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Network 3-0 College TV Parlay of the Month
A week ago Saturday, the Jim Hurley Network loaded up with a big move on East Carolina (+10) over Virginia Tech. That won BIG, 28-21 as the Pirates proved our experts right, who vowed that Tech would be flat after their huge upset win at Ohio State. That was a sweet TV win, but something even sweeter is coming up this week--not one, but THREE big plays. And 3 plays who grade out so strongly that it’s being released as our College TV Parlay of the Month! It might be only mid-September, but when three games are this strong and solid and going together, there’s no point in waiting. We want you to get ALL THE MONEY on these three games, ones that our handicappers love, our gridiron experts approve, and our wise guy connections confirm. – Jim Hurley
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Kelso Sturgeon

I have carefully broken down Friday night''s game and I KNOW which team has enough gas in the tank to win and you can get this 25-unit Chairman''s Club play for just $25

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Wayne Root

There’s one game in particular on Saturday, where all the winning elements come together, and that game is my College Knockout Shocker of the Year. This is a game where the dog will most certainly cover the spread and is quite likely to win the game outright. You can play it against the spread and take the sure money, and you can be confident in betting the moneyline - forgoing the points and betting odds as high 2-1 or 3-1.

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Jim Hurley

Won last Friday with Cincinnati beating Toledo!
The dog has covered 4 of 5 in this closely fought series, so are the Huskies plus the points the way to go after they hung tough against Boise State, or will the Bulls storm back after last week’s dismal showing vs. NC State at home. My staff has given me the way to play this game to get the money and build bankroll heading toward a super Saturday. $25

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Richie Baccellieri

3-0 Thursday Night!
Falcons crush Bucs and go OVER, plus Kansas State gets the cover!

Get the edge Vegas doen''t want you to have, and join the Man who for 27 year MADE the line and tonight will help you BREAK the line and start a profit filled weekend. $15

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Scott Spreitzer

After winning Thursday with K-State (+8) over Auburn 14-20, Scott Spreitzer looks to rock the books with his first CFB FRIDAY NIGHT BEATDOWN of the 2014 season. Scott’s side is in a terrific spot and he’ll look to extend his 14-4, 78% winning run. Make the move, grab the Friday side then clock the books again! $20

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Tony Salinas

Connecticut at South Florida (ESPN2) Plus Baseball Bonuses
22-13 on the College Season and 8-3 Last Weekend!

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist’s UConn/South Florida TV Thrasher Wins Friday!
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.



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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

CBS will debut its new Thursday Night NFL package this evening when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Baltimore Ravens. How’s that for timing! All the drama in Baltimore this week and THAT’S where the Thursday Night game is! Just what the embattled commissioner needed, three hours of prime time coverage about their gaffe.

Sharps don’t worry about the soap operas in the NFL, they’re focused on finding investment value. Let’s see how the Wise Buys have been betting that opening matchup of Week Two, as well as the FOUR college football games set for Thursday and Friday action. We’ll take the…

Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Steelers/Ravens

Most NFL teams got to work their way into the season a bit before worrying about critical divisional games. Head-to-head matchups within your own division are HUGE because a win for you is also a loss for the other guy. The Baltimore Ravens are stringing from a home loss to Cincinnati last week in the AFC North, and must now come right back and host the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday Night in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS.

Guess what. The Ravens play a third straight divisional game next week in Cleveland! Falling to 0-2 Thursday would be a…

Network Notebook: Biggest Surprise in NFL Week One

Even though it was a dog-heavy week in the NFL, as 2014 launched in exciting fashion. You can’t say that there were a lot of really big surprises. Sure, Jacksonville jumped ahead of Philadelphia 17-0. If they could have held that lead, we would have had a true shocker. The Jags couldn’t even cover +10 and had their normal lousy stats. There just weren’t any “Oh my GOD!” kind of upsets.

Here’s a full listing of upsets in schedule order…

*Atlanta (+3) beat New Orleans, but in a nailbiter at +3

*Minnesota (+3) crushed St. Louis, but they faced the Rams #2 and…

Wayne Root: This May Be Best Football Betting Weekend in YEARS!

Out here in Las Vegas, the big story is that sportsbooks absolutely cleaned up from the general public this past weekend. You probably know that very few NFL favorites cashed their tickets…and that squares love betting favorites! Fat, happy and smoking cigars…that’s your typical oddsmaker or sportsbook manager this week.


That just sets up a perfect storm this Saturday where arrogant oddsmakers who think they know everything will make mistakes on a college football board that isn’t exactly chocker block full of marquee matchups. The guys behind the line already have trouble with “ugly” matchups involving mediocre (or worse) teams that…

Network Notebook: College Football Championship Chatter

After the Big 10 suffered a series of high profile losses this past Saturday (and survived a few other embarrassing near-misses), the common media theme was that the conference was already out of the championship picture because there was no way their champ would finish in “the Final Four” selection structure.

*The champ wouldn’t be that good anyway

*The champ would have a lousy strength of schedule

*The other conferences were likely to spit out extremely strong candidates

Of course, all of that was true before any games were played Saturday! Michigan State NEEDED to upset Oregon because they were already a longshot to…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Lot of College QB’s Can’t Pass!

I wanted to devote today’s coursework to college football because both of last week’s discussions were about the NFL. I think what struck me most this past Saturday in the colleges in terms of a factor that we haven’t had a chance to discuss yet was the following:


There are a few true standouts who are legitimate PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. I will continue to invest in them with confidence moving forward. And, there are many other “game managers” who can at least move the ball safely as favorites against outmanned opposition. But, even those…

MNF Previews



Okay, so don’t rip up your Super Bowl XLIX “win-it-all” tickets just yet even if you happen to be rooting for the New England Patriots or the New Orleans Saints or the Kansas City Chiefs or even the Chicago Bears.

We will inform you that eight of the last 10 Super Bowl-winning squads did taste sweet victory in their Week One games that title year – the funny…

Network Notebook: Chargers/Cards Monday Night Preview

Both the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals moved forward to the cusp of something special last season. San Diego fixed what Norv Turnver had messed up by replacing him with Mike McCoy, and made it to the second week of the playoffs before losing to eventual AFC Champion Denver. Arizona won 10 games! But, that wasn’t enough to even earn a playoff spot in the tough NFC.

The tendency for football fans is to see progression. If a team takes a step forward one year, they expect the improvement to continue. Handicappers and statheads tend to go the other way.…

Wayne Root: NY Giants Open 2014 Monday Night in Detroit

You longtime readers know that I grew up in New York as a true SOB (son of a butcher!). I follow all the New York betting teams very closely, particularly the Giants and the Jets in the NFL because pro football is KING here in Las Vegas.

Well, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF LAS VEGAS because he knows when to bet on or against various teams. I can definitely that Giants fans in my old stomping grounds are VERY worried about how the G-men are going to start the season Monday Night against the Detroit Lions.

You’ve probably heard by…

Network Notebook: Colts/Broncos Sunday Night Preview

Last October, the Indianapolis Colts stunned the Denver Broncos 39-33 in a Sunday Night Shocker that went down as one of the biggest surprises of the year. Peyton Manning and company would only lose three games all through the regular season (four for the year counting the Super Bowl), and it was young Andrew Luck leading Manning’s former team to a statement-making victory.

It’s a special treat to see one of the elite teams in the NFL in a revenge spot. And, that motivation could certainly be helped by the very strong home field advantage enjoyed by the Broncos a mile…

Tony Salinas: America’s Team Has Lost Market Respect

The Dallas Cowboys may still be a TV draw, but that’s because America likes watching them LOSE! The Pokes are a 5-point home underdog to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon. A spread that high means that the composite of the legal betting markets see Dallas as being well off the pace in terms of the championship picture.

San Francisco would be about -8 on a neutral field

San Francisco would be about -11 at home

San Francisco isn’t the best team in football! That’s apparently still the Seattle Seahawks, who would probably be laying about a touchdown if they were visiting the…

Scott Spreitzer: Bengals/Ravens Battle Critical for Both Teams

I believe that the huge AFC North battle between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens Sunday (1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. here in Las Vegas) could prove to be the single most important game of the NFL’s opening weekend. All of you should be watching that game VERY closely because the result will not only shape the divisional race…but could launch a surprising darkhorse into the AFC title picture.

Most everyone you talk to in Vegas is picking the Denver Broncos to win the AFC again this year. Those who aren’t picking Denver are lining up with the New England…

VSM Exclusive Preview: Michigan at Notre Dame (on NBC)

You longtime readers of the VSM BLOG know that we often provide BONUS big-game previews that are exclusive to this site during football and basketball season. Hopefully you’ve already read the previews of USC/Stanford and Michigan State/Oregon courtesy of JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK. Now, let’s move to the much-anticipated prime time rivalry showcase matching Michigan at Notre Dame.

We start in the markets…

Current Line: Notre Dame by 3.5, total of 56.5

Prior Market Activity: Sharps have been betting Michigan through the week. The Wolverines drew Wise Guy support at the opener of +5.5, at +5, at +4.5, and still even at +4. That’s…

Network Notebook: Michigan State/Oregon TV Preview

Over the past several years now, the Oregon Ducks have been one of the most unstoppable forces in college football. But, they haven’t been completely unstoppable. Some very clear Kryptonite has been shown to work against the Quack Attack. And, the Michigan State Wolverines represent one of the most talented examples of that specific antidote to Oregon’s onslaught.

The key elements:

*Strong defense

*Ball control offense

*Conservative approach that avoids turnovers

*Wearing down the Ducks instead of wearing out yourselves chasing them

You could also add “hope for some injury luck” into the mix, because Oregon turned mortal last year when quarterback Marcus Mariota tried to…

Network Notebook: USC/Stanford TV Preview

Even though the bulk of the college football schedule is still overrun by “paycheck” games that don’t make for appealing television unless you’re an alumnus of a bully, there are still a handful of truly important and potentially thrilling matchups on the card.

Today in the NOTEBOOK, we’ll focus on #14 Southern Cal at #13 Stanford in a huge Pac 12 showdown. It’s possible that this is actually a meeting of top 10 caliber teams given roster talent and USC’s stat performance vs. Fresno State last week. There are many teams in the top 10 right now with question marks because…

Jim Sez: Saturday’s Key College Previews


PLUS OUR NCAA FOOTBALL WEEKEND PREVIEWS INCLUDING #7 MICHIGAN STATE AT #3 OREGON AND THE “LAST DANCE” BETWEEN MICHIGAN AT #16 NOTRE DAME Repeat after me … it’s gonna be awfully tough to take down the 2014 Seattle Seahawks who these days are more than simply just the “Legion of Boom”.Heck, in last night’s rollicking 36-16 home win against the 4 ½-point underdog Green Bay Packers, the defending Super Bowl champions broke out the heavy artillery with 398 offensive yards (including 207 rushing yards and…

How Sharps are Betting This Weekend’s NFL

Back for our first full blown look at a regular season NFL weekend. As has been true in the past, we’ll devote a special expanded Friday afternoon report to a study of sharp action in the legal pro football betting markets.

Slightly different in Week One is the fact that the openers went up a long time ago! So, today’s line moves may have been triggered a few weeks ago rather than a few hours ago. But, you will still get a sense of who the Wise Guys have been backing and why.

There are 15 games left after Seattle’s Thursday Night…

Wayne Root: Nevada Wolfpack a Home Underdog Friday to Wazzou

Last week at this time I previewed what turned out to be a dismal performance for a “local” team here in Las Vegas sportsbooks. UNLV was crushed by Arizona, turning in one of the worst defensive efforts their fans had ever seen. This Friday, Nevada-Reno is on the TV schedule in Game Two of an ESPN doubleheader against another Pac 12 team. Let’s talk about how Washington State/Nevada might play out. I consider any game being played in Nevada as being in WAYNE ALLYN ROOT’S backyard!

I can tell you right off the bat that local bettors in Las Vegas and…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More Tips for Handicapping NFL Week One

Earlier this week, I outlined a few quick tips for handicapping season openers in the NFL. I wanted to continue with that theme here in the late-week coursework because we could only scratch the surface the last time out.

First, a quick review of fundamentals for you first time readers. Regular readers here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will tell you that I ALWAYS EMPHASISIZE the concepts below:

*Look for PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS on both sides of the ball who are most likely to win your bet for you. My strongest plays for decades have come when there…

How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

We have four games Thursday and Friday that will kick off the first FULL week of football action involving both pro and college regular season games. We’ve all been waiting for Green Bay at Seattle in the NFL season opener. But, some interesting challenges await in three college games that will serve as appetizers to a Saturday of marquee showdowns.

As always, we take the games in schedule rotation order…beginning in the NFL…

GREEN BAY AT SEATTLE (THURSDAY-NFL): As we go to press…we’re seeing Seattle -6 with a total of 47. The total has been the big story, as the opener was…

Jim Sez: NFL Overview & Friday College Previews




Hey, there’s a gazillion topics that can be tackled here as we get ready for the start of another National Football League season but let’s go ahead and settle on a handful of quick-hitter subjects/questions (many of which we asked at this very time last year!) before the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks kick things off tonight in Seattle … and…

Network Notebook: Green Bay at Seattle NFL Preview

After many long months of waiting for an NFL game that actually means something…the team that won the last game that mattered ushers in the new season when the World Champion Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers Thursday Night on NBC.

The age-old question will once again confront handicappers. Will Seattle suffer a “Super Bowl Letdown?” Many teams have stepped into this pothole (or fallen into this well never to climb back out!). Even teams who seemed immune to the possibility because of talent, depth, and attitude. Seattle is talking “repeat” rather than collapse. Let’s get you ready for this…

Tony Salinas: Texas-San Antonio Wants to Make Statement vs. Arizona

You may not know a lot about the UTSA Roadrunners, who play in Thursday Night’s only college football TV game against Arizona. Well, let me tell ya’, you need to start paying attention!

While you were either yelling at the TV last Friday Night during the BYU-Connecticut game, or out having dinner with your friends, Texas-San Antonio was bullying Houston 27-7 as an 8-point underdog. It was quite a sight to see if you love defense. UTSA held the respected Houston attack to just 208 yards while forcing six turnovers!

I’ll be the first to admit the final score was a bit…




By Jim Hurley:

Glory, glory hallelujah!

The National Football League is back and the $64,000 question is will we have our first repeat Super Bowl champions in 10 years?Yes, sir/ma’am, not since the 2003-04 New England Patriots has an NFL champion been able to tack together back-to-back titles and – better yet – the NFL hasn’t even seen a defending Super Bowl champ win a playoff game the following year since…

Network Notebook: Final Look at NFC Win Projections

As promised, we’re back today with a look at the final Regular Season Win Totals for the NFC to get you ready for Thursday Night’s Green Bay/Seattle game on NBC. If you missed yesterday’s look at the AFC, please check the archives and get caught up!

Defending champion Seattle has the best number in the conference. But, four different teams are projected to double digit victories. And, market estimates are always closer to .500 than reality usually sees because they have to price in the percentage potential for key injuries or other surprise developments. Conference champions usually win 12-13 games. It’s…

Wayne Root: How to Find Upsets in Week One of the NFL

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the KING OF UPSETS, so it’s natural that I’ll be looking for some upset-minded underdogs in the first week of NFL action. I just missed nailing an outright winner with a Pinnacle upset on Hawaii (+) vs. Washington late this past Saturday Night (it covered the Vegas spread easily). California (+) did come through for me straight up against Northwestern earlier in the day as a Millionaire Play.

Who will my top NFL underdogs be this week? I can’t tell you any specifics here in my web article. That wouldn’t be fair to my paying clients. But,…

Network Notebook: Final Look at AFC Win Projections

With the 2014 NFL season officially kicking off Thursday Night when the Green Bay Packers visit the defending World Champion Seattle Seahawks, we’ll be devoting our Tuesday and Wednesday reports in the NOTEBOOK this week to final rundowns of “regular season win” propositions available in Las Vegas.

We’ll start with the AFC today. Then, we’ll look at the NFC Wednesday because that will lead you directly into that potential playoff preview involving NFC powers.

Who are the AFC powers going to be according to the marketplace? Same old suspects, with Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos…and Tom Brady and his New England…

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