Week 9 of the college football season is here, including the another week of terrific matchups.
Our handicappers Brian Edwards, Tim Murray and Wes Reynolds are here to give you their best bets for eight games on the weekend's card.
Lines are consensus odds from VSiN's college football lines page, as of Thursday afternoon.
Memphis Tigers at No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats (-6.5, 55)
Reynolds: Currently ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25, Cincinnati is currently in the driver's seat for the non-Power Five bid to one of the New Year's Six bowl games. Now the Bearcats get to face Memphis, the team that kept them from that bid and an AAC Championship on not one, but two occasions last season.
UCF had been Memphis' arch nemesis before the Tigers finally knocked them off a couple weeks ago. Well, Memphis has been Cincinnati's foil and has won five of the last six meetings, including wins at the Liberty Bowl in consecutive weeks (34-24 and 29-24 in the AAC Championship Game; both Bearcats outright losses, but covers) to end last season. Cincinnati finally gets its chance to get Memphis into its house, albeit an empty Nippert Stadium this weekend.
Memphis was able to win 41-29 in a non-covering victory over Temple last Saturday but gave up 500 total yards in the process (the Tigers are allowing 568 yards per game this season). Cincinnati had some COVID-19 difficulties within the program and the market moved SMU to a small favorite last week, but that proved to be a move the wrong way as the Bearcats dominated at SMU 42-13. Cincinnati had not played in three weeks yet outgained a terrific SMU offense 439-290 in yards (313-75 on the ground).