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STAFF PICKS: Week 9

Nov 21, 2015; Manhattan, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Joel Lanning (7) breaks away from Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Tanner Wood (34) during a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. The Wildcats won, 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Standings after week 8

Jared Stansbury- 32-27

Brent Blum and Rob Gray- 29-30

Garrett Kroeger- 27-33

Chris Williams- 26-33

Kirk Haaland- 25-34

Adam Gray and Jeff Woody- 24-35

CF Publisher, Chris Williams

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – I’ve been picking ISU to win this one since August. Not gonna change my mind now. Clones outright in a big first conference win for Matt Campbell.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – I just don’t think that TCU is very good. I’ll take the points but the UNDER is the play here.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – Pokes score the upset.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Baylor’s last three weeks: Bye, Kansas, bye. They are healthy and they’ll roll a frazzled Texas program.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Washington has played one of the worst non-con’s in America. The Pac-12 teams they have beaten are 3-14 in Pac-12 play. This team is not yet proven so I’ll take the Utes to cover.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – Wisconsin wins, but I’ll take the points.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – Auburn has turned a corner. They win by a touchdown .

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – Seminoles win and change the CFP landscape.

CF Senior writer, Rob Gray

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – Fans rightfully have a hard time flushing last season’s meltdown in Manhattan. Players vow to do so — and must. I’m expecting a positive trend to start on Saturday. ISU wins a big one (and/or at least prevents a KSU cover).

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5)- The Horned Frogs have been a mercurial bunch, but we know Tech can’t stop anybody. Pencil in a mix of mistakes and high notes for Kenny Hill — and a TCU cover.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State- The Mountaineers try to protect their unblemished record in what should be an entertaining matchup in Stillwater. WVU’s running game proves to be the difference. Mountaineers cover.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Hard to figure this one. Longhorns need a win badly. It’s stunning that Texas has won just two of the past six meetings and I don’t expect that trend to change in Austin. Baylor rolls to 7-0.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Utah’s sneaky good and I can’t go against the Utes at home — not with that big of a number. Huskies probably win, but don’t cover.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5)- Is this the week Nebraska finally goes down for the first time? Well, yes. Yes it is. Badgers control the line of scrimmage and cover.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss- The Tigers made a statement last week by utterly destroying a decent Arkansas team. Now they hit the road for a tougher challenge in terms of individual matchups. No cover Auburn.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State- Clemson’s been living dangerously at times but Deshaun Watson’s still putting up Heisman-esque numbers. Tigers contain Dalvin Cook this time and cover in Tallahassee.\

CF Staff writer, Jared Stansbury

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – I heard Matt Campbell didn’t like Twilight. Cyclones take down the Vampire and win outright.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – Texas Tech’s defense couldn’t stop TCU’s offense if Donovan McNabb’s Mom was the quarterback. Kenny Hill throws it all over the place and the Frogs roll at home.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – Dana Holgerson is this year’s coach that saves his job by putting his team in the playoff conversation. Mountaineers win in Stillwater.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Shock Linwood runs for about a mile and the Bears win easily.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Washington’s defense is damn good. Huskies roll to a cover.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – The Badgers’ leading tackler, Jack Cichy, is out for the year. Nebraska’s battered offense is starting to get healthy and their top receiver, Jordan Westerkamp, will be back this week. I can’t believe I’m about to do this, but I’m going to take Nebraska.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – I’m not buying Auburn. Give me the Rebels.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – I have no idea. Give me the Tigers.

CF Columnist, Brent Blum

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State. Iowa State is running out of chances to defeat the Vampire. It’s about time. Iowa State 27 K-State 24.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5). Poor Tech. TCU 51 Texas Tech 37

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State. West Virginia is good. West Virginia 34 Oklahoma State 21.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas. Baylor too much. Baylor 38 Texas 30.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah. Washington wins, no cover. Wash 30 Utah 24.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5). That extra half point looks nice. Wisconsin 21 Nebraska 14.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss. Auburn 41 Ole Miss 35.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State. Thanks for playing Clemson. Florida State 31 Clemson 17.

Former Cyclone running back and CF analyst, Jeff Woody

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – Iowa State. There is too much firepower in the passing game for Iowa State to NOT take advantage of it.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – Frogs. Final Score, 168 – 134.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – OSU. This is going out on a limb, but I think OSU wins and throws the Big XII in a place where they have to depend on Baylor. Which is clearly a bad place to be.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – I dunno. Baylor? Does Texas want to win to keep Charlie? Can they stay focused in a game with a lot of vitriol? Do they have the firepower to match Baylor score for score? Does Dr. Edwards get the medicine to John in time to save his kidneys? Tune in next time on ‘As The World Turns.’

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Utes. Washington has played a relatively soft schedule, but they’ve killed who they needed to. I think They still win this game, but Utah is a tough place to go dominate.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – Nebraska – Wisco just lost their best defensive player, which means this game is going to end in some odd score like 12-8. #BigTenBestTen

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – Auburn. I can’t pick a team that at one point allowed 250 yards and 3 TDs on 7 carries to one guy. Can’t do it.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – Tigers. We saw what Clemson is capable of defensively against Louisville. NC State was a sleepwalking game. They’ll get back on track.

Stat guy, Kirk Haaland

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – Deep in my heart, I know Iowa State will one day own Farmageddon once more. I like Iowa State’s defense matching up with K-State and think the Cyclones can get some things done on offense through the air. But, the cfbanalytics.com machine likes Kansas State to win this one by ten.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – The Texas Tech offense is good enough to keep this one close, and maybe win it outright.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – West Virginia continues to roll and Mountaineer fans are one week closer to the ultimate couch burning.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Baylor by a touchdown.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Washington, very comfortably.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – In Lincoln, I think the ‘Skers would get this one in the win column. In Madison, I think they will only cover.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – If you haven’t noticed, Auburn is ROLLING. Tigers get the road cover.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – Clemson’s defense is too strong for the Seminoles, Tigers by six.

Director of sales, Adam Gray

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – Iowa State

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – TCU

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – OSU

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Baylor

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Utah

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – Nebraska

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – Ole Miss

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – Florida State

CF Intern, Garrett Kroeger

Kansas State (-7) @ Iowa State – I really want to go Iowa State, but Kansas State wins. However, Cyclones cover.

Texas Tech @ TCU (-7.5) – The Horned Frogs have been up and down. So give me the Red Raiders with the upset.

West Virginia (-3) @ Oklahoma State – This will be the third straight week the Mountaineers people a high-powered offense. And they will once again pass with flying colors.

Baylor (-3) @ Texas – Longhorns with the upset.

Washington (-10.5) @ Utah – Huskies win but Utes cover.

Nebraska @ Wisconsin (-7.5) – Cornhuskers are overrated, so give me the Badgers.

Auburn (-2.5) @ Ole Miss – The Tigers are legit. Give me Auburn.

Clemson (-3) @ Florida State – Tigers win by 10 points.

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Garrett Kroeger

Cyclone Fanatic Publisher

Garrett is an intern for Cyclone Fanatic and is currently a junior at THE Iowa State University. He is studying Journalism and Mass Communications while minoring in Sports and Rec. If you like college football, NBA or just random life tweets, Garrett is a must follow on Twitter: @gkroegs.