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Jim Sez NFL Sunday Showdown Previews

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:26 PM

THE NFL WEEK 11 MENU - FOUR (4) BIG SUNDAY PREVIEWS'Twas the weekend before Thanksgiving and there's plenty of NFL "creatures" that are stirring - there's the New Orleans Saints (say what!) riding a seven-game SU (straight-up) winning streak and looking very much like a legit Super Bowl 52 contender and what about the born-again Los Angeles Rams who zoom into Sunday's high-profile tilt in Minnesota - yes, the site of the aforementioned upcoming Super Bowl - having won/covered four in a row (and five of their last six games).Now, that's some serious "stirring", no?If you'd like to look at…

Wayne Root: Big Bettors Fading Oakland Raiders Hard

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 AM

If you’ve been watching the betting markets this week, you know that the New England Patriots have been getting a lot of attention in this Sunday afternoon’s game in Mexico City against the Oakland Raiders. The general public has most of its influence over the weekend. So, you should know that much of that “disrespect” for the Raiders is coming from professional bettors.Does anybody believe in the Raiders any more? Are they going to revert back to being a bad team just before they move to Las Vegas. THE KING OF LAS VEGS sure hopes not. But, as a contrarian…

Network Notebook: NFC Trio of Marquee Matchups

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The NFC has been fascinating to watch this season…as new contenders have risen to the top to challenge recent winners for the right to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. Many of the biggest threats crash head-to-head this weekend in must-see games for bettors and handicappers.LA Rams at Minnesota (Sunday afternoon)Philadelphia at Dallas (Sunday night)Atlanta at Seattle (Monday night)That bottom game features two teams who have represented the NFC in the last three Super Bowls. The three new up-and-comers (Rams, Vikings, and Eagles) are in earlier action. Who’s most likely to make a big announcement this week about their…

Jim Sez Saturday College Previews

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM

THE NFL WEEK 11 UPDATE - STEELERS SMASH TITANS 40-17 IN THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AS GAME FLIES "OVER" THE TOTALS PRICE ...JIM HURLEY CASHES THE STEELERS & THE OVER!THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND MENU - GETTING THE LOWDOWN ON A TRIO OF KEY CLASHES FROM COAST-TO-COASTSay this about the "Killer B's" on the Pittsburgh Steelers:One - or more than one of 'em - will have you singing their praises following most games and following last night's 40-17 slam-bang win/cover against the 7-point underdog Tennessee Titans it was all-world WR Antonio Brown that had everyone spilling superlatives all over the place.There was…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week 11 NFL

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers solidified their spot atop the AFC seedings race with a big Thursday Night win over the Tennessee Titans. Pittsburgh entered the week tied with New England for the best conference record, but will get the Patriots at home in a few weeks. Let’s see how sharps have been betting the rest of this weekend’s NFL ticket. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Detroit at Chicago: Nothing happening on the team side, as Detroit is still a solid -3 everywhere as a road favorite. Sharps would fade any move off the key number. Tougher to like…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:41 PM

NFL WEEK 11 – TITANS-STEELERS SQUARE OFF IN THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN PLUS, IT’S OUR JIM SEZ POINTSPREADDID-YOU-KNOW SEGMENT …THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS (AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS)Listen up …There’s 14 games on the NFL Week 11 menu and – believe it or not – 10 of these games “feature” one or both teams with losing records. Ugh!Thankfully, the Thursday Night Football game here ain’t one of ‘em!In fact, the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers have combined for 13 SU (straight-up) wins so far on the 2017 season and both are neatly positioning themselves for a post-season berth – providing…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Titans/Steelers (plus some colleges)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Normally in this spot, I’d talk about the Thursday night NFL game and the marquee matchups coming up Saturday in college football. We’ll definitely look at Titans/Steelers momentarily. But, Saturday? There aren’t ANY truly great matchups. The closest thing to a huge game is Michigan at Wisconsin. Michigan’s been a disappointment this season, and Wisconsin is the least respected Final Four contender in terms of Las Vegas Power Ratings.I did find a few matchups to talk about that feature some bowl-caliber teams going head-to-head. Let’s jump in, starting with tonight’s potential NFL playoff preview in Pittsburgh. Games are listed in…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Lessons From Buffalo Benching Taylor

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday morning Las Vegas time, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that he was benching starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of backup quarterback Nathan Peterman. While that might seem harsh to many of you, given how great the Bills looked a few weeks ago when beating the Oakland Raiders 34-14, it’s at least a sign that Buffalo has a sense of urgency about THIS season.If you’ve been watching a lot of NFL lately, you’ve noted that many teams have lacked that urgency. Some teams even seem to be losing on purpose to position themselves for next year’s draft…

Network Notebook: #5 Wisconsin vs. #19 Michigan

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM

No remaining major contender for the Final Four has had it so easy. The Wisconsin Badgers are still undefeated because they had an easy non-conference schedule, and also play in the weaker half of the Big 10. Iowa was a potential threat last week, but offered little resistance in a huge letdown spot after an upset of Ohio State.It’s telling that this week’s Wisconsin home game against Michigan is the first real threat…and even that doesn’t seem very hard! Michigan has been a big disappointment this season. They were supposed to be part of a “Big Three” in the Big…

Jim Sez NFL Week 10 Wrap - MNF Preview

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:57 AM

THE NFL WEEK 10 UPDATE:BOTTOM FALLS OUT FOR BRONCOS, GIANTS - AND IS IT THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE COWBOYS TOO? ... OUR MNF GAME PREVIEW: IT'S DOLPHINS-PANTHERS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL KEY WEEKEND FACTS & FIGURESThere's no doubt about it: NFL life can be extremely cruel even if your franchise has experienced major successes in the past. Just go ask the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants.These once-proud organizations have combined for a dozen Super Bowl appearances between 'em (seven for the Broncos, five for the G-men) in their history and yet this here-and-now 2017 NFL season has…

Wayne Root: Pinnacle Blowout Winner Auburn Leads Undefeated College Weekend

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 AM

As you were reading all about the marquee matchups in your Sunday morning newspaper, you had to be thinking that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT must have had a fantastic day.You were right!My PINNACLE play on Auburn (+2) over Georgia won 40-17. And, it was 40-10 before Georgia scored a garbage time touchdown. I knew that Georgia could come in conservative and nervous as the #1 team in the Playoff Poll. Auburn took the game by the throat and own a laugher. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a 40-10 fourth quarter lead! But, I was confident Auburn would win…

Network Notebook: Did New England Lose its Championship Gear?

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Even though the New England Patriots are still very much on the short list for potential Super Bowl champions, they sure aren’t playing like a juggernaut this season. As they head into Sunday night’s road battle against the Denver Broncos on NBC, there are legitimate questions about whether or not the Belichick/Brady era has come to an end.Of course, people have been saying that for years!This time around, the issues are…*Brady’s offense isn’t exploding any more. It’s trying to manufacture victories with finesse and guile. That’s usually the last resort in a championship game against another league power…not something you…

Wayne Root: Ezekiel Elliott Suspension May Inspire Cowboys

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

I’m very interested in seeing what happens Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Atlanta Falcons in a huge NFC Showdown. And, that’s not just because it’s a battle of playoff teams from last season, and a potential playoff preview for this coming January. I want to look at how the Cowboys handle the absence of Ezekiel Elliott.As you surely know, Elliott’s six-game suspension will begin this week. If there was going to be a suspension, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Dallas is currently 5-3, which means they’ve only played eight games. Elliott will be back in…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 10

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Seattle and Arizona played to a push for most bettors Thursday night (though sharps won with the dog at +6.5). Let’s take a look at line moves and sharp betting tendencies for the rest of the Week 10 NFL card. Games are listed in the order of the Nevada Rotation.Minnesota at Washington: Not too much going on here. The opening line of Minnesota -2.5 is down to -1.5. Two isn’t a very common result. But the fact that it moved away from the key number of three is telling. Sharps don’t like the favorite or we would have moved quickly…

College Football Midweek Update - Thursday NFL

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:17 PM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK UPDATE: CHECKIN' OUT THE PLAYOFF RANKINGS PLUS, IT'S OUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST ...NFL WEEK 10 SWINGS INTO ACTION WITH SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS DUEL IN THE DESERTOkay, College Football Playoff committee, we see what you're doing:Just two weeks into the CFP rankings, it's becoming quite obvious that who you play is more important than whether or not you win the games against the folks that you do play.Case in point here are the now-#8 Wisconsin Badgers who can't seem to climb the ladder despite the snazzy 9-and-oh SU (straight-up) record. True, the Badgers hardly have played a "who's…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee Football

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Some huge games in college football this week. We’ll cover those today. Then, I’ll come back tomorrow to cover sharp betting in Sunday and Monday NFL.As always, games are presented in the order they appear in the Nevada Rotation so you can make notes in your schedule. I’ll start with a few high-profile matchups from Thursday and Friday. THURSDAYSeattle at Arizona: The Seahawks opened at -6.5 on the road against their divisional rival. Given their shaky recent form (like losing at home last week to Washington!), there was no interest on the favorite. Sharps realized they weren’t likely to get the…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Defenses Getting Tired

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Even though The Dean of Sports Handicapping is always encouraging you to work your butt off, I know that too many of you don’t read college football boxscores. You think it’s enough to know the pointspreads, know the final scores, watch a few games on TV, and then check out the evening highlight shows to see what happened elsewhere.You know who does that? What we in Vegas call “squares.” They watch games on TV, check out the final scores, and think that they’re experts. Then they go out and lose the next week because they don’t know what really happened…

Jim Sez NFL and College Football Notes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:32 AM

NFL WEEK 9 IS IN THE BOOKS: ROAD-WARRIOR LIONS BEAT PACK 30-17 ...PLUS, WE LOOK AHEAD AT SOME OF THE BREWING STORIES IN WEEK 10 PLAYTHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: WHO'S BEEN BANGING OUT SERIOUS PROFITS LATELY?Go figure. This year's NFL happens to be jam-packed with teams that are playing their best ball on the road - check out the expanded league standings following the conclusion of Week 9 and you'll see that the following teams all sport better winning percentages on the road than they do at home:They are New England, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas, the…

Network Notebook: #3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Disney won’t let the TV networks dwell too much on the storied past of the Notre Dame vs. Miami rivalry. That’s fine this season. Because both teams control their own destiny in terms of reaching the Final Four playoff.*Notre Dame was #3 in the playoff poll last week, and didn’t hurt their cause with a double digit win over Wake Forest that saw their offense gain more than 700 yards! True that they didn’t cover the Vegas spread. The selection committee doesn’t worry about that stuff. If the Irish keep winning (at Miami, vs. Navy, and at Stanford), then an…

Wayne Root: Public Still Overrating Ranked Favorites

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM

If you were paying even casual attention to college football this past Saturday, you surely noticed that UNDERDOGS were covering the games involving the highest ranked teams. That was a key part of my 80% performance in THE ROOT TRUST that day. The public continues to overestimate the blowout potential for teams fighting to get a Final Four berth in the National Championship race.A quick run-through from the top 7 in the playoff rankings…#1 Georgia (-23) barely even scored the pointspread in a 24-10 win over South Carolina. This was a very tough sandwich spot for the Bulldogs, after their…

Jim Sez Weekend Roundup and MNF Preview

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:09 PM

THE NFL WEEK 9 UPDATE - WE CHECK IN ON TONIGHT'S LIONS-PACKERS TILT PLUS ASK ALOUD IF A COUPLE OF NFC TEAMS OUT THERE ARE JUST REALLY "PRETENDERS"? ... COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S WEEKEND RECAPS: BYE-BYE, BUCKEYES!There's no two ways about it:Right here at the halfway point of this here-and-now 2017 National Football League season, the disappointing teams clearly outrank the "pleasant surprises" as we point to the likes of the Denver Broncos (3-5), the Cincinnati Bengals (also 3-5), the New York "Football" Giants (1-7) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) as NFL squads that have waved the proverbial white flag on…

Jim Sez NFL Week 9 Report

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:04 PM

THE NFL WEEK 9 REPORT - CHECKIN' OUT SOME KEY SHOWDOWNS PLUS POINTSPREAD DITTIES TOO If you go ahead and check out the NFL Week 9 slate for this first Sunday in November, you'll notice there's a half-dozen teams that are enjoying their bye week - that's Chicago, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh - but there's plenty more in what we'll call "put-up-or-shut-up" games and so let's get right to it following this quick-hitter reminder:Folks, Jim Hurley and his hard-working Handicappers and Bloggers are gonna make sure you rock-n-roll through this entire first weekend in…

Wayne Root: It’s Now or Never for the Oakland Raiders

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Oakland Raiders enter this Sunday Night’s TV game on the road against the Miami Dolphins with a 3-5 record. It would be 2-6, but the Silver and Black scored in “extra time” to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a recent Thursday night rivalry game.For a team that was supposed to be a playoff contender…and the team that took the most bets to win the Super Bowl here in Las Vegas because local fans wanted to show support… the 2017 season has been a big disappointment. They were supposed to be 5-3 or 6-2 heading into this game! Not…

Network Notebook: Could Kansas City/Dallas be Super Bowl Preview?

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM

It may not be an exact preview of this coming February’s Super Bowl. But, Sunday’s “Game of the Week” clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys should be one of the true highlights of the second half of the NFL season.*Both teams are on the short list of Super Bowl threats in their respective conferences. Kansas City has been there all season, after routing New England on the road in Week One. Dallas has finally started playing like the NFC power they were last season.*Both teams are relatively healthy and in good-enough form. Kansas City just beat…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 9

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Back now to take a look at the rest of this weekend’ NFL action. The NY Jets cashed the first ticket of the week Thursday night with a surprisingly easy win over the Buffalo Bills. We move to Sunday. Games are listed in Nevada Rotation order.Denver at Philadelphia: There was a quarterback change here, but no line change. Philadelphia had been -7.5 when Trevor Siemian was the projected QB. Brock Osweiler will get the start instead. The market sees him as just as bad as Siemian. If the line doesn’t move from here, Philadelphia -1.5. will be a popular choice…

Jets Beat Bills To Start Another Hurley Winning Weekend

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY IT'S THE 34st RUNNING OF THE BREEDERS' CUP2 DAYS - 13 RACES AT DEL MARClick Here To Get The Full 13 Race Card Of Breeders' Cup Selections That Won Jim's Clients Close To $5,000 On $2 Bets Last Year!Selections Are Available NOW NFL WEEK 9 OFF-AND-ROLLIN' WITH J-E-T-S BASHING BILLS 34-21 ... ANOTHER JIM HURLEY TNF WINNERTHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: OUR HEISMAN TROPHY TOP FIVE PLUS QUICK-HITTER COMMENTS ON THREE BIG-TIME SATURDAY SHOWDOWNS"Tanks" for nothing!The New York Jets - who critics this past summer claimed were going to finish 0-and-16 this year - instead exited last night's 34-21…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee Matchups

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM

There are so many good games in college football this Saturday that I’m going to skip the Thursday and Friday night matchups in that sport to focus on the showcases you’ll be watching on TV in a couple of days. We’ll start today’s report with a look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting tonight’s NFL game…then skip right to Saturday’s colleges. Games are presented in the order they appear in the Nevada Rotation.THURSDAY NFLBuffalo at the NY Jets: This one was fairly solid on Buffalo -3 all week. Some stores are starting to test Bills -3.5 as I write…

Jim Sez Midweek Report

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1:57 PM

NFL WEEK 8 ENDS WITH A BANG - PATS TRADE QB GAROPPOLO TO SAN FRAN, ZEKE ELLIOTT COULD BE A GONER FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS AND THE CHIEFS MANHANDLE THE STILL PUNCHLESS BRONCOS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S PLAYOFF RANKINGS MAKE THEIR 2017 DEBUT ON THIS TUESDAY NIGHT BUT WE'LL SET YOU STRAIGHT ON HOW THEY SHOULDLOOK RIGHT NOWRemember that old Beatles song that went like this ..."You say goodbye and I say hello."Well, that little ditty popped into our heads while watching all the news break during the Kansas City Chiefs' 29-19 win/cover against the 7-point underdog Denver Broncos on Monday…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Vegas Cleaning up Against Lottery Mentality

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM

News just came out Tuesday about the absolute killing Las Vegas sportsbooks made in football back in September. Handle was up big over last year. Hold was historic. What’s important for you students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting is the knowledge that the key factor in that profit was “parlay cards.”Some of you in other parts of the country may not be familiar with these. You’re used to thinking about making straight bets or Over/Under plays against the lines you see offshore or in your local newspaper. Here in Vegas, all the sportsbooks offer parlay cards that…

Network Notebook: #8 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Even though this coming Saturday’s game between #8 Oklahoma and #11 Oklahoma State in Stillwater is still looming very large over the college football landscape, you have to wonder if the winner still has a chance to crash the Final Four!Both teams are currently 7-1 straight up. Finishing 12-1 straight up with a win in the Big 12 Championship game should certainly be enough to reach the brackets in most seasons. Yet…*The SEC is virtually guaranteed one spot already with #1 Alabama and #2 Georgia facing manageable schedules the rest of the way, and then EACH OTHER in the SEC…

NFL Week 8 Wraps Up With Broncos at Chiefs

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:44 PM

LET'S PUT A WRAP ON NFL WEEK 8 WITH THE BRONCOS-CHIEFS CLASH TONIGHT IN KC ...PLUS, SUNDAY'S BIGGEST WINNERS (AND ONE OF 'EM IS A GUY NAMED JUJU!) ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT - MAYBE PENN STATE BOSS FRANKLIN HAD THIS SORT OF HEARTBREAK LOSS COMIN'Trick or treat, you say?Well, the young - and old - that love to celebrate Halloween are all geared up for Tuesday, of course, but National Football League fans discovered there were plenty of goodies to go around on Sunday:How about Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie WR JuJu Smith-Shuster who registered a scintillating 98-yard catch-and-run as part of…

Wayne Root: Notre Dame is Making Me a Believer

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

As a bettor who’s spent most of his career successfully fading Notre Dame because they’re usually overhyped and overpriced, I have to admit that the Irish are convincing me that they just might be a sleeper in the National Championship picture.Given their current #5 ranking in the AP poll, it’s going to be very hard to keep the Irish out of the Final Four if they win their remaining games. With a 7-1 record already banked, up next are…Saturday: vs. Wake ForestNovember 11: at MiamiNovember 18: vs. NavyNovember 25: at StanfordThat manages to be both beatable, but good enough to…

Network Notebook: Will the Pittsburgh Steelers Break Your Heart?

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now the new “it” team in the AFC. As they prepare for a big Sunday Night matchup on NBC against the Detroit Lions, the Steelers find themselves front and center in Super Bowl discussions.*New England looks to be getting old on offense, and can’t be trusted to play defense each and every week.*Kansas City is always going to be a contender, yet always seems likely to bang their heads on the ceiling come playoff time.*Nobody in the AFC South seems ready to string together playoff wins.*Denver and Oakland went from scary threats to likely pretenders with…

Wayne Root: Will Houston/Seattle NFL Game Set Up a Sleeper?

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM

I’m very interested in watching this Sunday’s Houston Texans/Seattle Seahawks game in the NFL because the winner will be well-positioned for a run from off-the-radar into the postseason. You regulars know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is always thinking ahead to find potential shockers. This winner could use the victory as a launching point to go deep.Some of you might be surprised that I’m thinking of Seattle in this light. Aren’t they a perennial Super Bowl threat? The market isn’t thinking of them that way any more. Philadelphia is now getting all the media attention in the NFC. New Orleans has…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 8

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM

One game in the books, with Baltimore running away and hiding from Miami 40-0 in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Time to run through the rest of the weekend’s NFL card. Here’s how sharps have been betting so far. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Minnesota vs. Cleveland (in London, England): An opener of Minnesota -7.5 rose quickly to -9 or higher because of interest in Minnesota…and because sportsbooks didn’t want the Vikings sitting in the teaser window. At any line of -7.5, -8, or -8.5, books would have been flooded with two-team teaser bets featuring Minnesota at -1.5, -2,…

College Football Key Weekend Previews

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:36 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S KEY WEEKEND TILTS - INCLUDING OUR TOP UNDER-THE-RADAR GAME ...NFL WEEK 8 REPORT: WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON RAVENS' 40-ZIP WIN AGAINST DOLPHINS - ANOTHER NETWORK PRIME TIME WINNER!Ready or not, the College Football Playoff picture is taking shape - and some of Saturday's games will help sort out things just a bit more as the likes of the Big 10 (see #2 Penn State at #10 Ohio State) and the Big 12 (see #4 TCU at #25 Iowa State) will feature monster matchups. More on Nittany Lions vs. Buckeyes in just a sec.In fact, we'll get…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Another weekend of football is about to begin. Today I’ll look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting Thursday and Friday night action…along with a few marquee matchups in the Saturdays colleges (including Penn State/Ohio State). I’ll be back at the usual time Friday afternoon to preview the rest of this weekend’s NFL.As always, games are covered in Nevada Rotation order so you can make comments in your schedules to review up until kickoff. THURSDAYMiami at Baltimore: The market has been very solid on Baltimore -3 all week. Sharps would fade any move off that key number, particularly in a…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL and Heisman Watch

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:53 AM

NFL WEEK 8 IS HERE - DOLPHINS-RAVENS GET THE PRIME-TIME TREATMENT ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: OUR DEBUT EDITION OF THE JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST ...AND IT'S WHO'S HOT SPREADWISE IN THE COLLEGESLet's be honest ...It's not often that you'll see an NFL totals price at/around 37 points unless it's a bad weather game ... but when the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens collide on Thursday Night Football the good folks in Las Vegas don't expect to see a whole lot of fireworks.Sure, the Dolphins are expected to start long-time backup QB Matt Moore who actually rescued this AFC East…

Jim Sez Midweek Update

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM

THE NFL REPORT: EAGLES SNAG 34-24 MNF WIN BUT LOSE STAR LEFT TACKLE PETERS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK PLUS, OUR LATEST TOP 10 ...THE WORLD SERIES OPENS UP IN HOT, HOT, HOT LA-LA LANDGotta admit to y'all that we were starting to think all about "Super Bowl 52" when the Philadelphia Eagles were en route to their 34-24 win/cover versus the 5-point underdog Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.Heck, the Eagles exited the game at 6-1 SU (straight-up) with a commanding lead in the rough-and-tumble NFC East - Dallas and Washington currently are tied for second place at 3-3 - and…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Media Hype Inflating Point Spreads

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I’ve talked about this in past seasons. But, it seems a refresher course is in order because media hype is having a big influence on pointspread performance this season in both college and pro football. And, we’re just now getting to the point of the season where it gets even MORE intense because of Final Four talk in the colleges and chatter about the playoff races in the pros.Some bettors had hoped that the recent media “explosion” toward more channels, more outlets, more radio shows, more podcasts, more social media, more analytics, would lead toward better information being made available…

Network Notebook: #2 Penn State at #6 Ohio State

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Wow, the #2 Penn State Nittany Lions sure looked fantastic this past Saturday night against the overrated Michigan Wolverines. They scored early and often on the way to a 42-13 blowout. Even after calling off the dogs in the fourth quarter, they gained over 500 yards and averaged better than eight yards-per-play.This week’s challenge should be much more daunting. Instead of being a home favorite of about eight points over Michigan (bet down from a dozen), the Nittany Lions will be +6 on the road in Columbus. Can Penn State make it two straight? Or, is Ohio State a Final…

Two Big 50 Unit Plays On Monday Night

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:49 PM

50 Unit Bet On Giant NFL Rivalry Game TonightWent 5-1-1 In NFL Sunday Including 50-Unit Game Of Week Winner With Jaguars 27-0 Over ColtsGoing For 2nd Straight 50-Unit NBA Winner TonightI Won My Last 50-Unit NBA Bet Saturday When The Clippers Buried The Suns by 42 PointsDodgers -140 Favorites To Win World Series That Begins Tuesday Night Against Astros#6 Ohio State (6-1) 6-Point Favorite Over #2 Penn State (7-0) Saturday Night In Showdown Game With Strong Implications Whether Either Will Compete For TitleBy Kelso SturgeonThere are many things to ponder in getting ready for another busy week of handicapping college…

NFL Week 7 Update - MNF and World Series Preview

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:28 PM

NFL WEEK 7 UPDATE: PATS PUMMEL FALCONS IN FOGGY FOXBORO PLUS MORE SUNDAY NOTES ...OUR MNF PREVIEW: IT'S 'SKINS-EAGLES IN HUGE DIVISIONAL DUEL ...PLUS, THERE'S WORLD SERIES GOODIES TOO!It's safe to say the Atlanta Falcons didn't have the foggiest idea how to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday Night.Yes, the fog rolled in and made it a truly challenging broadcast for the NBC folks - thanks goodness for that overhead field camera that really saved the day! - but long before Mother Nature cast a huge fog over the field in Foxboro, the reeling Falcons were well on their…

Wayne Root: Pac 12 Exposed as Pretenders when USC Lost at Notre Dame

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Things were already looking bad in recent weeks for the Pac 12. USC had to go overtime to beat Texas at home, part of a string of poor performances against market expectations this season. Washington, who was squashed in the Final Four last year by national runner-up Alabama, looked awful in a road loss at Arizona State. Supposed up-and-comer Washington State was embarrassed at California. Stanford? They have a Heisman Trophy candidate, but their loss at USC looks even worse now than it did at the time.Now, Saturday night’s 49-14 loss for USC at Notre Dame makes it very hard…

YOUR FOOTBALL WEEKEND GUIDE

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:31 PM

There's more football storylines than you can shake a proverbial stick at this weekend - and it all culminates with the just-gotta-see-it Sunday Night Football game in NFL Week 7 between the Atlanta Falcons at the New England Patriots.Sound familiar? Hey, if you hear the score "28-3" one mo' time we're gonna lose it but you know the Falcons' 25-point lead in the latest Super Bowl is the biggest single story this autumn weekend and guess it's up to the defending NFC champs to change that tired narrative … or else.We'll get you a Falcons vs. Patriots game preview shortly…

Network Notebook: Are the Eagles Really Best in the NFC?

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 AM

There was a lot of optimism about the Philadelphia Eagles entering the 2017 pro football season. Even though the futures prices in Las Vegas, and the Regular Season Win Totals were pointing to either Dallas or the NY Giants to win the NFC East…the Eagles were a popular darkhorse pick.Now, six weeks into the new campaign, Philadelphia is no longer a darkhorse. Many respected analysts consider them to be the best team in the NFC!*Atlanta’s defense isn’t good enough*Seattle’s offense isn’t good enough*Green Bay just watched their season implode with the injury to Aaron Rodgers*Dallas is regressing from last year’s…

Wayne Root: Super Bowl Teams New England, Atlanta are Struggling ATS

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The huge Super Bowl rematch this Sunday night between the defending league champion New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons isn’t creating nearly the buzz the league and NBC had hoped. Even though both teams entered the new season widely respected, neither has been playing to market expectations.*New England started the season suffering a blowout loss at home to Kansas City. Last week, they were life and death with the New York Jets most of the afternoon before winning by a TD as 9-point favorites. The Patriots are just 2-4 against Las Vegas pointspreads.*Atlanta started the season almost losing to…

Jim Sez College Football Upset Alert

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:02 PM

THE NFL WEEK 7 UPDATE: RAIDERS KAYO CHIEFS IN TRUE S.O.S. GAME (AS IN SAVE OUR SEASON!) NETWORK WINS ANOTHER PRIME TIMERCOLLEGE FOOTBALL MENU: WHO'S ON UPSET ALERT THIS AUTUMN WEEKEND?Don't trash those "win-it-all" tickets for the Oakland Raiders just yet. There's still a pulse when it comes to the guys in silver-and-black.Okay, so Oakland actually entered the current NFL season at 13-to-1 to win Super Bowl 52 in February - and very much a vogue choice to unseat New England as the team to beat in the AFC -- but, following an ugly 2-3 SU (straight-up) start, it appeared…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 7

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Quite a way to start the NFL weekend, with the Oakland Raiders scoring the game-winning TD on an “extra play” to upset the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night. That was a big win for the houses in Nevada…as game day money was coming in pretty strong on the Chiefs from both sharps and squares. I’m happy the Raiders were a winner for my clients as well, part of a 3-0 night combining football and baseball.Let’s see how the sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting the rest of the pro football card this weekend. Games are presented in rotation order so…

TONIGHT’S CHIEFS-RAIDERS TILT PLUS, THE LEAGUE’S TOP ROAD SHOWS

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Go ahead and take those NFL preseason magazines and chuck 'em in the garbage pail!Remember when you were reading all the articles that praised the likes of the Oakland Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?Well, all of the above have losing records some six weeks into this here-and-now NFL campaign and may we remind you what their "win-it-all"  odds were at season's start (all based on $100 per play wagers)?Oakland was + 1300; Dallas was + 850; New York Giants were + 1550; and Tampa Bay was + 2900.Folks, we're not saying all…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A lot of lesser conferences in college football try to grab the TV spotlight the next two nights. Sharps have been betting those games along with Chiefs/Raiders in the NFL. Let’s take a look at how the Wise Guys have been betting Thursday and Friday action. I’ll also include four marquee matchups from Saturday’s college slate. Then, I’ll be back at the usual time Friday to run through the rest of this weekend’s pro football. THURSDAYKansas City at Oakland: We’ve been sitting on a solid three since the game hit the board. That’s such a common number that sharps would fade…

Kelso Sturgeon: The Five Worst And Most Hopeless Teams In College Football

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:55 PM

50-Unit Highrollers NBA Play Set To Win Tonight Dodgers Go For Sweep Tonight Against Cubs And Get To World Series For First Time Since 1988The Five Worst And Most Hopeless Teams In College FootballOdds And Projected Win Totals Reflect Just How Much NBA Has Changed This SeasonBy Kelso SturgeonNational Football League bettors have to be a little nervous heading into this weekend's games after they saw favorites go 2-11 against the spread (ATS) last week, including underdogs Miami and the New York Giants who knocked off Atlanta and Denver as double-digit 'dogs. Ditto for college football where this past week…

Jim Sez Midweek Update

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:33 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S MID-WEEK UPDATE: ARE MANY OF THE HIGHLY-RANKED TEAMS SIMPLY GETTING TOO TOXIC TO TOUCH THESE DAYS?...PLUS, OUR WEEKLY JIM SEZ TOP 10 ...NFL NEWS & NOTES: A VERY LIMITED QB MARIOTA STILL GUIDES THE TITANS TO MNF WIN/COVER AS COLTS CAN'T CATCH A COLD!Here's something to think about as we all move forward with this year's College Football season: Many of the sport's elite or upper crust teams - we're generally talking about top 10-to-15 type squads here - are getting a bit too toxic to touch when it comes to the almighty Las Vegas pointspreads.Consider that last…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Accounting for Strength of Schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

We’ve come to a point in the college and pro football seasons that will really mess up lazy or half-hearted sports bettors who don’t like thinking through the process. I’m grateful that all of YOU who regularly attend classes here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting will put your noses to the grindstone to maximize your profit.Perceived football performance can be greatly polluted by variance in strength of schedule. It’s possible for a mediocre team to have a great record if they’ve only played poor opponents. It’s possible for a very good team to have a .500 record if…

Network Notebook: #19 Michigan at #2 Penn State

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The Penn State Nittany Lions stormed to the #2 spot in the AP Poll this week by not playing a game! Great to have a bye week when so many other contenders are losing.Clemson, supposedly a lock for the Final Four already, lost as 22-point favorites at Syracuse. Washington, whining about a lack of TV coverage, embarrassed themselves in a nationally televised loss at Arizona State. Washington State? Mike Leach always finds a way to shoot himself in the foot. Auburn is afraid of its own shadow in big games.Is Penn State about to be the next highly ranked power…

Jim Sez NFL Week 6 Update: Bad Day For Favorites

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Network Blue Ribbon 3-0 Sunday with Saints, Rams, and 49ers/Redkins OVER, after going 2-1 SaturdayUnderdog Triple Play Cashes 3-0 with OUTRIGHT WINS by Vikings, Steelers and Rams!THE NFL WEEK 6 UPDATE: SUNDAY WAS A REALLY BAD DAY TO BE A BETTING FAVORITE -- AND NOT SUCH A HOT DAY TO BE GB’S AARON RODGERS EITHER …PLUS, THE KC CHIEFS FINALLY BITE THE DUST AS THE JIM HURLEY NETWORK SCORES BIG WITH THE STEELERS UPSET WIN AT ARROWHEADCOLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BLOODBATH WEEKEND AND WHAT IT MEANS STRAIGHT AHEADAs the song goes, “Mama said there’d be days like this”!Okay, so we know that…

Wayne Root: Another Dream Weekend for Underdogs!

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

As all of those underdogs kept cashing tickets in Las Vegas this past weekend…you must have been thinking WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is making another fortune!Damn right!How about a 5-0 board sweep Sunday…and an 80% weekend that featured outright winner after outright winner. How about another pair of PINNACLE headline-makers with LSU (+7) over Auburn 27-23 Saturday, and the Minnesota Vikings (+3) outright over Green Bay 23-10 Sunday?Look at how easy my 5-0 Sunday sweep was:Pinnacle: Minnesota (+3) beat Green Bay 23-10Millionaire’s Club: Miami (+13.5) beat Atlanta 20-17No Limit Play: Arizona (+1.5) beat Tampa Bay 38-33Inner Circle: Pittsburgh (+3.5) beat Kansas…

Jim Sez NFL Sunday Previews

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM

It's a bye week for Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle … but it's everyone else "into the pool" for what figures to be yet another wild weekend in the NFL.You've got three teams trying to crack its way into the win column - that's Cleveland, the New York Giants and San Francisco - and there's an AFC East "rivalry game" that's back as defending Super Bowl New England plays the born-again New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.Now, here's some quick-hitter previews from NFL Week 6 with a special look at key spread stats:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are…

Wayne Root: Is Market Overreacting to NY Giants Injuries?

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Two of my worlds have collided this week as the injuries suffered by the New York Giants (a team I follow closely because of my roots near the Big Apple) have made them a possible “Don’t Make Sense” pick because so many pundits are saying it’s IMPOSSIBLE to bet on the Giants.Let me tell you something. The pundits, particularly those outside of Las Vegas, have no idea how to beat sports betting markets! And, it’s often the teams that nobody wants to bet on that provide the best value. If sportsbooks are going to be rooting for the Giants (which…

Network Notebook: Chiefs in Another Huge NFL Game!

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

You know the Kansas City Chiefs have to be the biggest story in the NFL right now because we keep talking about them in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. Not only are they undefeated…but they’re undefeated against a schedule that includes high quality teams.*Beat New England BAD in the season opener*Didn’t let down against new NFC power Philadelphia*Coasted past the LA Chargers*Survived resurgent Washington in a Monday nighter*Had no trouble with improved Houston last Sunday nightThat was possibly four playoff teams in five games…though Houston’s season is much more dicey with all of those defensive injuries. And, Kansas City continues to…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 6

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The first NFL result of the week is in already, with the Philadelphia Eagles scoring a road upset against the Carolina Panthers. We now move to the rest of the Week 6 pro football card. There are four teams with byes this week. Those are: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Seattle. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule.Cleveland at Houston: We have some tall pointspreads this week because the bad teams aren’t all matched up against each other. This one opened Houston -9, and has been bet up to -9.5 despite…

Jim Sez Friday College Previews and Baseball LCS

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 1:02 PM

NFL WEEK 6 IS UNDERWAY AND EAGLES DUMP PANTHERS 28-23 IN HIGH-INTENSITY TILT LAST NITE ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: #2 CLEMSON, #8 WAZZAU LAYING MAJOR ROAD POINTS TONIGHT, PLUS IT'S A FRESH LOOK AT OUR TOP 10 ...THE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: WHO DO YOU LIKE IN ALCS, NLCS?Hey, don't look now but the Philadelphia Eagles are threatening to run away with the NFC East:Last night's wild 28-23 win at 3-point favorite Carolina pushed the Birds to a 5-1 SU (straight-up) mark and so now Philly's three wins ahead of both Washington / Dallas for top-of-the-heap honors in the division. Just who…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A great matchup Thursday night in the NFL kicks off a new week of TV football. Here’s a look at how sharps have been betting the Thursday and Friday night games, along with some marquee college football matchups on Saturday. I’ll be back with you Friday afternoon to run through the rest of the pro football slate.THURSDAYPhiladelphia at Carolina: We’ve seen a tug-of-war all week in what could be a hotly contested matchup between two playoff caliber teams. Carolina -3 draws money as a favorite. Philadelphia +3.5 draws money on the underdog. Many sportsbooks are trying out different levels of…

Thursday NFL Preview and Best and Worst College ATS

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:23 AM

HOTLINE FOOTBALL ON AN 13-2 STREAK AFTER 3-0 SUNDAY & 2-0 MONDAY WITH BEARS & UNDER!BLUE RIBBON 12-6 LAST TWO WEEKENDSWON 5 OF LAST 6 IN MLB DIVISION PLAYOFFSOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: HERE'S SOME OF THE "BEST" AND "WORST" TEAMS VERSUS THE ALMIGHTY VIG HERE IN 2017NFL WEEK 6 GETS JUMP-STARTED TONIGHT WITH KEY EAGLES-PANTHERS BASH DOWN SOUTHBelieve it or not, we're pretty much at the midway point of this 2017 NCAA Football Season and thus it's time to take inventory of some of the "Best" and "Worst" teams from a wagering world standpoint. Here goes with a little reason…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Poor Preparation Leads to Shocking Results

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Just within the past few days, those of us here in Las Vegas have seen the betting ramifications of all sorts of surprises in the world of sorts.*This past Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners lost outright as 31-point favorites to the Iowa State Cyclones. This wasn’t an 11-point favorite losing (like Michigan to Michigan State), or a 20-point favorite losing (like LSU to Troy the week before), but a supposed National Championship threat losing on its home field to an opponent that had to start its third string quarterback!*The brand new Vegas Golden Knights NHL team won its first THREE games…

Network Notebook: #10 Auburn at LSU

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The college football world pretty much gave up on Auburn three weeks into the 2017 season. The Tigers had been hyped all summer as a serious threat to Alabama in the SEC East…and maybe even a Final Four contender.Jarrett Stidham was going to run a potent offense that would scare the pants off everyone. A ton of returning talent would put Auburn in position to beat anyone on any given day. Yessir…Auburn was a team to watch!Everyone stopped watching after a 14-6 loss at Clemson where the offense couldn’t get anything going at all. The following week, a shockingly close…

Wayne Root: Anything Can Happen in College Football

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Oklahoma’s stunning loss to Iowa State as 31-point favorites this past Saturday shows that anything can happen in college football. Oklahoma was supposedly a lock for the Final Four after beating Ohio State in Columbus. Iowa State was using its third string quarterback because the starter didn’t even make the trip. This was supposed to be nasty.It was…but in the exact opposite way than everyone expected. Oklahoma didn’t just lose at home to a big, shorthanded underdog. They were outgained 7.6 to 7.4 on a per-play basis. And, they looked utterly lost in the fourth quarter when the game was…

Jim Sez Week 5 NFL Wrap and MNF Preview

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:15 PM

THE NFL WEEK 5 UPDATE:DON'T TELL THE KC CHIEFS THAT NOBODY'S PERFECT AS 42-34 WIN IN HOUSTON NOW UPS 'EM TO 5-0 THIS YEAR ...MORE NFL WEEK 5 NEWS/NOTES PLUS A MNF PREVIEW AS VIKES-BEARS SQUARE OFF IN CHITOWN ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SHAKE-UP SATURDAY IN REVIEWTo be sure, there are a slew of NFL teams out there wondering what's exactly wrong some five weeks into the current campaign ... the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) might be right at the top of a list that includes the likes of the winless New York Giants, the 2-3 Oakland Raiders and the stunningly-bad Arizona Cardinals.But…

Jim Sez Week 5 NFL Previews

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Is NFL Week 5 action too soon to discuss "must-win" situations? In a word (or two) ... heck no!The fact of the matter is there are plenty of 2016 playoff teams thirsting for a win here this autumn weekend - including the 0-4 New York Giants - as the likes of the Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans all zoom into Week 5 play on this second Sunday in October knowing full well if they lose they will indeed fall - at least, for now -- south of the .500 mark.We've got a few NFL Week 5…

Wayne Root: Mitchell Trubisky Makes His NFL Debut on MNF

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Earlier this week, I talked about how quickly Deshaun Watson has made an impact in the NFL as a rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans. This coming Monday Night, Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears has a chance to make headlines when they visit divisional rival Minnesota.Will Trubisky be an immediate difference-maker? Will WAYNE ALLYN ROOT be investing heavily throughout the rest of the season on both Houston and Chicago because the market is always so stubborn about respecting new quarterbacks? I can’t tell you here in my web article whether or not I’ll be releasing the Bears as a…

Network Notebook: Chiefs/Titans Could be Playoff Preview

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

This Sunday night’s NFL matchup featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans is suddenly HUGE. Before the season began…fans and handicappers knew that Kansas City would be a playoff contender, but probably not a championship contender. (The Chiefs were +8 at New England!). Houston might have had a chance to battle for a Wildcard…but was more likely to suffer through growing pains while aiming for something near .500. (The Texans were 6-point underdogs to unimpressive Cincinnati back in Week 2, and were home dogs to Tennessee last Sunday).One month into the 2017 campaign, Kansas City just might be…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 5

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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Jim Sez Key Saturday College Previews

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:01 AM

KEY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND PREVIEWS - DO ANY OF THE TOP 5 TEAMS REALLY HAVE REASON TO FRET ON SATURDAY? ...NFL WEEK 5 UPDATE: PATS HANG ON FOR 19-14 WIN AT T-BAY BUT THE BUCS "HELP OUT"Can you believe it? Following this weekend's action there will be a slew of FBS teams that will already have played six games this year - damn, the 2017 season is flying by, ain't it! Obviously, there's special interest with the Associated Press top teams in the land, so let's check out their Saturday agendas:#1 ALABAMA (5-0) at TEXAS A&M (4-1) - 7:15 p.m.…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:44 PM

NFL WEEK 5 IS OFF-AND-RUNNIN' WITH PATS-BUCS TONIGHT AND WE'RE WONDERING WHAT'S WRONG WITH NEW ENGLAND (AND A FEW OTHER NFL TEAMS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SUPER-STRONG!) ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: CHECKING OUT THIS YEAR'S "SNEAKY-GOOD" SQUADSOkay, so what exactly were the odds that a full month into this here-and-now NFL season the likes of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the Oakland Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks would not be sitting there in first place in their respective divisions?Sure, we're only at the so-called quarter-pole of this 2017 season - there's a loooong way…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A great Thursday schedule kicks off a new weekend in football. We have an NFL game that would be worthy of a Sunday night or Monday night spot, and a college game matching two ranked teams. Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting those, plus a few other matchups Friday and Saturday. THURSDAYNew England at Tampa Bay: Even though New England is off to a shaky 2-2 start (that was almost 1-3), the public and many quants are still betting them as a road favorite against the Bucs. An opener of New England -4 went up to -5.5 very quickly…and…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Understanding Modern Gamebreakers

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

As sports continue to evolve, how you handicap those sports must also continue to evolve. The most recent reminder of that was in Tuesday night’s American League Wildcard game won by the Yankees with a BULLPEN that pitched almost a complete game with 13 strikeouts and only one run allowed.There was once a time that baseball handicappers would barely even think about the bullpen. Starting pitching was everything. As the game evolved, you started thinking about closers. Now, teams are “building for the playoffs” by finding arms that can come in and throw in the high 90’s one inning at…

Chiefs Stay Perfect at 4-0

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10:29 AM

THE NFL UPDATE: CHIEFS STAY PERFECT AT 4-0 BUT IT'S THAT GAME-ENDING PLAY THAT HAS EVERYONE TALKING TODAYNFL POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN AT THE QUARTER-POLE OF THIS 2017 SEASONCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES & THE MLB POST-SEASON IS HERE!Okay, so we're not even gonna attempt to estimate the amount of cold hard cash that changed hands with the final play of Kansas City's 29-20 win/cover against the 6.5-point underdog Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.The side and totals were both affected (naturally) with the game's total price holding firm at 48 points at kickoff plus consider all the prop plays too -…

Network Notebook: #13 Miami visits dangerous Florida State

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Before the season began, it was assumed that the Miami/Florida State rivalry meeting in the ACC would be a big hurdle for the Seminoles to clear on their way to a potential Final Four appearance. A lot has changed in a month!Since the summer…*Florida State lost its star quarterback to injury in the first game of the season vs. Alabama. The backup has shown promise, but is still prone to inaccuracy with his very strong arm. After dropping its first two games straight up (also losing to NC State before barely surviving Wake Forest this past Saturday), the Seminoles are…

Wayne Root: Deshaun Watson is Already a Star

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM

That sure happened fast! I was expecting Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans to have a good game this past Sunday as a home underdog against the Tennessee Titans. That’s why Houston (+) was an Inner Circle play in my ROOT TRUST (highlighting another winning weekend!). But, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting him to play THAT well in what became a 57-14 straight up victory.Watson isn’t just destined to be a high impact player in this league. The past two weeks prove he’s already there right now. A big game at New England in a near-upset was…

Jim Sez NFL Week 4 Report and MNF Preview

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Network Hotline Football Sweeps 3-0 Saturday (South Carolina, Wake Forest, Marshall) and sweeps 2-0 Sunday with Rams and Giants! Blue Ribbon Football 6-1 since Friday with a perfect 3-0 Sunday (Titans, Bengals and 49'ers)THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT - CHIEFS TRY TO STAY PERFECT TONIGHT, WHILE PATRIOTS, FALCONS & COWBOYS ALL BITE THE DUST ON SUNDAY ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: DOES #2 CLEMSON NOW HAVE CLEAR SAILING RIGHT UP TO THE PLAYOFFS?We looked it up: Last year the then-Super Bowl bound New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons never lost on the same day ... but it happened yesterday in NFL Week…

Do Or Die Sunday in the NFL for Some

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:20 PM

THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT: IS THIS TRULY A DO-OR-DIE SUNDAY FOR THE BENGALS, GIANTS & CHARGERS? PLUS IT'S COLTS-SEAHAWKS IN SUNDAY NITE CLASH ...AND A QUICK-HITTER COLLEGE PRIME-TIME PREVIEW AS #2 CLEMSON INVADES #12 V-TECHPerhaps you've heard: Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, only five teams have started off a season at 0-3 SU (straight-up) and gone on to make the playoffs and nobody's managed to pull off that feat since the league realigned back in 2002.So, if you're the Cincinnati Bengals (five playoff appearances in the past half-dozen years) or the New York Giants (two Super Bowl titles since…

Network Notebook: Kansas City Chiefs Might be Super Bowl Ready

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Not many pundits or handicappers were expecting the Kansas City Chiefs to make a championship run this season. This head coach (Andy Reid) and this quarterback (Alex Smith) are supposedly incapable of such a thing! Sure, they can get to the playoffs…but are they capable of taking that next step?Nobody though Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons were going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl a year ago at this time. Heck, nobody thought the Dallas Cowboys were going to go 13-3 either. The NFL is a league full of surprises. And, Kansas City could very easily be…

Wayne Root: Can the LA Rams Shock the Dallas Cowboys?

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Because of my reputation as “Handicapper to the Stars” for so many years, I still have Hollywood connections who want to know how to bet the games involving the new Los Angeles teams…the Rams and Chargers.I think this week could be a STATEMENT week for the Rams. Things are lined up very well in terms of “intangibles” for an upset against a championship contender. Now, I’m not saying that I’m definitely calling for that, or definitely using the Rams in my ROOT TRUST on Sunday when they visit the Dallas Cowboys. There are still talent issues, and this is their…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week 4 NFL

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Back as promised with my weekly look at how the sharps (professional wagerers) are betting all the NFL action. Green Bay got the money Thursday night over Chicago, which has created a lot of open-ended teasers (and moneyline parlays) that will finish up Sunday or Monday. Let's see how the Wise Guys have been betting the remaining pointspreads thus far. First, here's a look at Saturday night's ACC Clash.SATURDAY'S BIG GAMEClemson at Virginia Tech: The Hokies may be the last real threat on the Clemson schedule, at least until the ACC Championship game. And, that could turn out to be…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday/Friday Football

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The late week schedule is starting to pick up. So, we have a few good games to talk about for Thursday and Friday. I’ll also throw in the big Saturday night showdown featuring Clemson and Virginia Tech as we review sharp betting in games you’ll be watching on TV. Then, I’ll be back Friday at the usual time to rundown the rest of the NFL slate. THURSDAYChicago at Green Bay: An opener of Green Bay -7.5 moved down to the solid seven fairly quickly. The public is likely to lay the points with a high profile team on a key number…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NFL Handicapping in a Year of Parity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM

I have to admit The Dean of Sports Handicapping wasn’t expected this to be a year of “parity” in the NFL. Over the summer, it seemed pretty clear that we were going to have a class of elites who were almost already locked into playoff contendership, and then several very bad teams who’d be in position to tank for the #1 draft pick.But, three weeks into the 2017 season, the picture is much more complicated than that. There are only TWO undefeated teams, the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, and perennial AFC playoff team the Kansas City Chiefs. And, Atlanta…

Jim Sez College and NFL Midweek Report

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:49 AM

THE NFL REPORT: WHY THE COWBOYS' MNF WIN WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WE ALL FIRST REALIZED, PLUS A WEEK-BY-WEEK POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK NOTEBOOK: DO ALL OF THE POWER-5 LEAGUES REALLY HAVE MORE THAN JUST A SINGLE LEGIT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER IN THEIR MIDST?There just so happened to be 10 National Football League teams that won games in the just-completed Week 3 to flip their won/loss records to 2-and-1. But the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 victory on Monday Night Football against the 3-point home underdog Arizona Cardinals may have been the biggest of the bunch.Consider that the Cowboys - the…

Network Notebook: #5 USC visits #16 Wazzou Friday night

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM

This was supposed to be the year that the USC Trojans were FOR REAL. They played like a true national champion last year after finally getting the right guy at quarterback. They crushed Washington on the road, the eventual Final Four representative of the Pac 12. Then, they rallied to beat respected Penn State in the Rose Bowl.And the 2017 team was supposed to be even better!But, now…heading into Friday night’s huge game on the road against #16 Washington State, there are concerns that USC has taken a step backward during the offseason rather than forward.*USC opened the season with…

Jim Feist: September Football...Upset City!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM

September Football: Upset City!by Jim Feist  There's a reason they play the games. Teams don't always play the way stats and power rankings suggest they are supposed to. That's often evident early in the pro and college football seasons because some teams are very different from year to year. Baylor scheduled Liberty to get this season off to a winning start...and as a 33-point favorite got upset, 48-45.  UNLV, off all teams, was a 45-point favorite over Howard...then played like Moe Howard in a stunning 43-40 defeat. While the point spreads attached were shocking, upsets this time of the season are…

Wayne Root: You Know a Big Dog Weekend is Great News!

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM

You’ve probably already read many of the articles in the mainstream media about how Sunday was one of the biggest days ever for Las Vegas Sportsbooks. Underdogs covered almost all of the busy early schedule. An underdog won outright Sunday night. The public loves betting favorites…favorites got crushed!WAYNE ALLYN ROOT loves making upset calls and taking free points with underdogs…so ROOT TRUST clients made a fortune! And, that was on top of the fortune they made Saturday with similarly great calls. SATURDAY (4-1)Inner Circle: TCU +12.5 wins OUTRIGHT at Okie StateNo Limit: Iowa +11 almost wins outright vs. Penn StateMillionaire: Kentucky…

Jim Sez: NFL Week 3 and MNF Preview

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Another Weekend of Winners From Jim Hurley! From Thursday through Sunday, Blue Ribbon plays go 7-3-1 and 3-1 Sunday, while Hotline is 8-2!THE NFL 3 WEEK REPORT - WE PREVIEW TONIGHT'S COWBOYS-CARDINALS CLASH PLUS SUNDAY'S NOTES AND LET YOU KNOW ALL THE BIG JIM HURLEY NETWORK WINNERSCOLLEGE FOOTBALL'S WEEKEND NEWSMAKERS: GEORGIA DAWGS KICK SOME TAILLet's be real ... there were some terrific down-to-the-wire finishes in NFL Week 3 play on Sunday but all the national anthem "statements" stole the headlines - word to the wise for the league: It's time to get back to the games and let that action…

Network Notebook: Are the Oakland Raiders For Real?

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

There was a lot of disagreement in Las Vegas this past summer regarding the likelihood that the Oakland Raiders were going to be an NFL power. A lot of “locals” were supporting the Raiders with futures bets and Regular Season Win bets because the team would be moving to Las Vegas within a couple of years. But, many of the so-called sharps thought the team was going to fall back to earth after playing over their heads in 2016.Why were the 12-4 Raiders seen as pretenders?*They won a lot of close games (6-0 in games decided by 6 or less)*They…

Jim Sez College and NFL Previews

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:17 PM

IT'S A BLAST-OFF WEEKEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND NFL WEEK 3 -- WE HAVE GAME PREVIEWS AND MUCH MORE!Don't let anyone tell you "there's nothing good on TV anymore" 'cause this weekend's College Football and NFL card are chock full o' good stuff on the tube. We'll get to a batch of game previews that hit the TV screens but first a couple of business items on the agenda:The College kids are playing more and more conference games but there's still some rock-solid non-league games out there and whether it's Notre Dame at Michigan State or Syracuse at LSU or…

Wayne Root: Focus on Downfield Passing When Evaluating NFL Quarterbacks

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM

It’s funny to hear so many NFL game announcers talking about the importance of “mobility” or “escape-ability” when discussing NFL quarterbacks. While it’s true that having good feet can get you out of trouble, or help you make plays in clutch situations, if footwork was THAT important, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning wouldn’t have been the biggest stars of the modern era!When you’re trying to pick NFL winners, particularly UPSET CALLS that score those nice moneyline returns (and make handicapping headlines!), you need to focus on downfield passing. Successful quarterbacks can stretch the defense, or throw in the short or…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 3

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

A wild start to the NFL week with that 41-39 thriller featuring the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. Let’s see how sharps have been betting the rest of the card. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Baltimore vs. Jacksonville (in London): Remember that this is a neutral site game. Baltimore isn’t laying -3.5 or -4 “on the road.” All stores are showing those two numbers. I’d say that dog lovers are happy to take the plus 4. The public may like the Ravens as we get closer to kickoff because of their 2-0 start,…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL and College Previews

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:42 PM

NFL WEEK 3 KICKS OFF THURSDAY IN CALI - IT'S RAMS VS. NINERS IN AN NFC WEST WARTHE COLLEGE GRIDIRON UPDATE: THURSDAY NITE PREVIEW PLUS KEY SPREAD STATS FROM 'ROUND THE LAND, AND OUR FIRST EDITION OF THE JIM SEZ TOP 10Here's the straight facts, Jack: The NFL Week 3 card features five divisional duels in all - and it all begins with the Thursday Night showdown in the NFC West between the Los Angeles Rams at the San Francisco 49ers - and so far NFL Divisional Betting Favorites hold a slim 5-4-1 ATS (against the spread) while Home Teams…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday-thru-Saturday Football

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Back with you for another week of running through how professional wagerers have been betting the football board. We’ll look at all the Thursday and Friday action today, as well as select games from Saturday’s big college schedule. As always, I’ll return on Friday for a game-by-game rundown of the NFL.THURSDAYLA Rams at San Francisco: The public may be getting tired of these ugly Thursday night matchups. But, San Francisco does have a “locals” following in Nevada because of proximity and past TV history…so this could still be an actively bet game. The opener of Rams -3 as a road…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Coaches a Bigger Key Than Ever

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

As I was listening to New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo throw his quarterback and offense under the bus…I decided I should devote this week’s classwork to emphasizing the importance of handicapping head coaches in the NFL, college football, and really ALL betting sports.My clients and I won with the Lions plus the points this past Monday. It’s not that I thought the Giants had no chance to cover. It was just a 15-unit play. But, I was confident that the Giants weren’t going to play well enough to justify that price. Odell Beckham Jr. was either going to…

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM

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…

Network Notebook: #16 TCU visits #6 Oklahoma State

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00 AM

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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