Best college football bets for Week 9

Sam Ehlinger is expected to play as No. 6 Texas visits Oklahoma State on Saturday. Can a young Cowboys team pull off the upset at home? John Rivera/Icon Sportswire

As we enter a crucial stage in the college football season, each team reveals more about itself by the week, and each game offers a chance for the most observant bettors to take advantage of what they learn. Every Thursday, Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and "Stanford Steve" Coughlin pick their top plays across the college football landscape.

Here are the best bets for Week 9 of the college football season:

Lines from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as of Wednesday night. As always, shop for the best price.

No. 25 Appalachian State Mountaineers (-10) at Georgia Southern Eagles (O/U 48)

7:30 p.m. ET Thursday (ESPNU)

Fallica: Appalachian State is ranked for the first time in school history and now has to play a road game against a good team