BrianEdwardsSports.com is the place to be for in-depth coverage of football, basketball and the UFC with a special emphasis on SEC football and SEC hoops. Brian is a 1998 graduate of the University of Florida. After working as a sports writer in the Atlanta area for nearly two years, Edwards joined VegasInsider.com in March of 2000. He began handicapping games for VI in 2002 and was the site’s Managing Editor from 2005-2011. Brian still provides content and handicaps for VI, but his main focus became Brian Edwards Sports in 2012.
Brian is a regular guest on radio shows all across the country, including Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone in Omaha, the Out of Bounds Show with Qualk & Kelly on 105.5 The Roar in Clemson and the Chris Vernon Show in Memphis. He also makes regular appearances on Mad Dog Radio with Scott Wetzel, A to Z Sports in Nashville (with Austin Stanley and Zach Bingham), The Ringer U with Verno and ESPN 1100 in Vegas (with Dave Cokin and Matt Youmans).
During football season, Brian writes a weekly column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During the 2012 season, Brian’s college football picks in Saturday’s RJ went 48-18-1 (73%). Brian’s CFB selections at VegasInsider.com went 70-41, finishing #1 in winning percentage (63%) and #2 in overall money (+25.3 units). With his Auburn winner as a nine-point underdog vs. FSU, Brian’s all-time record in BCS Championship Games improved to 14-1. However, that record is now 15-3 in NCAA title games. He lost on his Oregon pick vs. Ohio St. and his play on Alabama -7 over Clemson. The Tigers posted the backdoor cover when they scored with 12 seconds remaining, but B.E. bounced back by taking Clemson as an underdog in its outright win over the Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP finals.
Back to 2012, Brian finished the NFL season on a 7-1 tear for a 48-36-1 overall record (57%). He recommended the Ravens to cover and win outright (+160 on the money line) in Super Bowl XLVIII, in addition to Anquan Boldin scoring the first touchdown at 12/1 odds.
Despite a slump in the NBA Finals, Brian finished the 2012-2013 season with a 130-98 record (57%, +23.58 units).
Brian struggled throughout much of the 2013 football campaign, only to come on strong during the bowl season. Brian’s posted plays on VI in CFB went 81-68-2 for 6.3 units of profit and a 54.4% winning percentage. He finished the year on a 16-5 run (76%). During the 2013-2014 college hoops season, Brian’s picks at VI went 163-133-8 (55.1%) for 19.44 units of profit.
In 2014-2015, Brian’s college hoops picks went 52-35 (60%, +14.4 units) from Feb. 21 through the national-title game. He went 13-5 (72.2%) from the Round of 32 through the finals, finishing the season with an overall record of 128-112-5.
Brian finished the 2015 college football season on a roll, posting a 45-27-1 record (63%, +15.8 units) from Oct. 29 through the finals of the CFP. His overall record was 70-58-1 (55%). Brian finished the 2016 NFL campaign with a 51-41 overall record (55.4%, +5.76 units)
Brian’s success in the Super Bowl over the last decade has been stellar. He predicted the exact score correctly in Pittsburgh’s 27-23 win over Arizona. Just like the Boldin prop in Baltimore’s win over San Francisco, B.E. has also hit the player to score the first touchdown of the game in two other Super Bowls. He had Devin Hester at 25/1 odds when the former Bears’ special-teams ace returned the opening kick for a TD against the Colts. Also, Brian had Brandon LaFell to score the first TD for the Patriots in 2015 at 15/1 odds.
His documented Super Bowl record on VI is 16-9 overall (64%), 11-4 in since 2009.
Brian has had by-lines in ESPN The Magazine, correctly predicting the season win totals for four of five SEC teams prior to the 2011 campaign. ESPN The Magazine’s former Editor In Chief, Chad Millman, had Brian as his featured guest on his weekly Behind the Bets podcast several times. Brian was formerly a part-time contributor to The Sporting News’s sports-gambling website, The Linemakers.
On December 26, 2009, Brian beat every member of the national media to the news of Urban Meyer’s resignation as the head football coach at the University of Florida. Of course, Meyer changed his mind the next day, but Brian provided that stunning news first via Twitter and on VI’s home page.
Also, Brian alerted bettors to the pending suspensions of 20 FSU football players prior to the Music City Bowl in ’07, suggesting that gamblers immediately play Kentucky -1 because the line was going to be heavily adjusted. As it turned out, Brian advised VI readers to then come back with FSU +9 (the adjusted number) so when the ‘Cats won by seven, the perfect ‘middle’ gave gamblers multiple winners.
From 2005-2011, Brian hosted a weekly radio show called The Power Hours on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. Eastern. He now hosts the Games Galore podcast here on BrianEdwardsSports.com.
Brian is a life-long fan of the Florida Gators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Falcons.
Brian is also a big fan of Steve Spurrier, Charles Barkley, the Van Gundys, Bill Raftery and Jon Gruden.
Brian is not a big fan of Roger Clemens, Seth Davis, Mark May, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and Chris Webber.
Worst Bad Beat: Northwestern +7 vs. Ohio St. in 2013.
Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.