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Wayne Root

It’s big-game time in baseball as Oakland and KC open the playoffs in the A.L. Wild Card and as aces John Lester and James Shields get set to square off Tuesday, I’m primed for a big bet to make us a lot of midweek money. I’ve loved watching these teams during the regular season, and I’ve spent the last two days studying these teams up and down the lineup, through the rotation and into the bullpen, and I’m completely convinced where the edge lies in the opener.

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Scott Spreitzer is now in his 16th year of handicapping and is the ONLY handicapper to advance to 3 straight finals in the Sunset Station Casino Invitational in Las Vegas. In fact, he's the all-time Sunset Station Casino Invitational's WIN CHAMPION! And what's most impressive about Scott's record is that it was compiled with a high volume of selections. Scott released over 500 NFL & college football plays in 5 seasons, and finished with an awesome 59% ATS winning mark, as documented by the Sunset Station Casino and the Las Vegas betting public.

Besides being a champion handicapper, Scott co-hosted the Stardust Line radio show from 1992-1997 and was the weekly football analyst on the Pete Rose radio show in 1997. Scott has also hosted the ESportsDaily radio show, which aired in over 60 U.S. cities.

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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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Wayne Root: It’s Now or Never for San Francisco 49ers

As hard as it is for some to believe, the San Francisco 49ers are already in danger of seeing the 2014 season (and the Jim Harbaugh era) float away as they head into Sunday afternoon’s NFC showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is absolutely a MUST-WIN game for the Niners. A 1-2 start has put them in the hole in the brutal NFC West. And, one of those two losses came against the Arizona Cardinals. They’re down already in a tie-breaker against the up-and-coming Cards. Two games with Seattle are still left. It’s going to be very hard to rally for…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Notre Dame/Syracuse

Because #8 Notre Dame has started the season undefeated, with all three victories being carried prominently on television, the Irish are naturally involved in many media discussions about the national championship race. Most HANDICAPPERS and SPORTS BETTORS know that Notre Dame is not currently Power Rated anywhere near the top four…and that a brutal schedule awaits them in coming weeks. But, at the moment, they’re on the media radar.

Syracuse would like to knock them right off the radar with a high profile statement upset Saturday Night in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the Jets and Giants play in the NFL)…

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Scott Spreitzer: RANT…Denver’s “Prevent” Prevents Backers From Cashing!

My RANT this week is about the horrible defensive choices made by the Denver Broncos in overtime last Sunday in their 26-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. I had released Denver (+5) to my paying clients, and had placed a large bet personally on the game here in Las Vegas. It was a WINNER if only Denver had continued playing aggressive defense in overtime rather than sitting back.

Here’s what I mean…

In the second half, Denver had to get aggressive on defense because they had fallen behind. IT WORKED! They held Seattle to 111 yards on 33 plays for 3.36 yards…

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How Sharps are Betting This Weekend’s NFL

Flush with cash after properly anticipating that the NY Giants would play their best game of these season Thursday Night against Washington, market sharps are hoping Sunday and Monday NFL action will continue their profitable run.

Let’s see how the Wise Guys have been betting the full NFL card heading into the weekend. Note that we have three fewer games than normal because six teams have a bye this week. It’s the first week of byes in the 2014 season (Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, and St. Louis). As always, games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make…

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Saturday College Football Previews

Network 3-1 Overall on Thursday Night winning with Giants and the OVER in the pros, and splitting in college, winning with UCLA crushing ASU, and just missing with OSU against Texas Tech.


We’re winding down the month of September but even we gotta admit there’s some strange things when you look at this weekend’s NCAA Football menu:

There’s only 16 teams among the current Associated Press Top 25 in action here (okay, so #24 Oklahoma State, #11 UCLA and #15 Arizona State have games to play…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Missouri/S. Carolina

The SEC East race looked like it was going to be very interesting a few weeks ago. But, now the title may come down to the round robin between South Carolina, Georgia, and Missouri. And, because South Carolina has already defeated Georgia, that means this Saturday’s game between South Carolina and Missouri could determine the division winner…even before we get to October!

How can that be?

Well, nothing’s locked into place obviously. There’s a lot of football to be played. And, South Carolina lost some margin for error when they lost their SEC opener to Texas A&M. But, that loss won’t hurt…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Conference Openers

We’re not quite to the point where everyone is playing conference games in college football. But, you can tell from the schedules Thursday (where all three matchups are conference games), Friday (where both matchups are conference games), and Saturday (where league action is all over the place) that it’s time to transition your handicapping mindset to the challenge of analyzing high intensity matchups in the major and mid-major conferences.

Nobody is flat for their league opener!

You will see some ugly teams play well this week because they realize a “new season” is starting with the completion of their non-conference schedule. If…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Busy slate this week with SIX late week prime time games to talk about. It’s the New York Giants visiting the Washington Redskins in the NFL, then five college games before Saturday even gets here. And, for the second week in a row, the “best” college football matchup of the whole week based on the national poll rankings falls on a Thursday Night, when #11 UCLA visits #15 Arizona State.

Let’s jump right in to see how sharps have been betting these early kicks. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules…


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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Giants/Redskins

After the first week of NFL action in the 2014 season, it looked like both the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins were in serious trouble. New York was dominated by Detroit in a Monday Night game, showing everyone they were struggling with their new West Coast offense. Washington played poorly in Houston, barely threatening to score for their new head coach.

Things are looking up a few weeks later as both teams get ready for a head-to-head meeting in this week’s Thursday Night TV game. But, the LOSER of that game will be saddled with a 1-3 straight up…

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Network Notebook: Biggest NFL “Market Misreads”

The 2014 pro football season has largely been devoid of true shockers. The market is so well-informed these days that “surprises” are a matter of degree. Very few developments come from out of the blue without early hints that either trouble was brewing or a surge was imminent.

Given that…there have been a few surprises expressed by either 3-0 ATS or 0-3 ATS records vs. market expectations. Let’s take a look at those so handicappers can monitor market adjustment in the next few weeks.



Many pundits were expecting the Bengals to fall from grace after being exposed in their home…

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Wayne Root: So Many Question Marks in UCLA/Arizona State

The Pac 12 plays its games in my “backyard” because media coverage is so strong for that league here in Las Vegas. But, even WAYNE ALLYN ROOT has to admit that Thursday Night’s meeting between the UCLA Bruins and the Arizona State Wildcats has so many unfamiliar elements involved that handicapping the game could be a true crapshoot.

If you’re from another part of the country, you may not be aware of the issues in play. Quick notes:

*Star UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley injured his non-throwing arm early in the game against Texas two weeks ago, and still isn’t a sure thing…

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Network Notebook: College Football "Extended" Playoffs

In past years, college football’s regular season created a “virtual” tournament that eventually launched two teams into the championship game. It wasn’t called a tournament. But, the matchups naturally laid out in an elimination format. Here in 2014, we’re looking at something that more resembles a wrestling “pay-per-view” event. Maybe a promoter is calling the shots!



The participants are:

#3 Alabama

#5 Auburn

#6 Texas A&M

#10 Ole Miss

(With LSU, Mississippi State, and possibly even Arkansas lurking as lumberjacks ready to storm the ring!)

This looks to be the single most exciting thing about the 2014 season, because…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Bad Getting Worse in NFL

As I was enjoying my 100-unit blowout on Indianapolis over Jacksonville coast to victory this past Sunday, it occurred to me that I should make it a point of emphasis this week to talk about what happens to teams who LACK the required PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS to compete.

You probably know that Jacksonville was a bad team that was also dealing with some injuries. They just didn’t have any firepower on the field at all. Garbage time points helped disguise that in the final boxscore. The Indianapolis defense is a bit soft in the best of times, and is really soft…

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Wayne Root: Jets Have Impressed Me, With MNF on Deck

I have to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the start of the New York Jets this season. Sure, they couldn’t hold onto a big early lead at Green Bay last week. But, they still covered all but the very late pointspread (a push for some at +7), and there’s no shame in losing in Lambeau when Aaron Rodgers is having a big game (more than 300 passing yards with no interceptions).

You longtime readers know I pay very close attention to all the New York teams in the major Las Vegas betting sports. Things are getting very ugly for…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bears/Jets

Monday Night’s interesting matchup between the Chicago Bears and the NY Jets presents a meeting of two teams who you couldn’t possibly trust in this situation. The Bears are coming off a road upset at San Francisco in a prime time TV game…and now have to perform on the other side if the country as a TV road dog AGAIN. The Jets are notoriously bad as home favorites because Rex Ryan’s offenses can never be counted on to score on command.

Who are you going to take?! You want Jay Cutler on the road against a good defense? He was lucky…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Steelers/Panthers

If you read a lot of summer previews across the sports landscape, you know that the mainstream media was more skeptical about the Carolina Panthers than any other playoff team from last year. Carolina was supposedly some super-lucky side that couldn’t POSSIBLY keep that luck going for another consecutive season.


*The coach was overrated

*The quarterback was overrated

*This was an 8-8 team at best!

Well, they may still end up being an 8-8 team…but, right now, the Carolina Panthers look like a potential Super Bowl threat once again. Keyed by a fantastic defense that hasn’t lost a step, Ron Rivera, Cam Newton and…

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Tony Salinas: Denver Visits Seattle in Super Bowl Rematch

What I’d like you to be thinking about as you watch Sunday afternoon’s Super Bowl rematch featuring the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, is that BOTH teams may be overrated here in the 2014 season.

That’s right. Stop listening to the media hype about how great Seattle is…and how Denver is the only logical team in the AFC to have a real chance at going to the Super Bowl this season. Start thinking about LINE VALUE. Bettors so far in 2014 have been getting the best of it by fading these two Super Bowl teams.

*Seattle covered its season opener against Green…

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Scott Spreitzer: Washington Positioned for Statement Game at Philadelphia

The 2014 Preseason was one of question marks for the Washington Redskins. Would new head coach Jay Gruden be able to right the ship that had gone so far off course in the final year under Mike Shanahan? Would RGIII be able to bounce back from injury and play to the promising level of his rookie season? And, how would one of the worst defenses from 2013 improve when everyone was so focused on fixing the offense?

The early returns were not good. The first team offense didn’t impress in August, with RGIII looking slow in the pocket and still floating…

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More Sunday NFL Previews


Is it simply too early in this 2014 NFL season to claim it’s already “do-or-die” time for many teams?

Well, if you’re the Indianapolis Colts and/or the New Orleans Saints or the New York Giants and you’re 0-2 SU (straight-up) out of the starting gate, than, no, it’s truly do-or-die time right now!

In today’s weekend edition of Jim Sez, we’ll touch on the aforementioned Colts and the Giants (we previewed the Minnesota at New Orleans game in the last Jim Sez article) and we’ll get you the Sunday Night preview…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Clemson/Florida State

Just a few weeks into the season, and fans of the Florida State Seminoles have to be VERY concerned about the mindset of the defending college National Champions. Through two games, and assorted off-the-field headlines, the team has yet to show any inkling that they’re ready to play at an elite level. There have been short stretches that were reminiscent of last season. But, for the most part, it’s been a pretty stunning September as the team prepares for revenge-minded Clemson in its ACC opener that will be nationally televised Saturday Night.

*The Seminoles started with an unimpressive 37-31 survival as…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Florida/Alabama

The media had been hoping that Florida/Alabama was going to turn into a blockbuster. Many pundits had been (inexplicably) on the Gators bandwagon regarding a bounce back year for “under the gun” head coach Will Muschamp. The September 18 showdown between Florida the Crimson Tide was going to let everyone know if Florida was for real…while also possibly showing everyone that Alabama was vulnerable with a new quarterback.

That was all well and good until Florida looked awful last week against Kentucky in a prime time game on the SEC Network. When Brent Musburger is marveling that an 18-point underdog should…

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How Sharps are Betting This Weekend’s NFL

Hopefully the worst game of the NFL weekend is behind us with that 56-14 throttling of the Tampa Bay Bucs at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. Still a full 15 games ahead because byes don’t start until next weekend. Let’s take a look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting pro football this week. As we do every Friday, we take the matchups in Nevada rotation order.

SAN DIEGO AT BUFFALO: A lot of interest on Buffalo at the opener of pick-em, as we’re now seeing Bulls -2.5 everywhere. This puts sportsbooks in an awkward position. Sharps would come…

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The NFL Report



Heck, with all the build-up by both CBS and the NFL, we thought these Thursday Night games were gonna be compelling TV … so far that’s not exactly been the case. Last week we were “treated” to Baltimore’s 26-6 battering of Pittsburgh and last night it was an epic blowout as the 6 ½-point favored Atlanta Falcons brutalized the hapless Tampa Bay Bucs 56-14 and wasn’t it great how CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz called out the losers on that one Falcons’ TD where…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Connecticut at South Florida (on ESPN2)

Imagine if ESPN2 were showing a small college matchup between Western Carolina and Stony Brook. Would you watch? Would you bother even handicapping the game with so many more appealing matchups on the weekend card? Friday Night, ESPN2 has the virtual equivalent of that in the American Athletic Conference battle between Connecticut and South Florida.

*UCONN only beat Stony Brook by 3 points at home

*S. FLA only beat W. Carolina by 5 points at home

Home field advantage is typically worth about three points in college football. So, those were virtual ties! Even if you want to make the case that UCONN…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Why is Public Buried in NFL?

The biggest story in Las Vegas sports betting right now is the fact that local sportsbooks have made an absolute killing through the first two weeks of the NFL season. The public is losing at an astonishing rate. And, even many professional sharps are having some trouble because their Preseason assessments have been off the mark with a few teams.

It’s very important that those of you studying here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping avoid the costly mistakes made by the public, and learn the skills used by professionals to soften the blow of their own errors.



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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Only three weeks on the Thursday/Friday card this time around. But, one of the three games may turn out to be one of the biggest matchups of the first half of the 2014 college football season. And, the NFL game is a divisional slugfest that will have a significant impact on how the NFC South is going to play out.

What we lack in volume, we make up for with drama! Let’s see how the Wise Guys have been betting the three games that lead up to the busy Saturday and Sunday schedules…

TAMPA BAY at ATLANTA (Thursday-NFL): An opener of Atlanta…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bucs/Falcons

On the one hand, it’s not that surprising that the Tampa Bay Bucs are once again off to a disappointing start. They’ve just gone through several disappointing seasons. And, the team is transitioning to a new head coach (Lovie Smith) and a new starting quarterback (Josh McCown). You can’t expect miracles right away! On the other…the team is 0-2 despite being home favorite of more than a field goal against backup quarterbacks in each of their first two games!

*Tampa Bay was laying -4 to Derek Anderson and the Carolina Panthers in their season opener. The offense struggled badly against the…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: #5 Auburn at #20 Kansas State (on ESPN)

Thursday Night college football often gets overshadowed by the NFL. But, THIS WEEK, we have a true blockbuster when the defending national runner up Auburn Tigers (currently ranked #5 in the nation) visit the dangerous Kansas State Wildcats (currently #20) in a high profile game on ESPN.

Was Auburn a one-year wonder that’s going to fall back to earth with a thud this season. An easy early-season schedule has helped disguise that possibility. Thursday Night at Kansas State will be their first true test…and we’re talking about a dangerous host that many pundits believe is a true darkhorse in the Big…

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Thursday Night College & NFL Previews



It’s become all the rage to point out the NFL’s “surprise” 2-and-oh teams featuring the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans – teams that finished last year with a combined 8-24 SU (straight-up) – but what about the teams that most figured would be 2-0 right now such as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints and…

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Network Notebook: Which 0-2 Teams Are in Most Danger?

The NFL media has really grabbed the “it’s a disaster to start a season 0-2” theme and driven it into the ground. Yes, the numbers are fairly dramatic. But, that’s because a lot of really bad teams start a season 0-2! That doesn’t mean that an 0-2 team that had to open with a tough schedule is out of the playoffs. It just means that teams who weren’t playoff caliber to begin with often start a season 0-2.

Let’s run through all the NFL teams who are off to 0-2 starts to see who’s really in trouble in terms of playing…

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Network Notebook: Clouds Darken Over Big Ten

Things were already looking bad for the Big 10 after that well-publicized debacle two weeks ago when the conference went 2-11 against the Las Vegas pointspread and was embarrassed in all of its high profile games. You wouldn’t think that things could get worse. Maybe they did!

Among the only good news the prior week was that Illinois had won and covered against Western Kentucky. Yeah, that’s not exactly earth-shaking. But, hey…A WIN IS A WIN! This past Saturday, Illinois was routed in a national TV game by Washington of the Pac 12. The Illini trailed 38-12 at the half and…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Kids and Media Hype

This past weekend saw many examples of college athletes falling prey to media hype. Teams who suddenly had the “it” factor according to ESPN and all the national publications quickly found out they DIDN’T have “it” after all.

Some quick examples…

*USC was humbled and humiliated as a big favorite on the road against Boston College. A prior win over Stanford had vaulted the Trojans into national championship talk…where they very clearly didn’t belong. You could see by the second quarter that all the hype had gone to the players’ heads. They weren’t prepared at all for the running game of the…

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Wayne Root: Reaching the Pinnacle with S. Carolina and San Diego!

Well, THE KING OF UPSETS and THE KING OF LAS VEGAS certainly made headlines this past weekend when I called for upsets in two of the biggest college and pro games of the entire weekend. Congratulations to all of you who signed up and won with me. Condolences to those who missed out on one of the biggest profit September weekends ever!

My PINNACLE upset calls were:



South Carolina (+) over Georgia

Won OUTRIGHT 38-35



San Diego (+) over Seattle

Won OUTRIGHT 30-21


You probably watched both games on TV. And, you know those were the…

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Weekend Recap & MNF Preview




Maybe you happened to hear that stat they were spitting out on TV yesterday/last night that claimed 59 of the last 60 NFL teams to make the playoffs started off their seasons either 2-0 or 1-1 SU (straight-up) …

In other words, only one playoff team out of the last 60 post-season squads have gotten to the “promised land” after an 0-2…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Eagles/Colts

Two playoff teams from last season…with their eyes on going deeper in the brackets this year…will square off Monday Night when the defending NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles visit the defending AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts.

The Eagles earned a home game last year in the brackets, but couldn’t get past Wildcard New Orleans in the first round. The Colts earned a home game too, needing it for a miraculous come-from-behind victory over Kansas City before losing on the road at New England.

Both teams are obviously looking forward. But, they’d better keep an eye on the teams behind them too! Philadelphia…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bears/49ers

This was supposed to be the year the Chicago Bears returned to the NFL Playoffs. They took a big step forward last season under new head coach Marc Trestman. Jay Cutler was maturing into a quarterback that was FINALLY figuring out what it took to win consistently (if he could stay healthy!). The defense couldn’t possibly be any worse than it was last year. Pencil in slight improvement here and there…and this is a playoff team.

That’s why Chicago was -7 last week against Buffalo. But…Chicago couldn’t even beat Buffalo! Jay Cutler returned to his past “horrible-decision-making” form, and the defense…

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Wayne Root: Jets Can Prove They’re For Real With Upset of Packers

You regulars know that I follow the New York teams very closely in all sports. I was born in Mt. Vernon, NY as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). And, I still have connections in the Big Apple and surrounding area that help me pick winners for my clients in the NFL and college football, in Major League Baseball, and in both college and pro basketball.

A few days ago we talked about the New York Giants, who badly flunked their first test of 2014 by getting blown out in Detroit. The offense looked so awful that it may be…

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Scott Spreitzer: Will New England’s Road Woes Continue at Shorthanded Minnesota?

Nobody should have been surprised last weekend when the New England Patriots opened the season by struggling on the road against the Miami Dolphins. We saw that time and time again in 2013…from a season-opening nailbiter at Buffalo (a 23-21 win as a 10-point favorite) to the season-ender in the playoffs at Denver (a 26-16 loss as a 5-point underdog).

Only TWICE in nine road games last year did New England cover the spread. They won an early season shootout in Atlanta against a team destined to be one of the biggest disappointments of 2013. They won a late season blowout…

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Network Notebook: College Preview…Tennessee/OU

It’s become comically inevitable…the mainstream media LOVES the Oklahoma Sooners at the start of a new season…insists that the team is on the short list of national championship hopefuls…only to see stunning mediocrity at the worst possible time when OU has to step up and play a real team.

The fact that Oklahoma crushed disinterested Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last season has given that contingent the confidence to do it again! And, now we have the Sooners riding high in “Final Four” discussions as they prepare for a national TV appearance Saturday Night against Tennessee.

The Volunteers are 21-point underdogs…which might…

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Network Notebook: College Preview…Georgia/SC

Based on media coverage, and Las Vegas chatter, you’d think that the Georgia Bulldogs had opened the season with a blowout win over Florida State, Alabama, or Oregon. Suddenly EVERYBODY is talking about Georgia as a serious SEC championship threat, and a team with a real shot to reach the Final Four.

This week’s pointspread backs that up. At last report, Georgia was -6 on the road against South Carolina. That means they’d be about -9 on a neutral field. And, if you’re nine points better than SC on a neutral field…that puts you on a short list of national powers.…

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How Sharps are Betting This Weekend’s NFL

One game down and 15 to go here in Week Two of the NFL season. Let’s take a look at how the Wise guys have been betting the Sunday and Monday Night pro football matchups so far. As always, games are presented in rotation order so you can make notes conveniently in your schedules.

DETROIT AT CAROLINA: Sharps are once again lining up against Carolina. Many lost BIG money last week because they thought the loss of Cam Newton would be a major factor against Tampa Bay. Money has been coming in on the Lions in a way that suggests, once…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Offenses Still Shaking Off Rust

Earlier this week, I talked about the lack of true quality quarterbacks at the college level these days. In the NFL, we’re also seeing a lot of mediocre or worse performances out of the gate. But, I attribute a lot of that to early season rust or transitions to new personnel.

We KNOW that Tom Brady can pass. Yet, he threw 27 incomplete passes last week in New England’s loss to Miami. Not 27 total passes. That’s 27 incomplete passes on a passing line of 29-56-0-226. Joe Flacco of Baltimore won a Super Bowl two seasons ago. He also had 27…

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