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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/23/2021

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Oct 23, 2021

The Saturday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, CFL, and the EPL.Week 8 in the college football season concludes with 44 games between FBS opponents. Thirteen games begin the NCAAF card from noon ET to 3 PM ET. Seven games kick off on national television at noon ET. Michigan hosts Northwestern on Fox as a 23.5-point favorite with the total set at 51 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Oklahoma travels to Kansas on ESPN as a 38.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 66.5. Cincinnati is at Navy on ESPN2 as a 28.5-point road favorite with a total of 48.5. Penn State is at home against Illinois on ABC as a 24-point favorite with an over/under of 45.5. Kansas State visits Texas Tech on FS1 as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 60.5. Wake Forest plays at Army on the CBS Sports Network as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 52.5. Central Michigan plays at home against Northern Illinois on ESPNU as a 5-point favorite with a total of 56.5. Sixteen more games between FBS opponents start between 3:30 PM ET and 4 PM ET. Seven games are on national television at 3:30 PM ET. Mississippi hosts LSU on CBS as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 76. UCLA plays at home against Oregon on ABC as a 1-point favorite with a total of 60.5. Iowa State is at home against Oklahoma State on Fox as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 47. Pittsburgh hosts Clemson on ESPN as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 47.5. Minnesota plays at home against Maryland on ESPN2 as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 53.5. BYU visits Washington State on FS1 as a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 56.5. Western Michigan travels to Toledo on the CBS Sports Network as a 1.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 55. Houston is at home against East Carolina on ESPNU at 4 PM ET as a 13.5-point favorite with a total of 57.Fifteen games conclude the NCAAF card from 7 PM to midnight ET. Three games are on national television at 7 PM ET. Alabama hosts Tennessee on ESPN as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 68. Air Force plays at home against San Diego State on the CBS Sports Network as a 3-point favorite with a total of 38. Fresno State is at home against Nevada on FS2 as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under of 65. The four remaining games on national television start at 7:30 PM ET. Ohio State visits Indiana on ABC as a 21-point road favorite with a total of 58.5. Notre Dame plays at home against USC on NBC as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 59. North Carolina State travels to Miami (FL) on ESPN2 as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 52.5. TCU is at home against West Virginia on ESPNU as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under of 56.5. The playoffs in Major League Baseball continue with Game 6 in the NLCS. Los Angeles plays at Atlanta on TBS with the first pitch at 5:08 PM ET. The Dodgers have scratched Max Scherzer as their starting pitcher with no replacement yet named. The Braves will pitch Ian Anderson. Los Angeles is a -170 money line road favorite with a total of 8.Eight games are on the National Basketball Association docket. Atlanta visits Cleveland at 6:10 PM ET as a 7-point road favorite. Miami plays at Indiana at 7:10 PM ET as a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 223.5. Dallas travels Toronto at 7:40 PM ET as a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 215. Two games top off at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago is at home against Detroit as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 214.5. Minnesota plays at home against New Orleans as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 228.Milwaukee visits San Antonio at 8:40 PM ET as a 7-point road favorite. Portland hosts Phoenix at 10:10 PM ET as a 2-point favorite with an over/under of 231.5. The Los Angeles Clippers are at home against Memphis at 10:40 PM ET as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 226.5. Thirteen games are on the National Hockey League slate. Two games drop the puck at 1:08 PM ET. The New York Rangers visit Ottawa as a -150 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Washington plays at home against Calgary as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Minnesota is at home against Anaheim at 6 PM ET as a -270 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Seven games in the NHL begin at 7:08 PM ET. Winnipeg plays at home against Nashville as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 6. Montreal is at home against Detroit as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Tampa Bay hosts Colorado as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 6. New Jersey is at home against Buffalo as a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Florida visits Philadelphia as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Toronto travels to Pittsburgh as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Carolina plays at Columbus as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. St. Louis is at home against Los Angeles at 8:08 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The New York Islanders visit Arizona at 9:08 PM ET as a -195 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Seattle plays at home against Vancouver at 10:08 PM ET as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Week 12 in the Canadian Football League finishes with three games on ESPN+. Hamilton plays at home against Ottawa as a 14.5-point favorite with a total of 45. Winnipeg is at home against British Columbia at 7 PM ET as an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 42.5. Calgary hosts Saskatchewan at 9:45 PM ET as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 44.5. Matchweek 9 in the English Premier League continues with six matches. Chelsea plays at home against Norwich City on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -2 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3. Four matches start at 10 AM ET. Wolverhampton travels to Leeds United on the NBC Sports Network in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Southampton hosts Burnley on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Crystal Palace is at home against Newcastle United on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Everton plays at home against Watford as a -1 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Manchester City visits Brighton and Hove Albion on NBC at 12:30 PM ET as a -1 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. 

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Time To Get A Move On

by Tom Stryker

Friday, Oct 22, 2021

With the college football season at the halfway point or just past, there are a number of teams still stuck in limbo.  Time becomes a commodity for these squads still trying to get over the hump.  And, as we inch closer to November, the window for success starts to close and that means a number of programs need to make a move. When doing my research for the upcoming college card, I decided to take a look at those schools that found themselves in a must win situation.  It was my opinion that teams playing their seventh game of the season fit that criteria if they owned a 3-3 SU record.  At that specific stage, the last thing any program wants to do is drop to 3-4 SU with a loss especially when a victory pushes them to 4-3 SU and on a much better path. Thankfully, with the help of my college football database, the same one that was featured in the December 13th, 2010, issue of the ESPN Insider magazine, I’ve been able to isolate and profit from a number of early season technical sets that have performed very well.  Here is a game seven system that has been money.  Take a look: Since 1980, PLAY ON any game seven high-priced favorite of -12 or more provided they hold a 3-3 SU record provided their opponent carries a team won/loss percentage of .500 or less. 41-Year ATS Record = 73-44-3 ATS for 62.3 percent  This Week’s Play = MISSISSIPPI STATE  Off last Saturday’s embarrassing 49-9 home loss to the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs find themselves with a 3-3 SU mark on the season and staring at home game against a ranked UK team on deck.  Head coach Mike Leach’s kids don’t want to go into that battle against the Wildcats with a 3-4 SU record and they will do whatever it takes to beat up on a Commodores bunch that busts in with a 2-5 SU mark and off last week’s heart-breaking road loss to the Gamecocks. There are a couple of parameters than can be added to this general system that really makes it pop.  If both teams enter this contest without confidence off straight up losses, this situation tightens up to a rewarding 29-12 ATS.  As stated, Mississippi State takes the field off their 40-point home loss to Alabama and Vanderbilt arrives off its one-point road loss at South Carolina which means the Bulldogs fit this tightener perfectly. MSU is looking to get a move on.  Good luck with the Bulldogs on Saturday.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, CFL and EPL Previews and Odds - 10/22/2021

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Oct 22, 2021

The Friday sports card features action in NCAAF, MLB, NBA, NHL, CFL, and the EPL.Week 8 in the college football season continues with four games. Middle Tennessee visits Connecticut on the CBS Sports Network at 6 PM ET. The Blue Raiders have lost four of their last five games after their 41-13 loss at Liberty as a 20-point underdog on October 9th. The Huskies ended their six-game losing streak by winning their first game of the season with a 21-16 upset win against Yale as a 3.5-point underdog last Saturday. Middle Tennessee is a 15.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 55.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Memphis travels to Central Florida on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET. The Tigers ended their three-game losing streak with a 35-17 victory against Navy as an 11-point favorite last Thursday. The Knights lost their third game in their last four after a 56-21 loss at Cincinnati as a 21.5-point underdog last Saturday. Memphis is a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 63.5. Colorado State plays at Utah State on the CBS Sports Network at 9:30 PM ET. The Rams have won three of their last four games with their 36-7 win at New Mexico as a 12.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Aggies ended a two-game losing streak with their 28-24 win at UNLV as a 7.5-point favorite on Saturday. Colorado State is a 3-point road favorite with a total of 59.Washington is at Arizona on ESPN2 at 10:30 PM ET. The Huskies have lost two in a row after a 24-17 upset loss as a 1.5-point favorite against UCLA on Saturday. The Wildcats is winless in their first six games after getting shutout, 34-0, at Colorado last week. Washington is a 17.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 46.5.The playoffs in Major League Baseball continue with Game 6 in the ALCS, with Houston playing at home against Boston on FS1 with the first pitch at 8:08 PM ET. The Astros took a 3-2 lead in this series with their 9-1 win at Fenway Park on Wednesday. Luis Garcia pitches for Houston against Nathan Eovaldi for the Red Sox. Houston is a -120 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Ten games are on the National Basketball Association docket. Three games tip-off at 7:10 PM ET. Charlotte travels to Cleveland as a 2.5-point road favorite. New York visits Orlando as a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 212. Washington hosts Indiana as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 228.5. Two games begin at 7:40 PM ET. Boston plays at home against Toronto as a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 219. Brooklyn is at Philadelphia on ESPN as a 1-point road favorite with a total of 230. Two more games start at 8:10 PM ET. Chicago hosts New Orleans as a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 223. Houston plays at home against Oklahoma City as a 2-point favorite with a total of 223. Denver is at home against San Antonio at 9:10 PM ET as a 7.5-point favorite with an over/under of 219. Two games conclude the card at 10:10 PM ET. Utah visits Sacramento as a 6-point road favorite with a total of 225. The Los Angeles Lakers play at home against Phoenix on ESPN as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 222. Four games are on the National Hockey League slate. Toronto is at home against San Jose at 6:11 PM ET as a -235 money line favorite with a total of 6. Boston travels to Buffalo at 7:08 PM ET as a -195 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Dallas plays at home against the Los Angeles Kings at 8:38 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Vegas hosts Edmonton at 10:08 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6.Week 12 in the Canadian Football League begins with Montreal playing at home against Toronto on ESPN+ at 7:30 PM ET. The Alouettes have won three in a row with their 27-16 victory at Ottawa as a 4.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Argonauts have won three in a row with their 24-23 upset win at Hamilton as a 5-point underdog on October 11th. Montreal is a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 49.Matchweek 9 in the English Premier League begins on Friday with one match. Arsenal hosts Aston Villa on the NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET as a 0.5-goal line favorite with a total of 2.5.

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