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Wayne Allyn Root - Most Documented Winner in History with a BOWL BOMBSHELL! I am about to PROVE to you that NO GAMES anywhere are EASIER TO WIN than the College Bowls!” – Wayne Root
Richie B Big Bucks Bowls and NFL Playoffs
When I play the BOWL GAMES, I DON’T PLAY GAMES! I’ve got the numbers and my customers have the profits to prove it!Because if you’ve got the Right Number you can win as big as you want...and from my perspective as top Linesmaker, I’ll show you where the safest, biggest moneymakers are! – Richie Baccellieri
Tony Salinas Bowls and Playoffs
Vegas Highroller Tony Salinas says, now’s the time of year when the house practically gives winners to the wise guys because they’re collecting so much more sucker money from the "squares." – Tony Salinas
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Jim Hurley’s Network wins because we’re a complete team. Our stat handicappers crunch every number that has predictive value. Our computer programmers run all that data through the most state-of-the-art simulations in the business. Our basketball people watch as many games as possible to find personnel mismatches that may not be accounted for by the Vegas spread. And last but not least, our Vegas pipeline tells us what the smart money is thinking. It all puts us ready to strike the oddsmakers while they’ve got their points down! – Jim Hurley
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Tonight Richie Baccellieri once again has the COMPLETE ANGLE on the gridiron as he looks to CASH HIS 11TH MONDAY NIGHT WINNER from his LAST 15, plus the afternoon Miami Beach Bowl. – Richie Baccellieri
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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.

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: Boca Raton Bowl Preview…Marshall/N-Illinois

The Thundering Herd of Marshall would probably be playing in a top tier bowl as a highly rated “mid-major” had they not last an overtime heartbreaker to Western Kentucky over Thanksgiving Weekend. That was the only blemish on their 12-1 card. Given their computer ratings, a 13-0 sweep would have pushed them into the limelight.

Boise State ended up as the top mid-major, which earned them a Fiesta Bowl berth against Arizona. Marshall has to settle for Mid-American champion Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl. Big difference! Marshall/Northern Illinois isn’t even the featured prime time game…as it will set the…

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Wayne Root: Do Pointspreads Even Matter in College Bowls?

Longtime gamblers have heard this truism many times when it comes to college football bowl games. Pick the straight up winner, and you’re probably going to have the pointspread winner as well.

That’s already 5-0 so far after the first weekend of bowl action. And, it’s not like the lines have even been close to the final scores! On Saturday…

*Louisiana Lafayette beat the closing number by 15 points

*Utah State beat the closing number by 5 points as a big favorite

*Utah beat the closing number by 32 points

*Air Force beat the closing number by 16 points

*Bowling Green beat the closing number by…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Reviewing Early Bowl Action

The five college football bowl games played this past Saturday were a reminder of how difficult it’s going to be for many handicappers to find true value in the coming days. Yes, you’ll be able to pick your spots here and there with specific games that offer HUGE betting value. But, raw talent and consistency just aren’t there for many bowl teams this season.

The first thing that jumps out of the boxscores is a topic I’ve been discussing a lot in recent weeks for both the colleges and the NFL. Poor quarterback play! This is usually a position loaded with…

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How Sharps are Betting Monday-Wednesday Bowls

We still have five bowl games left before Christmas. Let’s see how sharps have been betting the FIVE college football matchups that will take us up to Christmas Day…



BYU vs. MEMPHIS (2 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN)

An opener of pick-em has been bet up to Memphis -2. The Tigers received a lot of respect from the Wise Guys all season, particularly during an early and midseason stretch where they were money almost every time out. The money did stop at two though. It’s probably not going past that between now and a daytime kick-off. BYU money would definitely…

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NFL Week 16 Wrap-up, Plus Bowl Previews


It’s safe to say that America at large owes the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) an apology:

After all, it was back on Oct. 19th when the defending Super Bowl champions stood at 3-3 SU (straight-up) and with one hellacious post-Super Bowl “hangover” – just about every single TV talking head and scribe was kicking dirt on Seattle and telling anyone that would listen that there would be…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Broncos/Bengals

ESPN really lucked out here. Their final Monday Night telecast of the 2014 season features a possible playoff preview when the AFC West leading Denver Broncos visit the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals. There are a variety of ways these teams could meet in the playoffs. And, both are clearly on the short list, along with the New England Patriots, as serious Super Bowl contenders.


*Denver really hasn’t been in great form recently, particularly on the road. Even when they win and cover, they don’t look like themselves. When did they become a smash mouth team that runs all the time?…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Seahawks/Cards

NBC didn’t have to flex its muscles with its “flex schedule” this week…as Seattle/Arizona turned out to be the biggest game of the day! Who would have imagined that before the season started. Sure, Arizona had a chance to be a contender. Nobody had them as the #1 seed in the NFC with only two games left on the schedule.

To say this is one of the most important games of the year in the NFC is an understatement. First place is at stake in the NFC West…which means a home game and a first round bye (both Arizona and Seattle…

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Wayne Root: Colts/Cowboys Clash is HUGE Sunday in the NFL

If the playoffs started today, the Dallas Cowboys would be a #3 seed in the NFC and would be hosting a Wildcard game. But, if the Cowboys lose to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon in a game that most of the country will be watching on CBS, they could end up falling all the way out of the playoffs!

Dallas currently has a one-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles at the top of the NFC East. That’s thanks to their big win last Sunday Night in the City of Brotherly Love. But, they don’t hold a tie-breaker over the Eagles because…

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NFL Week 16




There’s been a whole lot of chatter this year regarding three specific NFL divisions in particular - the woe-be-gone NFC South, the top-heavy NFC West and the all-at-.500-or-better AFC North.Somehow it feels nationally as if the NFC North has gotten lost in the sauce.

Okay, so we’ll fix that right with a couple of NFL Week 16 game previews in just a sec but - of…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Chargers/49ers

Up until midseason, Saturday Night’s scheduled NFL showdown between the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers was shaping up as a real doozy. Both were playoff contenders in 2014. San Francisco had played in the last three NFC Championship games while San Diego was an up-and-comer that gave Denver all it could handle last January. This would surely be a huge matchup with playoff implications that might also involve a Super Bowl sleeper.


San Francisco was eliminated from playoff contention with a loss in Seattle last week (their third straight loss). But, they hadn’t looked like a…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 16

Back to talk about the rest of this week’s NFL, after sharps are off to a good start with their support for Jacksonville and the Under Thursday Night. Remember that there are two games Saturday this week…the only Saturday NFL games of the 2014 season. I’ll present those and the rest of the card in official Nevada rotation order…even though there’s been a time change in Saturday’s kicks. I do this every week so you can make notes in your handy schedules. We begin Saturday Night…

SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO (Saturday Night): An opener of San Francisco -2.5 was inviting…

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5 Saturday Bowl Previews

Hey, don’t ever sell the end-of-season guys short in the NFL. Okay, so the schedule-makers drew up a so-what Tennessee vs. Jacksonville game last night for your “viewing pleasure” (and Jim Hurley won both the side and total!) but rest assured there are 13 games (out of 15 games) being played here in NFL Week 16 that do indeed have playoff implications the Week 17 menu might just bring us a batch of doozies too ... so time…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…Las Vegas Bowl

It’s not exactly a game you’d put in neon lights on the strip, but this year’s Las Vegas Bowl matching Utah and Colorado State is shaping up as the best of the pre-Christmas matchups. That’s true if you look at respected Power Ratings, the won-lost records, and the talent on the field.

As is often the case in bowls, one team will be playing for an “interim” head coach. Colorado State’s previous head man Jim McElwain was just hired to take over the Florida program. His experience as an assistant at Alabama prepared him for that role. The interim coach in…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday NFL and Saturday Bowls

This is our first of two reports this week. I’ll look right now at the Thursday Night NFL game matching the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars first, followed by all five of Saturday’s college football bowl games. The bowl season is finally here! I’ll be back with you Friday afternoon to look at the two Saturday Night NFL games, the full Sunday card, plus that great Monday Nighter between Denver and Cincinnati.

We start with the ugliest game of the week…but one that’s been showing sharp interest in recent hours…


TENNESSEE VS. JACKSONVILLE (8:25 p.m. ET on the NFL Network): Jacksonville opened…

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Thursday/Saturday NFL plus Early Jan 1 Bowl Previews


Editor’s Note:The NFL Week 16 card is chock full of monster matchups this Saturday/Sunday/Monday and we’ll touch on tonight’s Tennessee at Jacksonville tilt plus the two Saturday games right here in today’s column - we’ll have lots to say about the Sunday/Monday games in the next Jim Sez -- plus we’ll follow it up with a look at the Five (5) New Year’s Day/Night games. So, let’s go!


Tonight, it’sTENNESSEE (2-12) at JACKSONVILLE (2-12) - 8:25 p.m. ET,…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What’s Happened to NFL Offenses?!

You may have noticed that the NFL has been cranking out UNDERS at an astonishing pace in recent action. Last Thursday’s game between Arizona and St. Louis didn’t have any touchdowns. Most of the early Sunday games stayed Under. ALL of the late afternoon Sunday games stayed Under. Then, the Monday Night game stayed Under even with a lot of garbage time scoring.

Even more amazing to me, all of that was happening in a week that had a lot of non-offensive touchdowns. There were punt return TDs, interception return TDs, even a blocked field goal return TD. Yet, games went…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Titans/Jaguars

There’s good news and bad news when the Tennessee Titans visit the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday Night in a game that will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. The bad news is that the #31 and #32 teams in the NFL by most respected Power Ratings will be polluting the airwaves in the final Thursday Night TV game of the season. The good news is that Sunday’s schedule will be so much better than usual because those teams aren’t playing!

You can watch the early Sunday games on the Red Zone channel or Direct TV without the Titans or Jaguars getting…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, December 16


Folks, today and tomorrow our Jim Sez columns will get you quick-hitter comments regarding the 11 College Football Bowl games being played between December 30th thru January 1st including the College Football Playoff (CFP) tilts between #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl and #1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.And keep in mind we’ll hit the “re-wind button” and get you more in-depth College Bowl write-ups as we head into all the individual games and so that means…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…New Mexico Bowl

You’ll often hear a bunch of old-time handicappers say something like “you should always take double digit underdogs in bowl games.” Well, what happens when there are hardly any double digit lines! Utah State, who will be facing Texas-El Paso Saturday afternoon in the New Mexico Bowl, is currently one of just THREE double digit favorites in the 2014-15 college postseason.


Current Lines

Utah State is -10.5 vs. UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl

Marshall is -10 vs. Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl

Stanford is -14 over Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl (in Santa Clara)

That’s it! And, it’s possible that only…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…New Orleans Bowl

We begin our 2014-15 college football bowl previews in the Big Easy as this Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl between Nevada and Louisiana Lafayette gets the parade started. Tomorrow will take a look at the New Mexico Bowl, with the Las Vegas Bowl preview running later in the week.

We won’t be able to cover each and every game because important NFL action will still be very much in the mix. But, you will definitely get a big taste of the bowl experience on these pages from now through the National Championship game in January.

Our standard indicator stats from JIM HURLEY will…

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Johnny Football Was Awful, But He Will Figure Things Out Sooner Than Later

NBA’s Warriors Are Bettors’ Meal Ticket Standing 21-2 SU, 16-6-1 ATS

Patriots (11-3), Colts (10-4), Broncos (11-3) Win NFL Divisional Titles But Chase Far From Over

50-Unit College Blowout Team Has 90% Chance To Win Tuesday Night

Redskins Could Improve Dramatically Over Night If They Would Fire Their Inept 1st Year Coach

Yes, Johnny Football Was Awful, But He Will Figure Things Out Sooner Than Later

By Kelso Sturgeon

If you’re handicapping is going bad and you can’t seem to turn it around, don’t sweat it. The gods of betting have sent you a meal ticket by the name of the Golden State…

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Wayne Root: Finding Bowl Shockers in College Football

With the college football bowl slate upon us, it’s time for THE KING OF UPSETS to talk to you about how to find shockers and stunners in the postseason. I want to state up front that it’s going to be harder to find a lot of truly big upsets this year because so many games are evenly matched! WAYNE ALLYN ROOT has more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history. But, I didn’t make my name by asking 1-point or 2-point underdogs to win outright. A lot of these early bowls have pointspreads that small!

So, today, I’m going…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Early Bowls

The college football bowl slate begins this coming Saturday with FIVE games that will gobble up more than 12 hours of your viewing/study time. Best to start getting ready NOW because the schedule will get very busy once things get going. Games will run nightly next week except for Christmas. And, then it gets busier!

Today I’m going to talk about handicapping the early bowl slate. We’ll have time next week to talk more about higher profile games. And, then right before New Year’s we can talk about the real showcase games that involve the national powers. I’m very excited to…

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NFL Week 15 Wrap Up


Face it …There were occasions this 2014 NFL season in which the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos didn’t exactly resemble world–beaters but here we are two weeks from the “finish line” of the regular season and all of the above come off division title–clinching wins this past weekend.

Okay, so maybe…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Saints/Bears

Watching Monday Night’s New Orleans Saints/Chicago Bears matchup on ESPN could end up being like watching a train wreck featuring two trains who have already wrecked! Both teams have played so far below expectations in recent weeks that it’s hard to know what to make of it. New Orleans is supposed to have one of the biggest home field advantage in all of sports, but they’re not even playing well at home let alone winning. Chicago had an offensive coordinator crying to his players this week because he threw them under the bus in media interviews. There’s no crying in…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Cowboys/Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys played their worst game of the season on Thanksgiving Day at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. With first place at stake in front of a huge TV audience, the Cowboys were crushed!

But, they had a huge excuse, at least in their own minds. They had just played Sunday Night on the road against the New York Giants, and then had to come back to play Thursday against the Eagles. “UNFAIR!” they shouted, even though the Eagles only had a few hours head start with a day game at home.

Now the Cowboys can make their case. Did the…

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Wayne Root: NFL Full of Surprises, and It Will Continue!

Many NFL pundits were scratching their heads at all the upset last week in pro football. It’s not just that some underdogs were covering spreads. That happens all the time. And, I’m not talking about “flat” spots on the schedule where a favorite was caught napping. I’m talking about home favorites who needed to play well…getting outclassed in situations where they should at least have been competitive.

Quick examples:

*Miami (-3) was bulled by Baltimore 28-13. The Ravens won total yardage by almost 200! Any stat you could pick was dominated by Baltimore even though it was a must-have game for the…

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NFL Week 15 Report

Sure, everyone in and around the National Football League is hyped up regarding all the divisional/wild card races but what about those five teams that are sitting there with identical 2-11 records?

The New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all have their opportunities to “tank” the last three weeks of regular-season play and keep fingers crossed for that numero uno pick in next spring’s NFL Draft - so that’s the other side of the coin in the league these days and ask us right now and we think the Jets vs. Titans loser in…

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Network Notebook: Hoops TV Preview…N. Carolina/Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats received very bad news late this week when it was learned that junior Alex Poythress had suffered a torn ACL and would be out for the season. His experience was a stabilizing force on a young team (Kentucky always has a young team!). But, there’s no time to dwell on the news because North Carolina is in Lexington Saturday to play one of the mostly highly anticipated college basketball games of the young season.

To the degree there’s a silver lining, Kentucky is so deep that they can absorb the impact of the injury with relative ease. Poythress…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 15

Still no touchdowns scored this week in the NFL, as Thursday Night’s game between Arizona and St. Louis turned out to be a battle of field goals. There should definitely be some excitement Sunday with matchups like Green Bay/Buffalo, Miami/New England, Denver/San Diego, and Dallas/Philadelphia. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting Week 15 of the NFL season. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.

OAKLAND AT KANSAS CITY: An opener of Kansas City -12 was bet down to -10. I’ve mentioned recently that sharps have fallen out of love with…

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Army-Navy weekend Plus NFL Previews

It’s been all about the “next man up” philosophy for the 2014 Arizona Cardinals - and last night’s TD-free 12-6 road win against the 6-point home favorite St. Louis Rams was just the latest case as QB Ryan Lindley had to step in for an injured QB Drew Stanton.

Starting to get the feel that the Cardinals may use more quarterbacks than some NFL teams have wins this year?

In any event, Arizona’s proud defense - one that’s now allowed fewer than 20 points in a game nine times this year - answered the bell on this NFL Week 15 lid-lifter and…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…Army/Navy

They should probably start calling it the Navy/Army game given the Midshipmen’s dominance in the current era of this classic college football rivalry. It’s gotten to the point that you know Navy is going to win straight up. All that’s left to determine is whether or not Army can hang tough and make it interesting.

The Black Knights have done just that in two of the last three seasons…

2013: Navy (-14) beat Army 34-7

2012: Army (+6) covered in a 17-13 loss

2011: Army (+7) covered in a 27-21 loss

You’ll note though that Army could stay close when the market perceived them as…

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How Sharps are Betting Cards/Rams and Army/Navy

Only two early football games this week before the full NFL schedule Sunday and Monday. So, I’ll cover both of those games here in our regularly scheduled Thursday report. I’ll also have some room today to discuss early season college basketball. I’ll be back Friday for the regular expanded NFL rundown. Before you know it…the college football bowls will be here and will have a very active schedule over the last 10 days of December.

For now, we have two games to discuss…

ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS (8:25 p.m. ET Thursday on NFL Network): An opener of St. Louis -2.5 was hit…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Who Can Make Plays in December?

You longtime readers know that I emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS in my handicapping process. The results of last weekend in the NFL provided a very clear reminder to Las Vegas bettors that it’s important to know who can and who can’t make plays in December.

I want to be clear here. I’m not talking about the calendar per se. I’m talking about the dynamics that come into play in the final weeks of an NFL season. That means:



A lot of quarterbacks flunked the clutch test last week, and will probably continue to do so. The crowded playoff picture features a…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Cardinals/Rams

This has to be one of the weirdest sports betting situations ever. At the beginning of Week 15 in the NFL, a #1 seed in the NFC is getting more than a field goal on the road against a non-contender. And, sharps were actually betting the game higher off the opener!

What would cause such a thing?

*First, #1 seed Arizona is seen as a pretender. Well, a shorthanded pretender at that. They’re using a backup quarterback who seems to be in over his head. So, the market isn’t treating the Cardinals the way they would a more classic #1 seed like…

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Notes on Early College Bowls and NFL Week 15


Okay, so in yesterday’s edition of Jim Sez we informed you good folks that College Football Betting Favorites – through some 700–plus on–the–board games this year while entering this Saturday’s Army–Navy game – have won just 48.4 percent of the time and we let you know that’s a little sub–par for chalk sides as the Favs. vs Dogs usually is right around the 50 percent mark for both categories.

But what about the guys in the league where they…

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Network Notebook: TV Hoops Preview…Kansas/Georgetown

The Kansas Jayhawks entered the season as a Final Four contender that was seen as the clear favorite to win the respected Big 12 conference. But, after a stunning 72-40 thrashing at the hands of Kentucky, the Jayhawks are barely in the top AP top 10…and are now seen as worse than Texas in their own league.

Luckily, there’s plenty of time to do something about that. And a national TV game against Georgetown Wednesday night will give pollsters another look at the Jayhawks. It’s not a battle of ranked teams because the Hoyas are currently #28 in the voting. This…

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Network Notebook: TV Hoops Preview…Indiana/Louisville

The showcase game in Tuesday Night’s Madison Square Garden doubleheader of college basketball action will be in the nightcap when national contender Louisville takes on Indiana in a battle of up-tempo teams.

If you’ve been watching a lot of games this season…you know how rare this is!

You shouldn’t have to worry about watching one of those 44-39 type games that have been too prevalent this year, even in the shot-clock era. You’ll see in a moment both teams rank in the top 60 in pace. That’s not necessarily run-and-gun…but it’s likely to lead to enjoyable viewing. Let’s see if JIM HURLEY’S…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Basketball Notes

College football will take a hiatus from the sports betting schedule (except for this Saturday’s Army/Navy game) until the bowls begin on December 20. So, that opens up an opportunity to devote some class work to early season college basketball. We’ll do that today, then go back to the NFL for our second get-together later this week.

Many sports bettors are struggling through the early part of the 2014-15 college hoops season. I hear a lot of complaining when I’m spending time in local sportsbooks. And, some of the most prominent “quants” are off to bad starts because reality isn’t cooperating…

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Wayne Root: Can Ohio State or Florida State SHOCK in the Final Four?

The four finalists in the college football National Championship tournament were announced Sunday morning here in Las Vegas. Soon after it was set in stone that #4 Ohio State would face #1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and #3 Florida State would take on #2 Oregon in the Rose Bowl…oddsmakers went to work deciding what the pointspreads should be.

As of now:

Alabama opened at –9.5 and has been bet up to -10 against Ohio State

Oregon opened at –9 and has been bet down to -8 against Florida State

You may be seeing slightly different numbers when you read this. And, different stores…

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Weekend Wrap-up and Monday Night Preview




Well, we know the great state of Texas won’t be sporting a college football national champion team this year!

Both Baylor and TCU — the so-called co-champs of the 10-team, Big 12 Conference — were on the outside looking in when the College Football Playoffs committee announced the “final four” for this year’s first-ever playoff on Sunday afternoon and while TCU head coach Gary Patterson displayed major class (at least publicly)…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Falcons/Packers

Generally speaking, you know that a hardfought competitive game is about to take place when two NFL divisional leaders are set to square off on a Monday Night in December. Only real teams can lead a division in December! No pretenders this deep into a season. So, that means this week’s Atlanta/Green Bay game probably has a pointspread of what…about 3-4 points? Maybe 6-7 because Green Bay is on a roll?

Nope…the Green Bay Packers opened at -11 and got bet higher! The markets could care less that the Atlanta Falcons are co-leaders of the NFC South with New Orleans. Or,…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Patriots/Chargers

Early last Sunday, the following narratives were clearly in play for the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers. New England was back in championship form, and was now in the driver’s seat regarding home field advantage in the AFC Playoffs and an overdue return to the Super Bowl. San Diego was falling out of the picture because of too many injuries and too much travel.

What a difference a day makes!

New England lost at Green Bay, falling back into a tie with Denver in the race for the #1 seed. The Pats margin for error is gone (they still…

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NFL Week 14 Hot Topics


Wait a second ...Does everyone in the National Football League sport a winning record or does it only seem that way as we enter a Week 14 card that features seven - yes, seven - games pitting teams with better-than-.500 marks against one another?

Folks, for that to be the case on the first weekend in December is quite unique - trust us - but here we are with half of Sunday’s menu matching up winning squads versus one another…

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Wayne Root: Seahawks are Back! But Can They Beat Philly?

This Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles is shaping up as one of the most important and exciting NFL showdowns of the entire season. Not only does the game loom large over the playoff (and Super Bowl) picture. But, we have the cutting edge offense of the Eagles facing the ultimate smash mouth defense of the Seahawks. A clash of styles with so much at stake!

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT may or may not be releasing this game to clients (you’ll have to sign up to find out!). But, I can assure you that I’ll be watching very…

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Network Notebook: Big 10 Preview…Ohio State/Wisconsin

The Big 10 Championship game set for Saturday Night in Indianapolis will provide one of the toughest challenges all season for college football handicappers. The Ohio State Buckeyes are dealing with an unprecedented combination of distractions…with the loss of their starting quarterback to injury and the shocking death of a teammate. While you root for the athletes to find their way through trying times, you can’t know for sure how those intangibles will affect their play.

And, the tangibles? Cardale Jones is a largely unknown quantity at quarterback for Ohio State, and a completely unknown quantity as a big game quarterback.…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 14

It’s been weeks since we’ve had a Sunday this busy. No byes on the schedule any more. Only one game this past Thursday rather than the three we had for Thanksgiving. So, it’s 14 games on tap for Sunday, including many matchups that will weigh very heavily on the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC.

This will easily be one of the most heavily bet Sunday cards of the season. There isn’t one true blockbuster along the lines of New England/Green Bay or Denver/New England like we’ve had in recent memory. But, there are several matchups involving playoff caliber…

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How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s Conference Championships

We have FIVE conference championships on the Saturday college football schedule. I’ve added in the regular board game between Kansas State and Baylor because it looms so large in the Big 12 race (that league doesn’t have a championship game) and the Final Four discussion as the Bears are trying to leapfrog TCU or Florida State to get into the brackets.

I always present the games in rotation order…so that puts K-State/Baylor first on the list…followed by all the championship action. Here’s how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far this week.



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NFL Notes and More College Previews


Pinch yourself, Cowboys fans … your team is not gonna finish 8-and-8 for a fourth consecutive season.

Dallas made sure of that with its 41-28 win/cover against 3½-point home dog Chicago on Thursday Night Football as the modern-day version of the “Triplets” dazzled as QB Tony Romo (205 yards passing with 3 TDs and 0 INTs), RB DeMarco Murray (179 yards rushing) and chatty WR Dez Bryant (6 catches for 82 yards) all shined in the…

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Network Notebook: Pac 12 Preview…Oregon/Arizona

The first Power 5 championship of the 2014 college football season will be determined Friday Night when the Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac 12 title tilt. Kickoff is set for just after 8 p.m. ET in a game that will be nationally televised by FOX.

There’s a lot at stake for Oregon beyond the conference crown. They are currently sitting at #2 in the national rankings of the championship selection committee. An impressive win paired with a less than impressive result from #1 Alabama (facing Missouri Saturday in the SEC Championship) could vault the Ducks to the…

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Chargers put G Troutman on IR

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers will be without starting guard Johnnie Troutman if they reach the playoffs, with the team placing the third-year pro on injured reserve Monday.

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Lions' Raiola suspended one game for leg stomp

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL suspended Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola one game without pay for stomping on Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson's leg in Sunday's game.

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Bills release Mike Williams

Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Mike Williams on Monday.

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NFL Game Capsules - Week 16

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Newton accounted for two touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers picked up a crucial win to set up a winner-take-all NFC South showdown next week. Newton's 9-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Stewart in the fourth quarter was the difference, and Carolina topped the Cleveland Browns, 17-13, on Sunday. The scoring strike to Stewart, which capped a 7-play, 66-yard drive, came less than three minutes after the Browns took their first lead on Brian Hoyer's 81-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron. Hoyer replaced Johnny Manziel late in the first half after the rookie exited with a hamstring injury. The Panthers (6-8-1) will travel to Atlanta next week with the division on the line. Whoever wins that game will clinch the NFC South and host a playoff game.

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College Football Bowl Game Capsules

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl turned into a Miami Beach brawl. Before actual punches were thrown, Memphis beat BYU 55-48 in a double-overtime thriller on Monday, taking the lead on Paxton Lynch's 11- yard touchdown pass to Roderick Proctor, then sealing the win with an interception. But the Tigers' celebration was interrupted by an ugly on-field melee in which players from both teams exchanged blows, leaving some bloodied and threatening to overshadow the first football game played inside Marlins Park. And what a game it was. BYU scored 17 straight points off turnovers in the fourth quarter to take a 45-38 lead, but Memphis tied the score on Lynch's 5-yard touchdown pass to Keiwone Malone with 45 seconds left in regulation. In the first overtime, BYU's Jordan Leslie was close to scoring a touchdown when he squeezed the ball against his right shoulder pad while falling into the end zone. But the ball touched the ground and the Cougars settled for Trevor Samson's 45-yard field goal. Lynch and the Tigers lost 12 yards on their first overtime possession before Jake Elliott hammered through a 54-yarder to tie the score. Proctor's sliding catch in the right side of the end zone gave Memphis lead and the game ended on a turnover when DaShaughn Terry intercepted Christian Stewart's overthrown pass, sparking a celebration on the field that turned into a fight. Lynch accounted for all seven Memphis touchdowns, throwing for four of them and rushing for three. He passed for 306 yards and threw three interceptions, but the Tigers (10-3) won in their first bowl appearance since the 2008 season. Malone had two touchdown receptions and Alan Cross caught the other as Memphis picked up its seventh consecutive win. Stewart passed for 348 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for BYU (8-5), which fell to 6-4 in its 10th consecutive bowl game under coach Bronco Mendenhall. Leslie, Mit

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Bethune-Cookman elevates Sims to football coach

Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Bethune-Cookman University didn't need have to look far to keep continuity in its successful Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football program.

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BYU and Memphis square off in Miami Beach Bowl

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The BYU Cougars will meet with the American Athletic Conference champion Memphis Tigers in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl on Monday, Dec. 22, in a showdown at Marlins Park.

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Which Heisman winner reaches the championship game?

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Back in 1964, Navy's Roger Staubach and Notre Dame's John Huarte quarterbacked their teams against one another with the Fighting Irish shutting out the Midshipmen, 40-0.

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Notre Dame rolls through NIU

South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pat Connaughton recorded his second straight double-double and No. 16 Notre Dame crushed Northern Illinois, 91-66, on Monday.

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Kentucky remains unanimous choice in men's poll

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky is still the undisputed top-ranked team in men's college basketball, while a few changes toward the bottom included Michigan State's complete omission after a stunning overtime loss to Texas Southern on Saturday.

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Gamecocks continue to hold women's poll top spot

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - South Carolina again kept the top spot in the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

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Golden Bears set for battle with Badgers

Berkeley, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The California Golden Bears continue an extended seven-game homestand on Monday, as they play host to the Wisconsin Badgers at Haas Pavilion.

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Rockets' Harden drops 44 in rout of Blazers

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden padded his NBA scoring lead with 44 points as the Houston Rockets manhandled the LaMarcus Aldridge-less Portland Trail Blazers, 110-95, on Monday.

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Hornets beat Nuggets for 3rd straight win sans Stephenson

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Al Jefferson scored 22 points for the Charlotte Hornets on their way to a 110-82 win over the Denver Nuggets.

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Knicks' Dalembert fined $15K for elbow

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA fined New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert $15,000 for elbowing Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas in the face during Sunday's game against the Raptors.

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Horford, Aldridge are NBA Players of the Week

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge were named the NBA Players of the Week on Monday.

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Pirates win bidding process on SS Kang

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates submitted the highest bid for the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang.

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Giants officially re-sign Romo

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants officially re-signed right-handed relief pitcher Sergio Romo to a two-year contract on Monday.

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Twins extend Hughes

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with starting pitcher Phil Hughes on a new five-year contract extension on Monday.

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Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

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Kelso Sturgeon won his 200 Unit College Basketball Game of the Year Saturday with Utah (-8.5) over UNLV 59-46, and started the Bowl season 2-1. Kelso comes back Monday with a 25 unit winner on Monday night football and another 50-Unit basketball winner

Wayne Root won his NFL Underdog Shocker of the Year Sunday as Oakland beat Buffalo straight up 26-24, and has tonight's MNF prime time winner and the Miami Beach Bowl winners available now.



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