Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NCAA Football Preview

by Alec McMordie

The Friday sports card features three games in college football and two-afternoon matches in the English Premier League.

The Friday night game on ESPN offers a battle of two teams from the ACC that return to action after a bye week. Miami (FL) has won their last two games to raise their record to a 5-1 mark after losing at Clemson on October 10th. They last played on October 24th when they defeated Virginia by a 19-14 score as a 13.5-point home favorite. The Hurricanes won the yardage battle by a 444-366 edge but still had to hang on for the victory. Miami enters this game ranked 11th in the nation in the Associated Press poll.

North Carolina State last played on October 24th when they lost at North Carolina by a 48-21 score. The Wolfpack were outgained by -186 net yards as they surrendered 578 yards to the Tar Heels. A -4 net turnover margin made matters even worse. That game was the first start for junior Bailey Hockman, who became the starting quarterback after sophomore Devin Leary broke his fibula the previous week against Duke. After playing four of their five games on the road, they return home to Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh for the first of a three-game homestand. This contest is the Wolfpack’s fourth game against a ranked opponent this season.

These two teams last played each other in 2016. Miami is a 10.5-point favorite at BetAnySports, with the total at 58. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM ET. 

At 9 PM ET, a surprising San Jose State team travels to San Diego State to play the Aztecs. The Spartans opened their season with a 17-6 victory at home against Air Force. They followed that up last week with a 38-21 win at home against New Mexico as a 13.5-point favorite. 

San Diego State has also begun their season 2-0 with a 34-6 win at home against UNLV before crushing Utah State on the road last Saturday with their 38-7 victory as an 8.5-point favorite. The Aztecs are a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48. The CBS Sports Network has the broadcast. 

FS1 has a battle of undefeated teams ranked in the top-twenty at 9:45 PM ET. BYU raised their record to a 7-0 mark last week with their 41-10 victory at home against Western Kentucky as a 31.5-point favorite. The Cougars are ranked ninth in the nation in the Associated Press poll. 

They travel to Boise State to play a Broncos team that is ranked 21st in the AP poll. Boise State opened their season with a 42-13 win at home against Utah State. They followed that up last week with their 49-30 victory at Air Force as a 13-point favorite. BYU is a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 61.5 

The English Premier League begins their Matchweek 8 with two games. At 12:30 PM ET, Brighton and Hove Albion host Burnley as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. At 3 PM ET, Newcastle United travels to Southampton to face a Saints team that is a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. The NBC Peacock app broadcasts both games.

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