CF Staff Picks: Week 9

Another week is down in this combat of excellent picks and the guy deferring to the computer picks is sitting at the top. 


You know it is a big week for college football when Gameday goes to Philadelphia….wait, what?

The enCYCLONEpedia Guy, Kirk Haaland

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – Frogs win, hillbillies cover.

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – Rebs.

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – Sundevils.

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – I’m questioning this, but I’ll stick with the Irish.

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – The Cowboys have been good to me, so, Cowboys.

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – I want to take Texas just from a weekly pick and strategic standpoint, but, let’s keep playing the homer card and roll Cyclones.

CF Columnist, Brent Blum

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – West Virginia is trending the wrong way, but I have a feeling the Fighting Mullets put up a fight on primetime TV. TCU 40 West Virginia 31

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – My percentage picking the SEC is roughly 0% this year. Give me Auburn. Mississippi 24 Auburn 19.

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – These two teams are identical. So I’ll take the home team and points.

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – Temple, Memphis, Baylor and TCU are all undefeated and Playboy is no longer doing nudes. If I knew this in 1997, I would’ve thought there’d be a better chance of flying cars. Temple puts up a fight. Notre Dame 31 Temple 23.

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – I think this is where Oklahoma State’s magical run hits the skids. A lot of things go to die in Lubbock. Texas Tech 48 Oklahoma State 41.

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – Just a normal week in Ames. Good guys make it happen. Iowa State 27 Texas 21. 

CF Publisher, Chris Williams

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – TCU

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – Auburn 

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – Oregon 

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – Temple 

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – Texas Tech 

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – Texas 

CF Multimedia Machine, Jared Stansbury

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – After starting the season 3-0, the Mountaineers have hit the meat of their schedule. That hasn’t been a good thing as they’ve gotten beat fairly handily in two of those games. That trend continues as the Horned Frogs roll to a cover. 

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – I still can’t believe I picked Auburn to go to the playoff. Rebels by two scores. 

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – I’m having a hard time picking Oregon on the road with the quarterback struggles they’ve had so far this season, but I’m going to anyway. Ducks figure out a way to win. 

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – My uncle used to work at Temple, they aren’t usually good and it’s in Philadelphia. That’s the extent of my knowledge on the Owls. But nonetheless, Owls shock the Irish and get their biggest win in program history Saturday night. 

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – I would be with OSU all the way if this game was in Stillwater, but give me Tech in Lubbock. Raiders win on a late touchdown. 

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – Iowa State forces a turnover late in the game, then Joel Lanning leads the Cyclones down the field to set up a game-winning Mike Warren touchdown. 

CF Contributor, Jeff Woody

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – Frogs. It’s in Fort Worth and I think there is a clear-cut way to beat the Mountaineers. It’s about forcing them away from a running game by pressing their defense. Advantage- Boykin & Doctson

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – Tigers. There is something about this inconsistent Ole Miss team that frightens me as a favorite on the road, even at Auburn.

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – Sun Devils win the under-achievement bowl of 2015. 

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – Gameday is in town, so you know what!? Go Owls!!

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – Texas Tech wins outright and the police confiscate guns from everyone in the stadium, including the mascots. Guns up! 

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – I think ISU wins outright. The coordinator is finally in the right place. The defense will get rest with this new scheme. Texas players say dumb, inflammatory things. The team is fully in "us-against-the-world" mode. Plus the last two have been what I would call "close." ISU wins, and the man dressed as Ricky Williams for Halloween is extremely disappointed. 

CF Senior Columnist, Rob Gray

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – The Mountaineers are an ordinary team, yet again, and the defense is sketchy. Trevone Boykin goes for 400-plus yards of total offense. Frogs roll and cover.

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – Hard to figure out this Ole Miss team. Memphis might really be that good. This smacks of a rebound game for The Tigers, though, who have been meh this season. Rebels won’t cover and might lose.

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – Both these teams are hard to figure out. They were supposed to at least contend for their respective division titles, but sit at 2-2 in Pac-12 play. Under these circumstances, give me Todd Graham’s home team.

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – Kudos to Temple, a longtime doormat until a few decent season recently, for its 7-0 start. Owls are solid, but Notre Dame is a different beast. I think the Fighting Irish roll into Philly and comfortable cover.

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – The Cowboys: Another 7-0 team I’m not totally sold on. Three of their four Big 12 wins have come by a combined 12 points. Tech’s D is awful, but I think Mahomes and Grant and Co. score enough to prevent a Cowboys cover.

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – First thing: The Longhorns’ defense appears to once again be legit. That was the case last year, too, When ISU hung 45 points on them. I expect a non-Big 12 score for this one, but Joel Lanning makes enough big plays in his first start as ISU’s QB and the defense mostly contains Jerrod Heard and the Texas running game. Cyclones win 28-21.

CF Director of Sales, Adam Gray

West Virginia @ TCU (-14) – TCU is a different team at home.  I like them to win by 20.

Mississippi (-7) @ Auburn – Ole Miss appears to be getting some key guys back and that’s enough cover against a bad Auburn team.  Ole Miss by 13.

Oregon @ Arizona State (-2.5) – I’ll take the home team.  ASU by 3.

Notre Dame (-10) @ Temple – I think Temple struggles to move the ball on offense.  ND wins 27-10

Oklahoma State (-3) @ Texas Tech – Texas Tech wins outright

Texas (-6.5) @ Iowa State – Iowa State wins outright.



Kirk Haaland


Kirk has been a contributor at Cyclone Fanatic since the fall of 2009 and is a lifelong Cyclone fan. He eventually started his own website,, where he cultivated an interest in statistical analysis and historical Iowa State football and basketball data. In 2014, Kirk came to Fanatic and housed his works here. In 2015 he launched a new website,, as the co-founder. There you can find in depth analysis of all things involving advanced statistical analysis in college football for every FBS program. Kirk graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 with a degree in Industrial Technology and has worked as a Manufacturing/Quality Engineer ever since. He's married to his wife, Kelley, and has three daughters, Hannah, Hayley, and Kinley (plus his Golden Retriever, Clyde).

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