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

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday card features a college football showdown between two undefeated teams from the Sun Belt Conference along with games in the American League and National League Championship Series.

Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the NLCS on Tuesday with their 8-7 victory over Los Angeles. Kyle Wright will be the Braves starting pitcher in Game  3 with his 2-4 record in 38 innings in the regular season along with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. The Dodgers will counter with Julio Urias, who was 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in eleven regular-season appearances (ten starts).

The NLCS is taking place at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Atlanta will be the designated home team batting last in this game. The Dodgers are a -168 moneyline favorite with the total set at 9.5 (all odds from BetAnySports). FS1 has the broadcast with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM ET. 

Tampa Bay has a 3-0 lead in the ALCS after they defeated Houston by a 5-2 score on Wednesday. The Rays turn to Tyler Glasnow, who was 5-1 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 11 starts in the regular season. The Astros pin their hopes to stave off elimination by giving the ball to Zack Greinke. The veteran right-hander had a 3-3 record with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in twelve starts in the regular season.

The ALCS takes place at Petco Park in San Diego, with Houston designated as the home team for Game 4. Tampa Bay is a -136 moneyline favorite with the over/under at 8. TBS has the broadcast with the game starting at 8:40 PM ET.

The only Wednesday night college football game of the month takes place tonight with Coastal Carolina visiting Louisiana-Lafayette in a battle of unbeaten teams from the Sun Belt Conference. ESPN has the broadcast starting at 7:30 PM ET.

Coastal Carolina did not play last week after upsetting Arkansas State at home by a 52-23 score as a 3.5-point underdog. The Chanticleers opened their season by upsetting Kansas on the road for the second straight time by a 38-23 score after pulling off that feat last year as well in Lawrence. The Chanticleers followed that up with a 43-21 victory over Campbell.  

Louisiana returns to the field for the first time since their 20-18 victory at home over Georgia Southern as an 11.5-point favorite on September 26th. The Ragin’ Cajuns opened their season with a big update victory at Iowa State by a 31-14 score as a 13-point underdog before following that up the next week with a 34-31 win at Georgia State.

Coastal Carolina sees this contest as a benchmark game, as they lost at home to Louisiana by a 48-7 score in their meeting last season on November 7th. But the Ragin' Cajuns view this game as a unique opportunity themselves to flex their muscles with the spotlight of this nationally televised midweek game. Louisiana wants to be considered the best non-power five team in the nation. The Ragin' Cajuns are a 7.5-point favorite with the total set at 58.5.

Coastal Carolina did not play last week after upsetting Arkansas State at home by a 52-23 score as a 3.5-point underdog. The Chanticleers opened their season by upsetting Kansas on the road for the second straight time by a 38-23 score after pulling off that feat last year as well in Lawrence. The Chanticleers followed that up with a 43-21 victory over Campbell. Third-year head coach Jamey Chadwell returned 13 starters from the team last year that finished 5-7. It appears very likely that Chadwell’s team this season will shatter the record of five victories as an FBS program they set last year. Coastal Carolina is scoring 44.3 points per game while holding their opponents to 22.2 points per game. 

Louisiana returns to the field for the first time since their 20-18 victory at home over Georgia Southern as an 11.5-point favorite on September 26th. The Ragin’ Cajuns opened their season with a big update victory at Iowa State by a 31-14 score as a 13-point underdog before following that up the next week with a 34-31 win at Georgia State.

Third-year head coach Billy Napier has high expectations for his team that returned 14 starters from the 11-3 squad last year that defeated Miami-Ohio in the Lending Tree Bowl by a 22-17 score. 

Coastal Carolina sees this contest as a benchmark game, as they lost at home to Louisiana by a 48-7 score in their meeting last season on November 7th. But the Ragin' Cajuns view this game as a unique opportunity themselves to flex their muscles with the spotlight of this nationally televised midweek game. Louisiana wants to be considered the best non-power five team in the nation. With Napier having served as the offensive coordinator for Dabo Swinney at Clemson before coaching the wide receivers at Alabama under Nick Saban from 2013-17, he is one of the hottest young head coaches in the nation. Speculation was that he turned down a power-five head coaching job in the offseason to return to the Ragin’ Cajuns for this season.  

Louisiana is a 7.5-point favorite with the total set at 58.5.

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