Thanksgiving Football Watching Guide & Other Sports, With Betting Lines

November 25th, 2010 – by Jimmy

There are two things that Thanksgiving has come to be known for. One is a big turkey feast and the other is football. Well, this Thanksgiving is no different as the NFL has 3 games on tap while college football is showcasing a great rivalry from the state of Texas.

While football is great and is the number one sport in the United States, there are other sports taking place today as well. Stick around and find out the full sports schedule this Turkey Day.

Starting with the NFL, games start today at 12:30pm, 4:15pm, and 8:20pm, all times Eastern.

The first game at 12:30pm ET will feature the New England Patriots visiting the Detroit Lions. As always, Detroit is a staple on Thanksgiving Day and this Thanksgiving is no different. While most would expect the Patriots to win going away, you can’t discount Detroit and their fans on Thanksgiving. It may take a Thanksgiving miracle for Detroit to win, but they could stand a good chance of beating the 6.5 point spread in this game. Online sportsbooks will taking bets on this line, as well as the 51 point over/under betting line. Coverage of this game can be seen on CBS.

The next game will feature the Dallas Cowboys, winners of their last 2 games, hosting the New Orleans Saints. Fans of the Cowboys, Saints, or just football can find this game on Fox starting at 4:15pm ET. This game may prove difficult to watch but not because of the teams but rather due to digesting the vast amounts of turkey and stuffing that is sure to be ingested today. Though they’re hosting this game, the Cowboys are a 3 point underdog according to Bodog Sportsbook. Before jumping off on this game, remember that it was the Cowboys that brought and end to the Saints’ bid for a perfect season last year.

Finally, the NFL will wrap up with a rematch of an AFC wild-card playoff game from last season. At approximately 8:20pm ET, the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to New York to face the New York Jets. The Jets won that game last year and oddsmakers predict the same will happen as evidenced by the 9 point spread in this game. New York has been playing well while the Bengals can’t seem to scratch out a win, even against lesser teams. The Jets are definitely not the lesser team so if the Bengals want to win, they are going to have to play above their heads and wait for that Thanksgiving miracle to come through. If you want to watch this game, it will be shown on NFL Network.

As mentioned previously, college football has a good game for it’s fans… Texas A&M vs. Texas. For the first time in a long time, the Longhorns enter this game un-ranked, while the Aggies enter this game at number 17 in the rankings. Coverage of this contest can be seen on ESPN at approximately 8:00pm ET. As for the betting line, the Longhorns are the home underdog as oddsmakers have deemed them to be at a 3.5 point disadvantage. It’s hard to say what may or will happen in this game. For Texas, a lot of pride is on the line after this nightmare season. For Texas A&M, they just want to beat their hated rival. Big brother / little brother syndrome?

Beyond the football, the NBA, NHL, and College Basketball are all in play today.

The NBA has two matchups today, but neither can exactly be called marquee. First, starting at 8pm ET, the Atlanta Hawks will host John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Early game lines have the Hawks as a decided favorite as they are favored by 8 points. The second game, Sacramento at the L.A. Clippers, will tip off at around 10:30pm ET. As with the other game, the home team is favored in this affair, however it is only 3 points as opposed to 8. Coverage of both Thanksgiving NBA games can be seen on TNT.

In the National Hockey League there is just one matchup, the Colorado Avalanche at the Edmonton Oilers. In this game the puck is scheduled to drop at 9pm ET and coverage will be shown nationally on the NHL Network. As for the NHL betting odds in this contest, the Avalanche are favored. Currently the line stands, Colorado -130, Edmonton +110. Hockey fans can wager on this game at online sportsbooks like Intertops, BetED, and BetUS.

Lastly but not least is College Basketball. Upon first glance the NCAA Basketball matchups don’t appear good, especially with only one top 25 team in action but don’t let that fool you. There are some good games on the hardwood. Below they will be listed with tip time, coverage (if any), and betting lines for those games.

12pm ET – Boston College vs. Texas A&M (-6) on ESPN2
2pm ET – Manhattan vs. Wisconsin (-20) on ESPN2
2pm ET – Virginia Tech (-17.5) vs. Cal State Northridge on ESPNU
4:30pm ET – DePaul vs. Oklahoma State (-10) on ESPN2
7pm ET – Georgia vs. Notre Dame (-6) on ESPN2
9pm ET – #20 Temple (-5.5) vs. California on ESPN2
9pm ET – Murray State vs. Stanford (+2, yes that line is right) on ESPNU
11:30pm ET – Tulsa vs. UNLV (-8.5) on ESPN2

There you have it, the sports schedule to watch on Thanksgiving. Check back tomorrow for a Black Friday football watching guide.


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