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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.
How to Handicap Big NFL Games
The NFL Playoffs don't begin until January. But we have a few matchups this weekend that are definitely going to feel like playoff games because so much is at stake.
Saturday: LA Chargers at Kansas City
These two teams are tied for first place in the AFC South. The winner will be in the driver's seat to earn home field advantage on Wildcard Weekend. The loser will have to battle just to get into the playoffs as a Wildcard because they'll be 7-7 with two games to go.
Sunday: Green Bay at Carolina
Aaron Rodgers is back in the lineup for the Packers, who have a chance to win out and finish 10-6. That, by itself, wouldn't be enough to get in unless some teams above them also lose. But, it's certainly now or never for the 2017 Packers. Carolina is sitting pretty at 9-4, but also needs to keep winning because the NFC Wildcard race is so tight.
How Sharps Are Betting Early NFL and Bowls
Today we're going to look at how professional bettors have been attacking the Thursday Night NFL game matching the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, as well as several of the early college football bowl games. I'll be back with you Friday to look at the rest of Week 15 in the NFL.
Denver at Indianapolis: The Broncos opened at -1.5, and have been bet up to -2.5. Whenever a line stays jus below a key number like three for a long time, everyone's aware that the sharps are waiting for the full three to hit the dog hard. Sportsbooks have to decide if they're going to give them that opportunity or not. They either root for the Colts at +1.5, and +2 (because early money is on the Broncos, and the public probably will be too), or bring the three into play and possibly root the other way. Sharps who bet teasers are definitely on Indianapolis +8.5 in two-teamers where you get to move the line six points. If you're waiting to bet a home dog at +3, you definitely like them at +8.5. Not much interest in the total. Two shaky offenses.
Bucs DT McCoy, CB Hargreaves won't play Monday
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, coach Dirk Koetter said Saturday.
SMU, Louisiana Tech meet in inaugural Frisco Bowl
It has been a busy time on college campuses over the past week, what with finals and the end of the college semester adding to the holiday craziness.