Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NCAAF and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

The NFL, college football, and a full slate of four games in MLB Divisional Series action take place on a busy Thursday sports card.

A battle of 3-1 football teams kicks off the fifth week of the NFL season for Thursday Night Football. Tampa Bay has won three straight games after they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers last week by a 38-31 score. Chicago saw their three-game winning streak snapped last week in a 19-11 loss at home to Indianapolis as a 3.5-point underdog. This game will be the first time that Brady will face off against Foles in a battle of starting quarterbacks since Super Bowl LII when the Eagles defeated the Patriots by a 41-33 score. With both players playing for different teams, Tampa Bay is a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 44.5 (all odds from BookMaker). Fox, the NFL Network, and Amazon will all have the broadcast with the kickoff set shortly after 8:20 PM ET.

After experiencing five opening-game cancellations already this season, the Houston Cougars hope to kick off their college football season on Thursday night. The Cougars will be anxious to get on the field again after experiencing their worst season in 15 years with their 4-8 campaign last year. Bettors will need to consider how much of an advantage Tulane has with having three games already under their belts. The Green Wave have two wins on the road already at South Alabama and Southern Mississippi, with their lone loss at home to Navy by a 27-24 score in the middle of those two games. They have had a week off after defeating Southern Miss on the road by a 66-24 score in a game that was a transitional point in their season. Houston is a -6.5-point favorite for the rematch on Thursday night with the total set at 60. ESPN has the broadcast. 

Four games take place in the MLB Divisional Series. The card begins at 2:08 PM ET with the Atlanta Braves looking to close out their best-of-five series with the Miami Marlins. Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in this series on Wednesday with their 2-0 victory over the Marlins. They turn to Jared Wright as their starting pitcher. Miami counters with Sixto Sanchez. The Braves are -140 money-line favorites with the total set at 9. FS1 has the broadcast.

Oakland staved off elimination yesterday in their series with Houston with a 9-7 victory. The A’s turn to Frankie Montas this afternoon at 3:35 PM ET to attempt to even this series at 2-2 and force a final fifth game. Astros manager Dusty Baker is going with his veteran, Zack Greinke this afternoon. The game is a pk'em, with each side laying -105, and the total is 9 runs. TBS televises the game.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in their ALDS yesterday with the Yankees with their 8-4 win on Wednesday. They will use Ryan Thompson as their opener with the game scheduled at 7:10 PM ET. New York counters with Jordan Montgomery. The Yankees are a -134 moneyline favorite with a total of 9. TBS also televises this game.

Los Angeles is up 2-0 in their NLDS after their 6-5 victory over the Padres on Wednesday. San Diego looks to avoid elimination in the playoffs by turning to Adrian Morejon as their starting pitcher. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts has tabbed Dustin May as his starting pitcher.  The current odds are Los Angeles -171, with a total of 9 runs. This game will be broadcast on the MLB Network with the first pitch at 9:08 PM ET. 

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