College Football Week 9 Computer Predictions: Purdue Fired Up to Grill the Cornhuskers

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NCAAF Pick: Wake Forest +20 (-110) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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We’ve got plenty of amazing college football games on the slate for Week 9. Here are three bets that the AI proprietary model wants us to look at.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Saturday, October 28, 2023 – 12:00 PM EDT at Kyle Field

Our AI Model believes Texas A&M and South Carolina will combine for 68 points. With the total set at 54.5, there’s certainly reason to bet the Over for this SEC tilt.

An Offensive Battle Looms

The South Carolina Gamecocks have allowed at least 30 points in each of their last four games. The defense has been terrible, especially in the secondary, where they’ve allowed 304 yards per game in the air.

They’ll take on a Texas A&M offense that has been getting good quarterback play out of Max Johnson. Johnson has thrown for 898 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions after taking over for an injured Conner Weigman.

While the offensive line could be better, the Aggies have a lot of playmaking ability in the offensive lineup. With South Carolina so bad against the pass, the Aggies should capitalize in the air.

On the other hand, the Gamecocks have earned nearly 400 yards of offense, including about 300 yards in the air.

They’re led by Spencer Rattler, who has 11 touchdowns thrown with five interceptions. Rattler isn’t getting much help from his offensive line, either. The run game has also lacked, earning 93.7 yards per game.

But the Aggies have struggled to tackle. That will allow the Gamecocks to earn extra yardage after catches or pick up the remaining two yards on a carry to get a first down.

The Pick

The Aggies are projected to win this game by a lot. They might. But I also like South Carolina to put some points on the board. Taking the Over is a better bet and the AI Model also agrees.

NCAAF Pick: Over 54.5 (-110) at BetAnySports (visit our BetAnySports Review)

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Florida State Seminoles vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Saturday, October 28, 2023 – 12:00 PM EDT at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium

Our AI Model believes Wake Forest will only lose to Florida State 28-24. However, the spread has Florida State favored by 20. There’s value in the Demon Deacons this weekend.

Starting QB Uncertainty

It’s currently unclear who will play quarterback for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons were down to their third quarterback in last week’s win against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Santino Marucci led the Demon Deacons to a win in the final seconds. However, no quarterback on Wake Forest is good enough to beat Florida State.

However, the Wake Forest defense is good enough to hold Florida State. Wake Forest has held teams to 366 yards per game. The secondary is amazing, and the tackling has been crisp. They’ve also done well against the run and should get some stops against Florida State.

The Pick

As long as the Wake Forest quarterback can play complementary football and not turn the ball over, I still like Wake Forest to cover against the spread at the top sportsbooks. Florida State has been close with many mediocre teams in the ACC this season. This will be another one, thanks to Wake Forest’s defense.

NCAAF Pick: Wake Forest +20 (-110) at Heritage Sports

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Saturday, October 28, 2023 – 03:30 PM EDT at Memorial Stadium

The AI Model suggests Nebraska will win Saturday’s Big Ten matchup, 28-15, as a three-point favorite at home. I like where the AI Model is going with this one!

Purdue’s Tough Road Ahead

The Purdue Boilermakers have lost four of their last five games. The only win came at home against Illinois. But the schedule is about to get a bit tougher now. Purdue played four home games in their last five games. Now they’re headed out on the road. It’s never easy in the Big Ten to play on the road.

Quarterback Hudson Card leads Purdue on offense. He’s thrown seven touchdowns but also has five interceptions this season. The run game has been better, averaging 138.6 yards per game. However, the run blocking on the offensive line hasn’t done its part.

They’ll take on a Nebraska defense that has held teams to 76.6 yards per game on the ground. If Purdue can’t run the football, they will struggle to move it down the field. Nebraska’s secondary is also the best area of the Cornhuskers’ defense. Purdue’s offense won’t be great.

On the other hand, Nebraska has only averaged 328.9 yards per game on offense. They’ve thrown the football only 133.7 yards per game but have earned over 195 yards on the ground.

It’s been a one-man show with Heinrich Haarberg. He’s added 716 yards passing with five touchdowns and four interceptions. However, he’s also had 85 carries for 424 yards and four more scores. The Cornhuskers have won four of their last five games, with the lone loss coming against Michigan.

The Pick

With Purdue allowing nearly 155 yards on the ground, Nebraska should have its way of rushing the football. The Boilermakers have also missed way more tackles than Nebraska this year. Take the Cornhuskers -3.

NCAAF Pick: Nebraska -3 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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