Stanford Steve and The Bear: Week 9 college football picks, bets, nuggets

Notre Dame is starting to find more success in the running game. Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

"Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris "The Bear" Fallica cover the college football season as only they can, offering their top picks, betting nuggets and totals worth wagering on.

The Bear (Last week: 2-4. Season: 15-23)
Stanford Steve (Last week: 3-4. Season: 22-21)

Note: All lines are from Caesars Sportsbook.

The Plays

North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3.5, 62.5)

Stanford Steve: It was said here last week -- the Irish still have a chance to have a very successful season with what lies ahead on their schedule. In comes one of the most disappointing teams in the country in North Carolina, and the Tar Heels have not been good on the road. They are 5-13 in their last 18 road games straight up. The Irish have covered four of their past five and I like the direction the offense is going; they are getting the run game going as RB Kyren Williams went for 138 yards and 2 TDs last week in the win over USC. We'll buy the half-point and get off the 3.5 number.

Pick: Notre Dame -3 (-$120) (Notre Dame 34, North Carolina 29)

Fallica: I went into the season with good intentions in picking a team that would beat Clemson for the ACC title. While I was right that Clemson was there for the taking, I landed on a team that's seemingly incapable of stopping anyone. So of course I'm chasing with UNC here! It's an opportunity for the Tar Heels to save a little face with a win over a highly ranked team and an offense that might not be able to completely expose it.

Pick: North Carolina +3.5