GOOD BEATS: 15 sweet betting picks for the College Football, NFL weekend (Sept. 19-21)

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For Ben Roethlisberger's last four complete home openers (2015-18), the Steelers QB holds elite-level averages of 323 yards passing and three touchdowns.

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BATSBY Sports offers its 15 most appealing betting picks for the upcoming football weekend.

For those with short memories, undoubtedly wiped out by the COVID-19 shutdown, we enjoyed a scintillating overall record of 176-116-3 from September to February (60.2 winning percentage), otherwise known as Year 1 of BATSBY excellence.

And we fully expect to be similarly stellar in Year 2, which began with a bang last week!

2020/21 SEASON
SEPT. 12-14 …….. 9-5-1 overall

2019/20 SEASON
SEPT. 13-16 (’19) … 9-6 overall
SEPT. 20-23 ………. 9-6 overall
SEPT. 27-30 …….… 9-6 overall
OCT. 4-7 …….…..… 9-6 overall
OCT. 11-14 ….….… 9-6 overall
OCT. 18-21 …..…… 9-6 overall

OCT. 25-28 …..… 7-7-1 overall
NOV. 1-4 …..….… 10-5 overall
NOV. 8-11 ……..…. 7-8 overall
NOV. 15-18 …..… 10-5 overall
NOV. 22-25 ………. 9-6 overall
NOV. 29-DEC. 2 … 9-6 overall
DEC. 6-9 ……..…… 9-6 overall
DEC. 13-16 ………. 7-8 overall
DEC. 20-23 …..… 11-4 overall
DEC. 27-30 ………. 8-7 overall
JAN. 3-6 2020 ….. 4-3 overall
JAN. 10-13 ………. 4-2 overall
JAN. 17-20 ………. 6-2 overall
JAN. 24-27 ……. 2-2-1 overall
FEB. 19 …………… 5-4 overall
FEB. 25 ………… 6-2-1 overall
FEB. 29 …………… 6-3 overall

YEAR 1: 176-116-3
YEAR 2: 9-5-1

WEEK 2 PREP WORK

PASSING FANCY: QB-starter rankings for Week 2
RUN TO DAYLIGHT: Week 2’s listing of top 60 PPR tailbacks
CATCHES AND TARGETS: Top 70 PPR wideouts for Week 2
LARGE AND IN CHARGE: Week 2’s top 30 PPR tight ends
GET TO WORK: 7 reasonable buy-low options to acquire before Week 2
FREE AGENCY: Top 30 waiver-wire pickups for NFL Week 2

IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS: 15 super-fun facts to ponder for NFL Week 2
GOOD BEATS: The weekend’s best betting bets for NFL, College Football
‘YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE’: The gold-standard preview of NFL Week 2

NOTE: This week’s college football and NFL odds are courtesy of OddsShark.com.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(Home team in CAPS)

AGAINST THE SPREAD

DUKE (-6) over Boston College
Troy (-3) over MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
CINCINNATI (-34) over Austin Peay
GEORGIA STATE (+15.5) over Louisiana-Lafayette

OVER/UNDER

Central Florida vs. GEORGIA TECH (62.5 total points) … UNDER
CLEMSON vs. The Citadel (57.5 total points) … OVER
Miami vs. LOUISVILLE (64.5 total points) … UNDER

NFL

AGAINST THE SPREAD

PHILADELPHIA (-1) over L.A. Rams
San Francisco (-7) over N.Y. JETS
SEATTLE (-4) over New England
L.A. CHARGERS (+8.5) over Kansas City

OVER/UNDER

New Orleans vs. LAS VEGAS (49 total points) … OVER
ATLANTA vs. Dallas (54 total points) … UNDER
Detroit vs. GREEN BAY (49 total points) … UNDER
PITTSBURGH vs. Denver (40.5 total points) … OVER

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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