Big Al's Daily Angle: NCAAF, MLB and NHL Previews and Odds - 10/12/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features action in the NCAAF, MLB, and the NHL.

The seventh week of the college football regular season kicks off with Appalachian State traveling to Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN2 in a showdown in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers improved their record to 4-1 with a 45-16 victory against Georgia State as a 10.5-point favorite on October 2nd. Appalachian State’s lone loss was at Miami (FL), 25-23, as a 7-point road underdog. They have victories against East Carolina, Elon, Marshall, and the Panthers to begin the month. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns have won four in a row after their 20-18 victory at South Alabama as a 12-point favorite on October 2nd. Louisiana opened their season with a 38-18 loss at Texas before rattling off four straight wins against Nicholls State, Ohio, Georgia Southern, and the Jaguars earlier this month. 

Louisiana upset Appalachian State last season with a 24-21 win in Boone as a 3-point underdog. The Ragin’ Cajuns were avenging two losses to the Mountaineers the previous year, including the Sun Belt championship game. Louisiana reached their third straight conference championship game last year before their opportunity for revenge against a Coastal Carolina team that beat them earlier in the year got canceled because of COVID.

Appalachian State is a 5-point road favorite with the total set at 57 (all odds from DraftKings).

The MLB playoffs continue with three games in the divisional series. The Chicago White Sox play at home against Houston on FS1 at 2:07 PM ET in make-up for the Monday afternoon game that got postponed because of rain. The White Sox avoided elimination in this best-of-five series on Saturday with a 12-6 victory against the Astros. Houston holds a 2-1 lead in the series. Carlos Rodon pitches for the White Sox against Lance McCullers of the Astros. Chicago is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. 

Atlanta is at home against Milwaukee on TBS at 5:15 PM ET. The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the series with a 3-0 victory against the Brewers on Monday. 

Los Angeles hosts San Francisco on TBS at 9:07 PM ET. The Giants have a 2-1 lead in the series after their 1-0 win on the road against the Dodgers on Monday. 

The 2021-22 season in the National Hockey League begins with two games on ESPN. Tampa Bay plays at home against Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM ET. The Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup championship last season with their six-game victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals. They return this season without their third forward line of Yanni Gourde, Barclay Goodrow, and Blake Coleman who all joined other teams in the offseason. 

Pittsburgh was beaten by the New York Islanders in six games in the playoffs last year. The Penguins will be without Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin, and Jake Kuentzel for this game. Crosby is out a few games with a wrist injury, and Kuentzel is on the COVID list. Malkin is out until November or December with a knee injury. 

Tampa Bay is a -210 money line favorite with a total of 6.

Vegas hosts Seattle at 10 PM ET. The Golden Knights lost in the semifinals of the playoffs last year in six games to Montreal. The team traded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago in the offseason, establishing Robin Lehner as their number one goalie. 

The Kraken make their NHL debut as an expansion team playing against the league's previous expansion club. Seattle appears to be a  quality defensive club with veteran goaltender Philipp Grubaur between the pipes and Mark Giordano and Adam Larsson as the top blue line pair. Jarod McCann, Jordan Eberle, and Jaden Schwartz are three of their experienced forwards. 

Vegas is a -260 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

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