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The Vegas Sports Masters


Kelso Sturgeon

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

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

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Wayne Root

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

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Jim Hurley

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

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

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: 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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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Championship Week is ready to get rolling in college football. We start with a game Thursday Night that will determine if Central Florida can tie Memphis for a co-championship in the American Athletic Conference. Friday brings a pair of actual conference championship games when Bowling Green takes on Northern Illinois in the MAC, while revenge-minded #2 Oregon faces Arizona in the Pac 12.

Before that, it’s the Thursday Night NFL game featuring the suddenly vulnerable Dallas Cowboys and the embattled Chicago Bears.

Let’s see how professional wagerers (sharps) have been betting these games so far this week. As always, I’ll take the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Conference Championships

The last time we were together, I gave you specific homework for each of this weekend’s college football conference championship games. In this resumption of my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, we’re going to talk general big picture strategies that you should be applying to those games set for Friday night and Saturday.

I won’t ever post my official selections here in a web discussion. That’s not fair to my paying clients. My goal is to help you do-it-yourselfers make better choices. If you’d like additional help on game day, further assistance is always just a few clicks away.


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Kelso Sturgeon: Monster Weekend on Tap!


Okay, so this may be a whole new age in the College Football world — the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Era is bye-bye and we’re in Year One of the College Football Playoffs (CFP) — but we’ve all been down this road before when it comes to make-or-break conference championship games.We can go on and recite all the teams the past 17 years that cost themselves a spot in the BCS Championship Game with…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Cowboys/Bears

A few weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys looked like a shoe-in for the NFC Playoffs, possibly as champions of the NFC East. They were 6-1 in the standings after seven games, with legitimately awesome performances over likely playoff teams Seattle and New Orleans. But, heading into Thursday Night’s nationally televised battle with the Chicago Bears, the Cowboys are now in danger of limping off into the sunset in the season’s final month.

*Dallas is 8-4

*Dallas has three road games in its last four outings

*Dallas has to play talented and lethal Indianapolis in its only home game

*Dallas has to beat Philadelphia on…

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The Latest on this Week’s CFB PLayoff Rankings



Can you imagine if the inaugural season of the College Football Playoffs goes off without the one-and-only undefeated team in FBS play?

Hey, now that the Florida State Seminoles - 12-and-oh while heading into Saturday night’s ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech - have been dropped to #4 in the current CFP rankings you do have to wonder if the following scenario played out:

Let’s say the ‘Noles trim G-Tech by only a point or two and #5 Ohio State thumps Wisconsin by twenty-something points in this Saturday’s…

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Network Notebook: Hoops Preview…Duke/Wisconsin

College basketball fans are in for a huge treat Wednesday Night when the #4 Duke Blue Devils visit the #2 Wisconsin Badgers in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN as part of the Big 10/ACC showdown. We’re still months away from the actual Final Four. But, if there was a Final Four for December, these two would definitely be in it.

*You already know that both are top four in the national rankings

*Ken Pomeroy also has them at #2 and #4, but reversed with Duke as the better team

*The teams are a combined 11-3 ATS versus early spreads,…

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Network Notebook: Hoops Preview…Ohio State/Louisville

Yes…having Louisville in the ACC makes the annual Big 10/ACC challenge even more entertaining! The #5 Cardinals make their first ever appearance in this event Tuesday night when they host the #14 Ohio State Buckeyes in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Both teams enter undefeated against very soft schedules (amongst the softest played by anyone in the rankings thus far), which means that either (or both) could be exposed as overrated when stepping up in class. Let’s see how the teams have performed so far in the efficiency numbers posted by college basketball…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Early Numbers in College Championships

We have some early numbers up on the board in the conference championship games that will be played this weekend. Wanted to get those on the radar immediately for you regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. Don’t wait until later in the week to start analyzing or you may miss the best lines! I’ll provide some homework in each game.

Note that the first two games are set for Friday night. Everything after that is Saturday.


MAC CHAMPIONSHIP (in Detroit—Lions’ home field)

Northern Illinois is an early 6-point favorite over Bowling Green

Northern survived the much tougher Western…

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Wayne Root: Exploiting “Inexperienced” Late Season Favorites

Thanks to all of you who joined me this past weekend for PINNACLE winners on Ole Miss over Mississippi State Saturday, and the Atlanta Falcons over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. There was a similar thought process behind fading both of those favorites. I wanted to go more in-depth for you website readers so you can apply the logic to other games coming up in the very near future.

Let’s go over what my “go-against” teams Mississippi State and the Arizona Cardinals had in common…

Road favorites

Who have no experience as “clutch” favorites

Led by quarterbacks in the same boat

Facing motivated home underdogs

Who could…

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Not everyone was happy to be “home for the holidays”.

Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens – there’s three playoff-hopeful teams that won’t fondly remember their Thanksgiving weekend home tilts.

The $64,000 question now is just how will those losses affect those teams – interestingly enough all three of these AFC teams will be going…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Dolphins/Jets

The Miami Dolphins have been one of the best football teams in the NFL over the past couple of months. But, they’re on the verge of being virtually eliminated from serious playoff contention if they can’t take care of business Monday Night on the road against the New York Jets.

Miami enters the game at 6-5. You can look in your newspaper standings and see all the teams lumped together in the crowded Wildcard race. If the Dolphins can get to 7-5, they’re in reasonable shape to play in January. Other than in a road game at New England...they’ll be favored…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Broncos/Chiefs

About a month ago, the Denver Broncos were a unanimous choice as the best team in the NFL. Las Vegas Power Ratings and national computer ratings agreed. Super Bowl betting odds agreed. The Broncos were 6-1 in the standings, but hadn’t been beaten in regulation. The only loss was on the road in overtime against defending league champion Seattle.

It was clear that THIS was Denver’s year. They were well clear of the field in the AFC. And, there wasn’t an obvious NFC team that would take them out given the inconsistency and turmoil in that conference. In October, Arizona was…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: New England at Green Bay on CBS

Football fans and sports bettors are chomping at the bit for a great game. The lineup of Thanksgiving blockbusters didn’t materialize...but the biggest game on the marquee is still set to be played Sunday afternoon when the New England Patriots visit the Green Bay Packers in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS.

There are other league powers on the short list of championship threats, so calling this a Super Bowl preview would be premature. But, if qualifying for the Super Bowl was based on being the best two teams in October and November…then THIS WOULD BE THE GAME!


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Week 13 NFL Whiparound


Here’s a special note...My handicappers and bloggers are very much in the holiday spirit and so we’ll continue to bang out winners right through Monday Night Football with our Annual Jim Hurley Turkey Shoot. Get all the holiday weekend long Football & Basketball Winners when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network either here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.


Time to go ‘round the NFL with a batch of Sunday quick-hitter previews:

SAN DIEGO (7-4) at BALTIMORE (7-4) - 1 p.m. ET,…

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Wayne Root: Will Any “Surprise” Teams Reach the NFL Playoffs?

After this week, there will be only one month left in the NFL regular season. All teams will have played a dozen games. Nobody has any bye weeks. It’s the race for the playoffs at the top of the standings, and a backwards race for the #1 draft pick at the bottom.

Today I want to talk about the race for the playoffs. There are so many teams still alive for division crowns and Wildcard berths that we could still have a big surprise in the brackets. Yes, it’s likely that the “usual suspects” will take most of the positions. But,…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 13

Three NFL games are in the books now that Thanksgiving Day is behind us. Road underdogs won two of those three outright by big margins, and two of the three stayed Under the posted total. We move now to rest of Lucky Week 13 with Sunday and Monday action.

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

WASHINGTON AT INDIANAPOLIS: An opener of Indianapolis -9.5 has been tentatively hopping between that number and +10. Colt McCoy will get the start for Washington over RGIII. Sharps who…

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Jags QB Bortles on track to start

Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is on track to start Thursday night's game against Tennessee as long as he feels OK during a workout before the game, his coach said.

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49ers cut McDonald amid investigation

Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers released Ray McDonald on Wednesday after police announced that the veteran defensive tackle is the suspect in a sexual assault investigation.

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Lions place OT Waddle on IR

Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions placed offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

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Extra Points: Conte is smarter than you think

(SportsNetwork.com) - It shouldn't be news that 25-year-old men think a lot differently than 50-year-olds but Chris Conte's recent comments sure surprised a lot of people.

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In the FCS Huddle: FCS Semifinal Playoff Preview

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Illinois State finally gets to play the No. 1 team in the country ... and it's not North Dakota State.

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Portland State's Edison wins Rimington Award

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Portland State senior Cornelius Edison was named the Rimington Award winner as the top center on the FCS level Wednesday.

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Alabama State seeks higher level under Jenkins

Montgomery, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama State football has had plenty of success, but the Southwestern Athletic Conference program is hoping new football coach Brian Jenkins can do for it what he did at Bethune-Cookman.

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Pelini hired as Youngstown State coach

Youngstown, OH (Sports Network) - Cast off by Nebraska, Bo Pelini wasn't out of work long.

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No. 25 Michigan State beats EMU

East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryn Forbes totaled 14 points and Travis Trice chipped in 13 as No. 25 Michigan State took down Eastern Michigan by a 66-46 count at Breslin Center.

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Cincinnati outlasts San Diego State in OT

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Farad Cobb's rainbow left wing 3-pointer hit nothing but net, finally putting a Cincinnati player in double figures.

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Spartans set sights on soaring Eagles

East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - After upsetting in-state rival Michigan over a week ago, the Eastern Michigan Eagles will try their luck against the Michigan State Spartans in a non-conference bout at Breslin Student Events Center.

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Aztecs hit road to tangle with Bearcats

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Back in action for the first time in a week, the 19th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs clash with the Cincinnati Bearcats in non-conference play at Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday night.

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Harden, Howard help Rockets top Nuggets in OT

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - James Harden scored a season-high 44 points on Thursday and posted his third career triple-double on Saturday.

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Griffin, Clippers edge Pacers

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

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Grizzlies outlast Spurs in 3-OT thriller

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph scored all six of Memphis' points in the third overtime, lifting the Grizzlies over the San Antonio Spurs, 117-116, in a wildly entertaining game on Wednesday.

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National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points off the bench and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 17 down to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-106 on Wednesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. The Suns took their first lead since the first quarter on Eric Bledsoe's layup with under two minutes remaining in the game after Goran Dragic won the ball on a steal. Later, Thomas' free throws made it a three-point game with 19.9 seconds left and P.J. Tucker blocked Kemba Walker's 3-point try at the other end. Walker recovered the ball and passed to Gary Neal, but he missed an off-balance 3. Tucker's foul shots with 5.6 seconds left sealed the win, ending Phoenix's longest losing streak since a 10-game slide from March 20-April 9, 2013. Dragic had 20 points, including 16 in the first half. Gerald Green scored 16 off the bench and Bledsoe added 15 in the victory. Al Jefferson had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte and Walker scored 27.

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Orioles' Davis cleared to use Adderall

(SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been cleared by Major League Baseball to use Adderall for the upcoming season, his manager said.

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Braves OF Markakis undergoes surgery

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent successful surgery to mend a bulging disk in his neck on Wednesday.

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Report: Giants bring back Romo

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants have reportedly re-signed reliever Sergio Romo on Wednesday.

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Blue Jays ink Kalish to minor league deal

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Ryan Kalish to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday.

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Wayne Root wins his 7th straight Game of the Year selection as Buffalo (+4) beats Green Bay 21-13 as the NFL Shocker of the Year

Kelso Sturgeon wins his 3rd straight 100-Unit Play as the Giants (-6.5) beat the Redskins 24-13.

Tony Salinas goes 4-1 in the NFL Sunday,  winning his top totals and cashed in on the Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys.


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