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Wayne Allyn Root - Biggest Week Yet in Pac 12 Basketball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Wayne Root: Biggest Week Yet in Pac 12 Basketball!The Pac 12 begins what is shaping up as its most important weekly schedule of the whole season Wednesday night when surprising contender visits respected Utah. It ends Saturday with the rematch of USC and Arizona, two of the three best teams in the league.In between...Oregon (the other power) has two tough road games in Northern California...Washington has to deal with Colorado at altitude...and UCLA tries to climb back into the race with a statement upset at Arizona. Here's a quick look at the highlights, with current Pac 12 records in parenthesis...Pac…

Tony Salinas - Did Texas A&M Peak Too Soon

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Tony Salinas: Did Texas A&M Peak Too Soon?Thanks to all of you who joined me for Denver and Under in Super Bowl 50 this past Sunday. That combination was pretty much never in doubt. Last week I asked if you realized how rare it's been lately for favorites to win blowouts in the big game. We did have a blowout this time...but it was the disrespected underdog that got tired of all the early talk that they had "no chance" to beat Carolina. Tell a team they have no chance, and they'll do whatever they can to prove you wrong.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE Play on Denver Wins Outright

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Wayne Root: Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE Play on Denver Wins OutrightThe KING OF UPSETS did it again! The man with more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history won his Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE play on the Denver Broncos (+5) over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 Sunday evening in Santa Clara.Denver was obviously the right side from the get-go. And, their fantastic defense had them positioned to spring the upset the whole way through. If Peyton Manning wasn't a shadow of his former self as a quarterback at this late stage of his historic career, it might have been…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Carolina Obliterate Denver in Super Bowl 50

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Wayne Root: Can Carolina Obliterate Denver in Super Bowl 50?Earlier this week, I looked at the question of whether or not the Denver Broncos could SHOCK the Carolina Panthers in this Sunday's Super Bowl 50. The answer was obviously YES. Denver has a great defense and a veteran quarterback. Carolina is facing its toughest test away from home all season after enjoying a soft regular season schedule and home cooking through the playoffs. Denver can DEFINITELY score a shocker.But, even dog-heavy handicappers like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT have to be fully aware that Carolina could win a blowout here. Today's article…

Tony Salinas - When Was Last Time a Super Bowl Favorite Won a Blowout

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Tony Salinas: When Was Last Time a Super Bowl Favorite Won a Blowout?A lot of people seem to be expecting the Carolina Panthers to crush the Denver Broncos this Sunday in Super Bowl 50. All you hear is that everybody's betting Carolina. Since the poinstpread is closer to a touchdown than a field goal...everyone must be expecting an easy Carolina win.When was the last time a favorite won a Super Bowl by double digits? It used to happen every year. Lately, it's not as common as you think.Last year's game was a pick-em, when New England beat Seattle 28-24The underdog…

Tony Salinas - UCLA/USC Rematch Should be Electric

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Wayne Root: UCLA/USC Rematch Should be Electric!The college basketball season is just flying by. It wasn't long ago when we were talking about the first USC/UCLA game...right after both of those teams had knocked off Arizona. The rematch will be played Thursday Night on the Trojans' home floor. UCLA will be hoping to avenge the loss they suffered in Pauley Pavilion.Back then, people were first starting to wonder if USC was really better than UCLA. It's not often you say that in this sport. UCLA has the most storied program in history. Even when they start to ebb, it seems…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Denver Shock Carolina in Super Bowl 50

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Wayne Root: Can Denver Shock Carolina in Super Bowl 50?I was going to save this discussion until later in the week. Hey, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is widely known as THE KING OF UPSETS because I've won more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history! Of course I'm going to at least think about the possibility that a Super Bowl underdog can win outright.But, I've decided to move this up to Monday because NOBODY seems to be talking about Denver having much of a chance. The early line keeps going UP, even though many in the media were initially…

Wayne Allyn Root - Getting Caught Up in the Big East

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Wayne Root: Getting Caught Up in the Big EastSince we don't have any football to talk about this weekend, this seems like the perfect time to "return" to my old stomping grounds and talk about Big East basketball. My feet are always firmly planted here in Las Vegas. I still have great sources back East that tell me everything I need to know to pick winners!Though not as prominent as it used to be in the national mindset, the league is very likely to play a prominent role come Dance time...*Villanova could easily be a #1 seed (and go the…

Tony Salinas - Will Disappointing Hoop Powers Start Covering as Dogs

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Tony Salinas: Will Disappointing Hoop Powers Start Covering as Dogs?If you've been following college basketball this season, you know that a lot of big name programs have taken a step or two backwards. It's been obvious for weeks. And, we saw a great example this past Monday night when both Duke and Kansas looked pretty bad (by past standards) in nationally televised road losses to Miami and Iowa State respectively.Duke lost by 11 as a 4-point underdog at MiamiKansas lost by 13 as a 1-point underdog at Iowa StateThose two games were supposed to be relative toss-ups. But, the "powers"…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Iowa About to Become Cinderella Story

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Wayne Root: Is Iowa About to Become Cinderella Story?The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. There’s still a lot of games left to be played of course, with Thursday’s road trip to highly regarded Maryland front and center. But, the early returns are suggesting that this team that began the season unranked has a legitimate shot to win the Big 10 and earn a #1 seed in the Big Dance.If that happens…it’s hard to call a #1 seed a Cinderella story. From where this season began? Very few people even had the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Checking in on Duke/Miami Monday Night

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:50 AM

Wayne Root: Checking in on Duke/Miami Monday NightThe Duke Blue Devils are one of my favorite go-against teams in the postseason. They’re almost always overrated by the public and the oddsmakers. Nobody receives more hype from ESPN through a season than Coach K and the Dukies.In the regular season, you typically have to pick your spots. Coach K’s history was to:*Start hot thanks to his superior preparation*Wear down a bit in conference play because of little depth*Last as long in the postseason as his stars would allowHis teams were capable of covering spreads in the first two-thirds of a season.…

Tony Salinas - Shaka Smart Has Opponents Respecting Texas

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Tony Salinas: Shaka Smart Has Opponents Respecting TexasI've been promising to talk about the Texas Longhorns and their new head coach Shaka Smart at some point this season. I decided the spot on the schedule between West Virginia and Kansas made the most sense. Then, the Longhorns went out and proved me right by upsetting West Virginia as 12-point underdogs Wednesday night!That game didn't quite make the cut for my clients. You regulars know I focus on underdogs and totals generally speaking. I went 4-1 Wednesday night with other plays. Texas obviously should have been on everyone's card the way…

Wayne Allyn Root - Shocker Potential in NFL Conference Championships

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Wayne Root: Shocker Potential in NFL Conference ChampionshipsThere just aren't any potential Cinderella stories this year in the NFL Playoffs. The bye teams all advanced past the Divisional Round. We won't see any pointspreads larger than 3.5 points this weekend barring a surprise in the markets...and the eventual Super Bowl line will likely be a field goal or less unless one of these week's winners loses a star quarterback to injury in the process.I mean...Denver beating New England would be an upset. But, how can you call it a SHOCKER if the #1 seed wins their conference! Arizona beating Carolina…

Wayne Allyn Root - PAC 12 Basketball Still a Puzzle

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Wayne Root: PAC 12 Basketball Still a Puzzle!The national media was buzzing the other day about how the Pac 12 currently has EIGHT teams going to the Big Dance according to Joe Lunardi of ESPN. Out here in Nevada, we know that it's much dicier for the league overall. We see the games on TV, and it ain't pretty!Of course, we also bet on the games after the market puts numbers on the board. What's pretty clear so far is that the Pac 12 isn't as good overall as Lunardi is thinking. It's going to be an extremely competitive league…

Tony George - College Hoops Handicapping : Winning Advice

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM

College Hoops is in full swing with over 300 teams playing weekly, and many sports bettors cannot see the forest because of all the trees for lack of a better term when it comes to winning consistently in college basketball against the Las Vegas Line.  I have some advice that has served me well over the past 24 years of handicapping and basically it is pretty simple.  First of all – Specialization is the key to success.   Look at your geographical area.  That is where 90% of the media coverage is concentrated on TV and in newspapers, or newspaper websites.  These…

Wayne Allyn Root - Knicks Have Improved, but are they Ready for What’s Ahead

Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Wayne Root: Knicks Have Improved, but are they Ready for What's Ahead?The New York Knicks have made amazing strides since last season. You regular readers know that I still pay a lot of attention to the New York sports teams because of my roots in the Big Apple. I was born as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY. Even though I've lived out here in Vegas for many years now...I still have great connections, and a great record in New York sports.The Knicks are 25-17 against the spread this season...catching oddsmakers napping with improvements on…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There be Shockers in the NFL Divisional Round

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Wayne Root: Will There be Shockers in the NFL Divisional Round?For many years, playoff handicapping was very easy. You took the underdogs over Wildcard Weekend because that group of teams was historically very evenly matched...but then you took the rested bye teams the next week because they were going to win blowouts.Go back and look at the great performances by favorites in the Joe Montana and Troy Aikman years. The NFL's best would win HUGE and the pointspread just didn't matter.Those days are largely over. Well...the part about underdogs getting the money during Wildcard Weekend worked out again! WAYNE ALLYN…

Tony Salinas - Why YOU Should Bet More Over/Unders

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Tony Salinas: Why YOU Should Bet More Over/UndersIf you're serious about becoming a winning wagerer in Las Vegas, then you have to accept value when it's being offered. I'm the only man in the sports handicapping industry who's made his living as a GAMBLER through the years. And, I've been doing that since well before many of you were even born.At the poker table, that means knowing your game and the caliber of opponents at your table. You don't want to be the ninth best hold-em player in the world sitting at a table with the top eight. You'll lose…

Wayne Allyn Root - Tough Week For Favorites, Big Week for Me

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Wayne Root: Tough Week For Favorites, Big Week for Me!I didn’t quite win them all this past weekend in pro and college football. The Houston Texans disappointed me against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wildcard opener. But, from that point on…nothing but winners for clients of WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!Cincinnati +2.5 covers and should have won outright vs. PittsburghMinnesota +5 covers and should have won outright at SeattleGreen Bay +1 covers by double digits at WashingtonClemson +7 covers vs. AlabamaI think my read on that Clemson game from my online preview came through pretty well…“I think Clemson is MUCH better…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Clemson Shock Alabama Monday Night

Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Wayne Root: Can Clemson Shock Alabama Monday Night?WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is known as THE KING OF UPSETS, so obviously my first look at Monday Night's Clemson/Alabama game for college football's National Championship will be at the underdog Tigers. Now, that may not be my FINAL look! I had Alabama -10 over Michigan State in the semifinals because I just couldn't see how Michigan State was going to score any points. They couldn't get much on the board vs. Ohio State and Iowa, and were now playing a BETTER defense! I was right, MSU didn't score, and W.A.R. won a big…

Tony Salinas - Houston Texans Carrying Only Texas Flag in Playoffs

Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Tony Salinas: Houston Texans Carrying Only Texas Flag in PlayoffsThe Dallas Cowboys couldn't make it into the NFL Playoffs this year, though in my view they were definitely "playoff caliber" when Tony Romo was healthy. They might have won the lousy NFC East going away. The Houston Texans are a playoff team that really isn't playoff caliber. They were also in a bad division, and just managed to be the last team standing.I always try to give you the Texas angle to major sporting events. Unfortunately, there won't be much of one in this year's NFL Playoffs unless Houston manages…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Thursday 1-7-16

Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Thursday 1-7-16Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups…

Wayne Allyn Root - Arizona Visits Slumping UCLA Thursday Night

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Wayne Root: #7 Arizona Visits Slumping UCLA Thursday NightUp until this past weekend, this was shaping up as a battle of ranked teams. It's always a big game when Arizona faces UCLA...but it's even better when both teams are ranked! UCLA was swept in Washington over the weekend though, plummeting out of the AP poll. That just might set up a big upset Thursday...because the Bruins are angry bears who would love nothing better than knocking off the highly regarded Wildcats.Here in my web articles, I'm about to transition from focusing on the Pac 12 in college football to focusing…

Wayne Allyn Root - St. Johns Struggling with New Head Coach Chris Mullin

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Wayne Root: St. John's Struggling with New Head Coach Chris MullinAs we start our transition from football coverage to basketball coverage here in the New Year, you can assume that I'll be paying very close attention to what's happening in New York hoops. You longtime readers know I grew up in New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). Root's roots in the Big Apple REALLY pay off in the winter because the area is such a hotbed for college basketball. Plus, the Knicks are doing some interesting things this year in the NBA.I'm going to start this…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Try To Clinch Playoff Spot in Buffalo

Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Try To Clinch Playoff Spot in BuffaloAfter our year-long coverage of the New York teams here in my web articles, it's fitting the NY Jets will try to clinch a Wildcard spot in the playoffs with a win Sunday up in Buffalo. All they have to do is beat their former coach...and they're in.Of course, if they had beaten their former coach in their first meeting a few weeks back, they'd already be in! Buffalo won that Thursday nighter 22-17 on the Jets home field. NYJ would be 11-4 right now if they had won that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There be SHOCKERS in the Biggest Bowls

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Wayne Root: Will There be SHOCKERS in the Biggest Bowls?For many years, the rule of thumb in handicapping the college bowls was to take the dogs early, and the favorites late. By that, I mean that you emphasize underdogs in the minor bowls that might see a favorite show up flat...but then you lay the points in the most important games where favorites would bring peak intensity and express their superiority.It didn't work every year...but the percentages over the long haul made that a very sound approach.The world is different now. Many of the early dogs are so bad that…

Tony Salinas - Do Dogs Offer Value in College Football Final Four

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Tony Salinas: Do Dogs Offer Value in College Football Final Four?You longtime readers know it's typically "Underdogs or Pass" when it comes to the sports betting strategy of TONY SALINAS. That used to be the obvious way to get the best of it because the lines were always stacked against the public. Squares bet favorites...so you'd be picking up free points in every game by going the other way.It's not quite that extreme any more. Fewer free points are being given away...and high rolling syndicates are quick to take them when offered. You might be surprised to learn that ole…

Wayne Allyn Root - Jets Now Control Their Own Destin

Monday, December 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Wayne Root: Jets Now Control Their Own Destiny!All it took was a 10-point favorite losing outright to an inexperienced quarterback...and a coin-flip blunder by their opponent that helped make things a bit easier in overtime...and the J-E-T-S...JETS-JETS-JETS now control their own destiny for an AFC Wildcard berth heading into Week 17.*The Jets beat New England 26-20 in overtime (though the game was a lot more one-sided than that if you look at the stats. This was a must-win spot against their most hated rival. Fans were crying tears of joy afterward calling it the highlight of their lives!*The Jets were…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Backs are to the Wall vs. New England

Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Backs are to the Wall vs. New EnglandI've been monitoring the potential playoff marches of both the NY Jets and NY Giants all season long here on these pages. This could be the week both of those marches both come to an end. The Jets have to host the AFC favorite New England Patriots in a must-win game. Even if the Jets win out, they would lose Wildcard tie-breakers to the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers if those teams win out. The Giants must win Sunday night in Minnesota have somebody stick a loss on…

Tony Salinas - How Will Texas Teams Perform in the Bowls

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Tony Salinas: How Will Texas Teams Perform in the Bowls?There are some years where I'm very optimistic about how Texas teams will perform in the college football bowl games. I grew up in Texas many years ago, and still consider myself a Texan even if I've lived here in Las Vegas for the bulk of my life. So much of "real" Las Vegas was built by Texans! You know that if you play poker.This year though...is not one of those where I'm optimistic. Perhaps a team or two will offer some value. But, the stage just isn't set for Texas-based…

Wayne Allyn Root - Chances Diminishing for Cinderella Super Bowl

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Wayne Root: Chances Diminishing for Cinderella Super BowlWith two weeks to go in the 2015 NFL regular season, it's getting harder to visualize any short of Cinderella shockers making a Super Bowl run. There's a short list of clear favorites who have established distance from the pack. The "next rung" of hopefuls have various issues that will likely prevent them from stringing together January victories.Let's take a brief look...SUPER BOWL FAVORITESNew EnglandCarolinaArizonaSeattlePittsburghIf the playoffs started TODAY, those are the five teams with the best shot of running the table. New England is still in their dynasty, will be enjoying a…

Wayne Allyn Root - Mountain West Moving Front and Center in Bowls

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Wayne Root: Mountain West Moving Front and Center in BowlsThe Mountain West Conference is followed much more closely in Las Vegas than it is in the rest of the country. UNLV and Nevada are both in that league. When they play a "late night" game for those of you on the East Coast, it's prime time here. TV coverage...newspaper coverage...and betting interest all combine to make that the second biggest "local" league behind the Pac 12.This year, the Mountain West earned EIGHT bowl bids! No, the league wasn't really THAT good. But, there are so many minor bowl games now…

Wayne Allyn Root - Carolina Panthers Following Giants Footsteps

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Wayne Root: Carolina Panthers Following Giants' FootstepsThere's already a lot of buzz about the big NFL game this Sunday afternoon featuring the Carolina Panthers and the NY Giants. You know I'm following that very closely because of my roots in the Big Apple. I was born in Mt. Vernon, NY as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!).One point that should be emphasized more, in my view, is that this current Carolina Panthers team features many of the best characteristics of the recent NYG Super Bowl champions. In fact, you could say that Carolina is a "new" version of those…

Tony Salinas - Why I Like Dogs in the College Bowls

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Tony Salinas: Why I Like Dogs in the College BowlsYou longtime readers know that it's generally "underdog or pass" when you're talking about bets (or selections) from TONY SALINAS. I'm not quite as strict about that as I used to be. Oddsmakers have gotten much smarter over the years with their lines. They're much more happy these days to "take a position" against the public. One-sided action doesn't bother them because they're confident they'll win over the long haul.For me...that means I'm getting at least a point or two less on underdogs right now than I was 10 years ago.…

Wayne Allyn Root - The PAC 12 Bowl Outlook

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Wayne Root: The PAC 12's Bowl OutlookBack at the beginning of the college football season, I promised to keep tabs for you on the Pac 12. Things were supposed to be GREAT this year in that supposedly resurgent conference. Nevada doesn't have a team in the Pac 12...but those games feel like they're played in my backyard...so I follow the league extremely closely.I have to say...2015 was a HUGE disappointment unless you're a Stanford fan. (And...even then...what could have been!) It's easy to forget now that four Pac 12 teams were ranked in the Preseason Top 15...and six were ranked…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Upsets in Early College Bowls

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in Early College BowlsFor many years, you could simply site ANY early bowl as a possible upset! The longtime rule of thumb was to bet the underdogs in all the early bowls...because the favorites were usually disappointed to be in a minor attraction. Then, you'd turn around bet the favorites in the marquee bowls when everyone "showed up" and talent won out.That approach wouldn't win every game of course. But, you'd win more than you lost...and in some seasons you'd make a killing.As the number of bowl games has been rising through the years...that approach took…

Wayne Allyn Root - BETTING ON BOWL GAMES

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

FORGET X's AND O's IN WAGERING ON BOWL GAMESby Wayne Allyn Root  MOTIVATION IS KEY!! College kids playing in bowl games are all about motivation.The match ups may be important and enticing but none are as important as how ready and eager the team is to be in the game and how that has affected their preparations. Teams take off a long time to prepare for these games. If a team lacks motivation then that time off can be profitable for the betting experts as a go against on that lack of team effort.. They make a point on zeroing on that…

Tony Salinas - Amazingly, Cowboys and Texans Still in Playoff Hunt

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Tony Salinas: Amazingly, Cowboys and Texans Still in Playoff HuntThere hasn't been a lot of high quality pro football played in the state of Texas this season. And, when that was happening, it was usually from visiting teams! But, despite that, both the Dallas Cowboys (4-8) and Houston Texans (6-6) are still in the playoff mix heading into the final month of the season. Neither has a winning record. BOTH could make the playoffs.*Houston obviously has the easier pathway. They're tied for first place in the AFC South with an Indianapolis team that just isn't very good this year. Well,…

Wayne Allyn Root - Oakland Raiders Have Been a Big Surprise

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Wayne Root: Oakland Raiders Have Been a Big SurpriseIt's been a long time...but Las Vegas (and Reno) regulars know that sportsbooks can get wild and crazy in the years that the Oakland Raiders are a winning team. The two California franchises (Oakland and San Francisco) are the "local" teams here in terms of fan response and TV coverage. Oakland fans in particular like to dress up and get loud.This year's team probably won't finish as a winner. They'd have to sweep the final month! But, I can assure you that virtually NOBODY here in Las Vegas thought they would have…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Hoop Coaches Struggling in Transition to NBA

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Wayne Root: College Hoop Coaches Struggling in Transition to NBAI won't have much of a chance to talk about the NBA here in my web articles until after the New Year when football winds down. But, I wanted to direct your attention to something very interesting that's been happening through the first quarter of the NBA season.*The Oklahoma City Thunder hired Billy Donovan away from the Florida Gators in college basketball to coach Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It was understood that Scott Brooks wasn't a very good "playoff" coach once he ran into good X's and O's opponents. Great…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will We Have More Shockers in College Football Final Four

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Wayne Root: Will We Have More Shockers in College Football Final Four?Last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes stormed through the college football Final Four with a pair of impressive underdog victories over Alabama and Oregon. They were so great in those games that's it's easy to forget a year later that they weren't supposed to win either of them! In fact, there was some outrage that OSU was moved into the brackets in the first place.A year later...and you know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is scouting out Cinderella possibilities with returning Alabama and three newcomers. The invitations were made early…

Wayne Allyn Root - Jets and Giants Both in Must-Win Mode Sunday in Gotham

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Wayne Root: Jets and Giants Both in "Must-Win" Mode Sunday in GothamThe New York Jets face the New York Giants in a regular season game only once every four seasons. That's the nature of the interconference schedule rotation. It's a nice rivalry because the teams share a stadium, and play each other every Preseason. But, it's been unfortunately rare for a regular season meeting to be important to BOTH teams at the same time. That's going to happen this Sunday afternoon, when the 2016 meeting sees both Big Apple entries on the fringes of the playoff hunt.*The NY Jets are…

Tony Salinas - Houston Cougars May Play in Major Bowl

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Tony Salinas: Houston Cougars May Play in Major BowlMost of my college football coverage this year has involved the Big 12. I grew up in Texas, so that's the conference I still follow the most closely even though I've lived in Las Vegas for decades. Nothing's bigger than football in Texas!But, this year. the Texas team with the highest profile bowl appearance might actually be the Houston Cougars. They can play their way into a major bowl as "best of the mid-majors" if they beat Temple this Saturday in the American Athletic Conference Championship game.MID-MAJORS IN THE RANKINGS#19 Houston#22 Temple#23…

Wayne Allyn Root - USC Looking For Revenge Against Stanford in Pac 12 Championship

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Wayne Root: USC Looking For Revenge Against Stanford in Pac 12 ChampionshipI've been talking about the Pac 12 all season long here in my web articles. So, naturally my last pre-bowl college football discussion is going to be about the championship game matching Stanford and USC this Saturday. This could really be a great game. Though, it's disappointing that the winner has no chance to earn a berth in the Final Four. The selection committee's love affair with the Big 10 took care of that!The Stanford/USC winner will earn a trip to the Rose Bowl. That's plenty of motivation for…

Wayne Allyn Root - Early College Basketball Poll Rankings Mean Nothing

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Wayne Root: Early College Basketball Poll Rankings Mean Nothing!If you're like most sports bettors, you're just now thinking about college basketball. Yes, the season began a couple of weeks ago. You were too busy with football! And, then the Thanksgiving holiday. Now...most college football teams have ended their regular seasons...and ESPN is tempting you with some great college basketball matchups in the Big 10-ACC Challenge.Great! Join the fun with WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!Just don't waste time reading the national poll rankings if you're trying to evaluate teams. November and December are the WORST times to give credence to the polls because…

Wayne Allyn Root - Giants Redskins Preview

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Wayne Root: New York Giants at Washington Could Determine NFC East!Among the happiest people in the world this past Thanksgiving night were the players on the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. They already knew their game would be important this Sunday in the tight (and disappointing!) NFC East race. Then...*Philadelphia looked so bad in its loss Thursday afternoon in Detroit that it's nearly impossible to take them seriously as a threat. Blowout losses to Tampa Bay and Detroit (!!) have dropped the Eagles to 4-7. They'd have to win four of their last five games to finish 8-8, which…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Finding Upsets over Thanksgiving/Rivalry Weekend

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Thanksgiving Weekend is an ideal time for finding UPSETS in the college and pro football cards because distractions only increase. It’s hard enough for players to stay focused on the task at hand late in a season. This week there’s a holiday too!I’m not going to talk about specific upsets I’m considering this weekend. And, the first two NFL games Thursday are at pick-em right now anyway…meaning an upset can’t happen if the line doesn’t move! I will talk generally about why upsets often happen over the course of Thanksgiving Weekend.IN THE NFLThere are usually a handful of teams who…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Powers Still Getting Crushed Against the Spread

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Wayne Root: College Powers Still Getting Crushed Against the Spread!I guess I should just make this a weekly feature. We keep seeing a re-run every week...yet nobody but WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is talking about it! That's because I'm THE KING OF UPSETS, while the mainstream media is the king of hyping overrated teams.The top eight teams in the championship committee's poll managed a woeful 1-7 record against market expectations this past Saturday. The only cover was when Alabama annihilated a glorified high school team from Charleston Southern. Everyone else in the top eight that had to play somebody couldn't cover…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will Green Bay’s Demise Launch a Shocking NFC Winner

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Wayne Root: Will Green Bay's Demise Launch a Shocking NFC Winner?The Green Bay Packers are suddenly staring a lost season right in the face. They enter this Sunday's game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings as the second place team in the NFC North. If they lose...that puts them in very tough shape to win the division. Aaron Rodgers was supposedly leading his team to a #1 seed and home field advantage through the NFC brackets just a few weeks ago. Are we now looking at a Wildcard team that has to sweep January road games?WAYNE ALLYN ROOT isn't…

Tony Salinas - Virtual "Conference Final Four" Saturday in the Big 12

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Tony Salinas: Virtual "Conference Final Four" Saturday in the Big 12It's been a lot of fun watching the Big 12 race play itself out so far this season. I've been focusing on that recently because of my roots in the state of Texas. You can put a Texan in Las Vegas...but he's still a Texan. A few dozen poker players can tell you about that!Over the last two weeks, we've seen Oklahoma State and Oklahoma establish themselves as the most obvious contenders to win the Big 12 and crash the national Final Four tournament.*Oklahoma State crushed TCU, which we previewed…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Upsets in Early College Hoops Action

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in Early College Hoops ActionCollege basketball has started up again...which means it's time for WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to talk to you about picking early season upsets. I'm not going to talk about specific teams because I need to keep my strongest upcoming possibilities quiet for my paying customers. But, I'm happy to talk about general handicapping principals that will help you make great underdog picks and upset calls through November and December.*First, you want to FADE highly regarded teams from last season who lost a lot of starters. Go through late season Top 25 rankings online,…

Wayne Allyn Root - It Happened Again

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Wayne Root: It Happened Again!For the second straight week, only TWO of the top 10 teams in the championship committee's college football poll managed to cover their Las Vegas pointspreads. And, for the second straight week, a straight up winner on WAYNE ALLYN ROOT'S PINNACLE PLAY (this time Arizona over Utah) highlighted a winning Saturday.Last week it was Nebraska over Michigan State for my PINNACLE. Arizona over Utah was another great home dog situation exploiting a ranked favorite that wasn't as good as the committee was thinking AND had poll-related distractions getting in the way their best football.Just like we…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can the NY Giants Win the NFC East

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Wayne Root: Can the NY Giants Win the NFC East?A couple of days ago I took a look at the NY Jets and Buffalo Bills before they squared off in this week's Thursday night game. Now it's time to talk about the NY Giants...the third team from my home state currently in the playoff chase even though they're not playing all that well by traditional postseason standards.Entering the weekend, the Giants are 5-4 and in first place in the disappointing NFC East...NFC EASTNY Giants 5-4Philadelphia 4-4Washington 3-5Dallas 2-6Dallas with Tony Romo is likely the best of the bunch...but Dallas doesn't…

Tony Salinas - Big 12 Round Robin Continues with OU/Baylor

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Tony Salinas: Big 12 Round Robin Continues with OU/BaylorThe excitement continues in the Big 12 this week with the Oklahoma/Baylor matchup...as we continue the six-game round robin involving the top four teams in the conference. I hope you won with me last week with my big play on Oklahoma State +5 over TCU. They won the game 49-29 in an absolute rout. Clearly, TCU was finally exposed as a pretender at least in terms of the national championship discussion. They should have lost at Texas Tech. They were badly outclassed by Oklahoma State. (And they were favored!)Before I talk about…

Wayne Allyn Root - How Good are the Jets

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Wayne Root: How Good are the Jets?I spent a lot of time talking to you early in the season about the New York area NFL teams. So, you know WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is really geared up for this week's Thursday night game matching the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. (I'll talk about the NY Giants in a couple of days to get you ready for their big game Sunday against the New England Patriots). To me, the biggest question right now about the Thursday nighter is "just how good are the Jets?"The Jets are 5-3 in the standings...looking…

Wayne Allyn Root - Playoff-Distracted College Teams are Overpriced

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Wayne Root: Playoff-Distracted College Teams are Overpriced!The undisputed KING OF UPSETS scored big last Saturday with Nebraska outright over Michigan State (Pinnacle) and Oklahoma State outright over TCU (Inner Circle). Indiana almost made it three on the day but they faded very late against Iowa to break our hearts. Still, a winning day overall…and a reminder that teams ranked in the top 10 of the tournament committee poll will likely have trouble covering spreads!*They start dreaming about the Final Four*They believe too many of their press clippings*They forget there's a huge target on their backs*Their head coaches start to get…

Wayne Allyn Root - Green Bay Now a Question Mark Heading to Carolina

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Wayne Root: Green Bay Now a Question Mark Heading to CarolinaUp until last weekend, it looked like the Green Bay Packers were a virtual lock to win the NFC. The Futures markets had them as a clear favorite. Supposed "second best" Seattle was off to a slow start, and had already lost to Green Bay. Arizona? A potential darkhorse for sure...but do you want to ask Carson Palmer to win playoff games for you? Those were the main three NFC threats according to Futures pricing.It was Green Bay's conference to win. Until the Denver Broncos humiliated them last Sunday night.…

Tony Salinas - Big 12 Round Robin Begins with TCU/Okie State

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Tony Salinas: Big 12 Round Robin Begins with TCU/Okie StateLast week I said it was time "to put up or shut up" for Oklahoma State when they went on the road to face Texas Tech. They were shut up for the first third of the game, trailing 31-14 just five minutes into the second quarter. But, they clearly put up after that...winning the rest of the afternoon 56-22!Does that mean Oklahoma State is ready to make a run at the Big 12 Championship? It full well could. The "big four" round robin involving TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma begins…

Wayne Allyn Root - NCAA TOP 10....WEEK 9

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

NCAA TOP 10....WEEK 9 by Wayne Allyn Root First Committee Poll comes out Tuesday, November 3rd Remember that Ohio St, Michigan St and Iowa will play against each other possibly knocking out 2 teams. In the Big 12, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma St all play each other BUT Oklahoma St gets them at home along with Oklahoma. Bama plays hosts this week to LSU so something will give in the SEC West. And what if Florida St defeats Clemson this week? How will that effect the standings? Stanford needs to win and they should in the PAC 12. What a November for the Committee,…

Wayne Allyn Root - Clemson Now Has a Target on Its Back

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Wayne Root: Clemson Now Has a Target on Its Back!The first set of College Football Playoff Rankings were just released. And, it's the Clemson Tigers who sit on the top spot...ahead of LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, and other hopefuls for the Final Four.What a time to get a target on your back! Clemson hosts Florida State (#16 in the CFPR and #17 in the AP poll) Saturday at 3:30 p.m ET. Though, that might strike you as a real danger spot for the Tigers...Vegas oddsmakers have made Clemson a stunning 12-point favorite.That's a reflection of how impressive Clemson has been…

Wayne Allyn Root - The November College Schedule is LOADED

Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Wayne Root: November's College Schedule is LOADEDWe're coming off a couple of weekends where there were very few truly crucial games in college football. That's going to change in November, when the top teams finally start playing each other!This is going to create some great opportunities for big upset calls.*Backing fired up, talented dogs in big games vs. "public" favorites*Fading distracted favorites in look-ahead games the week before*Fading worn out favorites in letdown games the week afterWe'll talk more about that through the month. For now, here's a quick outline of the big matchups coming up in the top conferences.…

Wayne Allyn Root - A Hidden Key to Finding Football Upsets

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Wayne Root: A Hidden Key to Finding Football UpsetsToday I'm going to give you a very important handicapping tip that the betting markets have largely missed over the years. When you're on the lookout for great underdog bets and outright upset calls...you want to fade favorites who are likely to have turnover issues.You may have heard from so-called pundits that turnovers are "random," or "unpredictable." I can't tell you how much money that's made me! Sure, you can't tell on which specific play a turnover may happen...but you can certainly find teams who are much more turnover prone than others.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Gotham Goes to the World Series

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Wayne Root: Meet the Mets...Gotham Goes to the World Series!My old stomping grounds have caught baseball fever again. Old timers say the feel is similar to the Miracle Mets of '69 because this was such a surprise run to the World Series. Nobody expected the Mets to even win their division let alone the whole National League. Early on it was going to be Washington...or the LA Dodgers...or St. Louis. Then, late in the season, all the statheads were saying the Cubs and Pirates were the best two teams.Well, let me tell you...pitching wins championships! And the Mets staff completely…

Tony Salinas - Why Underdogs Offer the Most Betting Value

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Tony Salinas: Why Underdogs Offer the Most Betting ValueI've talked with you about several different teams from my old stomping grounds this season. But, I haven't had a chance yet to lay out my general handicapping approach for all of you who are relatively new to this website. Since the college schedule isn't particularly jam-packed with thrilling matchups this week...it seemed like a good time to tackle that head on.TONY SALINAS bets a lot of underdogs!I will occasionally step out on favorites...but that's much more likely to be in an off-game that hardly anyone's paying attention to. For the most…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Might Have What it Takes to Beat Patriots

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Might Have What it Takes to Beat PatriotsThere's a lot to love about the New York Jets so far in the 2015 season. Todd Bowles is doing a great job as head coach. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been efficient as a game manager, though we all know his weaknesses will be exposed by elite defenses, or any time the Jets have to rally from behind. Thus far...against a very easy schedule...the team has impressed.Since the Jets/Redskins game got out of hand early in the second half last week, you may not have been paying attention to the…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Defenses Wearing Down

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Wayne Root: College Defenses Wearing DownIt should have been clear to you this past weekend in college football that many defenses across the nation are wearing down. They're a step slow (or two steps slow!) and aren't tackling with the same intensity. A few elite defenses are still getting the job done (though Michigan allowed more yards than expected against Michigan State, for example). Generally speaking...*Great defenses are falling back to being merely "good"*Good defenses are falling back to being "average"*Average defenses are starting to get bullied*Bad defenses are just watching opponents run by them to the end zoneWhat's happening?…

Wayne Allyn Root - Easy Schedule Continues for NY Jets vs. Washington

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Wayne Root: Easy Schedule Continues for NY Jets vs. WashingtonThe New York Jets may ultimately go down as the worst 3-1 team in the 2015 NFL season. But, darned if they aren't still well-positioned to make a run at a Wildcard spot in the AFC East! The Jets host the Washington Redskins this Sunday in a game that could push them to 4-1 in the standings with a lot of manageable games still ahead:Vulnerable opponents: Washington, at Oakland, Jacksonville, at Houston, Miami, TennesseeTough Calls: Buffalo (twice), NY GiantsProbable Losses: New England (twice), at Dallas after Romo returnsYou longtime readers know…

Wayne Allyn Root - Denver Broncos--Future "bet against" Team

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

  WHY WE WILL CONTINUE TO "GO AGAINST" THE DENVER BRONCOS by Wayne Allyn Root First of all, I'm not declaring every week a "bet agains"t week with the Denver Broncos. But, this is fair warning that during the regular season in a quarterback league, there will be plenty of opportunities to get back monies lost last week as Denver ran a 77 yard touchdown back to defeat Oakland in miracle form. Peyton Manning was "all-everything" just 2 years ago in 2013. He threw for over 5500 yards and over 50 touchdowns. In 2014, he dropped to number 2 in touchdowns thrown and had 38…

Wayne Allyn Root - UCLA at Stanford a Huge Thursday Nighter

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Wayne Root: UCLA at Stanford a Huge Thursday NighterWe have another big Pac 12 game this week set for a Thursday night kickoff. Washington rocked the world a week ago with a stunning upset of USC. This week, Pac 12 North favorite Stanford hosts Pac 12 South contender UCLA in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN.Before talking about the game...let's take a quick look at the Pac 12 standings.PAC 12 NORTHStanford 3-0California 2-1Washington 1-1Washington State 1-1Oregon 1-2Oregon State 0-2For now, it feels like Stanford's division to win because they're better than everyone else...and because they match up…

Wayne Allyn Root - USC Football Program Imploding

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Wayne Root: USC Football Program ImplodingLate Sunday afternoon Las Vegas time, all sorts of stories and rumors started hitting the mainstream media regarding USC, head coach Steve Sarkisian, and Athletic Director Pat Haden. Regardless of what one feels personally about the issue of alcoholism, it's clear that there are many skeletons in the Cardinal and Gold Castle!*Many anonymous sources were ready to throw both the head coach and the AD under the bus immediately. This wasn't a "rally 'round the flag" moment. Former players, former assistants, boosters, an amazing variety of critics were quick to throw gasoline onto the fire.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will We See Baseball Playoff Shockers? Yes!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Wayne Root: Will We See Baseball Playoff Shockers? Yes!With the 2015 Major League Baseball Playoffs starting this week, you know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT has been on the lookout for great underdog situations. The field is usually ripe for surprises in this sport because anything can happen in the playoffs! What drives the TV networks crazy (because they lose out on marquee matchups) can create a gold mine for smart handicappers.Obviously, I can't tell you here in a web article which upsets I'll be calling over the next few days. That wouldn't be fair to paying clients. And, there's always…

Wayne Allyn Root - Overconfidence is Killing College Powers

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Wayne Root: Overconfidence is Killing College PowersI've been emphasizing this point with you a lot this season...and it becomes a point of emphasis every single year. Highly regarded college football teams are consistently overpriced in the sports betting markets because oddsmakers and the general public don't understand the realities behind the mindset of players.Look at what happened to Ohio State and Michigan State his past Saturday...#1 Ohio State barely survived Indiana...missing the spread by 14 points#2 Michigan State barely survived Purdue...missing the spread by 20 pointsOhio State was seemingly gift-wrapped a return visit to the National Championship tournament before the…

Tony George - Tony George : Value Teaser on Monday Night Football

Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

By Tony George  Sometimes in gambling sports, it is what you DON'T Do that counts.   Monday Night Football tonight offers little value in my opinion on the Las Vegas Line offered.  Off a 9-0 Sweep the last 2 Sundays with Premium and teaser Plays and cashing both my free plays in the NFL over the past 2 weekends as well, I am in sync in the NFL.  My 2 team 6 Point Teaser plays are 6-1 in the NFL this year, cashing both Denver and San Diego yesterday in a Teaser where I teased both those teams through the Key numbers of 6 and 7 to get VALUE out of…

Wayne Allyn Root - Buffalo Bills Back on Track

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Wayne Root: Buffalo Bills Back on TrackWhen the Buffalo Bills crushed Indianapolis back in Week One of the 2015 pro football season, I talked about how "for real" they looked. The team suffered a bit of a wake-up call the next week against the New England Patriots, though they did rally to make the game close in the final moments.Last week in Miami? Wow!As a small underdog, Buffalo once again looked like a legitimate playoff team. You may not have watched on TV because all the late matchups were out of hand quickly. Some important notes...*Buffalo jumped ahead 27-0 in…

Wayne Allyn Root - PAC 12 Handicapping Notes

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Wayne Root: PAC 12 Handicapping NotesUsually in this spot on the schedule I talk about a marquee matchup coming up in the Pac 12. This week I was going to choose between Arizona State at UCLA, and Arizona at Stanford depending on what happened last week. Well, the Arizona schools looked so horrible in blowout losses that you can't think of either of those as marquee games!Maybe ASU or Arizona will recover from their huge home losses to the LA schools and bounce back strong. I'm confident now, though, that both of the Arizona schools were greatly overrated to start…

Rocky Atkinson - College Football Returning Starter Angle Picks Week 5

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 5Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Wayne Allyn Root - October Should Bring Even More College Upsets

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Wayne Root: October Should Bring Even More College UpsetsAs the calendar approaches October, college football approaches the month where MAJOR upsets become very common. I've scored many outright SHOCKER calls on PINNACLE plays (and others) over my many years here in Las Vegas because I know that upsets are ripe for the picking. (Just this past Saturday, I nailed an outright winner on Utah over badly overrated Oregon, and should have won outright with Texas Tech over TCU, and Arkansas over Texas A&M!)Why is that? What's so special about the "middle" month of the college football season?*Elite teams have played…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can’t Wait to see the Jets’ Defense against the Eagles’ Offense!

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Wayne Root: Can't Wait to see the Jets' Defense against the Eagles' Offense!Even before the season began, I had my eye on the Week Three meeting between the "revolutionary" offense of the Philadelphia Eagles and the potentially dangerous defense of the NY Jets under new head coach Todd Bowles. This was shaping up as an epic battle!*Philadelphia's offense impressed last season, though it didn't quite reach the heights that some had expected. In 2015, they had supposedly upgraded their skill position talent and were ready to take the world by storm. Many in Vegas considered them "third" favorite from the…

Rocky Atkinson - Rocky’s College Football Returning Starter Angle picks Week 4

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 4Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will USC Bounce Back This Week at Arizona State

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Wayne Root: Will USC Bounce Back This Week at Arizona State?Last week I won my Pac 12 Game of the Year...it was a PINNACLE play on Stanford (+10) over USC in one of the biggest gifts I've ever seen in this sport. I talked about that matchup a week ago right here on these pages. I didn't want to tip my hand too much because Stanford had so much going for them. I had to underplay things in that web article to protect my clients. If you were watching the game on TV, you know the cover was never in…

Wayne Allyn Root - Back-up Quarterbacks Can Help You Back Up the Truck

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Wayne Root: Back-up Quarterbacks Can Help You Back Up the Truck!Some were scratching their heads Sunday when I released my PINNACLE play on the Cleveland Browns (-) over the Tennessee Titans. That was fine with me. When people think I have plays that "don't make sense," my clients usually make money.Yes, Johnny Manziel had some trouble coming in to replace the injuried Luke McCown on the road in New York in the first week of the season. But I really liked his chances to bounce back strong in Cleveland's home opener at Tennessee. And I couldn't believe the game was…

Wayne Allyn Root - Unimpressive NY Giants Face Atlanta in Home Opener

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Wayne Root: Unimpressive NY Giants Face Atlanta in Home OpenerI promised you I'd try to stay on top of the New York NFL storylines once again this season here in my web articles. Last weekend I talked about the Jets' home opener with Cleveland (a win, but kind of a gift win considering the opponent!). Today I'll talk about the Giants home opener this coming Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.First, I have to say that I wasn't impressed with the Giants last Sunday night in Dallas, even though they covered the spread and should have won the game. It would…

Jim Hurley’s Network - College Under The Radar Teams and NFL Previews

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM

THE JIM SEZ NFL REPORT - BRONCOS STUN THE CHIEFS LATE 31-24 PLUS THERE'S MORE NFL WEEK 2 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS STRAIGHT AHEAD INCLUDING PATS-BILLS & COWBOYS-EAGLES …COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S UNDER-THE-RADAR TEAMSBy Jim Hurley:Hey, what's up with these wacky NFL prime-time games?Last night the script didn't include any teams trying "not to score" (see Dallas 27, New York Giants 26 last Sunday Night) but it was truly a you-had-to-see-it-to-believe-it finish as the Denver Broncos scored two touchdowns in the game's final 36 seconds to beat 3-point favorite Kansas City 34-27 - at least Broncos' second-year CB Bradley Roby told NFL Network he…

Rocky Atkinson - College Football Returning Starter Angle Picks Week 3! 11-5 with these last week!

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 3Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Wayne Allyn Root - NFL Top Ten Week 2

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

NFL TOP 10 FOR WEEK 2by WAYNE ALLYN ROOTWelcome to the NFL; the GREATEST BETTING SPORT EVER!!!As for our TOP 10 this week, some teams can lose a game and remain (Seattle) in our poll while other teams can falter and fall from Mr. Root's grace (think Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Pittsburgh). We get to see how San Francisco, Miami, St Louis and Atlanta follow up with their week 1 successes. Ok let's add this, we're always curious about the J-E-T-S so include them as they play the 0-1 Colts on MNF. Newcomer on the block curiosity has to be Marcus Mariota and his four…

Wayne Allyn Root - Stanford Looking to Shock #6 Southern Cal

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Wayne Root: Stanford Looking to Shock #6 Southern CalAs the undisputed KING OF UPSETS, a handicapper like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT absolutely loves teams like Stanford. They're the kind of program that can rise up and beat anybody on any given day because of their brains, talent, and composure under fire. Playing percentage football is a great way to stay close with more talented teams. But, they can also fall down and lose to anybody on any given day if they're not motivated. Playing percentage football helps inferior teams stay close to you!We've seen the best of Stanford in recent seasons…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Wins Golden Game On Saturday

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

A REVIEW OF NETWORK'S GOLDEN GAME WINNER THIS PAST WEEKEND ON OHIO (+3.5) OVER MARSHALLIt's one of the most feared service releases in all of Las Vegas. JIM HURLEY unleashed his 2015 GOLDEN GAME this past Saturday on the betting markets...and it cashed easily as Ohio (+3.5) beat Marshall 21-10 outright as a home underdog.Because many of you are relatively new to the site...and don't know the long and storied history of NETWORK'S exclusive TEAM HANDICAPPING approach...we wanted to use a breakdown of this blowout cover to show you how all the information comes together to find virtual locks on…

Wayne Allyn Root - An Update on the Bills...a new AFC Power

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Wayne Root: An Update on the Bills...a new AFC Power?!Last week at this time we talked about the beginning of the Rex Ryan era for the Buffalo Bills. Even though I liked their chances to spring a small upset over the Indianapolis Colts in their season opener (it was an Inner Circle play for me), I have to say that I was surprised by how DOMINANT the Bills were over the Colts this past Sunday afternoon.Indianapolis was the market's second choice behind the New England Patriots to win the whole AFC entering the season. They didn't even look like they…

Wayne Allyn Root - Jets Browns Preview

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Open 2015 as Favorites Over Cleveland BrownsThe city of New York has now had a month of Preseason action to figure out whether they should be optimistic or pessimistic about the J-E-T-S Jets-Jets-Jets! You longtime readers know I follow the Big Apple sports scene very closely. I was born as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, New York. I earned my stripes as a sports handicapper there before moving out here to Las Vegas many years ago.What does WAYNE ALLYN ROOT think about the Jets? I have to say that new head…

Wayne Allyn Root - Vegas Buzzing for Saturday’s UCLA-UNLV Clash

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Wayne Root: Vegas Buzzing for Saturday's UCLA-UNLV ClashIt's not often that you'll find WAYNE ALLYN ROOT spending much time talking about a college football game with a pointspread near 30! But, there's actually a lot of buzz here in Las Vegas about this Saturday night's upcoming meeting between #13 UCLA and UNLV. Nobody thinks it's going to be a thriller. And, THE KING OF UPSETS isn't about to make an upset call on the Rebels. But...this is definitely a game worth paying attention to for several reasons.WHY VEGAS IS BUZZING ABOUT UCLANew quarterback Josh Rosen was very impressive in his…

Wayne Allyn Root - 2015 NFL POWER RANKINGS FOR WEEK 1

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM

2015 NFL POWER RANKINGS FOR WEEK 1 BY WAYNE ALLYN ROOT This poll will surely change as the upsets and QB injuries take a toll throughout the long grueling season. Some injuries to the starters are pre-existing while others will be random during the game type. As for the off season trades and rookie starters, we have to wait and see if the chemistry and talent makes the sudden impact that the coaches are counting upon. One thing we can all say; Thank God that NFL is starting!!  1) NEW ENGLAND---I'm not a Pats fan this year. I think they are inferior to last year's…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding SHOCKERS in Week One of the NFL

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Wayne Root: Finding SHOCKERS in Week One of the NFLWeek One of the 2015 NFL season is here. And, I have to say that I can't recall ever seeing an opening weekend that was this primed for upsets! WAYNE ALLYN ROOT has always been known as THE KING OF UPSETS! I have more documented upset calls than anyone else in industry history. If I'm seeing potential upsets all over the card, you'd better pay attention!The first thing you should note is that there are a whopping EIGHT home underdogs on the card. Winning on the road is very tough in…

Wayne Allyn Root - The Buffalo Bills Under Rex Ryan

Monday, September 7, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Wayne Root: Buffalo's Outlook Under Rex RyanDuring the NFL Preseason, I wrote up notes for you on both the New York Jets and the New York Giants. You longtime readers know I follow the Big Apple teams very closely. I was born in Mt. Vernon, NY as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). I had planned to also talk about the Buffalo Bills since former Jets coach Rex Ryan is now the head man. We finally have time to do that today as we gear up for the start of the NFL season this week.Ryan is one of those…

Wayne Allyn Root - Texas A&M Arizona State Preview

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Wayne Root: All Eyes on the A&M Defense Versus Arizona StateI'll be writing a lot about the Pac 12 this season. The South Division in particular is loaded with FOUR teams ranked in the Top 25 to start off the 2015 campaign (and a fifth team in Utah just missed!). Here's a look at those rankings and who the Pac 12 South standouts play this week...#8 USC (-27 vs. Arkansas State)#13 UCLA (-19.5 vs. Virginia)#15 Arizona State (+3 or +3.5 vs. Texas A&M in Houston)#22 Arizona (played UTSA Thursday)Up in the North Division, two more ranked teams reside with #7…

Tony Salinas - Notre Dame - Texas Preview

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Tony Salinas: Volatile Scenarios in Play when Texas visits Notre DameOver my long career as a sports bettor and poker player, I've probably talked more about, and written more articles about the Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish than any other football teams. I was raised in West Texas...and was part of the influx of gamblers who turned Las Vegas into an extension of West Texas back in the day. Naturally, I follow the Longhorns closely as "the national team of Texas." And, Notre Dame was "America's Team" in college football long before the Cowboys started making that claim…

Rocky Atkinson - College Football Returning Starter Angle Plays Week 1

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 1 Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Wayne Allyn Root - I’m Really Looking Forward to the Michigan/Utah Game

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Wayne Root: I'm Really Looking Forward to the Michigan/Utah Game!In know everyone's excited about the start of the 2015 College Football season Thursday night. WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is particularly interested in the nationally televised intersectional battle featuring the Michigan Wolverines and the Utah Utes.Given the histories of the programs, that's a nice matchup to begin with. But, this particular meeting is FASCINATING because it's the Michigan head coaching debut for Jim Harbaugh. The volatile leader has had success wherever he's coached...particularly at the Stanford program that he re-built into a Pac 12 power.Can Harbaugh have immediate success at Michigan? We're…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding NFL Dress Rehearsal Upsets

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Wayne Root: Finding NFL Dress Rehearsal UpsetsIf you're like most of the wagering public, you're chomping at the bit to bet those cheap home favorites during dress rehearsal weekend. The games are being played at regular season intensity...and all of those short favorites seem irresistible. You just KNOW the home teams are going to show up and play well because they don't want to be embarrassed in front of their home fans.Well there surely are a few great bets out there on cheap home favorites. I've won a few of those already this month. But, THE KING OF UPSETS wants…

Wayne Allyn Root - Could We Have a Surprise Super Bowl Champion?

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Wayne Root: Could We Have a Surprise Super Bowl Champion?As I've been studying the dynamics of the 2015 NFL season, it's becoming clear to me that the stage is set for a surprise champion. There are just a handful of clear favorites to go the distance. Each of those favorites has a vulnerability that could knock them out of the picture. Then, the class of teams just below that is RICH with potential.Let's start with the favorites...SEATTLE (4-1)The Seahawks are in danger of losing (or may have already lost) that "chip on the shoulder" that took them to the Super…

Wayne Allyn Root - Tips from THE KING OF UPSETS for Finding NFLX Dogs

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Wayne Root: Tips from THE KING OF UPSETS for Finding NFLX DogsEarlier this week, I mentioned to you that I'm 67% so far in the NFL Preseason...with winners on Minnesota -3.5 over Pittsburgh 14-3 in the Hall of Fame Game, San Diego -3.5 over Dallas 17-7, Houston -2.5 over San Francisco 23-10, and Philadelphia -4 over Indianapolis 36-10. You longtime readers may have been wondering...why hasn't THE KING OF UPSETS been picking many upsets?!Did you see how few dogs won their games last week? It was clear that the best betting value was on teams who were positioned to perform…