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

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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

Can You Spot this Weekend's off-lines? I DO!I'm Richie B, Vegas' all-time #1 linesmaker (Caesar's Palace & MGM Grand) where I made my own lines and beat the sharps 27 years in a row.Now I'm on your side and I see a dozen lines that are a mile off!Call me for my two best - absolutely free - grab the points and get the money! Call 1-888-546-4875OCTOBER IS SUPPOSED TO BE WHEN THINGS COOL DOWN - BUT WE'RE JUST WARMING UP!THAT'S WHY I'M CALLING IT HOT-TOBER!WHEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT NUMBER, YOU CAN'T NOT WIN. I PROVED IT IN SEPTEMBER.…

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…

Wayne Root: Ranked Teams Face Challenges as Road Favorites

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

You know that THE KING OF UPSETS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT loves nothing more than calling for outright upsets in high profile games and nailing them. I might be stepping out this coming Saturday because several ranked teams find themselves on the road as favorites against home dogs that are chomping at the big to make headlines.Some quick examples:#1 Alabama (-18) at Vanderbilt: That’s a tall spread for calling an upset. But, Vandy is coming off a home upset of Kansas State (a Power Play winner in The Root Trust last week), and will try to shorten the game to hang…

Jim Sez: NFL Week 2 Rewind and MNF Preview

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM

IT'S TIME TO HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON SUNDAY'S NFL WEEK 2 ACTION PLUS WE'VE GOT A LIONS VS. GIANTS MNF PREVIEWCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: THINK WE'RE HEADED FOR A CLEMSON-ALABAMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PART III?No doubt about it: The Atlanta Falcons wanted to "christen" their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a really big win against the Green Bay Packers - then call it "mission accomplished" with Sunday night's rollicking 34-23 win/cover as QB Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards (and he was razor-sharp) and star WR Julio Jones (5 catches for 108 yards) was a first-half demon against an overmatched Packers…

NFL Old School vs. New School

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim Feist I know the world changes all the time. I accept that, actually I embrace that. I'm not saying I agree all the new is better than the old but I do know we all have to try new things.  Blockbuster doesn’t exist any longer. Uber and Lynx are blending into the taxi industry. But I do have some issues with the new vs the old and that is where it obviously doesn’t work as well.Concerning the NFL, I have a huge issue with the concept of the elimination of the running game, in favor of more passing, to…

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Arizona's 100-Unit Blowout 63-16 Win Over UTEP Launches Dynamite College Football Weekend 50-Unit Play Tonight On Classic Offense Vs. Defense ABC TV Showdown - Clemson At Louisville Going For 2nd Straight 50-Unit College Game Of Week Winner Three Bests Bets Club 'Dogs Set To Score Today Handicapping Hints To Help You Win Today By Kelso SturgeonThis weekend college football schedule is again an attractive one and it is nice to report I started it off last night with a single play - a 100-unit bet on Arizona (-27) with its 47-point 63-16 blowout win at Texas-El Paso. The win was…

Network Notebook: Packers/Falcons Huge in NFC Picture

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

A week ago at this time, we talked about how the best four teams in the NFC were matched up to play each other head-to-head right out of the gate. We gained a lot of insight from those games…and will now be treated to another huge matchup featuring the defending conference champs against the current market favorite.First, a review of last week. You’ll recall these were the Super Bowl odds for teams playing in the big TV games…Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1)NY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1)Green Bay only beat Seattle 17-9, but crushed them in the statistics. Dallas…

Wayne Root: Bi-Coastal Tests

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

I was looking through the games involving teams I usually write about here in my web articles…the New York NFL teams because I was born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon NY (son of a butcher!)…USC and UCLA because I was known as “handicapper to the stars” in Hollywood for many years because of my high profile clientele (which is still true, but they’re much more subtle about their betting now!). I finally decided I should just write about ALL of them.Not only will this be a bi-coastal web article. But, bi-coastal will be a theme inside because one…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 2

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Week Two is already under way with the Houston Texans and the Under cashing pretty easily Thursday night in Cincinnati. Sharps who moved the line from Cincinnati -3 to Cincinnati -6 didn’t like that result! I took a shot on the value dog for an outright winner, part of a 2-0 night for clients that also included New Mexico (+) at Boise State…fading a favorite that’s been overpriced at home for quite a while now.Let’s get to the rest of the week’s pro football action. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Tennessee at Jacksonville: Tennessee opened at pick-em,…

Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:18 PM

THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE: THURSDAY'S TEXANS-BENGALS BASH NOT THE ONLY GAME BETWEEN A PAIR OF WINLESS SQUADS PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SNEAKY-GOOD TEAMSFolks, we usually don't start attaching a "must-win" label to any pro football game until we get to NFL Week 3 play - and take note that for many, many years here at the Jim Hurley Network we've liked to side with what we consider "good teams" plus points when they head into a Week 3 sked without yet cracking the "W" column.So, not about to believe that any of these NFL Week 2 games are "must win"…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Back for another week of analyzing sharp action. Today we’ll look at Thursday and Friday football, along with marquee matchups from Saturday’s college slate. Then, I’ll be back by midday Friday for our weekly look at the weekend NFL card. Thanks again to all of you who have been checking in for these sharps reports for so many years.We start with tonight’s NFL matchup… THURSDAYHouston at Cincinnati: An opener of Cincinnati -3.5 has been bet all the way up to -6 since it became clear that Deshaun Watson was going to get the start despite having a sore ankle. Sharps were…

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM

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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

On the heels of my 50-unit top play winners last week on West Virginia (-24) over East Carolina 56-20 and Green Bay (-3) over Seattle 17-9 (with a much more decisive stat advantage), this seemed like the ideal time to talk about finding teams who will dominate on the field while covering their pointspreads.Let’s start with West Virginia. Though, I do like many of the PLAYMAKERS on this Mountaineers team, this was very much a bet AGAINST a bad East Carolina squad that is in big trouble this year. Way too many in the betting markets were worried about West…

JIM SEZ NFL & COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:23 PM

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

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Is New England QB Tom Brady At 40 Now Over The Hill And Out Of Gas?Texans And Colts An Embarrassment To NFL With Absolutely Inept Performances In OpenersOnce Powerful Baylor Ruined By Sexual Assault Scandal And Is Heading For 0-12 Season Already Lost At Home To Liberty And UTSABy Kelso SturgeonOne must always be careful to not over-react to what one sees in the first game of a long football season. I could be real—it might not be. With that said, many questions surfaced over the weekend in both college and NFL football, including quarterback Tom Brady’s suspect performance in…

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

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

This past Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers stuffed highly respected Auburn thanks to a stingy defense that just wouldn’t allow any big plays. So much for Jarrett Stidham’s Heisman Trophy campaign! This coming Saturday night, the Tigers have to go on the road to face another highly regarded opponent…one that gained 705 yards last week at North Carolina!It’s going to be one of the best defenses college football trying to contain one of the most dynamic offensive forces the sport has ever seen when #3 Clemson visits #14 Louisville in prime time on ABC. Will the Tigers derail the 2017…

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

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Well, that had to be the ugliest NFL Sunday in decades! Even smash mouth football back in 1960’s wasn’t that ugly because there weren’t interceptions being returned for touchdowns every five minutes. What are DOG LOVERS like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT going to do when so many dogs can’t find the trail to the end zone?First, I’m going to remember that defenses are WAY ahead of offenses in Week One these days because it’s easy to get a quality defense up to regular season speed, while offenses are so “protected” during August by conservative coaching that most aren’t in synch. Think…

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

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:56 AM

OUR NFL WEEK 1 SUNDAY RE-WIND: WHERE DID ALL THE OFFENSE GO?PLUS QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS OF TONIGHT'S SAINTS-VIKINGS, CHARGERS-BRONCOS BASHESTHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: BUCKEYES GET A DOSE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINEHats off to NBC's post-game commentator Mike Tirico: Last night while following on the heels of the Dallas Cowboys' 19-3 win/cover against the 6-point underdog New York Giants (more on them in a moment here at Jim Sez) the broadcaster addressed the fact that a half-dozen NFL teams scored in single digits in their season-opening games.From low-to-high ...Cincinnati was shut out at home versus Baltimore;San Francisco registered just 3 points in…

Oklahoma at Ohio State Preview plus NFL

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Heck, the main headline for NFL Week 1 could already be written ... Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots already lost! Now - following on the heels of Kansas City's stunneroo 42-27 win in Foxboro -- we're gonna see how many other outright upsets on are the NFL Week 1 menu. We'll zip through a few of Sunday's key games in a moment but now hear this:The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time with yet another slam-bang NFL Season straight ahead and we want you to come along for the ride! Cash…

Network Notebook: NFC Powers Square Off Sunday

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Though it’s widely understood that the NFC was going to have some “good games” to watch on TV this Sunday, you may not be aware that the TOP FOUR teams in NFC Super Bowl futures prices are going to battle head-to-head in these two games:Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1) at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOXNY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1) at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCEven though the Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC champions, there’s skepticism that they can get back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. There are so many “decent” teams…

Can Revenge Get It Done For Oklahoma against Ohio State

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Can Revenge Get It Done For #7 Oklahoma Sooners Who Meet #2 Ohio State Buckeyes In Columbus?This Nationally Televised (ABC) Saturday Night Big Ten Vs. Big 12 Showdown Highlights 4-Team 125-Unit College Grand SlamThe Other 3 Grand Slam Games Are Pitt At Penn State, TCU at Arkansas And Georgia At Notre Dame—All On National TV50-Unit College Game Of The Week Scores Today As Solid Favorite Wins By 50 PointsBy Kelso SturgeonThere are so many unpredictable elements in play in handicapping tonight’s showdown game between the #7-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) and the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) one can get blue…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 1

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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

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

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Another new NFL season is upon us, which means it’s time to refresh your memory about the keys to finding SHOCKERS and other great underdog bets in the first week of an NFL season. You longtime readers know I can’t post official selections here in my web articles. That wouldn’t be fair to paying clients. But, I’m happy to outline the general strategies I use when making “outright upset” calls early in a new pro football season.The first, and most important thing to remember is that the pointspreads are largely based on what everyone remembers from LAST YEAR rather than…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday-Saturday Action

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

This season, I’ll be posting two “sharps” reports per week. Each Thursday I’ll take a look at how the Wise Guys have been betting all the Thursday and Friday action, along with the most important marquee matchups in Saturday’s college football. Then, on Friday, I’ll have the traditional NFL report that covers Sunday and Monday.The pro football season begins TONIGHT with Kansas City visiting New England. Let’s start with that one. THURSDAYKansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots: All last season, squares bet the Patriots while sharps faded them…and the public kept right on cashing tickets to the tune of 16-3.…

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM

With the NFL regular season about to begin, it’s time for students here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting to focus on the single most important PLAYMAKER position of all. I’m talking about the quarterback position in the NFL.No single position in any other sport even comes close to the importance of NFL quarterback in terms of YOUR bets. College football has gamebreakers at various skill positions. Cy Young award winners in Major League baseball only start every fifth day, and pitching is only about half of baseball given the wide variance of hitting talent. You could make the…

Jim Sez Super Bowl Odds and College Notes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:58 PM

THE 2017 NFL SEASON ARRIVES THURSDAY AND WE HAVE THE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE ODDS TO WIN IT ALLCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: TENNESSEE SNAGS TWIN-0T VICTORY AGAINST GEORGIA TECH, BUT DID THE "WRONG TEAM" WIN?Let's do a little NFL history lesson here: Since the 2000 season, the New England Patriots have copped five Super Bowl championships - far and away more than any other organization during this time frame - while the Baltimore Ravens (2), the New York Giants (2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2) also have been multiple SB champs. The Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks…

Jim Feist: The Best of the NFL

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistThe pro football season kicks off this week when the defending champion Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs, a playoff rematch from two years ago (27-20, Pats).  The AFC has won 13 of the last 20 Super Bowls and here's a look at some of the best of the NFL.Falcons: Atlanta has it all, a speedy young defense that won the NFC and a powerhouse offense behind QB Matt Ryan (38 TDs, 7 INTs) and star WR Julio Jones (1,409 yards). The balanced offense led the NFL in scoring (33.8 ppg). Re-signing RB Devonta Freeman last month was…

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

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM

The early line for this Saturday night’s BLOCKBUSTER college football showdown matching Oklahoma and Ohio State shows the Buckeyes as a favorite of -7.5 points. Even though Oklahoma looked sharp in a season-opening win over UTEP, it’s likely that line will stay around -7.5 because:*Ohio State exploded for a huge second half against Indiana in a TV game*Everyone who laid -7, -7.5 or -8 with Alabama over FSU in last Saturday’s big TV game cashed their tickets!Squares love to bet national superpowers as TV favorites…and they got to celebrate with that approach a few times last week (Michigan also won…

Wayne Root: USC and UCLA Both the Start Season Overrated

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM

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

Jim Sez: The College Football Report

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:51 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:WE WRAP UP THE BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH #25 TENNESSEE VS. GEORGIA TECH TONIGHT PLUS HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON #1 ALABAMA'S BIG VICTORY AGAINST FLORIDA STATE ... PLUS VIRGINIA TECH AND UCLA WIN SUNDAY NIGHT THRILLERS AND A BACKWARD TEXAS TWO-STEP TOO!C'mon, are you kidding me?The Sunday night thrill-a-minute finishes in both LA and DC really put a major exclamation point on a great first full weekend of College Football but the fun-and-games ain't over yet!There's a big game in Hot-lanta this evening - our #25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech preview is straight ahead for your…

COLLEGE FOOTBALLS MONSTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS HERE

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 12:47 PM

Who said anything about barbecues, beaches and backyard parties?It's College Football time, ladies and gents, and so put all those other outdoor activities on hold for what figures to be one of the great all-time first full weekends in recent gridiron memory.Hey, it's not every day we get a first-weekend-of-the-year showdown between the nation's preseason #1 and #3 teams plus you can never really get enough of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh now - what, he's back from Rome? - as his 11th-ranked Wolverines have a marquee matchup on tap too.The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Marquee College Football Games

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The first full weekend of college football action isn’t exactly rife with great matchups. That’s why everybody’s talking about Alabama/Florida State! It’s rare to have a game that great on opening Saturday. But, in terms of pure entertainment value…that’s about it.Here in Las Vegas, we gamble for money rather than entertainment. So, I’ve added in a few other games of interest for us to study this week. I’ve also included Sunday’s doubleheader and the Monday nighter, which will at least match up bowl caliber teams in early Power Ratings.I’ll run through these handpicked games in schedule order, starting with Saturday…

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

We’re going to transition from Preseason to regular season for 2017 beginning today. No reason to worry about all of those Week Four exhibition games in the NFL where very few starters will be seeing any action. Most sharps only have token involvement because limits are small and there’s so much randomness when backups are playing the whole way.We have plenty of college football action Thursday and Friday to talk about. Then, I’ll be back with you tomorrow to look at how sharps have been betting the marquee college football games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (including that huge game…

2017 College Football’s Top 1-20

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistThe countdown continues! Last week we looked at my Top 21-40, this week is my Top 20. The season is underway, so here's a peak at college football's best.20.  Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin is a great recruiter and has talent, though there is a lot of inexperience. This offense (34.8 ppg) was #34 in the nation in scoring with over 211 yards rushing and passing per game.  Senior Jake Hubenak (6 TDs, 2 picks) saw some time and he will be pressed by freshmen QBs Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond.  They have a reliable target in WR Christian…

Jim Sez NFL and College News and Notes

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:03 PM

HEY, NFL FANS, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE START OF THE '17 SEASONPLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES: WHAT TEAM(S) THIS WEEK COULD MAKE A HUGE LEAP IN THE RANKINGS (OR EVEN CLIMB INTO THE RANKINGS)?Here's a word to the wise when it comes to the NFL: Just be patient, folks, the 2017 regular season will be here before you know it when the Kansas City Chiefs challenge the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 7th and then that's followed by an array of great Week 1 games on Sunday, Sept. 10th and Monday, Sept. 11th.The…

Wayne Root: How to Find Week One College Football Upsets

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM

The first full week of college football action for the 2017 season is upon us. Last week barely counts! Your Thursday, Friday, and Saturday handicapping schedule will be very busy from now through early December. This weekend, you’ll also have some Sunday and Monday action to consider as well for the Labor Day holiday.You may have noticed there was only one “upset” in that abbreviated appetizer last weekend. Hawaii scored very late to barely beat UMASS. But, Hawaii was the better team to begin with, which is why they were getting less than a field goal on the road. Oregon…

Network Notebook: NFL Dress Rehearsals Expose QB Issues

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM

It’s becoming very clear that successful NFL handicapping during the 2017 season is going to involve fading teams who are in trouble at the quarterback position. There just aren’t enough good quarterbacks to go around! Teams experimenting with various options through the Preseason haven’t found much to get excited about. In fact, this past weekend’s dress rehearsals basically confirmed that serious issues are ahead for many teams…even those expected to contend for at least Wildcard spots.Among the contenders…HOUSTON has given the starting job to Tom Savage. But, he mostly just completes short passes that don’t threaten the end zone. He…

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

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I don’t talk much about boxing here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting. And, I’m not really talking about boxing today even though I’m going to reference this past Saturday Night’s spectacle here in Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather and Colin McGregor. My point in bring up that bout is that it proved once again that there could be tremendous value in betting big favorites.It’s become overstated in the extreme that the best way to make money in sports betting is to focus on underdogs. While it’s generally true that sports books shade the line against the public by…

Jim Sez: NFLX Week 3 Wrap

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM

THE NFL 2017 SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE BEND, BUT TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING ALL YOUR PRESEASON POINTSPREAD QUERIES AND WE PUT A  WRAP ON NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 PLAYCOLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS OFF-AND-RUNNIN' AS #14 STANFORD COVERS THE WEEKEND'S HEFTY PRICE TAG IN OPENER, BUT #19 USF DOES NOT!Go ahead ... Ask us how NFL Preseason Betting Favorites have fared so far this month and the answer may surprise you:The NFL chalk this summer is just 19-21-4 ATS (against the spread) with 5 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix (that's a .475 winning percentage) and if you happen to…

Jim Sez: Saturday NFL and College Football

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12:41 PM

MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS/COMMENTS AHEAD PLUS PATS LIKELY LOSE WR EDELMAN FOR THE YEAR, WHILE KC'S WARE HUST TOOPLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS HERE AND WE HAVE "ONE-LINERS" ON THE FIVE (5) GAMESThe 2017 NFL Regular Season is now less than two weeks away - but first things first: The two preseason games on Friday night turned into "worst nightmare" stuff for the visiting sides as New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (98 catches for 1,106 yards last year) was seen being carted out of Ford Field in Detroit with crutches in hand while Kansas City RB…

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

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM

We have four college football games on the main board in Las Vegas this Saturday. Five if you count the “added” TV game involving Portland State and BYU on ESPN. This is a great way for students here in my College of Advanced Handicapping to get their feet wet in advance of the full flood of college games coming next week.You hard workers are probably already up to speed on the basics like won-lost records from last year, returning starters, quarterback experience and the like. And, obviously, you’ve already made your lists of PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS that are going to…

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Nationally-Televised Oregon State At Colorado State Saturday Helps Launch 2-0 College Season 100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins Saturday And It Is Yours Free...Won Last Year With Redskins Vegas Bookmakers Say They Will Suffer Biggest Loss In History If Cage Fighter McGregor Beats Undefeated 49-0 Mayweather Saturday By Kelso SturgeonIt's time to get serious about the football season as the colleges launch their season a bit early this Saturday, offering four games (three on national TV) including Oregon State at Colorado State where the Rans will open their new 36,500-seat on-campus stadium, powerful South Florida at San Jose State and…

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week Three of NFLX

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The dress rehearsal games are finally here. Las Vegas is really looking forward to these because the public loves getting a chance to bet games where starters are going to play into the second half. It will be the biggest football week of the Preseason by far in terms of handle, and attendance in the showrooms with all the big screen TV’s.Normally, I’d run through each game to talk about sharp action. But, we have a very unique circumstance this week where oddsmakers have settled many matchups on “Favorite -3” or “Favorite -3.5.” It takes a lot for the Wise…

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM

by Jim FeistIt's time to kick off a new football season! College football begins August 26, so here's a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.40. Arkansas:  Brett Bielama's squad made a bowl with upsets of Ole Miss, TCU, Florida and Mississippi State. Senior QB Austin Allen (25 TDs, 15 INTs) returns along with RB Rawleigh Williams (1,360 yds). The offensive line is experience and new DC Paul Rhoads is shifting from a 4-3 base to a 3-4 with 5 starters back. They should be able to improve their red zone play on offense (#100 in the…

Wayne Root: NY Jets Projected to Have Worst NFL Record

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Last week we talked about the New York Giants in this spot. As a native New Yorker (born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon, NY…a son of a butcher!), it’s my responsibility to give equal time this week to the New York Jets.There’s been so much pessimism about the Jets here in Las Vegas that their “Regular Season Win Total” proposition has fallen all the way down from 4.5 to 3.5…with the Under now a slight favorite at 3.5! That means 3-13 is the best expectation for the 2017 season based on a composite of market influencers.What does WAYNE…

Jim Sez: The Top Teams In College Football

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON REPORTBROWNS DOWN GIANTS 10-6 BUT BECKHAM'S THE NEWSMAKER (AGAIN!) PLUS A LOOK AT THE TOP TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S PRESEASON AP TOP 25One way or the other, it was New York Giants' WR Odell Beckham Jr. that figured to "make news" in Monday night's NFL Preseason Week 2 tilt in Cleveland:Oh, yes, the 1.5-point underdog Browns held off the Giants 10-6 in a game that featured plenty of fourth-quarter bloopers but it was a first-half left ankle sprain suffered by Beckham (three receptions for 37 yards) that created all the buzz in a game that illustrated the…

Network Notebook: Best and Worst from NFLX Week 2

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

It’s very easy for handicappers to take the second week of the NFL Preseason “off” in terms of real analysis. After Week One, you watched every game either live or on replay. You scoured the boxscores. You missed football so much all summer you couldn’t wait to dig in! In Week Two? You just watched the scoreboard update while you rooted for your bets. Mistake!This week in particular, you really needed to be paying close attention. Some offenses made statements about regular season readiness, even if they didn’t light up the scoreboard with 38-45 points. Other teams created the illusion…

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