Week 9 college football best bets: Penn State keeps Ohio State close

Will Penn State be able to slow down Justin Fields and the Buckeyes? Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Every Thursday during the season, Doug Kezirian (2-3 last week, 15-7 overall), Bill Connelly (1-2, 10-10), Preston Johnson (1-1, 13-10), David M. Hale (1-2, 10-9) and Seth Walder (1-0, 4-3) will provide their top plays across the college football landscape.

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

Note: Lines from Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Wednesday.

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors at Wyoming Cowboys (PK, 59.5), Friday, 9:45 p.m. ET (on FS1)

Kezirian: Wyoming lost a wild season opener in overtime after trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter. And all that came after the Cowboys lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter. However, freshman Levi Williams won me over with his toughness and swagger. His dual-threat approach fosters memories of Josh Allen, and I think Wyoming's physical style will overwhelm a Hawai'i defense that was ranked among the worst in FBS last year. Plus, this is Hawai'i's second straight road game. and the team decided to stay on the mainland rather than commuting from the islands a second time. That entailed traveling to Denver, but the team has had only limited practice due to a snowstorm. Temperatures will be chilly Friday night in Laramie, which makes me more confident in the Pokes.

Pick: Wyoming PK

No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (-15, 42.5) at Kentucky Wildcats, Noon ET (on SEC Network)

Kezirian: This is a very bad matchup for Kentucky.