An Early Look At The Top College Football Games In Week 9
October 25th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Florida State Seminoles Vs. North Carolina State Wolf Pack-

No.16 Florida State and North Carolina State will battle it out on Thursday for an inside track to the ACC Championship game out of the Atlantic division.  The Seminoles enter this match up with a 6-1 record, and an unblemished 4-0 mark in conference play.  North Carolina State has a 5-2 record this season, with one loss in the ACC.  A win over the Seminoles would vault them atop the standings, owning the tiebreaker.  Florida State has been stout on defense this season, leading the country in sacks.  They underwhelmed in their last outing against Boston College however, which was due to suspect play on the offensive end.  Quarterback Christian Ponder is banged up a bit, but the Bye week this past Saturday likely did him a lot of good.  For the Wolf Pack, quarterback Russel Wilson anchors the seventh ranked passing offense, at 312 yards per game, which will be a tough match up against the Seminoles secondary.  USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Lines have set Florida State as a 3.5-point favorite.

Florida Gators Vs. Georgia Bulldogs-

For the first time in quite a while, neither the Gators nor the Bulldogs enter this match up ranked in the top-25.  Still, this is one of the best rivalry games in all of college football, played on a neutral site in Jacksonville.  The “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” will give the winner a chance at capturing the SEC East title.  That, seems pretty shocking when considering that fact that Georgia sat at 1-4 just three weeks ago.  However, three-straight wins in convincing fashion, and a little help, and Georgia is right back in the race.  A win over Florida would go a long way to helping the cause.  Florida still controls their own destiny in the division, despite losing three-straight games for the first time under Urban Meyer. Georgia has been set as a three-point favorite in the match up.

No.6 Missouri Tigers Vs. No.14 Nebraska Cornhuskers-

Fresh off of their defeat of the No.1 team in the nation this past Saturday, the Missouri Tigers won’t get time to bask in the glory, as they face No.14 Nebraska this upcoming Saturday.  Missouri jumped up to No.6 in the rankings after the win, while Nebraska sits at No.14 after thrashing previously undefeated Oklahoma State.  This could be for the Big 12 North division title, as the winner will have the tiebreaker.  Nebraska, despite the one loss, has been set as a touchdown favorite in the match up.

No.5 Michigan State Spartans Vs. No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes-

Michigan State survived a close call last week against Northwestern, and now face an Iowa team desperate to make a last push to have an outside chance at still winning the Big 10 conference.  The Hawkeyes dropped a nail-biter last week 31-30 to Wisconsin and now must win against an undefeated Michigan State team.  Perhaps as a result of the close call against Northwestern, Iowa has been set as a touchdown favorite over the Spartans.

No.2 Oregon Ducks Vs. No.24 USC Trojans-

The Ducks once again were ranked second in the BCS Standings after watching another No.1 team lose.  Oregon was leaped by Auburn this week, and remain in the No.2 slot.  That is OK with them however as long as they remain in one of the top-two spots come the conclusion of the season.  They get a tough match up this week against the team that owned the Pac 10 conference the last decade in USC.  USC comes into this one ranked 24th in the country, and looking to upset the established order in the conference in 2010.  The Ducks are fresh off a 60-point outing over UCLA last Thursday, and continue to sport the top-ranked scoring offense in the country.  The Ducks have been set as a touchdown favorite in the match up.

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