Week 9 in College Football isn’t nearly as interesting as Week 10 is going to be. A lot of the top teams in the gridiron version of America’s favorite sport are on byes this week.
But, there are still enough games where finding upset minded teams is possible. Oregon travels to Arizona State in a battle of 2 teams that have been disappointments in the Pac 12. Cal hosts USC in another Pac 12 battle between teams going in the opposite direction. The third upset takes place in the biggest game of the day, 9 Notre Dame versus 21 Temple.
A Closer Look At My College Football Week 9 Upset Picks
Oregon at Arizona State
When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:30pm ET
Odds: Arizona State -2
To begin the season, Arizona State was the pick by quite a few football analysts to win the Pac 12 and possibly make it to the College Football Playoff. ASU hasn’t performed up to its own standards this season as the Sun Devils sit on a 4 and 3 record. They go into this matchup with Oregon off of a bye. In their last game, the Devils lost 18 to 34 to Utah.
Oregon has been a bigger disappointment than ASU this season. The Ducks have lost 3 games as well this season including losing 38 to 45 to Washington State, a team that they were favored to beat by 15.5 points.
But, ASU has a tendency to fall on its face when blitzing to get to the QB doesn’t work. Ducks’ QB Vernon Adams is good enough to beat the Sun Devils’ blitz with either his arm or his legs. The Oregon defense appears to be turning it around some. Go with the Ducks.
USC at California
When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 pm ET
Odds: USC -5.5
All of a sudden, USC is at the top of everybody’s list as the team to beat in the Pac 12 South again. The Trojans put a serious 42 to 24 beat down on then number 3 Utah last Saturday. It should be noted that USC was a -6 point favorite. Even though Utah was ranked in the Top 5, the odds makers, and most football handicappers, knew that the Utes were underdogs against the Trojans in Los Angeles.
Utah was due for a letdown after running out to a 6 and 0 record. California presents a different set of difficulties for USC. The Trojans matched up well with Utah because the Utes concentrated on rushing the football.
That won’t be the case for USC in this game. California’s offense is pass-happy with QB Jared Goff able to sling it all over the field. Goff and California’s offense will outscore QB Cody Kessler and the Trojans’ offense in this game.
No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 21 Temple
When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8:00 pm ET
Odds: Notre Dame -9.5
Notre Dame is a solid team. There’s no doubt about it. The Irish are a 2-point conversion away from sending their only loss into overtime where they most likely would have won. The team that beat Notre Dame that night, Clemson, is now ranked in the Top 3 in the nation.
But Notre Dame has to travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to face undefeated Temple in this matchup. Temple is not a slouch of a team. The Owls have a very good offense, one that both rushes and passes for yards, and an excellent defense, one that holds opponents to 14.6 points per game.
Temple is desperate to prove, like Memphis was a couple of weeks ago when they beat Ole Miss, that they are no flash in the pan. The Owls have a great shot of controlling the tempo and upsetting Notre Dame on the moneyline in this matchup.