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

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday Thanksgiving sports card features games in the NFL as well as college football and college basketball.

The NFL Thursday card is reduced to two games with the decision to push back the Baltimore Ravens/Pittsburgh Steelers prime-time showdown to Sunday, given the COVID issues that the Ravens are experiencing.

The NFL card kicks off at 12:30 PM ET with Detroit hosting Houston. The Lions have lost three of their last four games, with their 20-0 upset loss at Carolina on Sunday as a 3-point favorite. Houston has won two of three games after they upset New England at home by a 27-20 score on Sunday as a 2.5-point underdog. The Texans are 3-point road favorites with the total set at 51.5 (all odds from BetOnline). CBS has the broadcast.

Washington visits Dallas at 4:30 PM ET on Fox. The Football Team snapped a two-game losing streak last week with their 20-9 victory at home against Cincinnati as a 2-point favorite. The Cowboys ended their four-game losing streak on Sunday with their 31-28 upset win at Minnesota as a 7-point underdog. This divisional game is a rematch of Washington’s 25-3 victory in a pick ‘em game on October 25th. Dallas is a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 46.

The lone game on the college football docket is a battle on winless teams in New Mexico and Utah State. The Colorado State/Air Force contest at 2 PM ET got canceled on Wednesday due to a COVID outbreak in the Rams program. 

The Lobos lost their fourth straight game last Friday in a 28-0 loss at Air Force as an 8-point underdog. The Aggies take the field after losing their fourth straight contest on November 14th at home to Fresno State by a 35-16 score as an 11-point underdog. New Mexico is a 6.5-point road favorite with a total of 51.5. FS1 broadcasts the game at 7 PM ET.

The televised college basketball schedule begins at noon, with Western Kentucky and Memphis playing on ESPN in the Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Both teams come off victories on Wednesday. 

At 1:30 PM ET, Fox has the showdown between #2 ranked Kansas facing #1 ranked Gonzaga in the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida. The Bulldogs are 4-point favorites with the total set at 150. 

St. John’s hosts LaSalle at 2 PM ET on FS1 as a 10-point favorite with an over/under of 144.5. At 2:30 PM ET in the Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, VCU plays West Virginia on ESPN after both teams won their opening games on Wednesday.

Auburn plays Saint Joseph’s in the Fort Myers Tip-Off at 4:30 PM ET on FS1. The Tigers are a 7-point favorite with the total at 151.

The Crossover Classic continues at 5 PM ET with Northern Iowa playing Saint Mary’s on ESPN after both teams lost their games on Wednesday.

Liberty and Mississippi State face off after losing on Wednesday in the Space Coast Classic in Melbourne, Florida at 6 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network. 

ESPN has Boston College playing Rhode Island at 7 PM ET after both teams lost their opening games in the 2K Empire Classic at Uncasville, Connecticut. At 7:30 PM ET, Utah State and South Dakota State play in Sioux Falls after both teams lost on Wednesday in their games in the Crossover Classic. 

Purdue and Clemson play in the finals of the Space Coast Classic at 8:30 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network after both teams won on Wednesday. 

ESPN has the finals of the 2K Empire Classic in Uncasville at 9 PM ET in a showdown between Villanova and Arizona State.

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