Wise n' Shine: NFL picks, MLB predictions and college football betting news for Saturday, August 27

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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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Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! The college football season gets started today and we also have a big MLB slate, the final round of NFL preseason games and MLS and EPL soccer to enjoy, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Dodgers cash Best Bet in dramatic finish
We’ll admit it, we were concerned about yesterday’s MLB Best Bet of Dodgers -1.5 against the Marlins for a while… but they delivered a win for our 3-star play with a 5-run 10th inning to win 10-6, giving us back-to-back Best Bet wins. We also hit with our same game parlay for the Rays vs Red Sox game, which proved a thriller too as the Red Sox won 9-8. Mike Trout became the Angels’ highest-scoring player in a 12-0 win over the Blue Jays, while the Orioles beat the Astros 2-0.

Smith wins Seahawks QB battle
The Panthers, Cowboys, Saints and Raiders completed their NFL preseason campaigns with wins on a 2-1 night for the Pickswise NFL handicappers. Baker Mayfield looked good at QB in the Panthers’ 21-0 win over the Bills, while Pete Carroll announced that Geno Smith has won the Seahawks’ QB battle with Drew Lock and will start in Week 1.

Today’s Slate

15 MLB games today
We have a full MLB Saturday slate, with the Angels and Blue Jays getting things started on ESPN+ at 3:07pm ET. FOX is showing Braves vs Cardinals and Giants vs Twins at 7:15 pm ET, while Guardians vs Mariners is on FS1 at 10:10pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.

Super Bowl rerun tops NFL preseason slate
There is a busy 8-game NFL preseason slate today, including a rerun of this year’s Super Bowl between the LA Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at 6:00pm ET on NFL Network, which could be spicy after their practice field fight this week. Jaguars vs Falcons gets the action started at 3:00pm. Check out our picks for today’s NFL games.

Super soccer picks
You can check out today’s MLS and EPL soccer picks, which includes early EPL leaders Arsenal looking to go 4-0-0 against Fulham at 12:30pm ET on NBC.

Best Bet of the Day

CFB: UTEP Miners +1.5 vs North Texas Mean Green
9:30 pm ET, Stadium

The UTEP Miners begin their season against North Texas looking for revenge after the Mean Green had their way with UTEP over the last 3 years. UTEP brings back experience on offense, with 7 starters returning including quarterback Gavin Hardison. The Miners also bring back their top two running backs — Ronald Awatt and Deion Hankins — who combined for more than 1,300 yards. North Texas’ defensive line looks the worst in Conference USA this year and the Miners should exploit that weakness with an experienced offensive line. The Miners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 homegames and can cover again. Read our full game preview for UTEP vs North Texas.


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.

Jared Smith and Lauren Jbara are your hosts today and they will be joined by guest Tim Murray to break down today’s college football Week 0 games. They will also be giving their best bets for today’s MLB and NFL preseason games and revealing 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).


Get up to speed with today’s baseball by reading our Saturday mega parlay, YRFI/NRFI best bets and same game parlays for Angels vs Blue Jays, Giants vs Twins and Guardians vs Mariners.

We also have a Saturday NFL mega parlay, 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.

Our college football coverage kicks off with a Nebraska vs Northwestern same game parlay for their game in Dublin (12:30pm ET, FOX), our Week 0 best underdog bets and Week 0 mega parlay, while Jared Smith has two bets to add to his college football portfolio in Back to the Futures.

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

Stat of the Day

The Ravens have won their last 22 preseason games.

Boost of the Day

Nebraska to win by 14+ points vs Northwestern and 50+ total points in the game

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a parlay on today’s college football game in Ireland, boosting the odds of Nebraska winning by 14 or more points in a game with at least 50 points scored from +230 odds to +300.

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