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

by Big Al Staff

The Saturday sports card features a full day of college football and college basketball action along with the continuation of Matchweek 10 of the English Premier League.

Thirty-seven games between FBS opponents are on the college football schedule. There were twelve games canceled due to COVID issues: Ohio State/Illinois; Miami (FL)/Wake Forest; Louisiana Tech/Florida International; Arkansas/Missouri; Tennessee/Vanderbilt; Tulsa/Houston; Minnesota/Wisconsin; Utah/Arizona State; Cincinnati/Temple; Oklahoma/West Virginia; Colorado/USC; Florida Atlantic/Middle Tennessee. Two games got rescheduled for Saturday amidst these postponements: Colorado State at San Diego State and Utah at Washington.

Nineteen college football games take place in the noon ET to 3 PM ET window. Thirteen games kick off the card at noon ET. Michigan hosts Penn State on ABC in a pick ‘em contest with the total set at 58 (all odds from BetOnline). Texas Tech visits Oklahoma State on Fox with the Cowboys an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 54. Florida plays at home against Kentucky on ESPN as a 25-point favorite with a total of 60.5. Maryland travels to Indiana on ESPN2 with the Hoosiers 12-point favorites with the over/under at 64. Ohio hosts Bowling Green on ESPNU as a 24-point favorite, with the total at 54.5. On the CBS Sports Network, Buffalo is a 7-point favorite against a visiting Kent State with an over/under of 67. 

Another nine games take place in the 3:30 PM to 5 PM ET window of games. At 3:30 PM ET, Auburn visits Alabama in the Iron Bowl on CBS with the Crimson Tide 24.5-point favorites and the total set at 62.5. Clemson hosts Pittsburgh now on ABC as a 22.5-point favorite with the over/under at 57. Northwestern travels to Michigan State on ESPN as a 13.5-point road favorite with a total of 41.5. ESPN2 has Troy playing at Appalachian State in a game moved up from its initial 8 PM ET time slot. The Mountaineers are 13-point favorites with the over/under at 48.5. At 4 PM ET, Boise State hosts San Jose State on Fox as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 58. Rutgers travels to Purdue on FS1, where the Boilermakers are 11-point favorites with the over/under set at 60.5. 

A final ten games take place in the evening card. At 7 PM ET, LSU travels to Texas A&M on ESPN with the Aggies a 14-point favorite with the total at 62. Baylor hosts Kansas State on ESPN2 as a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 44.5. Memphis visits Navy on the CBS Sports Network as a 13.5-point road favorite with the total at 62.5. 

Washington hosts Utah on 7:30 PM ET as the rescheduled game on ABC. The Utes are a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5.

At 8 PM ET, Arizona visits UCLA on Fox with the Bruins' 10.5-point favorites and the total set at 69. Kansas hosts TCU on FS1 with the Horned Frogs -24-point road favorites with an over/under of 51.5.

The only nationally-televised game in college basketball is at 8 PM ET on ESPNU scheduled in the last 24 hours. Villanova found an opponent in the mini-bubble in Uncasville, Connecticut in Virginia Tech who will make the trip after the Wildcats won the 2K Empire Classic on Thursday. Villanova is an 8.5-point favorite, with the total set at 137.5.

Four matches take place in the English Premier League. At 7:30 AM ET, Liverpool visits Brighton as a -1 goal line road favorite with the total at 3. The NBC Peacock app broadcasts the game. Manchester City hosts Burnley at 10 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network as a -3.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.25. At 12:30 PM ET on NBC, Everton hosts Leeds United as a -0.50 goal line favorite with the total at 3. Sheffield United visits West Bromwich United at 3 PM ET on the NBC Sports Network in a pick ‘em with an over/under of 2.25.

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