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The books in Vegas can try as hard as they want…they are NOT GOING TO KEEP THEIR BAD LINES HIDDEN FROM HIM. On an amazing 71% run on the College gridiron since 11/1 Richie Baccellieri knows how to find the gems… – Richie Baccellieri
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What a perfect time to cash my THANKSGIVING TURKEY SWEEP!Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Nov 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th Watch as you win - 4 days of top plays! – Wayne Root
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If you don’t know the impact of new players replacing graduated stat leaders… – Jim Hurley
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Why not join the ROOT TRUST this weekend? There’s no initiation or membership fee. Just go online or call and order my FIVE BIGGEST PLAYS Saturday and / or Sunday -- these are Game-of-the-Year level plays - you can get the Root Trust for the rest of the Regular Season for $1500...Don’t Miss Another Day of the Best Plays in Football! – Wayne Root
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The Vegas Sports Masters

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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!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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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.
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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 Early Look…Eagles/Cowboys

Everyone hoped it would be important when the schedules first came out this past summer. Now, Thanksgiving Week has arrived and the Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys showdown Thursday afternoon isn’t just a rivalry game…it’s a potential divisional championship game matching 8-3 powers. Though, the two teams will meet again in Philadelphia down the road…it’s this meeting that will set the stage for the final month in the championship chase.

Philadelphia has weathered the loss of starting quarterback Nick Foles thus far. Sure, they lost badly at Green Bay. It’s hard for anyone to win there, particularly when the Packers are mostly healthy…

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Turkey Shoot Time!
THE JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK ANNUAL TURKEY SHOOT IS HERE AND SO GO AHEAD AND MAKE SURE YOU CASH IN BIG THIS FOOTBALL-FILLED HOLIDAY WEEK/WEEKEND!

PLUS TODAY’S JIM SEZ ROLLS ON WITH GAME PREVIEWS, THE LATEST HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST AND MUCH,  MUCH MORE!

 

Pass the gravy ... and the remote control too! It’s the always wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday this week and we’re truly blessed to have an NFL Week 13 triple-header on the docket with all NFC teams getting into the mix and only one of ‘em -- sorry Chicago Bears - sporting a losing record at this late stage…

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Network Notebook: NFL Early Look…Bears/Lions

As promised we’re going to run three days of previews for the big Thanksgiving Day NFL slate, beginning with today’s look at the Chicago Bears/Detroit Lions game that kicks off the big day. This longtime rivalry carries added importance this year because Detroit is a playoff contender desperately in need of a win.

Two weeks ago, the Lions were 7-2, trailing only Arizona at the top of the NFC standings. They had a chance to be a #1 seed. But, road losses to Arizona and New England have knocked Detroit well down the ladder. Now they trail Green Bay (8-3) at…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Turkey Week

Thanksgiving Week football can be very tricky for handicappers because many teams don’t play to their usual form. Some will play their worst games of the season this week because there’s nothing to play for and it’s no fun having to endure another loss around a big family holiday. Some teams will play their best games of the season because they get sky high for a rival, or because they well-positioned to take advantage of a towel-tosser.

And, I must throw in the fact that weather is often an issue on a late-November weekend, which can throw a monkey wrench into…

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Wayne Root: How to find Upsets During Thanksgiving Week

Wayne Allyn Root is THE KING OF UPSETS, with more documented upset calls than anyone else in the history of handicapping. So, you know I’ve been combing the Thanksgiving Week card trying to find the best underdog bets. Obviously I’m looking for outright shockers. But, I’ll accept when big dogs “just miss” their upsets, as we saw this past weekend with my PINNACLE plays on Iowa (+) vs. Wisconsin, and the Minnesota Vikings (+) vs. Green Bay. Both were live dogs who were ridiculously disrespected by oddsmakers in their respective situations.

I can assure you that we’ll see many more examples…

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The NFL Week 12 Report

IS THIS FINALLY “THE YEAR” FOR TONY ROMO AND THE COWBOYS?

PLUS WHAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT ABOUT THOSE ROAD WINS BY THE BROWNS AND THE BENGALS AND QUICK-HITTER MNF PREVIEWS TOO

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS PLUS POINTSPREAD PALOOKAS

Let’s turn back the calendar pages to August, 2014: All the experts are weighing in when it comes to picking their potential Super Bowl 49 matchups - and not a damn soul is picking the Dallas Cowboys to make it to the “ultimate game”

And why should they?

The Cowboys are coming off back-to-back-to-back 8-8 SU (straight-up) seasons and they haven’t won a playoff game since…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Ravens/Saints

If you can figure out which version of the 2014 New Orleans Saints will show up Monday Night to face the Baltimore Ravens, picking the pointspread winner is going to be a cinch! The team that crushed Green Bay and Carolina a few weeks ago could certainly do that on a historically strong home field against Baltimore. But, this inconsistent group has been a big disappointment more often, as we saw last week in a stunning home loss to Cincinnati.

Baltimore’s basically the same team as Cincinnati right now. The Ravens could win outright as a dog just as comfortably if…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Cowboys/Giants

For several weeks, the Dallas Cowboys had the look of a champion. They were bullying teams at the point of attack offensively, breaking big plays on the ground and in the air against defenses who couldn’t figure out a workable strategy. The defense wasn’t great on a per-play basis, but had a knack for making plays at the right time to keep opponents out of the end zone. You couldn’t call them a frontrunner to win the Super Bowl. But, they were suddenly very much in the discussion.

Then Tony Romo got hurt. Mistake-prone Brandon Weeden is not going to win…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Miami at Denver on CBS

You couldn’t have even imagined this a few weeks ago. But, if the Miami Dolphins upset the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS, they would have ahead of Peyton Manning’s crew in the AFC playoff standings!

Denver currently has a one-game lead with a 7-3 record, compared to 6-4 for the Dolphins. A Miami victory would knot the two teams up at 7-4…with Miami holding the tie-breaker because of that head-to-head victory.

Oh…and what a logjam that would create at 7-4 in the AFC as a whole!

*Kansas City is already 7-4 after getting upset…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…USC/UCLA

Heading into this weekend’s college football action, there are four teams in the Pac 12 South who have two losses in league play. It’s not quite a four-way tie for first place because USC has played an extra game so far…and has a half game lead on the others.

 

PAC 12 STANDINGS

USC 6-2

UCLA 5-2

Arizona State 5-2

Arizona 5-2

Obviously, the biggest games left on the schedule for determining who will face Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship game are this Saturday Night’s prime time battle between USC and UCLA on ABC (the best matchup of the whole day according to national rankings), and…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 12

Almost a full schedule this weekend in pro football, as only Carolina and Pittsburgh are sitting out with byes. Those are the last two byes of the season. So, we’ll have complete 16-game NFL cards from Thanksgiving Weekend forward.

Here’s how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting Sunday and Monday action thus far this week. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules.

CLEVELAND AT ATLANTA: Very little interest in this game thus far. Atlanta opened at -3, the standard value of home field advantage. Both teams need the win in their respective playoff races,…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…Wisconsin/Iowa

Saturday’s college football schedule isn’t exactly a blockbuster. But, there as a game in the 3:30 p.m. ET TV window that’s “sneaky” big in terms of its potential impact on what happens down the road. That’s the Big 10 matchup between Wisconsin and Iowa. How did THIS game suddenly become important?

*Wisconsin will play in the Big 10 Championship game against Ohio State if they win out. The Buckeyes need another big win to vault them into the Final Four…so they NEED Wisconsin to look great this week against Iowa and next week against Minnesota. It’s already clear now that Ohio…

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Wayne Root: Will Tom Coughlin Get Fired Before Rex Ryan?!

For most of this season, it’s been generally assumed the Rex Ryan’s days are numbered as head coach of the New York Jets, while Tom Coughlin has earned enough goodwill with the New York Giants that his job was safe at least during the team’s initial transition to their new West Coast offense.

But, heading into this Sunday Night’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s now possible Coughlin won’t last as long as Ryan. Or, that both will be fired at the end of the season.

 

Current Records

NY Giants 3-7

NY Jets 2-8

 

This Week’s Opponents

NY Jets (+4.5) at Buffalo

NY Giants (+3.5) vs.…

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The NFL Report

IT’S TIME TO TACKLE TODAY’S HOT TOPICS AS WE DELIVER QUICKIE WEEK 12 PREVIEWS PLUS WHO’S GOT THE KILLER LATE-YEAR SCHEDULES AND ARE “DEAD TEAMS” WORTH WAGERING ON?

Last weekend there was plenty of buzz regarding the fact that there were four games pitting teams against one another with .667-or-better win percentages - the first time it happened this late in a season in eons.

Now, turn around one week later and you’ve got three marquee matchups (we’ll get to them in a moment) but all the other games on this NFL Week 12 card either sport one or even both teams…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Gold Mine Weekend Awaits

I can’t recall heading into a November weekend seeing so many big edges on the football board. Sure, the week before Thanksgiving is often a dead spot for disheartened football teams. But, on this particular November weekend of 2014, there are countless towel tossers who are also dealing with bad local weather.

 

That means…

Low spirits

Uncomfortable or poor weather conditions

Poor preparation in the days leading up to their game

BIG BLOWOUTS!

I’m always emphasizing the importance of THE MOTIVATION FACTOR to you here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. I’m not going to get specific today…but I strongly encourage each and…

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How Sharps are betting Thursday and Friday Football

We have a busy late-week schedule, with four football games Thursday Night (one in the NFL and three in the colleges), and then a college tripleheader on Friday Night. You know what seven is a lucky number here in Las Vegas! Let’s hope that this lucky seven brings good fortune.

Here’s how sharps have been betting the games so far this week. Matchups are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule…

KANSAS CITY at OAKLAND (Thursday-NFL): Most stores opened at Kansas City -7, though the earliest shops up had it at -6.5. That was quickly corrected…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Chiefs/Raiders

Even though the Kansas City Chiefs are playing some of the best football in the NFL in recent weeks…and their Thursday Night opponent Oakland is winless through 10 games...we just learned a few nights ago that playoff contenders can’t take anything for granted!

The Pittsburgh Steelers almost lost to the Tennessee Titans!

Like Tennessee, Oakland is a team that needs to lose more than it needs to win right now in terms of building by the draft. Like Tennessee, Oakland is starting a rookie quarterback who’s shown to this point that he’s in over his head. And…like Tennessee…Oakland is a home underdog…

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Network Notebook: NBA TV Preview…Spurs/Cavaliers

You know this was a game that the NBA wanted to use as a November showcase….the defending World Champion San Antonio Spurs visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers early in LeBron James’ return season…on ESPN…and the Spurs aren’t scheduled in a back-to-back!

Sorry, Greg Popovich…you can’t ruin everything by resting your veteran stars in a fatigue situation. There is no fatigue situation! Barring injury news between the time we right this and game time…we’re going to see two important teams squaring off with about as much as intensity as you can have this early in the season.

Is it a preview of the 2014-15…

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How Sharps are betting Tuesday and Wednesday MAC Football

I know a lot of you are more focused on the college basketball extravaganza today than MAC football. The full day hoops schedule really didn’t allow for comprehensive market coverage. I’ll provide some general tips at the end of this report. We’ll gradually work in more basketball when football winds down.

Today I’ll look at early sharp betting in the Tuesday and Wednesday college football. Then, we’re back Thursday to cover a busier than normal late week schedule. There aren’t any truly marquee college football matchups Saturday…so we’ll put that on the shelf until Rivalry Week on and around Thanksgiving. Our…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops TV Twinbill

Yes, they’ve been playing college basketball for a few days since the season officially tipped off late last week. But, they haven’t been playing basketball like THIS! It’s going to feel like March Madness in November when ESPN televises the following doubleheader Tuesday Night from Indianapolis:

Michigan State vs. Duke

Kentucky vs. Kansas

That’s the Preseason #1 team (Kentucky) facing Preseason #5. And, perennial November warriors Duke (Preseason #4, and known for peaking too early!) vs. perennial championship threat Michigan State (Preseason #19, known for peaking when it MATTERS!).

All four teams have already taken the floor in tuneups. Duke toyed with Presbyterian and…

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Wayne Root: USC/UCLA Rebuilding a Great Rivalry

Rivalry week is still technically during the days around Thanksgiving because that’s when most of the big time college rivalries take place. But, the one I’m most excited about in terms of the Las Vegas angle takes place this coming Saturday when USC takes on UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Hollywood baby!

This week’s college schedule is pretty light in terms of National Championship drama. That’s allowed USC/UCLA to jump to the front of the line in terms of marquee value. And, my home town of Las Vegas might as well be a suburb of Los Angeles in terms of…

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Ther NFL Week 11 Newsmakers

CARDS, CHIEFS AND PATS ARE BIG WINNERS (AND SO ARE THE “UNDER” PLAYERS TOO!)

THE MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: WILL BIG BEN & THE STEELERS REBOUND IN NASHVILLE?

HOW WE SEE THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS COME TUESDAY NIGHT

Want to hear something funny?

Shortly before Sunday Night’s prime-time game between the New England Patriots at the Indianapolis Colts we noticed the “props rundown” on a wagering-related website and darn if they didn’t have projected numbers for just about everything from “over/under” receiving yards by Patriots WR Brandon LaFell to how many touchdown passes Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck would throw to whether or not…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping College Basketball

November is arguably the single best month for serious sports bettors because the daily schedules are jam-packed with great opportunities.

*In football, you now have a treasure trove of information on all the college and pro teams. You know who the PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS are. You regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping know how to incorporate THE MOTIVATION FACTOR into the mix in a way that oddsmakers can’t really defend against. It’s easy to find blowout covers.

*In basketball, oddsmakers and the public are still way behind the curve in the NBA (which you’ve already seen…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Pittsburgh/Tennessee

It’s been a horrible season for the Tennessee Titans, who seemingly through in the towel on 2014 when they gave the starting quarterback job go rookie Zach Mettenberger out of LSU. Mettenberger wasn’t one of the hotshot high draft picks (though he’s taken a lot more snaps so far than Johnny Manziel!). You got the sense that Tennessee was already thinking about the 2015 draft when they gave the reigns to Mettenberger.

They sure haven’t played like a team with a burning will to win the last two times out…

*Tennessee (+3.5) lost to Houston 30-16 (trailed 27-3 and 30-9)

*Bye Week

*Tennessee (+10)…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…N. England/Indy

While much of the AFC playoff picture is a muddled mess, it’s very clear who the three frontrunners are in the minds of the market. Denver continues to be priced like a Super Bowl favorite. That will continue to be true even though they lost a recent road game at New England. Behind then are those very same Patriots…and then the Indianapolis Colts.

That means that Sunday Night’s Patriots/Colts game will match two of the best three teams in the AFC, two of the best teams overall in the NFL, and possibly a pair that is destined to face each other…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Philadelphia at Green Bay on FOX

Since the Eagles have maintained top form even after losing starting quarterback Nick Foles to injury, their game Sunday afternoon at Green Bay has been moved into the showcase TV window. Most of the country will watch the Eagles/Packers game on FOX before settling into the prime time powderkeg of New England at Indianapolis.

Is this a playoff preview? Could the Eagles and Packers square off in the NFC Championship game a couple of months down the road?

There are certainly other teams in the discussion. But, you have to admit that things are looking pretty good for the Eagles and Packers.

 

Current…

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3 Key Topics For NFL Week 11

HOW WILL THE NEW HOT-SHOTS HANDLE THEIR BUSINESS HERE AND THE REST OF 2014?

THE LEAGUE’S TOP 5 MVPs (AS WE SEE IT) AND WE DO HAVE ONE DEFENDER IN THE BUNCH

THE SUNDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: PATS-COLTS GET IT ON!

The Cleveland Browns have not been in the playoffs since 2002 - and they’ve not won a post-season game since the 1994 season (see Cleveland 20, New England 13).Check the here-and-now standings, though, and the Browns are an AFC North-best 6-3.

The Arizona Cardinals have been to one Super Bowl in their history (see 2008 season) and haven’t so far as won a playoff…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…FSU/Miami

Even though the mainstream media is hyping Mississippi State/Alabama as the game of the day (previewed yesterday here in the NOTEBOOK), it’s actually Saturday Night’s Florida State/Miami game on ABC that has the tighter pointspread…and has the greater chance of inflicting an earth-shattering result on the final brackets.

Florida State’s strength of schedule is so soft compared to other contenders…that they might not make into the brackets as a one-loss team. They would surely drop behind TCU given the caliber of TCU’s loss and a few of their wins. And, there’s nobody left on Florida State’s schedule that’s going to boost…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 11

The schedule picks up a bit this week in the NFL. There are four bye teams, which is down from last week’s six. Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the NY Jets are off. You’ll recall that Dallas and Jacksonville played in Europe last week. The Jets winning right before the bye may have saved a few jobs.

I’ll run through each matchup in official Nevada rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules.

HOUSTON AT CLEVELAND: Cleveland has stayed solid on the key number of -3. It tells you a lot about the relative skepticism of the Browns as a playoff…

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How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s College Blockbusters

This Saturday’s card isn’t quite as loaded as last week with games influencing the national title race. As more teams fall out of the mix, fewer games will influence the rankings. But, we do have one of the most important games left this season when #1 Mississippi State visits #5 Alabama. And, #2 Florida State is in a real danger spot in prime time at Miami.

I’ve picked out five games to study this weekend, adding in two games that loom very large in the Big 10 race as well as the Auburn/Georgia game that could tell us a lot about…

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Friday Fun and Games
Another Network 2-0 Football night on Thursday with the 'Fins over the Bills and Cal covering vs. USC! NBA wins with the Bulls Outright over Toronto

WHAT COLLEGE TEAMS COULD MAKE MAJOR GROUND THIS WEEKEND IN THE PLAYOFF CHASE?

THE NFL WEEK 11 REPORT: DOLPHINS DUNK BILLS 22-9

PLUS HOW THE NFC WEST IS REALLY FARING THIS YEAR

COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS BACK AND WE “FORECAST” OUR FINAL FOUR

By Jim Hurley:

Ladies and gents, here’s a real quickie heads-up when it comes to the almighty Las Vegas numbers this year as it pertains to the College Football world:

We head into tonight’s American Athletic Conference tilt between…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…Miss. State/’Bama

Shots were fired this week when the playoff selection committee told Alabama in no uncertain terms that luckily surviving an overtime game at LSU wasn’t going to be enough to keep them in the top four. TCU’s impressive win over Kansas State vaulted the Horned Frogs temporarily in the final spot in the championship brackets. “Hey ‘Bama, impress us” was very clearly the message from the committee.

And that chance to impress comes right away! This Saturday #5 Alabama will host #1 Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS. Certainly THAT would…

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Wayne Root: How Bad Weather Helps Football Underdogs

You may have noticed that big money starts to hit the football board on UNDERDOGS whenever bad weather is in the forecast. If you’re walking around Vegas sportsbooks when this is happening, you’ll inevitably here “squares” talking excitedly because the favorites they want to bet just got cheaper. Sometimes the public does win in those games, but over the long haul…weather influences DO favor underdogs.

And, that’s coming to you from THE KING OF UNDERDOGS, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!

I want to make sure you understand that because weather could often be a factor in both college and pro football from this point…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Five games to get to in our late-week report, highlighted first by the very important NFL showdown Thursday night matching the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. We’ll cover all the Thursday and Friday action for you in this report…then come back Friday for TWO separate reports. The first will deal with a handful of the most important college football games on Saturday. Then, we’ll post our weekly look at the full weekend NFL card a few hours later.

Let’s jump in with Thursday and Friday night football. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your…

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Thursdays Hot Topics

WHY SOME NFL TEAMS CAN “HANG IN THERE” WITH THEIR BACKUP QUARTERBACKS

NFL WEEK 11 QUICKIE PREVIEWS: TONIGHT’S BILLS-DOLPHINS BASH GETS IT ALL STARTED

EXAMINING A BATCH OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL BETTING LINES FOR THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES

Folks, we’ve been saying it for years and years now ...National Football League teams/organizations really blow it by not having top-quality backup quarterbacks on their rosters.And - as everyone knows - more than half of the NFL’s 32 member teams already have been forced to resort to playing a second- (or third-) string quarterback at some point in the year.

Check out the results as we head into…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Playoff Distractions

Week 11 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday Night when the Buffalo Bills visit the Miami Dolphins. You’ve already been hearing it…but you can get ready for A LOT MORE talk in the coming weeks about how the playoff picture is shaping up. The media loves stuff like that because it makes so many games seem important. For handicappers, and for many NFL players, it’s just a distraction that can get in the way of performance.

You regular readers know I believe THE MOTIVATION FACTOR is very important in football. We talked about that last time regarding bowl eligibility in…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bills/Dolphins

It’s hard to call Thursday Night’s nationally televised NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins a playoff game. Only six teams from the AFC will make it. The Bills and Dolphins are currently tied with San Diego for ninth place. Yet, the race is so tight right now that it’s a virtual playoff game in the sense that the winner will still be alive for a shot at the Super Bowl and the loser becomes a distant longshot.

 

CHASING THE PLAYOFFS IN THE AFC

6-4: Pittsburgh and Baltimore (tied for seventh)

5-4: Buffalo, Miami, and San Diego (tied for ninth)

That’s…

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Midweek Report
OUR JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORT TACKLES THREE KEY TOPICS

THE LATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS, THIS WEEK’S HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST AND THE NFL WEEK 11 QUICK-HITTER SPREAD STATS/OBSERVATIONS

So let’s hear it for the College Football Playoff committee folks - we say they got it right by leapfrogging TCU over Alabama for the #4 spot in this week’s rankings and we honestly don’t have a major problem having one-loss Oregon hurdle past unbeaten Florida State for the #2 spot either although that’s pretty much a moot point considering #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in the upcoming playoffs.

Still, there’s…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Rockets/T-Wolves

Hey, you know it’s going to be a fiesta when the NBA plays in Mexico City Wednesday night for the Houston Rockets/Minnesota Timberwolves game that will be internationally televised by ESPN. Let’s see if we can make some dinero while we watch!

The Houston Rockets are playing so well out of the gate that many pundits are thinking that losing Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons actually made them better! The addition of Trevor Ariza helped make up for those absences. And, you do see a more balanced, functional approach this year with James Harden in full control of the offense, while…

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How Sharps are betting Tuesday and Wednesday MAC Football

There’s a chance for weather to be an issue in all four of the Tuesday and Wednesday games this week as a cold snap affects the Midwest and Northeast. Might be some rain in the mix too. So, monitor lines in the hours before kickoff. The general public typically doesn’t bet games like this. So, any significant line moves will be “sharp” moves.

I should point out first that the Wise Guys hit the Unders at offshore openers right off the bat. This was likely because of the weather forecast rather than quants coincidentally getting math grades on all the Unders.…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Spurs/Warriors

The San Antonio Spurs looked like they had evolved basketball to a whole new place in last season’s playoffs. They rolled through the West with only a few hiccups. Then, they embarrassed the Miami Heat in a one-side Finals so badly that LeBron James changed teams!

But, THIS season, the Spurs are struggling out of the gate with an old team that’s been hobbled by injuries and seemingly disinterested from bringing peak intensity. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors…under new head coach Steve Kerr…have been fantastic. Golden State was getting so much respect in the Vegas line after their first few games…

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Wayne Root: Finding Early Season Upsets in the NBA

This is my first chance to talk about the NBA this season. Part of the reason I wanted to delay my first post is because I didn’t want to remind oddsmakers about the strategies that always make my clients so much money! But, now that we’re a couple of weeks in, the market has had a chance to adjust to teams who have turned out to be much better or much worse than expected.

You see, early season NBA (and college hoops coming up) is a dream world for underdog bettors like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT. You regulars know I don’t bet…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Importance of Bowl Eligibility

We’re at the point in the season now where many mid-level college football teams start thinking about bowl eligibility. The superpowers don’t really care about that. They entered the season dreaming bigger dreams, and barely celebrate at all once they’re assured of at least playing in a bowl. But, there’s a certain class of team that will crank up THE MOTIVATION FACTOR when trying to clinch a bowl. Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and handicapping need to weigh that in their process from this point forward.

What kind of teams are we talking about?

*Programs who have struggled…

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The Biggest Losers From NFL Week 10
THE NFL WEEK 10’S “BIGGEST LOSERS”

PLUS OUR MNF PREVIEW: WILL THE EAGLES SOAR WITH QB SANCHEZ?

THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORT: HOW WE SEE THE TOP TEAMS IN THIS WEEK’S PLAYOFF RACE (YOU’RE NOT GONNA LIKE THIS, ‘BAMA!)

Okay - you ask - who exactly were the “biggest losers” in NFL Week 10 action?

For starters, try the NFL Betting Underdogs who finished Sunday’s action a dreary 3-8 ATS (against the spread) and we wonder just how many folks “teased” the likes of Denver/Arizona/Seattle/Green Bay in the late afternoon/evening game ... talk about your easy pickings!

But the real “biggest losers” we’re referring to here…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Panthers/Eagles

This week’s Monday Night Football attraction isn’t exactly an NFL blockbuster. But, there will be plenty of intrigue because nobody knows for sure how Mark Sanchez will perform as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles!

Everyone knows his past. He was ill-suited to the New York Jets offense, which may be so poorly designed that hardly anyone could succeed with it! But, Sanchez didn’t help matters with poor decision-making and a tendency to stumble under pressure. With the Eagles, he’s been given the keys to a car that runs much better, and may be exactly what he needs to save his…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bears/Packers

The first time the Bears and Packers met this year, it was visiting Green Bay whose season was supposedly on the line after a 1-2 start. Now, Chicago’s season is definitely on the line because that first meeting was a double-turnaround that launched Green Bay to greatness while blowing the Windy City’s heroes way off course.

Green Bay has won four of its last five games, and will be positioned to be a force in the postseason if they can extend that run Sunday Night and keep things rolling. Chicago has floundered so badly that fans are now calling for the…

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Wayne Root: Should Idzik and Ryan be Fired by the Jets?

We may be hours away from the firing of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and general manager John Idzik. New York hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday before embarking on its bye week. If the firings are going to happen, that’s the OBVIOUS spot on the schedule because the team would have the most possible time to recover and adjust before taking the field again November 23 on the road at Buffalo. The new regime wouldn’t play a home game until Monday Night December 1 in Miami.

Will it happen? I’m not the guy to ask. SHOULD it happen?!…

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The Week 10 NFL Report

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEAMS IN THEIR POST-BYE GAMES

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE POTENTIAL STREAK-BUSTERS FOR NFL WEEK 10

THE NFL “FIRST-TIMERS”: THE BEARS, BRONCOS AND CHIEFS ALL MAKE THE LIST

It’s always fun - and a bit telling too - to discover what National Football League teams do in their first games back from their byes and so let’s share some of the Jim Sez know-how here:

So far in this here-and-now 2014 NFL season, teams are a rotten 5-9 ATS (against the spread) in their post-bye games for a shoddy .357 winning rate.

Wait a second ...Aren’t NFL teams supposed to benefit…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Ohio State/Michigan State

It’s such a down year in the Big 10…that the only regular season game on the entire conference schedule that’s created any buzz is this Saturday Night’s battle between Ohio State and Michigan. And, that involves a team that lost a home game to lousy Virginia Tech!

This is “the game of the year’ in the Eastern Division of the Big 10. Wisconsin and Nebraska will probably be playing the “game of the year” in the West (though Iowa and Minnesota could derail that, making the race even less relevant in the process). Ultimately, the Big 10 championship game will feature…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 10

After having so many huge games to talk about in our prior college report, it’s a bit of a letdown to talk about the NFL this week. The only game qualifying as a true marquee matchup in terms of importance and star appeal is San Francisco at New Orleans. There are many other games that will obviously impact the crowded playoff picture in both conferences. Chief among those are Kansas City at Buffalo (oddsmaker humor), and Miami at Detroit.

There are six bye teams this week, which created a reduced schedule. Sitting and watching games with the rest of us will…

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26
Nov
Report: RG3 benched, McCoy to start at QB for Redskins

Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins will bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy at quarterback for Sunday's upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a report by NFL.com.

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25
Nov
Dolphins sign CB Stanford

Davie, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins have signed cornerback R.J. Stanford and waived cornerback Jalil Brown.

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25
Nov
Titans place C Schwenke on IR

Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans placed starting center Brian Schwenke on injured reserve Tuesday.

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25
Nov
Broncos sign K Barth, waive McManus

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos signed former Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth and waived kicker Brandon McManus on Tuesday.

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25
Nov
Wolford out at Youngstown State

Youngstown, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Wolford has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Youngstown State football program.

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25
Nov
Backus, Ross headline Big South awards

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Coastal Carolina senior linebacker Quinn Backus was named the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season on Tuesday.

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25
Nov
Texas State to win big at Georgia State

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas State was bowl eligible last year at 6-6 but was not selected to play in the postseason. This year will be a different story if the Bobcats can beat Georgia State in impressive fashion.

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25
Nov
Harvard's Murphy named top Ivy coach

Princeton, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Harvard's Tim Murphy was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year on Tuesday after his team went 10-0 and captured the league title.

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26
Nov
No. 1 Kentucky routs UT-Arlington 92-44

Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Booker had 19 points off the bench and No. 1 Kentucky held Texas-Arlington to four made field goals in the first half on the way to a 92-44 win Tuesday night.

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26
Nov
Pinkston, No. 12 Villanova beat No. 19 Michigan

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - JayVaughn Pinkston put Villanova ahead and then kept it in front.

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26
Nov
Groselle, Creighton down Eastern Illinois

Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Geoffrey Groselle scored a career-high 15 points to lead No. 23 Creighton to a 75-53 victory over Eastern Illinois in the Emerald Coast Classic on Tuesday.

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26
Nov
Maryland knocks off No. 13 Iowa State

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Layman and Jared Nickens scored 15 points each and Maryland knocked off No. 13 Iowa State 72-63 on Tuesday night in the final of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

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26
Nov
Knight helps Bucks beat Pistons

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists in the Milwaukee Bucks' 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

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26
Nov
Teague's 28 help Hawks edge Wizards

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague scored 28 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Washington Wizards, 106-102, on Tuesday.

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26
Nov
National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague scored 28 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Washington Wizards, 106-102, on Tuesday. Paul Millsap added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won two in a row. Mike Scott had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. John Wall ended with 21 points and 13 assists for the Wizards, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 11 boards.

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26
Nov
Nuggets beat Bulls, who finish without Rose

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson had 20 points, 12 assists and three steals to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 114-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

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25
Nov
White Sox finalize deal with LaRoche

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox officially announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with veteran first baseman Adam LaRoche on a two-year, $25 million contract.

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25
Nov
Red Sox announce Sandoval signing

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox have confirmed that the team has come to terms with 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval on a five- year contract.

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25
Nov
Rounding Third: Red Sox coming in hot

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Baseball's Hot Stove needed a little something to get it going.

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24
Nov
Red Sox closing in on deals for Ramirez, Sandoval

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox are apparently set to make a big splash in free agency, as reports indicate that both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have agreed to multi-million dollar contracts.

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Content

Kelso Sturgeon nails MNF side-total parlay with the Ravens (+3) 34-27 vs. the Saints, and OVER 51!

Wayne Root 4-1 on the Sunday Root Trust, and the NFL Knockout of the Year wins as the Vikings +8 cover vs. the Packers, and wins Monday night with SD State (-3) over BYU 92-87

Richie B. goes 2-0 in college basketball Monday night with Ga. Southern (-5) over FIU 78-72 and Arizona (-15) beating Missouri 72-53.

 

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