Wise n' Shine: MLB picks, college football predictions and tennis best bets for Thursday, September 1

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Phil Agius

MLB · 4 weeks ago

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation! College football is back in full effect tonight with the first games of Week 1 and we also have an MLB slate, U.S. Open tennis and an EPL game to enjoy. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Wonderful Wednesday on the diamond
The Pickswise MLB team conjured up some more midweek magic with a 10-5 record on our ML and RL plays while JutPicks went 2-0 with his MLB player props! The Padres completed a sweep of 1-run wins over the Giants, the Cardinals needed 13 innings to beat the Reds 5-3 and the Mets evened up their series with the Dodgers, winning 2-1. The Phillies went wild in the last game of the night, crushing the Diamondbacks 18-2.

Soccer picks hit the target
It was a busy night of MLS games, but the Pickswise cappers went 7-4 on the slate. The upset of the night saw Houston beating Western Conference leaders LAFC 2-1.

Today’s Slate

College football Week 1 is here
The NCAAF Week 1 action starts tonight with Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest among the teams in action. Penn State vs Purdue is on FOX at 8:00 pm ET. Read today’s college football picks.

8-game slate in MLB
We have only 8 MLB games today but the action gets going early with Mariners vs Tigers at 1:10 pm ET. Orioles vs Guardians is on ESPN+ at 6:10 pm ET. Read today’s MLB predictions.

EPL action continues
There was plenty of drama in the Premier League yesterday, with Liverpool scoring a very late winning goal to beat Newcastle, while Manchester City thrashed Nottingham Forest 6-0, and the midweek EPL games are completed by Leicester City vs Manchester United on USA Network at 3:00 pm ET.

Nadal in action at Flushing Meadows
It’s Day 4 of the U.S. Open tennis in New York and Ricky Dimon has a pick for Rafael Nadal’s match among his best bets for today’s tennis.

Best Bet of the Day

CFB: West Virginia Mountaineers +7.5 vs Pittsburgh Panthers
7:15 pm ET, FOX

The ‘Backyard Brawl’ is also the Former USC QB Bowl this year as a pair of Trojan transfers will start for West Virginia and Pittsburgh. JT Daniels is now the starter for the Mountaineers while Kedon Slovis takes the snaps for the Panthers. Even though Pitt returns seven starters on offense, they have lost some key pieces from their ACC Championship team last year, most notably QB Kenny Pickett and standout wide receiver Jordan Addison. West Virginia brings a new scheme with new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who was with Daniels at USC. That should be a plus for the Mountaineers and WVU also returns all 5 starters on its offensive line. This is a good spot for the Mountaineers to cover and even steal a surprise win. Check out our full West Virginia vs Pittsburgh predictions.

Must-watch

Enhance your betting knowledge by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It!, available at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Fantasy Alarm college football analyst Dan Servodidio to look at the best plays for Week 1. The team will also be looking at the NFC playoff odds and today’s MLB slate before revealing their Plays of the Day.

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

Must-read

We’ve got you covered for today’s baseball with our MLB Thursday mega parlay (+826 odds), today’s YRFI/NRFI best bets and our same game parlay for the Royals vs White Sox.

As for college football, you can check out our Thursday CFB mega parlay, Week 1 Best Bets and the best underdog bets.

Our NFL season preview package is available — visit our NFL tab to access it all — and don’t forget to download our awesome Pickswise NFL Preview 2022, presented by Superbook Sports — you can read more about all the great NFL analysis inside it here.

The PLL lacrosse playoffs start this weekend too, and you can read our best bets for the quarterfinals.

There’s always plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

Penn State is on a 9-game winning streak against Purdue.

Quote of the Day

“I think majors is about having the best guys in the best field on the best golf courses. Hopefully we can sort that out.”

British Open champion Cameron Smith is keen for LIV Tour players to be able to earn world ranking points and continue to play in majors.

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news and best bets. Check out our expert NFL Picks, NBA Picks, MLB Picks and NHL Picks pages for our latest game picks.

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