Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee : Friday night will bring Conference USA to the CBS Sports Network with Middle Tennessee State hosting Western Kentucky. The Blue Raiders are 13.5-point favorites and the over-under, or total projected points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 53.5. Before you make any MTSU vs. Western Kentucky picks and predictions for the 8 p.m. ET kickoff, you’re going to want to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine is saying.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls in Week 9, including nailing Oklahoma State’s outright upset of No. 6 Texas. It also was all over Georgia (-6.5) covering against Florida, and recommended California (+12) against Washington, as well as Kentucky (+7) against Missouri. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

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Now, the SportsLine Projection Model has simulated every possible play for MTSU vs. Western Kentucky 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it has also locked in an extremely strong against the spread pick that hits in nearly 70 percent of simulations. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model knows that MTSU lives and dies by its offense. In their three losses on the year, the Blue Raiders averaged just 304 yards per game. In their five wins, they averaged 385, and that number jumps to nearly 445 if you take out a win over Charlotte where they gained just 144 yards.

Quarterback Brent Stockstill is coming off one of his best games of the season, completing over 78 percent of his passes and accounting for three touchdowns against Old Dominion. If Stockstill shows up like that again, he could help secure the cover.

However, don’t assume it’s going to be a cakewalk for MTSU on their home turf.

The Hilltoppers might only have one win this season, but they were competitive on the road against Louisville in a 20-17 loss and took 5-2 Marshall to the brink in a three-point defeat earlier this season. In the cover against Marshall, the Hilltoppers’ defense forced four turnovers, which could be key to helping them cover against MTSU.

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Pittsburgh vs Virginia

Pittsburgh vs Virginia : Virginia faces a major challenge in its quest for a berth in the ACC title game, hosting Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Cavaliers have won three straight conference games and can maintain the Coastal Division lead with a victory, while the Panthers have just one ACC loss and can tie for the division lead with a win.

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Last week, they rallied from a double-digit deficit to upset Duke, 54-45, at home. The Cavaliers are 7.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 47.5 in the latest Virginia vs. Pittsburgh odds. Before you make any Virginia vs. Pitt picks, check out what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say.

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A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He’s having another solid season for SportsLine members, hitting on 60 percent of his spread selections. Moreover, he’s had a sharp eye for handicapping the ACC and has an astounding 9-0 record on spread picks involving these two teams over the past two seasons.

Just two weeks ago, Nagel advised SportsLine members that the Panthers were likely to catch Notre Dame in a letdown spot. He recommended backing them as a three-touchdown road underdog, and they nearly pulled an outright upset in the 19-14 loss. Anyone who followed Nagel’s advice booked an easy winner.

Now, he’s studied Pitt vs. Virginia from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread selection that is available at SportsLine.

Nagel knows the Cavaliers lost at Indiana in Week 2 and fell 35-21 at N.C. State a month ago. But they have since won three straight with a combination of efficient offense and a big-play defense.

In last week’s 31-21 win over North Carolina, emerging dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins led the offense with four total touchdowns. The junior threw for 217 yards and three scores and rushed for 112 yards and another touchdown. The Cavaliers (6-2) held the Tar Heels to 66 rushing yards and had a two-to-one advantage in time of possession.

The Cavaliers have covered the spread in all of their victories this year, but there’s no guarantee they will do it again facing a Pittsburgh club that has a history of playing spoiler.

Last year, the Panthers ruined Miami’s bid for an undefeated regular season with a home upset as a two-touchdown underdog. Two weeks ago, they nearly did the same to playoff-hopeful Notre Dame in a 19-14 loss as a three-touchdown underdog.

Pittsburgh (4-4) stumbled out of the gate to a 2-3 start that included blowout losses to Penn State and UCF by 76 combined points. A perpetually leaky defense appeared to be the main culprit, but the Panthers have made strides. They held the powerful Irish offense to 344 total yards and Notre Dame had to rally with two late scores to overcome a 14-6 second-half deficit.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the Under, but he’s also identified a crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.

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Colorado vs Arizona

Colorado vs Arizona : The Colorado Buffaloes and Arizona Wildcats face off Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET, a must-win showdown for two teams in the hunt for a Pac-12 South division title. Arizona has won five of the seven meetings between these teams since Colorado joined the Pac-12, and each team needs this one badly. There’s been big line movement in this game as well.

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The Wildcats opened as four-point favorites, but are laying 2.5 in the latest Arizona vs. Colorado odds. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas expects to be scored, opened at 59, but has dropped to 57. Before you make any Arizona vs. Colorado picks, see what SportsLine’s Zack Cimini has to say.

The fast-rising Las Vegas handicapper has turned a profit in every sport, but he’s tremendously adept at sniffing out spread winners in college football. He’s hit on nine of his last 13 overall picks and has been on-target when it comes to spread picks for or against Arizona — a perfect 4-0. Now, he has scrutinized Arizona vs. Colorado from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s only sharing at SportsLine.

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Cimini knows the Buffaloes are in desperate need of a turnaround. The team has lost three in a row after starting the season 5-0. Last week, Colorado blew a 31-3 lead to Oregon State in a shocking 41-34 OT home loss.

Colorado’s offense bounced back from two consecutive sub-par outings. Travon McMillianrushed for 132 yards (6.6 average) and one TD, more than his previous two efforts combined. And QB Steven Montez passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns of his own. The Buffs’ offense has a chance to continue its improvement on Friday against a Wildcats defense that ranks 90th in yards allowed.

Defensively, Colorado is 48th overall and is stellar at stopping the run, a key trait to have against Arizona’s all-world RB. Just because Colorado has the tools to turn things around doesn’t mean it will against an Arizona team brimming with confidence.

While Colorado is coming off its worst loss of the season, Arizona comes in following its best win, trouncing No. 15 Oregon, 44-15. QB Khalil Tate moved to 3-0 on the season when he completes more than 54 percent of his passes.

The Wildcats’ offense ranks 39th in total yards, averaging 236 passing and 205 rushing, but it is sparked by RB J.J. Taylor, who has 1,579 all-purpose yards, tops in the country. The offense also has a go-to WR in Shun Brown — the senior registered a career-high 10 passes for 96 yards and a score against the Ducks.

Arizona’s defense has seen a massive adjustment under first-year coach Kevin Sumlin. The Wildcats allowed between 34 and 38 points per game in each of the last three seasons, but this year Arizona is allowing 28.1 overall and just 23.8 in Pac-12 games.

We can tell you Cimini is leaning toward the over, but he has uncovered a crucial x-factor that will determine which side of the spread hits hard. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, over at SportsLine.

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PSG vs Lille

PSG vs Lille : The top two squads in Ligue 1 will face off on Friday as PSG hosts Lille. Kickoff from Parc Des Princes in Paris is slated for 3:45 p.m. ET.

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PSG has been perfect in Ligue 1 play this year, winning all 11 matches with a dominant plus-33 goal differential. Forward Kylian Mbappe, 19, has carried his World Cup form into the season with 10 goals, while his star teammate, Neymar, ranks second in Ligue 1 with eight goals on the season.

Lille has mainly cruised thus far in Ligue 1, entering Friday’s match at 8–2–1 on the season. It has won four-straight Ligue 1 matches, with the last loss coming against Bordeaux on Sept. 26.

How to watch Friday’s match:

Time: 3:45 p.m. ET

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Napoli vs Empoli

Napoli vs Empoli ; SSC ​Napoli continue the daunting task of pursuing trailblazing Juventus after losing further ground in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Roma. Round 10 of Serie A fixtures incidentally saw Inter leapfrog Gli Azzurri to claim second spot, albeit on goal difference, with both sides six points behind the I Bianconeri.

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Friday night will mark the 11th meeting between these two sides, with the most recent fixture ending in an emphatic 3-2 win for Napoli. Furthermore, the Gli Azzurri have won three of the last four, with Empoli’s most recent victory back in 2015.

Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.

How to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Friday 2 November
What Time Is Kick Off? 19.30 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Stadio San Paolo
TV Channel/Live Stream Eleven Sports

Classic Encounter

This match belonged to Riccardo Saponara, as his stellar performance on 30th April 2015  inspired Empoli to an emphatic 4-2 victory over Napoli at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Recently promoted as Serie B runners-up, Empoli defied their lowly league position to stun Napoli & produce one of the best attacking displays of the season.

Massimo Maccarone (8), Miguel Britos (43 og) and Riccardo Saponara (45+1) sent Maurizio Sarri’s rampant Azzurri into half-time with a convincing 3-0 lead.

Napoli clawed one goal back on the 64th, as Marek Hamsik’s close-range shot deflected off Vincent Laurini & into his own net.

A third own goal of the evening boosted Empoli, as Raul Albiol got in on the act, slicing the ball into his own net from a Mirko Valdifiori corner. Hamsik then rounded off the goal-scoring in fine form, as his swerving screamer nestled into the near post in stoppage time.

Dries Mertens’ late equaliser against Roma was his 95th goal for the club, and Carlo Ancelotti will probably opt to start the Belgian on Friday.

The man who will miss out should that happen will be big Polish front-man Arkadiusz Milik, who has now failed to score in 233 minutes. The only other change could come in the midfield with Polish international Piotr Zielinski replacing young Spaniard Fabian Rui

The pressure is mounting on coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, despite guiding the club straight back into the top-flight last season as champions of Serie B. Empoli have just the one victory to their name this season and have only scored nine goals this term – the joint second worst in the division

Andreazzoli also has a pretty full infirmary with defender Lorenzo Polvani’s season already over and Levan Mchedlidze, Alejandro Rodriguez, Freddie Veseli and Lorenzo Lollo not expected to return until after the November international break.

Predicted Line Ups

Napoli Ospina; Rui, Koulibaly, Albiol, Hysaj; Ruiz, Hamsik, Allan, Callejon; ​Mertens, Insigne
Empoli Provedel; Antonelli, Maietta, Silvestre, Lorenzo; Traore, Bennacer, Acquah; Zajc, Krunic; Caputo

Head to Head Record

These two sides have only faced each other on 10 separate occasions in Serie A, with Napoli narrowly edging the record. Napoli have won four, with Empoli winning on three occasions and the sides sharing the spoils three times.

Napoli are unbeaten in the last four against Empoli, with the last defeat coming with Maurizio Sarri in charge of the Azzurri, leading them to an emphatic 4-2 win in 2015, which saw three own goals scored in the match.

Although this wasn’t the biggest margin Empoli have won by, as in 1998 they dispatched Napoli 5-0. More recently, Napoli showcased their firepower, thrashing the Azzurri 5-1 in 2016.

Recent Form

Despite losing ground in Serie A after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Roma last weekend, Gli Azzurri have lost just one of their previous six, including a 1-0 victory over Liverpool and 2-2 score-draw with PSG in the UEFA Champions League.

Empoli, on the other hand, are experiencing somewhat of a contrasting period. Failing to win in any of their last six, the Azzurri have collected just two points since September’s international break, once again falling short to a Cristiano Ronaldo double in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Juventus.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Napoli Empoli
Napoli 1-1 Roma (28/10) Empoli 1-2 Juventus (27/10)
PSG 2-2 Napoli (24/10) Frosinone 3-3 Empoli (21/10)
Udinese 0-3 Napoli (20/10) Empoli 0-2 Roma (06/10)
Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo (07/10) Parma 1-0 Empoli (30/09)
Napoli 1-0 Liverpool (03/10) Empoli 1-1 AC Milan (27/09)

Prediction

​Napoli head into Friday’s fixture in good form. After confidence boosting results in the Champions League, they will be slightly disappointed with last weekend’s result but can take pleasure in the fact that they are unbeaten in five.

Ancelotti’s men have a huge Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain next week, but he has told his players to concentrate on the next game as they battle for second-spot with Inter.

Empoli, on the other hand, look to be in for another tricky fixture, with their form in-desperate need of an upturn in fortune as they look to build on their sole win this season.

It well may be a scrappy game, but expect Napoli to win this one.

Breeders Cup

Breeders Cup : The 35th iteration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held from the prestigious Churchill Downs in Louisville, and this year’s action promises to be as exciting as usual. There will be 14 races, all but one of which are Grade I stakes races, taking place on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Race action will be televised by NBCSN on Friday and early Saturday, while coverage of the bigger races will be carried by NBC, with live streaming of all action available via NBC Sports. Coverage on Friday begins at 3 p.m. ET, while coverage on Saturday begins at 12 noon and continues at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.

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The biggest races, the Mile, Distaff, Turf and Classic, will all be broadcast on NBC, with the rest of the action on NBCSN. The final race, the Classic, has a total purse of $6 million, and marks what many consider to be the “end” of the North American horse racing season, though there are still some other races on the calendar in November and December.

Unfortunately, the festivities will not be featuring Justify, the Triple Crown champion, who was retired in July. This will be the ninth time that Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup, and the venue underwent a $70 million renovation/upgrade to its facilities to accommodate the size and scope of the Breeders’ Cup.

This year, the Friday card is dubbed “Future Stars Friday”, and featured five juvenile races. The only race that is not a Grade I stakes event is the Juvenile Turf Sprint, the opening race of the slate.

Below is all you need to know to watch the action, and below that is the full list of races.

All times ET.

How to watch the 2018 Breeders’ Cup

Date: November 2nd-3rd

Time: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Friday), 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday)

TV: NBCSN, NBC

Online Streaming: NBC Sports

2018 Breeders’ Cup Schedule & Results

Race Name Day/Post Time (ET) Distance Restrictions Purse Winner
Juvenile Turf Sprint Friday, 3:21 p.m. 5 1/2 Furlongs 2-year-olds $1 million N/A
Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday, 4 p.m. 1 mile 2-year-old fillies $1 million N/A
Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday, 4:40 p.m. 1 1/16 miles 2-year-old fillies $2 million N/A
Juvenile Turf Sprint Friday, 5:22 p.m. 1 mile 2-year-old colts and geldings $1 million N/A
Juvenile Friday, 6:05 p.m. 1 1/16 miles 2-year-old colts and geldings $2 million N/A
Filly & Mare Sprint Saturday, 12 p.m. 7 furlongs 3-year-and-up fillies & mares $1 million N/A
Turf Sprint Saturday, 12:38 p.m. 5 1/2 furlongs 3 years and up $1 million N/A
Dirt Mile Saturday, 1:16 p.m. 1 mile 3 years and up $1 million N/A
Filly & Mare Turf Saturday, 2:04 p.m. 1 3/8 miles 3-year-and-up fillies & mares $2 million N/A
Sprint Saturday, 2:46 p.m. 6 furlongs 3 years and up $2 million N/A
Mile Saturday, 3:36 p.m. 1 mile 3 years and up $2 million N/A
Distaff Saturday, 4:16 p.m. 1 1/8 miles 3-year-and-up fillies & mares $2 million N/A
Turf Saturday, 4:56 p.m. 1 1/2 miles 3 years and up $4 million N/A
Classic Saturday, 5:44 p.m. 1 1/4 miles 3 years and up $6 million N/A

Temple vs UCF

Temple vs UCF : The Central Florida Knights put their undefeated season on the line when they host the surging Temple Owls on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The clubs are tied for first place in the East Division of the AAC, so the winner will be in a commanding position to reach the conference title game.

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UCF hopes to build on its nation-best 20-game winning streak, which includes an AAC title and Peach Bowl victory last season. Meanwhile, Temple is looking to continue its turnaround after dropping its first two games. The Knights are 12-point favorites in the latest Central Florida vs. Temple odds after dropping as low as -10.5, while the over-under for total points scored sits at 60.5. Before you lock in your own UCF vs. Temple picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

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Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former college football running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has provided his followers with winning seasons in college and pro football.

Hunt is having another solid season for SportsLine members and he has a keen eye for the tendencies of these two programs. In fact, he boasts a mark of 5-1 in spread picks involving Temple or Central Florida over the past two seasons.

In Week 4, Hunt advised SportsLine members that UCF would have too much firepower for Florida Atlantic and recommended backing the Knights as two-touchdown favorites. The result: They pulled away for a 56-36 victory, and anyone who followed Hunt’s advice booked another winner.

Now, Hunt has analyzed Central Florida vs. Temple from every angle and released a strong point-spread selection that is available only at SportsLine.

He knows UCF returned several key players from its record-setting team, but there were questions whether they could duplicate their production after coach Scott Frost left to lead his alma mater at Nebraska. But they have kept up the pace under first-year head coach Josh Heupel, who left a coordinator job at Missouri to lead the Knights. They have scored 45 or more points four times this season and hit 56 twice.

The Knights are coming off a somewhat meager offensive output in a 37-10 win last week over East Carolina, but quarterback McKenzie Milton was a late scratch with an ankle injury and watched from the sidelines. Backup Darriel Mack ran for 120 yards and two scores despite passing for just 69 yards. Milton is expected to be back under center Thursday and has been day-to-day this week.

Even so, there’s no guarantee the Knights will cover against a Temple club that has quietly emerged as perhaps their biggest threat to another AAC title.

Bad breaks and inconsistent play caused Temple (5-3) to drop to its first two games of the season, both at home, but the Owls have recovered with a flourish. Behind a physical, solid defense and an increasingly productive offense, Temple has regained the form that has made it one of top-tier teams in the conference over the past few seasons.

The Owls trailed most of the way last week, but rallied to beat Cincinnati in overtime. Anthony Russo tied the game with 49 seconds left on a touchdown pass to Brandon Mack, then hit Isaiah Wright with a 25-yard winner in overtime.

The Owls haven’t allowed more than 17 points to any conference opponent.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the over, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has scoured every aspect of this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing at SportsLine.

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Ohio vs Western Michigan

Ohio vs Western Michigan : Weekday football has become a staple in the Mid-American Conference. On Thursday night, Ohio travels to Western Michigan for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff. Ohio (5-3, 3-1) is a 2.5-point road favorite over Western Michigan (6-3, 4-1), and the total is 65 in the latest Ohio vs. Western Michigan odds.

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That line has flipped after opening with Western Michigan as a one-point favorite at home, but action turned the Bobcats into favorites after news that Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Before you make your Ohio vs. Western Michigan picks and predictions, you’ll want to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say about Thursday’s MACtion.

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The model made some huge calls in Week 9, including nailing Oklahoma State’soutright upset of No. 6 Texas. It also was all over Georgia (-6.5) covering against Florida, and recommended California (+12) against Washington, as well as Kentucky(+7) against Missouri. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Ohio vs. Western Michigan 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it has also found plenty of value on one side of the spread. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

For Western Michigan vs. Ohio, the model knows that the Broncos will be in a tough spot without Wassink. However, Kaleb Eleby has been solid in limited action so far this season, completing over 82 percent of his passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns without an interception after entering for Wassink against Toledo last week. And the Broncos have playmakers to surround Eleby.

Jayden Reed has caught 43 passes for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. The Broncos also have four other receivers with at least 200 yards to go along with LeVante Bellamy (865 yards rushing) and Jamauri Bogan (524 yards rushing) at running back. With that offensive versatility, they could still give Ohio’s defense problems.

However, that doesn’t mean the cover will be easy by any means.

Ohio has its own star quarterback in Nathan Rourke, who has a passer rating of just over 161.1 and has accounted for 2,187 yards and 20 touchdowns. Rourke has been particularly impressive in Ohio’s conference wins, with 14 total touchdowns to go along with a 72 percent completion percentage, 874 yards passing and 416 yards rushing.

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Northern Illinois vs Akron

Northern Illinois vs Akron : An important MAC showdown awaits Thursday at 7 p.m. ET when the Northern Illinois Huskies visit the Akron Zips. The Huskies are looking for their fifth straight win as they attempt to remain unbeaten in conference play and stay on the inside track to represent the West Division in the MAC title game.

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The Zips are in search of their biggest conference win of the year and would move within a game of bowl eligibility with a victory. The Huskies are six-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is set at 39 in the latest Northern Illinois vs. Akron odds. Before you make any Northern Illinois vs. Akron picks, make sure you check out results from the SportsLine Projection Model.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls in Week 9, including nailing Oklahoma State’s outright upset of No. 6 Texas. It also was all over Georgia (-6.5) covering against Florida and recommended California (+12) against Washington as well as Kentucky (+7) against Missouri. Anyone who has followed it is way, way up.

Now, the model has analyzed Huskies vs. Zips from every angle. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it has also released an extremely strong point-spread selection that hits in 70 percent of simulations. It’s only available at SportsLine.

The computer knows Northern Illinois can’t afford a letdown as it attempts to keep control of the West Division. Northern Illinois (5-3) likely has its most talented team in recent memory, but the Huskies also have benefited from some good fortune. Their four MAC victories have all come by eight points or fewer, with two decided by exactly three points.

Last week, they stepped out of conference play to take on BYU and pulled off a 7-6 upset as a touchdown underdog. Northern Illinois also gave respectable showings in losses to Power Five foes Iowa and Utah earlier this season.

Northern Illinois now ranks in the top 30 nationally in most major defensive categories including scoring defense (21.1 points per game, No. 29).

But the Huskies’ recent steak of dominance doesn’t mean they are destined to cover as a road favorite against an Akron team that could use a victory to spark the second half of an uneven season.

Akron is fresh off consecutive victories over Kent State and Central Michigan and can pick up momentum down the stretch with their third straight win. Moreover, Akron authored one of the biggest upsets of the season when it won 39-34 at Northwestern as a three-touchdown underdog. The Zips overcame an 18-point halftime deficit and used two interception returns for touchdowns by Alvin Davis to pull of the colossal upset of the Big Ten stalwart.

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Oakland Raiders vs San Francisco 49ers

Oakland Raiders vs San Francisco 49ers : Not only are Oakland and San Francisco lousy teams at the moment, but they’re also lousy bets, combining to go just 4-11 against the spread this season. Is either team worthy of a betting recommendation for this matchup scheduled for Thursday night in Santa Clara?

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NFL point spread: The 49ers opened as 3.5-point favorites; the total was 47 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 32.2-17.4 49ers (NFL picks on every game)

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The Raiders are 0-3 both straight up and ATS their last three times out, so perhaps their best case can be made by pointing out how lousy the 49ers have been as of late.

San Francisco lugs a six-game losing streak into this sordid affair, after falling at Arizona last week 18-15. The 49ers led that game 15-3 early in the fourth quarter, then gave up 15 unanswered points, the last eight on a Cardinals touchdown and two-point conversion with just 30 seconds left, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

On the afternoon, San Francisco was out-gained 321-267. The 49ers actually won the turnover battle 2-0 but could only turn that advantage into three points. They also only came away with three points from a first-and-goal from the Arizona 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter, when a touchdown would have given them a 19-3 lead.

So the 49ers are now 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS since losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season to injury.

After beginning this season with high hopes, San Francisco is skidding through a lost campaign, losing its last six games in a row. So, just as before, maybe the best case for the 49ers can be made by pointing out how lousy Oakland has been.

The Raiders tote a three-game losing streak into this week, after falling at home last week to Indianapolis 42-28. Oakland spotted the Colts the first 10 points of the game, rallied to lead 21-13 early in the third quarter but gave up touchdowns on four straight Indianapolis possessions to lose.

On the day, the Raiders allowed 28 first downs, gave up 222 yards rushing and lost time of possession by a 37/23 tilt.

Oakland has now been out-rushed by six of its seven opponents this season, including its last four. So far this NFL season teams that lose the ground battle are just 31-88 SU and 35-83 ATS.

Sometimes the best bets are the ones you don’t make. For what it’s worth home teams are 6-2 SU and 5-2-1 ATS on Thursday nights this season, but still, smart money here probably takes the night off.

The total has gone under in three of the Raiders’ last four games vs the 49ers.

The Raiders are 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road vs the 49ers.

The 49ers are 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games as favorite.

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