By Dan Behringer, LVSportsBiz.com Sportsbook Author
For October baseball fans and bettors – oops, make this November – classic, there will be at least a Game 6.
After the Houston Astros went 3-2 up in the series after a narrow 3-2 win on Thursday, the series will be moved to Houston’s Minute Maid Park for the final game or games on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and grateful that I pulled through,” Astros starter Justin Verlander, who was 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight previous series starts but notched the win on Thursday.
At BetMGM, the Astros are now -650 to win the title. The Phillies are +450.
“These guys will show up, I guarantee it,” said Phillies manager Rob Thomson. “You will surely fight to the end.”
— Continue to Jacksonville: The Las Vegas Raiders are naturally favored against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday after last weekend’s Dome debacle, a 24-0 win over the Saints at Caesars Superdome. But not much. The line is actually Raiders -1.5 with a total of 47.5. Also consider that the Jaguars are 2-6 and have lost five games in a row.
Coach Josh McDaniels, who earlier in the week spent an inordinate amount of time apologizing to fans, the media and Raider Nation for the Dome debacle, had this to say to reporters on Wednesday: “If you need a big pep talk, or a big speech or something to get excited about competing at that level, that’s always a potential problem. …. And we will work very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen again in the future.”
Kick-off is at 10 a.m. in muggy Jacksonville, Florida
— Golden Knights on the move: The Vegas Golden Knights, now 10-2, continue their road trip through Canada and upstate New York with a game on Saturday at the Montreal Canadiens (5-5-1).
A very early line at OddsShark has the VGK at -192, the Canadiens at +155 and the total at 6.5.
Puck throw is at 4 p.m
On Thursday, favored in the -146 area, they defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4.
“Two points, we’re moving on,” said coach Bruce Cassidy after VGK had almost lost a four-goal lead. “They will not all be perfect.”
— Leaderboards and Betting Lines: We see a crazy discrepancy between the first CFP rankings and betting lines. No. 1 Tennessee finds itself an 8- to 8.5-point underdog against No. 3 Georgia. Thirteenth Kansas State is at home but gets 2.5 points against No. 24 Texas. There is only a four-place difference in the rankings between No. 6 Alabama and 10th-place LSU. But the Crimson Tide are -13.5 favorites on the road at LSU.
If you can take away one thing from this: Respect the odds makers, not the fledgling CFP rankings.
— UNLV Rebel Football: At 4-4, the UNLV Rebel football team enters a phase in their final four games of the regular season where they either qualify for a minor bowl or spend the offseason wondering what happens after a 4-1 draw. start went wrong.
The next game finds her as a 6.5 point underdog against San Diego State on Saturday. 47.5 overall.
“The guys in the building were excited, refueled and re-energized just for the opportunities that lay ahead,” Rebels coach Marcus Arroyo told reporters during his weekly press conference.
Rebel quarterback Doug Brumfield is expected to return after a three-week absence due to a concussion. In fact, the line opened at Aztec as -9 but moved to -6.5 on news of Brumfield’s expected return.
Kick-off is at 4 p.m
– To close the lid: If you played Georgia Tech at Florida State -23.5 last week, you were happy with the final score of 41-16. The Seminoles fall 1.5 points behind.
— Game of the week (6-3): We were fortunate to go -7.5 against Illinois in last week’s 26-9 win over Nebraska to improve our record for the season at 6-3. This week we’re over 56.5 in Alabama vs. LSU.