Vegas Sports Masters Blog

NFL Week 7 Previews Are Here

New!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK 7 SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS Rise and shine!The NFL Week 7 menu gets started bright and early as “London’s calling” with a 9:30 a.m. Eastern time kickoff between the Tennessee Titans against the suddenly-surging Los Angeles Chargers – enjoy your cereal and coffee with that clash and then check out what else is on the Sunday docket: CAROLINA (3-2) at PHILADELPHIA (3-3) – 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe defending Super Bowl champs have burnt their backers thus far with a sub-par 2-4 ATS (against the spread) log but maybe last Thursday’s easy 34-13 win/cover at the 2-point underdog New York Giants will “set…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 7

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Not much drama in that ugly Denver-Arizona game Thursday night that kickoff the new week of NFL action. Certainly some better games on tap the rest of the way. Time to look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting this week’s pro football action. Note that there are byes this week for: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. (At least the Vegas-bound Raiders won’t lose this week!)Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order. Please note that the first game will be played overseas, meaning no home field advantage is factored into the line.SUNDAYTENNESSEE VS. THE LA CHARGERS (In London,…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Quarterback Conundrums

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve reached the point in the season where many college and pro football teams start to give up the fight because their quarterbacks are so bad. We saw that to a degree with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night. Josh Rosen threw an early touchdown pass to the wrong team…and then ANOTHER one…and his teammates went into the tank.Buffalo has done that a few times with Nathan Peterman, who can’t stop throwing interceptions. He’s back in the picture after Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury in Houston last week. You could argue that the Jacksonville defense threw in the towel in…

College Football’s 6-Pack: ’Bama-Tennessee Heads Up the Show

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S MARQUEE MATCHUPS - IT'S A SATURDAY SIX-PACK FEATURING #1 ALABAMA, #2 OHIO STATE AND #3 CLEMSON'Round and 'round we go - the College Football Playoffs are still two-plus months down the line and everyone - and we mean everyone - is reserving a spot for #1 Alabama but there's still CFP berths to be won and this weekend's edition of the Saturday Six-Pack will go a long way in determining who's got the inside tracks. Here's the best of the best on this Saturday sked and do remember that ...Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Not exactly a bunch of dream matchups in football the next few days. But, sharps (professional wagerers) aren’t betting for entertainment. They’re betting to make money! Let’s see how the Wise Guys have been betting Thursday and Friday night football, along with marquee matchups Saturday in the colleges. I’ll be back at the usual time Friday afternoon to look at the rest of the NFL. THURSDAY NFLDENVER AT ARIZONA: Some spots opened Arizona a slight favorite. Money hit the Broncos instantly at those stores, causing stragglers to open more toward pick-em or Denver -1. The line did get as high as…

NFL Week 7: Can Broncos Reel In This Fast-Fade Season?

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 7 IS HERE - BRONCOS AT CARDINALS IN TRUE S.O.S. AFFAIR FOR THE ROADSTERS ...THE BEST AWAY BETS IN THE NFL (SO FAR) IN 2018 ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S STREAKERSMaybe you've checked it out already but "if the season was to end today" than the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC would be the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, respectively; in the AFC they'd be the Kansas City Chiefs and then the tie-break winner between New England/Miami/Cincinnati/Baltimore.Note that nowhere up above is there any mention of the Denver Broncos - the Super Bowl winner just three…

Network Notebook: Comparing ATS Extremes in the NFL

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Six games into the 2018 pro football season, only one team is undefeated against the point spread. That’s the surprising Kansas City Chiefs, who have taken the NFL by storm with a slew of great performances against a tough schedule. Their most recent cover was this past Sunday night as an underdog of 3.5 points in a 43-40 loss at New England. That brought KC to 6-0 ATS.There are no teams at 0-6 ATS out of the gate this season. And, only one team has failed to cover five times. That’s the Houston Texans, who are 1-5 ATS. Their only…

Checkin’ Out the Undefeated College Teams Spreadwise

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:ARE THE UNBEATENS OUT THEREALSO CASHING YOUR BETS? …OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10 …THE NBA IS BACK – AND HERE’S THE WIN-IT-ALL ODDS …NFL NEWS /NOTES:RODGERS AND THE PACK In case you’re wondering, there are still eight (8) remaining undefeated teams out there in College Football-land – that’s Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCF and USF – and there’s still a shot that four of ‘em will stay perfect right into the next edition of the College Football Playoffs.But that’s not our numero uno concern right here and right now:No, we want…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Market Overrating Most Top College Teams

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It was a sight to behold. I still can’t quite believe it myself and I’ve been following college football for a very, very long time. This past Saturday, Alabama…the #1 team in the nation…was barely able to cover its point spread as a big favorite against Missouri. The rest of the top 10? Nobody could cover a spread!Well, #4 Clemson had a bye week. So, everybody who PLAYED was overrated by betting markets. Most by quite a bit. First let’s look at the carnage. Then, the Dean of Sports Handicapping will discuss why it happened. #2 Georgia (-7.5) lost at LSU…

Our NFL Week 6 Recaps Plus It’s 49ers at the Pack Tonight

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 6 RECAPS PLUS IT'S 49ERS AT PACKERS IN MNF ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: FOUR MORE TOP 10 TEAMS GET DUNKEDLet's just say that sudden live moves in NFL Week 6 didn't exactly pan out for the teams that were takin' the cash and it all began last Thursday Night when the Philadelphia Eagles dropped from a solid 3-point road favorite at the New York Giants down to 1.5 or 2 points (depending on your locale) before the Birds absolutely smashed the Jints 34-13 ... then it's onto Sunday:The Cleveland Browns were everyone's darlings - we watched a…

The NFL Week 6 Report -- Chiefs-Pats Headlines Monster Day/Nite

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  HERE ARE SUNDAY’S KEYNFL WEEK 6 PREVIEWS Hey, if we’ve learned anything at all about the National Football League all these years it’s that your opinion can change in a heartbeat regarding any single squad in the 32-team league … the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) are perfect proof ‘cause they’re alive and well in the NFC East following their Thursday Night Football blowout win at the 2-point underdog New York Giants … a big-time Jim Hurley Network winner … now as we head into Week 6 it’s time to find out more about the unbeaten KC Chiefs and LA Rams. Now hear this…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 6

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Another loss for Eli Manning and the New York Giants kicked off a new weekend of NFL action. Philadelphia finally started looking like the defending Super Bowl champs on offense. A few sharps lost big with the G-men. Many others are much more invested in what’s coming up Sunday and Monday. Let’s take a look. SUNDAYARIZONA AT MINNESOTA: Not much happening in a game where it’s hard to love either side. An opener of Minnesota -10.5 has been bet down to -10 at most spots. Maybe we’ll see a tug-of-war between those lines through the weekend. The public wants to bet…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the MLB Championship Series

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The schedule has been laid out nicely for us to spend some more time talking about the Major League Baseball postseason. The NLCS featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers begins Friday night. The ALCS with the defending World Champion Houston Astros facing the Boston Red Sox begins Saturday night.Today’s coursework will focus on handicapping those two matchups. Then, I’ll try to squeeze in one more baseball discussion before the World Series begins in about a week-and-a-half.To me, the single biggest key to handicapping BOTH of these LCS matchups will involve how much exposure the offenses get to key…

NFL Week 6 -- Eagles Cruise in Jersey

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 6 IS HERE - EAGLES SPANK HEARTLESS GIANTS, 34-13 ...OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY 6-PACK: WHY #2 GEORGIA, # 5 NOTRE DAME AND #10 UCF (AMONG OTHERS) BETTER BE REALLY CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND The doom-and-gloom crowd was out following last night's never-in-doubt 34-13 win/cover by the Philadelphia Eagles over the 2-point underdog New York Giants.We were reminded that since 1990 - when the current NFL playoff format went into place - only one team (see the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs) started off a season at 1-5 SU (straight-up) and wound up making it to the post-season. The NY Giants…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

A great historical divisional rivalry featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants kicks off a new weekend of football. I’ll start our look at Thursday, Friday, and marquee Saturday action right there. Then, I’ll be back with you Friday afternoon to look at sharp betting in the rest of this week’s NFL. THURSDAY NFLPHILADELPHIA AT THE NY GIANTS: I held back a little on the release of today’s report because it looks like it’s going to be rainy Thursday night in the Meadowlands. Wanted to see if the Wise Guys hit the Under. Hasn’t happened yet. And, it may not…

Eagles-Giants Kick Off NFL Week 6 Action Plus College Kids Too

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 6 REPORT -EAGLES-GIANTS DUKE IT OUT TONIGHT IN KEY NFC EAST CLASH ...OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS /NOTES: WEEKNIGHT ACTION AHEADFolks, we're starting to wonder if a .500 mark will be good enough to win the woe-be-gone NFC East this year ... go ahead and check out the standings and you'll see that the Washington Redskins at 2-and-2 are sitting atop the division but don't you dare bury Dallas (2-3), Philadelphia (2-3) or even the New York Football Giants (1-4). And tonight from MetLife Stadium it's time to see if the defending champs can…

Network Notebook: Is Notre Dame For Real?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

After benching struggling quarterback Brandon Wimbush in favor of Ian Book, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have looked very much like a legitimate threat to reach the Final Four college football playoffs.If they run the table, there’s no way the committee would keep them out! One of Alabama or Georgia has to lose because they’d play each other in the SEC Championship game if keep winning. And, there’s certainly a chance for either of those two, or Ohio State or Clemson to drop a game along the way.Of course, there’s also a chance for Notre Dame to get upset too.…

College Football’s Best Values

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:WHAT TEAMS HAVE OFFERED UP GREAT VALUE THE FIRST HALF OF '18? ...OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE TOP 10 ...NFL NEWS & NOTES: BREES GETS THE ALL-TIME PASSING RECORD BUT HOW ABOUT THREE CHEERS FOR THE SURGING SAINTS?Believe it or not, we're pretty much at the midway point of this here-and-now 2018 College Football season and - in case you've missed it - there's been a slew of teams that have offered up great value along the way whether they be undersold as underdog sides or maybe the good folks in Las Vegas simply have not "believed" in…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Don’t Fall for Short-Term Trends

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Normally our focus here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting and Handicapping is on things you can do to make yourself a smarter investor. Today, we’re going to talk about something NOT to do.If you’ve been paying attention to sports betting media, or even mainstream media the past few days, you’ve heard a lot of raving about short term trends. Home underdogs had a great day in the NFL Sunday, including outright wins by Cleveland and Buffalo. Favorites are on an amazing run in the Major League Baseball Playoffs so far. Baseball underdogs didn’t cash until Milwaukee and Atlanta…

KC Chiefs Back at 5-and-Oh -- Again

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 5 REPORT - PLAY IT AGAIN AS KC STAYS PERFECT WHILE DEFENDING CHAMP EAGLES LOOK AWFUL ...MNF QUICKIE PREVIEW: SKINS-SAINTS SQUARE OFF IN N'ORLEANSTalk about how history repeats itself!Last year on this very day - October 8, 2017 - we here at Jim Sez wrote all about how the Kansas City Chiefs were "perfect" with a 5-0 SU (straight-up) and 5-0 ATS (against the spread) record following a 42-34 win at Houston. Remember?Well, here we are writing a very similar script after the KC Chiefs bombed Jacksonville 30-14 on Sunday afternoon at rainy / noisy Arrowhead Stadium…

Our NFL Week 5 Key Tilts

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE ARE SUNDAY'S NFL WEEK 5 KEY GAMESIt hasn't taken long - just one-fourth of this here-and-now NFL season, in fact - to discover that unpredictability still rules the roost when it comes to the league where they play for pay:Who amongst you out there thought that 25 percent into this season the combo of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Philadelphia would have combined for only five total SU (straight-up) wins ... out of 16 total games! And don't forget this quartet heads into NFL Week 5 play at 4-11-1 ATS (against the spread). Funny thing, of…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 5

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM

New England beat Indianapolis 38-24 Thursday night to put the first NFL game of Week Five in the books. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting the rest of the card. I’ll go through the games in official Nevada Rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules. We have two “bye” teams once again this week. Chicago and Tampa Bay are off after playing each other last Sunday. (Tampa Bay played that game like it had a bye last week!) SUNDAYBALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND: We’ve been sitting on Baltimore -3 all week. More people are betting the Ravens at…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Evaluating Defense in the Current NFL

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It’s very clear that offseason rules changes have helped offenses become much more efficient and productive in the NFL. Scoring is up. Interestingly, points off defensive and special teams touchdowns are going down because there are fewer high impact interceptions, or sacks where the QB fumbles and the ball is run in for a score. Even with THAT, scoring is up.You regulars know that I spend a lot of time emphasizing offensive PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS in my process. I’m not going to change. But, I do believe that what will separate you from the market the rest of the season…

College Football’s Under-The-Radar Squads

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND - WE'RE CHECKIN' OUT THE UNDER-THE-RADAR TEAMS PLAYING BIG GAMES ON THIS FIRST SATURDAY IN OCTOBER ...OUR NFL WEEK 5 NOTEBOOK: ANOTHER THURSDAY NITE ROAD TEAM BITES THE DUSTLike it or not, this 2018 College Football season ain't just about Alabama and Georgia and Clemson and Ohio State ... there's a batch of what we'll call "under-the-radar" teams out there really making their own marks on the gridiron and so let's spend a few moments detailing what's straight ahead for a few of them on this Saturday:TULANE (2-3) at CINCINNATI (5-0) - 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM

A new week of football is ready to kick off. Time for our look at late-week football betting (Thursday/Friday), and the handful of Saturday’s college marquee matchups. THURSDAY NFLINDIANAPOLIS AT NEW ENGLAND: New England opened on the key number of -10. It’s been bet up to -10.5 at many spots, and might go as high as -11 before kickoff if the public believes Tom Brady and the Pats are back in form. Old school sharps like taking double digit dogs. Some are already in on the Colts at +10.5. They’d buy some more if +11 comes into play. Big drop on…

Are the Patriots a Forgotten Team in This Year’s NFL?

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 LET’S GET NFL WEEK 5 KICKED OFF –IT’S COLTS VS. PATS IN PRIME-TIMER …COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:EXAMINING A HANDFUL OF FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES(AND TELLING YOU WHAT’S GONE WRONG!) …THE MLB DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SERIES Just think about it:We are now one-quarter through this here-and-now 2018 NFL season and all the buzz surrounds the undefeated Los Angeles Rams (yes, now the favorites to win it all, according to the good people in Las Vegas), Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes and the new/improved Chicago Bears’ defense that may well deserve a new “Monster of the Midway” type moniker.The New England Patriots?Hmm, they’ve pretty much been…

Stay Tuned to See if KC Chiefs are For Real

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL REPORT - KC'S MAHOMES ALL THE RAGE, BUT DO WE KNOW IF THESE CHIEFS ARE FOR REAL? ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN: RIVALRY GAMES DOT THE SATURDAY SKED WITH LSU-FLORIDA, OKLAHOMA-TEXAS AND FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI HOGGING THE HEADLINESGeez, less than 24 hours removed from the Kansas City Chiefs' come-from-behind 27-23 win at the 3.5-point underdog Denver Broncos, we had eyeballed at least three different TV stories/features on second-year KC slinger Patrick Mahomes. Shoot, the guy may or may not wind up being this generation's Brett Favre - with a bit of Russell Wilson mixed in - but gotta be wondering if…

Network Notebook: Stat Handicapping for MLB Playoffs

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve moved our report up a day this week because JIM HURLEY wanted to provide some guidance for handicapping this month’s Major League Baseball playoffs. Those officially start Tuesday night with the National League Wildcard game matching the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The AL “play-in” game will be Wednesday night when the Oakland A’s visit the New York Yankees.Waiting in the wings…NL: Atlanta at the LA Dodgers, Milwaukee vs. Tuesday night’s winnerAL: Cleveland at Houston, Boston vs. Wednesday night’s winnerYou longtime readers know that JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK covers sports from a variety of different angles. We have scouts…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the MLB Postseason

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

As promised, I’m back today to talk about handicapping the Major League Baseball playoffs. Things are a bit complicated this year…with a pair of rare “Game 163” spots for tie-breakers in both the NL Central and NL West divisions scheduled for Monday afternoon. Oddly, neither of the tie-breakers is an elimination game. Teams have to bust their butts just for seeding purposes!I’ll have to see what happens with pitcher performance in those games to determine if those will be a monkey wrench for our normal handicapping. For now, I’m going to focus on my traditional handicapping strategies.You regular students here…

Steelers Slump to 1-2-1 Start

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 4 - STEELERS SPANKED SUNDAY NITE BY RAVENS, 26-14, PLUS IT'S A KC-DENVER MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW & MORE ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORTFolks, you have to go all the way back to the 2003 season to find the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered through a losing (see 6-10) campaign ... and it sure seems as if 2018 is gonna be a bumpy road for the guys in black-and-gold.Start with the fact their superstar RB Le'Veon Bell is still MIA - and losing out on $850 K per game check - through these first four weeks of the here-and-now…

The NFL Week 4 Menu -- Can Fish Stay Perfect?

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT –SUNDAY’S SIZZLING SHOWDOWNSPLUS, THERE’S LOTS MORE It’s always fun to see who the “last man standing” will be in terms of the final unbeaten NFL squad left – right now by virtue of Thursday’s 38-31 win/push the Los Angeles Rams are the league’s only 4-0 SU (straight-up) team – as both the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs will enter Week 4 play at 3-and-oh.Hey, it doesn’t necessarily mean that perfection through several NFL weeks will equate into a Super Bowl appearance but it surely helps the cause and so with all this said let’s check…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 4

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Back for my weekly look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Sunday and Monday NFL. As always, I’ll take the matchups in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. Already byes this week…Carolina and Washington are off. SUNDAYMIAMI AT NEW ENGLAND: This one surprised some people. New England has looked so bad the past two weeks that the Patriots only opened at -7. This line would have been double digits before the season started. Maybe as high as -12 to -13 if the Dolphins had struggled. Instead, Miami is the sharp side at seven! Not much…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Conference Games

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve reached the point in the college football season where most games involve teams in the same conference going head-to-head. Of course, the major independents aren’t in conferences. So, there are still interesting non-conference games like Stanford/Notre Dame and BYU/Washington to handicap this week. But, for the most part, the dynamics of conference action will loom very large.What separates “conference” games from “non-conference” games in terms of my personal handicapping philosophy? There’s no difference when it comes to PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS. You’re still going to stay on top of those key players first and foremost. But, THE MOTIVATION FACTOR can…

Rams 38, Vikings 31 in Week 4 Lidlifter

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK 4 –RAMS GO TO 4-AND-OHBUT IT’S “PUSH CITY” SPREADWISE …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN:SATURDAY QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS Okay, so we asked you the question in the last Jim Sez … would the Los Angeles Rams stay “absolutely perfect” with last night’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings?The answer was both yes … and no.The Rams’ high-octane offense was purring big-time behind smooth-as-silk third-year QB Jared Goff (see 465 yards passing with 5 TDs) in the highly-entertaining 38-31 win but the NFC West squad “pushed” as 7-point betting favs and so that leaves the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins as the…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Time for our look at late-week (Thursday/Friday) football betting, and Saturday’s college marquee matchups. Here’s what sharps (professional wagerers) have been doing so far in the games you’ll be watching on TV. THURSDAY NFLMINNESOTA AT THE LA RAMS: An opener of Rams -7 is sitting on that number today. But, it’s not true that the line has stayed frozen all week. Early sharp money on Minnesota did bring the game down to -6.5. The public loves the Rams. And, some sharp influences do as well…they came in when they saw that 6.5. I’m not sure if this will stick all day,…

Vikings-Rams Clash Tonight on Left Coast

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 4 UPDATE -RAMS LOOK TO STAY ABSOLUTELY PERFECT WITH PRIME-TIME TILT AGAINST THE VIKINGS ...OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOKGo ahead and check it out: There are only three teams in the National Football League that are still "perfect" as we head towards Week 4 action.The Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins are each 3-0 SU (straight-up) and 3-0 ATS (against the spread) after three full weeks of play and this evening we're gonna find out whether or not the Rams can be the first squad to 4-0 SU / ATS ... but now hear this:Last…

Network Notebook: Rookie Quarterbacks All Over NFL

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM

It was one thing when you only had to deal with Sam Darnold of the New York Jets. Rookie quarterbacks can be very volatile (or just horrible!). You can pick your spots here and there…taking or fading one rookie in a 32-team league.Then Josh Allen of Buffalo was promoted to starter after Nathan Peterman lived down to his past non-expectations. Two rookies, but both in the same division.Now, Baker Mayfield has won the starting job in Cleveland with a great second half in relief of Tyrod Taylor against Darnold’s Jets last Thursday. And, Josh Rosen became the new starter in…

NFL Week 3 Wraps up With Steelers Win/Cover (and an Over Winner for Jim Hurley)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL WEEK 3 REPORT –STEELERS RING THE BELL WITH A 30-27 WIN OVER THE BUCS …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:OUR UP-TO-MINUTE JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUSSNEAK PEEK AT THIS WEEKEND’S MARQUEE MATCHUPS Breaking news …The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer have a big, fat zero in their “W” column thanks to Monday Night’s entertaining (if penalty-filled) 30-27 win at the 1-point favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers.So, bust out your “terrible towels” – yes, there were plenty of them inside Raymond James Stadium for the Week 3 road win just as there were thousands of ‘em way back in Super Bowl 43 when QB…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Watch for QB Extremes in NFL

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM

New rules changes that have helped NFL offenses are about to create some mismatches on the field of play. We started to see the early signs of that this past weekend. It’s about to become more dramatic. Be sure you’re ready!What am I talking about? You surely know it’s easier to move the ball through the air this season in pro football. Anything resembling a late hit is getting called. If a pass rusher looks at the quarterback funny, he gets a 15-yard penalty. Scoring has trended up (though the market has adjusted a bit). Luckily for sports bettors, this…

Steelers Look to Get on Right Track Tonite in Tampa Bay

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Scores Another Winning NFL Sunday!Blue Ribbon 2-0 With the Ravens and Colts!Hotline 2-1 with outright wins with Redskins and Saints, losing with 49'ers.Late Info play scores with Seahawks (-1) over Cowboys 24-13!THE NFL WEEK 3 REPORT: TROUBLE IN PARADISE? AFC POWERS NEW ENGLAND AND J'VILLE LOSE SUNDAY, IS PITTSBURGH NEXT TONIGHT? ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK FEATURES POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN (AND OREGON'S BREAKDOWN TOO!)Just months ago, the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers were considered the cream of the AFC crop - remember they played each other in a form of round-robin in last year's playoffs: Jacksonville bested Pittsburgh…

Tracking the NFL’s Winless Teams in Week 3

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 NFL WEEK 3 –HOT PREVIEWS AHEADAS WE FOCUS ON THE “DESPERATE” 0-AND-2 TEAMS There are seven of ‘em … seven NFL teams that enter Sunday’s NFL Week 3 card with 0-2 SU (straight-up) records. Go to 0-3 and you can just about forget any/all post-season aspirations.Folks, we’ve long held the belief that means desperation time has sunk in for these clubs – especially for those 0-2 teams that considered themselves possible/probable playoff teams prior to the start of the season.Among them are the New York Giants, the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions – they all entered 2018…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 3

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Back for my weekly look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Sunday and Monday NFL. As always, I’ll take the matchups in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. SUNDAYINDIANAPOLIS AT PHILADELPHIA: Already a tug-of-war between Philadelphia -6.5 and Indianapolis +7. Carson Wentz will be the starter for the Eagles after a long injury layoff. Nobody knows for sure how sharp he’s going to be. Colts impressed many with a solid road win at Washington last week. It’s mostly sharps on the Colts +7, and they’ll keep taking the full seven if squares (the public) bet…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Big Edges in Smaller Conferences

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM

This weekend’s college football schedule is lousy. You’ve probably noticed that already. Instead of being excited about betting TV games, the general public is deciding whether or not to even turn the TV on Saturday. How can something like Stanford/Oregon be the showcase in prime time? Wisconsin at Iowa? That should be the third option in the earliest TV window.I’m confident that YOU aren’t thinking like that. If you’re a student here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping, you don’t bet for entertainment. You bet to make money. That said, even many of you may have fallen…

Browns Roar Back for First Win in 635 Days!

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE - BROWNS KICK OFF NFL WEEK 3 WITH A COME-FROM-BEHIND PRIME-TIME WIN (YES, A BROWNS WIN, WE SAID!) ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S OUTSIDE-THE-TOP-25 KEY MATCHUPSScore one for the Cleveland Browns ... and those Las Vegas numbers-crunchers that listed the Brownies as 3-point betting favorites prior to last night's come-from-behind 21-17 victory over the stumbling/bumbling New York Jets.If we told y'all during the week just how many folks told us the "wrong team was favored" then we'd be living in the French Alps but the fact is the Jets - playing a third game in 11 days -…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The late-week (Thursday/Friday) college football schedule is starting to pick up. So, my Thursday reports will now feature all Thursday and Friday board games (including the NFL). Then, I’ll come back at the usual time on Fridays to run through how sharps are betting Sunday and Monday action in pro football. THURSDAY NFLNY JETS AT CLEVELAND: Clear tug-of-war here between Cleveland -3 and the NY Jets +3.5. Most stores are settling at Cleveland -3 with -120 vigorish (you have to lay 12 to win 10 instead of the standard 11/10). The Jets +3 is even money at that price. A lot…

Jets at Browns Kick Starts NFL Week 4 Plus Our College Goodies

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  IT’S JETS VS. BROWNS TO OPEN NFL WEEK 3 ACTION …THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON REPORT:OUR JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUS MUCH MORE! Weeks before this here-and-now 2018 NFL season ever started, folks were wondering about just how the New York Jets would handle the start of their campaign:Three games in a span of 11 days would test any NFL team but this is a squad starting a 21-year-old quarterback – the youngest player ever to start at that position in league history – and that would be a major challenge but then the J-E-T-S pummeled TD-favored Detroit 48-17 in a Week 1…

Network Notebook: Public Falling Prey to Media Hype

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

JIM HURLEY has a quick question for you. Would the #8 team in the country in college football only beat Ball State 24-16 and Vanderbilt 22-17 at home? Seems pretty insane, right? But, you know that happened. Notre Dame is the #8 team in the nation, despite not impressing in its last two home games.Michigan State? Carried a respectful ranking down to Tempe to face Arizona State. Went back to East Lansing with a loss. Most of the Big Ten has a result it’s embarrassed about. That’s the conference with the huge TV contracts with ESPN, ABC, and FOX. Notre…

College Football’s Perfect Spread Sides

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT - ALL HAIL THE 3-AND-OH SPREAD TEAMS …NFL NEWS & NOTES: GOING AGAINST LEAGUE'S FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES AIN'T GETTING YOU RICH!Okay, so we're quite sure it comes as no big surprise that everyone's #1 team in College Football - the Alabama Crimson Tide - is a perfect 3-0 ATS (against the spread) to start off this here-and-now 2018 campaign … but you might be a bit stunned to find some of the other teams that have roared their way out of the starting gate with 3-oh spread marks. Here's the rundown with some quick-hitter comments on…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Look for Rust after Hurricane Postponements

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Several college football teams endured an unscheduled week off when hurricane Florence stormed ashore in the Carolinas last week. Smart handicappers will anticipate rustiness from all programs involved in those postponements or cancellations.Why? Because an early-season break is the WORST possible time in the schedule in terms of developing rhythm, consistency, and confidence. Coaches learned this a few years ago. You long time bettors might recall that some coaches would delay the starts of their season thinking an extra week or practice would help. Others would take a break in Week Two or Week Three. What those coaches learned is…

Seahawks vs. Bears Wrap Up NFL Week 2 Play

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Network Hotline Sweeps 5-0 This Weekend! Blue Ribbon Adds 3 More WinnersTHE NFL WEEK 2 REPORT - COWBOYS CRUSH G-MEN ON SUNDAY NITE ... PLUS, OUR MNF PREVIEW: SEAHAWKS-BEARS WILL CLASH IN CHITOWN ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND WRAPUP: MORE DOUBLE-DIGIT DOGS STEALING THE SHOWNo matter how you slice it, NFL Week 2 has been really rough on former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks ... check it out:Five-time Super Bowl winner QB Tom Brady of the New England Patriots took more than a few hits in his team's 30-21 loss in Jacksonville;Two-time Super Bowl winner QB Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers were beaten 42-37…

Key NFL Week 2 Tilts -- All Divisional Duels

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND UPDATE: NFL WEEK 2 / KEY PREVIEWS AHEADJim Hurley Early Sunday NFL Line BusterThe Wise Guys are pounding this game NOW! So should you! Bet this early Sunday NFL play early and often, and take advantage of the line before it moves.Click Here, the pick is available right now for just $10.Let's stay on our little topic of divisional matchups and examine some of Sunday's biggest rivalry games:NFL WEEK 2 CAROLINA (1-0) at ATLANTA (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe Falcons have been chomping at the bit following that sloppy 18-12 loss in Philly back on…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 2

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Time to look at how the Wise Guys have been betting this weekend’s NFL. I’ll run through all the matchups in official Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. SUNDAYINDIANAPOLIS AT WASHINGTON: An opener of Washington -4.5 has been bet up to -5.5. Stores testing six (a key number, though not as important as three or seven) do see Colts money come in. That could mean a tug-of-war between Washington -5.5 and Indy +6 through the weekend. Sharps who liked the Redskins got in early at -4.5 and -5. Dog lovers will take the full six whenever…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Rules Changes Have Helped Scoring

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

In recent weeks we’ve been discussing how the evolution of pro football might help or hurt scoring totals in the 2018 season. I’ve given homework that would help you handicap in either direction. Now 17 games into the new season, it looks like scoring is going to be helped…at least until more quarterbacks get injured!Here were the two competing points of view:*Scoring would be HELPED because rules changes involving illegal hits were doing to discourage defenses from playing too aggressively. That would open up the field for more pass completions. And, it would also increase the number of penalties that…

Bengals Snag NFL Week 2 Win /Cover; Key College Games Ahead

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Piles Up the Prime Time Profits!Won Monday Night with Rams (-4) over Raiders 33-13 and Thursday Night with Bengals (+1) over Ravens 34-23 NFL WEEK 2 IS HERE - AND THE BENGALS KICK IT OFF WITH A 34-23 WIN/COVER AGAINST THE RAVENS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SATURDAY SIX-PACK: #4 OHIO STATE VS. #15 TCU HEADLINES MONSTER WEEKEND THAT ALSO FEATURES #12 LSU AT #7 AUBURNAs we informed you in an earlier-week Jim Sez column, NFL Week 1 divisional dogs went a sweet 4-0 against the prices and, well, they're at it again!In last night's NFL Week 2 lid-lifter, the 1-point home…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday/Saturday Football

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Back for the first of two reports this week on how sharps are betting. Today we’ll study Thursday night action and marquee matchups in Saturday’s colleges. Then, I’ll return at the usual time Friday afternoon to study the rest of the pro football slate.THURSDAY NFLBALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI: As I write this, the market can’t make up its mind on who should be the 1-point favorite! Baltimore opened there…but Cincinnati money comes in at that price. Stores that go all the way to Bengals -1 get Ravens money. Many stores are at pick-em. I honestly have no idea where this is…

NFL Changes on the Horizon by Jim Feist

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

There is a changing of the guard in the NFL.  Not only are the seven new head coaches to start this season, there are also new quarterbacks ready to take over.  In addition, there are a few aging QB’s ready to step down within a few years, if not sooner.Football NFL style is a very physical game. Careers can end with one hit.  How long can we expect to see Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers hang around? Yes, Tom Brady just said he would like to play another five years. I know the money is good but, they…

Ravens-Bengals Kick Off NFL Week 2 Action

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

READY OR NOT, NFL WEEK 2 SWINGS INTO ACTION WITH A THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN THIS EVENING: IT'S RAVENS AT BENGALS IN AFC NORTH TOSS-UP BASH ... THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATEHere's an NFL pointspread ditty that might have slipped through the cracks in Week One - and that's same divisional underdogs swept the board with a perfect 4-and-oh pointspread mark as Cleveland (+ 3.5) over Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay (+10) over New Orleans, Kansas City (+ 3.5) over the Los Angeles Chargers and Chicago (+ 7) over Green Bay all cashed with - of course - the Bucs and Chiefs winning easily…

Network Notebook: New NFL Coaches Struggled in Week One

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Here’s a complete list of all the first-year head coaches that won their regular season debuts last week in the NFL. Ha! That was it. There’s no list! All seven new head coaches (counting Jon Gruden in his first year back after a very long layoff) lost straight up. Only one was able to cover the point spread.In schedule order…Indianapolis (Frank Reich) lost to Cincinnati 34-23NY Giants (Pat Shurmur) lost to Jacksonville 20-15Tennessee (Mike Vrabel) lost to Miami 27-20Arizona (Steve Wilks) lost to Washington 24-6Chicago (Matt Nagy) lost to Green Bay 24-23 (only cover!)Detroit (Matt Patricia) lost to the NY…

NFL Week 2 Favorites -- Are You Paying Too Much With Atlanta, Pittsburgh and N’Orleans?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL WEEK 2 IS STRAIGHT AHEAD –NOW WILL YOU BE LAYING “TOO MANY POINTS”WITH DESPERATE FALCONS, STEELERS & SAINTS? …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:OUR JIM SEZ TOP 10 PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE Don’t dare tell us that folks – including the ones in Las Vegas – don’t “overreact” after NFL Week 1 games have been played!Heck, you would think the world is coming to an end if you listened to fans of the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints – none of whom won (or cashed) in their respective season-opening tilts and do keep in mind that Pittsburgh’s 21-all…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: 200-unit Winner on Boise State!

Monday, September 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Normally I’m not one to review my winners from the prior weekend here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. But, my first major release of the 2018 football season provides such a great tutorial in itself, that I really must.Boise State (-31) over Connecticut 62-7 was a harmonic convergence of everything I stand for as a handicapper. This was one of those games where I truly believed I had a 100% chance of winning straight up, and a 90% chance of covering the spread. That may strike some of you as unbelievable given the point spread. We…

Mr. Rogers Strikes Up Week 1 Non-Cover Win in GB; Plus MNF’s Big Night

Monday, September 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL WEEK 1 UPDATE –WE LOOK BACK AT PACKERS’SCINTILLATING COMEBACK WIN AT LAMBEAU(AND THE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON THE BEARS)PLUS LOOK AHEAD TO TONIGHT’S MNF TWIN-BILL Please don’t sit there and tell us you currently have big NFL wagers on the likes of New Orleans, Pittsburgh and/or Chicago in “over” wins-for-the-season, okay?The fact of the matter is NFL Week 1 was extremely painful for anyone in that boat to say nothing of the fact that Bears’ fans can’t be blamed for feeling sick to their collective stomachs following last night’s 24-23 loss-but-cover at 7-point favorite Green Bay.Sure, following that epic…

It’s NFL Week 1 Wall-to-Wall Action

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL WEEK 1 –QUICK-HITTER REVIEWSON A BATCH OF SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS Here’s something that may surprise you:Last year in NFL Week 1 play there were only three games that finished with a one-score margin of victory … something is telling us there’s gonna be a whole lot more “close calls” in the opening week of NFL play this time around.Heck, already we had that down-to-the-wire finish the other night when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles nipped the Atlanta Falcons 18-12 and just go ahead and look at the pointspreads for the remainder of this NFL Week 1 card and you’ll…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 1

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Now that the NFL has started, we’re back to our usual schedule focusing on how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Sunday and Monday pro football action. I always take the games in official Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules. SUNDAYPITTSBURGH AT CLEVELAND: Of course, in this first week, we’ll be talking about line moves that started MONTHS ago when lines first went up. That will be a bit tricky in some spots. Sharps may have liked one team at one price in July and another at a different price yesterday. This game opened at Steelers -7…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Many NFL Offenses Not Ready

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

If we learned anything from Thursday night’s season opener in the NFL, it’s that many offenses aren’t ready for the start of the new season. They didn’t get enough reps in August exhibition games. They blew off their dress rehearsals, or only went hard for a quarter. They worried more about keeping everyone healthy than preparing for real time action.I can understand an emphasis on health. Everybody saw Green Bay fall off the map last year when Aaron Rodgers got hurt. Atlanta kept Matt Ryan bottled up in August because they don’t think they can make the playoffs with Matt…

NFL Week 1: What Else is New as Atlanta Melts Down at Crunch Time

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 FLY, EAGLES, FLY:DEFENDING CHAMPS PULL ANOTHERPHILLY SPECIAL IN GRITTY 18-12 WINTO KICK OFF NFL ’18 CAMPAIGNAS FALCONS MELT DOWN (AGAIN) …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:HERE’S FIVE TOP GAMES ON THESATURDAY GRIDIRON MENU Talk about the same old song!The Atlanta Falcons – the NFL’s kings of close / heart-break losses – did it again to start this here-and-now 2018 NFL season with last night’s 18-12 loss at the 1-point home underdog Philadelphia Eagles … just hope your life is never really on the line when the Falcs make it to the red zone late in a close game!Last night QB Matt Ryan and…

NFL Division Breakdowns by Jim Feist

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The NFL is back, and I wanted to look at each division, give you my picks in those divisions, the conferences and who I expect to be in this year’s Super Bowl.AFC North: The Ravens could unseat the Steelers in the division. I do prefer coach Harbaugh over Tomlin even though the Steelers might be the better team. With Bell not answering the bell, so to speak, the Steelers take a major hit until he returns. Does this open the door for the Browns or the Bengals to sneak into the mix? I won’t go that far, but I will say I…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee College Games

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Before we take a look at the biggest TV games on Saturday, let’s start with the important line movement in Thursday night’s NFL season opener matching the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. I delayed release of this report on Thursday because some stores had made the Falcons a favorite! THURSDAY NFLATLANTA AT PHILADELPHIA: This game sat on Philadelphia -4 or -3.5. all summer. When it was confirmed Carson Wentz wouldn’t be able to return…on the heels of a dismal preseason performance for the Eagles…the line dropped through the key number of three all the way to Philly -2. That’s a HUGE…

Falcons-Eagles Collide to Kick Off Here-and-Now NFL ’18 Season

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL IS BAAAACK!FALCONS VS. EAGLES KICKS OFFTHE 2018 CAMPAIGN TONIGHTPLUS, WE HAVE THE SUPER BOWL 53WIN IT ALL ODDS TOO! …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT Allow us to turn back the calendar pages for a moment:Last year on the eve of the 2017 National Football League season, the Philadelphia Eagles were listed at + 3600 to win the Super Bowl:In other words, if you risked $100 on Philly, you won $3,600 and let us remind y’all that half the league – that’s 16 teams in all – had shorter win-it-all prices in Las Vegas than did those Eagles.Get to the here-and-now…

Network Notebook: Keys to Success in NFL Season Openers

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Last week at this time, we talked about how to handicap season openers in college football. We hope you took that advice to heart. We might as well have written the Saturday script for you on Wednesday! We also hope you took that opportunity to sign up with JIM HURLEY for a full season of BIG, JUICY WINNERS.Now, the companion piece. The keys to success for handicapping and betting season openers in the NFL.*First, you need to focus very intently on the battle between starting quarterback and opposing defense. Games will be decided by THIS more than anything else. Can…

The Jim Hurley Network Rocks Vegas -- Again!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

VIRGINIA TECH FLOORS FLORIDA STATE 24-3 TO CAP INCREDIBLE FIRST WEEK OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOR THE JIM HURLEY NETWORK ...MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: FAVS/DOGS BREAK ALMOST DEAD-EVEN IN FIRST WEEK BUT WHAT'S AHEAD HERE FOR TROUBLED MICHIGAN PLUS OUR WEEKLY JIM SEZ TOP 10 ... AND OUR NFL WEEK 1 GOODIES TOOAs they say in the business, it doesn't get any better than that!The Jim Hurley Network really / truly rock-n-rolled the wagering world right out of the proverbial starting gate with a spectacular opening holiday weekend that featured outright underdog winners by Cincinnati (+ 14.5) over UCLA and BYU (+…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More Work on College Quarterbacks

Monday, September 3, 2018 at 12:00 PM

In our last class get-together, I provided you with four quadrants for classifying college football quarterbacks based on their ability to move the ball…and their ability to avoid turnovers. If you missed that class day, please go back in the archives now and study the discussion. As I was watching high profile games this past weekend, it occurred to me that we need to add an extra dimension to that analysis.The ability to perform vs. pressure!If you watched Michigan/Notre Dame and Miami/LSU (along with several others I’m sure), you noticed that the losing quarterbacks put up a lot of yardage…

Jim Hurley Knocks ’Em Dead in College Football Opening Week

Monday, September 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

JIM HURLEY'S NETWORK SMOKES 'EM - FIRST FULL WEEK OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS A SLAM-BANG AFFAIR WITH TONS OF WINNERS!!! ...PLUS, WE RECAP HOLIDAY WEEKEND WINS BY #25 LSU, #9 AUBURN & #12 NOTRE DAME AND TONIGHT'S ACC SHOWDOWN BETWEEN #20 V-TECH AT #19 FLORIDA STATE ...NFL WEEK ONE STRAIGHT AHEAD: FALCONS-EAGLES GETS IT JUMP-STARTED THURSDAY NITEGo ahead ... you can take LSU head coach Ed Orgeron off that "hot seat" already.The embattled boss-man of the Bayou Bengals was all smiles following Sunday night's rollicking - and never/ever in doubt - 33-17 win against 3-point favorite Miami in Arlington as…

College Football Odds & Ends This Holiday Weekend

Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  EXTRA, EXTRA:COLLEGE FOOTBALL STEALSTHE SHOW THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND It’s truly a slam-bang first weekend of this College Football Season when you stop to consider the following:There are a dozen head coaches making their debuts at new Power Conference schools and we ain’t expecting long “honeymoon” periods for the likes of UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Nebraska’s Scott Frost … in other words, you’re all twin-figure betting favorites for your weekend games here and the alumni (wink, wink) really would like to see some lopsided scores put up on the board.There’s also some national powers away from home this very…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee Matchups

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM

From this point forward, Friday’s will be reserved for our sharp reports for weekend NFL. This week, we look at marquee matchups in college football. Beginning next week, our Thursday report will cover Thursday Night football and the college blockbusters.As always, I look at the games in official rotation order…SATURDAYTEXAS AT MARYLAND: Earlier this summer, Texas opened up around -8 or -9. At lot has happened since then, particularly with Maryland’s program in turmoil because of off-the-field occurrences. Texas is up to -13.5 as I write this, with some stores testing -14. Sharps aren’t currently laying the points with the…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Shortcut for Classifying Quarterbacks

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

As I was watching Northwestern/Purdue Thursday night on ESPN, it occurred to me that I could present to you an easy but useful way to evaluate and categorize college football quarterbacks. We’ve talked a lot over the years about how to focus on talent and GAMEBREAKING ability. And, we’ve also talked about the importance of avoiding turnovers. Today, we discuss an easy method for categorization that you can use as “homework” as you watch games all weekend.These are the two basic questions you should ask of every quarterback:*Can he move the ball downfield?*Can he avoid turnovers?Some college quarterbacks drive the…

Northwestern Win Gets Holiday Weekend Off and Runnin

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 12:00 AM

IT'S A MONSTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL KIDS - WE'VE GOT QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS/KEY SPREAD STATSOkay, so everyone into the pool!Yes, indeed, each and every one of the Associated Press Top 25 college football teams is in action during this jam-packed Labor Day weekend - last night #21 UCF obliterated UConn 56-17 behind five TD passes by QB McKenzie Milton to ick-start the whole dang holiday -- and you better believe there are lots of other ranked teams out there looking to "make a statement" and scale their way up the charts ... we're thinking #9 Auburn (vs.…

College Football, NFL Preseason Week 4 Action Tonight

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:FIRST FULL WEEK KICKS OFF TONIGHTWITH A KEY BIG 10 GAME LEADING THE CHARGE …THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 4 REPORT Okay, College Football fans, it’s time to hunker down for this here-and-now 2018 season.Sure, they played a few games last Saturday night to whet the proverbial appetite but right now we’re looking at a grand total of 44 games between this evening through Labor Day Monday and gotta say we’re particularly intrigued by tonight’s Big 10 showdown between Northwestern at 1-point betting fav Purdue. The N’western Wildcats have been taking the loot – Purdue opened as a 3-point…

Network Notebook: Keys to Success in College Football Openers

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Though the 2018 college football season officially began last week with a handful of games, the REAL start to the season is upon us, with a massive slate of games just about to kick off. There are matchups worth your betting attention as early as Thursday and Friday. And, then true bowl-caliber (and maybe Final Four caliber) blockbusters Saturday. Of course, it’s Labor Day Weekend, which means TV specials Sunday and Monday as well.JIM HURLEY loves handicapping early season football because that’s when the lines are most vulnerable to INFORMATION. Oddsmakers will never be more out of touch than they…

College Football is Back and It’s Full-Steam Ahead

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT AS WE INCHCLOSER TO A JAM-PACKED LABOR DAY WEEKENDPLUS, OUR FINAL CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE LOOKS TOO! …THE NFL NOTEBOOK:WE HAVE FANTASY “ADVICE” DURING DRAFT WEEK Just in case you’ve been too busy planning out the holiday weekend barbecue ahead, let us be the first to tell y’all that there are some 44 College Football games on this Labor Day Weekend menu – and better believe there are some real marquee matchups on the docket including #6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta) and #14 Michigan at #12 Notre Dame (a prime-timer on NBC) on Saturday plus…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Dress Rehearsals Were Awful!

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

I have to say that was one of the worst weekends of pro football I’ve ever watched in my life. Yes, I know it was the preseason…but it was the worst week of preseason football I’ve ever watched in my life!At least, in earlier exhibitions this month you got the sense that many players were fighting to win jobs. Even if they knew they were destined to be cut (or squeezed out) by their current team, they could latch on elsewhere. Remember all those high scoring early games with second, third, and fourth-team quarterbacks putting up big numbers.But, when it…

Richie Baccellieri: Two Surprises Kick Off College Football Season

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Generally speaking, my football articles will be looking forward through this coming season. Starting next week, Thursdays will focus on how sharps are betting the Thursday and Friday action, plus select marquee matchups in college football Saturday. Then, our traditional Friday report (popular for years under different authors) will look at how sharps are betting the rest of that week's NFL action.This is our final week in the summer schedule...so, our last Monday report for awhile. I wanted to spend today talking about how far off the betting markets were for the first two games of the college season. A…

NFL Preseason Pointspread Goodies Plus More!

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON NOTEBOOK: GOING 'ROUND THE LEAGUE AFTER "DRESS REHEARSAL" WEEK ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: TIME TO TACKLE THE SEC AND THE AAC WITH A FULL SLATE OF NCAA GAMES AHEAD!Okay, so you've probably heard those TV/radio commercials regarding investment houses that like to claim "past performances are not always an indication of future results" but just thought we'd let you know that NFL Preseason Betting Favorites exited the Week 3 games at 18-27-2 ATS (against the spread) with a pair of Pick 'Em games.Folks, that means NFL Preseason Underdogs have been winning at a nifty .600 clip ...…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Are You Ready for College Football?

Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

If you’re only half-paying attention to the sports schedule, you may not be aware that college football starts this Saturday with a pair of games in my half of the country. Wyoming is a road favorite at New Mexico State in a game that’s been time changed to evening for ESPN2. Hawaii is a two-touchdown road underdog at Colorado State on CBS Sports Network.Are you ready to pick those games? Are you ready to pick the games that will be played next week? The first full week of action runs from Thursday night through Labor Day evening. If you’ve been…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Dress Rehearsals

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Once the regular season starts, we’ll be back to the normal schedule studying how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting important college games and the NFL. I definitely wanted to do that for the preseason dress rehearsal games too. Those start TONIGHT, so let’s get busy. THURSDAY’S GAMEPHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND: Cleveland went up at -2 initially. That went up to as high as -3.5 before it was clear that Nick Foles was going to play for the Eagles. That brought the line back down to -3. But…sharps like the Browns on the key number, and have driven the line back up…

Network Notebook: What to Look For in Dress Rehearsals

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A lot of people want to tell you how to bet this week’s dress rehearsal games in the NFL preseason. JIM HURLEY’S NOTEBOOOK has been there…done that…and has nothing new to say on the matter because the fundamentals don’t change. What we taught you five years ago, or 10 years ago still holds true. But, what to LOOK FOR in these matchups…and how to use that information once the regular season starts? That’s helpful to handicappers who want to get a head start on analyzing the 2018 pro football campaign. That’s something you can focus on this week as you watch…

Richie Baccellieri: Building your NFL Power Ratings

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The great thing about studying betting markets during dress rehearsal week is that you get to see how oddsmakers (by way of opening lines) and sharps (by way of early betting) are viewing team quality entering the regular season.This will help you build your own Power Ratings for teams. If your own evaluations seem off…you’re probably wrong (at least a little bit)…and should consider shading your numbers in the direction of the market. If you’re in synch…you’re ready to start digging deeper to find situational or stat angles that might help you find betting value each week.Of course, the problem…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping NFL Dress Rehearsals

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Though KELSO STURGEON is always very serious about handicapping, it’s time for YOU to really get focused in these final days of August, 2018. The arrival of dress rehearsal week in the NFL preseason is the sign on the calendar that REAL football is about to begin.*NFL teams will be going at it for at least a half at regular season intensity THIS week.*We also have a couple of regular season college football games THIS week.*Next week, almost EVERYONE in college football is in action. Sure, there are some cupcake games. But, bowl caliber showdowns are also on that first…

More NFL Preseason Week 2 Tilts -- Including Bengals-Cowboys

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WEEKEND UPDATE ... PLUS, IT'S THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCESo, just in case it's too hot or too stormy out there for you at the start of this summer weekend, there's back-to-back-to-back-to-back NFL Preseason Week 2 games "on the tube" for your viewing pleasure on this Saturday and we'll be glad to get y'all quick-hitter previews just below but first this reminder ...Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep bashing the books this NFL Preseason with lots more winners straight ahead as this week's card continues with Seven (7) games on the Saturday menu…

Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Winning in NFL by Studying Backup QB’s

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM

If you’ve been following the NFL betting markets this week, you’ve seen some major line moves already come through. Two steamed favorites won Thursday night (New England and Green Bay). Steamed totals did well. Sharps are making the right moves at the right times.I’m hearing from my sources, and noticing on my own, that many of these moves are connected to expectations for backup quarterbacks.*If sharps (professional wagerers) are expecting production from the backups, particularly with A LOT of passing, then they’re betting that team and/or the Over.*If sharps are expecting unimpressive play with a lot of incomplete passes and…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Prepare for a Wild NFL Season

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Just 20 games into the 2018 exhibition season, it’s become very clear that this is going to be a wild NFL campaign. Many teams are going to become even more pass-heavy than they already were on offense. Defenses have to back off because they don’t want to get penalties for illegal hits. Things are about to get messy!That doesn’t mean EVERY game is going to see 90 or more combined passes (Eagles/Pats made it to 91 total passes Thursday night), or that EVERY game is going to fly Over its total (Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 51-34 Thursday night, going over…

NFL Preseason Week 2: Foles Injury Plus Five Games Tonight

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 –THURSDAY RE-CAPS PLUS TONIGHT’S TILTS TOO …COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE UPDATES:IT’S THE SUN BELT This just in:The defending Super Bowl champions may need a “Philly Special” should QB Nick Foles be out for any prolonged period of time. Last night Foles suffered a now much-discussed shoulder sprain in that 37-20 loss at 4.5-point favorite New England and we’ve already witnessed those video clips of one-time Eagles’ starting QB Carson Wentz (and he doesn’t appear to be very mobile now, does he?).Hey, is this any way to start a run to back-to-back titles?Naturally, Foles’ injury was / is the…

2018 College Football’s Top 21-40 By Jim Feist

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

2018 College Football’s Top 21-40By Jim FeistIt’s time to kick off a new football season!  College football begins on August 25, so here’s a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.  I have the odds to win the NCAA Championship next to team name (if they have odds) and the odds to win their respective conference championship next to that.  Let’s get started with teams 40 through 21.40.  Georgia Tech: 50/1 ACCReturning Starters: 13 (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 QB)Last Year’s Record: 5-6Projected Finish: 6-6The ACC is one of the tougher FBS conferences with Boston College, Clemson,…

Jets-Redskins on ESPN Tonight

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

  THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 REPORT –THE LOWDOWN ON TONIGHT’S THREE (3) GAMES …COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:IT’S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE PAC-12 Okay, so we let ‘ya know in yesterday’s Jim Sez column that NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Favorites wound up going 7-7-2 ATS (against the spread) and thus we enter this full week of exhibition games with NFL Preseason Betting Favs at 7-8-2 ATS overall this summer (remember Chicago’s cover as 2.5-point underdogs versus Baltimore in the Hall of Fame Game back on Aug. 2nd).Now, what we need to tell you is that NFL Preseason Home Teams are a…

Network Notebook: New NFL Head Coaches Struggled in Openers

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

We hadn’t expected to come back to this topic so quickly here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. But, teams for new head coaches (that we introduced to you last week) mostly struggled very badly out of the gate. Smart bettors must monitor these situations very closely through the month.We mentioned there were seven new faces in new places. Only Jon Gruden could be considered a “veteran re-tread” with significant head coaching experience. Gruden’s Raiders did get a win and a cover. For the rest… Arizona Cardinals: Steve WilksResult: Win and Cover despite HORRIBLE statsIt’s a miracle that Arizona cashed tickets last…

Checking Out Some NFL Preseason Week 2 Bits

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WHAT-TO-WATCH ITEMS FOR THURSDAY'S GAMES AS WE WHET YOUR GRIDIRON WHISTLE...NCAA FOOTBALL UPDATE: HERE'S THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE UPDATEThe National Football League Preseason Week 2 menu swings into high gear on Thursday night with three games - including a "Super Bowl rematch" between the Philadelphia Eagles at the New England Patriots - and we're here to tell you that last week NFL Preseason Betting Favorites wound up going 7-7-2 ATS (against the spread) with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so that means NFL faves now are 7-8-0 spreadwise when you include…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: I’m Impressed by the Vikings

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

You should never draw a conclusion after one NFL Preseason game. I can assure you that’s not what I’m doing regarding my enthusiasm for the 2018 Minnesota Vikings. I’m taking what I saw from a stellar 2017 season…and adding in perceptions from this past Saturday night’s exhibition win in Denver.First, we have a team that made it all the way to the NFC Championship game a year ago. Plenty of PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS already on the roster. Though, many of those are on DEFENSE. But that’s okay in the current era. Defenses may not win championships all by themselves. It…

Richie Baccellieri: Cubs Sunday Night Drama was NOT Historic!

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Even if you’re not a big baseball fan or bettor, you’re surely aware that the Chicago Cubs had a dramatically rally in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday night to beat the Washington Nationals.Washington carried a 3-0 lead into the Cubs’ final at bat. Chicago loaded the bases, then won on a walk-off grand slam home run.Sure, walk-off grand slams are rare. But, I couldn’t believe the number of bettors who are calling that “their worst beat ever,” or “one of the worst beats in the history of baseball.” Give me a break! This one got a lot of…

Quarterbacks All the Talk in Preseason

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 / PRE-WEEK 2 CHATTER ...PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATES: THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCEOkay, so what did we all learn about the National Football League's opening week of preseason play ... and what might we be looking for in Preseason Week 2 action straight ahead?Let's face it, most of the chit-chat regarding the NFL Preseason Week 1 games revolved around quarterbacks - the new ones such as rookies Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold of the New York Jets and Josh Rosen of the Arizona Cardinals along with second-year stud Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City…

The NFL Preseason Week 1 Card Wraps Up Saturday Nite

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 WINDS DOWN WITH SATURDAY NITE ACTION , PLUS THE FRIDAY RECAP AS WE CHECK OUT JETS' DARNOLD (AND BRIDGEWATER, TOO)Wait ... there's more!The NFL Preseason Week 1 menu wraps up with a pair of games on this Saturday night card - it's Minnesota at Denver on NFL Network and the Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona - before getting Sunday "off" but we've got plenty to say about all the first full week of preseason play following this important reminder:Folks, Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be bashing the books plenty this NFL…

Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Surprised by High Scoring NFLP Action

Friday, August 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM

If you watched the first full night of NFL Preseason action Thursday, you noticed a lot of road teams cashing tickets by winning outright…and you noticed a lot of high scoring games.The first was not a surprise to sharps (professional wagerers). Home field advantage isn’t worth much in preseason action. The market usually gives it about 2 to 2.5 points because squares (the public) would auto-bet every home team if it was cheaper. You saw Thursday night that home field might have been worth about ZERO!The second point WAS a surprise to sharps. There’s usually not this much offense and…

Login

Forgot password

Register
Keep me logged in
Ok