Wise n' Shine: College football picks, MLB predictions and soccer bets for Saturday, October 1

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Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a huge day in Week 5 of the college football season, along with a full MLB slate, MLS and EPL soccer and UFC action, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Braves draw level with Mets in NL East
The NL East race looks set to provide great entertainment in the final week of the MLB regular season and the Braves drew level with the Mets by beating the New Yorkers 5-2 despite Jacob deGrom starting for the visitors. Both teams now have 98-59 records with 2 games left in their current series. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Mets at -190 odds to win the division with the Braves at +150. The Dodgers got their 109th win by smashing the Rockies 10-1 and the Mariners clinched their first playoff spot in 21 years by beating the A’s 2-1.

Washington upset on Friday night
The Washington Huskies were the only ranked NCAAF team in action on Friday night, but the #15 team was upset 40-32 by UCLA, which moved to 5-0 on the season. Tulane beat Houston in overtime but Boise State comfortably covered against San Diego State.

Today’s Slate

Huge slate of college football
Today has everything the college football fan could want with a huge slate of games, starting with #4 Michigan vs Iowa at noon on FOX. Alabama faces Arkansas on CBS at 3:30 pm ET and Clemson vs NC State is on NBC at 7:30pm ET. Check out today’s NCAAF picks.

16 MLB games today
We have a super-sized MLB Saturday slate, with the Phillies and Nationals playing a doubleheader starting with a 1:05pm ET game that is being shown on ESPN+. Today’s big clash between the Mets and Braves is starting at 7:20pm ET. Read today’s MLB predictions.

Soccer and UFC action
The EPL is back in action this weekend after the international break, with Liverpool among the teams playing today, and there is also a busy MLS slate. Check out all today’s soccer picks, and you can also read our UFC predictions for UFC Fight Night 211.

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Best Bet of the Day

CFB: Kentucky Wildcats +7 over Ole Miss Rebels
12:00 pm ET, ESPN

Kentucky travels to Oxford to face Ole Miss in an SEC cross-divisional matchup. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis is averaging close to 300 passing yards per game and showing NFL promise. The Wildcats offense will get a boost with running back Chris Rodriguez making his season debut after being suspended for the first 4 games. Ole Miss was shut out in the second half last week at home against Tulsa. That’s a bad omen given they will face a much tougher defense in Kentucky. The Wildcats have already won a tough road game this year, beating Florida in Gainesville two weeks ago, and they are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with a winning record. Read our full Kentucky vs Ole Miss predictions.


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by guest Brandon Marcello (@brmarcello),  college football writer for 247 Sports, to look at this week’s big games. The team will also have their best bets for today’s MLB games and give out their Plays of the Day.

You can also access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

The Week 4 edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!


Everything you need for today’s college football is contained within our college football Week 5 betting guide, which has the links to all today’s picks, parlays, previews and expert analysis.

There’s a ton of NFL Week 4 content available too, including our experts’ best bets and Week 4 mega parlay, and don’t forget to check out all our NFL game previews, which now include props and Same Game Parlay picks.

As for today’s baseball, we have today’s YRFI/NRFI best bets and Saturday MLB mega parlay. as well as Same Game Parlays for Mets vs Braves and Rays vs Astros. MMA fans can also read our UFC Best Bets and UFC Fight Night 211 parlay.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Texas Longhorns have lost 7 of their last 8 Big 12 games.

Boost of the Day

Michigan, Florida State and Alabama each to win by 7+ points

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a 3-team CFB parlay today, with a wager on Michigan (vs Iowa), Florida State (vs Wake Forest) and Alabama (vs Arkansas) all winning by at least 7 points today boosted from +250 odds to +350.

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