Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, September 4

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Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today! And what a day it is with a huge slate of college football to enjoy, plus MLB, UFC and US Open tennis. Let’s get right to it!

About Last Night

Underdogs barking on Friday night
Friday’s college football brought some upsets, most notably Virginia Tech beating No. 10 North Carolina 17-10. Charlotte and Michigan State also won straight up as underdogs. In the MLB, World Series favorites the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants in an 11-inning thriller that gave the Giants (86-49) the lead in the NL West over the 85-50 Dodgers. The Giants are +125 with FanDuel Sportsbook to win the division.

Today’s Slate

It’s a super Saturday of College Football
NCAAF teams are returning to action all over the country with today’s top games including Alabama vs Miami (ABC, 3:30pm ET) and Georgia vs Clemson (ABC 7:30pm ET). Make sure you check out our NCAAF picks and predictions for all of tonight’s big games, and read our College Football Week 1 best bets.

MLB in full swing
The Dodgers and Giants go at it again tonight, but before that we have the Twins vs the Rays on Fox Sports 1 at 4:10pm ET and St. Louis vs Milwaukee on ESPN+ at 7:10pm ET. Be sure to read our picks for each of today’s matchups.

US Open heating up
The U.S. Open tennis is getting serious at Flushing Meadows and our tennis expert Ricky Dimon is back with his best bets of the day’s action. Check out today’s tennis picks here.

Best Bet of the Day

Under 67 points in Western Michigan vs Michigan

The Western Michigan Broncos averaged almost 42 points last year, but that was all against MAC competition and it’s hard to see them scoring enough against a big school like Michigan to push this game over. The Wolverines struggled offensively last year, putting up just a little over 28 points per game while shuffling starting quarterbacks throughout their 6 games. Michigan’s defense should also improve under new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald. Take the under. Check out our full preview of Western Michigan vs Michigan.

Stat of the Day

The Texas Rangers lost their 50th road game of the season, 3-2 against the Angels, yesterday. They are 16-50 on the road and their 16 road wins are the fewest in the American League by a wide margin. Check out our full preview of Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels.


Andrew Ortenberg cashed a 10/1 mega parlay on Week 0 of College Football, so you won’t want to miss his mega parlay for Week 1! And don’t miss Ricky Dimon’s talking points and betting angles for Week 1 of the NFL regular season! You can read all of our NFL preview content under the Analysis tab.

Boost of the day

Georgia to win vs Clemson

No. 5 Georgia against No. 3 Clemson is a sizzling showdown for the first full Saturday of CFB season and FanDuel Sportsbook have boosted the odds for Bulldogs backers from +130 to +170.

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