Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NCAAF, MLB and WNBA Previews and Odds - 09/23/2021

by Alec McMordie

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

Week 3 of the NFL regular kicks off with Carolina visiting Houston on the NFL Network at 8:20 PM ET. The Panthers improved to 2-0 with their 26-7 upset victory against New Orleans as a 3-point home underdog on Sunday. The Texans dropped to 1-1 after a 31-21 loss at Cleveland as a 13.5-point underdog last week. Carolina is an 8-point road favorite with the total set at 43 (all odds from DraftKings). 

The fourth week of the college football season begins with Appalachian State hosting Marshall on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Mountaineers improved their record to 2-1 with a 44-18 victory against Elon University as a 35.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Thundering Herd got upset last week, 42-38, at home against East Carolina as an 11.5-point favorite. Appalachian State is a 7-point favorite with an over/under of 59.5.

Twelve games are on the MLB docket. Six games begin in the afternoon. The Chicago White Sox play at Cleveland at 1:10 PM ET in the first game of their seven-inning doubleheader after their game on Wednesday got postponed because of rain. The White Sox pitch Reynaldo Lopez against the Indians’ Aaron Civale. Milwaukee plays at home against St. Louis at 2:10 in the fourth game of their four-game series. Adrian Houser pitches for the Brewers against Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals. Milwaukee is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Colorado at 3:10 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The Dodgers pitch Max Scherzer against the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland. Los Angeles is a -255 money line road favorite with a total of 10.5. 

Oakland hosts Seattle at 3:37 PM ET in Game 4 of their four-game series. Chris Bassitt pitches for the A’s against Yusei Kikuchi of the Mariners. Oakland is a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Atlanta plays at Arizona at 3:40 PM ET in the fourth game of their four-game series. The Braves pitch Charlie Morton against the Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner. Atlanta is a -190 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. San Diego is at home against San Francisco at 4:10 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. Yu Darvish for the Padres pitches against Logan Webb for the Giants. San Diego is a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.

The White Sox play the Indians in the second game of their doubleheader at 6:10 PM ET. Zach Plesac pitches for Cleveland against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for Chicago. The White Sox are a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Cincinnati plays at home against Washington at 6:40 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The Reds pitch Luis Castillo against the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin. Cincinnati is a -195 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. 

Two games start at 7:05 PM ET. Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh in the opener of their four-game weekend series. Aaron Nola pitches for the Phillies against Connor Overton of the Pirates. Philadelphia is a -250 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Baltimore plays at home against Texas in Game 1 of their four-game series. Zac Lowther pitches for the Orioles against the Rangers’ Glenn Otto. Baltimore is a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Toronto travels to Minnesota at 7:40 PM ET in the first game of their four-game series. The Blue Jays pitch Steven Matz against the Twins’ Michael Pineda. Toronto is a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 9.5. Houston plays at Los Angeles against the Angels at 9:38 PM ET in the fourth game of their four-game series. Lance McCullers pitches for the Astros against Alex Cobb of the Angels. Houston is a -180 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5.

The WNBA playoffs begin with two single-elimination games on ESPN2. Dallas plays at Chicago at 8 PM ET. New York travels to Phoenix at 10 PM ET. 

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