Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB, and NCAAF Previews and Odds - 10/07/2021

by Alec McMordie

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, NCAAF, and MLB.

The fifth week in the regular season of the National Football League kicks off with the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Seattle Seahawks at 8:20 PM ET. The Rams fell to 3-1 on the season after a 37-20 upset loss at home to Arizona as a 3.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Seahawks evened their record at 2-2 with a 28-21 upset victory at San Francisco as a 2.5-point underdog on Sunday. Los Angeles is a 2.5-point road favorite, with the total set at 54.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Fox and the NFL Network have the broadcast.

Week 6 of the college football season begins with two games between FBS opponents. Houston travels to Tulane on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Cougars raised their record to 4-1 with a 45-10 upset victory at Tulsa as a 3.5-point underdog last Friday. The Green Wave dropped to 1-4 on the season after a 52-29 upset loss at East Carolina as a 3-point road favorite on Saturday. Houston is a 6.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 59.5.

Coastal Carolina goes on the road to play Arkansas State on ESPNU at 7:30 PM ET. The Chanticleers are 5-0 this season after their 59-6 victory against UL-Monroe as a 33.5-point favorite last Saturday. The Red Wolves fell to 1-4 on the year with a 59-33 loss at Georgia Southern as a 2-point underdog on Saturday. Coastal Carolina is a 19.5-point road favorite with a total of 73.5. 

The playoffs continue in Major League Baseball with the opening games in both American League Division Series on FS1. The Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox at 4:07 PM ET. The Astros have won three of their last four games after beating Oakland, 7-6, last Sunday. They finished the regular season with a 95-67 record. Lance McCullers takes the ball for Houston in the opening game of this best-of-five series. The right-hander had a 13-5 record with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 28 regular season starts. 

The White Sox were on a six-game winning streak before getting beat by Detroit, 5-2, on Sunday. Chicago ended the regular season with a 93-69 record. Lance Lynn takes the mound for them after posting an 11-6 record with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 28 starts. Houston is a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.

Tampa Bay plays at home against the Boston Red Sox at 8:07 PM ET. The Rays had won two in a row before losing in New York against the Yankees, 1-0, last Sunday. They ended the regular season with a 100-62 record, the best record in the American League. Tampa Bay pitches Shane McClanahan tonight. The rookie left-hander has a 10-6 record with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 25 starts. 

The Red Sox have won four in a row after beating the Yankees in Tuesday's American League wild-card game, 6-2. They finished the regular season with a 92-70 record. Eduardo Rodriguez toes the rubber for them tonight. The left-hander has a 13-8 record with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 31 starts and 32 overall appearances. Tampa Bay is a -160 money line favorite with a total of 8.

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