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Tigers, Cardinals eye World Series berths

October continues to offer up great sports betting opportunities and the next couple of days are no exception, as bettors get to choose from some high-stakes baseball, a key NFL west coast divisional battle and some college football for their action. Here's a quick preview of the next 48 hours in sports betting.

Chargers Look to Bolster Division Lead Over Broncos

With the rest of the AFC West floundering the 3-2 San Diego Chargers get a chance to grab a firm hold of that division when they host the 2-3 Denver Broncos for this week's edition of Monday Night Football from QualComm Stadium (8:30 pm ET, ESPN). 

Can the Bolts bounce back after a tough loss in New Orleans? Or can the Broncos rebound after a loss at New England?

Cardinal set to challenge unbeaten Fighting Irish

Can Notre Dame get to 6-0? How about Kansas State? Does anybody want to win the Big Ten? Who will survive in the SEC? And what kind of numbers is Geno going to post this weekend?

Those questions just touch on some of Saturday's exciting pigskin proceedings, and don't even mention Sunday's happenings in the NFL. Here's a quick look at some of this October weekend's football, starting with Saturday's NCAA action:

Belmont Park Betting Race of Day for Friday

Friday’s nine race betting card at Belmont Park features the $80,000 Rob N Gin, a seven furlong test on the turf for three-year-olds and upward that drew a field of eight along with five main track only entrants if the race is shifted to the main track.

The turf course was listed as yielding for Thursday’s card, but the weather is on the improve in the Big Apple and it looks as if we will be on the turf although there is a good chance the grass course will be less than firm.

Orioles, Nationals Face Elimination on Thursday Night

Sports bettors have plenty to choose from over the next 48 hours, with some great baseball playoff action, a taste of college football and a sprinkling of NFL thrown in. Here's a quick look at what's happening in sports betting Thursday and Friday along with the odds that are now on the move for these matchups.

Baseball playoffs are getting very interesting, as every divisional-round series has been stretched into at least a Game 4 situation. Thursday gives us four more games to play.

Texans Strut Their Stuff on Monday Night in Jersey

The Houston Texans don't get many chances to show how good they are on national TV, but they get one Monday night when they visit a reeling Jets team in New Jersey (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Early last week most football betting outlets opened Monday's game with Houston favored by seven points. But as of Monday morning the Texans had been bet up to -9 at most shops.

Also, the total on Monday's game sits at 40.

Keeneland Betting: Five Stakes on Saturday Card

The opening three days of the Keeneland meeting feature seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races and plenty of large fields and excellent wagering opportunities.  The Keeneland betting card for Saturday features five stakes.

The marquee event of the day is the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), with the winner earning an automatic starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), which is coming up at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

October Opens with Football Feast

With the arrival of the month of October also comes a little football weather. So as fans break out the sweatshirts and gather around the grills let's take a look at some of this weekend's more intriguing betting action on the gridiron.

Around the college ranks on Saturday:

In an interesting Big Ten matchup 5-0 Northwestern is getting two points at 3-2 Penn State (noon ET, ESPN).

Bears and 'Boys step into Monday Night Spotlight

Two teams with a penchant for laying eggs on occasion meet when the 2-1 Dallas Cowboys host the 2-1 Chicago Bears in this week's Monday Night Football matchup (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Chicago opened its season with a 41-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field, and looked pretty good in doing so. After a slow start QB Jay Cutler eventually threw for 333 yards and two scores and RBs Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined to rush for 122 yards.

Weekend Slate Offers Up Plenty of Potential Pigskin Paydays

The final weekend of September gives us a great 48 hours of football-filled betting action. Let's take a quick look around at some of the better games on the board.

Early on Saturday 3-0 West Virginia makes its Big 12 debut when it hosts 3-0 Baylor (noon ET). The Mountaineers are favored by 11 points over the Bears.

Down in the SEC 4-0 Georgia is a 13-point favorite over 3-1 Tennessee (3:30 pm ET).

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