October marks the end of summer, World Series playoffs, Oktoberfest, and Halloween. With all that on your plate, I have selected the top MUST WATCH (and bet) games for the first week of October 2018. My selections are based on entertainment value, the intensity of rivalry and playoff implications.
Must Watch Football Games 1st Week of October 2018
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots -10
Thursday, October 4 at 8:20 pm ET
The Colts versus Patriots is not the rivalry it used to be. Peyton Manning is gone and his successor Andrew Luck has yet to show he’s worthy.
Both sides are dealing with injuries. Colt TY Hilton is likely out for this game while Gronk is questionable for New England. Tom Brady will welcome back Julian Edelman from a PED suspension.
#7 Oklahoma Sooners -7½ -105 vs. #19 Texas Longhorns
Saturday, October at 12:00 pm ET
The Oklahoma Sooners face the Texas Longhorns in the 2018 edition of the Red River Showdown and for the first time since 2011, ESPN’s College GameDay will be there. While the game is on neutral ground at the Cotton Bowl in Texas, the Longhorns get the home field edge by vicinity.
Texas is riding a four-game winning streak while Oklahoma remains undefeated at 5-0 and is making another College Football Playoff run.
#5 LSU Tigers -2½ -125 at #22 Florida Gators
Saturday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET
Florida leads the all-time series against LSU with a 32-29-3 record, but the visiting Tigers are a 2.5-point betting favorite in this tilt. Last season when the two matched up, LSU won 17-16.
The Bayou Bengals are 5-0 this season while the Gators are 4-1 after back-to-back SEC road wins.
Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish -5 at Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 pm ET
This tilt marks the first time the Irish will face the Hokies at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. Both teams come into this game riding high after beating ranked teams this past weekend. The game will be televised to a national audience on ABC with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. ET.
Baltimore Ravens -2½ -115 at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 pm ET
The Ravens versus Browns AFC North showdown is gearing up to be a special one. Baltimore just took down division rival Pittsburgh in a game that saw the Ravens D shutout Big Ben and AB in the second half. Rookie Baker Mayfield and the Browns came inches away from winning two in a row after almost two years of winless football.
Jacksonville at Kansas City Chiefs -3 -125
Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 pm ET
This game features the league’s top defense facing the league’s top offense. That alone is worth the price of admission. Will Patrick "Showtime" Mahomes continue his domination of the NFL or will the Jags defense steak a road game?
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers -5½
Sunday, October 7 at 4:05 pm ET
In a battle of a pair of California teams who will come up on top? Oakland is coming off a come from behind OT victory in a game they could have lost as easily. The Chargers are happy they escaped the 49ers wrath with a 2-point win.
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans -3 -125
Sunday, October 7 at 8:20 pm ET
The battle of the Lone Star State kicks off this Sunday night at 8:20 PM ET when the Dallas Cowboys face the Houston Texans. Dallas is 2-2 after squeaking past the Lions with a last-second field goal to win by 2-points. Houston needed OT to handle the Colts and win its first game of the season.
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints -7 +105
Monday, October 8 at 8:15 pm ET
Washington had a long week to prepare for their visit to New Orleans. The Saints are coming off a GIGANTIC defensive stand that helped them beat the G-Men. New Orleans also welcomes back rusher Mark Ingram who returns from a PED suspension.
-The 5Dimes Team