Utah vs. Utah State ~ A look back at last year

By: Ben Burns / Aug 29, 2013

Often, paying attention to history helps improve one's handicapping. Often, it can also help to review one's past football picks. The good ones and the bad ones.
 
Pro handicapper Ben Burns is coming off an excellent college football season, one which began with an opening night sweep and which included a winner on Utah State over Utah.

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NFL Week 1 Lines: Champs Getting Little Respect

By: Ben Burns / May 1, 2013

As far as I'm concerned, its never too early to think about the NFL.

Some shops have posted early Week 1 lines. I'm not recommending on getting down on any at the moment.

However, I do find it interesting - and often informative - to compare these early "spring" lines to the ones that we'll see after the preseason is finished.

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NHL Playoffs Opening Round Series Prices

By: Ben Burns / Apr 29, 2013

Earlier today, I listed the various odds to win the conferences and Stanley Cup.

The lines are now out on teams to advance past the opening round.

With four of the eight favorites opening at less than -150, it appears that we've got the makings of an exciting first round.

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Cup Report; #1 Seeds Favored But Anything Possible

By: Ben Burns / Apr 29, 2013

The #1 seeds, Chicago in the West and Pittsburgh in the East, are heavily favored to represent their respective conferences in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Not surprisingly, Chicago and Pittsburgh players were gobbled up quickly in the "playoff pool" I participated in over the weekend.

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Keeping Faith In The NFL

By: Ben Burns / Nov 26, 2012

Enjoying a tidy profit for the football (pro and college) season, fresh off a Monday night football winner and off to an 8-1 start to the week overall, I entered Thanksgiving Day on quite the roll. 

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Turkey Day NFL Line Moves

By: Ben Burns / Nov 20, 2012

Some sportsbooks post a line on every NFL game, prior to the season even beginning. A look at the original "summer" lines shows that the Lions were expected to be favored against the Texans. Yet, its Houston which is laying a field goal or more ... 

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Week 6 NFL Line Swings

By: Ben Burns / Oct 10, 2012

I consider dozens, perhaps hundreds, of different factors when trying to breakdown an NFL game. One of the things I look at is how different the current betting line is, when compared to the line which was offered on the same game, prior to the season beginning. 

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NHL Playoffs: A Competitive Opening Round?

By: Ben Burns / Jul 5, 2012

The first round of the NHL playoffs features no really large underdogs. Even the heaviest favorites are available at less than -220 to advance to the next round. This is quite rare. Often, in the first round, we'd see at least one or two of the higher seeds laying -300 or more.

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NHL At The Break

By: Ben Burns / Jul 5, 2012

Having cashed six straight (and 14 of 18) on the ice, I was a little sad to see the NHL reach its All Star Break.

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ATS records are best quarterback rating

By: Ben Burns / Jul 5, 2012

ESPN can churn out whatever fancy quarterback rating system it wants, but the best gauge of a quarterback’s ability to exceed expectations is his record against the spread.

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