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The best, worst, sleeper games to watch in Week 9 of the college football schedule

Week 2 of the Big Ten is here and Clemson will have a new QB under center. Here’s a look at some of the games you should be checking out on Saturday and one to avoid.

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) warms up with his team before their game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 of the college football season is upon us, which means we are that much closer to the Pac-12 and MAC playing meaningful games this season. But before we can think about those teams, we have to look at Saturday’s slate of games.

All eyes will be on the No. 1 Clemson Tigers as they play the Boston College Eagles at noon. The Tigers are coming into this ACC matchup without Heisman Trophy frontrunner and starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the ACC’s testing protocol, he has to isolate for 10 days and might be able to return for next week’s game highly-anticipated matchup against Notre Dame. Without Lawrence under center, Clemson will likely start freshman and five-star recruit quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. It should be interesting to see how the freshman performs in his first collegiate game. Here are a few other games to keep an eye on in Week 9.

Best game

It is officially Week 2 in the Big Ten, and they are already giving us Ohio State vs. Penn State. The No. 3 Buckeyes have won three-straight over the Nittany Lions and four out of their last five games. However, No. 18 Penn State is looking to change that and get their season back on track after losing in double overtime to Indiana last week.

Ohio State is coming into State College, PA, fresh off a 52-17 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields completed 95.2-percent of his passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and had 54 rushing yards with a touchdown. Penn State’s defense struggled with the mobility and playmaking ability last week of Penix Jr. and could find themselves in the same spot on Saturday night.

Sleeper game

The undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0) find themselves back in the sleeper game once again. Last week, the No. 7 Bearcats thrashed the then-No. 16 SMU Mustangs 42-13. Cincinnati junior quarterback Desmond Ridder had a fantastic performance, throwing for 126 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for a season-high 179 yards and three touchdowns.

They will need a similar outing on Saturday from him as the Bearcats are taking on the Memphis Tigers. Memphis (3-1) is currently riding a two-game winning streak, defeating Temple and UCF. In both of those contests, they scored 50 and 41 points, respectively. Tigers quarterback Brady White is a player to keep an eye on as he’s completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,375 yards, 17 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Worst game

We’re going to go with No. 4 Notre Dame as they travel down south to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Remember, a couple of weeks ago, when Tech played Clemson and was completely outmatched? We could see the same scenario play out on Saturday afternoon with the Fighting Irish’s defense only giving up three points on the road.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book should have no problems as he looks to build off of his performance from last week against Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Tech’s QB Jeff Sims will be going through another trial by fire, facing this tough Golden Domer defense.

Here is the complete TV schedule for today’s games, with odds, spreads, and totals included, from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Week 9 College Football Everything

Teams Time/TV (ET Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Time/TV (ET Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Boston College 12 p.m. +24.5 66% 49% Over 58.5 66% 88% +1150 52% 19%
#1 Clemson ABC -24.5 34% 51% Under 58.5 34% 12% -3335 48% 81%
#20 Coastal Carolina 12 p.m. -3.5 50% 69% Over 60.0 83% 78% -162 92% 69%
Georgia State ESPNU +3.5 50% 31% Under 60.0 17% 22% +130 8% 31%
#23 Iowa State 12 p.m. -28 67% 54% Over 50.5 37% 74% OTB
Kansas FS1 +28 33% 46% Under 50.5 63% 26%
#5 Georgia 12 p.m. -17 84% 68% Over 42.5 78% 93% -1115 85% 95%
Kentucky SEC Network +17 16% 32% Under 42.5 22% 7% +600 15% 5%
#16 Kansas State 12 p.m. +5 57% 64% Over 46.0 72% 94% +155 41% 62%
West Virginia ESPN2 -5 43% 36% Under 46.0 28% 6% -195 59% 38%
Memphis 12 p.m. +7 15% 18% Over 57.0 50% 88% +200 5% 17%
#7 Cincinnati ESPN -7 85% 82% Under 57.0 50% 12% -250 95% 83%
Michigan State 12 p.m. +21.5 53% 55% Over 51.0 72% 86% +900 24% 14%
#13 Michigan Fox -21.5 47% 45% Under 51.0 28% 14% -2000 76% 86%
Purdue 12 p.m. -7.5 57% 66% Over 57.5 67% 45% -275 81% 79%
Illinois Big Ten Network +7.5 43% 34% Under 57.5 33% 55% +210 19% 21%
Temple 12 p.m. +6 52% 47% Over 59.0 85% 87% +175 14% 40%
Tulane ESPN+ -6 48% 53% Under 59.0 15% 13% -225 86% 60%
UTSA 12 p.m. +4 37% 36% Over 48.0 10% 72% +145 34% 35%
Florida Atlantic Stadium -4 63% 64% Under 48.0 90% 28% -186 66% 65%
Wake Forest 12 p.m. -14 50% 48% Over 60.0 62% 68% -625 82% 83%
Syracuse ACC Network +14 50% 52% Under 60.0 38% 32% +420 18% 17%
UCF 2 p.m. -3 99% 98% Over 82.5 43% 33% -143 74% 59%
Houston ESPN+ +3 1% 2% Under 82.5 57% 67% +112 26% 41%
Rice 3 p.m. -1 72% 69% Over 58.5 85% 74% -113 42% 60%
Southern Mississippi ESPN3 +1 28% 31% Under 58.5 15% 26% -108 58% 40%
Troy 3 p.m. +3.5 72% 57% Over 69.0 20% 55% +120 12% 51%
Arkansas State ESPN3 -3.5 28% 43% Under 69.0 80% 45% -148 88% 49%
#17 Indiana 3:30 p.m. -13 46% 42% Over 54.0 66% 82% -500 80% 79%
Rutgers Big Ten Net +13 54% 58% Under 54.0 34% 18% +375 20% 21%
#4 Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. -21 84% 79% Over 59.0 75% 71% -1667 94% 97%
Georgia Tech ABC +21 16% 21% Under 59.0 25% 29% +850 6% 3%
LSU 3:30 p.m. -1.5 66% 68% Over 64.5 48% 58% -127 34% 43%
Auburn CBS +1.5 34% 32% Under 64.5 52% 42% +106 66% 57%
Northwestern 3:30 p.m. +2.5 47% 26% Over 46.0 14% 56% +108 56% 56%
Iowa ESPN -2.5 53% 74% Under 46.0 86% 44% -132 44% 44%
TCU 3:30 p.m. -3 74% 78% Over 47.0 43% 85% -139 44% 35%
Baylor ESPN2 +3 26% 22% Under 47.0 57% 15% +115 56% 65%
UAB 3:30 p.m. -13 69% 54% Over 47.5 22% 71% -560 64% 91%
Louisiana Tech Stadium +13 31% 46% Under 47.5 78% 29% +390 36% 9%
Texas 4 p.m. +3.5 55% 31% Over 59.0 46% 71% +128 11% 18%
#6 Oklahoma State Fox -3.5 45% 69% Under 59.0 54% 29% -159 89% 82%
Appalachian State 4 p.m. -31.5 41% 58% Over 54.5 93% 94% 0 0% 0%
Louisiana-Monroe ESPNU +31.5 59% 42% Under 54.5 7% 6% 0 0% 0%
Ole Miss 4 p.m. -17.5 86% 81% Over 64.0 19% 26% -1115 97% 98%
Vanderbilt SEC Network +17.5 14% 19% Under 64.0 81% 74% +540 3% 2%
Virginia Tech 4 p.m. -3.5 65% 50% Over 67.0 81% 53% -148 83% 40%
Louisville ACC Network +3.5 35% 50% Under 67.0 19% 47% +120 17% 60%
#25 Boise State 6 p.m. -14 100% 99% Over 49.0 33% 88% -715 82% 94%
Air Force CBSSN +14 0% 1% Under 49.0 67% 12% +450 18% 6%
Charlotte 7 p.m. +10.5 61% 50% Over 55.0 55% 62% +295 20% 11%
Duke ESPN3 -10.5 39% 50% Under 55.0 45% 38% -420 80% 89%
New Mexico 7 p.m. +13.5 39% 27% Over 55.5 10% 27% +390 11% 9%
San José State FS1 -13.5 61% 73% Under 55.5 90% 73% -670 89% 91%
Mississippi State 7 p.m. +31 37% 38% Over 63.5 89% 86% OTB
#2 Alabama ESPN -31 63% 62% Under 63.5 11% 14%
#4 Ohio State 7:30 p.m. -10 88% 82% Over 64.0 66% 72% -375 88% 88%
#18 Penn State ABC +10 12% 18% Under 64.0 34% 28% +270 12% 12%
Arkansas 7:30 p.m. +14 57% 54% Over 54.0 60% 54% +430 17% 11%
#8 Texas A&M SEC Network -14 43% 46% Under 54.0 40% 46% -670 83% 89%
Missouri 7:30 p.m. +13.5 46% 32% Over 61.5 52% 84% +375 6% 4%
#10 Florida SEC Alt -13.5 54% 68% Under 61.5 48% 16% -590 94% 96%
Navy 7:30 p.m. +12.5 54% 41% Over 59.0 28% 58% +335 4% 6%
#22 SMU ESPN2 -12.5 46% 59% Under 59.0 72% 42% -455 96% 94%
Louisiana 8 p.m. -16.5 32% 75% Over 56.5 37% 27% -1250 94% 95%
Texas State ESPNU +16.5 68% 25% Under 56.5 63% 73% +600 6% 5%
#15 North Carolina 8 p.m. -7.5 87% 88% Over 61.5 75% 83% -250 96% 93%
Virginia ACC Network +7.5 13% 12% Under 61.5 25% 17% +200 4% 7%
#24 Oklahoma 8 p.m. -15 46% 50% Over 67.0 64% 73% -715 94% 92%
Texas Tech Fox +15 54% 50% Under 67.0 36% 27% +430 6% 8%
San Diego State 9:30 p.m. -8.5 93% 91% Over 43.5 14% 67% -335 96% 87%
Utah CBSSN +8.5 7% 9% Under 43.5 86% 33% +255 4% 13%
Western Kentucky 10:15 p.m. +30.5 34% 31% Over 52.5 74% 97% OTB
#11 BYU ESPN -30.5 66% 69% Under 52.5 26% 3%
Nevada 10:30 p.m. -13.5 83% 66% Over 60.0 88% 89% -560 93% 92%
UNLV FS1 +13.5 17% 34% Under 60.0 12% 11% +370 7% 8%