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

by Big Al Staff

The Friday card features two games in college football involving three American Athletic Conference teams (and BYU) along with the continuation of the American League and National League Championship Series.

Houston extended the ALCS to a sixth game today with their 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay. The Astros look to force a climactic seventh game tonight with Framber Valdez as their starting pitcher. The Rays will counter with Blake Snell to get them to the World Series.

Tampa Bay is a -135 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8 (all odds from BookMaker). The ALCS takes place at Petco Park in San Diego, with the Rays the designated home team for this game. TBS has the broadcast with the first pitch at 6:07 PM ET.

Atlanta took a 3-1 lead in the NLCS on Thursday with their 10-2 victory over the Dodgers. Braves manager Brian Snitker has yet to name a starting pitcher for Game 5. Los Angeles looks to extend their season to at least another game with Dustin May as their starting pitcher.

Odds have yet to be set for this game, awaiting the Atlanta starting pitcher. The ALCS takes place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, with the Braves the designated home team for Game 5. FS1 has the broadcast with the first pitch at 9:08 PM ET. 

Friday night on ESPN presents a college football doubleheader that features three teams from the American Athletic Conference. The first game takes place at 6 PM ET with SMU traveling to New Orleans to play Tulane.

The Mustangs are 4-0 this season after they exacted some revenge against a Memphis team that has had their number over the years. SMU defeated the Tigers by a 30-27 score as a 1.5-point underdog on October 3rd, but the results were bittersweet with the team sustaining two significant injuries. Starting wide receiver Reggie Roberson, Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury, and starting running back T.J. McDaniel experienced a season-ending ankle injury. 

Tulane has lost two of their last three games after they lost at Houston last Thursday by a 49-31 score. The Green Wave took a 24-7 lead early in the second quarter of that game with two touchdowns coming from their defense on a 64-yard interception return and a 1-yard fumble recovery. Tulane was then outscored by a 42-7 margin, which made it the second time this season that they blew a double-digit lead to a conference rival.

SMU won the meeting between these two teams at home, 37-20,  as a 3-point favorite. The Mustangs are a 6-point favorite with the total set at 64.5.

The second game on ESPN starts at 9:30 PM ET with BYU traveling to Houston to play the Cougars.

BYU is unbeaten after four games after defeating UTSA last Saturday by a 27-20 score. That was the closest game the Cougars have played all season despite entering that contest as a 34-point favorite. BYU outgained the Roadrunners by a 470 to 359 margin, but difficulties in finishing drives kept that game closer than expected. 

Traveling to Houston to face these Cougars will be BYU’s biggest test this season. Houston endured several COVID-based cancellations early in the season before finally kicking off their season last Thursday, where they defeated Tulane by a 49-31 score. The Cougars fell behind by a 24-7 score early in the second quarter after giving up two defensive touchdowns to the Green Wave. Houston then outscored Tulane by a 42-7 margin to blow out the Green Wave by a 49-31 score. 

BYU is a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 62.5.

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