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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Wayne Root rushed an emergency video up on the VSM website Saturday morning to alert everyone about a PINNACLE play that was being released in college football action. It was available for purchase as his “Opening Week Game of the Year” all afternoon. Congrats to all of you who cashed the ticket with LSU (+3.5) over Oregon 40-27.

The outright upset on the Tigers highlighted fantastic Saturday performance for THE KING OF LAS VEGAS. One game is still out as we go to press. Here’s what’s in the books so far for Wayne Allyn Root and his clients:

*PINNACLE release on LSU over Oregon in a 40-27 victory. LSU enjoyed leads of 20 points at 33-13 and 40-20…as an underdog! W.A.R. gets another outright upset call in a major TV game. He’s had more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history. He knew Oregon’s high risk offense wouldn’t be sharp in a season opener away from home against a great SEC defense. Oregon lost the ball four times while digging a hole they would never get out of. The Ducks hadn’t cracked 275 total yards with three minutes to go in the game before a garbage time drive lifted them into the 300’s. Huge defensive performance from LSU…and another huge winner for THE KING!

*No Limit release on Houston (-2) over UCLA in a 38-34 victory. Houston led by 17 at the half and by 10 with two minutes to go before a garbage time touchdown trimmed the margin. Big day for quarterback Case Keenum, who completed three-fourths of his passes and threw for more than 300 yards.

*Billionaire release on Boise State (-3) over Georgia in a 35-21 victory. If you weren’t watching LSU beat Oregon in prime time, you were watching this one.. Outside of one busted play defensively in the first half, Boise State was in control the whole way. They led 28-7 late in the third quarter.

*Labor Day Weekend Special Bonus release on East Carolina (+21) over South Carolina in a shootout down South. East Carolina jumped out to a 17-0 lead. They had enough gas in the tank at the very end to hold on for the money in a 56-37 loss.

*If you’re a baseball fan, W.A.R. baseball went 2-1, with a No Limit winner on the Yankees.

Now you know why Wayne is the only handicapper with a star on the Vegas “Walk of Fame!” Congrats to all of you who signed up the big day.

We’ve been crunching the numbers from marquee action all week here in the VSM Blog. Let’s take a closer look at what happened in those two prime time showcases…


  • Total Yardage: Oregon 335, LSU 273
  • Rushing Yardage: Oregon 95, LSU 175
  • Passing Stats: Oregon 31-53-1-240, LSU 10-22-0-98
  • Third Downs: Oregon 44%, LSU 43%
  • Turnovers: Oregon 4, LSU 1
  • Yards-Per-Play: Oregon 4.1, LSU 3.9
  • Vegas Line: Oregon by 3.5, total of 53

It’s odd to have a defensive struggle end 40-27. But, the very low YPP numbers show you that both offenses were having trouble getting things going consistently. LSU took advantage of field position set up by their forced turnovers. Oregon wasn’t forcing any turnovers, so cheap points weren’t as prevalent. The composite of rushing yardage and turnovers best capture LSU’s dominance here. If you’ve held Oregon to 13 points entering the fourth quarter, you’ve done a great job! Garbage time yardage create some illusions in the final box. LSU was more impressive than total yardage and YPP would suggest because they kept forcing mistakes that turned into points against an Oregon offense that wasn't up to the challenge when the game was on the line.


  • Total Yardage: Boise State 390, Georgia 373
  • Rushing Yardage: Boise State 129, Georgia 137
  • Passing Stats: Boise State 28-34-1-261, Georgia 16-29-1-236
  • Third Downs: Boise State 33%, Georgia 15%
  • Turnovers: Boise State 1, Georgia 1
  • Yards-Per-Play: Boise State 5.5, Georgia 6.2
  • Vegas Line: Boise State by 3, total of 51.5

It’s a good thing you watched the game. That gave you a better sense of the evening than these numbers do. Georgia took a 7-0 lead on an 80-yard touchdown run. That helped out their YPP on the night. But, the Bulldogs really didn’t do anything else until they were down by three touchdowns. Boise went to clock grinding mode with the big lead…and Georgia’s garbage time comeback helped even up the stats and the score. Biggest keys were probably a 2 of 13 performance on third downs for Georgia…and just 57 rushing yards on the night if you throw out the one big lay that busted lose. Boise owned the point of attack. The running scoreboard through the night told that story better than the final stats did in this case.

Let’s briefly catch up on the pennant races since we’ve been running those updates nightly. The Yanks still lead the AL East by half a game because both they and the Red Sox won. Detroit now leads the AL Central by 6.5 games thanks to a late rally for a win over CWS. Texas helped out the LAA in the AL West by losing to Boston. Arizona expanded its lead back to six games in the NL West with a 7-2 win over Tim Lincecum and San Francisco.

Back with you tomorrow for more football coverage. Jim Hurley's Network Notebook will discuss the Texas A&M Aggies as they get ready for Sunday Night’s TV game against SMU. Coach Ron Meyer is scheduled to check in midday to discuss June Jones and the job he’s doing with the Mustangs.

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