Wise n' Shine: College football picks, MLB predictions, NHL and soccer bets for Saturday, October 8

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Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a huge day with MLB playoff action, Week 6 of the college football season and an NHL game, plus EPL soccer, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Drama as MLB playoffs begin
The Guardians, Phillies, Mariners and Padres were winners on the opening day of the MLB playoffs, which means the Rays, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Mets are facing win-or-go-home games today. The Phillies scored 6 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Phillies 6-3, while Max Scherzer picked a bad night to have a bad game as the Padres beat the Mets 7-1. The Mets have the shortest odds of the 4 beaten teams to turn their series around and win 2-1, at +180 odds with FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Blue Jays are +198 odds to win back-to-back games over the Mariners.

Great start to the NHL season for Pickswise
The NHL season could not have started much better for our NHL team as we hit the Predators ML and under 6 in the opening game as Nashville beat San Jose 4-1 in Prague. We also cashed our Same Game Parlay on the matchup at +400 odds!

Cougars grab stunning comeback win
The Houston Cougars scored 2 touchdowns in the final 77 seconds of their game against the Memphis Tigers to come back from 32-19 down to win 33-32. Nevada was another losing favorite, beaten 17-14 by Colorado State, but San Jose State made no mistake, crushing UNLV 40-7.

Today’s Slate

Huge slate of college football
Today has everything the college football fan could want with a huge slate of games, with the early games including Tennessee vs LSU at noon ET on ESPN. Georgia plays Auburn at 3:30 pm ET on CBS, with Texas A&M vs Alabama at 8:00 pm ET on CBS. Check out today’s NCAAF picks.

4 huge MLB games today
Elimination games are here in the MLB playoffs already, with the Rays and Guardians getting today’s action started at 12:07 pm ET on ESPN2. Padres vs Mets is on ESPN at 7:37 pm ET, with the Phillies and Cardinals closing the slate at 8:37 pm ET on ESPN2. Read today’s MLB predictions.

Sharks and Predators in action again
You wait several months for an NHL games and then the Sharks and Predators play back-to-back games! The second Prague matchup between the teams is on NHL Network at 2:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL game preview.

Super soccer action
The EPL is in full flow this weekend with a 5-game slate today including Tottenham visiting Brighton at 12:30pm ET on NBC . Check out all this weekend’s soccer picks including tomorrow’s MLS games.

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Best Bet of the Day

CFB: UCLA Bruins+4.5 over Utah Utes
3:30 pm ET, FOX

The Utes have averaged 46 points per game on offense and have allowed just under 11 points per game on defense in the last 4 games, but the unbeaten Bruins are scoring 41 points per game and allowing just 20, while having the 6th-best run defense in the nation. Utah may be a little overvalued and was outgained by Oregon State. The Utes’ offense hasn’t scored more than 35 points except against Southern Utah, and UCLA can take away the thing that Utah does best — running the football. UCLA is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games as a home ‘dog and head coach Chip Kelly could even get a big-time win at home. Read our full Utah vs UCLA predictions.


Be sure to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Mark Zinno and David Gascon are your hosts today and they will be looking at all the big college football Week 6 games and assessing the Heisman Trophy candidates. 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 5 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 6 betting guide, which has the links to all today’s picks, parlays, previews and expert analysis.

There’s a ton of NFL Week 5 content available, too — including our experts’ best bets and Week 5 mega parlay, plus this week’s best NFL underdog picks. Also don’t forget to check out all our NFL game previews.

As for today’s baseball, we have today’s Same Game Parlay for the Phillies vs Cardinals game with plenty more great analysis and picks set to arrive soon. Our NHL Same Game Parlay for the Predators vs Sharks is also available.

Today’s EPL parlay kicks off at 10:00 pm ET, so there’s still time to check that out too!

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

Stat of the Day

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have covered the spread in 13 of their last 16 games.

Boost of the Day

Michigan and Ohio State to each win by 14+ points and Texas to win by 7+ points

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a 3-team CFB parlay today, with a wager on Michigan (vs Indiana), Ohio State (vs Michigan State) to win by 14 or more points and Texas (vs Oklahoma) to win by at least 7 points boosted from +175 odds to +250.

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