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Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016 05:04 PM

To My Online Friends - Scratches and Adds

I am scratching the following games that I was intending to play for Sat PM but the late action has caused me to cancel the following bets.


Adding '
Missouri +6.5
Notre Dame -7

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016 04:49 PM

Adding UTEP +3.5

Adding UTEP +3.5

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016 03:04 PM

Adding W Mich -3 and Oregon +3

Adding W Mich -3 vs Illinois
Also adding Oregon +3 vs Nebraska

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:47 AM

Games for Sat 9/17/16

Here are the early games that I am on for today

Florida St -1 vs Louisville
Virginia +4 vs UConn
Pittsburgh +4 vs Okla State

Passing on Boston College based on late action

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:14 AM

Rice + 8 vs Army

Lots of reasons to like Rice in this spot

Rice + 8

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2016 08:56 AM

Penn State +4 vs Pitt

Early game day action is now pointing to Penn State +4 as a play.

Recent recruiting classes are also suggesting an advantage in talent by Penn St compared to Pitt.

The over/under of 47 is also suggestive of a low scoring game which typically favors the underdog when there is a likely scarcity of points.

Posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 07:28 PM

NFL For Thursday Sept 8 2016

Playing Denver +3 tonight in season opener against Carolina

Posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 08:53 AM

Finally The Forum is Working

One play tonight on Syracuse.  Currently, I can get +15 but I am holding out for +15 1/2

Reason?   No real trends that I follow for Syracuse but my other two categories (sharp book, sharp/square money) are solidly on Syracuse.

One warning - I will be posting an update later today.  If either of my criteria move off Syracuse, I will cancel the play.  Will post here before I cancel Syracuse as play.

Posted Monday, September 05, 2016 04:23 PM

Scratch Ole Miss +6

I am pulling off on Ole Miss +6 tonight.

Much better betting opportunities coming later in season.  I feel like a play on Ole Miss is a bit of a reach at this point.

Posted Monday, September 05, 2016 01:26 PM

College FB Matrix Podcast

I picked up a new podcast from a guy named Dave Bartoo of College Football Matrix/

He has a novel way of making handicapping decisions that includes an analytical tool for measuring historical performance of Off Coordinators and Def Coordinators.

Worth at least a glance - curious if anyone knows about this guy?

Posted Monday, September 05, 2016 01:11 PM

Technical Troubles over the Weekend

Due to some inadvertent tech challenges, I was unable to post all of my picks for the Labor Day weekend.
I think i went something like 5 and 6 for the weekend so no big deal either way.

I am playing Ole Miss tonight but very very small.  Only 1/2 unit for me.
Line right now it FSU -6 but I am expecting at least +6.5 as i expect the public to pound FSU all day.  Current betting on FSU is about 70% of tickets on FSU.  Money wagered is almost the same so no divergences between number of tickets versus amount of money wagered.

Bottom Line - Bookies need Ole Miss tonight.  So do I.

Posted Friday, September 02, 2016 04:17 PM

Scratch Colorado -8. Only K State Today

Posted Friday, September 02, 2016 02:42 PM

Sharp Plays vs Square Plays - How do you tell?

Curious if anyone would like to share their opinion on how they determine if the betting action on any game is either informed bettors making intelligent plays (sharp) or uninformed, public bettors betting with  out of date information (squares)

I like to look at line moves - how big, when they happen, where they happen, who the line is moving on ( big public favorites or obscure dogs )

I also like to consider the betting consensus to help guage the action

Any opinions or tactics to share?

Posted Friday, September 02, 2016 02:21 PM

Friday Sept 3, Colorado -8 and KState +12.

Lots of line moves today including a big move on Stanford from -14.5 to -12.5  I was late to the party but I am going to take K State at +12.5.

Lots of concern here for me about Stanford.  Shaw is going with a new QB.  Shaw was starting to come out his conservative shell last year when he had Hogan but I don’t think that is his nature.  I look for him to play slow ball control FB and end up winning by a 7 to 10 point margin.

I have several criteria that have started pointing to KState over the last 12 hours so making the play today


Also, playing Colorado and buying the ½ point down to -8, -115 juice.

Posted Friday, September 02, 2016 06:48 AM

Play for Friday Sept 2 2016

Vandy was a tough loss as SC came from behind late and managed to kick a game winning FB with about 1 min left to win.   ML Favorite plays that lose (like Vandy -165) are especially tough.

Loss puts me at 0-1 for the year with -1.6 units lose.

Probably only going to make 1 play for today and it looks like Kansas State +15 right now.  Will know later in the day and will post here before game time.

It does appear that some sharp action has come in on KSU.  Also, one of my new criteria is showing a play on KSU as well.

Earlier, I was leaning to play Colorado also but I now have conflicting information that will probably cause me to pass this game.

Mainly, looking forward to Saturday with a number of great matchups on tap.

Posted Thursday, September 01, 2016 09:09 AM

If You Were the Oddsmaker, What Would You Do ??

If you were setting odds for Tennessee vs App State, here is what you would be facing:

1.  Every civilized person who follows CFB is picking Tennessee win the SEC East, possibly go to the Playoff and a few even picking them to win the NC.

2.  Knowing this, how would you set the line for games with Tenn this year?

3.  Reminder - This team has done essentially nothing until last season.  Last season, they blew games against Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama and the coach has a problem with addition ( kicking the Xpt when he was up by 5).

4,  Impressive bowl win vs an overmatched NW team but everyone remembers it.  Many think this game was a preview of things to come this year.

Knowing all the above, I would shade the line 2 to 5 points and make Tenn a bigger favorite than the numbers would justify.   In other words, I would make Tenn backers lay more than they would normally have to.

The Rednecks at Crazy Sheet keep telling us Tennessee will "blow their doors off" or "Tenn will boat race App State", etc.  

Agree or disagree??

I dont think a bet on App State is wise but I never like to play a team that I know the oddsmakers may be setting to high of a line based on public perception.

Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016 07:40 AM

Big Line Move on Vandy

Line has moved from Vandy -3.5 to -4.5 at all books.  No injury data reported.  

This lends more credibility that Vandy is indeed a strong play but the line opened at -1.5 and had now move 3 pts to -4.5

IMO, Vandy is unplayable at -4.5 since the number 3, a key number, has been crossed.

I played Vandy at -165 on the ML but the ML price has now moved to -200.  This means Vandy must win SU 67% of the time to cover a -200 ML.  At -165, the needed win rate was only 62%

I am locked in at -165 but I would not recommend betting Vandy at either -4.5 or -200.

Posted Sunday, August 28, 2016 05:56 PM

Update on Vandy vs SC

As time has gone by, the criteria have resolved into a very predictable situation with 60 + % on SC and most of the square books favoring SC as well.  I don't use a " fade the public " system exclusively but I still try to avoid games that look too much like a John Q Public play ( in this case, SC is starting to look that way).

I have 7 criteria in this game that all point to Vandy.   I dont recall ever having a game this strong on week 1 so that is surprising to me.  I am going to play Vandy for 1 unit since I don't like to fire 2 unit plays this early in the season when so much is based on predictions as opposed to on the field results.

I will play Vandy on the Moneyline because I am worried at laying -3.5 and getting hooked by the half point (ie losing the game by 3 which is a key number).

This is subject to change since I will use very late action to confirm this play.  Will have to post my decision to play or not play about 10minutes after kickoff.

Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:12 AM

So Carolina vs Vandy -3.5

They actually let Muschamp back into the SEC as a head coach for So Caro.

Curious early action on Vandy.  Early money came in on Vandy and has moved the opener from Vandy -1.5 to Vandy -3.5.  I have not seen any injury news to warrant this big of move so I am wondering why??

Typically, I would expect bettors to jump on SC and that is what has happened over the last few weeks.  The SI consensus now has SC at 72% of bets which implies a preponderance of square bettors on SC.
However, early betting was split 50/50 on each team which also implies early sharp money on Vandy.

No way I am going to lay -3.5 with Vandy but I may consider a moneyline play in the -175 range at this time.


Posted Sunday, August 14, 2016 12:40 PM

So Carolina Vs Vandy ( How I Cap CFB)

Several of you have asked what is my "system".   I don't have a "system".
But I do use a unique approach that works for me and seems to have a solid rationale for making selections.

I have included below a sample of a game coming up in September between So Carolina and Vanderbilt.  Terms may be new to some of you so PM me if you want to know more.

South Carolina vs Vanderbilt -3.5

LINE MOVE ANALYSIS  - 8/14/16  (This analysis is early and incomplete.  Much of what you read below is subject to changes in the  betting market between today and kickoff)

            Early Line Moves

Line opened Vandy -1.5 and has gradually moved all the way to Vandy -3.5, crossing the key number of 3.

Sharp Moves vs Square Moves

This appears to be a generally sharp move since the original consensus on Vandy was only 26% when the line started to move.   Also, general perception about So Carolina is typically more favorable than Vandy but this is seemingly contradicted by this early move on Vandy

Line moves this early and on teams as low profile as Vandy would suggest a sharp move is in play here ... [More]

Posted Sunday, August 07, 2016 10:41 PM

Over Hyped Teams at Start of Season

Every year, there are always a few teams who are being hyped by the media as this year's emerging Cinderella.
Typically, these teams finished the season with an impressive bowl win or finished the previous year with an impressive victory or two against quality opposition.

The most common trait these teams typically have is that while they may be schools with a good tradition, their recent history is typically not that great.  Most have not won any conference championships in the last 4 to 5 years, sometimes more.  The media for some reason always picks a few of these teams to finish the season ranked highly, maybe even playing in the national championship playoffs.

I am not saying these teams will fall flat.  Sometimes, they actually do very well.  But the start of the season is where these teams are most vulnerable.

This year, there are two possible pretenders and they are Washington and Tennessee.   Everybody is falling in love with these two.  But I never like to trust unknown quantities early in the season, especially those that are long on potential and short on actual results.

Oddsmakers will likely have both of these teams overpriced since all the pre season hype has been on what a great season these two are going to have.  Maybe.  But you can bet both of these teams are going to overpriced early in the year.  Look for them to win but also run into trouble covering big pointspreads.   Wash... [More]

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 06:45 PM

CFB 2016 - Changes

Looking ahead to the new season, I want to point out how many things are no longer valid in capping CFB.

The two major changes to my approach are follows
1.  "Fading the Public" no longer works as a stand alone system

Sure we need to know if the public is overwhelmingly on one side but these situations are really not that common.  I have several years of data and over the last few years, a system based on strictly fading the public is around 50/50. In other words, a losing approach.    Use caution when "fading the public"  It is still a useful tool but not worthy a stand alone system.

2.  Reverse Line Movement are dead.

Everywhere you look on the internet, someone is blabbing about RLMs and I have to admit, that was me as recently as last year.  But over the last 3 years, RLMs are no longer a solid play and in fact, are often times a fade situation. 

After a very long time of following these things, you come to realize you need to be smart money and not attempt to chase it based on public %'s and movements. Odds makers are on to this methodology and will move numbers just to create action from people with this mentality. Just go to any forum and when you see an RLM and it's always the same conversation. The public is taking team A at 70% and the line has moved against them. Sharp money must be on the other team. That might be true, sure, but oddsmakers might have also just conned a lot of people int... [More]


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