Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAA Football Preview

by Alec McMordie

College football once again dominates the Saturday card with the NBA and MLB playoffs having an off-day before returning to action on Sunday night. 25 games between FBS opponents feature on the NCAAF schedule headlined by four games between teams ranked in the top-25. The FAU/Southern Mississippi and UAB/Rice contests faced postponements due to COVID concerns.

Nine games open the noon to 12:30 PM ET window. #3 Florida travels to College Station to play #10 Texas A&M in a battle of SEC teams. The Aggies look to rebound from their loss to Alabama last week while the Gators plan to extend their record to a 3-0 mark. Florida is a 5-point favorite with the total set at 59.5 (all odds provided by BookMaker). ESPN has the broadcast. 

#18 Virginia Tech makes the trip to Chapel Hill to play North Carolina in a battle of 2-0 teams from the ACC. The Tar Heels are favored by 3 points against the Hokies with an over/under of 57.5. This game will be on ABC.

The Red River Rivalry has lost some of its luster this season with Texas owning a 1-2 record while Oklahoma is a surprising 1-2 this year. The Sooners are a 3-point favorite with the total set at 73.5. Fox has the broadcast for this contest annually played on a neutral field at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. 

Liberty hosts UL-Monroe for the noon game on ESPN2. The Flames are 17-point favorites with a total of 63.

Another nine games kickoff in the 3:30 to 4 PM ET slate. The headliner is the SEC clash between #12 Tennessee traveling to Athens to play #3 Georgia coming off their big win against Auburn last week. The Bulldogs are a 12.5-point favorite with the over/under set at 43. CBS has the broadcast at 3:30 PM ET. 

Iowa State hosts Texas Tech at 3:30 PM ET on ABC. The Cyclones are an 11-point favorite with the total set at 64.5. BYU hosts UTSA at 3:30 PM ET as well, with the undefeated Cougars a 34-point favorite, with the over/under at 63. ESPN2 has that game. 

ESPNU has Middle Tennessee’s trip to Florida International, with the Golden Panthers installed as a 6.5-point favorite, with a total of 57.5 at 4 PM ET. Auburn hosts Arkansas at 4 PM ET on ESPN with the Tigers a 14.5-point favorite with the over/under set at 45.5. The Fox telecast at 4 PM ET has Kansas State traveling to face TCU with the Horned Frogs 9.5-point favorites with the total at 50.5.

The evening window features nine games. Temple travels to Annapolis to play Navy at 6 PM ET for a game televised on the CBS Sports Network. The Owls make their season debut as a 3.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 50.5. 

Alabama travels to Ole Miss at 7:30 PM ET for a game televised on ESPN. The Crimson Tide are a 22.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 68. Florida State travels to South Bend to face an undefeated Notre Dame team on NBC at 7:30 PM ET. The Fighting Irish are a 21-point favorite, with the over/under set at 52.5. Stadium broadcasts Marshall’s trip to Western Kentucky at 7:30 PM ET with the Thundering Herd a 7-point favorite with the total set at 43.5. UTEP travels to Louisiana Tech at 7:30 PM on ESPN with the Bulldogs a 14-point favorite with an over/under of 53.5.

The highest-profile game of the day is on ABC where #7 Miami (FL) travels to Clemson to play the #1 Tigers at 7:30 PM ET. Both teams are 3-0 in this ACC showdown. Clemson is a 15-point favorite with an over/under of 60. 

The Saturday card concludes with Charlotte traveling to Denton to face North Texas at 8 PM ET. The 49ers are a 2.5-point road favorite, with the total installed at 67. ESPNU has the broadcast. 

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