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2015 College Football Betting – NCAA Football Rundown For Saturday, October 31

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/27/2015 9:32:55 PM

The college football season moves into week nine, and the tension is climbing steadily. Let’s look at the four big television games that will take place this Saturday night:

1 – Notre Dame at Temple

This is a game which, if won by Temple, will eliminate Notre Dame from the College Football Playoff race. If Notre Dame wins, Temple would fall a few slots back in the running for the Group of Five’s big bowl bid in one of the six main bowl games. The Owls would need a lot of help. Memphis and Houston and Navy would all need to lose a game, and unbeaten Toledo would have to lose as well. Notre Dame should win this game, but the Fighting Irish trailed USC at home in the third quarter over a week ago. Nothing can be taken for granted in a season which has seen its share of surprises. The fact that Temple is unbeaten right now is a surprise in itself.

2 – Stanford at Washington State

This is the biggest game of the day in the Pac-12, and it’s a game which has snuck up on people in terms of its importance. No one thought at the beginning of October that Washington State would be any sort of factor in the Pac-12 North Division. The Cougars lost their first game of the season to Portland State and looked like they were in for an absolutely miserable season. They later lost to California and still did not seem they were going to change anyone’s mind. However, they then went to Oregon and surprised the Ducks, and that’s when the season changed for this team. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has gotten into a groove and stayed there. He led The Cougars’ offense with an easy fluidity yet again this past Saturday, as the Cougars ran past Arizona on the road in Tucson. Arizona is the defending Pac-12 South Division champion, so that result is a surprise even though the Wildcats have been battling a number of injuries this season. Stanford’s offense is excellent, but its defense is vulnerable, and if Falk can play his best game of the season, Washington State has a chance to pull the upset at night on its home field.

3 – Michigan at Minnesota

The big news attached to this game is that the Wolverines want to stay in the hunt for the Big Ten championship. Their odds aren’t good, but if Michigan State beats Ohio State later in the season, Michigan would be in position to finish in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten East Division if it can beat Ohio State in late November. Minnesota has suffered through a terrible season, so the Gophers will try to play spoiler for Michigan, but this is clearly the Wolverines’ game to lose.

4 – Miami at Duke

The big story here is that Duke is tied for the lead in the ACC Coastal Division. The Blue Devils have not yet lost an ACC game and want to enter November in that same condition. Miami just fired head coach Al Golden, so an interim staff will handle the team leading into this game. Duke should win, but perhaps Miami’s players will be inspired at a level they haven’t been before.

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