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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | October 28, 2017

Penn State-Ohio State leads Week 9's games to watch

  No. 2 Penn State faces its toughest test yet at No. 6 Ohio State, where the Buckeyes are out for revenge.

While Week 8 of the college football season featured a few ranked matchups, the excitement was down understandably after Week 7 provided one of the most memorable weekends of college football in a long time.

Now, Week 9 has everything necessary to bring back the chaos to college football.

View the full Week 9 FBS scoreboard

Let’s dive in to a few of the top matchups this weekend:

No. 2 Penn State at No. 6 Ohio State; Sat., 3:30 ET (FOX)

No reason to beat around the bush. This is the game we’ve all been waiting for. Last year’s edition didn’t disappoint, as the Nittany Lions handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the regular season, thanks to a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. That game, Ohio State was No. 2 in the country and Penn State was unranked. Well times have changed. The Nittany Lions are now No. 2, while Ohio State sits at No. 6. So how do the teams match up?

Team Record Vs. Top 25 PPG OPPG YPG OYPG Red Zone %
Penn State 7-0 1-0 40 9.6 463.3 282.9 84.4
Ohio State 6-1 0-1 47.3 15.4 577.3 305.3 85.7

Prediction: Penn State 38, Ohio State 28

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. Florida; Sat., 3:30 ET (CBS)

Rankings, records, stats? All that goes out the window when Florida-Georgia rolls around. Sure, the Dawgs are undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the country, but Florida has won the last three of these matchups and 21 of the last 27. Still, these are long odds for the Gators. Let’s check out the tale of the tape:

Team Record Vs. Top 25 PPG OPPG YPG OYPG Red Zone %
Georgia 7-0 2-0 37.6 12.6 454.3 252.6 100
Florida 3-3 1-1 23.7 23.3 351.2 354.8 100

Prediction: Georgia 35, Florida 17

No. Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson; Sat., 8 ET (ABC)

On paper, this game might not look like much for the Clemson, but Georgia Tech has been sneaky good this year. The Yellow Jackets came within a two-point conversion of beating Tennessee to start the season, and fell to No. 11 Miami only after a miracle catch kept the Hurricanes’ comeback alive. In its four wins on the year, Georgia Tech has outscored its opponents 36-15 on average, behind 372.8 rushing yards per game, the No. 2 ground attack in the country. How do they stack up against the reigning champs?

Team Record Vs. Top 25 PPG OPPG YPG OYPG Red Zone %
Clemson 6-1 3-0 33.4 13.6 450.9 289.4 87
Georgia Tech 4-2 0-2 34.7 20.8 448.8 313.8 88.9

Prediction: Clemson 28, Georgia Tech 24  

No. 14 NC State at No. 9 Notre Dame; Sat., 3:30 ET (NBC)

Notre Dame proved that it’s a serious threat this season with a 49-14 win over No. 11 USC last week. The Irish’s only loss of the season came by one point in Week 2 against a Georgia team that looks Playoff-bound. But NC State isn’t messing around either. The Wolfpack holds wins over No. 12 Florida State and No. 17 Louisville (though both have since dropped out of the Top 25) and are riding a six game winning streak.

Team Record Vs. Top 25 PPG OPPG YPG OYPG Red Zone %
Penn State 7-0 1-0 40 9.6 463.3 282.9 84.4
Ohio State 6-1 0-1 47.3 15.4 577.3 305.3 85.7

Prediction: Notre Dame 31, NC State 27

No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia; Sat., Noon ET (ABC)

What happens when two of the most prolific quarterbacks in all of college football face off? We’re about to find out. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph leads the FBS in passing yards and is tied for 8th in passing TDs. West Virginia’s Will Grier leads the FBS in passing TDs and is No. 7 in passing yards. Combined the two teams average over 1,000 yards per game. This is going to be a shootout in every sense of the word.

Team Record Vs. Top 25 PPG OPPG YPG OYPG Red Zone %
Oklahoma State 6-1 0-1 43.7 22.3 590.1 359.7 81.6
West Virginia 5-2 1-2 43.3 29.0 540.1 460 90.6

Prediction: West Virginia 42, Oklahoma State, 41

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