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After an exciting Week 8 slate of college football that saw giants like Ohio State fall on the road and rising College Football Playoff hopefuls like Michigan and LSU improve, Week 9 is perhaps defined by its lack of top programs. 

Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and LSU all have byes this weekend as other contenders like No. 2 Clemson, No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Florida look to survive and move one game closer to a CFP bid. 

The only problem with the latter of those two teams is they're facing one another in Jacksonville this Saturday.  

No. 18 Iowa visiting No. 19 Penn State is another intriguing line based on how both of these two teams have been trending over the past three weeks. 

Penn State has struggled to break away from inferior teams like Indiana and now lost two of its last three games following a 4-0 start. On the other hand, Iowa has been playing well ever since blowing a fourth-quarter lead to Wisconsin in Week 4 for its only loss of the season. 

No. 21 USF traveling to Houston has an odd line on its face too. How could a 7-0, Top-25 team be hitting the road as more than one touchdown underdogs against an unranked opponent? Prior to Cougars defensive end and NFL Draft prospect Ed Oliver's injury scare against Navy in Week 8, it would be hard to explain. However, Oliver is still expected to make a full return for this Saturday.

But is he really worth a -7.5-point spread over USF? Guess there's only one way to find out. 

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