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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.

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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 Thursday Preview…Indianapolis at Houston

Last season, the NFC South didn’t have a single team with a winning record…so a loser qualified for the playoffs (looks like that won’t be a problem with season with TWO teams off to 4-0 starts!). Here in 2015, it’s very possible that the AFC South is going to follow that pathway.

*Heavy preseason favorite Indianapolis is off to a stunning 2-2 start amidst front office turmoil. Quarterback Andrew Luck couldn’t go last week, and was a turnover machine before he got hurt. The Colts are still the favorite to win this division…but they’re no longer seen as a superpower.

*Houston got…

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Richie Baccellieri: NFL, College Football, and MLB Futures Report for October 6

With the Major League Baseball playoffs starting tonight…and all the talk about the topsy turvy world of college football…I decided to add in championship odds for those sports in this week’s “Futures” market report. I may not do that every week through October. But, I want to add some context to what all the talking heads are discussing on TV. Sometimes they’re way off the mark.

Starting with the bases…



Toronto +300

St. Louis +500

Kansas City +500

LA Dodgers +600

NY Mets +750

Texas +1200

Pittsburgh +1200

Chicago Cubs +1400

NY Yankees +1400

Houston +1600

(For first time readers…the numbers you see reflect the return on…

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Chaos Rules NFL AND College Football



By Kelso Sturgeon

It is okay to believe and to have faith your favorite college or National Football League team is destiny's child this season but we are finding out in the real world of football is possibly more than ever ruled by upsets, chaos and dramatic ups and downs from one week to the next. I am…

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Jim Sez NFL Week 4 Rundown and MNF Preview

By Jim Hurley:

Talk about long odds! Exactly what do you think the odds would have been that a pair of winless teams in the NFL - and big-name teams, for that matter - would both swipe their first victories in overtime in a pair of prime-time games?

The Baltimore Ravens finally got into the winner's column this past Thursday night with…

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Wayne Root: Overconfidence is Killing College Powers

I’ve been emphasizing this point with you a lot this season…and it becomes a point of emphasis every single year. Highly regarded college football teams are consistently overpriced in the sports betting markets because oddsmakers and the general public don’t understand the realities behind the mindset of players.

Look at what happened to Ohio State and Michigan State his past Saturday…

#1 Ohio State barely survived Indiana…missing the spread by 14 points

#2 Michigan State barely survived Purdue…missing the spread by 20 points

Ohio State was seemingly gift-wrapped a return visit to the National Championship tournament before the 2015 season even started. They’ve been…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Almost 80% of College Games Went Under!

We just saw a real harmonic convergence is issues I’ve been talking about in current-day college football. There aren’t enough good quarterbacks to go around…defenses have largely figured out how to slow down or stop spread offenses except in the cases where they’re being led by true GAMEBREAKERS…and then some bad weather hit!

Go back to this week’s college football results page at your favorite website. You’ll see that almost 80% of this past weekend’s college games stayed Under the posted total. Professional sports bettors generally aim for a 53-55% success rate because they play volume. Anything making a run at…

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Network Notebook: NFL Monday Night Preview…Lions at Seahawks

This was supposed to be an intriguing battle featuring a potential playoff spoiler visiting the two-time defending NFC champions. Instead, ESPN will be showcasing a pair of early disappointments who can’t afford to lose another game this early in the season.

At least THAT might create playoff style intensity when the 0-3 Detroit Lions visit the 1-2 Seattle Seahawks in the final pro game of the weekend.

Both teams are obviously better than those records. But, is either capable of getting back to preseason expectations? Can Detroit play spoiler as a Wildcard out of the NFC North? Is Seattle’s reign atop the…

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Network Notebook: NFL Sunday Night Preview…Cowboys at Saints

The Dallas Cowboys saw last week how hard it was going to be to win with both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out of the lineup. Brandon Weeden just isn’t an NFL caliber quarterback. The defense isn’t anywhere near good enough to win on its own.

The New Orleans Saints are off to an 0-3 start…and are already fully aware that they’re basically a DOORMAT when Drew Brees isn’t healthy. In fact, the whole Sean Payton/Drew Brees era may be on the verge of ending if their early skid continues. The NFL seems to have caught up to what’s being done…

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Jim Sez Key NFL Weeek 4 Previews

Let's get busy as we look at Sunday's NFL 4 tilts ...

CAROLINA (3-0) at TAMPA BAY (1-2) - 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe good news is the Carolina Panthers are off to their best single-season start in 12 years - that was the 2003 season when this franchise made it to its one-and-only Super Bowl - but the bad news for head coach Ron Rivera's squad is that star LB (and tackling machine) Luke Kuechly remains a major question mark with concussion issues that seemingly have lasted longer than…

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Wayne Root: Buffalo Bills Back on Track

When the Buffalo Bills crushed Indianapolis back in Week One of the 2015 pro football season, I talked about how “for real” they looked. The team suffered a bit of a wake-up call the next week against the New England Patriots, though they did rally to make the game close in the final moments.

Last week in Miami? Wow!

As a small underdog, Buffalo once again looked like a legitimate playoff team. You may not have watched on TV because all the late matchups were out of hand quickly. Some important notes...

*Buffalo jumped ahead 27-0 in the first half!

*Despite coasting, Buffalo won…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 4

Time now to look over the Sunday and Monday slate in Week Four of the NFL. As always, games are listed in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule. Note that New England and Tennessee have byes this week…the first byes of the 2015 season. We also have our first overseas game of the young season as the Jets play Miami in London, England before enjoying byes next week.

Here we go…

NY JETS VS. MIAMI (in London): An opener of Jets -1 has been bet up to -1.5, or -2 in some places. Miami gets consideration at…

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Tony Salinas: Notre Dame, Clemson, and Storm Clouds!

I usually devote an early season article to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They’ve been the single biggest college football betting team over my many decades here in Las Vegas. It’s not as dramatic as it used to be…when the Irish were “America’s Team” like the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFL. But, whenever this team is good…people want to bet their games.

This Saturday night’s matchup with Clemson is technically the best matchup of the week in terms of the national polls. The problem there is…

*It’s unlikely that Notre Dame is really the #6 team in the country. I don’t…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…#13 Alabama vs. #8 Georgia

The huge SEC showdown this Saturday featuring #13 Alabama and #8 Georgia already had many important questions in play. And, now the game might be played in the rains and wind of hurricane Joaquin!

We’re preparing this preview before the exact weather conditions will be pinned down. This is a tough one for weather forecasters as it is…making the game even tougher for handicappers to pin down, possibly until right before kickoff when it’s obvious whether or not rain and wind is going to be a big issue.

The other questions we referenced regarding this matchup?

*Is Georgia really one of the eight…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Let’s Talk About Teasers

This past Thursday night’s football results were a great reminder of why the general public does such a bad job with football teasers…and why smart handicappers can add them to their arsenal. I almost always focus on standard side and total handicapping here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. Today, let’s take a field trip to the topic of teasers.



Most of you know what these are. But, there are some of you who are new to sports betting and aren’t familiar with this longtime staple of Las Vegas sports betting. Today I’m going to…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s Marquee College Action

I’ve selected 11 big games from Saturday’s college football slate…the matchups you’ll be paying the most attention to all day and night on the TV schedule. They are listed in rotation order rather than kickoff order. I want everyone to be able to make notes in their schedules. I’ll make note of the time changes for you.



WEST VIRGINIA AT OKLAHOMA (on FOX SPORTS 1): No time change here, as the game will go at noon ET, 9 a.m. here in Las Vegas in the early TV window. A lot of sharps are very interested in this one…

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Jim Sez Thursday NFL Recap - College Football Notebook

By Jim Hurley:

Quoth the Ravens ... we ain't done yet, boys and girls!

It's funny how CBS/NFL Network flashed that graphic listing Baltimore Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh as someone who had gone 115 consecutive games without ever suffering a four-game losing skid and wouldn't you know it that despite a botched fake field goal (didn't like the move, didn't like the call) and a fourth-down sack in which QB Joe Flacco should have thrown…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Connecticut at BYU (on ESPN2)

We’re four games into the 2015 season…and oddsmakers have yet to come within single digits of a BYU game! The Cougars were underrated out of the gate. But, then they completely ran out of gas last week in Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines. Here’s a quick look.


BYU (3-1 straight up, 3-1 ATS...as an underdog in all four games)

BYU (+5.5) won at Nebraska 33-28, winning yardage 511-445

BYU (+2.5) beat Boise State 35-24, winning yardage 381-361

BYU (+16.5) lost at UCLA 24-23, winning yardage 405-402

BYU (+7) lost at Michigan 31-0, losing yardage 448-105

If you watched the first three…you know that all were…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

We have five games to look at here in our first report of the new weekend. Two games Thursday and then three on Friday. Let’s jump right in. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.



BALTIMORE AT PITTSBURGH (on CBS): Looks like we have a tug-of-war here between Baltimore -2.5 and Pittsburgh +3. Michael Vick will get the start for the Steelers because of the injury to Ben Roethlisberger. That’s why the Ravens are a road favorite even though they haven’t won a game yet this season. Sharps generally have a lot of…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Miami at Cincinnati on ESPN

A week ago at this time, we talked about how overrated the Cincinnati Bearcats had been in 2015 heading into their Thursday night TV road game at Memphis. Quarterback Gunner Kiel was banged up (and injury prone anyway, so you can’t be sure when he was going to play). Backup quarterback Hayden Moore looked awful in relief in a close survival win against lowly Miami of Ohio. Cincinnati was probably going to lose as a dog in Memphis…and they were staring at upcoming games with Miami and BYU on TV.


Things got bleaker early in Memphis when surprise starter Kiel suffered…

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Wayne Root: Pac 12 Handicapping Notes

Usually in this spot on the schedule I talk about a marquee matchup coming up in the Pac 12. This week I was going to choose between Arizona State at UCLA, and Arizona at Stanford depending on what happened last week. Well, the Arizona schools looked so horrible in blowout losses that you can’t think of either of those as marquee games!

Maybe ASU or Arizona will recover from their huge home losses to the LA schools and bounce back strong. I’m confident now, though, that both of the Arizona schools were greatly overrated to start the season. Arizona’s defense is…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Many Market Mistakes

One of the most obvious things about the first month of football action in 2015 is the fact that the market has misread MANY teams at both the pro and college levels. And, I’m not talking about minor misreads that are worth just 1-3 points. I’m talking about complete misunderstandings about how a team is likely to perform this season with its current talent and head coach.

Just off the top of YOUR heads, you should be able to come up with several. In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to have one of the most dynamic offenses the world…

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Jim Sez Midweek Report

By Jim Hurley:

Memo to those of you - and we're not saying all of you! - that don't believe the quarterback position is the be-all and end-all when it comes to pro football: Just check out what's happening or about to happen to those NFL teams that have already lost their starting quarterbacks ...

The Chicago Bears, well, they may have been toast even before the Week 2 hamstring injury suffered by QB Jay Cutler but…

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Network Notebook: NFL Thursday Preview…Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Until the moment Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury Sunday in St. Louis, the Pittsburgh Steelers had been one of the most impressive teams in the NFL in 2015. They hung tough in a loss at New England…a team clearly head and shoulders above the field right now. They crushed San Francisco. And, they had jumped to an early lead in St. Louis…on the same field where the Rams had recently defeated the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.

Many sharp investors had jumped on St. Louis last Sunday…driving that line past pick-em after Pittsburgh had been an early…

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Richie Baccellieri: NFL Futures Report for September 29

Though we’re only talking about relatively small market moves in the big picture, Green Bay and New England both solidified their spots at the top of the NFL ladder with home blowout victories this week. Bettors are finding very little evidence that those AREN’T the two best teams in football right now. Barring injuries to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the market will be forecasting Packers/Patriots as a best expectation for the Super Bowl all season. Here’s what it looks like with the league elites…

(For first time readers…the numbers you see reflect the return on a $100 bet. If you…

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Wayne Root: October Should Bring Even More College Upsets

As the calendar approaches October, college football approaches the month where MAJOR upsets become very common. I’ve scored many outright SHOCKER calls on PINNACLE plays (and others) over my many years here in Las Vegas because I know that upsets are ripe for the picking. (Just this past Saturday, I nailed an outright winner on Utah over badly overrated Oregon, and should have won outright with Texas Tech over TCU, and Arkansas over Texas A&M!)

Why is that? What’s so special about the “middle” month of the college football season?

*Elite teams have played four games…which means the excitement of the start…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: You Must Fade Bad College Offenses!

As I was watching my most recent 100-unit college football winner on South Carolina over Central Florida this past Saturday, it occurred to me that I really need to emphasize here in our coursework the importance of fading BAD offenses.

You regulars know that I always emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. We want mismatches in this area for our biggest bets. In the past…that typically meant riding the greatest athletes. The way college football is being played in 2015, we may be transitioning to an importance of simply finding the worst offenses and going against them.

Central Florida has a horrible offense!

If you…

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Jim Sez for Monday, Sept. 28 …







Not bad.

Nine NFL teams entered the Week 3 schedule with perfect 2-and-oh SU (straight-up) records and – when the dust finally settled last night with Denver’s taffy-pull 24-12 win/cover in Detroit – there were still six teams without a loss and one more team looking to stay perfect tonight.

Okay, so the fact that the Green Bay Packers – who entered the here-and-now NFL season as one of the tri-favorites at 6-to-1 to win it all –…

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Network Notebook: NFL Monday Night Preview…Chiefs at Packers

Monday Night Football this week showcases what seems to be a large intangible mismatch. The visitor had a few extra days to prepare after absolutely BLOWING what should have been their second win of the season. The host is in an obvious letdown spot after getting revenge for their loss in last season’s NFC Championship.

Kansas City has every reason to bring PEAK intensity to Green Bay for their ESPN showdown with the Packers. And, nobody would be shocked if Green Bay came out flat after dispensing with business that needed to be taken care of. Does that mean an upset…

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Network Notebook: NFL Sunday Night Preview…Broncos at Lions

The Denver Broncos sure don’t have the stats of a team destined to threaten for the AFC title in 2015. They didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their season opener vs. Baltimore, and then needed a couple of miracles to beat the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday night. They’re lucky to be 2-0…and could have easily been 0-2 given their unproductive offense.

The Detroit Lions are 0-2 after drawing one of the toughest schedules of anyone in the league. And that gets tougher with the Broncos coming to town! They didn’t get to be part of Tennessee-Cleveland-Tampa Bay matching up against…

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Wayne Root: Can’t Wait to see the Jets’ Defense against the Eagles’ Offense!

Even before the season began, I had my eye on the Week Three meeting between the “revolutionary” offense of the Philadelphia Eagles and the potentially dangerous defense of the NY Jets under new head coach Todd Bowles. This was shaping up as an epic battle!

*Philadelphia’s offense impressed last season, though it didn’t quite reach the heights that some had expected. In 2015, they had supposedly upgraded their skill position talent and were ready to take the world by storm. Many in Vegas considered them “third” favorite from the NFC to go to the Super Bowl behind Seattle and Green Bay.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How Big a Factor is the “0-2” Angle?

Throughout the week, you’ve probably heard a lot of handicappers and TV pundits talking about how all the NFL teams who started the season 0-2 are smart bets this weekend because nobody wants to start 0-3. That’s only going to magnify after the NY Giants beat Washington Thursday night for their first win of the season. In what was supposed to be a close game, the Giants led 25-6 until garbage time.

Will that be the trend all weekend? Well, I don’t want to tip my hand too much. Luckily there are SO MANY teams in that spot this weekend that…

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Jim Sez for Saturday, Sept. 26 …
KEY NFL WEEK 3 PREVIEWS It’s only the third week of this here-and-now 2015 NFL season and yet there’s only one head-to-head matchup pitting a pair of unbeatens – congrats if you thought the Atlanta at Dallas showdown this Sunday in Arlington would be that game! – but there’s plenty of intrigue all around whether you’re talking about the New Orleans Saints playing without mega-star QB Drew Brees or the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks looking for a win (and some peace of mind) following their rotten 0-and-2 start or maybe you are focused more on the plights of all…
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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week Three NFL

Busy NFL weekend ahead. Here’s a look at how sharps have been betting Week Three action thus far. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.



PITTSBURGH AT ST. LOUIS: An opening line of Pittsburgh -2.5 has been bet down to -1 or pick-em depending on the store. There’s an expectation that the public is going to be all over the Steelers at a price this low come game day, while sharps think the Rams have a good chance to win outright in their bounce-back spot. Also in play here…the thought that the public…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…#9 UCLA vs. #16 Arizona

College Football 2015 began with a lot of hype for UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen. He was a big story entering the season…then put on a non-stop highlight show in his nationally televised season opener against Virginia. Was he a Heisman Trophy candidate already?!

He’s been pretty awful since then. Rosen had disappointing stats in an easy road win at UNLV, then looked every bit a freshman last week as UCLA rallied late to survive BYU. He threw three interceptions…and was basically the anvil preventing the Bruins from looking anything the 15-point favorite the market had priced them as.

UCLA is still…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee College Games Saturday

Back with a look at the highest profile college football games you’ll be watching on TV this Saturday. There are only two games matching teams ranked in the Top 25 (both in the Pac 12). So, it’s not a day of wall-to-wall blockbusters. But, there are definitely some games of interest involving teams that have been making recent headlines.

As always, games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. That means they aren’t listed in kickoff order after all the time changes. I’ll make note of the starting times in each matchup so you…

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Jim Sez: Weekend Football Notes

By Jim Hurley:

Okay, so the New York (Football) Giants knew all about taking twin-digit leads into the fourth quarter early in this 2015 NFL season but last night they weren't gonna "get fooled again".

The Giants' 32-21 win/cover against the 3-point underdog Washington Redskins featured a third consecutive no-INT game for oft-scrutinized QB Eli Manning (see 23-of-32 for 279 yards with two TDs) but we hand out our plaudits to NFL Network studio analyst Steve…

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Tony Salinas: Texas A&M, Arkansas Have Flipped Positions

What a difference a month makes!

Before the 2015 college football season started…if I had told you that this Saturday night’s game between Arkansas and Texas A&M in Dallas involved the #14 team in the country facing an unranked opponent…you would have had a very clear idea which team was which. If I told you the ranked team was favored by a touchdown, that would love locked it in. OBVIOUSLY Arkansas would be laying a touchdown to Texas A&M. Heck, you might have liked Arkansas at that price in a revenge spot as a national sleeper that many pundits were picking…

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Wayne Root: Will USC Bounce Back This Week at Arizona State?

Last week I won my Pac 12 Game of the Year…it was a PINNACLE play on Stanford (+) over USC in one of the biggest gifts I’ve ever seen in this sport. I talked about that matchup a week ago right here on these pages. I didn’t want to tip my hand too much because Stanford had so much going for them. I had to underplay things in that web article to protect my clients. If you were watching the game on TV, you know the cover was never in doubt. It was obvious the road underdog was going to…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Boise State at Virginia (on ESPN)

You might not be thinking that a Friday night matchup like Boise State/Virginia would be looming large over the New Year’s Day bowl picture. And, from the Virginia perspective…it’s not! Virginia is off to a 1-2 start and isn’t likely to be a contender in the ACC. But, Boise State has such an easy conference schedule ahead….that the Broncos are looking at a 12-1 finish if they can win Friday in Charlottesville on the way to running the table.

Since the best mid-major gets a premier bowl spot (which Boise used last year to knock off Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl),…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

I waited as long as I could to post today because of the situation today involving Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel. I always aim for lunchtime on the East Coast for these Thursday reports. Just before the deadline, Kiel was upgraded from doubtful to probable as he returns from a minor shoulder injury and what was reported as a slight concussion in the third quarter of last week’s game vs. Miami of Ohio.

It will be up to you to monitor sharp action the rest of the afternoon in that game!

We have four matchups to talk about this Thursday and Friday. Two…

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Jim Sez NFL Week 3 Notebook

By Jim Hurley:

As the now late, great Yogi Berra was fond of saying, "It ain't over, till it's over." Well, Berra was a 10-time World Series champion with those iconic 1950s and 1960 New York Yankees teams and rarely were his squads being counted out early in a season but turn your focus to the here-and-now 2015 NFL Season and there are nine teams without a win while heading into this…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Cincinnati at Memphis on ESPN

Many were expecting this to be a big year for the Cincinnati Bearcats. The respected Athlon publication had them winning the East Division of the American Athletic Conference…and had them ranked #40 nationally heading into the 2015 season. The betting markets gave them a lot of respect out of the gate as well…as you can see in this breakdown of what’s happened so far.

Cincinnati (-45) beat Alabama A&M 52-10

Cincinnati (-6) lost to Temple 34-26

Cincinnati (-21) beat Miami of Ohio 37-33

The spreads showed respect…but then Cincy missed the spread by 14 and 17 in those last two games!

Turnovers have been a…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Avoid Distractions in College Football

The more I see and hear coverage of college football this season, the more amazed I am about how everyone’s missing the point. There are two things everyone wants to talk about…and those two things have very little to do with picking winners against the Las Vegas pointspread.

Those two topics are:

*Can you believe how many TV commercials for Fantasy Football are running during college football games? You can’t get away from them?!

*What are this team’s chances to make the 4-team playoff at the end of the season? (Or, for variation, is there a chance this conference will get left out…

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Network Notebook: NFL Thursday Preview…Washington at NY Giants

Considering team perceptions entering the 2015 season, it’s almost impossible to think that the Washington Redskins are suddenly the team to beat in the NFC East. But, they enter Thursday Night’s nationally televised showdown with the NY Giants looking surprisingly good just two weeks into the season.



*Washington’s defense has significantly upgraded, and may be a real force

*Dallas just lost Tony Romo for up to two months with a fractured collarbone

*Philadelphia is off to an 0-2 start, and looks lost on offense most of the time

*The NY Giants are off to an 0-2 start, and don’t seem to have improved from…

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Richie Baccellieri: NFL Futures Report for September 22

There are a lot of very interesting stories developing in the NFL Futures markets. You probably know that several playoff hopefuls are off to disappointing 0-2 starts. That’s caused their championship odds to fall dramatically in some cases. There are also a few teams like Arizona, Atlanta, and the NY Jets who are shooting up the scale after surprisingly impressive 2-0 starts.

The best way to go through all of this is just to run the complete ladder from best to worst. I’ll start with the favorites to win the championship and work my way down. To give you a sense…

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Jim Sez NFL Week 2 Report

Hey, wait just a second ...You guys in Baltimore and Philadelphia and New Orleans and Seattle really weren't supposed to be sitting here at 0-and-2 just two weeks into this 2015 NFL campaign, right?In case your recent memory has left you, this quartet of NFL teams has combined for a whopping 27 post-season game appearances the past five years and that includes a pair of Super Bowl titles (see the 2012 Ravens and the 2013 Seahawks).


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Wayne Root: Back-up Quarterbacks Can Help You Back Up the Truck!

Some were scratching their heads Sunday when I released my PINNACLE play on the Cleveland Browns (-) over the Tennessee Titans. That was fine with me. When people think I have plays that “don’t make sense,” my clients usually make money.

Yes, Johnny Manziel had some trouble coming in to replace the injuried Luke McCown on the road in New York in the first week of the season. But I really liked his chances to bounce back strong in Cleveland’s home opener at Tennessee. And I couldn’t believe the game was near pick-em!

*Cleveland was in a bounce-back spot off a loss


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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: 100-Stars Sweep Again! Here’s How

Thanks to everyone who signed up for my 100-unit winners this past weekend on Utah (-) at Fresno State and the Pittsburgh Steelers (-) over the San Francisco 49ers. Once again, easy blowout covers set up a tutorial for you just by reading the game accounts!

Since my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping is all about teaching moments, let me take this opportunity to review why those plays made so much sense…and why they got the money so easily…



The Utes jumped ahead early and coasted through the fourth quarter. That’s why the total yardage stats…

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Network Notebook: NFL Monday Night Preview…Jets at Colts

This week’s Monday Night matchup features a pair of teams who are expected to quickly regress towards the mean after missing their pointspreads by 18 and 15 points respectively last week. The New York Jets aren’t likely to be as good as they looked in a 31-10 rout of floundering Cleveland. Indianapolis must be better than they looked in 27-14 virtual no-show loss in Buffalo.

The Las Vegas betting market has to make a guess about how much these teams will reverse course…and whether or not Preseason estimates were a bit out of whack. Maybe Indianapolis isn’t ready to challenge New…

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Network Notebook: NFL Sunday Night Preview…Seahawks at Packers

The two teams that EVERYONE has been talking about in the NFC entering the new season are the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. Seattle is the two-time defending conference champions. Are they about to fall off the mountaintop? Or, do Pete Carroll and company have another championship run in them? Green Bay is the obvious choice to replace Seattle. The Packers should have been in the Super Bowl last year! The top two NFC powers in the Futures markets square off Sunday night in a game you’ll be watching on NBC.

These teams know each other very well already.…

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Hardy returns from 4-game suspension, says focus on football

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Kent St.-Toledo Preview

Toledo vaulted into the AP Top 25 after holding the Mid-American Conference's top rushing team to a minuscule total last weekend.

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Fresno State QB Greenlee charged in public drunkenness case

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) The Fresno County District Attorney's office has filed charges against Fresno State quarterback Zack Greenlee and a teammate arrested last month during a house party near the campus.

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Northwestern-Michigan Preview

Nobody is allowing fewer points per game than Michigan and Northwestern.

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ESPN visits Fargodome for Top 10 clash

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New challenges for Tennessee's Barnes after years in Texas

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Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.

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NIT committee restructured

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Richmond, St. Jean complete Mullin's staff

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Mudiay scores 17, Nuggets down Dallas 96-86

DALLAS (AP) Emmanuel Mudiay scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 96-86 on Tuesday night.

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Butler, McDermott pace Bulls over Bucks, 105-95

CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott scored 23 points each to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 105-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, making new coach Fred Hoiberg a winner in his preseason debut.

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George has 20-point first quarter in Pacers' preseason win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Paul George scored 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter and the Indiana Pacers overcome rookie Stanley Johnson's 26 points in a 115-112 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

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Smith leads Grizzlies past Rockets, 92-89

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Russ Smith scored 12 points, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee added 11 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 92-89 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

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Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees in AL wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again.

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Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS against Mets

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Harvey misses Mets' workout, apologizes after late arrival

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason.

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Graney, McNamee voted by fans to Hall ballot for Frick Award

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