Tonight marks the start of the NFL Thursday night game. College football has had a Thursday night game scheduled for quite some time now. Most of the time they feature teams that get left out of the spotlight during the weekend, but recently the games on Thursday night have been very intriguing and meaningful. Tonight’s college games feature Ohio @ Central Michigan, Houston @ Tulane, Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech, and the NFL game is Oakland @ San Diego.
Ohio Bobcats @ Central Michigan Chippewas: This Mid-American Conference (MAC) battle should be a high scoring affair tonight. Both teams are averaging over 20 points per game and have struggling defenses. The bookies have taken a closer look at this game as it is going to receive more action tonight because people have fewer games to bet on. The over/under of 59 I think will be spot on. I like the Bobcats to cover the spread of 6.5. Prediction: Ohio 35 Central Michigan 24.
#11 Houston Cougars @ Tulane Green Wave: This Conference USA (C-USA) match-up will be a route by the Cougars. I usually don’t like to mess with games that have a spread over 30 but Houston has proven that they can put up points. They like to start off slow, but look for them to get in a groove by halftime. Look for Houston to cover the spread of 34. Prediction: Houston 59 Tulane 14.
#10 Virginia Tech Hokies @ #21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: This Atlantic Coast Conference match-up will be a hard game to pick. These teams have shown up and not shown up to play all year (I’m speaking in terms of covering spreads). According to the sportsbooks, this is a pick’em game (no spread). I like Georgia Tech to win at home. Prediction: Virginia Tech 21 Georgia Tech 24.
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers: This game will surely be interesting to watch; both teams will be trying to take an outright lead in the AFC West Division. I give the edge to the Chargers at home tonight, but to cover the spread is another story. They are -6.5 and I think the game will be decided by a field goal. Prediction: Oakland 17 San Diego 20.
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