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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg Conference Championship Weekend
Former ESPN Analyst & TV’s All-Time Winning Handicapper Hank Goldberg Says..."Let’s Hammer the Books in Basketball and Football!

Sunday Jan 20 I’ll win the Conference Championships. Plus as a BONUS, I’m going to give you my BEST Basketball Hammer Plays Sat & Sun FREE!

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso NFL Conference Championship Games
Score With The NFL Conference Championship Games
Win Both Sides and Both Totals This Sunday!
3-1 On Championship Sunday Last Season

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL Championship Game of the Year
Jim’s NFL clients have won 14 of his last 20 NFL plays and have profits of +$1,272 bettors since December 1st. The Patriots visit the Chiefs for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Jim Feist has a big reason why he likes a specific side in this game. Jim’s pick available NOW

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Right Number NFL Title Games
Let Richie steer you in the right direction for these two terrific straight plays as well as the 13-5 PARLAY PAYOFF. Already 5-3 in the playoffs. There will be a third play if the one of the totals stays right. SWEEP SUNDAY’S NFL

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Jim Hurley Jim Hurley NFL Conference Championships
I’VE WON 83% ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY SINCE 2007! 20-4-1!!
Undefeated 7-0 Last Two Years and I’m Ready To Sweep Again THIS Sunday. with Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs.In the NFL Conference Championships

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Harvard Harvards NFL Playoffs Game of the Year
Harvard loves this Patriots vs Chiefs matchup so much, he’s making it his PLAYOFFS BIGGEST GAME. His biggest bet. His easiest win. No game bigger, bolder or better.

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Harvard Harvards Conference Championship Game Winner
HARVARD has this game rated NOT CLOSE AT ALL. The matchup is perfect. The pointspread is perfect. Last week went as expected for each team. There’s no fuss picking this game.

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Sunday College Steam and Off-Line Play
SWEEP 2-0 Before You Play Richie B’s NFL Conference Championship Picks...College STEAM & OFF-LINE Games Of The Week

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 25-Unit College Basketball Crusher
4-1 Yesterday With 25-Unit NBA And College Basketball Plays And Set To Take Down The Cash Today With Another One

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 40-Unit NBA Side/Total Parlay
I Am Going For 3rd Straight NBA Winner Tonight With A Game That Is Perfectly Made For Winning Another Side/Total Parlay

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Jim Hurley Network Early College Hoops Doubleheader
There is nothing better than winning before you win, and the basketball schedule makers couldn’t have been more accommodating as the biggest step in hoops plays will start, finish and get you the cash long before kickoff of the NFL games. That means you cash 2 can’t-miss standouts and have even more bankroll for the Conference Championships

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Jim Feist Jim Feist AFC Championship Total Annihilator
Jim’s NFL clients have won 14 of his last 20 NFL plays and have profits of +$1,272 bettors since December 1st. This Sunday, if you like totals you will love Jim’s AFC Total Annihilator. Pick available now.

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg College Hoops Hammer Play Of The Week
The Sunday College Hoops Schedule Is Solid But Hammerin’ Hank Says, “I Only Need One, Join Me For The Hammer Play Of The Week.”

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Basketball Juice Games
WHAT IS A JUICE GAME? Simply put it is the highest level of play I or anybody else can offer. There’s nothing better.

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Blog Headlines

The AFC Championship Game Preview

THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - IT'S PATRIOTS VS. CHIEFS WITH SUPER BOWL 53 STARING AT 'EM STRAIGHT AHEAD

If you're the New England Patriots, then this AFC Championship Game has become a well-travelled stop in your yearly schedule

Eight in a row. Thirteen of 'em since the QB Tom Brady / head coach Bill Belichick alliance was formed way back in the 2001 season. Old news, if you will. Yet still amazing.But, ahh, if you're the Kansas City Chiefs then this is really something special. Your first AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season when a dude named Joe Montana quarterbacked your…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Conference Championships

This Sunday’s conference championship games in the NFL plays are going to be very heavily bet. They might as well be Super Bowls based on what we’re already seeing. All four teams have strong betting constituencies. Casual fans love betting huge TV games, and sharps have reasons to step in too.

Let’s see what’s been happening so far in kickoff order.

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT NEW ORLEANS: We’ve been hopping between Saints -3 and -3.5 all week. Generally speaking squares (the general public) wants to take favorites in big TV games. Give them Drew Brees in the Superdome, and they’re going to…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Conference Championships

A fast-paced week just flew by, and now we’re closing in quickly on Championship Sunday in the NFL.

Today’s coursework here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will focus on handicapping angles for the NFC Championship game matching the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, and the AFC Championship game matching the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

So far this week, I’ve heard three main angles being discussed from the mainstream and gambling media (it’s getting harder to tell them apart these days). Those are…

 

BET THE HOME TEAMS

We’re in a temporary run where home teams…

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The NFC Championship Game Preview

 

 

THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME –

IT’S RAMS VS. SAINTS

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOWDOWN

IN THE CRESCENT CITY

 

Will the real Los Angeles Rams and the real New Orleans Saints please stand up here on NFL Championship Game Sunday?

The Rams – who started this here-and-now season on a three-game SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) winning streak and who enter Sunday’s game inside the Louisiana Superdome on a three-game SU /ATS winning streak – have endured some turbulence along the way as they went 2-7-2 vig-wise during an 11-game stretch between Sept. 27th thru Dec.16th.

The Saints?

They staggered early and late in ’18 but rock-n-rolled their…

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AFC Championship Game Notes ... Plus College Roundball

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES - TODAY WE STUDY THE UPCOMING AFC TITLE TILT WITH KEY NUMBERS FROM PATRIOTS-CHIEFS

PLUS THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT

Here's a strange-but-true factoid when it comes to the NFL Championship Games: As is the case in the NFC - which we illustrated in an earlier-week Jim Sez column - the last time an AFC Championship Game road team advanced to a Super Bowl was way back in the 2012 season (see Baltimore 28, New England 13).

For the last five years in a row, AFC title tilt hosts not only have moved on to the SB, but in…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping Championship Weekend

TV networks are thrilled that the top four teams in the NFL made it to this weekend’s conference championship games. That guarantees huge ratings and a bunch of hype about offensive superstars. Sports books are thrilled because all four finalists have strong betting constituencies. The Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans and New England at Kansas City will be bet almost like Super Bowls themselves.

The problem for handicappers is that all four teams aren’t quite following their media storylines. Some unique circumstances last week helped create one-sided results that may not have predictive value moving forward. A quick summary in…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping College Basketball

College basketball is really heating up this week as many successful teams will go head-to-head. TV Networks know how to grab the attention of sports fans once football winds down!

I’ve decided to devote today’s coursework to college hoops. The NFL Playoffs were kind of boring this weekend, with home favorites winning every game straight up and covering three of the four. We’ll get back to the NFL in our Friday class get-together here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping just in time for Championship Weekend. Both New England at Kansas City in the AFC and the Los…

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Checkin’ Out the NFC Championship Game Notes

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: WE DIG INTO RECENT NFC TITLE GAME HISTORY PLUS ZOOM IN ON SOME KEY STATS FOR THE RAMS AND THE SAINTS

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE POTENTIAL MARCH PARTY-CRASHERS

Okay, so what does it mean to be at home for the NFC Championship Game?

Well, check out the accompanying chart below and you'll notice that home teams have survived and advanced to the Super Bowl for the past five years in a row - with home teams covering the all-important pointspread in four of these last five title tilts - and so you gotta go all…

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NFL Championship Game Sunday is Straight Ahead

 

 

THE NFL PLAYOFFS –

NOW HERE’S TO THE WINNERS

AS CHIEFS, PATS, SAINTS & RAMS MOVE ON

TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SUNDAY

 

Talk about puttin’ the bite on the dog!

After an NFL Wild Card round produced four-of-four underdog winners back on the weekend of Jan. 6-7, the league’s heavy hitters – a/k/a, the well-rested #1 and #2 seeds – put the hammer down during the just-completed NFL Divisional Playoff round. Three of the four chalk-eaters snagged the cash (that’s Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams and New England) and thus put to rest this notion that NFL Underdogs were gonna rule yet another year of…

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Now, It’s the NFL Divisional Playoffs Sunday Style
Jim Hurley 2-1 In Saturday's Divisionals winning with Rams and Colts/Chiefs UNDER. Now 6-2 in the Playoffs!

THERE'S MORE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ACTION - THE SUNDAY MENU WITH GAMES FROM FOXBORO AND N'ORLEANS

The weather outside could be frightening in Foxboro on this Sunday afternoon; it'll be room temperature warm inside the dome in New Orleans. The $64,000 question is will either - or both - visiting teams come into these rather hostile environments and play the survive-and-advance game? Ahh, that's what everyone wants to know on the NFL Sunday:

 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4) at NEW ENGLAND (11-5) - 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Last week’s Wildcard games were heavily bet here in Las Vegas. Reaction was somewhat subdued once the games were played because favorites weren’t having much success. Squares love laying points! And, we have a lot of transplanted Chicago sports fans who live here. They hated to see the Bears lose to the Eagles late last Sunday. Crowded but relatively subdued is the best way to describe local sports books last weekend.

Let’s look at this weekend. The public typically loves laying points with rested bye teams. But, there are some quality dogs poised to challenge. Here’s how betting has played out…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More NFL Handicapping

A week ago at this time here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, I emphasized to you the importance of studying defense in advance of Wildcard weekend. All the teams involved had defenses ranging from good to great in the categories that matter most. Once the final scores were in the books, you could see how defense controlled the quartet of playoff openers.

*Indianapolis held Houston to just seven points, forcing DeShaun Watson to throw 20 incomplete passes even though he was mostly throwing short. Houston was just 3 of 13 on third down conversion attempts (and 2…

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NFL Divisional Playoffs -- Saturday’s Action

 

 

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

HERE’S THE SATURDAY SHOWDOWNS

FROM KANSAS CITY AND LOS ANGELES

 

Okay, so exactly when is all this underdog madness in the NFL post-season gonna end … or is it?

Go back to the start of last year’s playoffs when pups cranked out a 9-1-1 ATS (against the spread) record and include last weekend’s Wild Cards and this is what you see:

Underdogs are a collective 13-1-1 versus the vig (that’s a .929 winning percentage) in the league’s last 15 post-season games. Mama-mia!

Now, the NFL storms its way into the “best weekend of the season” – don’t you wish you had…

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NFL Divisional Playoffs -- #1 and #2 Seeds Join the Fun
THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS CHECKIN' OUT THE #1 AND #2 SEEDSPLUS COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT

Hey, remember them? They are the NFL's #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC / AFC Playoffs and they were sitting idly by last weekend when all four underdog sides cashed in the Wild Card Games - and three of 'em won outright! - but now #1's New Orleans and Kansas City and #2's the Los Angeles Rams and New England swing into post-season action this Saturday / Sunday.

As one would expect, all of the top seeds are favored with the price tags ranging anywhere from Patriots…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping the NFL Divisional Round

Last week, JIM HURLEY outlined three keys to picking winners over Wildcard Weekend. Jim went 3-1 in the Wild Cards, losing only with the Bears. Those themes turned out to be very important. They were...

*Quarterback Experience*Red Zone Defense*Coaching Savvy

If you watched the games, you probably spent last weekend marveling at how poorly the inexperienced quarterbacks played (we're talking about you DeShaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, and Mitchell Trubisky), and at the in-game decisions of some of the coaches. Red zone defense? Winners went 9 of 14 scoring touchdowns in the red zone, while losers went 4 of 10.

This week, the red…

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All Hail the Clemson Tigers
Jim Hurley Ends Another Winning Bowl Season with Clemson (+5.5) over Alabama 44-16 and starts the NFL Playoffs going 3-1 in the Wild Cards!!

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: CLEMSON'S THE GRIDIRON KING ONCE AGAIN AS WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON THEIR ROLLICKING 44-16 WIN AGAINST 'BAMA ...

PLUS, OUR FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL POINTSPREAD CHART AND OUR "FINAL FOUR" FOR NEXT YEAR

Maybe it's no coincidence at all: For the fifth consecutive year since College Football's National Championship Game was played to finish up the playoffs, a team that entered the game NOT #1 wound up winning the whole ball of wax…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Handicap Alabama/Clemson

This past Friday, I raised the possibility that defenses might be back in control of their own destiny in the NFL. That was certainly a theme over Wildcard Weekend. Will it be the theme of Monday night’s National Championship game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers? Answer that question, and you’ll go a long way toward determining the right side and total selections.

Regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping know that I can’t post my official selections here in the coursework. That wouldn’t be fair to paying customers. I’m happy to provide…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Alabama/Clemson

Just one game to talk about for Monday. But, it’s the most important game of the college football season. We’ll all be watching Alabama take on Clemson Monday night to see who wins the national championship.

How have sharps been betting this game? Professional wagerers expressed a very clear preference for Clemson at the early numbers. First stores up this week were showing Alabama -7. Many quants I talked to had spent the past month saying these two teams were only a field goal apart. I know a few oddsmakers who had it more like three or four in their Power…

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The NFL Postseason

Well, we finally reached the end of not only 2018 but the end of the regular season of NFL games. It has been an interesting ride; many things have changed over the past 4 months dating to back September and October.  The high-flying teams, the high-octane offenses like that of the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams have somewhat cooled off. You might have noticed that the teams that are running the ball and playing good defense are the teams that have taken over now.  The Baltimore Ravens are using an almost 60% running game…

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College Football’s Championship Game is Here; Plus NFL Playoff Notes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TITLE TILT IS ON TAP TONIGHT - GET OUR #1 ALABAMA VS. #2 CLEMSON PREVIEWPLUS, ALL THE KEY SPREAD STUFF ...

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND'S IN THE BOOKS - JIM HURLEY GOES 3-1!! - NOW AN EARLY-BIRD LOOK AT THIS WEEKEND'S DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAMES

Play it again, Sam! The College Football National Championship Game tonight pits a real oldie-but-goodie matchup:

It's Alabama versus Clemson for the fourth year in a row in these playoffs, the third time in four years these powerhouse squads will battle it out for the right to be the sport's champion and there's surely no shortage…

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More NFL Wild Card Goodies

NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAMES - THE SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS

Let's rock-n-roll our way through the remainder of this NFL Wild Card Playoff Weekend:

On Sunday, it's ...LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (12-4) at BALTIMORE (10-6) - 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS / Line: Baltimore - 2.5 and 42 points Folks in/around the LA Chargers are calling this one "instant revenge" because - as we know - the Ravens went out to the left coast just two weekends ago and battered this AFC West crew 22-10 and that wound up costing the Bolts a numero uno seed in the conference playoffs. Now, the Chargers want payback…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Wildcard Weekend

It was nice to have a few days off from last weekend’s football barrage to get ready for this week’s Wildcard action. We have four very interesting games that should set the tone for a fascinating playoffs. I’ve talked to a few sports books operators who were surprised at all the early betting interest in these games. Neither the sharps nor the public waited until the weekend to dive in.

I’ll run through the games in schedule order. Here’s how sharps have been betting this weekend’s NFL action…

SATURDAY, INDIANAPOLIS AT HOUSTON: An opener of Houston -2 was bet down to -1.5…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Are NFL Defenses Back in Control?

Early in the 2018 NFL season, it looked like offenses were going to dominate the league. Offseason changes had made it very difficult to slow down passing attacks. If you breathed on a receiver you got called for pass interference or holding. If you looked funny at the quarterback you got called for roughing the passer.

Luckily, the refs started swallowing their whistles more later in the year. That allowed the best defenses to impose their will on proceedings a bit more. We were watching REAL football again, rather than an outdoor Arena League. To my eye, NFL action over the…

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NFL Wild Card Weekend Gets Rollin’

THE NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS - WE TACKLE SATURDAY'S GAMES (THAT'S COLTS AT TEXANS, SEAHAWKS AT COWBOYS) PLUS, WE GETCHA THE SUPER BOWL 53 WIN-IT-ALL ODDS TOO

Okay, so who is your choice to be the Super Bowl LIII winner next month in Atlanta? Well, the good folks in Las Vegas have weighed in here just a couple of days before we crank up this year's NFL Playoffs and here's what they say (all odds based on $100 per play wagers):

SUPER BOWL 53 ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

TEAM       ODDSONE QUICK THOUGHTNew Orleans + 200 Saints are bigger-than-we-thought favorites for SB 53Kansas City…
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Network Notebook: Handicapping Wildcard Weekend

It’s shaping up as one of the most exciting Wildcard Weekends in years. The stars have really aligned because we have high quality Wildcards, divisional winners who could go deep if they can clear this first hurdle, and good quarterbacks rather than injury-riddled teams limping into the postseason with helpless backups.

Is there any team playing this week that has NO chance to run the table? The biggest underdog is the defending Super Bowl champion, led by a quarterback who has peaked against his toughest challenges!  Anything can happen this weekend…and then next weekend as well.

Of course, the danger there is…

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College Bowl Report: Gettin Caught Up

COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE - WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON THE 39 BOWLS PLAYED WITH KEY SPREAD STATS & MORE ...

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND COMIN'' FAST

Okay, everyone, you can take a breath now!

The 39 College Football Bowl Games that flooded the air waves from December 15, 2018 thru January 1, 2019 have come to an end ... the season is now down to one game called the National Championship and it''s being played Monday night with the "usual suspects" hooking up:

We''ll have plenty to say about #2 Clemson vs. #1 Alabama in the next few days including an…

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The New Year’s Day Bowl Menu
HAPPY NEW YEAR! NOW HERE'S THE JAN. 1 COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

OUTBACK BOWL - at Tampa, FLIOWA (8-4) vs. #18 MISS STATE (8-4) - 12 p.m. ET, espn2The totals price on this clash of Big 10 vs. SEC has steadily been comin' down in recent days - it opened at 44.5 points and has dropped to 40.5 points - and no wonder: Miss State sports the country's #1-ranked scoring defense (#2 in total defense) while Iowa is #11 in scoring "D" and 7th in total defense. Still, don't be shocked if there's a few high-tech aerial plays here with MSU's…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: SEC Prominent in Holiday Bowls

If you’re trying to pick winners in college football bowl games played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, getting a read on the SEC is of vital performance. Even though they’ve already made several appearances, the SEC is all over the remaining card.

Early results:

Vanderbilt (-3.5) lost to Baylor 45-38

Auburn (-3.5) pounded Purdue 63-14

Florida (+4) mauled Michigan 41-15

South Carolina (-3.5) lost to Virginia 28-0

Alabama (-14.5) only beat Oklahoma 45-34

That’s 3-2 straight up, but 2-3 ATS because Alabama couldn’t fully protect an early 28-0 lead in the Orange Bowl. Well, they protected it enough to advance to the National Championship…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the New Year’s Bonanza

We have six bowl games on Monday (New Year’s Eve), and five more Tuesday to bring in the New Year. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting the final stage of this season’s bowl bonanza.

 

Monday: Military Bowl (in Annapolis)

CINCINNATI VS. VIRGINIA TECH: An opener of Cincinnati -5.5 has been bet up to -6.5. That’s a bit of a surprise because Cincinnati’s American Athletic Conference has had some poor results so far…and Virginia Tech has such a short trip to this site. But, the quants in particular are backing their gradings on Cincinnati and Central Florida in the bowls…

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Here’s the New Year’s Day Bowl Sked

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NOW HERE’S THE JAN. 1 COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

 

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Winning New Year to one and all …

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have the College Football New Year’s Day Bowl winners plus there’s NFL Wild Card Playoff action this Saturday/Sunday too – just call us on game days at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com and also cash in with NBA / NCAA hoops.

 

COLLEGE BOWLMANIA – THE JAN. 1 BOWL MENU

 

OUTBACK BOWL – at Tampa, FL

IOWA (8-4) vs. #18 MISS STATE (8-4) – 12 p.m. ET,…

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NFL Wild Card First Look; New Year’s Eve Bowls

FIRST LOOK AT NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND ...

PLUS, HERE'S THE NEW YEAR'S EVE BOWL MENU AND THE BOWL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART

There's gonna be plenty of time later this week to preview/analyze/chew on this weekend's NFL Wild Card Round playoff games but here's some quick-hitter comments on the Saturday/Sunday action that's coming up ...

On Saturday, it's ...INDIANAPOLIS (10-6) at HOUSTON (11-5) - 4:35 p.m. ETThese AFC South rivals split their regular-season tilts - they each won by 3 points on the other guy's field - but is this a major disadvantage for the Colts having to play on the "short week"…

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New Year’s Eve Bowl Schedule Ahead

 

COLLEGE PLAYOFFS REWIND …

PLUS, HERE’S THE NEW YEAR’S EVE BOWL MENU

AND THE BOWL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART

 

The College Football Playoffs this past Saturday – maybe to no one’s real surprise – turned into an all-game victory parade for both #2 Clemson and #1 Alabama:

Okay, so the ‘Bama Crimson Tide didn’t cover that whopping 15-point price tag in their 45-34 SU (straight-up) win against Oklahoma even though they galloped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead – but there were few real dramatic moments in both playoff semifinal tilts and that seems to be the way things go since the CFP started back…

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The College Football Playoffs!

3-0 In Friday's Bowl Games!Auburn crushing Purdue 63-14! Iowa State (+2.5) vs. Washington State 26-28 and UNDER 56!

IT'S THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - WE PREVIEW CLEMSON VS. NOTRE DAME, ALABAMA VS. OKLAHOMA PLUS, MORE SATURDAY BOWLS AND NFL WEEK 17 GOODIES TOO

THE COLLEGE PLAYOFFS COTTON BOWL - at Arlington, TX#3 NOTRE DAME (12-0) vs. #2 CLEMSON (13-0) - 4 p.m. ET, ESPNLet's face it ... getting to the College Football Playoffs is "old hat" for these Clemson Tigers who are 3-2 SU (straight-up) and 4-1 ATS (against the spread) in a handful of post-season games the past three years…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 17

Week 17 can be very tricky to evaluate. Sharps are betting based on news about which teams will be trying (or not). Sports books are known to “move on air” once that kind of news is made public. I’ll do my best to outline what’s probably going to happen between now and Sunday’s kickoffs.

As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order. There are a lot of time changes this week because the league office tries to schedule meaningful games at the same time so one team doesn’t have an advantage in knowing what it “needs” to do over another…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Football’s Final Four

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how to handicap Saturday’s college football Final Four matchups featuring Notre Dame vs. Clemson and Oklahoma vs. Alabama. I’m not going to post my official selections here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. That’s not fair to clients. I will tell you what I believe to be the key to divining winners.

You’ve surely noted the following similarities between these games.

*Both point spreads are near two touchdowns

*Both favorites have great defenses

*Both underdogs have very productive quarterbacks

It’s not much of an oversimplification to say that the underdogs will cover if those…

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The Friday Bowl Slate Plus Playoff Notes

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - PLENTY MORE TO SAY ABOUT CLEMSON-NOTRE DAME, ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA, PLUS, THE FRIDAY BOWL MENU AND NFL WEEK 17 NEWS / NOTES

The clock keeps tick, tick, ticking on down to the kickoff of this year's College Football Playoffs ... is there gonna be an upset out there tomorrow as both #1 Alabama and #2 Clemson remain two-TD or so betting favorites for the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl, respectively?

Well, we did a little digging here at Jim Sez and gotta tell y'all that the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is a collective 13-0 SU (straight-up) and 8-5 ATS…

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Here’s Today’s Bowl Menu -- With an Eye on Saturday’s Playoff Lines

 

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT –

WE’RE INCHIN’ CLOSER TO SATURDAY’S

PAIR OF PLAYOFF GAMES PLUS

HERE ARE THURSDAY’S BOWLS

 

We are – give or take – about 48 hours away from the College Football playoffs pitting #2 Clemson against #3 Notre Dame (Cotton Bowl) and #1 Alabama versus #4 Oklahoma (Orange Bowl) and yet there’s been very little movement on the Las Vegas big board lately when it comes to these dynamic games:

In fact, Clemson opened as an 11-point betting favorite and shot up to – 13.5 in the first few days – the Tigers have settled into being a 13-point fav even though…

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Network Notebook: Handicapping the Final Four

Though major conference teams are just now taking the field in the 2018-19 bowl season, the much-anticipated Final Four is fast approaching. Clemson vs. Notre Dame and Alabama vs. Oklahoma will be played Saturday afternoon and evening. You better get those games handicapped now so you’re not caught napping on game day.

NETWORK’S market sources are telling JIM HURLEY that anything can happen in terms of line movement between now and kickoff. The public usually bets favorites in big games, and could still come in on Clemson and Alabama despite the high numbers. That said, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are both…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Bowls and the Final Four

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Bowl games are back on the schedule Wednesday with a tripleheader. On this report, I’ll cover all the college action for Wednesday through Saturday (including the two “Final Four” games Saturday afternoon and evening). Then I’ll be back at the usual time Friday afternoon to talk about the NFL. I’ll put together a special report Monday to cover all the college football action on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Are you ready for one of the most exciting football betting weeks of the entire year?!

 

Wednesday: First Responder Bowl (in Dallas)

BOSTON COLLEGE VS.…

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLMANIA ROLLS ON THIS DAY-AFTER-CHRISTMAS

Fifteen bowls down, twenty-five to go!

Hey, no wonder they love to call this the "most wonderful time of the year" as we're really heating up with College Bowl Mania.In a moment or two we'll getcha the Three (3) College Bowl Previews set for this day-after-Christmas but let us not "bury the lead" here and that's the playoffs are here this Saturday with #2 Clemson (- 13) squaring off against #3 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Eastern time in the Cotton Bowl followed by #1 Alabama (- 14) battling #4 Oklahoma at 8 p.m. ET in the Orange Bowl.

Two absolute blowouts?…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Prepare for NFL Playoffs Now

There will be a few games this coming weekend in the NFL with playoff ramifications. But, sports bettors already have a pretty good sense of which teams will be getting which seeds. To the degree there are question marks, they involve very few teams.

That creates an opportunity for students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping to get a head start on playoff preparations. Your assignment through the Christmas holiday is a fun one. I want you to sit down now, and determine what you think the point spreads will be for every possible playoff game.

You can…

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MNF Preview and Christmas NBA

HO-HO-HO - THE NFL WEEK 16 DELIVERS PLENTY OF "GIFTS" (YOU'LL SEE WHAT WE MEAN!)PLUS, WE SET THE CHRISTMAS DAY TABLE FOR YOU WHEN IT COMES TO THE NBA

'Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the NFL's house, there were plenty of creatures stirring …  some were hungry for a playoff spot, others for a better post-season seed and some were downright greedy while looking for a #1 conference seed.

Imagine that!

In short, let's just say some NFL teams are gonna be enjoying this festive holiday week more than others - we can't imagine that it's going to be a…

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NFL WEEK 16 - SUNDAYS KEY GAMES

As that old song went …

It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic in the National Football League where – technically – 11 of the 13 games being played on Sunday have playoff-type implications. We’ll run thru a bunch of ‘em with quick-hitter comments below but first this important reminder:

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Side & Totals winners on this Sunday-before-Christmas – so go ahead and cash in big when you call us at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get ‘em online here online. And don’t forget that the College…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 16

Two Saturday games once again this week. If you received a schedule printed early, be aware that Washington/Tennessee and Baltimore/LA Chargers are no longer on Sunday! Both Saturday games have playoff implications. Though, bettors don’t seem to think the Redskins have much of a chance to reach the postseason.

Let’s get to it. Here’s how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting this week’s NFL action. Sunday’s games are presented in rotation order.

 

Saturday

WASHINGTON AT TENNESSEE: An opener of Tennessee -10.5 was bet down to the key number of 10, where it’s been painted ever since. That was mostly a value bet, figuring…

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Saturday NFL and Bowl Previews

GET READY FOR A MONSTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

THERE'S NFL WEEK 16 BLOCKBUSTER GAMES ON TAP PLUS, A BATCH OF SATURDAY COLLEGE BOWLS TOO

Hey, hope you've gotten all your holiday shopping done ... 'cause there's a whole lotta football to check out this weekend-before-Christmas and it starts with a pair of big-time NFL Week 16 games on Saturday. Here goes ...

WASHINGTON (7-7) at TENNESSEE (8-6) - 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkGood luck trying to figure out this year's Tennessee Titans: Right now, they roll into this national TV tilt riding a three-game SU (straight-up) winning streak and riding the broad shoulders…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Favorites Dominating Bowls

I had been leaning initially to devoting Friday’s coursework to the NFL. We just talked about college football this past Monday when I reviewed the thought process behind my 100-unit winner on Utah State over North Texas. But, a surprising development in the bowls has made it essential that we talk more about the bowls today.

Favorites have won every game!

We’re eight games into the 2018-19 bowl slate. Favorites are 8-0 straight up, 7-1 against the point spread. The only non-cover was by a half-a-point…and some bettors pushed that.

I’m not here to tell you that favorites are going to keep it…

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NFL Week 16 and Thursday-Friday Bowl Previews

OUR NFL WEEK 16 NOTEBOOK: WHY YOU CAN'T (AND SHOULDN'T) BURY NON-CONTENDERS WHEN YOU'RE WAGERING THIS WEEKEND ...

COLLEGE BOWLMANIA: HERE'S THE THURSDAY/FRIDAY ACTION

Did you happen to notice something about last week's NFL action?

Sure, NFL Week 15 featured 10 different "one-score" games including three one-point final scores in Kansas City, Denver and Buffalo and an overtime tilt tossed into the mix in San Francisco, but how about the fact that playoff non-contenders such as Tampa Bay (+ 9), San Francisco (+ 4) and Carolina (+ 6) all nabbed the cash in games played against playoff-bound / playoff-hopeful squads?

What it goes to…

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Network Notebook: NFL Passing Stats Way Down

It’s gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. They love to hype big stats rather than wonder what’s happening when nobody’s moving the ball. Passing stats are WAY down in recent weeks in the NFL. It’s been obvious to statheads and fantasy football players. Did YOU notice?

Remember when big passing stats were the norm back at the beginning of the season? Offseason rules changes had seemingly made it impossible to defend. Touch the quarterback, and that’s “roughing.” Get to close to a receiver, and that’s “defensive holding.” Make any contact when the ball is in the air, “pass interference,” which…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting This Week’s Bowls

I’m posting earlier than normal this week because of all the weeknight bowls. Today I’ll talk about how sharps are betting all the bowl games from Tuesday through Saturday. There’s no Thursday night NFL this week…so I’ll cover the full pro football weekend in our standard Friday afternoon report.

 

Tuesday: Boca Raton Bowl

NORTHERN ILLINOIS VS. ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM: This could be a great game…a battle of conference champions. An opener of UAB -1 was bet up to UAB -2.5, but not to the key number of three. Northern Illinois would bring in a lot of sharp money at that price because it’s a…

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NFL Stretch Run and More College Bowls

Network Wins MNF Game of Year with Panthers (+6) over Saints 9-12! Goes 3-0 in Basketball with Thunder, Samford and New Mexico State!

IT'S DOWN-THE-STRETCH TIME IN THE NFL AND WE'VE GOT  TOP 5 / BOTTOM 5 PONTSPREAD TEAMS, PLUS, THERE'S LOTS MORE TO CHEW ON ...

COLLEGE BOWLMANIA ROLLS ON, PLUS, WE CHECK OUT THE BOWL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS

Here's the deal: There are only two weeks remaining now in the 2018 NFL season and less than half the 12 playoff berths have been clinched - Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers know they're part of the post-season party in the AFC;…

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