Tigers favored to beat Giants in Game 1, and go on to win Series
From the World Series to key college football conference battles and burgeoning NFL playoff races... what more could a sports bettor ask for? A little basketball, perhaps? Hold on, it's right around the corner.
Here's our regular look ahead at the next 48 hours or so in sports betting.
The 108th edition of the Fall Classic involves two of the oldest teams in existence, as the AL champion Detroit Tigers take on the NL champion San Francisco Giants. The teams open the World Series with Game 1 on Wednesday night at AT&T Park (8 pm ET, Fox), with Game 2 Thursday night (also 8 pm ET, Fox).
Games 3-4-5 will be played Saturday-Sunday-Monday in Detroit, and if necessary Games 6-7 would be played back in San Francisco next Wednesday and Thursday.
The Tigers got this far by coming on late to win the AL Central, then taking out the Oakland A's in a full five games in the AL divisional round, before skunking the New York Yankees in four games in the ALCS.
The Giants, meanwhile, won the NL West then rallied from down 2-0 in the NLDS vs. the Reds to win three straight and the series, before coming back from down 3-1 in the NLCS vs. the Cardinals to win three straight games again for their second pennant in the last three seasons.
For Wednesday night's Series opener most baseball books are listing Detroit with starter Justin Verlander as -155 favorites over San Francisco with Barry Zito taking the hill. For the Series, most MLB betting outlets were chalking the Tigers at around -175 to win their first title since that marvelous 1984 team did it, while the Giants are getting upwards of +160 to win their second Series in the last three seasons.
On the college football front the defending ACC champion Clemson Tigers continue their quest for back-to-back conference titles when they visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Thursday night (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).
As of Wednesday morning most CFB betting outlets were chalking the 6-1 Tigers at -12 for Thursday night's game over the 4-3 Deacons.
And for this week's version of Thursday night NFL football the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings were favored by 6.5 points for their game at the Metrodome against their former NFC Central Division rivals, the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8:25 pm ET, NFL Network).