Wise n' Shine: MLB picks, NCAAF predictions and tennis best bets for Sunday, September 3

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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another super Sunday of sports. We have an abundance of afternoon baseball today, plus college football, US Open tennis, F1, NASCAR and soccer on the schedule, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Buffaloes stun TCU at +800 odds
The big upset on the Saturday of NCAAF Week 1 saw 8/1 money line underdogs Colorado beating TCU 45-42 in Deion Sanders’ first game as head coach of the Buffaloes. His son, Shedeur Sanders, passed for 510 yards while two-way ace Travis Hunter had 119 receiving yards and an interception as last year’s national runners up lost their opener. The other ranked teams had an easier time, with Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama winning comfortably, although only the Crimson Tide managed to cover the spread.

MLB parlay cashes at +685 odds
It has been a great week or so for our daily MLB parlays and we cashed one for the 4th time in the last 8 days yesterday at +685 odds. Our best bet of the Mariners ML also hit thanks to a JP Crawford homer in the 9th as they beat the Mets 8-7, and we also went 2-0 on MLB props! The Yankees beat the Astros 5-4 while the Braves won their 6th straight game, beating the Dodgers 4-2.

6-0 run at Flushing Meadows
After going 3-0 with his US Open picks on Friday, our expert Ricky Dimon repeated the feat with his Saturday plays.

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Today’s Slate

Yankees vs Astros on Sunday Night Baseball
We have a full 15-game baseball slate today and the action starts early with Cubs vs Reds at 12:10 pm ET before Phillies vs Brewers on Peacock at 1:05 pm ET. The action continues until we have Yankees vs Astros on Sunday Night Baseball at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. Read today’s MLB predictions.

LSU vs Florida State tops NCAAF slate
Despite all yesterday’s excitement, the NCAA saved some top-quality football action for today, headed by #5 LSU vs #8 Florida State at 7:30 pm ET on ABC. Check out today’s college football picks.

There’s F1, soccer and NASCAR too
There are 3 EPL soccer games today, headed by Arsenal vs Manchester United at 11:30 am ET on NBC, plus 2 MLS games, with Philadelphia vs the NY Red Bulls at 7:30 pm ET on FS1 and Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami taking on LAFC at 10:00 pm ET on Apple TV+,  so be sure to check out our soccer picks. There’s also a NASCAR race at Darlington and we have expert advice for the Southern 500, and we also have F1 picks for this morning’s Italian Grand Prix.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Over 7.5 runs in Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics (-120)
2:10 pm ET

Angels starter Tyler Anderson has a 5.58 ERA through over 120 innings and faces an improved A’s offense that is much better hitting against lefties like Anderson. The A’s are going with Kyle Muller, who has a 7.67 ERA and went from being Oakland’s opening-day starter to being optioned to Triple-A after his first 10 starts. He surrendered 6 runs, 9 hits and 3 walks in only 4 innings in his latest start. The bullpens are likely to be a significant factor in this matchup and Oakland has the worst bullpen in baseball while the Angels rank 24th. Check out our full Angels vs Athletics predictions.

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Our Sunday NCAAF mega parlay and MLB YRFI/NRFI Best Bets are ready to read and don’t forget to check out all our NFL futures content in our NFL Betting Guide, which now includes previews for all 32 teams and all 8 divisions.

You can also read our predictions for today’s tennis, F1 and NASCAR action.

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

Stat of the Day

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Week 1 games.

Quote of the Day

“We told you we coming. You thought we was joking. And guess what? We keep receipts.”

Coach Prime had a message for those who doubted him after Colorado’s incredible 45-42 win over TCU.

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