Wise n' Shine: MLB predictions, college football picks and UFC best bets for Saturday, September 17

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Phil Agius

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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.

Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a huge day in Week 3 of the college football season, along with an extended MLB slate, EPL and MLS soccer, NASCAR and UFC Fight Night 210, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

MLB mega parlay cashes at +915 odds
The best way to head into the weekend is on the back of a +915 odds MLB mega parlay win! Caleb Wilfinger was on the money with his picks of the Braves and Dodgers on the -1.5 run lines and the Rangers ML. The Pickswise team overall went  9-6 on ML/RL picks and 8-6-1 on totals. The Braves and Mets both won, but the Yankees lost 7-6 to the Brewers.

Smart start to NCAAF Week 3
We went 3-1 with our college football picks on Friday night, hitting both our totals plays and Florida State covering the spread against Louisville in a 35-31 win, but Air Force was upset by Wyoming as a 15-point favorite.

Today’s Slate

Huge slate of college football
Today has everything the college football fan could want with a huge slate of games, including Georgia playing South Carolina at noon on ESPN. BYU faces Oregon on FOX at 3:30 pm ET and Miami vs Texas A&M is on ESPN at 9:00pm ET. Check out today’s NCAAF picks.

17 MLB games today
We have a supersized MLB Saturday slate, with the Twins and Guardians playing a doubleheader, as are the Reds and Cardinals, with their 1:15 pm ET game being shown on ESPN+. Read today’s MLB predictions.

Soccer and UFC action
We have soccer picks for today’s games in the EPL and MLS, and we also have you covered for the action at UFC Fight Night 210 with our UFC predictions.

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With the football season getting started, it’s a great time to take advantage of sportsbook offers. Be sure to check out the best sportsbook sign-up bonuses for football.

Best Bet of the Day

CFB: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +7 over Indiana Hoosiers
12:00 pm ET, BTN

Indiana is in a major look-ahead spot, with a date at Cincinnati next week, while the Hilltoppers are coming off a bye week and they shouldn’t be looking ahead to lowly FIU next week. While the new pieces have fitted pretty nicely for Western Kentucky, the same can’t be said for the Hoosiers. Indiana brought in over a dozen new players from the transfer portal, including quarterback Connor Bazelak from Missouri. The Hoosiers’ offense is a work in progress, while their defense has underwhelmed thus far. This meeting was decided by 2 points last season, and that was before Indiana lost its quarterback, plus a ton of pieces on defense. Don’t be surprised if Western Kentucky pulls the outright upset. Read our full Western Kentucky vs Indiana predictions.

Must-watch

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 & Mark Zinno are your hosts today and they will be joined by guest CFB analyst Michael Felder, (@InTheBleachers) to look at today’s college football Week 3 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 2 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!

Must-read

Everything you need for today’s college football is contained within our college football Week 3 betting guide, which has the links to all today’s picks, parlays, previews and expert analysis.

There’s a ton of NFL Week 2 content available now including our experts’ best bets and Week 2 mega parlay, and don’t forget to check out all our NFL game previews, which now include same game parlay picks.

Today’s baseball YRFI/NRFI best bets and our EPL Saturday parlay are also ready to read, along with our lacrosse championship game PLL best bets and props articles, while our MMA coverage includes UFC best bets and a 4-fight parlay. Our NASCAR preview for tonight’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol is also available.

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

Stat of the Day

Georgia Tech is 1-10 against the spread in its last 11 games following a win.

Quote of the Day

“It’s pretty cool when a major league player can make other major league players be in awe.”

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was impressed by teammate Yordan Alvarez’s 3 home runs as Houston secured a playoff place by beating the A’s.

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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