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Oklahoma Sooners Football: College Football TV Schedule & Gambling Picks - Week 9

OU’s favored by a hefty margin over Texas Tech. Will they cover?

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HELLOOOOOOOOOOOO, Sooner fans! It’s the time of the week for me to make my gambling picks! Why do I do this? Because I enjoy it. Do I recommend that you take my advice and actually place these bets? Meh...

This week’s schedule is pretty great, honestly. We have Okie State vs. Western Virginia (they get mad when you call them that), The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (Florida-Georgia), TCU at Iowa State, NC State (THEY’RE GOOD!) at Notre Dame and Penn State at Ohio State to cap it all off. Here’s how I think stuff will shake out:

Florida State (-4) at Boston College (Friday) - Don’t look now, but Boston College is playing quality football right now. Three of their four losses are against top-15 teams, and they’ve won consecutive games on the road at Louisville and Virginia (who is okay this year). James Blackman is still going through some growing pains at QB for FSU, but they’ve at least been competitive in all of their losses. This team will have to get over the ump in some of the close games in order to even make a bowl game at this point. Gambling pick: The discrepancy in talent is just too great, and Florida State covers on the road. Under 47

Oklahoma State (-7.5) at West Virginia - Oklahoma State’s offense probably won’t go into a shell like it did in Austin. Seriously, how weird was that? Anyway, West Virginia has been a bit lucky in its last two outings against Texas Tech and Baylor, who both outgained the Mountaineers. However, this defense has shown its teeth at times in big games despite allowing 460 yards per contest, so I’m not expecting OSU to just have its way here. Gambling pick: Oklahoma State wins a one-score game as West Virginia beats the spread. Over 73

Texas (-8.5) at Baylor - Baylor announced earlier this week that Zach Smith would get the start over Charlie Brewer, who nearly brought the Bears back from a huge deficit last week. As it currently stands, I don’t think there’s any way Baylor beats Texas unless Brewer comes in at some point and somehow works some magic. There are even some (Berry Tramel) who are comparing him to Baker Mayfield at this point. Gambling pick: Texas wins and covers. Under 57

Georgia (-14) vs. Florida (in Jacksonville) - This rivalry is a difficult one to predict because Georgia teams often play as if they stayed out late and partied with their fans into the wee hours of Saturday morning. I don’t see that happening this time around. That was more of a Mark Richt thing. Gambling pick: Georgia covers the -14, maybe even by a lot. Florida might not score. Under 43.5

TCU (-6.5) at Iowa State - ISU seems to have found its QB in Kyle Kempt, has a great back in David Montgomery and a very good group of receivers led by Allen Lazard. Additionally, the defense has been really solid since losing to Iowa last month. But do I see this Iowa State offense doing all that much against this TCU defense? Honestly... not really. Do I think Iowa State’s defense can slow down TCU’s offense? That actually seems much more likely. Gambling pick: This line isn’t very big, so I think TCU covers. Under 48.5

NC State at Notre Dame (-7.5) - This is going to be a much tougher test for Notre Dame than the one they faced last week against USC. The matchup to watch will be Notre Dame’s ground attack vs. NC State’s front seven, which is only allowing 91.3 rushing yards par game through seven contests. Josh Adams has rushed for 967 yards already this season, so something’s gotta give. Gambling pick: NC State pulls off the upset in South Bend, vaulting themselves into the playoff convo while knocking Notre Dame out of it. Under 58

Penn State at Ohio State (-6.5) - I still have no clue how good Ohio State actually is. I watched Baker Mayfield tear them apart. I watched an OU defense stifle their offense. I’ve watched them dominate a bunch of teams since then, but I haven’t seen them dominate a team that was worth a damn. Meanwhile, Penn State arguably doesn’t have a great win on its resume either — though Saquon Barkley has looked fantastic. How will Barkley do against an Ohio State front seven that we know is good? I’m guessing his Heisman resume isn’t going to look quite as solid after Saturday. Gambling pick: Ohio State covers at home, creating some annoying College Football Playoff madness. Under 57

Texas Tech at Oklahoma (-20) - A huge spread at home against a team that is very much capable of scoring a lot of points? I’m not a huge fan of these games, and OU hasn’t covered since the Tulane game. However, I think OU’s defense will find a way to limit the damage, and I think the crowd will help a bit in that regard. I’m also confident that Baker Mayfield is going to put on a show in this one despite the fact that Tech’s defense is much better than it’s been in years past. Gambling pick: The Oklahoma Sooners cover, but I’m definitely taking the over at 74.

Thursday TV Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois 7:00 PM CBSSN
Toledo at Ball State 7:00 PM None
South Alabama at Georgia State 7:30 PM ESPNU
#20 Stanford at Oregon State 9:00 PM ESPN

Friday TV Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Tulane at #24 Memphis 8:00 PM CBSSN
Florida State at Boston College 8:00 PM ESPN
Tulsa at SMU 9:00 PM ESPN2

Saturday TV Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Buffalo at Akron 11:30 AM CBSSN
#5 Wisconsin at Illinois 12:00 PM ESPN
#8 Miami at North Carolina 12:00 PM ESPN2
#11 Oklahoma State at #22 West Virginia 12:00 PM ABC
Rutgers at Michigan 12:00 PM BTN
Arkansas at Ole Miss 12:00 PM SEC Network
Texas at Baylor 12:00 PM ESPNU
Louisville at Wake Forest 12:20 PM ACC Network
Virginia at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM ACC Network
California at Colorado 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Florida Intl at Marshall 2:30 PM None
Kansas State at Kansas 3:00 PM FS1
Air Force at Colorado State 3:00 PM CBSSN
San Jose State at BYU 3:00 PM None
#2 Penn State at #6 Ohio State 3:30 PM FOX
#3 Georgia at Florida 3:30 PM CBS
#4 TCU at #25 Iowa State 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
#14 NC State at #9 Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
UCLA at #12 Washington 3:30 PM ABC/ESPN2
#16 Michigan State at Northwestern 3:30 PM ESPN
Georgia Southern at Troy 3:30 PM None
Appalachian State at UMass 3:30 PM NESN/Eleven
Louisiana Tech at Rice 3:30 PM None
Indiana at Maryland 3:30 PM BTN
Houston at #17 South Florida 3:45 PM ESPNU
Vanderbilt at South Carolina 4:00 PM SEC Network
Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky 4:30 PM Stadium
Austin Peay at #18 UCF 5:00 PM None
Louisiana Monroe at Idaho 5:00 PM None
Utah at Oregon 5:45 PM Pac-12 Networks
Texas State at Coastal Carolina 6:00 PM None
Missouri at Connecticut 6:30 PM CBSSN
Old Dominion at North Texas 6:30 PM None
Minnesota at Iowa 6:30 PM FS1
UAB at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None
Mississippi State at Texas A&M 7:15 PM ESPN
Duke at #13 Virginia Tech 7:20 PM ACC Network
New Mexico at Wyoming 7:30 PM ESPNU
Tennessee at Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network
Nebraska at Purdue 7:30 PM BTN
Georgia Tech at #7 Clemson 8:00 PM ABC/ESPN2
Texas Tech at #10 Oklahoma 8:00 PM ABC/ESPN2
UT San Antonio at UTEP 8:00 PM KMYS
Arkansas State at New Mexico State 8:00 PM None
#15 Washington State at Arizona 9:30 PM Pac-12
UNLV at Fresno State 10:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
Boise State at Utah State 10:00 PM CBSSN
#21 USC at Arizona State 10:45 PM ESPN
San Diego State at Hawai'i 11:15 PM ESPN2