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GOOD BEATS: Money-line picks for the College Football, NFL weekend (Jan. 3-6)

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Tom Brady and the Patriots (six Lombardi Trophies since 2001) haven't played during Wild Card Weekend in 10 years.

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

Why only seven selections?

Well, with both college and pro entering the postseason realm … unfortunately, we’re running out of football games to analyze, embrace and cherish — before next August.

Charting regular season play, BATSBY Sports had been remarkably consistent for the first two months, touting SIX consecutive weeks of a 9-6 combined record.

In the aftermath …

**BATSBY momentarily came back to Earth 10 weeks ago, churning out a painfully mediocre 7-7-1 mark.

**However, the successive eight weekends have been a collective joyride, posting nine wins at least six times and going 80-55 overall during this prolific stretch.

**We enjoyed a season high two weeks ago (11 wins), highlighted by the 8-1 mark with NFL selections.

**The Week 17 NFL campaign, our last weekend of 15 money-line picks, finished on a positive note (8-7 overall).

BOTTOM LINE: For those who have been riding our money-line picks from Day 1 … we fully expect you back for Year 2.

BATSBY SPORTS TRACK RECORD
SEPT. 13-16 …..….. 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

YEAR TO DATE: 143-98-1

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

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

(Home team in CAPS)

AGAINST THE SPREAD

ARMED FORCES: Southern Miss (+7) over Tulane
LENDING TREE: Miami of Ohio (+14) over Louisiana-Lafayette

OVER/UNDER

FAMOUS POTATO: Ohio vs. Nevada (59.5 points) … UNDER

NFL: WILD CARD ROUND

AGAINST THE SPREAD

PHILADELPHIA (+1.5) over Seattle
Tennessee (+5) over NEW ENGLAND

OVER/UNDER

NEW ORLEANS vs. Minnesota (49.5 total points) … OVER
Buffalo vs. HOUSTON (44 total points) … UNDER

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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