Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, EPL and Preakness Stakes Preview

by Big Al Staff

College football dominates the Saturday card with the NBA Finals getting the day off and the MLB playoffs beginning the AL Divisional Series on Monday. 27 games between FBS teams make up the CFB card with 18 ranked teams in action.

Seven games kick off the college football action at Noon ET. ABC televises Baylor traveling to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers. The Bears are 1.5-point favorites, with the total set at 54 (all college football odds from BookMaker). TCU travels to Texas in another Big-12 matchup to face the Longhorns. Texas is 10.5-point favorites against the Horned Frogs, with a total of 62.5. ESPN has Florida hosting South Carolina with the Gators 17-point favorites with a total of 57. Arkansas State travels to Coastal Carolina to face the Chanticleers on ESPN2. The Red Wolves are 3-point favorites with the total set at 65.

Another nine games take place at the 3:30 PM ET-4 PM ET window. The premier game is on CBS in one of the two contests on the Saturday schedule featuring ranked opponents with 13th ranked Texas A&M traveling to Tuscaloosa to face the 2nd ranked Crimson Tide. The Aggies struggled last week in barely getting by a suspect Vanderbilt team by a 17-12 score. Alabama cruised to a 38-19 victory over Missouri in their opening game last Saturday. The Crimson Tide are 18-point favorites with a total of 54.

North Carolina travels to Boston College to face the Eagles for the 3:30 PM ET game on ABC. The Tar Heels are 14-point favorites with the over/under at 54. Kansas State hosts Texas Tech on FS1 with the Wildcats a 1.5-point favorite coming on the heels of their upset victory over Oklahoma last week. The total is 63.5. ESPN2 has Memphis traveling to SMU with the Mustangs a 1-point favorite with the over/under at 76. Oklahoma State travels to Kansas to play the Jayhawks for the game on ESPN. The Cowboys are 23-point favorites with the total set at 54.5. At 4 PM ET, ESPN-U has FAU hosting Charlotte. The Owl are 6-point favorites with the over/under at 60.

Ten games make up the final slate of games starting with Navy’s visit to the Air Force at 6 PM ET. The Midshipmen are 7-point favorites with the total set at 47.5. The CBS Sports Network broadcasts the game. Oklahoma looks to rebound from their upset loss to Iowa State last week when they travel to Ames to play Iowa State. The Sooners are 7.5-point favorites with the total set at 63. ABC has the broadcast.

The marquee game on the card is the other game featuring two ranked teams. 7th ranked Auburn travels to Athens to face Georgia in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. The 4th ranked Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorites with the total set at 44. ESPN has this battle of SEC rivals.

The English Premier League begins their fourth week of the 2020-21 season with four matches on Saturday. Everton hosts Brighton at 10 AM ET with the Toffees a -0.75 goal-line favorite with an over/under of 2.5 at BetOnLine. The NBC Sports Network broadcasts that game. The 12:30 PM ET game on NBC features the promoted Leeds United hosting Manchester City. Man City are -1.5 goal-line favorites with the over/under of 3.5 at BookMaker

The 145th Preakness Stakes will race on Saturday at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Traditionally the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the rescheduling of the spring racing schedule has the Preakness as the final leg for the unique 2020 season. Tiz the Law spent most of the year as the Triple Crown favorite with those expectations intensifying after winning the Belmont Stakes. But Authentic upset Tiz the Law at the Kentucky Derby to spoil those plans. With Tiz the Law bypassing the Preakness Stakes without the Triple Crown at stake, Authentic is the clear favorite with the Bob Baffert-trained horse listed at 9-5 morning line odds. Art Collector is the second-favorite at 5-2 morning line odds in the horse’s debut in a Triple Crown race after a strong summer. Swiss Skydiver and Thousand Words are the two other single-digit favorites at 6-1 morning line odds. 

The Preakness Stakes remains a 1 3/16 mile race even though it is replacing the Belmont Stakes as the final Triple Crown leg which is traditionally a 1 1/2 mile challenge. NBC has the broadcast with post time set for 5:45 PM ET.

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