With Week 9 of the 2017 college football season quickly approaching, it’s time for another round of weekly expert college football picks and guess what? I’m going to stay in the ACC for all three games as a trio of matchups are all looking attractive, highlighted by No. 8 Miami’s road date at North Carolina. Let’s get started.
Expert Picks College Football Week 9
Florida State Seminoles (2-4) at Boston College Eagles (4-4)
When: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Odds: Florida State -3
Analysis: Florida State saw their season go all kaput in their regular season opener when gifted starting quarterback Deondre Francois was lost for the season. The Noles have dropped two of its last three and were on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 31-28 home loss to Louisville this past weekend. Boston College got past Louisville 45-42 two weeks ago and throttled Virginia 41-10 on Saturday to improve to an encouraging 3-1 over their last four. The Eagles are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games while Florida State has gone 0-4-2 ATS over their last six. I’m thinking Boston College covers the spread as a slight home underdog by winning outright and you should too.
Week 9 Expert Pick: Boston College +3
No. 8 Miami Hurricanes (6-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-7)
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Odds: Miami -20.5
Analysis: The unbeaten Hurricanes are playing with some growing confidence, but they’ve won each of their last three games by eight points or less. Normally, that would make me think the ‘Canes would have no shot at covering a points spread that has them listed as nearly three-touchdown road favorites – until you look at North Carolina’s disgraceful 59-7 blowout loss at Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Tar Heels completely quit against their ACC rivals last weekend and I just don’t see them putting up a better effort against a Miami team that is looking to both, remain unbeaten and take another step toward an ACC championship and potential berth in the four-team College Football Playoff. The Tar Heels are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record while Miami has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four road games. Miami wins and cover the chalk…it’s that simple!
Week 9 Expert Pick: Miami -20.5
Louisville Cardinals (5-3) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3)
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:20 PM ET
Where: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Odds: Louisville -3
Analysis: While Louisville isn’t the playoff contender they thought they’d be under Lamar Jackson this season, the Cardinals still possess one of the most dangerous offenses in all of college football under their Heisman Trophy-winning signal-caller. Wake Forest was looking really good after getting off to a 4-0 start this season, but now the Demon Deacons have dropped three straight against their ACC rivals including their 38-24 rad loss at Georgia Tech this past weekend.
Not only has Louisville posted a consistent 21-8 ATS mark in their last 29 road games against a team with a winning home record, but Lamar Jackson and company should have plenty of confidence after beating Florida State 31-28 in Tallahassee this past weekend. The Cardinals cover the chalk by simply outscoring the Demon Deacons