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

by Alec McMordie

The Sunday sports card features the continuation of Week 10 of the National Football League, along with a rescheduled game in college football.

California travels to UCLA for a college football game at noon ET (9 AM ET local time in an attempt to draw east coast viewers to the Pac-12). The Pac-12 rescheduled this game on Friday after positive COVID tests for both Arizona State and Utah led to the cancellation of the previously planned games for Saturday involving the Utes traveling to play UCLA and the Sun Devils hosting the Golden Bears.

The Bruins opened up their season last week with a 48-42 upset loss at home to Colorado as a 6.5-point favorite. UCLA is now 7-18 under head coach Chip Kelly in his third year with the program. Kelly has 15 starters back from the team that finished 4-8.

California will be making their 2020 debut in the fourth-year of head coach Justin Wilcox’s tenure. The Golden Bears finished 8-5 last year with a 35-20 victory over Illinois in the Redbox Bowl. Eighteen starters are back from that team. Cal is a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 55.5 (all odds from BookMaker). FS1 broadcasts the game at noon ET.

The NFL has 12 games scheduled for Sunday. Five games begin the card at 1 PM ET. The national game on Fox has Carolina hosting Tampa Bay, with the Buccaneers a 6-point road favorite with an over/under of 51.

Another six games take place in the second window of afternoon games. The usual CBS games at 1 PM ET games moved to this time slot to accommodate their coverage of the final round of the Masters. The primary broadcast on CBS is at 4:05 PM ET, with Arizona hosting Buffalo. The Bills are a 2.5-point favorite with the total set at 56. The national game on Fox has the Los Angeles Rams hosting Seattle at 4:25 PM ET. The Rams are a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 54.5.

Sunday Night Football on NBC features two AFC powerhouses that are moving in the opposite direction.

Baltimore won their fourth game in their last five after their 24-10 upset victory at Indianapolis last Sunday as a 1-point underdog. Quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 19 of 23 passes for 170 yards in the win while adding another 58 yards with a touchdown on the ground.

New England snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with their 30-27 victory against the Jets in the Meadowlands. Quarterback Cam Newton played better this week. He completed 27 of 35 passes for 274 yards with two touchdowns on the ground. For the season, Newton has completed 68.1% of his passes for 1417 yards with a 7.4 yards-per-attempt average. He has added 314 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a 4.6 yards-per-carry. However, Newton has thrown only two touchdown passes with eight interceptions. Newton has not thrown a touchdown pass since September, and he has five interceptions in his last four games. 

Baltimore is a 7-point road favorite with the total set at 43.5. Kickoff is at 8:20 PM ET.

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