Thursday night’s seesaw battle between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys was just the opening course of a jam-packed betting weekend with the first full slate of college football and the NFL.
You’re probably giddy just thinking about watching football on Friday night, all day Saturday, all day Sunday and Monday night.
I’ve been selective with my picks so far this season (1-0-1), and I’m still trying to figure out how Minnesota (+14) went from a surefire cover to a near non-cover in the second half against Ohio State last Thursday. Oh, well.
Here are my best bets for this weekend, with lines courtesy of FOX Bet:
Let’s begin the weekend with a blowout on Friday. Coastal Carolina could easily win this game by 30-plus because it's a better football team in every single facet.
Plus, there’s a reason this line is dramatically different than last season’s number – Kansas -6 – in Lawrence. Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold needs time to build his program.
Now Bret Bielema’s bunch heads to Charlottesville, and they’re catching 10.5. That number is too high for an Illinois offense that will be noticeably healthier on Saturday.
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I love that FOX Bet is giving us one of the best numbers in the world on this game. The market is mostly Jaguars -14 right now, and I expect it to close in the -15/-16 range.
Go figure, the Hawkeyes morphed from the unwanted favorite to the public underdog in just one week, and that’s always a cause for concern.
I’ll take Matt Campbell and Brock Purdy in a big game any day.
Buffalo is one of the sexiest teams to bet heading into this season, and bookmakers tell me the bets haven’t stopped in Week 1 or the futures market. But you’re paying a tax on the Bills because of past performance.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s defense is well-rested and ready for the opener, and I expect an added jolt with the return of TJ Watt to the front seven.
Big Ben will do enough to keep this game close ‘til the very end.
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Sammy's 2021 football picks: 1-0-1
Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VSiN. He'll probably pick against your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.
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