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Every week I will highlight the top plays from two of the most highly rated tout sheets – The Gold Sheet and Power Sweep – breaking down the plays for you, and whether or not I agree with their selections. By Thursday night, you can expect to see the top college releases, and will follow in the same manner with NFL selections.

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COLORADO -7 vs. Hawaii – TGS notes that Hawai’i is traveling to the mainland without power running back Joey Iosefa, and could run into some trouble against a physical Pac 12 team like the Buffaloes. And even though the Warriors have covered five straight against Pac 12 foes dating back to the 2012 campaign, I would like to think this is a solid spot for Colorado because not only is coach Norm Chow’s bunch coming to the mainland, but moving from tropical weather to high altitude will be hard-pressed for those big island boys. I agree here and will lay the chalk.

ALABAMA -14′ vs. Florida – Awfully big number to lay against the Gators, but TGS points out that Florida needed three overtimes to fend off Kentucky, which had lost 27 straight in the series. With this one being played in Tuscaloosa, I wouldn’t mind laying this number, especially with quarterback Blake Sims throwing against Florida’s highly suspect defensive secondary. Alabama, which has covered six of seven when hosting SEC foes, also has running backs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, who both will be rested since they’ve had only 16 total carries in the past two games. They can help balance things out when Sims isn’t aiming for wideout Amari Cooper. I also agree here and will lay the points.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS +13′ at Arkansas – It’s very tough to gauge this Northern Illinois team, which has won 17 straight road games, including last week’s visit here in Las Vegas. TGS notes the Huskies have covered 14 of their last 16 during this 17-game run, but I’d be concerned about this team traveling for a third consecutive week. Sure, the first one was in the state of Illinois, but it was still on the road. Then they came to Vegas, and now they’re headed to Fayetteville? I am actually stunned whichever editor contributed to this one picked NIU to win outright, as it could be poised for a beatdown. I’d either lay the points or stay away from this game.

WEST VIRGINIA +7 vs. Oklahoma – TGS notes the lines are beginning to inflate when it comes to the Sooners, and the past two years they’ve been able to pull away for the win and cover against the Mountaineers. This one is in hostile territory, yes. And the Mountaineers do have a power rushing game that could keep Oklahoma’s offense to limited time of possession. But don’t discount The Sooners’ stout defense, which ranks 19th in the nation overall, allowing just 295.3 yards per game. Both have a bye week on deck, so there is no look-ahead to worry about. If I were going to play this one, it would have to be on a two-team teaser, and either side would be safe since I think Oklahoma pulls out the win.

WISCONSIN -27 vs. Bowling Green – PS notes that even though Bowling Green pulled out a 45-42 win over another Big Ten foe last week, knocking off Indiana, the Falcons did so against a horrendous defense and that quarterback James Knapke won’t have as easy a time this week at Camp Randall, in Madison, against a much better Wisconsin team. The Badgers do a very good job of rotating players, and while they have some big boys up there, they’re also fast and athletic. I don’t know if I’d lay this many points, but I also don’t know if I want to take this number since Wisconsin has won its last six games following a bye week by an average of 34.3 points. I’ll stay away from this one.

COLORADO -7 vs. Hawaii – Well you already know how I feel about this one, based on TGS’ pick, but let’s talk about why PS like the Buffs. According to the tout sheet, Hawaii arrives in Boulder after a close 27-24 win over Northern Iowa in a game the Warriors led 24-10 entering the fourth quarter. On the other hand, Colorado is in after a 38-24 loss to Arizona State. Hence, the Buffaloes could be out to avenge last week’s Pac 12 setback. PS also makes note that Hawaii has given two Pac 12 team all they can handle, but those games were in Honolulu and the Warriors now have to travel to Boulder, where Colorado was 3-0 ATS when laying chalk last season.

ARKANSAS -13′ vs. Northern Illinois – So while TGS likes Northern Illinois to win outright, PS says the Razorbacks are one of its best bets. The sheet points out that NIU is 1-9 all-time versus the SEC, with the win coming against No. 21 Alabama in 2003. The Huskies’ average loss in those 10 games: a rather high 17 points per game – a number that would sure cover the point spread in this game. PS points out that after snapping their 10-game losing streak two weeks back, the Razorbacks ran roughshod over Texas Tech last week – in Lubbock, Texas – with a 49-28 shellacking. To repeat, I’d either stay away from this game, or lay the points with the SEC entry.

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By W.G. Ramirez

As a new feature here, I will highlight the top plays from two of the most highly rated tout sheets – The Gold Sheet and Power Sweep – breaking down the plays for you, and whether or not I agree with their selections. Mid-week you can expect to see the top college releases, and on Fridays, I will do the same with NFL selections.

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CENTRAL MICHIGAN +6′ vs. Syracuse – Citing the Chippewas’ stellar power rushing game, TGS likes Central Michigan to get it done as the home pup against the Orange. As TGS points out, the ‘Cuse were outgained by Villanova in overtime, something we’re not used to saying until the college basketball season. I can see their point with this pick, especially since MAC-member Northern Illinois just knocked off Northwestern, and emotions are running high in the conference, but I’m not going to give it a stamp approval. After all, the Chippewas have failed to cover five of their last six non-conference plays and are mired in a 2-10 slide in September. I also notice that Syracuse has covered 14 of 16 against this conference. Here’s a thought for teaser lovers, the ‘Cuse down to a pick might make more sense.

ARKANSAS STATE +16′ at Miami-Florida – To the southeast we go, for a battle between an energized ‘Canes team that just found out it prominent university president is retiring and a Sun Belt beast that just played the SEC’s Tennessee very close last week. I can see this one taking place, as TGS points out Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya is still making mistakes, having thrown two interceptions in each of Miami’s first two games. According to my sources in Miami, the ‘Canes should cover here because they can wear the Red Wolves down. And not only should Kaaya mature in this game, but Duke Johnson will finally show up. Apparently Miami head coach Al Golden speaks about Arkansas State as if it’s Notre Dame, leaving his players with the impression this is a must-win situation. You can argue the Red Wolves look like a decent play as they’ve covered five straight on the road dating back to last season, but they’re also a dismal 1-5 versus the books in September. Meanwhile, Miami is on a 5-2 spread streak in September games.

RUTGERS +3, 53 over Penn State – These two haven’t met since 1995, but the rivalry is renewed now that Rutgers is in the Big Ten, and makes its debut with this game. TGS notes how well quarterback Gary Nova has progressed for the Scarlet Knights. Nova, along with Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has been the conference’s two best quarterbacks after the first two weeks of the season. Both undefeated, this makes for an enticing conference-opener. This honestly could come down to which team is holding the ball last, and I’m not so sure the side in this one is as safe as the total, which I like to go over the posted number. After all, Nova leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a 208.9 passing efficiency percentage. The senior has thrown for 563 yards, six touchdowns and has misfired with just one interception. Meanwhile, Hackenberg sits atop the league with 386.5 passing yards per game, which ranks fourth nationally, and has completed 54 of his 83 passes while throwing four touchdowns and four picks. These two will put on a show, and I like the final to soar.

NEBRASKA -10′ at Fresno State – No surprise, really, as the Mountain West Conference’s favorite to win the West Division has been abysmal after the first two weeks of the season. In their season-opener the Bulldogs were trampled by Southern Cal, 52-13, and last week in Utah they were pounded by the Utes, 59-27. The scoring defense is what TGS points to in this one, given the Dawgs have allowed 56 points per game after two. Sure, this is Fresno’s home-opener, but I also have to question where this team’s defense has been, when the Mountain West Media Days I attended in July was all about the Year of the Defense. And make note, the league’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year was Fresno’s Derron Smith. The Cornhuskers will be much more focused in this one, after last week’s scare against McNeese State. If Nebraska blows out McNeese, I could see laying off this one. But the fact the Huskers got their early-season upset scare out of the way, they should be able to come in and victimize Fresno, which has failed to cover six of its last seven against non-conference foes.

IDAHO -3 vs. Western Michigan – An improved Vandals team and travel is the reason PS likes Idaho to cover the field-goal spread in this game. Western Michigan has only played one game – a 43-34 loss at Purdue – and comes in after a bye week. That right there raises a red flag, as I don’t like to see teams taking Week 2 off. You spend the summer getting prepared for the season, get your campaign underway, play respectably against a Big Ten school and then cool off with a bye week? This could spell trouble when heading across the Mississippi – the first time traveling this far since 2008, when the Broncos visited Idaho last – another thing pointed out in PS. Looking back a bit, Western Michigan arrives on ATS slides of 6-14 against non-conference foes, 1-4 in the month of September and 2-8 overall. Idaho, meanwhile, has covered five of six against the MAC, but also has several betting numbers working against it, including being 7-19 ATS at home and overall. I’ll pass on this one.

MARYLAND -3′ vs. West Virginia – Renewal of a strong rivalry that has generally been dominated by the Mountaineers. But according to PS, it’s taking the Terps because it can’t forget how bad Maryland put a whooping on West Virginia last season in a heavy rain. PS also notes the Terps having the better defense, and thinks they should pull away for a double-digit win given this one is at home. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings, while the road team has covered five of the last eight. I’m not fond of the half-point hanging on the field-goal line, and would much rather lay 2′ or 3, but do think Maryland is the team to play if you invest on this game. Though West Virginia hung with Alabama in the opener, it might be a little too overconfident after a blowout win against Towson last week. This week it goes up against the 25th-ranked defense in the nation and won’t be moving the ball as well as it did last week.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN +6′ vs. Syracuse – Just as TGS did, I see PS is doing the same in this showdown at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. PS notes how Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt lost his cool last week against Villanova, and was ejected after throwing a punch in the game. Prior to that, he completed 10-of-17 passes for 94 yards. Make note that Hunt is a dual-threat QB for the Orange, and has plenty of experience after completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 1,638 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions in leading the Cuse to a 7-6 finish in 2013. Again, I’m passing on either side of this one, but would strongly consider teasing the Orange in this one.

ARMY +28 at Stanford – PS says this could be a letdown for Stanford, while the Black Knights have the capability of shortening things and keeping things closer than four TDs. The Cardinal took a major hit last week against Southern Cal, in a tight, 13-10 setback. Whether or not Stanford will be 100 percent focused on this game, though it is in on a 15-6 ATS run in September and has covered four of five after failing to cash the previous week. Meanwhile, Army has failed to cover 17 of its last 25 and is mired in a 5-16 ATS slide on the road. I’m not so sure I’m ready to play a big underdog in this game, even as big as this number as is, since the Cardinal may be looking to avenge last week’s loss.

TCU -13′ vs. Minnesota – Minnesota checks into Fort Worth on a slew of betting streaks, including a 6-1 ATS run on a natural surface, 5-1 against winning teams and also on the road, 8-3 when facing non-Big Ten teams and 7-2 overall. On the flipside, the Horned Frogs come in with jumbled betting streaks, having covered nine consecutive games after a bye week, but also mired in a 3-9 ATS slide at home. PS sweep notes the Gophers’ second-half collapse in last week’s 35-24 win over Middle Tennessee State, and the fact this is a ‘bye’ sandwich for the Frogs, who had last week off, and will enjoy another off week next weekend.

TEXAS ST +10 vs. Navy – This is PS’s vaunted Dog of the Week, noting that Texas State is in after a 65-0 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff in the season-opener, and a bye week last Saturday, giving the Bobcats extra time to prepare for the Middies. Meanwhile, Navy will play with a suitcase in hand for the third straight week. PS says this is the Middies’ biggest road favorite role in seven years and might be a trap. I might have to agree here, as the Bobcats – albeit after just one game – has the seventh-best defense overall, behind the likes of Florida, Baylor, TCU, Pittsburgh, Indiana and Stanford. To its credit, Navy has covered five of six overall dating back to last season, but the Bobcats are also in on ATS win streaks of 4-0 against non-conference foes and 4-1 in September. I can see this one, and don’t mind a small play on the Bobcats.

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Today marks one week of one of the most hectic seven days I’ve ever experienced in 27 years of sports journalism. It also marks the beginning of another one.

But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.


Bishop Gorman-graduate Shabazz Muhammad and Glenn Robinson III power under the basket for the Timberwolves.

Between providing analytical content for sports-betting websites, covering the NBA and high school summer baseball, I honestly am not sure how I was able to fit gym time in – or be motivated to even go – but I supposed I have my fitness-physique competing son to thank for that.

Thank God for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, otherwise I’d never get any time off. The day before and two days after the Midsummer Classic are the only days of the calendar year you won’t find anything intriguing to bet on, thus I don’t have to provide analysis for Granted, you can bet on the WNBA, and even Summer League hoops, but it’s not of any interest for the people I deal with.

That’s fine by me, cause then I can enjoy my annual three days off.

That’s no typo – I get three days off a year. No vacations. I work New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Toss in everyone’s birthday we celebrate – you name it. Sure, I’ve taken trips, but I worked every one of ’em.

The day I got married, I was sippin’ Patron and writing sports-betting analysis. Honeymoon, sippin’ wine and writing sports-betting analysis. Trips to New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Jamaica… I was sippin’ something and writing sports betting analysis.

Could be a good reason I’m separated, but that’s a whole other blog.

But this past week was pretty damn hectic, given the nature and urgency of the subjects I was covering.

Last Wednesday I was summoned to the LeBron James Skills Academy, with hopes Cleveland’s reborn hero would show up for a moment or two. He did. Hopping around four different courts to play alongside some of the top high school basketball players in the nation. On Thursday, raced out to Clark High School to interview New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, as he finally spoke on the Carmelo Anthony situation. At the time, ‘Melo was unsigned.

Backtrack for a moment with me, to Monday, when I took a one-day assignment to cover the Cavaliers for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and I was to cover the showdown between last month’s top two picks in the NBA Draft: Cleveland’s No. 1 Andrew Wiggins and Milwaukee’s No. 2 Jabari Parker. The game was on Friday.

Friday morning, the LeBron bomb dropped. That’s when thing intensified.


Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins works on his spot-up drills during a practice session at Desert Oasis High School.

Getting reaction quotes, and trying to interview the one person every member of the media wanted to interview was wild. Cavaliers coach David Blatt went from first-year coach with the No. 1 pick (Wiggins), to LeBron’s next coach. Need I go on? I was retained for the next three days, covering the Cavaliers, and also had to do a follow-up with Jackson, for The Associated Press, once Anthony agreed to terms with the Knicks. I also contacted Glenn Robinson III’s hometown paper and agreed to a deal for a feature story on him, now that he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Monday rolled around and I was making phone calls and messaging with parents for results from the final Connie Mack games of the regular season, so I could write my preview for the Las Vegas Review Journal, which ran in Tuesday’s paper and online at

Here we are seven days later, and I’m gearing up for another run, chock full of diversity: Connie Mack State Tournament through Saturday, the NBA Summer League is still going through Monday, the sports-betting analysis starts back up on Friday and when it’s all said and done, I will get ready to cover Team USA’s basketball team, as it preps for the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

So even over my prized three days off from the sports-betting gig I’ve done for 14 years, you better believe I’m doing something – sippin’ on something, writing about sports.

– W.G. Ramirez

By W.G. Ramirez

While three of Indianapolis’ wins this season were against teams considered less-than impressive (saving room for an opinion on the Dolphins), it’s two wins in the last three weeks that have everyone noting there’s nothing fluky – er, Lucky – about the Colts.

On the contrary, behind quarterback Andrew Luck, these Colts were anything but fortuitous in a dominating 27-7 win at San Francisco on Sept. 22, and in a 34-28 home shootout victory over the Seahawks.

Line1_PROOFThe second-year quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes and guided the Colts on two time-consuming scoring drives in the fourth quarter, taking the lead on Donald Brown’s 3-yard TD run with 8:55 to play, last week against Seattle. It was his ninth winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most through the first 21 games by any quarterback that began his career dating back to 1970.

Now, in the Colts and Bolts’ first meeting since Peyton Manning was yelling “Omaha” for Indy, Luck is looking to run his string of good fortune to 3-0 with a suitcase in hand.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are in after committing five turnovers in a loss at Oakland including three interceptions by Philip Rivers, who has two straight 400-yard passing games and three in four games. Though he looked awfully different than the quarterback who threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns to beat the Dallas Cowboys a couple weeks back, believe it or not, he could become the first quarterback in NFL history to have three straight 400-yard passing games.

He can’t get too cocky, though, as the Colts’ stingy pass defense has intercepted seven passes in five games. As a matter of fact, the Colts are tied for fourth in the league with a plus-6 turnover differential.

There are several angles to look at with these two teams, as it could go from being a defensive struggle to an offensive shootout very quickly. It could come down to the end and take a stroke of ‘Luck’ or ‘Bolt’ of lightning, you just never know.

Let’s take a look at the key matchup…

KEY SHOWDOWN: Andrew Luck vs. Chargers’ Defense Line

Honestly, as impressive as the Colts were in their win over Seattle, it was a physical game in which – let’s face it – Indianapolis did after rally from after a horrendous start that included a blocked punt to give the Seahawks an early 12-0 lead. Now the Colts are making their third long road trip in four weeks.

True, they won the first two roadies at San Francisco and Jacksonville by a combined score of 64-10, and they can take solace in knowing the Chargers have allowed some glaring numbers on defense (432 yards per game). Then again, San Diego’s two wins came against highly explosive Philadelphia and the same Dallas team that almost knocked off Denver.

The Chargers will need to play exquisite on defense, if Luck plays his best game – something he’s been doing. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound quarterback is emerging quickly as the best young quarterback in the game, as he calls the signals and leads an offense as it’s supposed to be done. His fundamentals are near-flawless, and what has really matured him and separated him from the pack of others who broke out with him last year is his patience.

The biggest question about him, and we’ll all have to wait for the answer, is how will he do in his Monday night debut?

BY THE NUMBERS: Indianapolis (-2, 50) at San Diego

While Luck has spearheaded the Colts’ offense this season, it was the rushing game that was ranked 4th in the league overall to start Week 6; the passing game ranked 24th.

Indy’s pass defense has been stellar, as it came into the weekend 6th in the NFL. The rushing D has been less-than impressive, as it was 30th.

The Colts arrive in Southern California on ATS win streaks of 8-0 against losing teams, 6-3 on the highway, 8-1 on Monday Night Football, 4-1 in October and 12-5 dating back to last season.

Indianapolis has stayed under in 23 of its last 31 games dating back.

The Chargers came into Week 6 with the fifth-ranked offense overall, led by the fifth-best passing game. However, their defense has been lacking and entered the weekend ranked 27th overall. San Diego has been beaten by both facets, ranking 24th against the run and 27th against the pass.

The Bolts are tied for 28th at minus-8 in turnover differential.

San Diego checks into primetime on ATS runs of 5-0 after a straight-up loss and 4-1 overall. Conversely, the Bolts are mired in spread slides of 6-11 at home and 0-6 in the month of October.

In this series, however, the Chargers have covered 6 of 7 and the underdog is on a sterling 8-0 ATS run at the window. The under has cashed 5 of the last 6 meetings.

INJURY REPORT: COLTS: DNP (Did Not Practice): S LaRon Landry (ankle), LB Bjoern Werner (foot). LIMITED: LB Erik Walden (elbow). FULL: RB Stanley Havili (ankle), DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin). CHARGERS: DNP: LB Donald Butler (groin), LB Jarret Johnson (hamstring), CB Richard Marshall (groin), G Chad Rinehart (toe). LIMITED: T D.J. Fluker (calf). FULL: RB Ryan Mathews (concussion), CB Johnny Patrick (chest).

ON DECK: The Chargers will make their third trip across the country, while Indianapolis and Luck will play arguably the franchise’s biggest game in history.

San Diego is laying 7.5 at Jacksonville, while the Colts are catching 5.5 at home from Manning and the visiting Broncos.

By W.G. Ramirez

Tonight is like a second helping the night of Thanksgiving.Line1_PROOF

You’ve had your fill of turkey, stuffing, candied yams and the NFL. But then you go back and feel compelled at a second helping, cause, well, it’s Thanksgiving.

After watching yesterday’s marathon between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, whose 51 points matched what Jacksonville has scored all season, well, you could call tonight’s contest between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets the second helping.

It’ll be that painful when it’s all said and done, especially for how good the main course was yesterday.

Looking at the laundry list of injuries with these two teams, I’m not sure how much offense we’re going to see, a hint that the Under may be a good play.

Atlanta’s left tackle Sam Baker (knee) was the latest casualty, joining running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh), who have both missed two straight games. Defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing are out for the season, while linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) will miss at least six more weeks. Receiver Roddy White has played through an ankle injury but has vividly been limited by his bad wheel.

The Jets are so limited by injuries at wide receiver, I’m not sure what quarterback Geno Smith plans on doing with this offense, especially knowing he shares the league lead with 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions. Wideouts Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill probably won’t play, as Holmes is still out with foot and hamstring problems and Hill has been grounded by concussion issues.

Is it scary to say the best part of this game might be the Jets’ defense?

That would be like saying the turkey and stuffing were dry, the yams were soggy and the best part of dinner was the green bean almondine.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hit the gym instead of bothering with seconds. But, here’s the key matchup…

KEY SHOWDOWN: Atlanta’s receiving corps vs. New York’s second-ranked defense

Jets defensive back Antonio Cromarite will likely line up against the NFL’s leading receiver, Julio Jones, who has racked up 481 yards receiving and has topped 100 yards in three straight games.

As mentioned, White has been limited by a high ankle sprain and that means the Matt Ryan will turn to age-defying tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is in after 12 catches for career-best 149 yards and two touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

The Jets’ defense is a big reason they’re 2-2 this year, as its No. 2 in the league overall, ranking fifth against the rush and eighth against the pass. Tonight they take on the league’s third-best passing offense.

The winner of this battle could very well win this game.

BY THE NUMBERS: N.Y. Jets at Atlanta (-10, 44)

New York is 3-1 against the number this season, while Atlanta is 1-3 ATS.

New York is also on a 3-0 straight-up run against NFC teams, including its season-opening win over Tampa Bay.

The Jets are on a 5-1 spread streak in the month of October.

The Falcons are 1-3 for the first time since 2007 and come in mired in a 0-2 skid, the first time in six years under coach Mike Smith they’ve lost back-to-back regular season games.

Ryan is 34-6 in home starts and has won 12 of his last 14 at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons are 33-1 when Ryan starts and has rating of at least 100.

Atlanta has failed to cover 4 of its last 5 in the Georgia Dome and 6 of their last 7 overall.

The Falcons have covered the game 7 of the last 9 seasons preceding a bye week.

Five of past six meetings between these two teams have played Under the total.

ON DECK: While the Falcons get a bye after this game, the Jets return home to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At most books with a line on the game, the Steelers are a road favorite laying 2.5 to the Fly Boys next week.