2011 NCAA Football Picks: Week 9 College Football Upsets

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Here at Cappers Info, we are taking a weekly look at the teams that could be ones ripe to pull off some major upsets! Check out the potentially ugly dogs that could come up and bite you in the butt in you aren’t careful for the Week 9 of college football betting action!

Year To Date Record: 47-49 ATS
Upset Record: 10-20 -$170

Underdog Pick #1: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+145 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Clemson Tigers, Saturday, 8:00 ET: The Tigers need to be very, very careful with this game. Georgia Tech has fallen victim in each of the last two weeks to teams that have been preparing and preparing hard for the triple option. Sure, the team got its wakeup call against Virginia and wasn’t able to get the job done against Miami, but Head Coach Paul Johnson has to remind his men that the Coastal Division of the ACC is still wide, wide open at this point, especially with Miami getting beaten on Thursday. Clemson has passed every test that it has had of late, but all of a sudden, its defense looks awfully shoddy. That’s not a good thing when you’re going against a Georgia Tech outfit that has the ability to score points in bunches. Don’t be shocked if this one ends up being a shootout that goes in favor of the Ramblin’ Wreck to get their season back on track.

Underdog Pick #2: Michigan State Spartans (+155 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, Saturday 12:00 ET: Many just think that the Children of the Corn are going to come out and dominate this game against a Michigan State team that A) hasn’t played all that well on the road in recent years and B) has to be too high to be able to really focus on playing this game after beating Wisconsin at the buzzer. However, what we have to remember is that the team really went on a nuts winning streak over the course of the first half of the season after pulling off that emotional victory over Notre Dame in overtime, and Head Coach Mark Dantonio is going to sure have his men ready for this one. We just don’t think that Nebraska is all that great, and it’ll show on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. If QB Taylor Martinez doesn’t suddenly figure out how to make his team two dimensional instead of just a rushing force, the upset could be in the cards for a second straight week.

Underdog Pick #3: Missouri Tigers (+310 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Texas A&M Aggies, Saturday, 12:00 ET: It’s not often that we really pick against these Top 25 teams on their home turf, but here is another one that we’re just not all that sure about. The ‘Zou has played in some tough venues this year and has played well in virtually all of these games. Even though the Tigers are 3-4, we think that they are one of the best 25 teams in the nation. Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s boys almost never turn out completely flat for a game, and the longer that you can hang around in College Station, the better. QB Ryan Tannehill might not be as sharp as he usually is going against this defense, and we think that the visitors have at least a 30-40% chance of shocking the Big XII and getting back to .500 in this battle of soon to be SEC rivals.

Underdog Pick #4: Arizona Wildcats (+170 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Washington Huskies, Saturday, 10:30 ET: We really think that the Wildcats turned the corner last week when they beat the UCLA Bruins at home in that nationally televised game. This is a very, very winnable fixture for a team that is a heck of a lot better than its 2-5 record indicates. Washington was exposed last week by Stanford on the ground, and though the Cats don’t quite have the ability to do the same type of damage with their ground game as the Cardinal do, they can still get the ball up and down the field in a hurry. U-Dub just isn’t ready to be called a Top 25 team on a consistent basis quite yet, and it will fall in this game as a result against a team that really could be poised to finish out this year on a high.

Underdog Pick #5: Baylor Bears (+425 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday, 3:30 ET: Earlier in the season, we found out that the Bears have the ability to pull off upsets, as QB Robert Griffin III put up all sorts of nuts numbers on a solid TCU Horned Frogs defense. That being said, he has the ability to do some massive damage in this game too in a duel in which the Bears have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. Griffin knows that he is going to need to pull off an upset somewhere down the line to be able to make it to a deserved bowl game in his senior year, and this is a ripe, ripe spot for it. The Pokes don’t have a good enough defense to be called a Top 5 team in the country in our opinion, and we just don’t see how they are going to be able to stop Griffin. If the offense sputters even just a few times, it might be enough to let Baylor stick in this game until the death.

Underdog Pick #6: Ohio State Buckeyes (+230 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Wisconsin Badgers, Saturday, 8:00 ET: Is it possible that the wrong team is favored in this game? There’s a real chance for the Buckeyes to not just stick around in this one, but to pull off the upset as well. This is a team that has played well in back to back very difficult road games in conference, and with all of its suspended players back, there is a real chance to still win this conference. This division is wide open after Wisconsin lost to Michigan State last week. We’ve seen it time and time again this year. A team goes from being in the Top 10 in the country to all of a sudden losing a game, and then getting beaten for a second straight week after having a hangover. We might see the Badgers’ offense get totally exposed for a second straight week.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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