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Fearless Rick's 2014-15 College Football Week 9 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 23-25

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 23

7:00 pm Connecticut at East Carolina (-24, 55) - Rare opportunity for the nation to see one of the best teams in college football, as the Pirates, playing in the American conference, don't get very much exposure.

Sadly, this is a 5-1 home team vs. a 1-5 road kill, so, considering that East Carolina has won its three home games by 45, 29 and 21 points, this one looks like a laugher.

Prediction: Pirates 56 Huskies 20

7:30 pm Miami (FL) (-3, 52) at Virginia Tech - For whatever reasons, people in Las Vegas are very high on - among other things - the Miami Hurricanes.

Rather than flag the obvious inconsistencies of both the Hokies and Hurricanes - each 4-3 - Miami roughed up Cincinnati two weeks back, 55-34, and appear headed in the right direction.

Prediction: Hurricanes 38 Hokies 21

Friday, October 24

7:00 pm South Florida at Cincinnati (-11 1/2, 58) - Another American conference showcase which will garner the attention of only the most ardent football watchers is probably going to turn out to be a snoozer.

This being a public service type of game, stick with the favored home team, coming back to their friendly field after a 41-3 road trip trouncing of SMU.

Prediction: Bearcats 35 Bulls 21

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9:00 pm BYU at Boise State (-6, 59) - This should be more palatable to real fans of real football teams, though BYU has hit the skids with three straight losses after starting the season 4-0, due primarily to the loss of QB Tayson Hill, out for the season with a broken leg.

Boise State has regained some poise after back-to-back wins over Mountain West opponents, Nevada and Fresno State, but BYU poses more problems with an offense that's learning how to score points in life after the loss of their QB.

Prediction: Cougars 34 Broncos 28

10:00 pm Oregon (-18 1/2, 78) at California - Cal played UCLA to a standstill last week, eventually losing, 36-34, and they played at Arizona earlier in the season, losing that one as well, by a 49-45 score.

Seems the Golden Bears make a habit of scoring loads of points whether they win or lose (41.6 ppg), and, since Oregon (43.6) is likely to run it up, expect Cal to hang with the Ducks until the end.

Prediction: Ducks 45 Golden Bears 37

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Saturday, October 25

12:00 pm Maryland at Wisconsin (-11 1/2, 57 1/2) - With losses to LSU and Northwestern, the 4-2 Badgers have fallen off the national radar, but a win over the visiting Terrapins (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) may get them back into the Top 25 in some of the polls.

Wisconsin ranks 10th in points allowed (17.7 per game) nationally, which should bode well for them against a Maryland team tied with UCLA and South Carolina at 35.1 ppg, 31st in scoring.

Prediction: Badgers 38 Terrapins 24

12:00 pm Texas at Kansas State (-10, 48 1/2) - Simply put, this is a bad match-up for the Longhorns, who are 3-4 after just getting by creampuff Iowa State last weekend, 48-45. Last year's 31-21 win by Texas over the Wildcats gives Kansas State reason for revenge.

The 5-1 Wildcats are 14th in the country in points scored - 39.2 per game - and Texas simply doesn't possess the defense with which to contain the potent Wildcat offense.

Prediction: Wildcats 41 Longhorns 17

12:30 pm North Carolina at Virginia (-7, 66) - The Cavaliers play everyone tough, ususally resulting in close games, such as their last two, a 24-19 win over Pitt and a 20-13 road loss at Duke.

The Tar Heels bounced back last week with a 48-43 win over Georgia Tech after four straight losses and should not be counted out here. Those losses were to some pretty good teams - East Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. Look for the Heels to step it up and stand down Virginia.

Prediction: Tar Heels 34 Cavaliers 31

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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