Josh Nagel

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Josh Nagel is a Reno-based analyst and radio host who has worked in the Nevada sports handicapping industry for 17 years. He has covered the wagering industry on a variety of platforms, and has won numerous sports handicapping contests. For insightful analysis, Nagel is unmatched. He specializes in college sports and prides himself on consistency. Last year, he nailed 67 percent of his bowl picks. For Josh Nagel media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Pittsburgh +15PITT +15

W. Virginia 69 @ Pittsburgh 60
12/09
WVU 69 @ PITT 60
12/09
WIN
Sat 12/9

Rebuilding Pittsburgh has struggled mightily in the early season, particularly against upper-tier competition. But the Panthers have been able to gain some confidence and continuity with four straight wins against inferior teams. West Virginia has a major edge in talent, but the Mountaineers could be in letdown mode coming off their win over rival Virginia. Expect Pitt coach Kevin Stallings to motivate his team enough to compete well Saturday as a massive home underdog.

3-1-0 in last 4 CBB picks | +192

Minnesota +5MINN +5

Minnesota 79 @ Arkansas 95
12/09
MINN 79 @ ARK 95
12/09
LOSS
Sat 12/9

Minnesota is coming off a no-show loss as a big favorite at Nebraska, while Arkansas coasted against Colorado State in its last outing. The Gophers have the athletes and skill to beat the Razorbacks at their own game, as they proved in a blowout win last year. The road environment will make it more difficult, but Minnesota is still the better team.

3-1-0 in last 4 CBB picks | +192

Valparaiso +4VALPO +4

Valparaiso 70 @ Ball St. 71
12/09
VALPO 70 @ BALLST 71
12/09
WIN
Sat 12/9

Coming off its massive upset of Notre Dame, Ball State is likely a bit overvalued Saturday against Valparaiso, which is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season. The Crusaders suffered a 30-point loss to Purdue in their last outing, The step-up in competition should we a wake-up call following an 8-0 start against marginal opponents. They also beat the Cardinals last year despite shooting just 23 percent from 3-point range. The value side is with the underdog Saturday.

3-1-0 in last 4 CBB picks | +192

Kansas City -4KC -4

Oakland 15 @ Kansas City 26
12/10
OAK 15 @ KC 26
12/10
WIN
Sat 12/9

The Chiefs dominated most of the way in the first matchup with the Raiders, but ended up on the short end of wild, penalty-filled final sequence in which Oakland scored the game-winning TD on the final play. What appeared to be an aberration ended up part of a dismal slide that saw Kansas City plummet from 5-0 to 6-6. Its Sunday rematch with Oakland now looms as a huge contest in the tightly bunched AFC West. Despite their struggles, I still think the Chiefs are the class of this division, and they will prove it with a dominant performance Sunday.

6-3-0 in last 9 NFL ATS picks | +270

L.A. Rams -2.5LAR -2.5

Philadelphia 43 @ L.A. Rams 35
12/10
PHI 43 @ LAR 35
12/10
LOSS
Wed 12/6

These teams are extremely evenly matched, as they are tied for the top scoring average in the NFL at 30.1 points per game. Defensive numbers also are nearly identical, with the Eagles yielding 17.9 points per game and the Rams allowing 18.5. We'll give the Rams a slight edge Sunday because of current form and home-field advantage.Philadelphia was felled by conservative playcalling and a vulnerable secondary last week against Seattle, arguably the best opponent it has faced thus far. The Rams should have success in their passing game, and I suspect the majority of the public will support the bounce-back angle with the Eagles.

6-3-0 in last 9 NFL ATS picks | +270

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