Each week TheLines looks ahead to what will be some of the most wagered-on sporting events in the coming days. As we get set to enter November, the baseball season is about to come to a close but the football action in the NFL and the college ranks is just beginning to heat up.
World Series Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 27
The Rays have their backs against the wall in the 2020 World Series. A 4-2 loss on Sunday night put Tampa Bay down 3-2 in the series and the Los Angeles Dodgers are now one win away from their first MLB title since 1988. LA is currently -590 to win it all at FanDuel Sportsbook. Some hope for the Rays is that a 3-2 deficit doesn’t spell complete disaster, as teams trailing by that margin historically have a 31.7% chance to win the series. Blake Snell returns to the mound for the Rays in Game 6 after leading them to a Game 2 victory (4.2 IP, 2 ER). Tony Gonsolin is slated to get the ball for LA.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State: Saturday, Oct. 31
It wasn’t the start Penn State wanted to their season this past Saturday as the Nittany Lions fell to the feisty Indiana Hoosiers. Penn State had a hard time containing Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr., allowing him to score three touchdowns and the game-winning two point conversion. This coming weekend, they face a tougher test in Ohio State. The Buckeyes came out of the gates swinging and blew out Nebraska 52-17 in their home opener. Scratch rankings on this one – this rivalry is bitter and the games never disappoint. The Buckeyes are 12.5-point favorites at most books, but don’t be surprised if this is a close one.
Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva: Saturday, Oct. 31
Last week’s UFC main card was one to remember with Khabib Nurmagomedov notching his 29th win and then announcing his retirement. This week sees Anderson Silva – one of UFC’s most notorious fighters – take on 16-9 Uriah Hall (-220). Hall boasts an 80% KO/TKO rate in his fights, holding a 15% advantage on Silva. Oddsmakers have tagged Silva (+180) as an underdog in this one after he went 1-6 in his last eight bouts (one no contest). Age will be a factor, as Silva comes into this one at 45-years-old. Analysts are projecting Hall to make quick work of Silva.
Steelers at Ravens: Sunday, Nov. 1
Another week, another massive game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This past Sunday, they went to Nashville and beat the unbeaten Titans in a game that came down to the wire. Baltimore (5-1) and Pittsburgh (6-0) have one of the most bitter rivalries in all of sports, giving this game another dimension than just their lofty records. The Ravens are 4-point favorites at most books despite the Steelers holding an unblemished record. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ backfield will face the stiffest rush defense in the league.
NASCAR at Martinsville: Sunday, Nov. 1
It’s the last race before the championship in Arizona. Seven drivers currently sit within 65 points of first place, with the pack being led by Kevin Harvick. Harvick’s name has dominated the leaderboard all season long backed by his nine wins and equally as impressive zero DNF’s. Following Harvick is Denny Hamlin with seven wins, and no other driver has more than four. Joey Logano currently leads the playoff standings despite sitting fifth in laps led this season. It’s coming down to the final sprint of the season in what’s sure to be a wild ride.