Daily Sports Betting Preview 2/26/2021: NCAA Football, NHL, Golf

  • Alabama State has +240 odds to defeat Southern U as a serious underdog.
  • The Colorado Avalanche have -170 odds to beat the Arizona Coyotes.
  • The WGC Workday Championship features solid head-to-head golf betting odds.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to this Friday edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview!

Today’s Preview kicks off with a look at the college football matchup between Southern U and Alabama State. Then, in the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche face off against the Arizona Coyotes. Finally, the second round of the WGC Workday Championship sees solid wagering opportunities on several elite golfers.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

College Football Betting

Spring FCS Football is here, which means there are going to be tons of college football matchups this weekend. Southern U vs. Alabama State is an appetizer to Saturday’s full slate, and airs at 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday.

Southern U vs. Alabama State Moneyline

  • Southern U -290
  • Alabama State +240

The moneyline heavily favors the visitors, Southern U. Southern were the top team in the SWAC last time this conference played, and look to maintain their status in 2021.

It’s not a surprise to see them favored, with Ladarius Skelton being perhaps the best player in this game. Skelton led the team in rushing last season, and that went hand in hand with Southern’s gameplan, which resulted in Southern leading the conference in rushing yards.

Meanwhile, Alabama State has not retained their quarterback from the last time this conference kicked off, and was worse than Southern U to begin with.

Southern U vs. Alabama State Spread

  • Southern U -7.5 (+100)
  • Alabama State +7.5 (-120)

Southern U is favored by 7.5 points on the spread, with a bit of shading going the other direction.

This means that there is a good shot at line shopping on this matchup - bettors can look for either side of the matchup at better odds, given how precariously the spread is balanced right now.

College football betting fans might be a bit out of practice, but line shopping can be a great way to get back into the swing of things and find the best bets.

NHL Betting

The Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes have very similar records at this point in the season. The Colorado Avalanche are 9-6-1-0, while the Arizona Coyotes clock in with a record of 9-7-1-2.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes Moneyline

  • Colorado Avalanche -170
  • Arizona Coyotes +150

Despite their similar performances across the season so far, the Avalanche are still notable favorites in the matchup.

Some of this is likely due to betting inertia - the Avalanche were regarded as a top team coming into the season, and bettors seem willing to forgive their slow start. It’s worth noting that they haven’t lived up to the hype, but there’s still plenty of time for them to gel.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes Puck Line

  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+150)
  • Arizona Coyotes +1.5 (-170)

The puck line flips the matchup exactly on its head, reversing the moneyline odds.

Nowhere is Colorado’s underperformance more obvious than on the puck line, where they are 6-10 on the season. Their home/road splits against the puck line are identical: they’re 3-5 on the puck line at home, and 3-5 on the puck line on the road.

The Coyotes, on the other hand, enter this game on a bit of a slump, having won only one out of their last five games. They’re fairly average against the puck line, however, with a 9-10 overall record. However, at home, they’re only 5-8 against the puck line.

The Avalanche have won four out of the last five matchups they’ve played against the Coyotes, but the home team has won eight out of the last nine matchups between these two teams.

This presents NHL betting enthusiasts with an interesting quandary, and there’s a lot to consider when wagering on this matchup.

WGC Workday Championship Betting

The WGC Workday Championship continues on Friday, and while Thursday’s opening round column focused on three ball wagering, Friday’s will focus on head-to-head matchups.

Some of the best golfers in the world are out on the green today, and wagering on who comes out on top this round is always intriguing.

WGC Workday Championship Head To Head Betting - B. Koepka v D. Johnson

  • Brooks Koepka +120
  • Dustin Johnson -155

Brooks Koepka has a heads up matchup with Dustin Johnson on the sportsbooks, and all bettors have to do is pick which one will have the better score this round.

Koepka had a great first round, finishing tied for third place with -5, while Johnson struggled, shooting a +5 in the first round. Despite their performances on Thursday, Johnson is regarded as the best in the world right now, while Koepka is ranked 12th in the world.

The sportsbooks are going with the historically better player, and not letting their performances yesterday change the odds too much.

WGC Workday Championship Head To Head Betting - J. Thomas v R. McIlroy

  • Justin Thomas +110
  • Rory McIlroy -140

Rory McIlroy performed well on Thursday, shooting a three-under par to put himself tied for 13th place. Justin Thomas struggled a bit - not as much as Johnson, but Thomas shot a +1, leaving him tied for 44th place.

McIlroy’s performance, combined with his high profile, has put him as a notable favorite over Thomas in the head-to-head. Thomas is the higher-ranked player, but performed worse yesterday, while McIlroy is always a threat to win and has Thursday’s performance to fall back on.

Golf betting fans can wager on either side of this one, and there are good arguments both ways.

Good Luck!

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