Week 9 offers an interesting and stark contrast of two potentially strong parlays. This week we will have both a group of teams that are coming off huge emotional wins that could leave them drained for this week. At the same time, we will also have a group of teams that are coming off bad or disappointing losses in which they should be motivated to atone for with a strong performance. With that in mind lets take a look at our two parlays for week nine that will feature a group of teams facing a letdown along with a group of teams seeking redemption.
Week 9 Letdown Parlay
Michigan State -2 vs. Purdue
It would be impossible for the Purdue Boilermakers to top last week’s nationally televised Saturday night 49-20 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Not only did the Boilermakers play at their absolute best but there were also strong emotional intangibles as well as catching Ohio State flat. Now the Boilers have to travel to face the Michigan State Spartans in an early noon kick. The atmosphere figures to be drab and dull. Also favoring Sparty is their own redemption quest after getting mauled by Big Brother Michigan 21-7 on their home field last week.
Texas Tech +4 at Iowa State
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming of a bye week that followed their own Saturday night special 30-14 home win over the then undefeated West Virginia Mountaineers. It will be nearly impossible to repeat the feat against a resurgent Texas Tech Red Raiders team that has won and covered two straight games.
Stanford -2.5 vs. Washington State
The Washington State Cougars are coming off one of the biggest wins in their history in last Saturday night’s 34-20 payout over Oregon in front of a national TV audience and with ESPN Gameday on hand. Now the Cougars hit the road to face the perennial power Stanford Cardinal who are the defending Pac 12 North Division champs and coming off a win at Arizona State.
So, our letdown parlay teams to take are Michigan State, Texas Tech, and Stanford.
Week 9 Redemption Parlay
West Virginia -14 vs. Baylor
The West Virginia Mountaineers have had two weeks to stew over their 30-14 loss at Iowa State and should take their frustration out on an outgunned Baylor Bears team. West Virginia boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the nation but the unit was rendered helpless at Iowa State. Head coach Dana Holgorsen said it was the worst offensive performance he had ever seen. Expect the Mounties to take no prisoners on Thursday night vs. a Baylor team that ranks 85th in the country for defense and 94th for points allowed.
Colorado -23.5 vs. Oregon State
The Colorado Buffaloes won their first five games of the season and got the money in four of those games before dropping their next two contests straight up. Both losses were road games at the USC Trojans and then last week at the Washington Huskies. But this week the Buffs return home face the worst team in the Pac 12. Indeed, the Oregon State Beavers are 1-6 straight up and 2-5 against the spread.
Oklahoma State +3 vs. Texas
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been one of the big disappointments in the Big 12 Conference after being touted as a top contender to win the league in preseason. The Pokes have had two weeks to smart over their 31-12 loss at the Kansas State Wildcats and will host the Texas Longhorns Saturday night. Boone Pickens Stadium will be packed for this Saturday night showdown. The visiting Longhorns are improved but still have mediocre metrics that indicate they are vulnerable to be ambushed. Especially against an OSU team that can put points on the board.
So, to review, our redemption parlay teams to take are West Virginia, Colorado, and Oklahoma State.
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