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RCR Picks for Week 9 Say "Fight On!"

We're all in on USC.

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Every week, eight of us pick seven college football games against the spread. Every week we remind you that we aren't gambling on these ourselves, so you should not look to us for guidance on the same. Every week we think we're going to have a milquetoast, predictable weekend of college football. Every week we are wrong about everything. This is why we love college football. This week, while Ole Miss is on the plains of Alabama to earn the win it deserves over Auburn, a lot of very interesting college football games will be played. As we've done for the eight prior weeks, we offer our (bad) picks for a selection of these games for your consideration.

Heading into week nine, there are clear leaders and clear stragglers, but the squad is hovering right around .500 on the year after the first two-thirds of the regular season. The standings as of right now are as follows:

  1. Juco and Borkey (31-25)
  2. Ghost (30-26)
  3. Smeargle (29-27)
  4. Jeff, Whiskey Wednesday (24-25)
  5. Gray (26-30)
  6. Berry (25-31)

Our average record on the year is 28.5-27.5 with a standard deviation of 2.2, which means that Berry's the real outlier here. Look at ol' Jeff movin' on up! And look at ol' me, still somehow behind Juco. This is bullshit. Our picks against the spread for a choice selection of this week's games are:

With the exception of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, in which Florida is the "home" team at a neutral site, all of the favorites we're picking this week are away teams. That adds some trickiness to the calculus here, but we've reached what's fairly close to a consensus here relative to prior weeks. We like Georgia Tech to outscore UVA by at least a field goal, think Florida's got the WLOCP in the bag, are all behind head coachless USC, like Michigan's defense and don't like anything about Iowa State. Okie State and Texas Tech tough, that one's a bit tricky.