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NFL Conference Championship Previews
IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY!

OUR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW - JAGUARS LOOK TO BE A GIANT-KILLER VERSUS THE PATS

Gotta go all the way back to the 2010 season to find the last time the New England Patriots were not part of the AFC Championship Game scene but keep in mind the Pats have not been any sort of lead-pipe cinch in these games. In fact, New England's split its six AFC Championship Game appearances since 2011 (Denver beat 'em twice in 2013 and '15, Baltimore beat 'em back in 2012) while Jacksonville is making its first showing in this title tilt since…

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Wayne Root: Will We See an Upset or Two on NFL Championship Sunday?

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS, which means I’m looking long and hard at the upset potential in both of this Sunday’s NFL conference championship games. Can the Jacksonville Jaguars take out the New England Patriots? Or, will all the distractions surrounding Tom Brady’s hand injury make them lose their focus? The Philadelphia Eagles are a rare home underdog in a title tilt. Can backup quarterback Nick Foles take them to the Super Bowl?

I can’t release my official selections here in a web article. That wouldn’t be fair to my paying customers. I can tell you what I…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Conference Championships

We’re down to the final four in the NFL Playoffs. And, what a week it’s been in the betting markets! I can’t ever recall a situation quite like this…where the most important player in the league suffers a weird injury in practice midweek…in a game where the line was already troublesome for sports books because it was right on the edge of the teaser window.

Let’s jump right in. There’s a lot to talk about considering there are only two games…

Jacksonville at New England: An opener of New England -9 has come down to -7.5 (and -7 in some spots offshore)…

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Network Notebook: Can Patriots Win with an Injured Tom Brady?

It’s amazing that a fluke accident in an NFL practice can change the course of history. That may be what happened this week when Tom Brady injured his hand. Suddenly, the favorites to win the Super Bowl were surrounded by question marks. And, teams led by unheralded quarterbacks like Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, and Nick Foles were sensing a chance to engrave their names on the most coveted trophy in sports.

Of course, New England hasn’t lost yet! Tom Brady may be recovered enough by Sunday afternoon to execute the offense well enough to win. And, the Patriots would still be…

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NFL Coaching Changes for 2018, Part 2

Continuing last week’s coaching changes in the NFL, let's go game by game, team by team.

The Seattle Seahawks announced three additions to their coaching staff, naming Brian Schottenheimer offensive coordinator, Ken Norton Jr defensive coordinator and Mike Solari offensive line coach. There is no question the Seattle Seahawks have fallen apart on the offensive side of the football due to perhaps neglect or deterioration over the fact that Russell Wilson came out of his rookie status and had to be paid big money. Paying Wilson meant they didn't have enough money to pay an offensive line. As a matter of…

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Sunday Conference Championship Notes

SUNDAY'S NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES INCH A BIT CLOSER AND WE CLUE YOU IN ON THE KEY STATS ...COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - A PAIR OF POTENTIAL "MARCH MADNESS" SLEEPERS

We know ... can we just get to Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games already! Note that we'll be posting our AFC/NFC Championship Game previews the next couple of days here at Jim Sez - so don't miss out as we'll be including more Spread Stats - but for now let's examine what have been some key stats for all four teams still alive in the chase for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP…

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Richie Baccellieri: College Hoops Market Slow to Adjust

One thing I've noticed in recent college basketball seasons, particularly this year, is that the market is slow to react to changes in team performance once everyone's Power Ratings feel "locked in." How a team played in November and December determines how they'll be rated for weeks, even if it's not deserved.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are a great example of this. They were one of the big surprise of the 2017-18 season out of the gate. They were undefeated in non-conference action, including an upset of Kansas in Lawrence. You HAVE to be for real if you win there!…

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JIM HURLEY IS 8-1-1 AND GEARING UP FOR SUNDAY’S AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Always fun to take a step back and re-discover the Super Bowl LII "Odds to Win It All" when posted just prior to the 2017 NFL season ... now here are what the odds were for the four remaining teams in action this Sunday afternoon/evening followed by the current "Win it All" odds (all based on $100 per play wagers):

TEAM             PRE-2017 ODDS           CURRENT ODDSJacksonville           + 6200                            + 650Minnesota             + 2100                            EvenNew England        + 200                              - 200Philadelphia          + 3600                            + 550

It's interesting to see that an NFL team laying a price to win it all even before we get to…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: When the Quarterback isn’t a Playmaker

For years and years, I've been emphasizing the importance of focusing on PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when you handicap games. In the NFL, that's traditionally meant placing a top priority on the quarterback position. In this Sunday's conference championship games, that's going to be a little tricky.

Sure, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is one of the greatest to ever play the position. And, he came through for us last week, as my top selection was on the Pats (-) over Tennessee in a 35-14 blowout that was 35-7 until a late garbage time TD. But, the other three QBs…

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Wayne Root: Finding College Hoop Upsets in Conference Play

I have to say that this is one of the easiest college basketball seasons I've ever seen for finding upsets. All the top teams have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The next level of teams are so good that they can get hot and beat anybody on any give night. And, even some of the cellar dwellers are capable of putting things together for 40 minutes.

Duke is loaded, but they already have outright losses as double-digit favorites to Boston College and NC State. Michigan State seemed like a lock for a #1 seed. Suddenly, they're getting bullied by Ohio State…

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Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs

Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs

JIM HURLEY NOW 8-1 IN 2018 NFL PLAYOFFS AFTER ANOTHER HUGE WEEKEND

The man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend came back with a stunning 4-1-1 performance against the spread over a very exiting divisional round. Let''s quickly review the hottest start IN THE INDUSTRY from PROVEN WINNER and industry legend JIM HURLEY.

WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0) Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outright Atlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outright Buffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New Orleans

You''ll recall…

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NFL Conference Chapionship Game Set

Jim Hurley Now 8-1-1 in the NFL Playoffs! 4-0 in Wild Card Round and 4-1-1 in Divisional Playoffs

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ARE SET FOR THIS  SUNDAY - AND WE RE-CAP A WILD (AND WINNING) WEEKEND OF NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF TILTS ... PLUS, WE GET YOU OUR FIVE-YEAR CHART OF AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHP GAMES TOO

Hey, can you really believe we all have to wait till Sunday now for the next round of NFL games? Darn it!

In this past Sunday's shocking finale - Minnesota 29, New Orleans 24 - you simply couldn't make up the script in the final three-plus minutes…

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Jim Sez NFL Division Playoff Previews

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - THE SATURDAY PREVIEWS AS FALCONS-EAGLES, TITANS-PATRIOTS CLASH

Hey, the NFL Playoffs are a whole new ball game on many fronts:Note that in the final four weeks of 2017 NFL regular-season play, the league's Betting Favorites compiled a healthy 34-23-4 ATS (against the spread) mark with 3 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix. Folks, that's a solid .596 winning rate for the chalk sides.So, what happens last week in the NFL Wild Card Playoff Round?Right, all four Underdogs grabbed the cash with both 8.5-point pup Tennessee and 6-point dog Atlanta winning their post-season games outright while…

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Network Notebook: Saints/Vikings may be Real NFC Championship game

Though “championship weekend” in the NFL isn’t until a week from Sunday, it’s possible that this week’s New Orleans/Minnesota game is the “real” NFC championship game that will send its winner to the Super Bowl.

*These are the top two teams in the conference in most respected Power Ratings assessments. Minnesota sits atop the NFC, followed in order by New Orleans, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

*Minnesota would be a home favorite of at least five points next week over the winner of Falcons/Eagles, putting them in great shape to be the first NFL team ever to enjoy a “home” game in the Super…

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Wayne Root: Market Mistakes in Cold Weather Football Games

It’s been awhile since handicappers have had to deal with so much cold weather in the NFL Playoffs. In recent seasons, even when northern teams were in action, conditions had been relatively mild. This weekend, three of the four divisional round games will be played in freezing temperatures, and two of those three will also have strong winds.

Growing up in New York, I know all about playing sports outside in freezing weather! You longtime readers know I was born in a town called Mt. Vernon as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). My personal experiences growing up, and then…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Underdogs covered all four games during Wildcard Weekend, which meant a bad week for the general public but great news for sharps and Nevada sports books. Making things even better for the books, two of the favorites lost outright. It’s become a growing trend for squares to put a bunch of favorites in moneyline parlays because they assume all the favorites are going to win. When both Kansas City and the LA Rams lost last Saturday, sportsbooks were already guaranteed a profit for the week.

Let’s see how sharps and the public have been betting this weekend’s four divisional round games.…

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Richie Baccellieri: Is there a “West Coast Bias” in NBA Oddsmaking?

We’ve reached the halfway point of the NBA season. What’s very interesting to me as I study the ATS records so far is that all the best performances against the spread have come from Eastern Conference teams.

NBA’s Best ATS Records

Boston 26-15-2

Brooklyn 25-16

Detroit 23-15-2

Chicago 24-17

Brad Stevens continues to get his teams to perform better than expectations, something he became famous for during March Madness in his days at Butler. The market assumed disaster when Gordon Hayward was lost for the regular season with a broken leg. Instead, the Celtics are still dominating the race for a #1 seed with a 33-10…

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Jim Sez Midweek Report - Divisional Playoffs

Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship!

Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LII

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - HERE'S THE LOWDOWN AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE WEEKEND

COLLEGE HOOP NOTES - THURSDAY NIGHT ACTION

Folks, there was plenty hootin'-and-hollerin' going on last weekend after all Four (4) NFL Wild Card underdogs swept the board - we won 'em all right here at Jim Hurley's Network, of course!…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Impact of the Bye Week in NFL Playoffs

As we move from Wildcard Weekend to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, the single biggest factor that looms largest is the bye week. The teams with the best two records in each conference were at home relaxing last weekend, scouting their eventual opponents. How big of an advantage is this?

Bye teams are fresher, because they enjoyed extended rest

Bye teams are healthier, because nobody got hurt last week

Bye teams are better prepared, because they could plan ahead

Bye teams also enjoy home field advantage!

Man, those edges sound HUGE! How do bye teams ever lose with so much going for them?…

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NFL Coaching Changes for 2018

The game of coaching musical chairs is not over yet and won’t be until the Super Bowl is over. Not only are the Head Coaching jobs being filled with new bodies but the all-important Offensive and Defensive Coordinators jobs are being filled with old and new players.Some of these positions changes will be positive and others will prove to be oops, we done messed up again. Just ask the Browns how easy it is to mess up. They are as you well know, the masters of messing up.

Some of teams that did not make changes are as surprising to me…

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Jim Sez NCAA Title Game Recap
Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship! Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LII

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - WE DISSECT ALABAMA'S 26-23 OT WIN VS. GEORGIA, PLUS OUR FINAL BOWL/PLAYOFF CHART ...

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND UPDATES

News flash: The Alabama Crimson Tide has now won five national championships in the past nine years - but nobody on this earth thought a freshman quarterback…

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Wayne Root: Can Any Week One Survivors Win the Super Bowl?

Now that Wildcard Weekend is in the books, it’s time to turn our attention forward to see if any week one winners have a legitimate shot to go the distance and win the Super Bowl. You can make good money on futures prices or on a game-to-game basis if you can recognize the early chapters of a new Cinderella story.

THE KING OF LAS VEGAS will discuss the Wildcard winners in the order they won…

TENNESSEE: It’s very hard seeing this team hanging close to New England, let alone beating New England, Pittsburgh, and then an NFC team in succession. Though, I…

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Network Notebook: Hurley Goes 4-0 with NFL Dogs

The biggest betting story out of Las Vegas this past weekend was the 4-0 board sweep for underdogs during Wildcard Weekend in the NFL playoffs. The second biggest story was that handicapping legend JIM HURLEY went 4-0 for his clients betting all the underdogs!

Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New Orleans

Frankly, there wasn't that much to sweat. The first two on Saturday won their games outright against spreads near a touchdown. Sunday, Buffalo was getting more than a…

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Jim Sez National Championship Game Preview
Network Sweeps All 4 Wild Card Games!!!

THE JIM SEZ REPORT -TONIGHT'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD WINNERS!

Funny how the College Football Playoffs have worked in its first four years of existence:We have not had a #1 seed win it all - nor will we this evening when #3 Georgia battles #4 Alabama - but we sure have seen lots and lots of points.Check out what's happened in the first three editions of the College Football National Championship Game:

SEASONWINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE2014#4 Ohio State+ 5.5#2 Oregon42-202015#2 Alabama - 6.5#1 Clemson45-402016#2 Clemson + 6.5#1 Alabama35-31

Ahh, so all three previous…

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Jim Sez Sunday Wild Card Previews

THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S GAMES

AND SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALLNATIONAL TITLE GAME POINTSPREAD CHATTER

The NFL's Wild Card Playoff Round grinds on with a pair of Sunday showdowns and we'll get to Buffalo at Jacksonville and then Carolina at New Orleans in just a moment right here at Jim Sez, but first this key reminder:

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will get you the Side & Totals plays on Monday night's College Football National Championship Game between Georgia versus Alabama when you check in with us game-day afternoon right here online or 1-800-323-4453 and cash in big.…

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Wayne Root: Can Georgia Upset Alabama for the National Championship?

For years I've made my name in the sports betting industry calling for...and winning...upsets in major events. There are Cinderella stories in every sport. I was theman escorting Cinderella to the party in my limousine, and the drinks for everyone were on me.

Does that mean I'll be releasing Georgia (+) to my clients this coming Monday Night in the college football National Championship game against Alabama? Don't assume that's a sure thing!

*Last week I won big with Alabama (-) over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. That easy cover was never in doubt, as the Crimson Tide defense dominated form start…

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Network Notebook: National Championship Preview…Alabama vs. Georgia

The college football game we've been waiting for all season has finally arrived. The long-established superpower against the new kids on the block. We were delayed from getting it in the SEC Championship game because of an upset. But...now...Alabama and Georgia square off. And, it's not just for a conference title, it's for all the marbles!

You probably know that this is likely to be a defensive struggle. The Over/Under of 45 points is very low for a college football championship game. Last year's winner scored that by themselves! This is going to be a smash mouth game featuring physical run-based…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Wildcards and Alabama/Georgia

Lines have had time to settle for what's shaping up as a very exciting football weekend. Betting action has been heavy already for Wildcard Weekend...and Monday Night's Alabama/Georgia National Championship game will be one of the most heavily bet college football games ever.

Let's see how sharps have been betting all five of these blockbusters. I'll go in schedule order.

Tennessee at Kansas City: Different stores opened at different lines across the board last week. So, I'll talk generally about the opening ranges and what's happened since. Here, most spots were at Kansas City -7.5. Since then we've seen a rise to…

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Richie Baccellieri: The ACC Has Been VERY Underrated This Season

You'd think that the most prominent conference in college basketball would have a tough time covering point spreads. They're on TV all the time. The public loves betting big name programs. The media loves hyping all the schools appearing in their telecasts. And, Dick Vitale should go into the ACC Hall of Fame just for all the praise he's heaped on Duke and North Carolina in his broadcasting career.

Yet, that conference hasn't been overrated this season. It's been extremely UNDER-rated. Check out the ATS records for all 15 teams. And, remember that any "conference" game is both a win and…

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Can the Philadelphia Eagles Advance – by Jim Feist.

With the second round of playoffs just around the corner, one team I wanted to focus on is the top seeded Philadelphia Eagles. There doesn’t seem to be the excitement surrounding this team as they head into the playoffs for the first time in four years.  The excitement that we saw after week 13 has faded with the injury to quarterback Carson Wentz.  And, if their play in the last three games of the season is any indication, the Philly faithful have a lot to be worried about. Probably no team’s value has dropped more than the Eagles.  

After week…

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Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs
Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs! Wins with Georgia over Oklahoma, Alabama vs. Clemson and the UNDER!

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON GEORGIA'S OT WIN AGAINST OKLAHOMA AND ALABAMA'S BRUISING TRIUMPH OVER CLEMSON...PLUS, OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL CHART...AND NFL'S "BLACK MONDAY" IS CHOCK FULL OF MOVES

The College Football Playoff games on New Year's Day/Night? Just call 'em "beauty and the beast".

Georgia's fascinating/thrilling 54-48 double-overtime win against 2.5-point underdog Oklahoma was dubbed an "instant classic" even before we got to the bonus football frames and every hard-core football fan already is determining where that game…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping “Playoff Style” Football

Not only do the NFL playoffs start this weekend with the four games involving Wildcard teams, but we also have the National Championship in college football featuring Alabama vs. Georgia coming up Monday night. That makes this the perfect time in my College of Advanced Sports Betting to talk about handicapping “playoff style” football.

I’ve already won the first two “playoff” games of the football season, as both Georgia and Alabama were part of my 4-1 performance in New Year’s bowl action.

New Year’s Selections

South Carolina (+8) beat Michigan 26-19

Central Florida (+10.5) beat Auburn 34-27

LSU (-3.5) lost to Notre Dame 21-17 (only…

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Network Notebook: Studying NFL Point Differentials

One of the simplest, but most effective stats for evaluating championship contenders is regular season point differential. That’s even more true if you adjust for strength of schedule. Champions show their quality immediately in this stat. Pretenders are exposed.

Let’s start with the AFC. NFL fans know that the AFC was pretty lousy this season. Any measure you use for evaluating schedule strength is going to show all playoff entries from the AFC as having “average” to “weak” schedules, with the majority at “weak.” With that in mind, let’s look at the final regular season point differentials for the playoff qualifiers.

AFC…

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Wayne Root: Will There Be Any NFL Shockers During Wildcard Weekend?

In the past, handicapping the NFL Playoffs was easy. You took the underdogs in the first weekend, because there wasn’t much difference between the worst division winners and the two Wildcards. Then, you went with favorites after that because the bye teams were fresh and playing on their home fields.

It’s not quite so simple any more. This year could prove particularly tricky because some of the divisional winners were just as good as the bye teams (the Rams, the Saints, and arguably the Jaguars since they own a road win over Pittsburgh). And, a few of the Wildcard teams have…

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Happy New Year - Todays Bowl Previews and NFL Wild Cards

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! HERE'S THE MONDAY BOWL LINEUP PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND TEAMS

Fourth-and-12?

Ahh, that down-and-distance will be ringing inside the heads of the Baltimore Ravens for the next umpteen months - they couldn't contain Cincinnati's QB Andy Dalton-to-WR Tyler Boyd 49-scoring strike on 4th-and-12 in yesterday's 31-27 loss to the 8-point underdog Bengals and thus it opened up the path to the playoffs to the Buffalo Bills.

You remember them - last seen in the NFL Playoffs way, way back in the 1999 season and dare we remind you that the Bills exited that year's post-season with…

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Network Notebook: Will Alabama Get its Revenge on Clemson?

In recent days, money has continued to pour in on the Alabama Crimson Tide in their huge Final Four matchup against Clemson this coming Monday. Those two teams faced each other the past two seasons for the National Championship. Last year, Clemson upset Alabama to lift the trophy.

The concept of “revenge” is an easy shortcut to latch onto when trying to make selections. But, it’s one thing to lay one point with a talented revenge-minded team. Another to lay two points. Once you get to three or more…in what could be an evenly matched neutral site battle, it becomes tougher…

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Jim Sez Friday Bowl Bonanza and NFL Notes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BOWL BONANZA GETS YOU THE FRIDAY MENU - THAT'S FIVE (5) BIG GAMES ...PLUS, THERE'S NFL WEEK 17 CHATTER

Here's the skinny when you're getting ready to digest NFL Week 17 all day long on Sunday afternoon - remember that's seven games to be played at 1 p.m. Eastern time and another nine games to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET: There are two playoff spots still open in the AFC, just one spot open in the NFC and we wanted to get you the key spread stats when it comes to the teams battling for those remaining post-season…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 17

Unfortunately, this is going to be a pretty boring NFL week for sports betting. Yes, a few games matter. But, many matchups feature teams who aren’t going to the playoffs, or are projected blowouts because a contender is facing a bad opponent. The general public will be much less involved than normal, particularly with the huge betting attractions on the board Saturday and Monday in college football. I’ll be brief in the games that don’t matter much and are also being left alone by the Wise Guys.

Cincinnati at Baltimore: The high opener of Baltimore -10 has come down to Cincinnati…

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Wayne Root: Can Oklahoma Shock the Nation with a Championship Run?

If you’ve been paying attention to the betting markets, you know that the “smart” money has been taking Georgia over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, that also serves as the first half of the Final Four doubleheader New Year’s Day. Oklahoma opened as a favorite, but is now an underdog. Oklahoma’s futures prices are also moving in the wrong direction.

What’s going on? Many theories are being discussed out here in the sports betting capital of the world.

*Baker Mayfield may have won the Heisman Trophy, but he’s not ready to shine against the great defenses he’ll be facing in January (if…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting New Year’s Week Bowls

A lot to get to today, as we cover the final 18 bowls being played from now through the New Year’s Day extravaganza. Because there are so many games, I won’t talk about Over/Unders unless there’s been a meaningful move. I hope the bowls played so far have been going your way.

THURSDAY

Navy vs. Virginia in the Military Bowl: Navy’s been getting some sharp support late in the process. The market flipped favorites yesterday, and money continues to come in on Navy given the very cold weather forecast. An opener of Virginia -1 is now Navy -2. Zero is a dead…

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THE JIM HURLEY BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON - THE THURSDAY LINEUP

Gotta tell 'ya the truth ... So far (through Tuesday's games, at least) this College Football Bowl season has been anything but packed with high drama.

In fact, through the first 18 bowl games of this holiday season, there have been only five tilts decided by a touchdown or less and a dozen games that sported twin-figure win margins including scores such as 50-3 (see Boca Raton Bowl), 51-10 (see Frisco Bowl), 41-6 (Bahamas Bowl) and 34-0 (Dollar General Bowl). Note that all three of Tuesday's bowl games were decided by double-digit margins with Utah, Duke and Kansas State winning by…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Coaching Turmoil Hurts Mediocre Bowl Teams

I wanted to wait until after my 50-unit release on Kansas State over UCLA was in the books before talking about today’s topic. If you watched the game, you know that UCLA was on the wrong end of a coaching mismatch in Tuesday night’s Cactus Bowl. On one side of the field, an interim head coach biding his time until a more famous guy takes over. On the other, a Hall of Fame legend who knows how to prepare for challenges.

I would have had Kansas State as a big play even if Josh Rosen had been able to play for…

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Tuesday Wednesday Bowl Previews

THE NFL REPORT - EAGLES CLINCH NFC HOME FIELD BUT CAN THEY WIN IT ALL WITH QB FOLES? ...COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA THE TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY GAMES

Network 2-0 Christmas Day With Raiders (+10) vs. Eagles 10-19 and UNDER 46!

The good news for the here-and-now Philadelphia Eagles is that they survived a chilly/ugly Christmas Night 19-10 win against the stubborn Oakland Raiders - the bad news is journeyman QB Nick Foles hardly looked the part of a potential Super Bowl-winning signal-caller.

Hey, the fact is the Eagles have no choice: We all saw multiple TV shots of injured Philly QB Carson Wentz (knee) who won't…

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Network Notebook: NFC Race Now a Crapshoot

There were already leaks starting to show in the boat before the Philadelphia Eagles lost star quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending injury. If you watched Monday Night’s dreadful win over Oakland, you know that the Eagles are nowhere near ready to win the NFC even though they’ve clinched the top seed!

Why is JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK so confident to make that claim?

*Nick Foles is a warm-weather quarterback who will have to play in winter conditions to reach the Super Bowl. It was cold and windy Monday Night. He couldn’t move the ball against a mediocre opposing defense that had nothing…

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Wayne Root: Will Bowl Upsets Continue Now that Big Boys are Playing?

We’re 14 games into the 2017-18 college football bowl campaign. And, underdogs have a better straight up record than favorites! Dogs have won eight bowls, including Christmas Eve out in Hawaii when Fresno State dominated Houston (despite the close final score). Favorites have only won six games. And, one of those was 22-point favorite Florida Atlantic that shouldn’t even count. Akron had no shot to win that game, though the Zips shouldn’t have lost by almost 50 points.

What’s causing all of these upsets? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS! Of course I have the answer.

The key factor has…

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Merry Christmas From The Jim Hurley Network

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WE KNOW YOU'VE BEEN GOOD AND SO SANTA HAS STACKED UP ALL YOUR PRESENTS - WE'VE GOT THE NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAY, PLUS MONDAY NFL & TUESDAY BOWLS TOO!

Ho-ho-ho ...

It's time to unwrap your presents on this Christmas Day and we've got gridiron goodies to go along with the NBA and so let's get started on the hardwood:

Hey, what would Christmas Day be without a major serving of NBA games and here's some quick-hitter comments as you share this wonderful holiday with family and friends:

NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAY

PHILADELPHIA (14-18) at NEW YORK (17-15) - 12:05 p.m. ET, ESPNIf Knicks…

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Wayne Root: Will Nick Foles Shock the NFC and Take Philly to Super Bowl?

It’s weird to see an NFL team go from a Super Bowl favorite to a potential Cinderella story. But, that’s exactly what happened when Carson Wentz was injured in the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent win over the Los Angeles Rams. There’s enough of a drop-off to backup Nick Foles, that many Power Ratings dropped Philly from “Super Bowl caliber” to “Wildcard caliber.”

Was that fair? I have to tell you…I watched a lot of last week’s Eagles game against the New York Giants. It might be! Yes, the Giants have been playing better since they fired the head coach. But, Philadelphia was…

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Week 16 NFL Sunday Previews and Hawaii Bowl

THE NFL WEEK 16 REPORT - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S SLATE OF KEY GAMES (PLUS, A LOOK AT THE HAWAII BOWL TOO)

'Twas the day (and night) before Christmas and all through the National Football League house there are uber-important games on the Week 16 menu and ...

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Winners beginning with Saturday's twin-bill - that's Indianapolis at Baltimore (4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network) and Minnesota at Green Bay (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC). And don't forget the slew of College Football Bowl games roll on with action every day/night…

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Network Notebook: Test for the Jaguars

In recent days, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been getting a lot of positive media run as a Super Bowl dark horse. In fact, some experts don’t even consider them a dark horse any more. Jacksonville’s great defense and adequate quarterback play has them positioned to swipe a top two seed and a bye in the AFC brackets if the Pittsburgh Steelers falter.

The problem is…we don’t really know how good the Jaguars are right now.

*They’ve played the league’s easiest schedule (according to USA Today)

*They’ve played 8 home games, and only 6 road games

*They haven’t played anyone who matters lately

Crushing Houston or…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 16

This is the first week of NFL season that doesn’t have a Thursday night kick off. We begin Week 16 Saturday with a doubleheader. We end it on Monday with a Christmas doubleheader. Let’s see how sharps have been betting the card so far. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule.

SATURDAY

Indianapolis at Baltimore: Baltimore’s been sitting just below the key number of 14 all week. An opener of -13 or -13.5 has settled at -13.5. Indianapolis looked to many like they were trying to lose through the second half of the Denver…

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