The USMNT’s odds against England have increased even further

On Friday you can do all your shopping online. There is plenty of football to watch and bet on.

The last Black Friday without the NFL also includes both types of football. The main event of the day is the USMNT’s highly anticipated World Cup 2022 World Cup Group B matchup against England (2pm ET, Fox). And the US received a lot of help from Iran on Friday morning.

Iran defeated Wales 2-0 in the early game on Friday. That means the US is guaranteed to progress to the knockout rounds of the World Cup with almost any combination of a win and a draw against England and Iran. A loss to England is not the worst thing in the world now. The US can still beat England and Iran and make it to the next round as long as Wales doesn’t beat England.

The English have moved up to -210 favorites to beat the USMNT. The US was +450 to win the game on Wednesday and is now at +600 in the hours leading up to kickoff. A draw is at +320 – and that’s a result both teams are likely to benefit from.

We’ve looked at the combined bet with a win in the US and a draw if you want to be bullish on the chances of the United States. The probability of a USMNT win or tie is now +155. Betting on England or a draw is now all the way down to -900. There’s not much return on that.

The USMNT tied its opening game of the World Cup against Wales. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A bunch of college football

The biggest college football game of the day is in Cincinnati, where the Bearcats receive Tulane for the right to host the AAC championship game. No spread will be available for the game Friday morning, as Cincinnati quarterback Ben Bryant may not be available (Noon ET, ABC). Evan Prater would start if Bryant can’t come along. The total is 44.5 and the winner plays UCF for the AAC title, assuming the Knights beat ailing South Florida in the final week of the season.

Texas is an 8.5 point favorite at home against Baylor (Noon ET, FS1). The Longhorns are looking to finish Steve Sarkisian’s sophomore season at 8-4 and be on their way to a decent bowl game.

Arkansas has moved to a 3.5-point favorite on the road in Missouri (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). The Tigers must win to qualify for a bowl at 6-6.

Iowa, meanwhile, is a 10.5-point favorite at home against Nebraska and the total is just 38.5. Iowa just needs to beat the Cornhuskers on Friday to be the Big Ten West representative in the conference title game. If the Hawkeyes make it to the title game, they will be huge underdogs to either Michigan or Ohio State.

The NBA returns after a Thanksgiving hiatus

The NBA is also back after no games were played on Thanksgiving. There are 14 games scheduled for Friday as everyone but Dallas and Toronto get into action. Games start as early as 5pm ET with the Timberwolves and Hornets and the Nuggets and Clippers are the nightcap at 10:30pm ET.

Denver is a 3.5-point favorite going into the final game of the night after a win at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. the night is in OKC as the Bulls are just a 1.5 point favorite over the Thunder.

Who redeemed tickets on Thursday?

The Giants became the latest team to cover the spread against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving with a late backdoor cover TD in the Cowboys’ victory. The Lions also covered against the Bills, as Buffalo needed a field goal in the waning seconds to knock off the Lions.

While all three favorites won on Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Vikings were the only ones to cover the spread. Minnesota scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to beat the New England Patriots 33-26.

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