By Brad Carroll
Week 9 of the college football schedule kicks off with a couple of interesting matchups on Thursday and Friday nights. First, No. 20 Stanford looks to keep its Pac-12 title game hopes alive against an Oregon State team under new leadership. Then, two old-time rivals square off as Florida State travels to Boston College for an ACC matchup.
Our college football experts have both games covered with previews and picks against the point spread. Check back for our all of our Saturday previews and picks and make sure to follow us on Twitter.
No. 20 Stanford at Oregon State, 9, ESPN
Spread: Stanford -23
Brad’s Breakdown: Oregon State interim coach Cody Hall had his team ready to play last week, but the Beavers still lost to Colorado 36-33. That was a big improvement over the first six games of the season, led by then-coach Gary Andersen, who resigned two weeks ago, however. Oregon State lost five of its first six games by an average of 31.4 points. The only win came against Portland State. Stanford, on the other hand, controls its own destiny to play for the Pac-12 championship, needing to win out to make it. This game should be an easy win, but matchups against Washington and Washington State later won’t be. The Cardinal get their win, but Oregon State should keep this game to three touchdowns.
Brad’s Final: Stanford 35, Oregon State 14 (Oregon State)
Craig’s Final: Stanford 38, Oregon State 14 (Stanford)
Glenn’s Final: Stanford 45, Oregon State 20 (Stanford)
Matt’s Final: Stanford 42, Oregon State 21 (Oregon State)
Florida State at Boston College, 8, ESPN
Spread: Florida State -3
Brad’s Breakdown: Remember when Florida State was ranked No. 3 in the country and played No. 1 Alabama in one of the biggest season openers of all time? That’s seems like a long time ago, especially for fans of the Seminoles. Florida State is a shocking 2-4 on the season, with close wins over Duke and Wake Forest and losses to Alabama, NC State, Miami and Louisville. Boston College is 4-4 and has won two straight, against Louisville and Virginia. The Louisville game points to a Boston College victory at home here, but it’s tough going against the Seminoles against a mediocre opponent where they absolutely have to get a win. It won’t be easy, but Florida State escapes with a close win.
Brad’s Final: Florida State 27, Boston College 21 (Florida State)
Craig’s Final: Florida State 27, Boston College 20 (Florida State)
Glenn’s Final: Florida State 21, Boston College 17 (Florida State)
Matt’s Final: Florida State 28, Boston College 20 (Florida State)