We can all admit that the Week 8 slate in college football left, oh, I don't know, a tiny bit to be desired. We had zero matchups of ranked teams, and a grand total of season-altering result, as Penn State fell to Illinois at home, all but eliminating them from the playoff picture.
But, as quiet as Week 8 was, Week 9 is LOADED, with three matchups of Top 20 teams, plus the always entertaining "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" between Florida and Georgia.
Here is your first look at the Week 9 college football lines, with all point spreads provided by our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook:
No. 6 Michigan (-4) at No. 8 Michigan State - O/U 52
No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin (-2.5) - O/U 36
Missouri (-17) at Vanderbilt - O/U 63
Purdue at Nebraska (-6) - O/U 51.5
Florida State at Clemson (-11) - O/U 46.5
Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma (-20.5) - O/U 69
Colorado at No. 7 Oregon (-26) - O/U 50
No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State (-1) - O/U 47.5
Arizona at USC (-19.5) - O/U 57
No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn (PK) - O/U 64.5
No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State (-16.5) - O/U 60
Louisville at NC State (-7) - O/U 60
UCLA at Utah (-4) - O/U 60.5
Virginia at BYU (-2.5) - O/U 66.5
Can't lie, just looking at that slate has me absolutely salivating at all the great college football we're about to get next weekend.
So let's start with the big ones: The first thing that obviously jumps out is that well, Ohio State is more than a two touchdown favorite against Penn State. That shouldn't be all that surprising, giving the way the Buckeyes are rising and the Nittany Lions have lost two straight - but it still a little surprising to see.
The Michigan-Michigan State line is also interesting, as the Wolverines open as a road favorite at their rival. Say this for the Wolverines, they are at least road tested, with wins at Nebraska and Wisconsin.
It's also interesting that we have yet to see a line for Georgia-Florida, as clearly the oddsmakers are waiting on something - maybe more clarification on the health of JT Daniels and whether Anthony Richardson will officially be named Florida's starting QB or not?
Among everything else, there are definitely some lines that stand out. One, Kentucky opening as a one-point dog at Mississippi State is surprising, as is Ole Miss - coming off a couple solid games in recent weeks - opening as a pick against Auburn. Also, Wisconsin opening as a small favorite against Iowa shows that the oddsmakers don't trust Iowa any more than the general public does.
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And here is a full list of the lines courtesy of our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook
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