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 start of Matchweek 11 of the English Premier League.

Forty games between FBS opponents are on the college football schedule. There were 14 games either canceled or postponed due to COVID issues: Wake Forest/Louisville; Alabama/Arkansas; Northwestern/Minnesota; Maryland/Michigan; Mississippi/LSU; Missouri/Mississippi State; Miami (FL)/Wake Forest; Florida State/Duke; Kent State/Miami (OH); Houston/SMU; FIU/Charlotte; Liberty/Coastal Carolina; Vanderbilt/Georgia; Buffalo/Ohio.

Seventeen college football games take place in the noon ET to 3 PM ET window. Eleven games kick off the card at noon ET. Ohio State travels to Michigan State on ABC as a 23.5-point road favorite with the total set at 59.5 (all odds from BetOnline). Texas visits Kansas State on Fox with the Longhorns a 7-point road favorite with an over/under of 51. Texas A&M plays at Auburn on ESPN as a 5.5-point road favorite with a total of 48. Penn State goes on the road to play Rutgers on FS1 as an 11.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 52.5. Texas Tech hosts Kansas on FS2 as a 25-point favorite with the total at 62.5. Oklahoma State visits TCU as a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 51.5. 

At 2 PM ET, Ball State travels to Central Michigan on ESPNU as a 2-point road favorite with an over/under of 62.5. Notre Dame plays at home against Syracuse on NBC at 2:30 PM ET as a 33.5-point favorite with the total at 51.

Another 12 games go off in the 3:30 PM ET to 6 PM ET window of games. Six games are scheduled at 3:30 PM ET. Wisconsin hosts Indiana on ABC as a 13-point favorite with the total set at 44.5. Florida visits Tennessee on CBS as a 17.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 62.5. Iowa State plays at home against West Virginia on ESPN as a 6.5-point favorite with the total at 49. Iowa plays at Illinois on FS1 as a 13.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 51.5. Tulsa travels to Navy on ESPN2 as a 12-point road favorite with a total of 45.5.

At 4 PM ET, Washington hosts Stanford as an 11.5-point favorite with a total of 49. BYU travels to Coastal Carolina at 5:30 PM ET in a rescheduled game between these two undefeated Group of Five programs that had games canceled because of COVID this week. The Cougars are 10.5-point road favorites with an over/under of 62. ESPNU broadcasts the game. 

Eight games take place between 7 PM ET to 8 PM ET. Oregon travels to California at 7 PM ET on ESPN with the Ducks' 9-point road favorites with a total of 60. San Diego State hosts Colorado State on the CBS Sports Network as a 7-point favorite with the over/under at 45.5. Colorado visits Arizona on FS1 as a 7.5-point favorite, with the total set at 57.5. At 7:30 PM ET, Clemson travels to Virginia Tech on ABC as a 21.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 66. Alabama visits LSU at 8 PM ET on CBS as a 29.5-point road favorite with the total at 66. Oklahoma hosts Baylor on Fox as a 21.5-point favorite with an over/under of 61.5.

Four final games kick off at 10:30 PM ET. Utah hosts Oregon State on ESPN as an 11-point favorite with the total set at 51.5. Arizona State plays at home against UCLA as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 56. Nevada has Fresno State visiting Reno on FS2, where they are laying 6.5 points as the favorite with a total of 59. Wyoming visits New Mexico in their relocated home in Las Vegas as a 17.5-point road favorite with the over/under at 52.

There is only one college basketball game on national television, yet it is a marquee matchup between the #1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs versus the #2 ranked Baylor Bears. Gonzaga is a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 160. This game tips off at 1 pm on a neutral court at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. CBS has the broadcast. 

Matchweek 11 of the English Premier League has four matches. At 7:30 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network, Everton visits Burnley as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.5. Manchester City hosts Fulham on the NBC Sports Network at 10 AM ET with the goal line pending and an over/under of 3.75. Manchester United travels to West Ham United at 12:30 PM ET on NBC as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.75. Chelsea hosts Leeds United at 3 PM ET on the NBC Sports Network as a -1 goal line favorite with the over/under at 3.25.

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