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It’s Week 9 of the college football season, and this week’s schedule includes three Top 25 showdowns.

In the SEC, one-loss and ninth-ranked Auburn travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to go up against undefeated and No. 2 LSU. In the Big Ten, No. 3 Ohio State plays host to No. 13 Wisconsin in a matchup that lost some of its luster after the Badgers were upset last week at Illinois. And finally, No. 8 Notre Dame visits No. 19 Michigan, with the Fighting Irish looking to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2005.

The Pac-12 slate includes California at No. 12 Utah as well as the No. 11 Oregon Ducks playing host to Washington State.

Check out betting odds and score predictions against the spread for 22 of the top Week 9 games from The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Ken Goe, Sean Meagher and Joel Odom. We’ll bring you our predictions every week of the 2019 season.

Week 9 of the college football season features three matchups among teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, but neither of the other two carries as much weight as the Tiger Bowl.

There are a number of factors that make the matchup between LSU and Auburn in Baton Rouge so intriguing.

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First and foremost, the game will likely shape the teams’ respective postseason chances.

No. 2-ranked LSU arrives is 7-0 and leads the SEC West alongside Alabama, with Auburn one game behind at 6-1.

A third win against a ranked program—the Tigers have already defeated Texas and Florida—would only strengthen LSU’s credentials ahead of its matchup against No. 1-ranked Alabama on November 9.

It is not beyond the realm of the possibility the Tigers could dethrone the Crimson Tide this season, if the top-ranked team in the country fails to beat Arkansas convincingly.

Auburn, meanwhile, is 1-1 in games against ranked opponents, defeating Oregon but losing to Florida two weeks ago, and defeating LSU would significantly boost its playoffs chances.

However, the game could have a ripple effect reaching further than both sets of Tigers.Joe Burrow #9 and Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the LSU Tigers high five each other during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on October 19 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 36-13.
Alabama will be an interested spectator on Saturday. The Crimson Tide will be without Tua Tagovailoa against Arkansas and there are no guarantees the star quarterback will be back in time for LSU.

Alabama should have too much for Arkansas even without Tagovailoa, but a win may not be enough to keep the Crimson Tide at No. 1 should LSU beat Auburn.

‘Bama has played just one ranked opponent this season—Texas A&M, the then-No. 24 Texas A&M, which has since fallen out of the rankings—and LSU’s stronger schedule could work in the Tigers’ favor.

On the other hand, should Auburn come out on top on Saturday, it would strengthen its credentials to beat Alabama when the two collide in the Iron Bowl, the regular-season finale scheduled for November 30.

Of course, by then the Crimson Tide should have Tagovailoa back—and even defeating Alabama without its star quarterback is a difficult proposition at the best of times—but an Auburn win on Saturday would nevertheless add a further layer of intrigue to the SEC West.

Neither LSU nor Auburn, however, will be looking that far ahead right now.

The latter arrives into the weekend as a double-digit underdog, looking for a first win in Baton Rouge in two decades.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix, however, isn’t bothered by the opinion of bookmakers.

“You’re at Auburn and nobody really ever gives you any kind of advantage,” Nix was quoted as saying by

“We accept that and we know that’s what people are going to put on us. Being an underdog, you still have to play the game and they still have to play it too.”

Nix’s season has been a rollercoaster so far. The freshman has thrown for 1,301 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions, while completing just 56.2 percent of his passes.His LSU counterpart, Joe Burrow, meanwhile, has been installed as the Heisman Trophy favorite follow Tagovailoa’s injury.

Burrow has thrown for 2,484 yards, 29 touchdown passes and three interceptions while completing 79.4 percent of his passes.

The senior quarterback is a major reason behind LSU’s offensive explosion this season. The Tigers rank second nationwide in scoring offense and third in total offense with 50.1 points and 539.9 yards per game respectively.

Auburn’s defense ranks in the top 25 in total defense and in the top 20 in scoring defense, but it will have its work cut out against LSU.

Last week, Burrow threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the 36-13 road win over Tennessee, breaking LSU’s season record of 29 touchdown passes.

Tigers coach Ed Orgeron fired an ominous warning to their rivals, suggesting LSU could still improve.

“It’s a testament to him, the receivers, the offensive line, the coaches,” he was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. “But we’re just getting started. Our team is not satisfied.”

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

When and where is the game?
The LSU Tigers host the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 26.

Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET).

TV coverage
The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

Live stream
A live stream will be available via CBS’s digital platforms andfuboTV.

Series record
LSU has a slight advantage in the all-time series between the programs, with 30 wins to Auburn 22 and it has won the last two encounters. Both of them have been close affairs, with LSU defeating Auburn 22-21 last year and 27-23 the previous season.

According to BetOnline, LSU is a 10.5-point favorite and is 91/100 to cover the spread, while Auburn is a 16/5 underdog.

Prograis vs Taylor Live

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In a sport so notorious for making fans wait for big fights to eventually — if at all — get made, what has taken place within the junior welterweight division this calendar year has been nothing but a breath of fresh air.

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In July, Jose Ramirez stopped fellow unbeaten champion Maurice Hooker to unify the WBC and WBO titles at 140 pounds in a fight that was difficult to make considering each boxer is tied to a competing network. On Saturday, at the O2 Arena in London, the other two recognized champions within the division will do the same in the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament (2 p.m. ET, DAZN).

Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) will put his WBA title on the line against Scotland native and IBF champion Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) in not just one of the best fights on paper of 2019, but one that will take us one step closer to undisputed clarity within the division.

Given the styles and personalities of both fighters, this junior welterweight showdown is nothing but a dream. And with all due respect to Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) and the noble charity work he does surrounding his fights, the winner of Prograis-Taylor has a legitimate shot to become the face of a reloaded division and a future star in the making across the sport.

“I am fully confident going in to this fight,” Taylor said. “I am bigger than him, stronger, quicker and punch just as hard. I can beat him in every department. If he comes and tries to walk me down than I believe that he will walk into a shot and I will get him out of there. If not, I can outbox him for the full 12 rounds.”

At its core, this fight is a classic pairing between the puncher in Prograis, a 30-year-old native of New Orleans, and the boxer in the 28-year-old Taylor. Yet the “Tartan Tornado” is also no stranger to letting his hands go from his tall frame and (as evidenced above) has no shortage of confidence.

It’s a wonder, however, just how confident and comfortable Taylor should be inside the ring against a fighter as dangerous as Prograis. Even though Taylor bit down hard to outpoint then-unbeaten Ivan Baranchyk to claim his first world title in May, he was forced to weather the storm to get there.

Prograis owns knockout wins over former unified champion Julius Indongo and Kiryl Relikh, whom he claimed his WBA title from in April. He also outpointed the difficult Terry Flanagan last October and remains one of boxing’s most explosive and best-kept secrets thanks to his stalking style.

“Everybody that I have fought was supposed to be an even, 50-50 fight but I dominated,” Prograis said. “[Taylor] is taller and longer than me but the tale of the tape doesn’t matter to me. You can’t determine my hook by the tale of the tape or my boxing IQ. I don’t just want to repeat what he said but I really cannot see how he can beat me. I am not being cocky or arrogant, but I just can’t see it.

“[Taylor] has been hurt in his last fight and he was dropped, too. The past is the past and this is going to be me and him and I think he will bring his A game like I will. This is going to be one hell of a fight.”

Taylor owns stoppage wins himself against the likes of Ohara Davies, Miguel Vazquez and Ryan Martin, in addition to an impressive decision win over former champion Viktor Postol in 2018.

The idea of seeing both unbeaten fighters square off in their respective physical primes with a pair of world titles at stake has forced fight fans to circle the date on their calendar months in advance.

“I believe myself and Regis are No. 1 and 2 in the division — we’re the two guys to beat,” Taylor said. “We will prove this on [Saturday] and I feel like this is my time to shine. I can’t see him beating me at all and I am super confident.”

Fight card

Regis Prograis (c) -170 vs. Josh Taylor (c) +140 Junior welterweight unification
Derek Chisora -400 vs. David Price +300 Heavyweight
Lee Selby -175 vs. Ricky Burns +150 Lightweight


Trying to make sense of a fight that is this close on paper is a difficult task. Although Prograis remains a slight betting favorite, Taylor will have the benefit of fighting at home in the United Kingdom which could put the onus on Prograis to keep matters out of the judges hands.

The key question to consider is whether or not Prograis is on the verge of taking his game to the next level against likely the toughest challenge of his career. Imagining him walking down Taylor and exploding to a knockout finish isn’t out of the question given the arc of his career up to this point and the potential vulnerability that lingers within Taylor. But it’s far from a given considering how close they match up on paper.

Taylor’s jab will be the key to his success offensively and a means to keep his fellow southpaw at bay. But he’ll need to move his head consistently and gain Prograis’ respect early on to keep the fight more on technical terms and avoid a shootout.

The flip side to the unanswered questions about Prograis’ potential greatness is whether Taylor is merely a flashier version of a stereotypical U.K. fighter who can hold his own on the domestic level only to get solved when he steps up to the top shelf of the elite level within his division. Betting on Taylor, even with the potential of home cooking, requires explicit trust in his backbone and chin just as well as his skills.

As long as Prograis can close distance in the same manner he has been able to up to this point and let his hands go, he has given every indication that he has the dog on the inside to find out how great he can be overall.

Wisconsin vs Ohio State

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It’s a possible Big Ten Championship preview in Columbus this weekend, as No. 3 Ohio State hosts No. 13 Wisconsin. It’s a game that lost a bit of luster with Wisconsin’s shocking upset loss on the road to Illinois last week, but even with that defeat, these are still two of the top teams in the Big Ten in 2019. Of course, both of these programs have been good for a while, but that hasn’t stopped Ohio State from dominating the series.

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The Buckeyes enter this game with a six-game win streak against the Badgers, and have won nine of the last 10 meetings. The lone win for Wisconsin in that span was a 31-18 win in Madison in 2010. The last time Wisconsin went to Columbus and beat the Buckeyes was 2004.

Ohio State: If you were to ask Ohio State what its goal is this season, the first thing you’d hear is that it wants to win the Big Ten. That makes sense. Every team wants to win its conference. But you know what? This Ohio State team has its eyes on a prize larger than the Big Ten. This is a team that’s thinking of winning a national title. The Buckeyes are 7-0 and have beaten their opponents by an average of 41.7 points per game. Nobody has lost to this Ohio State team by fewer than 24 points this year. We have not seen an Ohio State team look this dominant since it won the national title in 2014. That being said, very seldom do we see a team go through a regular season without finding itself getting challenged. This game against Wisconsin looks like a spot where we could see that happen.

Wisconsin: The air was let out last weekend. Whether it was Wisconsin being caught looking ahead, shooting itself in the foot with turnovers, or Illinois just having a terrific gameplan (odds are it was a mix of all three), it was a tough loss to swallow for Wisconsin. Like Ohio State, Wisconsin had been dominating teams this year. Now there are some questioning whether Wisconsin was as good as it looked, or if it was merely taking advantage of its schedule. Now, a week after an unexpected loss, the Badgers are on the road for a second straight week, but this time against a much more difficult opponent. They’ve always said that the best way to wipe the taste of a disappointing loss out of your mouth is to hand somebody else one.

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 26 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Ohio Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
TV: FOX | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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I don’t think last week’s loss to Illinois says anything about Wisconsin being a mirage. That’s just the kind of loss that can happen to anybody. Just ask Ohio State about its road trip to Purdue last year. The thing is, I thought Ohio State was a lot better than Wisconsin before last week happened. I think Ohio State is a lot better than just about everybody else in the country save for a handful of teams. Wisconsin isn’t one of them. I’m not saying Wisconsin can’t make a game of this, but I think Ohio State’s more likely to win by three touchdowns than fewer than two. Pick: Ohio State (-14.5)

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After a stunning defeat last weekend at the hands of Illinois, 24-23, the Wisconsin Badgers will try to turn the page and assert their dominance as the top defense in college football against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Ohio State has built a reputation on its offense this season, one that ranks fifth in the FBS. Quarterback Justin Fields has inserted himself into the Heisman race and for good reason, showing his ability throwing and running to generate offense.

No. 13 Wisconsin travels to Ohio Stadium to face No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday (noon ET, FOX) in a Big Ten showdown with Big Ten and College Football Playoff implications.

This game was supposed to be a top-10 matchup, but Wisconsin’s shocking 24-23 loss at Illinois in Week 8 makes this an elimination game for the Badgers (6-1). Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor will need to have a big game against a tough Ohio State run defense led by defensive end Chase Young.

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Ohio State (7-0) continues to roll through Big Ten play in dominant fashion, and the Buckeyes haven’t lost a conference home game since 2015. It’s a chance for Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins to shine again on the big stage under first-year coach Ryan Day.

But the Buckeyes defense is just as solid as Wisconsin’s has been this season, ranking second in the country allowing only 223 yards per game. Even though Saturday afternoon’s game pits the two best defenses against each other, the offense will still manage to dictate the game.

#13 Wisconsin Badgers at #3 Ohio State Buckeyes

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12 p.m.

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Coverage: Fox

*All odds and betting info courtesy of OddsShark and originally posted by BetOnline

Spread: Ohio State (-14 at -115)
Over/Under: 50 (-110 either side)

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are the only team in the country currently allowing fewer than 200 yards of total offense per game — only 193.9. Most of that has come from denying opponents space or time to run the ball.

Wisconsin allows only 58 rushing yards per game. They may have their hands full this weekend against Ohio State, where the third-ranked rushing offense in the country will put the Badgers to the ultimate test.

Offensively, Wisconsin may struggle to move the ball through the air against a Buckeyes team that ranks second in the country in passing defense. Wisconsin is 89th in passing offense this season averaging just over 200 yards per game. That challenge will be even harder come Saturday afternoon, especially with the ballhawks in a Buckeyes’ secondary that has come up with 10 picks this season.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Justin Fields is the name on everyone’s Heisman Award radar right now. The Ohio State quarterback is among the top players in all of college football following his transfer from Georgia ahead of this season. He is tied for second in the FBS with 180 points responsible for this season, just eight behind fellow Heisman candidate Joe Burrow of LSU.

He ranks fifth in the country with 22 touchdown passes despite only throwing for 1,492 yards. He is 116 for 164 (71 percent) passing this season averaging over 12 yards per completion.

On defense, Ohio State controls the edge with linemen Chase Young and Malik Harrison each averaging over a tackle for loss per game. In the secondary, Jeffrey Okudah joins Young as a potential top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The teams are both defensive juggernauts but there will be no lack of offense when the Buckeyes and Badgers meet on Saturday. Fields’ and his electric ability and efficiency to move the ball will likely be the difference in keeping the Buckeyes undefeated for another week.

Pick: This game will hit the under, as Wisconsin’s defense won’t crack too much. But the Buckeyes could still cover the spread, and only barely in a 28-13 win at home. These two teams could meet again down the line, however.

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New Zealand is red hot favourites to make history and become the first team to ever play in three straight Rugby World Cup finals when they face off against England in a semi-final blockbuster on Saturday night.

The Kiwis have never lost to England in a World Cup fixture, but wily England coach Eddie Jones has made a habit of humbling the All Blacks when they least expect it.

Jones masterminded the Wallabies’ 2003 semi-final upset of New Zealand, but his English team has won just one of its past 16 games against the men in black.

A win at the International Stadium in Yokohama will put New Zealand through to next Saturday’s final against South Africa or Wales after already winning back-to-back Cups in 2011 and 2015.

England are appearing in the last four of the tournament for the first time since 2007

England and New Zealand will go head to head this Saturday in the first semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.

This is the first meeting between the two at the tournament in 20 years, with the All Blacks seeing out a 30-16 victory in the group stages of the 1999 edition.

Both sides progressed to the last four on the back of comfortable quarter-final wins.

Whereas Steve Hansen’s men demolished Ireland 46-14 in Tokyo, the English, who are appearing in their first World Cup semi-final since 2007, thumped long-term rivals Australia 40-16 in Oita.

The build-up to the fixture has already seen its fair share of controversy, with England coach Eddie Jones claiming his team had been spied on during a training session earlier this week. He also accused the New Zealand media of being ‘fans with keyboards’. Safe to say we can expect fireworks from Saturday’s showdown You can live stream the match via the ITV Hub on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, you can watch it on ITV1.

England vs New Zealand kicks off at 9am BST (5pm Japan Standard Time) on Saturday 26 October.

Team news

England XV: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Lawes, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Wilson, Heinz, Slade, Joseph.

New Zealand XV: Beauden Barrett; Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read (capt).

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett