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Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He’s worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama’s Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He’s been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.
NFL Week 6 Recaps and MNF Preview
Let's just say that sudden live moves in NFL Week 6 didn't exactly pan out for the teams that were takin' the cash and it all began last Thursday Night when the Philadelphia Eagles dropped from a solid 3-point road favorite at the New York Giants down to 1.5 or 2 points (depending on your locale) before the Birds absolutely smashed the Jints 34-13 ... then it's onto Sunday:
The Cleveland Browns were everyone's darlings - we watched a snippet of one pre-game show and all five panelists grabbed Cleveland at the Pick 'Em price against the Los Angeles Chargers and they all took a major bath in LAC's 38-14 never-in-doubt win;
The Chicago Bears, meanwhile, were bet up to a full touchdown favorite at Miami - no QB Ryan Tannehill for the Dolphins (shoulder injury) pushed the price tag from 3.5 points to minus 7 - and the Chitowners fell in overtime 31-28;
Market Overrating Most Top College Teams
It was a sight to behold. I still can't quite believe it myself and I've been following college football for a very, very long time. This past Saturday, Alabama...the #1 team in the nation...was barely able to cover its point spread as a big favorite against Missouri. The rest of the top 10? Nobody could cover a spread!
Well, #4 Clemson had a bye week. So, everybody who PLAYED was overrated by betting markets. Most by quite a bit. First let's look at the carnage. Then, the Dean of Sports Handicapping will discuss why it happened.
#2 Georgia (-7.5) lost at LSU 36-16 (missed by 27.5 points)
This was Georgia's first real test of the 2018 season. They had a creampuff schedule early. And, their SEC road games weren't against truly dangerous teams. The Bulldogs were completely ill-prepared for a GOOD team playing at HOME that was fired up to beat them. And, this was with LSU in a physically challening spot off a true war with Florida. Hard to fully describe how badly Georgia played here. No way this was the second-best team in the nation.
#3 Ohio State (-30) only beat Minnesota 30-14 (missed by 14 points)
It was uglier than that final score makes it sound. The game was close early in the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away. This after Ohio State was lucky to beat Penn State, and needed two non-offensive touchdowns to get past TCU (who hasn't looked good since). Too many oddsmakers and bettors think Ohio State is up close to Alabama in quality. Not true at all.
Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''
Longtime Iowa sportscaster killed as rain swamps Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses in one suburb.