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The Vegas Sports Masters


Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Tony Salinas

Tony Salinas arrived in Las Vegas over two decades ago fresh from the family ranch in Texas, looking for the next winning thing. After all, he'd always been a winner back home... captain of the football team, State Champion tennis player, point guard for the district-winning basketball team, and Texas Calf Roping Champion in both high school & College.


Tony was an immediate hit, winning the $85,000 Castaways Challenge of 1980, and has never looked back. Tony is the proud winner of over a dozen handicapping contests, including two years ago when he beat out 226 other rivals to take the title in the $135,000 Hilton Superbook Handicapping Championship.

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.

Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Chargers/Broncos

Denver Broncos fans certainly have to be wondering if the San Diego Chargers possess the Kryptonite that keeps Peyton Manning from being a superhero. They’ve seen with their own eyes that San Diego has no fear when they’re playing a mile high. These teams played on this field twice last season. Here were the results…


San Diego (+10) beat Denver 27-20

San Diego (+8) lost to Denver 24-17 in the playoffs


That’s a 44-44 tie through 120 minutes. You all should know that Denver enjoys a huge home field advantage. That two-game virtual tie really jumps out when you see the other regular…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Miami at Virginia Tech on ESPN

The ACC has mostly stayed off the college football radar beneath the drama at Florida State. Nobody else in the league has a chance to crash the Final Four party later in the season. Nobody besides Clemson is even ranked this week. But, a truly fascinating race is shaping up in the Coastal Division…which will surely be discussed Thursday Night when Miami visits Virginia Tech in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

Any of the seven teams can win it!

In fact, all seven teams are currently within a game of each other in the standings (first place is 2-1, last place…

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Midweek Report



Let this one roll around in your brain for a few seconds: The AFC West hasn’t had a Super Bowl winning team since January 31, 1999 when the QB John Elway-led Denver Broncos busted the Atlanta Falcons 34-19.

In fact, since that night in Miami - when the Broncos strung together back-to-back titles for the only time in team history - there’s been…

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Network Notebook: World Series Pitching Notes

The football schedule is about to get busy again, which means we won’t have a chance to go day-by-day through the World Series with stat previews in each and every pitching matchup. So, we’ve put together the next best thing! Today in the NOTEBOOK, a look at the stat performances of projected rotation starters for both the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

Yesterday we talked about staff aces Madison Bumgarner and James Shields. Let’s see how those guys stack up amidst the four-man rotations that have been seeing action in October. We’ll start with the Giants, who are…

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How Sharps are Betting Tuesday Football and the World Series

Avid football bettors were ecstatic when lesser known conferences started putting games on Tuesday Night to get some TV exposure. Sharps recognized a great opportunity to beat a soft number that was rushed into the market by oddsmakers. For that reason, we’ll pick some spots this season here at Vegas-Sports-Masters to cover sharp betting on Tuesday action.

Of course, Tuesday’s a great day to file a report this week because the World Series begins tonight in Kansas City! Let’s see how sharps have been betting Tuesday Night college football and the Fall Classic…

ARKANSAS STATE at LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (Tuesday-ESPN2): An opener of Arkansas…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette

It’s Tuesday Night Football on ESPN2! Las Vegas bettors want to win their football bets no matter what night of the week…and no matter how UN-marquee the matchup is. Your buddies may not be able to find the campus sites for Arkansas State and Louisiana Lafayette on a map. You don’t care about that. You want to find the winner, then enjoy watching yourself win on TV.

Here’s some quick information to help you…

First, be aware that this is actually a huge game in the Sun Belt. Most respected ratings systems have these two teams duking it out with Georgia Southern…

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Network Notebook: World Series Preview…Game One

At no point during the regular season, in the Wildcard play-in games, or even during the Division Round of the 2014 Major League Playoffs was anyone imagining a World Series battle between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. They didn’t have the pitching. They didn’t have the offense. They were seemingly outclassed by most anyone they’d face in the brackets. Maybe they’d catch some breaks and have an interesting run.

Instead, they both had DOMINANT runs by playing aggressive confident baseball against a bunch of overrated opponents that kept sitting around hoping something good would happen!

The Giants and…

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Wayne Root: False Football Favorites are Everywhere!

It amazes me every October how oddsmakers continue to post “false favorites” on the board in college and pro football. There are teams laying points that are clearly the underdog in that week’s scenario. And, there are often favorites of more than a TD who are in true coin-flip situations that could go either way.

A great example of a false favorite from this past weekend was Stanford (-) at Arizona State. Clients know I had the Sun Devils for this week’s PINNACLE play. I thought they should have been favored. Turns out they should have been favored by a lot!…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the World Series

I’ll be back in a few days to talk football again. But, I wanted to put together a special report on handicapping the World Series for everyone who studied hard here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping throughout the summer.

I have to admit that we’ve seen a stunning chain of developments through the baseball postseason. Even if you liked Kansas City as a potential darkhorse in the American League, you didn’t expect them to storm through the brackets in such dramatic fashion! And, if you liked San Francisco in the NL, you probably tried to talk yourself…

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Weekend Wrapup and World Series Preview





As it turned out, the single-best bet this past football weekend was made by the guys/gals who went “over” 2.5 touchdown passes thrown by Denver Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning (okay, so you had to lay - 160, but no sweat!) in Sunday Night Football’s 42-17 rout by the home team over the hapless San Francisco 49ers.

Manning got his…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Texans/Steelers

It will become a major theme of Monday preview coverage on TV…what else can you talk about when the last two teams to take the field in Week 7 are both sitting right at the .500 mark with 3-3 records?! The Houston Texans are 3-3, trying to chase down the Indianapolis Colts at the top of the AFC South. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-3, and trying to chase down everyone else in the AFC North because Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Cleveland all have better records!

The winner of MNF moves to 4-3, and has a chance to compete for a playoff spot…

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Two 100-Unit Blowouts CASH in Saturday College Football!
Two 100-Unit Blowouts Top Saturday College Football!Michigan State (-16) 56, Indiana 17Marshall (-21) 45, Florida International 13

100-Unit NFL Blowout Game Of Week Set To Deliver Knockout Punch Today

By Kelso Sturgeon

Lessons learned in college football were many Saturday and after the dust settled we know for sure to never piss off Alabama coach Nick Saban, that conference play has teams cannibalizing one another and that underdog Missouri proved in a definitive way the power of the bounce-back theory.

I was also a day in which I released two winning 100-unit plays - Michigan State (-16) over Indiana and Marshall (-21) over…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Niners/Broncos

The San Francisco 49ers were just a few inches away from beating the Seattle Seahawks last season in the NFC Championship game. If Colin Kaepernicks pass to Michael Crabtree had been completed in the end zone in the final moments…it would have been the Niners facing Denver at the Meadowlands with the Lombardi Trophy on the line.

Sunday Night, the Niners will be facing Denver in Denver, in a game that will be nationally televised by NBC.

It won’t have a Super Bowl feel because it’s not a neutral field. But, that just means a win by San Francisco would be even…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 7

A big Sunday of NFL action this week includes a few matchups of teams who either qualified for last year’s playoffs…or who could face each other in this year’s playoffs. And, the Sunday Night game was “almost” the Super Bowl last February, with San Francisco visiting Denver after just missing a trip to the big game last year.

Only two bye teams this week, with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay sitting out. Let’s jump right in. Games are presented in rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule.

CINCINNATI AT INDIANAPOLIS: Both of these teams are favored to win their respective…

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Saturday & Sunday Football Previews




The NFL Week 7 menu started last night - and this was no typical Thursday night blowout.

Instead, the 9.5-point favorite New England Patriots needed to block a low-flying K Nick Folk field goal from 58 yards out to hold off the now 1-and-6 New York Jets 27-25 and hope you watched the post-game presser involving NYJ head coach Rex Ryan who was a…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Notre Dame/FSU

We’ve talked in recent days about how this Saturday night’s Notre Dame/Florida State game could be a virtual “quarterfinal” play-in game for college football’s Final Four championship tournament. You know that the SEC West champion is going to be there. It’s fairly likely that the Big 12 champion is going to be there. If defending National Champion Florida State runs the table, it would seem impossible to keep them out no matter what’s been happening off the field. If Notre Dame runs the table with a win over FSU…the Irish are a shoe-in.

Obviously there’s a lot of football left. And,…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football (Plus MLB!)

Great stuff this week on the Thursday and Friday tickets…with a classic blood rivalry in the NFL, important conference games in the ACC and Mountain West…and what could be the final game of the 2014 NLCS when the Giants try to end the series at home against the Cardinals Thursday.

We’ll take the games in rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules…

NEW YORK JETS at NEW ENGLAND (Thursday-NFL): An opener of New England -9 has been bet up to -9.5 and -10. We’re starting to see signs of a tug-of-war between those latter two numbers. Early position-takers have…

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NCAA Football Previews


Let’s face it ...College Football fans have been blessed with a slew of Top 25 matchups the past couple of weeks and now you turn around and there are five - count ‘em, five - showdowns this Saturday pitting Top 25 teams against one another but only one of those games is getting marquee coast-to-coast attention ...

Welcome to all the hub-bub regarding #5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida State - now it’s gonna be our turn here at Jim Sez to chuck in our two cents’…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Jets/Pats

Rex Ryan and Geno Smith could be out of a job by the weekend. The New York Jets are off to a woeful 1-5 start, with their only victory coming in a tight decision over the Oakland Raiders…one of the two worst teams in the NFL (along with Jacksonville). The franchise had been trending in the wrong direction for a long time. An ill-advised gamble with Geno Smith at quarterback looks like it might be the final bone-headed straw to break the camel’s back.

How can a 1-5 team go on the road to beat Tom Brady and the New England…

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Wayne Root: Stick With What Works!

Having made my living as a sports handicapper and sports bettor here in Las Vegas for many years, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work for the betting public. I’m a very strong believer in focusing on your strengths when it comes to making money. I live in a house that winners built! Most sports bettors don't live like kings because they make poor betting decisions.



Betting too many games

Betting too large for their bankrolls

Betting for entertainment

Thinking they’re smart when they got lucky!

That last one was omnipresent this past Sunday in the NFL. The public (and…

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Network Notebook: Is Mississippi State a True #1?

The sports world was pretty much in shock when it was announced Sunday that Mississippi State was the new #1 team in the college football world. Sure, they have been playing great ball. But, it’s rare for the pollsters to let a #3 team leapfrog #1…particularly when that #1 team is undefeated and the defending national champions themselves!

And, that doesn’t even account for the fact that Mississippi State as a co-#3 with Ole Miss. And, Ole Miss was impressive Saturday Night winning on the road at Texas A&M. What the voting tells you is that a lot of pollsters are…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Football’s Full of Surprises

I don’t need to tell you…just hours after Mississippi State was named the #1 team in the country in college football…and after the Dallas Cowboys utterly dominated the Seattle Seahawks (in Seattle!) that the sports betting world has been full of surprises in recent weeks. Either one of those by themselves would have been tough to imagine back in August. That they would happen almost unison is a parlay without a payoff. Nobody could imagine odds that long!

Of course, it’s not just those two teams. Ole Miss is right on the heels of their state rival in the SEC West…

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NFL Week 6 Recap




Right on, Troy Aikman!

The three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys circa early 1990s really hit the nail on the proverbial head in Sunday’s 30-23 Cowboys’ win at 10-point favorite Seattle:

Not only was the Hall of Fame slinger correct when he called this one a “house money”…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Niners/Rams

The San Francisco 49ers have played in the last three NFC Championship games, but don’t yet have a Super Bowl ring to show for it. It’s generally assumed that THIS is the final season of the Jim Harbaugh era because he and the front office have grown tired of each other during this marriage of near-misses and heartbreaks.

Is the best this team has to offer already in the rearview mirror? Or, have recent gut-check wins over Philadelphia and Kansas City made it clear that the Niners are still a force to be reckoned with in the championship chase?



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NFL Week 6 Key Previews


Okay, so the NFL may no longer have any unbeaten teams out there but there’s plenty of hot action when it comes to divisional races - just this weekend alone we’ve got an early-season battle for the top spot in the AFC East between New England at Buffalo and the NFC East has its own little race these days with Philadelphia hosting the New York Giants on Sunday night while 4-1 Dallas travels to Seattle.

Might the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys all be 4-2 SU (straight-up) by the end of Sunday evening? We’ll see.

Lots of…

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Network Notebook: NFL Week 6 Previews

Another very busy schedule in the NFL this weekend, with marquee matchups all over the card. Let’s jump right into our weekly look at JIM HURLEY’ key indicator stats for each showdown. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order. Note that schedule strength rankings come from Jeff Sagarin’s numbers at USA Today.


Denver: 6.1 on offense, 5.0 on defense, #4 schedule, -1 turnover

NY Jets: 5.0 on offense, 5.1 on defense, #15 schedule, -6 turnovers

Las Vegas Line: Denver by 9.5, total of 47.5

The line keeps going up because sharps don’t have any faith in New York’s quarterback situation. Geno Smith has struggled.…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 6

Quarterback injuries have muddied the waters a bit in three different games this weekend. As we go to press Friday around lunchtime in the East, official numbers still aren’t up and widely available in games involving the Titans, Vikings, and Cardinals because it’s not yet known who will be playing quarterback. Sharps can’t bet a game until it’s on the board!

We’ll run through the rest of the card for you here in our weekly Friday NFL feature. As always, games are presented in rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.

DENVER AT NY JETS: Denver was a very…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football (and LCS Baseball!)

Not quite as big a late-week schedule this week in the world of sports…but heightened drama as we have the first two games of the League Championship Series in baseball to go along with an NFL game and four college football clashes.

Let’s start with the football, taking the games in schedule rotation order…

INDIANAPOLIS at HOUSTON (Thursday-NFL): Game day sharp money has been hitting the home underdog Texans. A line that has been sitting on Indianapolis -3 most of the week is now at Houston +2.5 in a lot of places. That may set up a tug-of-war between the public on…

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Baltimore Orioles Now 2-1 Favorites To Win World Series

Baltimore Orioles Now 2-1 Favorites To Win World Series - St. Louis Cardinals 2nd Choice At 5-2

Best-Of-7 League Championship Rounds Begin Friday Night With Royals At Orioles 8-2 In Playoffs Thus Far And Big Money Still To Be Made

Going For 3rd Straight 50-Unit Thursday Night College Winner - BYU At Central Florida Plus 25-Unit NFL Play - Colts At Texans

By Kelso Sturgeon

Sometimes it’s easy - you just look at the numbers. For instance the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5 straight up and 0-5 against the spread and ranked next to last in the American Football Conference in offense,…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Colts/Texans

The AFC South race is already down to two teams. Everyone knew entering the season that Jacksonville would have no chance to compete. The surprise there is that the Jaguars have been even worse than expected! Tennessee has been a disappointment, as a popular darkhorse pick (particularly after they upset Kansas City in Week One) has fallen apart. Those two teams are 1-9 straight up, and 1-8-1 against the Vegas spread.

That leaves only two other teams who could possibly win the division. And, both the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are 3-2 entering their head-to-head battle Thursday Night in a…

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The Midweek Report



Know how sometimes in sports you hear about a “win-win” situation?

Well, the way we see it, that’s what you’ve got when you talk about two great AFC franchises - the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts.Keep in mind that following the 2011 season when then-Colts QB Peyton Manning sat out the entire campaign following numerous neck surgeries, the AFC South club waved bye-bye to Manning and hello…

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Heisman Watch - Week 6


“The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”


We are now separating the best from the rest but only if their teams continue to win. We see that after Oregon’s huge upset to Arizona last week, Marcus Mariota dropped down and may have trouble climbing back up. Nick Marshall, Auburn’s QB, has his team playing exceptional and will have something to say this week as they play Mississippi St. Speaking of Mississippi St, Dak Prescott has produced back to back wins against LSU and Texas A&M and if he’s dominant…

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Wayne Root: BCS Chaos is Now Final Four Frenzy!

For years I’ve been showing you how to exploit college football’s obsession with the National Championship chase for a lot of fun and even more profit. Brent Musburger used to call it “BCS Chaos” every year when the top contenders would lose week-after-week because overrated teams are inconstant danger when there’s a target on their back. We can’t call it that any more with the new “Final Four” system that’s in place. The same dynamics are still in play!

That’s a big part of why I won another huge PINNACLE Game of the Year selection this past Saturday on TCU (+)…

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Network Notebook: Updating College Football SuperShow

We recently talked about how the chase for the 2014 College Football Championship resembled a pay-per-view pro wrestling show. There was going to be a Battle Royal in the SEC West. Oregon was going to endure a gauntlet match (that didn’t last long!). And so on, and so on.

Even though this past weekend featured a slew of upsets, it’s possible that entry into the brackets still hasn’t changed that much. A quick review:

*The winner of Florida State/Notre Dame is still well-positioned, particularly if FSU wins that game as a favorite. The ACC is so soft this year (deep, but deep…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Eagles Hiding a Slumping Offense

As students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, you should always be on the lookout for surprising developments in all the major wagering sports. Since we’re now five weeks deep into a new NFL season, all sorts of dynamics should be attracting your attention from game telecasts, boxscores, season-to-date stats, and game-day betting from the sharpest market influences.

I’m generally not very specific when it comes to something like this. When I find a development of note, I want to protect that information for my clients. But, today’s topic involves something that I’m fully confident that markets…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Seahawks/Redskins

Early in an NFL season, perceptions of various teams can turn on a dime. You saw that with several teams who played on Sunday…in games with pointspreads that would have been much different had those same matchups been played two weeks earlier. One of the topsiest/turviest teams in terms of perceptions has been the Washington Redskins…who host the defending World Champion Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

*Washington entered Preseason camp with great enthusiasm. Star quarterback RGIII was returning from injury, and kept telling everyone he was at 100%. New head coach Jay Gruden was brought in to fix what had…

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Wayne Root: I’m Starting to Get Enthused about the NY Giants!

In recent weeks we’ve been monitoring the New York Giants very closely as they’ve been learning and implementing the West Coast offense. Things were pretty ugly through the Preseason because it was such a dramatic change from the downfield passing attack historically used by Eli Manning and the team. Then, the first two games of the season against Detroit and Arizona made things look pretty bleak.

But, you could definitely see the offense clicking the last two weeks in surprisingly easy victories over Houston and Washington. That last game was most important because everyone seemed to be on the same page.


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Network Notebook: NFL Week 5 Stat Previews

Today’s report will cover all 14 pro football games set for Sunday and Monday. Miami and Oakland have a bye this week. And, Minnesota visited Green Bay this past Thursday Night. That leaves 28 teams left to discuss!

Our stat  briefs will focus on the following keys:

*Yards-per-Play on offense season-to-date

*Yards-per-Play allowed on defense season-to-date

*Strength of Schedule rankings according to Jeff Sagarin of USA Today

*Turnover differential season-to-date

These have proven to be the most predictive football stats over the years, which is why JIM HURLEY has always emphasized them in is game previews. You’ll get a peek at what the stathead contingent of…

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NCAA & NFL Previews

Lots to get to in today’s Jim Sez football column and we’ll begin with a trio of NCAA Football Previews/Forecasts and we’ll follow them up with some NFL Week 5 goodies.

First, a quickie house-keeping item here as NCAA Football Betting Favorites enter this brand new week/weekend with a pointspread record of 107-117-5 for a .478 winning rate. Note that last year at this very time the NCAA Betting Favorites were hitting ‘em at a .530 winning rate, so the dogs have really turned the beat around.

Note that last week’s chalk sides cranked out a 23-27-2 spread mark overall – a…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 5

Busier NFL weekend this time around because only two teams have byes. Oakland and Miami get the week off after playing in London last Sunday. Everyone else is on the field Sunday and Monday, except for the Vikings and Packers. Did the Vikings even make the field Thursday Night?!

Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting the NFL thus far this week. As always, games are presented in rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.

CHICAGO AT CAROLINA: The big news here is that the game hasn’t moved off the opener of Carolina -2.5. If sharps liked…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Bad College Coaches

Last Saturday I had a major release on the Texas Longhorns (-) over the Kansas Jayhawks. Even though much of this selection was based on the fact that Kansas had ZERO playmakers or gamebreakers and was facing a truly stout Texas defense…the single biggest reason was probably the fact that Charlie Weis is a horrible college coach.

Well, I should say WAS a horrible college coach because he was fired right after the game! The Kansas administration had seen enough. A guy that was supposedly an offensive guru couldn’t get anything on the board in their biggest home game of the…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football (and Baseball!)

We have room to include the first two days of Divisional Round action in the Major League Baseball Playoffs along with our standard football features in this look at Thursday and Friday action. There’s a lot to get to so let’s jump right in…

MINNESOTA at GREEN BAY (Thursday-NFL): Sharps were mostly optimistic about Teddy Bridgewater as a potential star in the NFL (not 100% agreement, but a lot of respect for his skill set). They were certainly impressed with his performance last week vs. Atlanta. Sharps were going to bet Bridgewater here if he were at 100% health. But, game…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Vikings/Packers

The Minnesota Vikings were extremely excited about the home debut of Teddy Bridgewater in last week’s 41-28 in over Atlanta. The passing line of 19-30-0-317 was sharp and productive…and their total yardage victory of 558-411 opened quite a few eyes.

Of course, that was against ATLANTA, a team with a suspect defense. And, it was clearly a team that wasn’t as fully prepared for Bridgewater as was needed. No more surprises. Green Bay no knows what Bridgewater is capable of if he’s given time to throw. And, Bridgewater himself will be dealing with a bad ankle that became an issue late…

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The Midweek Report



The NFC North gets to be in the Thursday Night spotlight this week when the Minnesota Vikings invade Green Bay for a prime-time tilt against the Packers and – did you know – this is the only division with .500-or-better teams from top to bottom after the so-called “quarter pole” of the season.

Okay, so Detroit’s 3-1 SU (straight-up) mark leads the way with Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota all at 2-2…

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Network Notebook: MLB Playoff Preview…Giants/Pirates

Washington awaits the winner of Wednesday Night’s San Francisco Giants/Pittsburgh Pirates showdown in the National League Wildcard game. Wednesday’s survivor will be a clear underdog to the hard-finishing Nationals…but both the Giants and Bucs are capable of going deep in the NL brackets. It’s the playoffs…anything can happen!

Pittsburgh may have lost a gamble this past weekend when they threw top pitchers in hopes of winning the NL Central in their race with the St. Louis Cardinals. That didn’t work out, which leaves their 2014 hopes on the arms of much ridiculed but resurgent Edinson Volquez. Let’s run some numbers and…

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Wayne Root: Is Oregon Overpriced in the Pac 12?

The #2 Oregon Ducks are currently 23-point favorites in their Thursday Night showdown with Arizona that will be nationally televised by ESPN. That’s their second Pac 12 game of the 2014 season. Oregon was pretty unimpressive two weeks ago in a 38-31 win on the road at Washington State, where they were also 23-point favorites.

Starting a season 0-1 ATS in your conference is no big deal. Particularly if you won the game straight up and are still favored to win your division, your conference, and in the view of some analysts, the national championship. But, that 0-1 ATS start is…

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Network Notebook: MLB Playoff Preview…A’s/Royals

For the first two thirds of the season, it looked like the Oakland A’s might make a run at history. They were absolutely crushing the American League, with a run differential that was off the charts for a team that had to play home games in a pitcher’s park. Kansas City was a fringe contender that had a shot at a Wildcard, but certainly wasn’t scaring anyone.

You can pick different spots in the summer where those switches got flipped. The easiest point to pick is at the end of July when Oakland decided it had to make some trades that…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Baseball Playoffs

As promised, I’m back before the start of the Major League Playoffs to resume the discussion we enjoyed all summer about handicapping baseball. We’ll still mostly focus on football moving forward. I will at least have one more baseball class-day right before the World Series. If developments warrant, I’ll have some “read and react” bonus coursework from the baseball postseason.

I have to tell you, I can’t recall an October that felt this wide-open in many a year. Baseball is more at the mercy of luck than other sports when championships are on the line anyway. This year has a mix…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…New England/KC

Monday Night’s NFL matchup could be a tricky one for handicappers. It’s easy to fall in love with either side if you only half think through the process. You don’t make money in Las Vegas sports betting with a half effort! Are you in one of these two camps?

*New England is the OBVIOUS side because Tom Brady (-3) over Alex Smith is a mismatch. You have a star quarterback (who’s admittedly off to a slow start) facing a pretender who’s prone to make bad mistakes in a high pressure game. Brady can win it easily “clean.” Even if Brady isn’t…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…New Orleans/Dallas

Many longtime handicappers attributed the road woes of the New Orleans Saints last season to being a one-year fluke. Drew Brees is a future Hall-of-Famer. He and this head coach have won a Super Bowl together. You’re going to say that THOSE GUYS don’t know how to win on the road?

Well, a few weeks into the 2014 season, and the same issue has reared its ugly head. New Orleans lost its season opener at Atlanta as a field goal favorite. That’s not the end of the world because Atlanta may be pretty good again this year. But, the Saints followed…

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Chargers CB Flowers out vs. Broncos

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First-place Broncos shift focus to Rivers, Chargers

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Extra Points: Closing the door on Cutler

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Two Payton Award winners on Hall of Fame ballot

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Florida to start QB Harris against Georgia

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Dorm Report: Catching breaks

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Kentucky tops preseason coaches' poll

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Florida suspends F Walker for first two games

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Liberty won't bring back Laimbeer

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Grizzlies release F Clark

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Dodgers' Haren has shoulder procedure

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Jim Hurley’s Network’s COVERS CLUB goes 5-2  for the weekend, 2-1 Sunday, and 3-1 Saturday, winning with 3 outright Upsets...West Va, Kansas State, and Missouri!

The Saturday Root Trust went 4-1 Saturday, and is now on a 19-5-1 run the past 5 weeks in college! Wayne has won 12 of 15 weekend days so far this season, for 80%

Kelso wins both his 100-Unit plays on Saturday!
Michigan State (-16½) over Indiana 56-17
Marshall (-22) over Fla International 45-13


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