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CLEVELAND – Let the games begin! Wait…they already have. College football technically already got underway for Week Zero this past weekend featuring two games that pitted FBS teams against each other – Hawaii vs. Colorado State and Wyoming vs. New Mexico State – not the biggest headliners of all-time, but nevertheless…football is back!
For a third-straight football season I will attempt to beat the books (for entertainment purposes only, of course) picking games against the spread in both college football and the NFL. Our picks are made against Las Vegas oddsmakers merely helping create football interactions on Facebook and Twitter, as well as online and on-air content for Newsradio WTAM 1100 and WTAM.com. We have enjoyed back-to-back winning campaigns picking games against the number.
Similar to last football season, our goal is to win 53% of our picks against the spread. Las Vegas sports books, give us 11/10 odds or -110, so in order to break even in picking games against the spread (ATS) we must win 52.4% of the games we select. Winning 58% of picks ATS would place you among the most elite sports handicappers in the world. We’ll shoot for somewhere between 53% - 58% again this season.
MGM Grand Sportsbook in Las Vegas won't be the only place accepting sports wagers this season following the Supreme Court's decision to lift the federal ban. New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi have also gotten in on the action. Photo by Nick Camino / Newsradio WTAM 1100
While the Supreme Court did end the federal ban on sports betting on May 14, 2018, lifting a 25-year-old federal law that prohibited sports wagering, all of our selections are strictly for entertainment purposes only. Newsradio WTAM 1100 and I do not condone illegal sports wagering. Any information shared on this page is strictly for entertainment purposes, as well as on-air and online content. Visitors reading “Picks With Nick” weekly selections need to understand that this is not a gambling website. WTAM 1100 and Nick Camino do not condone illegal sports wagering.
We are again keeping our college and NFL selections separate, but we will update the results from both weekly with full transparency, seeing how we stack up against Las Vegas oddsmakers. We are coming off back-to-back winning seasons in which we hit 54% ATS in college football and the NFL combined in 2016 and 56% in both combined last season.
WTAM 1100's Nick Camino will again make selections against the spread for the 2018 football season. Camino has enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons in college football and the NFL combined. Photo by Marissa Camino Photography
“Picks With Nick” will also feature a radio segment weekly on Newsradio WTAM 1100 discussing our selections against the number, including a Show Contest with our pals from Doc’s Sports.
Our first official selections for the 2018 season debut on Thursday morning.
Note from Nick: All betting lines used will come from The Wynn Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas. The lines can change at any time, but we will only use lines 72 hours in advance and closer. Picks will be made based on the lines when we post.
DISCLAIMER: Newsradio WTAM 1100 and Nick Camino do not accept or place bets. This is not a gambling website. WTAM 1100 and Nick Camino do not condone illegal sports wagering. Any information shared on this page is strictly for entertainment purposes, as well as on-air and online content.