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Wayne Root: Hard to Stay Consistent in College Hoops

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Something very interesting happened this past week in college basketball. We had three different teams in the top eight of the AP poll lose BOTH of their games. So, not only did they lose the first time. But, in what was supposed to be an obvious bounce back spot, they lost AGAIN.I’m talking about #4 Oklahoma, #7 Wichita State, and #8 Texas Tech.What happened to all three of those teams tells us a lot about the state of college basketball in the 2017-18 season.*There are few, if any truly GREAT teams. Everybody has a weakness that can be exploited. If…

Network Notebook: Hurley Makes it 11-1-1 in NFL Playoffs!

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Yes, the biggest name in sports handicapping...the man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend...and then 4-1-1 in the divisional round...swept the board 3-0 on Championship Sunday to bring his NFL Playoff record to a stunning 11-1-1! You know we're talking about PROVEN WINNER JIM HURLEY!Here's a quick recap from a rampage that made NETWORK clients a fortune in less than a month.WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0)Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New OrleansThe tone was set early for…

Jim Sez First Look at Super Bowl LII

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:08 AM

Network Continues Red Hot in the NFL Playoffs!3-0 Sunday in the Conference Championships!Now 11-1-1 Going Into Super Bowl LII!Eagles (+3) over Vikings 38-7Jaguars (+7.5) over Patriots 20-24 & UNDER 46OUR FIRST LOOK AT SUPER BOWL LII - IT'S EAGLES VS. PATRIOTS FOR ALL THE MARBLES AS WE PUT A REAL WRAP ON SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAMESLet's get something straight right off the bat here: The New England Patriots - the NFL's reigning defending champions - know their history. After all, Sunday's epic 24-20 come-from-behind non-cover win against the 7.5-point underdog Jacksonville Jaguars in this year's AFC Championship Game happened to be…

NFL Conference Championship Previews

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM

IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY!OUR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW - JAGUARS LOOK TO BE A GIANT-KILLER VERSUS THE PATSGotta go all the way back to the 2010 season to find the last time the New England Patriots were not part of the AFC Championship Game scene but keep in mind the Pats have not been any sort of lead-pipe cinch in these games. In fact, New England's split its six AFC Championship Game appearances since 2011 (Denver beat 'em twice in 2013 and '15, Baltimore beat 'em back in 2012) while Jacksonville is making its first showing in this title tilt since…

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

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS, which means I’m looking long and hard at the upset potential in both of this Sunday’s NFL conference championship games. Can the Jacksonville Jaguars take out the New England Patriots? Or, will all the distractions surrounding Tom Brady’s hand injury make them lose their focus? The Philadelphia Eagles are a rare home underdog in a title tilt. Can backup quarterback Nick Foles take them to the Super Bowl?I can’t release my official selections here in a web article. That wouldn’t be fair to my paying customers. I can tell you what I…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Conference Championships

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM

We’re down to the final four in the NFL Playoffs. And, what a week it’s been in the betting markets! I can’t ever recall a situation quite like this…where the most important player in the league suffers a weird injury in practice midweek…in a game where the line was already troublesome for sports books because it was right on the edge of the teaser window.Let’s jump right in. There’s a lot to talk about considering there are only two games…Jacksonville at New England: An opener of New England -9 has come down to -7.5 (and -7 in some spots offshore)…

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

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM

It’s amazing that a fluke accident in an NFL practice can change the course of history. That may be what happened this week when Tom Brady injured his hand. Suddenly, the favorites to win the Super Bowl were surrounded by question marks. And, teams led by unheralded quarterbacks like Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, and Nick Foles were sensing a chance to engrave their names on the most coveted trophy in sports.Of course, New England hasn’t lost yet! Tom Brady may be recovered enough by Sunday afternoon to execute the offense well enough to win. And, the Patriots would still be…

NFL Coaching Changes for 2018, Part 2

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM

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

Sunday Conference Championship Notes

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:15 PM

SUNDAY'S NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES INCH A BIT CLOSER AND WE CLUE YOU IN ON THE KEY STATS ...COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - A PAIR OF POTENTIAL "MARCH MADNESS" SLEEPERSWe know ... can we just get to Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games already! Note that we'll be posting our AFC/NFC Championship Game previews the next couple of days here at Jim Sez - so don't miss out as we'll be including more Spread Stats - but for now let's examine what have been some key stats for all four teams still alive in the chase for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.AFC CHAMPIONSHIP…

Richie Baccellieri: College Hoops Market Slow to Adjust

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

One thing I've noticed in recent college basketball seasons, particularly this year, is that the market is slow to react to changes in team performance once everyone's Power Ratings feel "locked in." How a team played in November and December determines how they'll be rated for weeks, even if it's not deserved.The Arizona State Sun Devils are a great example of this. They were one of the big surprise of the 2017-18 season out of the gate. They were undefeated in non-conference action, including an upset of Kansas in Lawrence. You HAVE to be for real if you win there!…

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Always fun to take a step back and re-discover the Super Bowl LII "Odds to Win It All" when posted just prior to the 2017 NFL season ... now here are what the odds were for the four remaining teams in action this Sunday afternoon/evening followed by the current "Win it All" odds (all based on $100 per play wagers):TEAM             PRE-2017 ODDS           CURRENT ODDSJacksonville           + 6200                            + 650Minnesota             + 2100                            EvenNew England        + 200                              - 200Philadelphia          + 3600                            + 550It's interesting to see that an NFL team laying a price to win it all even before we get to…

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

For years and years, I've been emphasizing the importance of focusing on PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when you handicap games. In the NFL, that's traditionally meant placing a top priority on the quarterback position. In this Sunday's conference championship games, that's going to be a little tricky.Sure, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is one of the greatest to ever play the position. And, he came through for us last week, as my top selection was on the Pats (-) over Tennessee in a 35-14 blowout that was 35-7 until a late garbage time TD. But, the other three QBs…

Wayne Root: Finding College Hoop Upsets in Conference Play

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

I have to say that this is one of the easiest college basketball seasons I've ever seen for finding upsets. All the top teams have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The next level of teams are so good that they can get hot and beat anybody on any give night. And, even some of the cellar dwellers are capable of putting things together for 40 minutes.Duke is loaded, but they already have outright losses as double-digit favorites to Boston College and NC State. Michigan State seemed like a lock for a #1 seed. Suddenly, they're getting bullied by Ohio State…

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

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs JIM HURLEY NOW 8-1 IN 2018 NFL PLAYOFFS AFTER ANOTHER HUGE WEEKENDThe man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend came back with a stunning 4-1-1 performance against the spread over a very exiting divisional round. Let''s quickly review the hottest start IN THE INDUSTRY from PROVEN WINNER and industry legend JIM HURLEY. WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0) Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outright Atlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outright Buffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New OrleansYou''ll recall that…

NFL Conference Chapionship Game Set

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Now 8-1-1 in the NFL Playoffs! 4-0 in Wild Card Round and 4-1-1 in Divisional PlayoffsTHE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ARE SET FOR THIS  SUNDAY - AND WE RE-CAP A WILD (AND WINNING) WEEKEND OF NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF TILTS ... PLUS, WE GET YOU OUR FIVE-YEAR CHART OF AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHP GAMES TOOHey, can you really believe we all have to wait till Sunday now for the next round of NFL games? Darn it!In this past Sunday's shocking finale - Minnesota 29, New Orleans 24 - you simply couldn't make up the script in the final three-plus minutes…

Jim Sez NFL Division Playoff Previews

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:16 AM

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

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Though “championship weekend” in the NFL isn’t until a week from Sunday, it’s possible that this week’s New Orleans/Minnesota game is the “real” NFC championship game that will send its winner to the Super Bowl.*These are the top two teams in the conference in most respected Power Ratings assessments. Minnesota sits atop the NFC, followed in order by New Orleans, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.*Minnesota would be a home favorite of at least five points next week over the winner of Falcons/Eagles, putting them in great shape to be the first NFL team ever to enjoy a “home” game in the Super…

Wayne Root: Market Mistakes in Cold Weather Football Games

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM

It’s been awhile since handicappers have had to deal with so much cold weather in the NFL Playoffs. In recent seasons, even when northern teams were in action, conditions had been relatively mild. This weekend, three of the four divisional round games will be played in freezing temperatures, and two of those three will also have strong winds.Growing up in New York, I know all about playing sports outside in freezing weather! You longtime readers know I was born in a town called Mt. Vernon as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). My personal experiences growing up, and then…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM

We’ve reached the halfway point of the NBA season. What’s very interesting to me as I study the ATS records so far is that all the best performances against the spread have come from Eastern Conference teams.NBA’s Best ATS RecordsBoston 26-15-2Brooklyn 25-16Detroit 23-15-2Chicago 24-17Brad Stevens continues to get his teams to perform better than expectations, something he became famous for during March Madness in his days at Butler. The market assumed disaster when Gordon Hayward was lost for the regular season with a broken leg. Instead, the Celtics are still dominating the race for a #1 seed with a 33-10…

Jim Sez Midweek Report - Divisional Playoffs

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship!Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LIINFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - HERE'S THE LOWDOWN AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE WEEKEND COLLEGE HOOP NOTES - THURSDAY NIGHT ACTIONFolks, there was plenty hootin'-and-hollerin' going on last weekend after all Four (4) NFL Wild Card underdogs swept the board - we won 'em all right here at Jim Hurley's Network, of course!…

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

As we move from Wildcard Weekend to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, the single biggest factor that looms largest is the bye week. The teams with the best two records in each conference were at home relaxing last weekend, scouting their eventual opponents. How big of an advantage is this?Bye teams are fresher, because they enjoyed extended restBye teams are healthier, because nobody got hurt last weekBye teams are better prepared, because they could plan aheadBye teams also enjoy home field advantage!Man, those edges sound HUGE! How do bye teams ever lose with so much going for them?…

NFL Coaching Changes for 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM

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

Jim Sez NCAA Title Game Recap

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship! Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LIITHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - WE DISSECT ALABAMA'S 26-23 OT WIN VS. GEORGIA, PLUS OUR FINAL BOWL/PLAYOFF CHART ...NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND UPDATESNews flash: The Alabama Crimson Tide has now won five national championships in the past nine years - but nobody on this earth thought a freshman quarterback…

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

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Now that Wildcard Weekend is in the books, it’s time to turn our attention forward to see if any week one winners have a legitimate shot to go the distance and win the Super Bowl. You can make good money on futures prices or on a game-to-game basis if you can recognize the early chapters of a new Cinderella story.THE KING OF LAS VEGAS will discuss the Wildcard winners in the order they won…TENNESSEE: It’s very hard seeing this team hanging close to New England, let alone beating New England, Pittsburgh, and then an NFC team in succession. Though, I…

Network Notebook: Hurley Goes 4-0 with NFL Dogs

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The biggest betting story out of Las Vegas this past weekend was the 4-0 board sweep for underdogs during Wildcard Weekend in the NFL playoffs. The second biggest story was that handicapping legend JIM HURLEY went 4-0 for his clients betting all the underdogs!Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New OrleansFrankly, there wasn't that much to sweat. The first two on Saturday won their games outright against spreads near a touchdown. Sunday, Buffalo was getting more than a…

Jim Sez National Championship Game Preview

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 AM

Network Sweeps All 4 Wild Card Games!!!THE JIM SEZ REPORT -TONIGHT'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD WINNERS!Funny how the College Football Playoffs have worked in its first four years of existence:We have not had a #1 seed win it all - nor will we this evening when #3 Georgia battles #4 Alabama - but we sure have seen lots and lots of points.Check out what's happened in the first three editions of the College Football National Championship Game:SEASONWINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE2014#4 Ohio State+ 5.5#2 Oregon42-202015#2 Alabama - 6.5#1 Clemson45-402016#2 Clemson + 6.5#1 Alabama35-31Ahh, so all three previous…

Jim Sez Sunday Wild Card Previews

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:47 PM

THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S GAMESAND SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALLNATIONAL TITLE GAME POINTSPREAD CHATTERThe NFL's Wild Card Playoff Round grinds on with a pair of Sunday showdowns and we'll get to Buffalo at Jacksonville and then Carolina at New Orleans in just a moment right here at Jim Sez, but first this key reminder:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will get you the Side & Totals plays on Monday night's College Football National Championship Game between Georgia versus Alabama when you check in with us game-day afternoon right here online or 1-800-323-4453 and cash in big.…

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 AM

For years I've made my name in the sports betting industry calling for...and winning...upsets in major events. There are Cinderella stories in every sport. I was theman escorting Cinderella to the party in my limousine, and the drinks for everyone were on me.Does that mean I'll be releasing Georgia (+) to my clients this coming Monday Night in the college football National Championship game against Alabama? Don't assume that's a sure thing!*Last week I won big with Alabama (-) over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. That easy cover was never in doubt, as the Crimson Tide defense dominated form start…

Network Notebook: National Championship Preview…Alabama vs. Georgia

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The college football game we've been waiting for all season has finally arrived. The long-established superpower against the new kids on the block. We were delayed from getting it in the SEC Championship game because of an upset. But...now...Alabama and Georgia square off. And, it's not just for a conference title, it's for all the marbles!You probably know that this is likely to be a defensive struggle. The Over/Under of 45 points is very low for a college football championship game. Last year's winner scored that by themselves! This is going to be a smash mouth game featuring physical run-based…

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

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Lines have had time to settle for what's shaping up as a very exciting football weekend. Betting action has been heavy already for Wildcard Weekend...and Monday Night's Alabama/Georgia National Championship game will be one of the most heavily bet college football games ever.Let's see how sharps have been betting all five of these blockbusters. I'll go in schedule order.Tennessee at Kansas City: Different stores opened at different lines across the board last week. So, I'll talk generally about the opening ranges and what's happened since. Here, most spots were at Kansas City -7.5. Since then we've seen a rise to…

Richie Baccellieri: The ACC Has Been VERY Underrated This Season

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM

You'd think that the most prominent conference in college basketball would have a tough time covering point spreads. They're on TV all the time. The public loves betting big name programs. The media loves hyping all the schools appearing in their telecasts. And, Dick Vitale should go into the ACC Hall of Fame just for all the praise he's heaped on Duke and North Carolina in his broadcasting career.Yet, that conference hasn't been overrated this season. It's been extremely UNDER-rated. Check out the ATS records for all 15 teams. And, remember that any "conference" game is both a win and…

Can the Philadelphia Eagles Advance – by Jim Feist.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM

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

Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs! Wins with Georgia over Oklahoma, Alabama vs. Clemson and the UNDER!THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON GEORGIA'S OT WIN AGAINST OKLAHOMA AND ALABAMA'S BRUISING TRIUMPH OVER CLEMSON...PLUS, OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL CHART...AND NFL'S "BLACK MONDAY" IS CHOCK FULL OF MOVESThe College Football Playoff games on New Year's Day/Night? Just call 'em "beauty and the beast".Georgia's fascinating/thrilling 54-48 double-overtime win against 2.5-point underdog Oklahoma was dubbed an "instant classic" even before we got to the bonus football frames and every hard-core football fan already is determining where that game…

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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Not only do the NFL playoffs start this weekend with the four games involving Wildcard teams, but we also have the National Championship in college football featuring Alabama vs. Georgia coming up Monday night. That makes this the perfect time in my College of Advanced Sports Betting to talk about handicapping “playoff style” football.I’ve already won the first two “playoff” games of the football season, as both Georgia and Alabama were part of my 4-1 performance in New Year’s bowl action.New Year’s SelectionsSouth Carolina (+8) beat Michigan 26-19Central Florida (+10.5) beat Auburn 34-27LSU (-3.5) lost to Notre Dame 21-17 (only…

Network Notebook: Studying NFL Point Differentials

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

One of the simplest, but most effective stats for evaluating championship contenders is regular season point differential. That’s even more true if you adjust for strength of schedule. Champions show their quality immediately in this stat. Pretenders are exposed.Let’s start with the AFC. NFL fans know that the AFC was pretty lousy this season. Any measure you use for evaluating schedule strength is going to show all playoff entries from the AFC as having “average” to “weak” schedules, with the majority at “weak.” With that in mind, let’s look at the final regular season point differentials for the playoff qualifiers.AFC…

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 AM

In the past, handicapping the NFL Playoffs was easy. You took the underdogs in the first weekend, because there wasn’t much difference between the worst division winners and the two Wildcards. Then, you went with favorites after that because the bye teams were fresh and playing on their home fields.It’s not quite so simple any more. This year could prove particularly tricky because some of the divisional winners were just as good as the bye teams (the Rams, the Saints, and arguably the Jaguars since they own a road win over Pittsburgh). And, a few of the Wildcard teams have…

Happy New Year - Todays Bowl Previews and NFL Wild Cards

Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:59 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! HERE'S THE MONDAY BOWL LINEUP PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND TEAMSFourth-and-12?Ahh, that down-and-distance will be ringing inside the heads of the Baltimore Ravens for the next umpteen months - they couldn't contain Cincinnati's QB Andy Dalton-to-WR Tyler Boyd 49-scoring strike on 4th-and-12 in yesterday's 31-27 loss to the 8-point underdog Bengals and thus it opened up the path to the playoffs to the Buffalo Bills.You remember them - last seen in the NFL Playoffs way, way back in the 1999 season and dare we remind you that the Bills exited that year's post-season with…

Network Notebook: Will Alabama Get its Revenge on Clemson?

Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

In recent days, money has continued to pour in on the Alabama Crimson Tide in their huge Final Four matchup against Clemson this coming Monday. Those two teams faced each other the past two seasons for the National Championship. Last year, Clemson upset Alabama to lift the trophy.The concept of “revenge” is an easy shortcut to latch onto when trying to make selections. But, it’s one thing to lay one point with a talented revenge-minded team. Another to lay two points. Once you get to three or more…in what could be an evenly matched neutral site battle, it becomes tougher…

Jim Sez Friday Bowl Bonanza and NFL Notes

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:16 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BOWL BONANZA GETS YOU THE FRIDAY MENU - THAT'S FIVE (5) BIG GAMES ...PLUS, THERE'S NFL WEEK 17 CHATTERHere's the skinny when you're getting ready to digest NFL Week 17 all day long on Sunday afternoon - remember that's seven games to be played at 1 p.m. Eastern time and another nine games to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET: There are two playoff spots still open in the AFC, just one spot open in the NFC and we wanted to get you the key spread stats when it comes to the teams battling for those remaining post-season…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 17

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Unfortunately, this is going to be a pretty boring NFL week for sports betting. Yes, a few games matter. But, many matchups feature teams who aren’t going to the playoffs, or are projected blowouts because a contender is facing a bad opponent. The general public will be much less involved than normal, particularly with the huge betting attractions on the board Saturday and Monday in college football. I’ll be brief in the games that don’t matter much and are also being left alone by the Wise Guys.Cincinnati at Baltimore: The high opener of Baltimore -10 has come down to Cincinnati…

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

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

If you’ve been paying attention to the betting markets, you know that the “smart” money has been taking Georgia over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, that also serves as the first half of the Final Four doubleheader New Year’s Day. Oklahoma opened as a favorite, but is now an underdog. Oklahoma’s futures prices are also moving in the wrong direction.What’s going on? Many theories are being discussed out here in the sports betting capital of the world.*Baker Mayfield may have won the Heisman Trophy, but he’s not ready to shine against the great defenses he’ll be facing in January (if…

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

Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A lot to get to today, as we cover the final 18 bowls being played from now through the New Year’s Day extravaganza. Because there are so many games, I won’t talk about Over/Unders unless there’s been a meaningful move. I hope the bowls played so far have been going your way.THURSDAYNavy vs. Virginia in the Military Bowl: Navy’s been getting some sharp support late in the process. The market flipped favorites yesterday, and money continues to come in on Navy given the very cold weather forecast. An opener of Virginia -1 is now Navy -2. Zero is a dead…

THE JIM HURLEY BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON - THE THURSDAY LINEUP

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM

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

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

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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

Tuesday Wednesday Bowl Previews

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1:27 PM

THE NFL REPORT - EAGLES CLINCH NFC HOME FIELD BUT CAN THEY WIN IT ALL WITH QB FOLES? ...COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA THE TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY GAMESNetwork 2-0 Christmas Day With Raiders (+10) vs. Eagles 10-19 and UNDER 46!The good news for the here-and-now Philadelphia Eagles is that they survived a chilly/ugly Christmas Night 19-10 win against the stubborn Oakland Raiders - the bad news is journeyman QB Nick Foles hardly looked the part of a potential Super Bowl-winning signal-caller.Hey, the fact is the Eagles have no choice: We all saw multiple TV shots of injured Philly QB Carson Wentz (knee) who won't…

Network Notebook: NFC Race Now a Crapshoot

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM

There were already leaks starting to show in the boat before the Philadelphia Eagles lost star quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending injury. If you watched Monday Night’s dreadful win over Oakland, you know that the Eagles are nowhere near ready to win the NFC even though they’ve clinched the top seed!Why is JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK so confident to make that claim?*Nick Foles is a warm-weather quarterback who will have to play in winter conditions to reach the Super Bowl. It was cold and windy Monday Night. He couldn’t move the ball against a mediocre opposing defense that had nothing…

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

Monday, December 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM

We’re 14 games into the 2017-18 college football bowl campaign. And, underdogs have a better straight up record than favorites! Dogs have won eight bowls, including Christmas Eve out in Hawaii when Fresno State dominated Houston (despite the close final score). Favorites have only won six games. And, one of those was 22-point favorite Florida Atlantic that shouldn’t even count. Akron had no shot to win that game, though the Zips shouldn’t have lost by almost 50 points.What’s causing all of these upsets? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS! Of course I have the answer.The key factor has…

Merry Christmas From The Jim Hurley Network

Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS!WE KNOW YOU'VE BEEN GOOD AND SO SANTA HAS STACKED UP ALL YOUR PRESENTS - WE'VE GOT THE NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAY, PLUS MONDAY NFL & TUESDAY BOWLS TOO!Ho-ho-ho ...It's time to unwrap your presents on this Christmas Day and we've got gridiron goodies to go along with the NBA and so let's get started on the hardwood:Hey, what would Christmas Day be without a major serving of NBA games and here's some quick-hitter comments as you share this wonderful holiday with family and friends:NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAYPHILADELPHIA (14-18) at NEW YORK (17-15) - 12:05 p.m. ET, ESPNIf Knicks…

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

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

It’s weird to see an NFL team go from a Super Bowl favorite to a potential Cinderella story. But, that’s exactly what happened when Carson Wentz was injured in the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent win over the Los Angeles Rams. There’s enough of a drop-off to backup Nick Foles, that many Power Ratings dropped Philly from “Super Bowl caliber” to “Wildcard caliber.”Was that fair? I have to tell you…I watched a lot of last week’s Eagles game against the New York Giants. It might be! Yes, the Giants have been playing better since they fired the head coach. But, Philadelphia was…

Week 16 NFL Sunday Previews and Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL WEEK 16 REPORT - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S SLATE OF KEY GAMES (PLUS, A LOOK AT THE HAWAII BOWL TOO)'Twas the day (and night) before Christmas and all through the National Football League house there are uber-important games on the Week 16 menu and ...Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Winners beginning with Saturday's twin-bill - that's Indianapolis at Baltimore (4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network) and Minnesota at Green Bay (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC). And don't forget the slew of College Football Bowl games roll on with action every day/night…

Network Notebook: Test for the Jaguars

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM

In recent days, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been getting a lot of positive media run as a Super Bowl dark horse. In fact, some experts don’t even consider them a dark horse any more. Jacksonville’s great defense and adequate quarterback play has them positioned to swipe a top two seed and a bye in the AFC brackets if the Pittsburgh Steelers falter.The problem is…we don’t really know how good the Jaguars are right now.*They’ve played the league’s easiest schedule (according to USA Today)*They’ve played 8 home games, and only 6 road games*They haven’t played anyone who matters latelyCrushing Houston or…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 16

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

This is the first week of NFL season that doesn’t have a Thursday night kick off. We begin Week 16 Saturday with a doubleheader. We end it on Monday with a Christmas doubleheader. Let’s see how sharps have been betting the card so far. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule.SATURDAYIndianapolis at Baltimore: Baltimore’s been sitting just below the key number of 14 all week. An opener of -13 or -13.5 has settled at -13.5. Indianapolis looked to many like they were trying to lose through the second half of the Denver…

Jim Sez Saturday NFL and Bowl Previews

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:43 PM

HERE'S WHAT IS ON OUR HOLIDAY HIT LISTSATURDAY'S NFL WEEK 16 PAIR OF SHOWDOWNS, PLUS A TRIO OF SATURDAY BOWL GAMES TO BOOTWho's counting down the shopping days? Not us!The Jim Hurley Network is busy banging out Football and Basketball winners each and every day this holiday season and Saturday there's a slew of action on the gridiron and on the hardcourt.In fact Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Winners beginning with Saturday's twin-bill - that's Indianapolis at Baltimore (4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network) and Minnesota at Green Bay (8:30 p.m. ET…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting This Week’s College Bowls

Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Back with you to take a look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting some more college football bowl games. Today we’ll run through every bowl from Thursday night’s Gasparilla Bowl to next Wednesday’s four-game grand slam. Then, I’ll have another bowl report for you a week from today. Our usual NFL reports will continue to run on Fridays. TONIGHTTemple vs. Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl: Not much happening on the team side, as an opener of Temple -7 has largely stood pat. Some offshore places opened higher, and sharps bet it down to the key number. Sharps would…

Jim Sez MNF Recap and Frisco Bowl Preview

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:18 PM

THE NFL REPORT - FALCONS' HANG-ON-FOR-DEAR-LIFE WIN IN TAMPA BAY SETS UP WILD FINISH FOR NFC'S REMAINING PLAYOFF BERTHS ... COLLEGE BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON WITH WEDNESDAY'S FRISCO BOWLNetwork wins MNF witth Buccanneers (+7) over Falcons 21-24...Goes 4-0 in Tuesday College Basketball with St. Mary's Tulsa, Buffalo, and top play Western IllinoisHey, NFL, are you ready for a wild finish to this season where three different NFC South clubs - Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans - could each finish 11-5 SU (straight-up)? After Monday Night's nail-biting 24-21 non-cover win by the 7-point favorite Atlanta Falcons over the out-of-it Tampa Bay…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Find Bowl Blowouts

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

As we meet for this week’s get-together in my College of Advanced Sports Betting, six bowl games have already been played. Interestingly, four of the six were won outright by underdogs. Also, four of the six have been decided by double digits.Both favorites that covered, won blowouts. Troy beat North Texas 50-30. Florida Atlantic beat Akron 50-3. Two underdogs also won by exactly 10 points, with Georgia State beating Western Kentucky 27-17, and Boise State embarrassing Oregon 38-28 here in Las Vegas.I’m happy to be off to a 75% start out of the gate, including a major release winner on…

Network Notebook: Lessons from Early Bowls

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00 AM

If you watched the five-game kickoff to this season’s college football bowl slate, you probably noticed a few key factors repeating themselves. Though, if you were more focused on the NFL doubleheader because big-name college teams weren’t playing yet, you missed out on information that could help you clean up the rest of the way. We’ll aim to fix that for you right now. KEY #1: TURNOVERSMany bowl teams are turnover prone. Whenever there are THIS many postseason games, you have a lot of teams who aren’t very good at executing their offenses when they run into bowl caliber opponents. Look…

State of the NFL Quarterback for 2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM

As we reach the end of another NFL season, many teams will already be looking forward to next year’s draft and free agent market to fill holes in their roster – especially at quarterback.  The group of QB’s coming out this year has some first rounders. Josh Rosen of UCLA is likely the best of the best and a projected 1st round pick. Sam Darnold of USC could come out and would also likely be a 1st round pick.  Josh Allen of Wyoming was injured late in the season, but should be good to go and likely a 1st round…

Wayne Root: Poor NFL Quarterbacks Make Dogs A Shaky Bet

Monday, December 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

It’s becoming more and more clear that “old school” handicapping styles that emphasize value underdogs in the NFL are going to need some adjustments. There are too many quarterbacks that you just can’t trust unless the point spreads are very high. As a result, underdogs are winning fewer games than normal straight up, and the worst dogs are missing by a lot.Yes, Bryce Petty covered for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans. He was getting 16 points! Otherwise, you’re still seeing young QBs like Jacoby Brissett, Mitchell Trubisky, and Deshone Kizer struggle to play to expectations. Trubisky’s been able…

Network Notebook: How to Handicap Bowl Games

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

This season’s college football bowl slate begins Saturday and runs all the way through New Year’s, with the National Championship set for Monday night January 8. College football bettors dream of making a fortune in the bowls, ending their season on a high note. What unfortunately happens too often instead is that poor decision-making leads to disappointing results.Let’s start with what NOT to do before covering the right approach.Don’t…*Bet too many games*Bet too many favorites*Bet just because a game is on TV (they’re all on TV!)*Bet based on a grudge you had against a team from the regular seasonSure, it’s…

Wayne Root: Finding the Right Dogs in Early Bowls

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Back in the old days, the easiest money-making strategy in all of sports betting was simply to take all the underdogs in pre-New Year’s bowl games, then lay the points on New Year’s Day. It was simple as could be…and some years would make a fortune.Why?Back then, most favorites in the earlier bowls were “disappointed” that they hadn’t earned an invitation to a better bowl. They lacked motivation, and played with little fire. Underdogs, on the other hand, were excited about earning a bowl bid and knew they had an opportunity to make headlines by scoring an upset. The STRAIGHT…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 15

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Don’t forget that there are two SATURDAY games this week in the NFL. Both have playoff implications. Detroit must keep winning to have any chance to get an NFC Wildcard when they host Chicago. The nightcap between the Chargers and Chiefs is the battle for first place in the AFC West. I’ll start with those then go in Nevada Rotation order through the rest of the weekend. Here’s how sharps have been betting pro football this week. SATURDAYChicago at Detroit: The first openers up were around Detroit -7, but the dog was hit hard right away. Stragglers opened at Detroit -6.…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Early NFL and Bowls

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Today we’re going to look at how professional bettors have been attacking the Thursday Night NFL game matching the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, as well as several of the early college football bowl games. I’ll be back with you Friday to look at the rest of Week 15 in the NFL.THURSDAY NIGHTDenver at Indianapolis: The Broncos opened at -1.5, and have been bet up to -2.5. Whenever a line stays jus below a key number like three for a long time, everyone’s aware that the sharps are waiting for the full three to hit the dog hard. Sportsbooks have…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL and Early Bowl Previews

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:01 AM

JIM HURLEY'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL BONANZA ZOOMS INTO ACTION - GO AHEAD AND SIGN UP TODAY AND GET THE SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE! ...NFL WEEK 15 KICKS OFF WITH BRONCOS-COLTS IN A "WHAT-COULD-HAVE-BEEN" GAME IN INDYNow, who's gonna argue with that old saying ... "it's the most wonderful time of the year"? Hey, we're always extra-geeked for the College Football Bowl Season and this year they really kick off with a bang with Six (6) Games on the Saturday menu ... yummy! We'll get to a few of Saturday's College Bowl Previews in just a moment but first this ultra-important reminder…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Handicap Big NFL Games

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The NFL Playoffs don’t begin until January. But we have a few matchups this weekend that are definitely going to feel like playoff games because so much is at stake.Saturday: LA Chargers at Kansas CityThese two teams are tied for first place in the AFC South. The winner will be in the driver’s seat to earn home field advantage on Wildcard Weekend. The loser will have to battle just to get into the playoffs as a Wildcard because they’ll be 7-7 with two games to go.Sunday: Green Bay at CarolinaAaron Rodgers is back in the lineup for the Packers, who…

Jim Sez Looks at the NFL Stretch Drive

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:51 AM

THE NFL REPORT - WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR A BATCH OF TEAMS THESE FINAL THREE WEEKS ...PLUS, WE KICK OFF OUR COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA WITH SOME KEY POINTSPREAD DITTIES ...JIM HURLEY SMASHES THE BOOKS WITH NFL WEEK 14 WINNERS AS DOLPHINS & UNDER SWEEPS IN MNF (AND EAGLES, BRONCOS, 49ERS AND CARDS CASH TOO!)Okay, so what did New England's lackluster 27-20 loss at 10.5-point home underdog Miami really mean in the grand scheme of things as we head towards the final three weeks/weekends of regular-season play in this National Football League season?Simply put, there's no more "wiggle room" for Bill…

Losing Your Leader and Moving Forward in the NFL

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM

As we head down the final weeks of the NFL regular season we see a few teams that will be forced to move on without the leader on their offense or defense.  The biggest injury happened last week in Los Angeles as the NFC leading Philadelphia Eagles lost QB Carson Wentz to a knee injury.  Initially, Wentz walked off the field and didn’t even appear to be limping. However, we now know that Wentz will miss the rest of the season with that injury. Wentz becomes just the third QB in NFL history to lead his team to 11 wins,…

Jim Sez Week 14 Recap and Monday Night Preview

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Another Winning Weekend For Jim Hurley! Swept Side & Total in Saturday's Army-Navy game!Cashlime Football 2-0 Sunday with Eagles and Broncos as outright winners!Blue Ribbon goes 2-1 with 49'ers and Cardinals as outright winners!Caps the day with Sunday Night Prime Time winner as Ravens (+4.5) cover at Steelers 38-39!NFL WEEK 14: PATS IN PRIME-TIME BASH WITH THE FISH PLUS ALL THE KEY NEWS/NOTES FROM SUNDAY INCLUDING SEASON-ENDING WENTZ INJURY ...HEISMAN '18: AN EARLY PREDICTIONIt's the AFC version of "Keeping up with the Joneses"!Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) slugged their way to yet another last-minute prime-time come-from-behind win and so…

Network Notebook: Wentz Injury Doesn’t Eliminate Eagles

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

While it’s a terrible shame that Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams that may keep him out of action for the rest of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles still have what it takes to go the distance.By the time you read this, more will be known about the status of Wentz’s ACL. Early reports weren’t good. But, maybe better news is on the way and he’ll be able to return for the playoffs. For now, let’s assume he won’t.*Nick Foles is a fine backup quarterback, and is comfortable with this system. While the Eagles…

Wayne Root: Jimmy Garappolo is Going to be a Star

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

While most of the mainstream media coverage of the NFL has focused on the playoff chase and major injuries, one of the most important stories for the future of the league is developing very quietly off the radar.Jimmy Garappolo of the San Francisco 49ers is going to be a star!How can I say that after just two starts for the Niners? Well, we already knew he was good based on his time with the New England Patriots. But, now, with a LOSING team, he’s earning road victories instead of settling for a “getting to know you” run of losses to…

QUICK-HITTER GAME PREVIEWS FOR A BUNCH OF SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:21 PM

In case you're wondering, there are only three NFL Week 14 games that are putting together a pair of losing teams up against one another - and so that means there are a slew of important tilts on the menu with some sort of playoff implications and we'll chit-chat about them shortly but first this key reminder:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 14 Winners - that's both Sides & Totals -- plus remember that you can sign up for the College Football Bowl games right now as there's 41 Bowls in all including the…

Network Notebook: Steelers, Patriots in Look-Ahead Spots

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The game everyone’s waiting for in the AFC is the New England Patriots visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers a week from Sunday. Those are the top two teams in the conference. They’re going to be the bye teams in the playoffs barring big surprises. It’s hard to take any other AFC team seriously as a Super Bowl threat given the clearance Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger’s teams have over the field.Before we get to THAT game, both the Patriots and Steelers have national TV tests this week against divisional rivals.SUNDAY NIGHT: Pittsburgh hosts BaltimoreMONDAY NIGHT: New England visits MiamiBoth AFC powers…

Wayne Root: LA Rams vs. Philadelphia a Huge Test for Both

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

You regulars know I’ve been following the Los Angeles Rams very closely this season. I’ve been “Handicapper to the Stars” for a few decades. Picking winners in game involving the California teams is more important to my business than ever now that the Rams are back where they belong.How far can the team go this year? That’s still an open question. While they did look good against the Saints in a big test on this field a couple of weeks ago, that now seems less impressive since New Orleans lost in Atlanta Thursday night. The road win at Arizona last…

Richie B. Preferred Plays Basketball

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:46 PM

WINNING THAT ONE MOVE A NIGHTRICHIE BACCELLIERI HAS THE RIGHT PLAY AT THE RIGHT NUMBERWITH NEW PREFERRED PLAYS BASKETBALL SERVICE8-2-1 SINCE OPENED TO THE PUBLICFrom Richie Baccellieri, A Message To A Particular Kind Of Player,When I was the line-maker at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas there were two types of basketball bettors who tested the line I made.By far the largest group of bettors were those who loved action. They would bet multiple games a night and because of that the house had a much better opportunity to balance the line and get close to equal amounts of play on…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Week 14 NFL

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

With college football quiet this week except for the Army/Navy game, I’m just going to do one report focusing on the NFL weekend. We’ll be back to our regular schedule next week to talk about early college bowls and more pro football.We start off today with a great Thursday night matchup. Then, the rest of the weekend will be handled in Nevada Rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules. Here’s how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far, and are likely to attack the pro football card this weekend. THURSDAY NIGHTNew Orleans at Atlanta: A lot of…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview and Final Heisman Watch

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:35 PM

NFL WEEK 14 SWINGS INTO HIGH GEAR AS SAINTS-FALCONS COLLIDE IN NFC SOUTH BASHOUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST: THE FINAL EDITION (BUT YOU KNOW WHO'S THE WINNER, RIGHT?)Is this the "last stand" for the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons?Well, keep in mind a loss here - and the Falcons have lost three home games this year versus Buffalo, Miami and Minnesota - would knock Atlanta down to 7-6 SU (straight-up) overall and that would be the NFC's seventh-best record and there's still divisional road games looming in Tampa Bay and New Orleans.A little déjà vu for the NFC South, perhaps,…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Preparation Will Lead to Bowl Success

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The two-week window between Championship Weekend in college football and the start of the bowl season creates the perfect opportunity for smart handicappers to review what they’ve learned from the regular season so they can make informed bets once the deluge starts.Too many of you reading this will relax and take two weeks off from college analysis…then just start winging it. You think you already know everything. When the games start, you’ll just see the line…then bet the line. Maybe one out of every thousand of you can get away with that!Today I’m going to give you some homework that…

Steelers Cap Week 13 With Violent Win - Early Bowl Notes

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:54 AM

THE NFL REPORT - QUICKIE LOOK BACK AT STEELERS' ULTRA-VIOLENT 23-20 COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN AT BENGALS, PLUS, UP-TO-DATE NFL POINTSPREAD INFO ... COLLEGE FOOTBALL EARLY BOWL NOTESFolks, the NFL may have even bigger problems than the whole national anthem taking-a-knee business ...really.In Monday Night's 23-20 comeback non-cover win by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the 4.5-point home underdog Cincinnati Bengals, there were cheap shots galore, a slew of helmet-to-helmet hits and bodies were being carted off the field on stretchers/gurneys as if this were the days of the Roman Coliseum.Maybe Steelers' WR Antonio Brown (8 catches for 101 yards and one touchdown)…

The Football Final Four and the NFL Down the Stretch

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM

The Final Four of the College Championship is set and we get to see a rematch of the two teams from last year’s final game as Alabama takes on Clemson in one semifinal contest and Oklahoma and Georgia matchup in the other semifinal.  These are great matchups and I look forward to what is expected to be very hard-fought battles.Alabama is about a 2 ½ point favorite over Clemson as of this writing. I disagree with that line and actually believe that Clemson to be the better team, though rankings mean little among this group.  The Crimson Tide fell short…

Wayne Root: College Final Four is Shocker Proof!

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

You can’t have a Cinderella story if there’s no Cinderella! Though there’s understandable debate about whether or not Ohio State should have received the fourth bid rather than Alabama, this was destined to be a championship bracket only featuring true powers once Miami lost to Pittsburgh, and once Wisconsin fell behind Ohio State.The Final Four of Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama is LOADED. That would have been true if OSU were in there instead. In terms of how Las Vegas sees teams, even having somebody like Penn State or USC in the mix wouldn’t have hurt too much. Miami was…

College Football Playoffs and MNF Preview

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:42 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: DID THEY GET IT RIGHT? ...NFL WEEK 13 IN REVIEW PLUS, THE MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW AS STEELERS-BENGALS CLASH IN "THE JUNGLE"Okay, so that noise that you're hearing is us clapping our hands together for the College Football Playoff committee folks ... gentlemen, you done good!The rumblings all around the sport late Saturday night and into Sunday morning suggested that the Ohio State Buckeyes - the Big 10 Championship Game winner over Wisconsin on Saturday night - was gonna fill that last slot in the playoff's four-team field behind #1 Clemson, #2 Oklahoma and #3 Georgia but…

Network Notebook: College Football’s Final Four

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM

Championship Weekend is in the books. Now we know that top seeded Clemson will face #4 seed Alabama in the Orange Bowl, and #2 seed Oklahoma will take on #3 seed Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1.Let's take a quick look at how the survivors reached the brackets, then discuss early betting news.#1 Clemson routed Miami 38-3 in the ACC Championship game. But, if you're planning out your betting strategy for their next game...be aware that the offense was far from explosive. This was a "defensive" blowout helped by cheap points set up by three Miami turnovers. Clemson…

More College Title Games and NFL Week 13

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12:26 PM

MORE COLLEGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (SEE ACC & BIG 10) PLUS THERE'S NFL WEEK 13 GOODIES TOOHeck, we know that you'll be sitting there in front of your flat screen TV for the high noon Eastern time announcement on Sunday that'll inform everyone of who made it into this year's College Football Playoffs but there's still some games to be played before we get to that big made-for-TV show.Quick-hitter previews of both of tonight's ACC and Big 10 Championship Games are comin' your way in just a moment plus there's a couple of key NFL Week 13 games to discuss…

Network Notebook: Are the Eagles THIS good?!

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM

It’s one thing to get steamed on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The Pokes had just lost badly in the second half to the Atlanta Falcons, and would be without star rushing weapon Ezekiel Elliott. You can see why smart bettors would like the Philadelphia Eagle to win big.It’s still not particularly dramatic to be steamed the next week against the Chicago Bears. Chicago’s starting a rookie quarterback who’s only being allowed to run the most simple offensive plays. Philadelphia was already a big favorite…smart money made them a slightly bigger favorite.But, getting steamed AT SEATTLE?! Possibly the toughest…

Wayne Root: How will NY Giants Perform After Eli Fiasco?

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

If there was ever a game that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT should write about, it’s definitely the NY Giants visiting the Oakland Raiders this Sunday in NFL action.*Oakland will soon be moving to Las Vegas, and I’m THE KING OF LAS VEGAS. I’ve always followed this team very closely because California teams are so heavily bet at Nevada sportsbooks. Since the announcement, I know this team so well I might as well be on the coaching staff!*I grew up in Mt. Vernon, New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I started my handicapping and media career there…and still…

Conference Championship Weekend

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:09 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S CONFERENCECHAMPIONSHIP GAMES GET ROLLIN' WITH TONIGHT'S PAC-12 TILT (AND THERE'S PLENTY OF STUFF SATURDAY) ...NFL WEEK 13 REPORT: COWBOYS BEAT DEAD-AND-BURIED 'SKINS 38-14This isn't any news flash ... but the Washington Redskins won't be winning Super Bowl LII on the first Sunday in February. The Dallas Cowboys made sure of that last night with a rather bizarre 38-14 win against the 1.5-point favored 'Skins (so much for that line move!) - Washington's seventh loss of this 2017 regular season "featured" a batch of dropped passes, a hellacious fourth-quarter sack of 'Skins quarterback Kirk Cousins and more offensive line…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Week 13 NFL

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys started off Week 13 of the 2017 season with a surprisingly easy 38-14 win over Washington Thursday night. Sharps took a loss on that one after driving the visitor to road favorite status through the week. The Wise Guys don’t win them all, but they win more than they lose. Let’s see how professional bettors have been attacking the rest of the NFL card.Detroit at Baltimore: The only action here has been on the Over/Under. Baltimore opened at -3 on the team side, and is still sitting there. Sharps would fade any move off the key number.…

Thursday Night Preview - College Coaching Changes

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3:45 PM

THE NFL WEEK 13 REPORT - 'SKINS-COWBOYS IN GOTTA-HAVE-IT NFC EAST TILT THURSDAY NITE IN DALLASOUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST ...AND COLLEGE COACHING NEWS/NOTESLet's get something straight:It's gonna take nine wins - minimum - to snag an NFC wild card berth this year and so that means both the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys have zero room for error the rest of the way this NFL season. Both the 'Skins and 'Boys currently stand at 5-6 SU (straight-up) while heading into their Thursday Night tilt in "Jerry's House" and neither team has shown any real signs of putting together…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting College Championships

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

It’s Championship Week in college football. I’m going to run through how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting all the major and mid-major finales. First, let’s take care of the Thursday Night NFL game matching the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. (Games are presented in official Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.) THURSDAY NFLWashington at Dallas: An opener of Dallas -1 has flipped favorites and been bet all the way to Washington -1.5. This is almost an exact replay of what happened for the Thanskgiving game between the LA Chargers and Dallas. You remember what happened…

Jim Sez Conference Championship Blitz

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:27 PM

HERE'S OUR POINTSPREAD BLITZ ON THE POWER 5 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES THIS FRIDAY/SATURDAY ...NFL NEWS & NOTES: RAVENS BEAT TEXANS ON MNF, NOW EYEBALL POSSIBLE 10-WIN YEARNo need for us to tell y'all that there's a whole lot on the line this Friday/Saturday when College Football's Power 5 conferences/leagues play their championship games. Now, let's set the table for what's ahead as we clue you in on a batch of key pointspread info:On Friday, it's ...PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME -- Santa Clara, CA#21 STANFORD (9-3, 7-2) vs. #11 USC (10-2, 8-1) - 8 p.m. ET, ESPNThe USC Trojans are just 4-7-1…

Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Vegas Gaga Over NFL Favorite Flurry

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM

You’d think that sports book operators had never suffered a losing streak before. We’re in a stretch right now where NFL favorites have been cashing at about a 67% pace for well over a month. Since the public loves betting favorites, that means it’s been a bad run for sports books.Look, this stuff happens from time to time. The first six weeks of the NFL season was all about underdogs covering. Then, the pendulum swung the other way. The most important thing for students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting to remember is that you can’t treat sports…

Network Notebook: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM

It was a tough call deciding which game to preview this week here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. We decided against Auburn/Georgia because we talked about them in the first meeting (both teams have stout run defenses, turns out Auburn’s more versatile on offense). We decided against Miami/Clemson when the Hurricanes lost to Pittsburgh this past Friday (besides, Miami isn’t really a “top four” caliber team, and it would be a crime if they upset Clemson and sneak into the brackets).Clearly the MOST drama for the teams involved was in play for Wisconsin/Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game.*Wisconsin…

NFL, a Season of Haves and Have Nots by Jim Feist

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM

This has been a year where the sports books have gotten killed booking NFL wagers. The reason is clear; there simply is very little parity in the NFL this season. Actually, this is a year of HAVES AND HAVE NOTS. We all know which teams fit in each bracket. The Steelers and Patriots are the premier AFC teams, just as many of us thought before the season began. In the NFC, it’s a little more complicated since that conference is much deeper in talented teams than the AFC. How deep you ask? The Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Eagles, Vikings, Lions, Seahawks,…

Wayne Root: Will Championship Weekend be Full of Shockers?

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Given that both the #1 and #2 teams in the college football Playoff Poll lost over Thanksgiving Weekend, we know that ANYTHING can happen during Championship Week that begins Friday night when underdog Stanford takes on USC in the Pac 12 title tilt.Amazingly, Alabama was #1 in the Associated Press poll all season but won’t even be on the field during Championship Week! Their possible berth in the Final Four will depend on what happens elsewhere. Last week’s #2 Miami must now upset Clemson as a TD underdog to get into the brackets as a one-loss conference champion.You know that…

Jim Sez NFL Week 12 Rewind - MNF Preview

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:16 AM

THE NFL WEEK 12 UPDATE: WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON STEELERS' LAST-SECOND WIN AND MUCH MORE PLUS IT'S A TEXANS-RAVENS MNF PREVIEW TOO ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: THE BURNING QUESTION IS - OKAY, SO NOW WHAT? ...Check it out: Jim Hurley's Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot was busy piling up the profits this past weekend:Our Blue Ribbon line banged out NFL Week 12 winners with the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams;Both Cincinnati and Buffalo prevailed as Jim cashed two-of-three wins on his Hotline - the lone loser was Denver which saw QB Paxton Lynch leave with an injury;And…

Network Notebook: Favorites Still on Fire

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:00 AM

It’s been an amazing run. Las Vegas sports books hate it when favorites cover so many spreads. The books have been angry for more than a month! And, that parade of chalk continued on Thanksgiving Day, as Minnesota, the LA Chargers, and Washington all covered as favorites.That after wins Monday night (Atlanta closed a favorite), Sunday night (Philadelphia over Dallas), most of Sunday, the prior Thursday (Pittsburgh over Tennessee), the prior Monday (Carolina over Miami), the prior Sunday night (New England over Denver), well…you get the point! Can winning be as easy as always betting whoever’s favored in an NFL…

Wayne Root: Rams Have Struggled vs. Top Opposition

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The Los Angeles Rams face what might be their most important test of the 2017 NFL season Sunday when they host the New Orleans Saints. While the rejuvenated Rams have excited locals (and many in Las Vegas) with their big improvement this season, there’s a chance this team is still mostly a pretender in terms of the playoffs.Why would I say such a thing about a team with a 7-3 record? Only three of those 10 games came against teams who are likely to be in the upcoming postseason. The Rams’ offense looked pretty awful in those three games.*LA Rams…

Thanksgiving Recaps and Saturday’s Big Game Previews

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:25 PM

THE NFL THANKSGIVING DAY/NITE RE-CAPS PLUS, SATURDAY'S KEY COLLEGE TILTS INCLUDING THE IRON BOWL BASH BETWEEN #1 ALABAMA AT #6 AUBURN AS JIM HURLEY'S ANNUAL TURKEY SHOOT ROLLS ON The five-year anniversary of the famed "Butt Fumble" (see New England Patriots vs. New York Jets and QB Mark Sanchez in 2012) was recognized on a few of the highlight shows yesterday but there weren't any real "say what" moments on Thanksgiving Day/Night 2017. Still, here's some quickie recaps of the NFL Week 12 games played on Turkey Day:MINNESOTA 30, DETROIT 23 - Who would have guessed that Vikings QB Case…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Week 12 NFL

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM

I hope everyone stuffed themselves on Thanksgiving. I was thankful my NFL releases went 2-1, including a top play on the LA Chargers covering by three touchdowns in Dallas. Back today to look through the rest of the NFL weekend. My sharps reports will return next Thursday to discuss Championship Weekend in college football. Then the normal NFL report will run again on Friday.Games are presented in official Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedules.Cleveland at Cincinnati: An opener of Cincinnati -9 has come down to -8.5. Nobody wants to lay this many points with the…

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