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

by Big Al Staff

The Saturday sports card features a busy slate of college football games along with the return of the English Premier League after their international break last week.

The college football card features 31 games between FBS opponents. COVID issues led to the cancellation of the following 14 match-ups between FBS teams scheduled for Saturday: UAB at UTEP; Mississippi at Texas A&M; Georgia Tech at Miami (FL); Charlotte at Marshall; Arizona State at Colorado; UL-Monroe at Louisiana Tech; Wake Forest at Duke; Navy at South Florida; Houston at SMU; Utah State at Wyoming; Texas at Kansas; UNLV at Colorado State; Maryland at Michigan State; San Jose State at Fresno State.

Twelves games kick off the college football slate in the noon to 3 PM ET window. Nine games take place at noon. On ABC, Clemson travels to Florida State with the Tigers' 34-point road favorites with the total set at 64 (all lines from BookMaker). Ohio State hosts Indiana on Fox with the Buckeyes a 20-point favorite and an over/under of 66.5. Florida travels to Vanderbilt on ESPN with the Gators 31-point road favorites with a total of 68. On ESPN2,  Appalachian State plays at Coastal Carolina with the Chanticleers 5-point favorites and the over/under at 48. Arkansas State visits Texas State, where the Red Wolves are 5.5-point favorites with a total of 68.5. Army hosts Georgia Southern on the CBS Sports Network as a 3-point favorite with the over/under set at 40.

Another ten games take place in the 3:30 PM ET to 4 PM ET window. Seven games kickoff at 3:30 PM ET. ESPN has the American Athletic Conference showdown with Cincinnati traveling to Central Florida as a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 65.5. Wisconsin travel to Evanston to play Northwestern in a battle of undefeated Big Ten West foes on ABC with the Badgers a 7.5-point road favorite with the over/under at 44. Nevada hosts San Diego State on CBS with the Aztecs' 1.5-point road favorites with the total set at 46.5. ESPN2 has UCLA playing at Oregon, where the Ducks are a 17-point favorite with an over/under of 64. Oregon State hosts California with the Golden Bears 2.5-point road favorite with the total at 46.5. At 4 PM ET, Iowa State hosts Kansas State on Fox with the Cyclones 12-point favorites with the over/under at 46.

Seven games kick off from 7 PM ET to 8 PM ET. At 7 PM ET, Tennessee travels to Auburn with the Tigers 10.5-point favorites with the total set at 50.5. ABC broadcasts the Bedlam rivalry game this year at 7:30 PM ET with Oklahoma State playing at Oklahoma, where the Sooners are 7-point favorites with an over/under of 60.5. At 8 PM ET, Washington hosts Arizona on Fox with the Huskies 12-point favorites with a total of 53.5.

Two final games close out the card in the evening. At 10:30 PM ET, USC travels to Utah with the Trojans 2.5-point road favorites with an over/under of 57.5. At 11 PM ET, Hawai’i hosts Boise State with the Broncos’ 13.5-point road favorites, with the total set at 55.

The English Premier League returns to the pitch after a two-week international break with four matches on Saturday. Chelsea plays at Newcastle United at 7:30 AM ET on the NBC Peacock app. At 10 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network, Aston Villa hosts Brighton and Hove Albion. NBC broadcasts the Tottenham Hotspurs hosting Manchester City at 12:30 PM ET. The card concludes at 3 PM ET with West Bromwich traveling to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on the NBC Peacock app. 

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