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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL Wise Guy Total - Thursday
Jim Feist has another NFL Wise Guy Total Dominator for Week 3. This total encapsulates ALL of Jim’s bold handicapping insight

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin Mountain West Game/Month-Sat
Smokin’ Dave Cokin has found a MONSTER college football game, his College Football Mountain West Game of the Month!

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin CFB Double Play - Saturday
Dave Cokin has a pair of College Football winners on the early Saturday football card. Get set to collect TWICE with a Vegas...

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Dave Cokin Dave Cokin CFB Under the Hat Play - Satu
Dave’s early moves live on and continue to win big. Here’s his Under the Hat college winner for Saturday!

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Jim Feist Jim Feist NFL Non-Conf Game of Month-Sun
The Sunday NFL card finds one TV game where ALL the factors mesh, strong enough to be Jim’s NFL Non-Conference Game of the Month

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THE NFL WEEK 2 MNF RECAP: LIONS ROAR 24-10 AGAINST PUNCHLESS JINTS

Gotta say that there were a ton of "experts" out there this past summer that were fearlessly predicting a fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy for the New York Giants this year. Wonder if any of 'em now wish to show their faces in public!

The Giants - now one of two teams in the metropolitan New York City area to be 0-and-2 SU (straight-up) so far here in the 2017 season and one of nine NFL teams in all to be winless after the first two weeks of play - were downright rotten in Monday Night's 24-10 loss to the 3-point road…

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Network Notebook: #16 TCU visits #6 Oklahoma State

Before the season began, few had circled this coming Saturday’s TCU/Oklahoma State showdown as must-see TV. Maybe Oklahoma State would have a chance to play spoiler in the Big 12. Maybe TCU would end its recent downward slide to mediocrity. We’ll watch something else and check on the score when the game’s over!

Not now…with Oklahoma State a very real threat to crash the Final Four party at the end of the season…and with TCU catapulting from a blowout at Arkansas into Big 12 contendership…this is suddenly the best game of Week Four. Other than this one, only #17 Mississippi State…

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Wayne Root: Ranked Teams Face Challenges as Road Favorites

You know that THE KING OF UPSETS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT loves nothing more than calling for outright upsets in high profile games and nailing them. I might be stepping out this coming Saturday because several ranked teams find themselves on the road as favorites against home dogs that are chomping at the big to make headlines.

Some quick examples:

#1 Alabama (-18) at Vanderbilt: That’s a tall spread for calling an upset. But, Vandy is coming off a home upset of Kansas State (a Power Play winner in The Root Trust last week), and will try to shorten the game to hang…

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Jim Sez: NFL Week 2 Rewind and MNF Preview

IT'S TIME TO HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON SUNDAY'S NFL WEEK 2 ACTION PLUS WE'VE GOT A LIONS VS. GIANTS MNF PREVIEW

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: THINK WE'RE HEADED FOR A CLEMSON-ALABAMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PART III?

No doubt about it: The Atlanta Falcons wanted to "christen" their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a really big win against the Green Bay Packers - then call it "mission accomplished" with Sunday night's rollicking 34-23 win/cover as QB Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards (and he was razor-sharp) and star WR Julio Jones (5 catches for 108 yards) was a first-half demon against an overmatched Packers…

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NFL Old School vs. New School

by Jim Feist 

I know the world changes all the time. I accept that, actually I embrace that. I'm not saying I agree all the new is better than the old but I do know we all have to try new things.  Blockbuster doesn’t exist any longer. Uber and Lynx are blending into the taxi industry. But I do have some issues with the new vs the old and that is where it obviously doesn’t work as well.

Concerning the NFL, I have a huge issue with the concept of the elimination of the running game, in favor of…

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Arizonas 100-Unit Blowout 63-16 Win Over UTEP Launches Dynamite College Football Weekend

Arizona's 100-Unit Blowout 63-16 Win Over UTEP Launches Dynamite College Football Weekend

50-Unit Play Tonight On Classic Offense Vs. Defense ABC TV Showdown - Clemson At Louisville

Going For 2nd Straight 50-Unit College Game Of Week Winner

Three Bests Bets Club 'Dogs Set To Score Today

Handicapping Hints To Help You Win Today

By Kelso Sturgeon

This weekend college football schedule is again an attractive one and it is nice to report I started it off last night with a single play - a 100-unit bet on Arizona (-27) with its 47-point 63-16 blowout win…

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Network Notebook: Packers/Falcons Huge in NFC Picture

A week ago at this time, we talked about how the best four teams in the NFC were matched up to play each other head-to-head right out of the gate. We gained a lot of insight from those games…and will now be treated to another huge matchup featuring the defending conference champs against the current market favorite.

First, a review of last week. You’ll recall these were the Super Bowl odds for teams playing in the big TV games…

Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1)

NY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1)

Green Bay only beat Seattle 17-9, but crushed them in the statistics. Dallas…

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Wayne Root: Bi-Coastal Tests

I was looking through the games involving teams I usually write about here in my web articles…the New York NFL teams because I was born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon NY (son of a butcher!)…USC and UCLA because I was known as “handicapper to the stars” in Hollywood for many years because of my high profile clientele (which is still true, but they’re much more subtle about their betting now!). I finally decided I should just write about ALL of them.

Not only will this be a bi-coastal web article. But, bi-coastal will be a theme inside because one…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 2

Week Two is already under way with the Houston Texans and the Under cashing pretty easily Thursday night in Cincinnati. Sharps who moved the line from Cincinnati -3 to Cincinnati -6 didn’t like that result! I took a shot on the value dog for an outright winner, part of a 2-0 night for clients that also included New Mexico (+) at Boise State…fading a favorite that’s been overpriced at home for quite a while now.

Let’s get to the rest of the week’s pro football action. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.

Tennessee at Jacksonville: Tennessee opened at pick-em,…

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Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE: THURSDAY'S TEXANS-BENGALS BASH NOT THE ONLY GAME BETWEEN A PAIR OF WINLESS SQUADS

PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SNEAKY-GOOD TEAMS

Folks, we usually don't start attaching a "must-win" label to any pro football game until we get to NFL Week 3 play - and take note that for many, many years here at the Jim Hurley Network we've liked to side with what we consider "good teams" plus points when they head into a Week 3 sked without yet cracking the "W" column.

So, not about to believe that any of these NFL Week 2 games are "must win"…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Back for another week of analyzing sharp action. Today we’ll look at Thursday and Friday football, along with marquee matchups from Saturday’s college slate. Then, I’ll be back by midday Friday for our weekly look at the weekend NFL card. Thanks again to all of you who have been checking in for these sharps reports for so many years.

We start with tonight’s NFL matchup…

 

THURSDAY

Houston at Cincinnati: An opener of Cincinnati -3.5 has been bet all the way up to -6 since it became clear that Deshaun Watson was going to get the start despite having a sore ankle. Sharps were…

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Jim Feist: Pro Football Stats...Read Between the Lines

        by Jim Feist     The best time of the sports calendar is here, the opening month of the pro football campaign! There are mountains of stats and angles available for sports bettors to digest from this season and years past. Information certainly is a huge key when analyzing games and point spreads. Sometimes it can seem that there is too much info, but it's essential to understand that stats are only a starting point. They don't always tell the whole story. In fact, stats can sometimes lie, something to keep in mind when searching for football picks.  Sure, it's important…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Finding Teams Who Will Dominate

On the heels of my 50-unit top play winners last week on West Virginia (-24) over East Carolina 56-20 and Green Bay (-3) over Seattle 17-9 (with a much more decisive stat advantage), this seemed like the ideal time to talk about finding teams who will dominate on the field while covering their pointspreads.

Let’s start with West Virginia. Though, I do like many of the PLAYMAKERS on this Mountaineers team, this was very much a bet AGAINST a bad East Carolina squad that is in big trouble this year. Way too many in the betting markets were worried about West…

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JIM SEZ NFL & COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT

Okay, so east coasters had to stay up till nearly 1:20 a.m. to watch the Denver Broncos' 24-21 win/pointspread push against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night - yes, we continue to absolutely hate the rule that allows coaches up to the last nano-second to call a time out to freeze a kicker - but at least if you had the Chargers (+ 3) you got out with the shirt on your back after being down 24-7 in the early stages of the fourth quarter.

In the wagering world, that's almost like a win, right?

From the what-else-is-new department, the Chargers…

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Is New England QB Tom Brady At 40 Now Over The Hill And Out Of Gas

Is New England QB Tom Brady At 40 Now Over The Hill And Out Of Gas?

Texans And Colts An Embarrassment To NFL With Absolutely Inept Performances In Openers

Once Powerful Baylor Ruined By Sexual Assault Scandal And Is Heading For 0-12 Season Already Lost At Home To Liberty And UTSA

By Kelso Sturgeon

One must always be careful to not over-react to what one sees in the first game of a long football season. I could be real—it might not be. With that said, many questions surfaced over the weekend in both college and NFL football, including quarterback Tom Brady’s…

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Network Notebook: #3 Clemson in Danger at #14 Louisville

This past Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers stuffed highly respected Auburn thanks to a stingy defense that just wouldn’t allow any big plays. So much for Jarrett Stidham’s Heisman Trophy campaign! This coming Saturday night, the Tigers have to go on the road to face another highly regarded opponent…one that gained 705 yards last week at North Carolina!

It’s going to be one of the best defenses college football trying to contain one of the most dynamic offensive forces the sport has ever seen when #3 Clemson visits #14 Louisville in prime time on ABC. Will the Tigers derail the 2017…

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Wayne Root: Finding DOGS That Can SCORE Might be Tough in New NFL

Well, that had to be the ugliest NFL Sunday in decades! Even smash mouth football back in 1960’s wasn’t that ugly because there weren’t interceptions being returned for touchdowns every five minutes. What are DOG LOVERS like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT going to do when so many dogs can’t find the trail to the end zone?

First, I’m going to remember that defenses are WAY ahead of offenses in Week One these days because it’s easy to get a quality defense up to regular season speed, while offenses are so “protected” during August by conservative coaching that most aren’t in synch. Think…

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Jim Sez: NFL WEEK 1 SUNDAY RE-WIND: WHERE DID ALL THE OFFENSE GO?

OUR NFL WEEK 1 SUNDAY RE-WIND: WHERE DID ALL THE OFFENSE GO?

PLUS QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS OF TONIGHT'S SAINTS-VIKINGS, CHARGERS-BRONCOS BASHES

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: BUCKEYES GET A DOSE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE

Hats off to NBC's post-game commentator Mike Tirico: Last night while following on the heels of the Dallas Cowboys' 19-3 win/cover against the 6-point underdog New York Giants (more on them in a moment here at Jim Sez) the broadcaster addressed the fact that a half-dozen NFL teams scored in single digits in their season-opening games.From low-to-high ...

Cincinnati was shut out at home versus Baltimore;San Francisco registered just 3 points in…

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Oklahoma at Ohio State Preview plus NFL

Heck, the main headline for NFL Week 1 could already be written ... Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots already lost! Now - following on the heels of Kansas City's stunneroo 42-27 win in Foxboro -- we're gonna see how many other outright upsets on are the NFL Week 1 menu. We'll zip through a few of Sunday's key games in a moment but now hear this:

The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time with yet another slam-bang NFL Season straight ahead and we want you to come along for the ride! Cash…

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Network Notebook: NFC Powers Square Off Sunday

Though it’s widely understood that the NFC was going to have some “good games” to watch on TV this Sunday, you may not be aware that the TOP FOUR teams in NFC Super Bowl futures prices are going to battle head-to-head in these two games:

Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1) at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX

NY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1) at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Even though the Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC champions, there’s skepticism that they can get back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. There are so many “decent” teams…

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Can Revenge Get It Done For Oklahoma against Ohio State
Can Revenge Get It Done For #7 Oklahoma Sooners Who Meet #2 Ohio State Buckeyes In Columbus?This Nationally Televised (ABC) Saturday Night Big Ten Vs. Big 12 Showdown Highlights 4-Team 125-Unit College Grand SlamThe Other 3 Grand Slam Games Are Pitt At Penn State, TCU at Arkansas And Georgia At Notre Dame—All On National TV50-Unit College Game Of The Week Scores Today As Solid Favorite Wins By 50 Points

By Kelso Sturgeon

There are so many unpredictable elements in play in handicapping tonight’s showdown game between the #7-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) and the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) one can get blue…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 1

Already a big surprise to start the 2017 NFL season, as the Kansas City Chiefs stunned the New England Patriots by two touchdowns Thursday night. That made it a big night for sportsbooks because the general public had tied up New England in a lot of parlays and teasers with other games later in the weekend. Sharps were mostly on Kansas City, which got there easily. There was a lot more money on the Over than the Under, coming in from sharps and squares. That cashed easily in a very high scoring game.

Let’s move to Sunday and Monday. Here’s how…

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Wayne Root: How to Find Shockers in Week One of the NFL

Another new NFL season is upon us, which means it’s time to refresh your memory about the keys to finding SHOCKERS and other great underdog bets in the first week of an NFL season. You longtime readers know I can’t post official selections here in my web articles. That wouldn’t be fair to paying clients. But, I’m happy to outline the general strategies I use when making “outright upset” calls early in a new pro football season.

The first, and most important thing to remember is that the pointspreads are largely based on what everyone remembers from LAST YEAR rather than…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday-Saturday Action

This season, I’ll be posting two “sharps” reports per week. Each Thursday I’ll take a look at how the Wise Guys have been betting all the Thursday and Friday action, along with the most important marquee matchups in Saturday’s college football. Then, on Friday, I’ll have the traditional NFL report that covers Sunday and Monday.

The pro football season begins TONIGHT with Kansas City visiting New England. Let’s start with that one.

 

THURSDAY

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots: All last season, squares bet the Patriots while sharps faded them…and the public kept right on cashing tickets to the tune of 16-3.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Rate NFL Quarterbacks

With the NFL regular season about to begin, it’s time for students here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting to focus on the single most important PLAYMAKER position of all. I’m talking about the quarterback position in the NFL.

No single position in any other sport even comes close to the importance of NFL quarterback in terms of YOUR bets. College football has gamebreakers at various skill positions. Cy Young award winners in Major League baseball only start every fifth day, and pitching is only about half of baseball given the wide variance of hitting talent. You could make the…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Odds and College Notes

THE 2017 NFL SEASON ARRIVES THURSDAY AND WE HAVE THE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: TENNESSEE SNAGS TWIN-0T VICTORY AGAINST GEORGIA TECH, BUT DID THE "WRONG TEAM" WIN?

Let's do a little NFL history lesson here: Since the 2000 season, the New England Patriots have copped five Super Bowl championships - far and away more than any other organization during this time frame - while the Baltimore Ravens (2), the New York Giants (2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2) also have been multiple SB champs. The Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks…

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Jim Feist: The Best of the NFL

by Jim Feist

The pro football season kicks off this week when the defending champion Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs, a playoff rematch from two years ago (27-20, Pats).  The AFC has won 13 of the last 20 Super Bowls and here's a look at some of the best of the NFL.

Falcons: Atlanta has it all, a speedy young defense that won the NFC and a powerhouse offense behind QB Matt Ryan (38 TDs, 7 INTs) and star WR Julio Jones (1,409 yards). The balanced offense led the NFL in scoring (33.8 ppg). Re-signing RB Devonta Freeman last month was…

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Network Notebook: Can Oklahoma win a “Big Game” without Bob?

The early line for this Saturday night’s BLOCKBUSTER college football showdown matching Oklahoma and Ohio State shows the Buckeyes as a favorite of -7.5 points. Even though Oklahoma looked sharp in a season-opening win over UTEP, it’s likely that line will stay around -7.5 because:

*Ohio State exploded for a huge second half against Indiana in a TV game

*Everyone who laid -7, -7.5 or -8 with Alabama over FSU in last Saturday’s big TV game cashed their tickets!

Squares love to bet national superpowers as TV favorites…and they got to celebrate with that approach a few times last week (Michigan also won…

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Wayne Root: USC and UCLA Both the Start Season Overrated

Las Vegas is basically a suburb of Los Angeles in terms of sports betting interest. While we do have residents from all over the country here. The city really buzzes when any of the Los Angeles teams are great. That’s was true for the Lakers when Kobe Bryant was there. It was true when USC was an annual championship threat under Pete Carroll. The Dodgers are in a lull the past couple of weeks…but EVERYBODY got rich on them through the summer, and will be rooting hard come playoff time.

I watched both the USC and UCLA games with great interest…

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Jim Sez: The College Football Report

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:

WE WRAP UP THE BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH #25 TENNESSEE VS. GEORGIA TECH TONIGHT PLUS HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON #1 ALABAMA'S BIG VICTORY AGAINST FLORIDA STATE ... PLUS VIRGINIA TECH AND UCLA WIN SUNDAY NIGHT THRILLERS AND A BACKWARD TEXAS TWO-STEP TOO!

C'mon, are you kidding me?

The Sunday night thrill-a-minute finishes in both LA and DC really put a major exclamation point on a great first full weekend of College Football but the fun-and-games ain't over yet!

There's a big game in Hot-lanta this evening - our #25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech preview is straight ahead for your…

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COLLEGE FOOTBALLS MONSTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS HERE

Who said anything about barbecues, beaches and backyard parties?

It's College Football time, ladies and gents, and so put all those other outdoor activities on hold for what figures to be one of the great all-time first full weekends in recent gridiron memory.

Hey, it's not every day we get a first-weekend-of-the-year showdown between the nation's preseason #1 and #3 teams plus you can never really get enough of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh now - what, he's back from Rome? - as his 11th-ranked Wolverines have a marquee matchup on tap too.

The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee College Football Games

The first full weekend of college football action isn’t exactly rife with great matchups. That’s why everybody’s talking about Alabama/Florida State! It’s rare to have a game that great on opening Saturday. But, in terms of pure entertainment value…that’s about it.

Here in Las Vegas, we gamble for money rather than entertainment. So, I’ve added in a few other games of interest for us to study this week. I’ve also included Sunday’s doubleheader and the Monday nighter, which will at least match up bowl caliber teams in early Power Ratings.

I’ll run through these handpicked games in schedule order, starting with Saturday…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday/Friday College Football

We’re going to transition from Preseason to regular season for 2017 beginning today. No reason to worry about all of those Week Four exhibition games in the NFL where very few starters will be seeing any action. Most sharps only have token involvement because limits are small and there’s so much randomness when backups are playing the whole way.

We have plenty of college football action Thursday and Friday to talk about. Then, I’ll be back with you tomorrow to look at how sharps have been betting the marquee college football games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (including that huge game…

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2017 College Football’s Top 1-20

by Jim Feist

The countdown continues! Last week we looked at my Top 21-40, this week is my Top 20. The season is underway, so here's a peak at college football's best.

20.  Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin is a great recruiter and has talent, though there is a lot of inexperience. This offense (34.8 ppg) was #34 in the nation in scoring with over 211 yards rushing and passing per game.  Senior Jake Hubenak (6 TDs, 2 picks) saw some time and he will be pressed by freshmen QBs Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond.  They have a reliable target in WR Christian…

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Jim Sez NFL and College News and Notes

HEY, NFL FANS, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE START OF THE '17 SEASON

PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES: WHAT TEAM(S) THIS WEEK COULD MAKE A HUGE LEAP IN THE RANKINGS (OR EVEN CLIMB INTO THE RANKINGS)?

Here's a word to the wise when it comes to the NFL: Just be patient, folks, the 2017 regular season will be here before you know it when the Kansas City Chiefs challenge the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 7th and then that's followed by an array of great Week 1 games on Sunday, Sept. 10th and Monday, Sept. 11th.

The…

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Wayne Root: How to Find Week One College Football Upsets

The first full week of college football action for the 2017 season is upon us. Last week barely counts! Your Thursday, Friday, and Saturday handicapping schedule will be very busy from now through early December. This weekend, you’ll also have some Sunday and Monday action to consider as well for the Labor Day holiday.

You may have noticed there was only one “upset” in that abbreviated appetizer last weekend. Hawaii scored very late to barely beat UMASS. But, Hawaii was the better team to begin with, which is why they were getting less than a field goal on the road. Oregon…

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Network Notebook: NFL Dress Rehearsals Expose QB Issues

It’s becoming very clear that successful NFL handicapping during the 2017 season is going to involve fading teams who are in trouble at the quarterback position. There just aren’t enough good quarterbacks to go around! Teams experimenting with various options through the Preseason haven’t found much to get excited about. In fact, this past weekend’s dress rehearsals basically confirmed that serious issues are ahead for many teams…even those expected to contend for at least Wildcard spots.

Among the contenders…

HOUSTON has given the starting job to Tom Savage. But, he mostly just completes short passes that don’t threaten the end zone. He…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Mayweather Proves Value of Favorites Again

I don’t talk much about boxing here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting. And, I’m not really talking about boxing today even though I’m going to reference this past Saturday Night’s spectacle here in Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather and Colin McGregor. My point in bring up that bout is that it proved once again that there could be tremendous value in betting big favorites.

It’s become overstated in the extreme that the best way to make money in sports betting is to focus on underdogs. While it’s generally true that sports books shade the line against the public by…

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Jim Sez: NFLX Week 3 Wrap

THE NFL 2017 SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE BEND, BUT TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING ALL YOUR PRESEASON POINTSPREAD QUERIES AND WE PUT A  WRAP ON NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 PLAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS OFF-AND-RUNNIN' AS #14 STANFORD COVERS THE WEEKEND'S HEFTY PRICE TAG IN OPENER, BUT #19 USF DOES NOT!

Go ahead ... Ask us how NFL Preseason Betting Favorites have fared so far this month and the answer may surprise you:

The NFL chalk this summer is just 19-21-4 ATS (against the spread) with 5 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix (that's a .475 winning percentage) and if you happen to…

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Jim Sez: Saturday NFL and College Football

MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS/COMMENTS AHEAD PLUS PATS LIKELY LOSE WR EDELMAN FOR THE YEAR, WHILE KC'S WARE HUST TOO

PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS HERE AND WE HAVE "ONE-LINERS" ON THE FIVE (5) GAMES

The 2017 NFL Regular Season is now less than two weeks away - but first things first: The two preseason games on Friday night turned into "worst nightmare" stuff for the visiting sides as New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (98 catches for 1,106 yards last year) was seen being carted out of Ford Field in Detroit with crutches in hand while Kansas City RB…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Study Offensive Lines for College Handicapping

We have four college football games on the main board in Las Vegas this Saturday. Five if you count the “added” TV game involving Portland State and BYU on ESPN. This is a great way for students here in my College of Advanced Handicapping to get their feet wet in advance of the full flood of college games coming next week.

You hard workers are probably already up to speed on the basics like won-lost records from last year, returning starters, quarterback experience and the like. And, obviously, you’ve already made your lists of PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS that are going to…

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Kelso: Nationally Televised Oregon State/Colorado State Saturday Helps Launch 2-0 College Season

Nationally-Televised Oregon State At Colorado State Saturday Helps Launch 2-0 College Season

100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins Saturday And It Is Yours Free...Won Last Year With Redskins

Vegas Bookmakers Say They Will Suffer Biggest Loss In History If Cage Fighter McGregor Beats Undefeated 49-0 Mayweather Saturday 

By Kelso Sturgeon

It's time to get serious about the football season as the colleges launch their season a bit early this Saturday, offering four games (three on national TV) including Oregon State at Colorado State where the Rans will open their new 36,500-seat on-campus stadium, powerful South Florida at…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week Three of NFLX

The dress rehearsal games are finally here. Las Vegas is really looking forward to these because the public loves getting a chance to bet games where starters are going to play into the second half. It will be the biggest football week of the Preseason by far in terms of handle, and attendance in the showrooms with all the big screen TV’s.

Normally, I’d run through each game to talk about sharp action. But, we have a very unique circumstance this week where oddsmakers have settled many matchups on “Favorite -3” or “Favorite -3.5.” It takes a lot for the Wise…

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Jim Feist: 2017 College Football’s Top 21-40

by Jim Feist

It's time to kick off a new football season! College football begins August 26, so here's a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.

40. Arkansas:  Brett Bielama's squad made a bowl with upsets of Ole Miss, TCU, Florida and Mississippi State. Senior QB Austin Allen (25 TDs, 15 INTs) returns along with RB Rawleigh Williams (1,360 yds). The offensive line is experience and new DC Paul Rhoads is shifting from a 4-3 base to a 3-4 with 5 starters back. They should be able to improve their red zone play on offense (#100 in the…

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Wayne Root: NY Jets Projected to Have Worst NFL Record

Last week we talked about the New York Giants in this spot. As a native New Yorker (born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon, NY…a son of a butcher!), it’s my responsibility to give equal time this week to the New York Jets.

There’s been so much pessimism about the Jets here in Las Vegas that their “Regular Season Win Total” proposition has fallen all the way down from 4.5 to 3.5…with the Under now a slight favorite at 3.5! That means 3-13 is the best expectation for the 2017 season based on a composite of market influencers.

What does WAYNE…

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Jim Sez: The Top Teams In College Football

THE NFL PRESEASON REPORTBROWNS DOWN GIANTS 10-6 BUT BECKHAM'S THE NEWSMAKER (AGAIN!)

PLUS A LOOK AT THE TOP TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S PRESEASON AP TOP 25

One way or the other, it was New York Giants' WR Odell Beckham Jr. that figured to "make news" in Monday night's NFL Preseason Week 2 tilt in Cleveland:

Oh, yes, the 1.5-point underdog Browns held off the Giants 10-6 in a game that featured plenty of fourth-quarter bloopers but it was a first-half left ankle sprain suffered by Beckham (three receptions for 37 yards) that created all the buzz in a game that illustrated the…

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Network Notebook: Best and Worst from NFLX Week 2

It’s very easy for handicappers to take the second week of the NFL Preseason “off” in terms of real analysis. After Week One, you watched every game either live or on replay. You scoured the boxscores. You missed football so much all summer you couldn’t wait to dig in! In Week Two? You just watched the scoreboard update while you rooted for your bets. Mistake!

This week in particular, you really needed to be paying close attention. Some offenses made statements about regular season readiness, even if they didn’t light up the scoreboard with 38-45 points. Other teams created the illusion…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Rookie Coaches Struggling with Fundamentals

As I was studying this past weekend’s NFL boxscores, it struck me that some of the new head coaches are having big troubles getting their teams to execute on offense so far this Preseason. How are their teams going to be ready for the regular season if they’re still kicking the ball around now?

Let’s run through how the five teams with new head coaches have performed so far.

 

BUFFALO: Sean McDermott

The Bills turned the ball over FOUR times this past Thursday in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo fell to 0-2 in the Preseason because they also lost to Minnesota the…

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Jim Sez NFL Weekend Wrap and MNF Preview

If you've been looking at how the NFL Preseason Favorites vs. Underdogs have been playing out through the first two full weeks, then you've noticed something ... there's been really no set pattern at all.

In fact, NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Favorites will enter tonight's New York Giants at Cleveland Browns clash with a 6-6-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so take note that through two-plus weeks of NFL Preseason activity the chalk sides are a dead-even and vig-losing 13-13-2 ATS with Four (4) Pick 'Em's.

Okay, so dig a…

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Network Notebook: Most Important Preseason Stats

With starters beginning to see more and more action in NFL exhibition games, this is a good time for JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK to review the most important boxscore stats to study in the Preseason.

Some pundits will tell you that stats are meaningless in the Preseason. Then they’ll use stats to tell you how great their favorite player is, or how horrible the latest embattled quarterback is. Pundits have no attention span! You’re not a pundit. You’re a Las Vegas sports bettor. You need to be smart about which stats you prioritize, and which you ignore.

*PASSING STATS: It’s much easier…

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