Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Generally speaking, we won’t do many “college” versions of our sharp reports during the regular season here in the Vegas-Sports-Masters blog. The focus has always been on the NFL during the regular season because pro football is KING in Las Vegas…and because sharp action often doesn’t hit the board hard until right before kickoff in college action.
But, this week…because the NFL hasn’t started yet, and because the lines for college openers have been up for weeks…we decided to put together a report emphasizing the main TV games you’ll be watching throughout the day and evening.
Here’s a look at a “great…
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM
The state of Texas is anxiously awaiting the Longhorn debut of new head coach Charlie Strong. The Horns open 2014 Saturday Night in Austin against North Texas. That’s an ideal starter for a new coach because it’s a game that’s supposed to be a relatively easy win (Texas is favored by 25)…but it’s coming against a bowl team from last year that’s going to just roll over and play dead.
Strong proved he’s a big time coach at Louisville. Though, there’s a difference between winning at a relative mid-major like that, and living up to the very high expectations annually…
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM
IT’S OFFICIAL!!!THE 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF FOR REAL WITH #21 TEXAS A&M SLUGGING #9 SOUTH CAROLINA 52-28…
WE TAKE A LOOK AT KEY GAMES FRIDAY, INCLUDING BYU/UCONN AND UNLV/ARIZONA
PLUS SATURDAY’S KEY GAME PREVIEWS INCLUDING #1 FLORIDA STATE IN ACTION ALONG WITH TOP 25 SHOWDOWNS BETWEEN #13 LSU VS. #14 WISCONSIN AND #16 CLEMSON AT #12 GEORGIA
We’re sure after watching all the late-night highlight sports last evening you didn’t need us—or anyone else for that matter—to spring a “Johnny Who?” on you right after the 21st-ranked Texas A&M Aggies battered the ninth-ranked (and 10-point favorite) South Carolina Gamecocks 52-28.
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Pretty good night for the sharps on Thursday, as early big early moves were correct, and very late-day support for a few underdogs proved prescient as well. The Wise Guys didn’t nail everything, but they had a much better read on teams than oddsmakers did as a general rule.
Will that continue Friday Night when 10 more teams take the field in five board games? Let’s take the matchups in rotation order…
BYU AT CONNECTICUT: An opener of BYU -17 is down to -15.5. But, that’s largely based on news of “suspensions” that have been taking BYU players out of the lineup.…
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM
I’m the undisputed KING OF LAS VEGAS, so it’s only natural that I work diligently to find edges whenever UNLV takes the field in college football or basketball. The Rebels open their season Friday Night in a rare national TV game at Arizona on ESPN. This will give me an opportunity to quickly outline their possibilities for you in the coming season.
I won’t pick that game on these pages because it might be part of my final selection mix for paying customers. Perhaps UNLV has some SHOCK THE SYSTEM potential against a projected Pac 12 power. Or, maybe they’re just…
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Friday Night is kind of a lull between storms in terms of marquee matchups in college football. Some blockbusters Thursday…and then more blockbusters Saturday But, that doesn’t mean you should take the night off! ESPN has a doubleheader that will be kicked off by a potentially intriguing BYU/Connecticut showdown at 7 p.m. ET.
Why is this one potentially intriguing? Didn’t Connecticut start the season 0-9 last year before getting a few wins when it was too late to matter? Yes, if this game was played last October, nobody in the world would have paid attention to it. Rightfully so! Connecticut showed…
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM
You regular students here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping know that I emphasize two key areas when studying football. You want to bet on teams that have more GAMEBREAKERS on the field, and you want to bet on teams that have a big edge in THE MOTIVATION FACTOR.
Now, some would tell you that it’s useless to study intangibles like motivation in Week One of a season because EVERYBODY is fired up to play football after such a long layoff. And, I would agree to a point. Certainly everyone’s excited to be back in uniform in front…
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM
It’s night one of the college football season in the major betting conferences. So we’ve compiled a special “sharps” report for Thursday action. We’re going to leave out the lame duck slate of NFL games because these are very lightly bet by most sharps, and barely followed at all by the betting public.
A game like Texas A&M at South Carolina? Everyone wants to know what the smart money is doing there! We’ll take the six-game card in rotation order, starting with that late afternoon kick on the SEC Network.
TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA: There’s a lot of skepticism in Las…
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM
It’s a rare sight indeed to have Ole Miss playing in a high profile TV game that represents a virtual “September bowl game” in Atlanta. That’s where teams like Alabama open their seasons…before finishing off league play in the SEC Championship game. What is MISSISSIPPI doing here?!
Well…believe it or not…this could actually be a magical year for the Rebels. They’re still longshots to win the SEC West behind more proven quantities like Alabama, Auburn, or LSU. But, they are legitimately in the discussion as a darkhorse contender this year because they return a lot of talent amidst other teams’ question…
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM
The mainstream media is making a big deal about who ISN’T in uniform for Texas A&M and South Carolina as those two SEC contenders open big time college football for the 2014 season. Yes, it’s the team that doesn’t have Johnny Manziel any more visiting the team that doesn’t have Jadeveon Clowney any more. Handicappers need to focus on who IS going to be on the field!
To help you do that for this relatively early Thursday start (6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. Las Vegas time, televised nationally by the new SEC Network), we’ve grabbed the information boxes from our summer…
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Begin Your College Season Thursday Night With Free 50-Unit Play On TV Battle Between Boise State And Ole Miss - Get Entire College & NFL Seasons For Just $199Florida State, Alabama, Marshall Set To Go 12-0, While Idaho, UMass Head For Perfect 0-12 Browns, Redskins, Cowboys, Bills & Raiders Seem Doomed Before Season Begins
By Kelso Sturgeon
The 2014 college football season begins Thursday night with 14 games highlighted by two nationally televised games—the first matching Texas A&M with South Carolina in Columbia and the second finding Boise State and Mississippi tangling on a neutral field at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.…
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM
A few weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were a virtual lock to make the playoffs. In fact, all the respected “stathead” projection systems were assuring everyone it was a done deal. So much for stats! Since then…
*Detroit’s pitching has collapsed (outside of a couple of studs)
*Kansas City’s caught fire
*Kansas City’s been exploiting an easy schedule (that remains easy)
*Seattle has lifted its play
Those developments knocked Detroit out of first place in the AL Central, and then dropped them behind Seattle in the fight for the second Wildcard spot behind whoever draws the short straw in the Oakland/LA Angels battle at the…
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM
The first week of college football action is always a volatile one for the major betting market. Generally speaking, nobody is going to be as DUMB this season as they are NOW regarding knowledge of teams across the nation. No matter how much work you’ve done to prepare, there are still elements of the unknown in all corners of the landscape.
*Many new head coaches
*Many new starting quarterbacks
*Many offensive and defensive coordinators
*Many relatively experienced “units” at the point of attack or in the secondary
*Many quirky schedule situations that haven’t come up before
You’ll know more about what Charlie Strong is doing at…
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM
We’re now just a few days away from the start of the 2014 college football season. You can bet that THE KING OF UPSETS is looking to unleash some shockers in this week’s openers. I have more documented UPSET CALLS than any other handicapper in history! I’m very excited that I can start adding to that lifetime total very soon.
I’m not going to talk about specific teams today because I have to protect that information for my clients. There’s still time for the lines to move two or three points against us if word gets out early. But, I can…
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON REPORT:
SHOULD THE STILL-WINLESS TEAMS THIS SUMMER BE FRETTING AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE “REAL GAMES”?…PLUS NFL NEWS & NOTES: THE ST. LOO SAGA—NO QB BRADFORD (AGAIN!)…
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK:THE BIGGEST STORYLINES AS WE HEAD TO THURSDAY’S SEASON OPENERS
By Jim Hurley
It was a year ago to the very day and we wondered if “it means nothing at all”, but there were a total of five NFL teams that had not yet won a game while heading into Preseason Week 4—and wouldn’t you know it but all five of those teams (that’s Minnesota, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Atlanta and…
Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Though both teams have had their ups and downs recently…the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates are largely sitting back where they were a few weeks ago. The Cards and neck-and-neck with Milwaukee at the top of the NL Central (and one of those two teams is likely to get at least a Wildcard spot). Pittsburgh has drifted back a bit into a battle for the second Wildcard spot with San Francisco and Atlanta.
There’s still well over a month left in the season for new developments to shake the foundations of the pennant race. What’s clear right now is that…
Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM
We’re down to the final two games of dress rehearsal weekend. And sharps (professional wagerers) are still trying to get a feel for the new season at hand. They generally misjudged the impact of the newly aggressive enforcement of defensive holding (scoring hasn’t gone up when sharps were sure it would go WAY up). And, many teams just aren’t playing to expectations even when it’s starter vs. starter (as you saw last night when sharps moved games away from key numbers).
Will their luck turn Sunday? It always turns eventually because you can’t be a sharp unless you win! Let’s see…
Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM
The fact that the San Francisco 49ers had to change out the turf in their brand new stadium this week was an apt metaphor for the start of their 2014 season. They can’t get any footing! The Niners have looked utterly inept through two weeks of the exhibition slate.
Baltimore 23, San Francisco 3
Denver 34, San Francisco 0
That’s the wrong side of 57-3 for a team that’s been a championship pick from many pundits!
If San Francisco plays well in their dress rehearsal, nobody will remember what happened when they weren’t trying. But, if those results represent an early red flag…then we…
Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM
A good night for power favorites on Friday, as New England, Green Bay, and Seattle all jumped to double digit leads at halftime on the way to pointspread cashes. The “public” teams made the public very happy!
Three of the five games stayed Under, continuing the month long trend that ISN’T seeing a huge increase in scoring even though officials are calling a zillion more defensive holding penalties. A few games are exploding (particularly when backups are producing). We’ll we see more points tonight with more quarterbacks having to make their case?
It’s the busiest day of dress rehearsal weekend with EIGHT…
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Saturday Night’s nationally televised game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts on CBS matches a pair of teams who must be taken seriously as playoff threats but aren’t really seen as Super Bowl teams entering the 2014 season. A look at their postseason losses from January shows why:
*New Orleans lost 23-15 to eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle (off earlier 34-7 loss)
*Indianapolis lost 43-22 to eventual AFC runner-up New England
There’s still some work to do…in a field that has other contenders chasing the elites of the league. Saturday’s potential thriller will help handicappers determine if either (or both) are…
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Five dress rehearsal games on the pro football exhibition calendar Friday Night, including the always entertaining “Battle of New York” featuring the Jets and Giants, and the nationally televised game between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. If you’re a night owl, Chicago at Seattle could be a thriller given the offensive aggression of the Bears and the defensive aggression of the Seahawks.
Let’s see how sharps have been betting this Friday quintet. Games are presented in rotation order…
JACKSONVILLE AT DETROIT: A lot of interest on the underdog Jaguars, as an opener of Detroit -4.5 has been bet all the…
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM
The Green Bay Packers are still a serious Super Bowl threat when quarterback Aaron Rodgers is healthy. But, the past couple of seasons, they’ve clearly fallen behind Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC hierarchy. Bad defense doesn’t win championships!
Green Bay’s dress rehearsal game with the Oakland Raiders Friday Night will be televised nationally by CBS, which will set up the official league-wide regular season opener between the Packers and Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night September 4 (televised by NBC). The team has a chance to make a very clear statement about 2014 right off the bat. Struggle vs. Oakland…
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THERE’S MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 PREVIEWS AS WE TACKLE A SLEW OF WEEKEND GAMES…
PLUS WE WRAP UP OUR COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORTSWITH A LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST & SUN BELT
By Jim Hurley
The NFL Preseason Week 3 games—those so-called “dress rehearsal” games—wrap up on Saturday/Sunday with 10 games in all…And we’re gonna get you our Jim Sez quick-hitter previews for half of ‘em in just a moment plus there’s College Football goodies comin’ your way too but first this key reminder as we draw ever-so-close to the start of the regular season:
The 2014 NFL Preseason continues to rock-n-roll on all…
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Because I was born in New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher), I always love watching the annual Jets/Giants Preseason game on TV. Even though it’s not a game that counts in the standings, both teams do take the rivalry somewhat seriously. And, they’re glad to get added intensity like that during the dress rehearsal portion of the game when it’s starter vs. starter.
I still have great connections in the Big Apple. As a result, I’ll probably be releasing a selection in this Friday Night showdown. It’s not fair to my paying clients to post that play…
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Between now and late Sunday evening, sports bettors will get a very good look at the most important players on all 32 NFL teams. This is a RESEARCH opportunity that students in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping absolutely, positively can’t pass up!
I strongly encourage you to watch as many games as you can on live TV. And, if you have the NFL Network (which you should), record all the others so you can watch them at your leisure between now and the start of the regular season. You actually have time to do that because next week’s…
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Everyone remembers that the up-and-coming Philadelphia Eagles won their division and made the playoffs last year…and that the Pittsburgh Steelers missed the postseason after another disappointing campaign. But, that does that automatically mean the Eagles will rule the state of Pennsylvania once again in the 2014 season?
The betting markets say “maybe but just barely!”
Summer “regular season win totals” centered around 9 for Philadelphia (after a 10-6 performance last year), and either 8.5 or 9 for Pittsburgh (after a pedestrian 8-8 run). That’s surprisingly close considering that Philadelphia is a young team positioned to improve even further under second-year head coach…
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 UPDATE:
THE "DRESS REHEARSAL" GAMES ARE HERE AND WE'RE CHECKING OUT STEELERS-EAGLES, RAIDERS-PACKERS & MORE
THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORT: WE WEIGH IN ON THE AAC & C-USA
No doubt there is a certain segment of NFL fans that will be quick to voice their opinions and tell you these ongoing Preseason games don't mean a thing.But ask NFL head coaches/players and many will tell you these NFL Preseason Week 3 games—yes, the so-called "dress rehearsal" games where starters often go into the second half (and sometimes very deep into the second half) are ultra-valuable in shaping…
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM
For the bulk of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, the Los Angeles Angels were locked into a Wildcard spot behind the amazing Oakland A’s. Those were the two best teams in the sport. But, they were in the same division. Seemed automatic that Oakland would earn the top seed in the AL and home field advantage, while the Halos would be forced into a coin flip Wildcard game just to join the A’s in the brackets.
But, after Oakland made news with some high profile trades to strengthen its starting rotation…something surprising happened. The Angels caught them from behind! At…
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM
If you’re like most recreational football bettors, you’re chomping at the bit to bet FAVORITES during this week’s dress rehearsal games in the NFL Preseason. All the teams are going to be trying for at least a half, and possibly up to three quarters. That means the BEST teams are going to dominate. Right?
While it’s true that favorites did go 10-6 ATS a year ago this week, that’s no guarantee we’ll see a replay in 2014. And, some of last year’s favorites covered in the fourth quarter (or in overtime) with backups.
*Last year’s biggest dress rehearsal favorite…Denver -6.5 vs.…
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Just when it looked like the Atlanta Braves were down for the count and out of the National League playoff picture, they up and swept the powerful Oakland A’s! That still only lifted them to four games over .500 entering their current series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And, they didn’t pick up any ground over the weekend on NL East leading Washington because the Nats were busy sweeping the Bucs.
From the Pittsburgh’s perspective, THEY’RE now the team that may be down and out because of that lost weekend in the nation’s capital. They went from knocking on the door of…
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
It’s been months since we’ve had some real football to handicap. By real…I mean teams going all out to execute at acceptable levels. We’re still several days away of REAL football where wins and losses count in the standings. But, at least this coming weekend in the NFL dress rehearsals, offenses are trying to get to the end zone rather than just working on timing…and defenses are trying to stop them rather than just clarifying work assignments on the fly.
With that in mind, it’s the perfect time for a refresher course on how KELSO STURGEON handicaps football. If you’re new…
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 UPDATE:WE PREVIEW TONIGHT’S BROWNS-‘SKINS BASH PLUS A QUICKIE RECAP OF THE WEEKEND ACTION…
OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL GRIDIRON REPORT:THE BIG 12 TAKES CENTER STAGE AND WE’RE WARNING Y’ALL ABOUT #20 KANSAS STATE
By Jim Hurley
Hope you all haven’t had your fill of “Johnny Football” because tonight’s Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins game will get you more about Browns’ rookie QB Johnny Manziel than you could ever possibly have hoped… we might even find out this evening what is Manziel’s all-time favorite movie!
The fact of the matter is Manziel-mania (that’s what they have been calling it in Cleveland for…
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM
We have to admit that the hype was more intense a couple of weeks ago than it is right now for Monday Night’s Preseason battle between Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins. On paper, this was going to be HUGE!
On the field…
*Manziel didn’t impress in is debut at Detroit last week
*Manziel has been outclassed in practice by projected starting quarterback Brian Hoyer
*Manziel made headlines by being late to a time-changed early morning meeting, extending the storyline that he lacks the discipline it takes to thrive at this level.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Still three games left in Week Two of the 2014 pro football Preseason. And, they’re three doozies! We have a potential Super Bowl preview starting things off Sunday afternoon with Denver at San Francisco in a game that will be televised by the NFL Network. That’s followed Sunday evening by Kansas City at Carolina in a battle of playoff teams who are both hoping to take another step forward this year. Then, Monday, the much-hyped battle between “Johnny Football” of the Cleveland Browns and RGIII of the Washington Redskins.
How have professional wagerers been betting those three games this week? Let’s…
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The window of opportunity for the “Peyton Manning Era” in Denver is closing quickly. He’s old, fragile, and nearing retirement. The Broncos made it to the Super Bowl last year, only to be swamped by Seattle in an uncompetitive blowout. Can they go the distance this season? Or, are Kansas City and San Diego now such dynamic threats in the AFC West that the Broncos aren’t even sure to win their division?
Our eighth and final divisional preview from our summer series features the AFC West. Here are the numbers from our key indicator stats…
2013 AFC SOUTH STANDINGS
Denver: 13-3 (+5 turnovers,…
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM
A huge eight game schedule Saturday on pro football’s exhibition slate. Let’s jump right in to see how sharps have been betting sides and totals leading up to our single biggest day yet. Did Friday Night’s scoring explosion influence totals betting? Onto the games!
GREEN BAY AT ST. LOUIS: sharps are sure expecting a lot of points here! An opener of 40 is all the way up to 42.5 or 43 as we go to press. This is an indoor game, and we can expect aggressiveness from both offenses. St. Louis has been bet up from an opener of -1.5 to…
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM
LET’S DIG INTO NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 PLAY ASBRONCOS-49ERS & CHIEFS-PANTHERS TAKE CENTER STAGE SUNDAY…
THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORT:YOUR PAC-12 “SURPRISE TEAM” THIS YEAR PLUS THE LEAGUE’S 2013 POINTSPREAD STANDINGS You know the deal—NFL Preseason games mean a little more time on the field for the “1’s” and we’ve even noticed where a batch of teams have played some starters for a half-or-more while getting closer and closer to next week’s so-called “dress rehearsal” games.
Hey, maybe it really just dawned on us the other night when ESPN play-by-play voice Mike Tirico—during the course of Chicago’s come-from-behind 20-19 non-cover win against 3-point underdog…
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Because the mainstream media and public pay so little attention to strength of schedule, it’s easy for teams (or full NFL divisions) to be much better or worse than is generally realized. That appears to be the case with the AFC North last year. Despite Pittsburgh and Baltimore having recent Super Bowls on their resumes…and despite Cincinnati outclassing those teams on the way to the division title…what was seen as a “power” division was actually a big disappointment.
Be sure to pay special to the strength of schedule rankings that we post every season in our previews based on calculations done…
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The first multi-game night of the new NFL week brings FOUR interesting matchups to the betting card. Let’s see how the Wise guys have been playing that quartet. Then we’ll be back Saturday to look at a busier eight game ticket…and again on Sunday to wrap up the weekend with the TV games set for Sunday and Monday.
We start with the NFL Network telecast of Philadelphia at New England, taking the full Friday slate in rotation order…
PHILADELPHIA AT NEW ENGLAND: New England opened at a field goal on their home field. Sharps liked Philadelphia on the key number, and bet…
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM
The New England Patriots will make their first national TV appearance of the 2014 season Thursday when they host the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that will be shown live on the NFL Network. The Pats were inauspicious in their Preseason debut last week, virtually no-showing in a blowout loss at Washington. Tom Brady didn’t suit up, and is likely to slowly build his readiness before the regular season opener in Miami.
Do the Patriots have much to sweat in this year’s AFC race? They might be able to coast until November and still have it easy! Brady is Hall-of-Fame bound,…
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WEEKEND PREVIEWS
By Jim Hurley
Let’s just say that some NFL teams (and head coaches) would like to win at least two or three preseason games this summer…Maybe it’s to wipe away the bad taste of a really bad 2013 season (we’re thinking about the Atlanta Falcons here, folks) or maybe it’s a head coach who needs a summertime “feel-good” moment or two (right, Dallas boss-man Jason Garrett?).
In any event —and as we’ve been telling you for more than two decades now here in these daily "Jim Sez" columns—the preseason means different things to different folks in NFL-land…
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM
As I was handicapping this week’s NFL exhibition games, it occurred to me that we have several teams in the Super Bowl discussion matched up against each other. Now, this is obviously the Preseason so we’re not going to see much in terms of regular season intensity. But, the matchups allow you the opportunity to think NOW about how the championship chase is likely to go.
Here are the matchups I’m talking about, listed in rotation order so you can easily circle them in your schedules…
Philadelphia at New England (Friday)
San Diego at Seattle (Friday)
Denver at San Francisco (Sunday)
Kansas City at Carolina…
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM
As a general rule, I shy away from using what are commonly called “trends” or “angles” when handicapping sports. You longtime students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping know that I emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS on the field, and THE EMOTION FACTOR as an intangible that can magnify advantages at the point of attack.
But, the NFL Preseason arguably provides the best opportunity to use “trends” and “angles” in your handicapping. I’m not going to list any that I’m currently using myself because those will be influencing client selections over the next few weeks. But, I’ll be…
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 REPORT:
WE PREVIEW FRIDAY’S FOUR GAMES INCLUDING EAGLES-PATS & CHARGERS-SEAHAWKSPLUS THERE’S GROWING “HEAT” ON SOME OF THE NFL’S NEW COORDINATORS
By Jim Hurley
Gotta say that one of the really intriguing parts about this year’s NFL Preseason games is the coverage a batch of new coordinators are getting:
For example, the New York Giants—fresh off a non-playoff season for the fourth time in the past five years—are attempting to fix a “broken” offense (that’s what co-owner John Mara called it, remember?) and so the NFC East team brought former Green Bay Packers’ QB coach Ben McAdoo to get things…
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM
We resume our NFL divisional previews today with the AFC South, to get you ready for Thursday Night’s nationally televised game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears. We looked at the Bears and the rest of the NFC North last weekend. We’ll close out the league over the next few days, looking at the AFC East (Friday), the AFC North (Saturday), and the AFC West (Sunday).
If you’re just joining the NOTEBOOK after taking some time away this summer, be sure you review the archives for all of our prior NFL divisional previews…and the full slate of college football…
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 GAMES GET ROLLIN’ WITH THURSDAY’S JAGUARS AT BEARS BASH IN CHITOWN…
PLUS OUR COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORTTAKES A LOOK AT THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
By Jim Hurley
Think America is ready for Football Season to start?
In last weekend’s opening batch of NFL Preseason Week 1 games, the television ratings were “through the roof” in many markets as the San Diego Chargers’ local affiliate—for example— claims the team’s 27-7 win against the Dallas Cowboys did a whopping 20.2 television rating and that’s better than any NBA regular-season game last year or a whole lot of big Major-League Baseball games this 2014…
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM
It wasn’t that long ago that pundits were penciling in the Toronto Blue Jays as the likely winner of the AL East. The Jays had a potent offense that was running roughshod over the whole league. And, nobody else in what is usually the class division of the Majors could get their acts together. Boston and Tampa Bay had inexplicably fallen off the map as Preseason co-favorites. Baltimore and the NY Yankees were nothing special.
A lot’s changed since!
Baltimore has been on fire the last two months (36-19 since mid-June…an even better 16-8 since the All-Star Break), and now has put…
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM
After the games of Monday Night July 21, the Kansas City Royals were 48-50, and seemingly had little chance to make a run at the playoffs. They had already fizzled after an earlier hot streak. And, it’s very hard to rise up to 15 or 20 games over .500 when you’re sitting below the .500 mark as you approach 100 games (out of 162 in a full-season schedule).
And they were trailing powerhouse Detroit!
It just wasn’t going to happen. And, then, maybe it did!
Kansas City won its last 2 games at the Chicago White Sox
Kansas City went 3-1 in a four-game…
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM
The start of the college football season is now just a couple of weeks away. You probably know the first big night of action is Thursday August 28, when Texas A&M visits South Carolina and Ole Miss plays Boise State in Atlanta to highlight the kickoff card. This means you really need to start paying attention to injury and suspension news. These aren’t headlines you can file away in your “I’ll worry about that later” file. Worry about them now!
If you’ve been studying all the “returning starter” data in those summer newsstand publications, your numbers are about to take a…
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM
I like to “read and react” to developing stories here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping so that the coursework has immediate real-world impact for students. Watching the NFL Preseason action this past weekend alerted me to something sharp handicappers need to pay very close attention to.
The Houston Texans may be in huge trouble!
Now, it’s only a Preseason opener…and it’s very dangerous to draw conclusions off a virtual scrimmage in August. Maybe Houston decided ahead of time they were going to no-show the opener and gradually build to the regular season. I can tell you from having…