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Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Week 12 NFL

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:31 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Thanksgiving Recaps and Saturday Big Game Previews

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:25 PM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Thanksgiving Weekend Football

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Sharps have already been very active in Thanksgiving Day football. Let's take a look at how the Wise Guys have been betting the big holiday matchups, plus select games from Friday and Saturday. Then, I'll be back Friday afternoon to review the rest of the NFL weekend.THANKSGIVING DAY AND NIGHTMinnesota at Detroit: Most stores opened the game around pick-em or Minnesota -1. Sharps were very impressed with the Vikings last week against the Rams, and drove the game all the way up to the key number of three. As of yet, still not much buy back on the Lions. So,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot is Here

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:12 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!Go ahead ...Bust out a turkey leg, some cranberry sauce and a cup of apple cider -- it's Thanksgiving Day 2017 and this is gonna be one slam-bang feast of a weekend with loads of College Football and NFL Week 12 winners on the menu! We shall get to a batch of Thursday/Friday game previews shortly but first this important reminder as we head into a very busy holiday weekend:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are all set with their Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot - that's Four (4) Big Days of non-stop action as you roll up a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Midweek Update As We Head Towards Turkey Day

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:08 AM

THE NFL REPORT - WE'RE QUICKLY HEADING TOWARDS TURKEY DAY, SO LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO SEE WHO'S BEEN GOBBLING UP THE POINTSPREAD WINS LATELY ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: OUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LISTFolks, in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez we're gonna get you absolutely stuffed with loads of Thursday/Friday Football Previews - plus let's take a moment right now to remind you that it's once again time for the Jim Hurley Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot and that means tons of winners comin' your way this holiday weekend. Call us at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the games online…

Kelso Sturgeon - Kelso Advanced Sports Betting: More on Motivation

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Last week in this space I talked about the importance of recognizing when NFL teams are playing with a sense of urgency, and...to a lesser extent, recognizing when other teams had given up hope. Understanding those dynamics helped key a 5-2 Sunday for my clients and I in pro football that featured a sweep of my two 50-unit releases.After discussing the Nathan Peterman situation in our last class get-together here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting, I ultimately decided to hit the Los Angeles Chargers hard. They were the first of my two 50-unit releases. Though I respected Sean…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: UCLA Fires Jim Mora After Loss to USC

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2:40 PM

I can't say I was surprised that UCLA fired head football coach Jim Mora Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the Bruins lost again to archrival USC. That was a pointspread winner on my ROOT TRUST because I expected UCLA to play hard in a game that barely mattered to USC. Mora's job was very much in danger even if the team had won! When they lost, you knew his days were numbered. (Especially with Chip Kelly still available to return to Pac 12 sidelines!)Should UCLA have waited until after the California game to fire Mora? Some would say…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Alabama at Auburn

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Two Saturdays ago, the Auburn Tigers upset then #1 Georgia in blowout fashion between the hedges at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This coming Saturday afternoon, another chance to take out the team atop the Playoff Poll when hated state rival #1 Alabama comes to visit in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS.While Auburn is just as potent talent-wise right now as they were when Georgia came calling, they will have lost some of the "intangible" advantages they enjoyed that afternoon.*Alabama won't come in as overconfident as Georgia was*Alabama won't panic if they fall behind the way Georgia did*Alabama knows…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Week 11 Wrapup and Monday Preview

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Jim Proved He's On Top of the NFL Going 7-0-1 This Weekend!!Won Thursday Side/Total with Steelers & OVERBlue Ribbon Plays 3-0 Sunday with Vikings, Giants, and Eagles Sunday NightHotline wins with Redskins, Buccaneers, and Pushes with BearsJim is ready to wrap up another fantastic NFL weekend with the side & totals winners between the Falcons and SeahawksTHE NFL WEEK 11 WRAP-UP - FALCONS-SEAHAWKS CLOSES OUT THE ACTION TONIGHT BUT WE'RE HEAPING PLENTY OF PRAISE ON THE EAGLES ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: THE WEEKEND'S WORST PERFORMERS ... AND REMEMBER JIM HURLEY'S ANNUAL "TURKEY SHOOT" IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNEROne of the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Big Bettors Fading Oakland Raiders Hard

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:50 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NFC Trio of Marquee Matchups

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Week 11 NFL

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:36 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Showdown Previews

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Top Saturday College Previews

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:09 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:43 PM

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

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:27 PM

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

Kelso Sturgeon - Lessons From Buffalo Benching Taylor

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:42 PM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Pinnacle Blowout Winner Auburn Leads Undefeated College Weekend

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:50 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Wisconsin vs. Michigan

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:43 PM

UNDEFEATED WISCONSIN FACES FIRST TEST WHEN MICHIGAN VISITS MADISON ON SATURDAYNo remaining major contender for the Final Four has had it so easy. The Wisconsin Badgers are still undefeated because they had an easy non-conference schedule, and also play in the weaker half of the Big 10. Iowa was a potential threat last week, but offered little resistance in a huge letdown spot after an upset of Ohio State.It's telling that this week's Wisconsin home game against Michigan is the first real threat...and even that doesn't seem very hard! Michigan has been a big disappointment this season. They were supposed…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 10 Update - Monday Preview

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Ezekiel Elliott Suspension May Inspire Cowboys

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Did New England Lose its Championship Gear

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:57 PM

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS STILL WINNING, BUT NOT AS SCARY AS THEY USED TO BEEven though the New England Patriots are still very much on the short list for potential Super Bowl champions, they sure aren't playing like a juggernaut this season. As they head into Sunday night's road battle against the Denver Broncos on NBC, there are legitimate questions about whether or not the Belichick/Brady era has come to an end.Of course, people have been saying that for years!This time around, the issues are...*Brady's offense isn't exploding any more. It's trying to manufacture victories with finesse and guile. That's usually…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 10

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:33 PM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Marquee Football

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:14 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - College Midweek Update - NFL Thursday

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:18 PM

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

Kelso Sturgeon - Kelso Advanced Sports Betting: College Defenses Getting Tired

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL and College Football Notes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:33 AM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Public Still Overrating Ranked Favorites

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2:35 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Notre Dame at Miami

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2:23 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Weekend Roundup and MNF Preview

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 1:11 PM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Now or Never for the Oakland Raiders

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:36 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Could Kansas City/Dallas be Super Bowl Preview

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:33 PM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 9

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 9 Report

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:06 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday Wrapup and Saturday Previews

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:40 AM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Marquee Matchups

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 5:35 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Midweek Report

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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

Kelso Sturgeon - Vegas Cleaning up Against Lottery Mentality

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1:46 PM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Notre Dame is Making Me a Believer

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:02 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 2:56 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Week 8 Wraps Up With Broncos at Chiefs

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 1:45 PM

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

Wayne Allyn Root - Will Houston/Seattle NFL Game Set Up a Sleeper

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:46 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Will the Pittsburgh Steelers Break Your Heart?

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:41 PM

PITSBURGH STEELERS GRAB TWO HUGE WINS, BUT CAN YOU COUNT ON THEM WHEN IT MATTERS?The Pittsburgh Steelers are now the new "it" team in the AFC. As they prepare for a big Sunday Night matchup on NBC against the Detroit Lions, the Steelers find themselves front and center in Super Bowl discussions.*New England looks to be getting old on offense, and can't be trusted to play defense each and every week.*Kansas City is always going to be a contender, yet always seems likely to bang their heads on the ceiling come playoff time.*Nobody in the AFC South seems ready to…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 8

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:37 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Top Saturday College Previews

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:38 AM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:51 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL and Heisman Trophy Watch

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:55 AM

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

Kelso Sturgeon - Media Hype Inflating Point Spreads

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Midweek Update

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Penn State at Ohio State

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:00 PM

PENN STATE TRIES TO MAKE IT TWO-IN-A-ROW OVER BIG 10 EAST RIVALS MICHIGAN AND OHIO STATEWow, the #2 Penn State Nittany Lions sure looked fantastic this past Saturday night against the overrated Michigan Wolverines. They scored early and often on the way to a 42-13 blowout. Even after calling off the dogs in the fourth quarter, they gained over 500 yards and averaged better than eight yards-per-play.This week's challenge should be much more daunting. Instead of being a home favorite of about eight points over Michigan (bet down from a dozen), the Nittany Lions will be +6 on the road…

Wayne Allyn Root - PAC 12 Exposed as Pretenders when USC Lost at Notre Dame

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 3:22 PM

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

Kelso Sturgeon - Two Big 50 Unit Plays Monday Night

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:50 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez MNF and World Series Preview

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:29 PM

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

Jim Hurley’s Network - YOUR FOOTBALL WEEKEND GUIDE

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:33 PM

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

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 7

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:26 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…

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

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:19 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 Hurley’s Network - Are the Eagles Really Best in the NFC

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM

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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez College Football Upset Alert

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:03 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 Late Week Football

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:00 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Chiefs Raiders Preview and Hot Seat Coaches

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:52 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…

Kelso Sturgeon - Accounting for Strength of Schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:19 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…

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:57 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Midweek Update

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:35 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - Another Dream Weekend For Underdogs

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 6 Update

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:21 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Chiefs in Another Huge NFL Game!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM

IT'S LIKE A BROKEN RECORD...RED HOT CHIEFS ARE ONCE AGAIN IN A MARQUEE TV MATCHUPYou 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Market Overreacting to NY Giants Injuries

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:43 PM

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…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 6

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Friday College Previews and Baseball LCS

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 1:04 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 2:00 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Thursday NFL Preview and Best and Worst College ATS

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:24 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 Sturgeon - Poor Preparation Leads to Shocking Results

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Coming on Saturday is the BIG ONE...My 300 Unit College Game of the Year!Nothing is stronger, nothing is a more certain winner so don't miss it. I've won this game 12 of 15 years and wil do it again Saturday.Just $50, sign up online or join my OctoberFest Program and win the biggest plays all month long. Or call 1-800-755-2255.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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Auburn at LSU

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM

IS AUBURN REALLY A FINAL FOUR CALIBER TEAM AFTER ALL? ROAD GAME AT LSU A GOOD TESTThe 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - Anything Can Happen in College Football

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:51 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Week 5 NFL Wrap and MNF Preview

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:17 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 5 Previews

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:58 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 Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Mitchell Trubisky Makes His NFL Debut on MNF

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:38 PM

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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Chiefs Texans Could Be Playoff Preview

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:54 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 11:22 AM

New England barely covered the late spread (after Gronk was ruled out) with a 19-14 victory over Tampa Bay as four-point favorites Thursday night. That leaves us the rest of the NFL card to run through. Note that this is the first bye week of 2017 (though Tampa Bay and Miami both had weather-created byes in Week 1). Off this week are Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington.As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order...LA Chargers at NY Giants: Both teams are 0-4, so somebody will be celebrating their first win of the season. An opener of NYG -3…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Key Saturday College Previews

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:03 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.…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:59 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Thursday Night Preview

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:50 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…

Kelso Sturgeon - Understanding Modern Gamebreakers

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 5:37 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Chiefs Stay Perfect at 4-0

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10:31 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 -…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Miami visits dangerous Florida State

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM

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 Allyn Root - Deshaun Watson is Already a Star

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:16 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 4 Report and MNF Preview

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:25 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can the LA Rams Shock the Dallas Cowboys

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:37 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Kansas City Chiefs Might be Super Bowl Ready

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:31 PM

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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Do Or Die Sunday For Some in the NFL

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:22 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…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Week 4 NFL

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:55 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 Friday Football

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The late week schedule is starting to pick up. So, we have a few good games to talk about for 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.FRIDAYMiami at Duke: Miami has been bet up from an opener of -4.5 to -6.5. Sharps who liked the Hurricanes jumped in quickly…and this is a program getting respect from Wise Guys out of the gate. Should…

Kelso Sturgeon - NFL Handicapping in a Year of Parity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:59 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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez College and NFL Midweek Report

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:50 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - You Know a Big Dog Weekend is Great News

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 4:08 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 Hurley’s Network - USC visits Wazzou Friday night

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 2:20 PM

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 Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 3 Wrap and MNF Preview

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:47 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…

Wayne Allyn Root - Focus on Downfield Passing When Evaluating NFL Quarterbacks

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:04 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…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Are the Oakland Raiders For Real?

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:56 PM

OAKLAND RAIDERS WILL GET RARE NATIONAL AUDIENCE SUNDAY NIGHT IN DCThere 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…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 3

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:22 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,…