Jack Brayman's Rating System
No, not Gene's tongue and boys in war paint.
KISS as in "Keep it simple, stupid."
No complicated formulas; no complicated money-management systems. Short, sweet and too-the-point. My plays are rated on a scale that ranges between 10 and 100 Dimes.
This is the simplest and best way to let you know how strongly I feel about a selection each day, or how one selection compares to others on a given day.
And keep this in mind: If I'm showing a profit of 300 dimes (wins minus losses plus vig included), that means a gambler betting $10 per dime unit I released won $3000 as well (and that includes the losses and vig being subtracted).
Who is Jack Brayman?
Had a pretty successful 8-year run as a real estate broker here in Michigan where I'm based.
Then came 2008 and the recession.
Business tanked with the economy.
It finally started to rebound around 2013, but it's never going to be the same.
To make ends meet, I took a job as a ghost-writer for a online tip-sheet, proving my daily sports picks for their publications starting in 2010. You probably read my stuff because it was posted on a zillion sites designed to attract gamblers so they'd sign up for offshore sportsbook accounts.
I loved doing it and without it I don't know how I would have survived those lean years in the real estate biz.
I like to write and minored in English in college. I majored in business and "dabbled" in gambling as well.
I gave up my ghost-writing job in December. This will be the 1st time my picks are going to be available anywhere with my name on them.
No promises. No guarantees. We're either going to win together or I'll lose alone because you certainly aren't going to stick with me if I don't produce. And that's fair and to be expected.
Complimentary College Football Winner
Each week, at some point early on, I deliver a free College Football winner.
My advance winner for this week: Troy at BYU (-14)
The BYU Cougars have moved up in the poll, to No. 18, and return to action this week against the Troy Trojans, in Provo, Utah.
Due to a small number of Covid-19 cases at BYU, the game at Army was postponed, so the Cougs will be anxious to get back on the field.
The Cougars were highly impressive in dominating the Navy Midshipmen in every way imaginable, outgaining them 580-149 in total yards and limiting the potent rushing attack to a mere 3.0 yards per carry. Surprising a bit, to be honest, considering it was at Navy, and we're talking about a perennial powerhouse with the ground game.
But it was the Cougars who ran for more than 300 yards and put up the most points in a season-opener since 2001. Tyler Allgeier led all rushers with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts. Lopini Katoa scored two rushing touchdowns and totaled 80 yards on 10 attempts while adding three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown.
In addition, quarterback Zach Wilson went 13-for-18 for 232 yards while wide receiver Gunner Romney grabbed four receptions for 134 yards with a career-long 45-yarder that went for a touchdown.
The Trojans have become a favorite mid-major over the years, as they're one of those Marshall, Appalachian State type teams that open some eyes with the athletes they have. Problem for them is this is a new home-and-home series, and they're going to struggle with more than the high-powered Cougars, as there is the altitude in Provo to contend with.
BYU is 13-7 in home openers since 2000, and Troy will be just the seventh Group of Five team to face the Cougars in their home opener during that run. The Cougs are 6-0 against teams from outside the Power Five during that stretch.
The Trojans are a good program, and will always be fun to watch. But they struggle here, as BYU wins and covers.
Early NFL Free Pick
Each week, at some point early on, I deliver a free NFL winner.
My advance winner for this week: San Francisco at NY GIANTS (+4')
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One week after the San Francisco 49ers throttled the New York Jets, I think last year's Super Bowl's losers are going to have their hands full with the New York Giants.
The 49ers didn't come home afte their game, they instead traveled to The Greenbrier in West Virginia to holdover before facing the Giants. And I'm just not sure the Niners are ready to face a hungry Giants team looking for its first win, and that has one of the league's better defenses after two weeks.
New York lost by 10 to Pittsburgh on opening Monday, then dropped a closer one in Chicago to the Bears.
The Giants have the fourth-best defense - behind the Colts, Steelers and Ravens - in terms of yards allowed, and that could have an impact on the out of pocket 49ers, who may miss being in their own facility this week.
New York's problem is getting into a rhythm on offense, something is a matter of simply tweaking. The passing game has outshined its opponents, 482-377, in total yards and 51-39, in completions. But you cannot force Daniel Jones to do everything by himself, while you're averaging 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. Their average offensive drive is lasting 6.19 plays for 2:34 and just 27.9 yards. The Giants are averaging 1.43 points per drive - 30th in the league.
The 49ers have a good defense, yes. But their offense is ho-hum. Plus the entire team was blindsided by a slew of injuries on Sunday, and again, not being in their own facility to prepare with second-string and taxi squad guys can be an issue.
I may even have a little something invested on the moneyline here, but I'm certainly playing the Giants plus the points.
Based on ratings 1♦ to 5♦