College football expert picks, predictions, and spreads for Week 9: Back Arizona State against USC

Finding value is the key to cashing in on college football picks, and Week 9 brings plenty of variety for professional and amateur bettors looking to get in on the action. No. 24 Stanford is favored by three points against No. 14 Washington State in a game Vegas expects to come down to the wire. No. 8 Oklahoma, meanwhile, has a 24.5-point edge over Kansas State, according to the latest lines. Value can be found in spreads of any size, and with so many games on Saturday, be sure to check out the top Week 9 college football picks and predictions from Barrett Sallee. He's a renowned expert and handicapper and his best bets have paid off huge for followers.

Sallee is a true insider -- a CBS Sports HQ personality, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread.

Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, going 40-30 in his weekly best bets column since that point. He went 2-1 last week, nailing the under (44.5) in LSU's 19-3 victory over Mississippi State and Oklahoma's (-8) 52-27 blowout of TCU. Anybody who has been following him is way up. 

Now, he has turned his attention to Week 9 and is sharing his three most confident college football picks over at SportsLine.

One of the Week 9 college football picks Sallee has locked in: Arizona State covers at USC. Records don't tell the entire story in this matchup. USC is 4-3 and tied for first in the Pac-12 South with a 3-2 conference record. Arizona State, meanwhile, is 3-4 with just a 1-3 mark in Pac-12 play. 

But USC's Week 8 loss to Utah was extremely costly. The Trojans not only lost the game to a key Pac-12 South competitor, but they also saw starting quarterback J.T. Daniels (concussion) and backup Matt Fink (ribs) go down. That means third-stringer Jack Sears is in line to make his first career start on Saturday. 

And though Arizona State has lost four of its last five, the Sun Devils have kept each game within seven points. They also shocked Michigan State in Week 2, so they've shown the ability to compete with just about anybody. Sallee expects them to keep this matchup close and possibly pull off the outright upset, so back Herm Edwards and Arizona State with confidence on Saturday.

Sallee has also found two other games with huge flaws in their lines, and is backing an underdog he thinks should be favored this weekend. 

What are the three best bets for Week 9 of college football? And which underdog is Vegas wildly undervaluing? Visit SportsLine now to see Barrett Sallee's best bets, all from one of the top college football analysts in the nation who has crushed his best bets for SportsLine.

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