-28A&M 34-31A&M 35-27 (U)A&M 31-21Miss St 31-28
Duke at Va. Tech (-15.5)7:20/SatVa Tech 35-17Va Tech 49-17Va Tech 42-27 (L)Va. Tech 34-24Va Tech 33-13 (L)VaTech 36-20
Tenn. at Kentucky (-5.5)7:30/SatKentucky 28-21Tenn 16-13Kentucky 24-14Kentucky 24-21Tenn 24-20Tenn 23-21
Ga. Tech at Clemson (-14.5)8/SatClemson 35-24 (L)Clemson 35-24Clemson 37-34Clemson 42-24Clemson 33-19Clemson 41-28

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