Saturday is another jam-packed day for sports fans and sports bettors alike. College football season has kicked into high gear, while we also have quite a few MLS contests scattered around the US. UFC will hold its fifth Fight Island extravaganza on Saturday night, as well.
You have a full day’s worth of sports on which to bet, which gives you a perfectly reasonable excuse to sit on your couch all day long. BetOnline.ag is also offering its usual crop of odds boosters on select games, which give you a little more bang for your buck than you’ll usually get. Which boosters are worth your while?
NCAAF: Florida (-6.5) and LSU (-14.5) BOTH to Cover (+325)
Saturday brings a few matchups between ranked teams, including an SEC clash between No. 4 Florida and No. 21 Texas A&M in College Station. The Aggies are 1-1 on the year after getting blown out in Tuscaloosa last Saturday, while the Gators are off to a 2-0 start following back-to-back wins over Ole Miss and South Carolina.
Florida’s offense has been hot to start the campaign. The Gators hung 51 points on Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss squad in Week 1 before bouncing back with 38 last week against the Gamecocks. Quarterback Kyle Trask is emerging as a potential Heisman Trophy sleeper. The senior has completed nearly 72 percent of his throws for 684 yards with 10 touchdowns already.
Florida TE Kyle Pitts has now entered the top-10 Heisman odds, joining QB Kyle Trask:
Trevor Lawrence +250 Justin Fields +300 Kyle Trask +300 D’Eriq King +500 Mac Jones +1000 Sam Ehlinger +1800 Shane Buechele +2000 Zach Wilson +2200 Kyle Pitts +2500 Stetson Bennett +2800
Stopping both Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney will be a tall task for A&M. Pitts has caught 12 passes for 227 yards and six touchdowns already, while Toney has chimed in with 11 catches for 145 yards and two scores of his own.
LSU got back on track with an easy win over Vanderbilt last week, and on Saturday they’ll host Mizzou in Death Valley. LSU’s offense remains a work-in-progress with so many of last year’s key players having left for the NFL. Myles Brennan looked a lot better last week against Vandy than he did two weeks ago against Mississippi State, which is to be expected.
Missouri has opened the season with back-to-back losses against Alabama and Tennessee. This will be their third ranked opponent in as many weeks, but they haven’t looked overly competitive. ‘Bama beat Missouri by 19 in Week 1, while Tennessee toppled the Tigers 35-12 last Saturday.
NCAAF: Notre Dame (-20.5) and Clemson (-14.5) Both To Cover (+315)
Notre Dame is ranked fifth in the country following wins over Duke and South Florida to open the 2020 season. The Fighting Irish, who are honorary members of the ACC this year, topped Duke by two touchdowns and beat South Florida 52-0 last week at home.
The Irish will be at home again on Saturday against Florida State. In case you haven’t been following, the Seminoles are not a good football team this year. Florida State is 1-2 overall, with conference losses to Georgia Tech and Miami in the rearview mirror. The Seminoles’ lone win came last week at home over Jacksonville State by the unconvincing margin of 41-24.
The Irish are nearly three-touchdown favorites here, and with good reason. It’s going to be a long season in Tallahassee, while Ian Book and Notre Dame have legit national title aspirations.
Clemson is off to a 3-0 start with wins over Wake Forest, the Citadel, and Virginia. Saturday’s game at home against Miami will be the Tigers’ first true test of the new campaign, though. Miami is off to a 3-0 start of their own, and the seventh-ranked Hurricanes can make a statement Saturday night.
The first season for Inter Miami in MLS hasn’t been an easy one, to say the least. MLS’ newest franchise is off to a 4-2-10 start, though things may be making a turn for the better. Newcomers Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain are starting to establish themselves in the side, and Higuain bagged his first MLS goal in the team’s 2-1 triumph over New York on Wednesday.
The Galaxy are fresh off of one of the wildest games of the season, a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Timbers at home. Portland had a 2-1 lead at the half before the goals started flowing in the last 45 minutes. LA has now lost five straight league games overall, with their last win coming back on September 6 against LAFC.
Inter Miami is slightly favored at home on Saturday afternoon over the Houston Dynamo. Inter is a -148 moneyline favorite. The Galaxy, meanwhile, are +257 road underdogs at Colorado.
UFC: Sandhagen, Barboza, and Rothwell ALL To Win (+365)
Cory Sandhagen will face Marlon Moraes in a bantamweight bout at Fight Island as the main event of UFC’s Saturday night extravaganza. Sandhagen is a -140 moneyline favorite in this one. This despite the fact that Moraes is the top-ranked fighter in this weight class, while Sandhagen is No. 4.
Sandhagen’s loss to Aljamain Sterling in June snapped a seven-fight winning streak. Seven of Sandhagen’s 12 wins in UFC have come by stoppage, and he’s 5-1 in fights that go to decision.
This fight is a virtual toss-up, though, which is why it’s a little surprising to see Sandhagen as a fairly heavy favorite.
Edson Barboza, meanwhile, is listed as a -260 favorite at BetOnline to get the better of Makwan Amirkhani in a fight that was only scheduled a couple of weeks ago out of necessity. Barboza has actually lost three straight fights, but two of those ended in split decisions. Amirkhani beat Danny Henry with a first-round submission in July, which improved his record to 6-2 in UFC.
Ben Rothwell is a -160 favorite to beat Marcin Tybura in an undercard heavyweight bout. These two have plenty of experience in the Octagon, with 75 combined fights between them at this level. 34 of Rothwell’s 38 career wins have come via stoppage, while 13 of Tybura’s 19 victories have done the same.
UFC: Sandhagen to Win Inside Distance (+190)
As mentioned, how the Sandhagen-Moraes fight ends is anybody’s guess. Sandhagen has a height and reach advantage in this matchup, but Moraes has a strength edge, especially if the fight goes to ground.
BetOnline has slapped this fight with an over/under of 3.5 rounds, with more juice (-130) coming in on the under. Sandhagen has never been knocked out in his career, but BetOnline is also putting -190 odds on this fight ending inside the distance. Of course, you need Sandhagen to be the winner for this particular booster to cash.
UFC: Barboza to Win Round 1 (+355)
Barboza has a power advantage over Amirkhani in this fight, with 12 of his 20 wins as a pro coming via knockout or TKO. He has also shown the ability to get the job done if the fight goes to ground, but Barboza will likely look to get the job done on his feet.
Barboza is heavily favored here despite his recent struggles. His losses have come to Justin Gaethje, Paul Felder, and Dan Ige, though there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding the decisions in each of his last two defeats. Those fights really could have gone either way.
As a -260 favorite to beat Amirkhani on Saturday, getting Barboza to take the first round at +355 is awfully appealing.
What’s The Best Bet?
LA Galaxy may be MLS’ flagship franchise, but they’re in a bad way right now. They may get back into the win column against a Colorado team that has been sidelined for a while due to health concerns, but I wouldn’t be too confident in betting on the Galaxy right now. As a result, I’m out on the MLS two-way bet at +575.
There is also an awful lot of murkiness and unpredictability around Carl Sandhagen’s bout with Marlon Moraes. This fight could really go either way. We’re looking to grab the best value possible here, so both bets involving this fight are off the board for me. Barboza is a nice value to win the first round of his fight over Amirkhani, so I don’t think a flier on this one at +355 is a bad idea.
College football looks like the place to go on Saturday, though. Both of these two-way boosters are appealing. I’m a little wary of trusting an LSU team that clearly isn’t what it was last year, but they’re in a great spot at home against a struggling Missouri squad. College Station isn’t normally an easy place to play, but with fewer fans in attendance, it won’t be quite as raucous as it normally is. Florida’s offense looks legit so far this season, so taking LSU and Florida both to cover at +325 has plenty of merit.
Notre Dame and Clemson should both win on Saturday, but covering will be more difficult. The Irish have to beat Florida State by at least three touchdowns, while Clemson will have to get past a Miami defense that has been forcing turnovers like crazy early in the season.
The safest play here is LSU and Florida both to cover at +325.
Boosted Odds Prop Bet:
Florida (-6.5) and LSU (-14.5) BOTH to Cover (+325)
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...
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