Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence has authored thousands of articles expounding on the three primary forms of sports handicapping: Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper, blending all three forms of analysis into the handicapping equation. Marc relies heavily on a proprietary powerful database of scores, stats and results of games played since 1980, both College and Pro Football and College and Pro Basketball.

Marc has been handicapping sports professionally since 1975, having won more documented Top 10 Handicapping Achievement awards than any handicapper in the nation. He won the 2005 STARDUST FOOTBALL INVITATIONAL Contest and was a SEMI-FINALIST in the 2006 $100,000 LEROYS' MONEY TALKS Contest last season. He finished the 2006 season as the No. 1 handicapper in the NFL as documented by SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. Marc also finished No. 1 in the nation in College Football win percentage in 2005 as documented by both the SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma and SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. He was named HANDICAPPER OF THE YEAR in 2005 by FOOTBALL NEWS.

In 2008, he finished No. 1 in NFL win percentage according to SPORTS WATCH and also captured 1st place honors in the 2008 PLAYBOOK WISE GUYS CONTEST.

Marc has hosted a national radio show "MARC LAWRENCE AGAINST THE SPREAD" for each of the last 16 years on over 100 stations syndicated in the USA. He is a tireless handicapper who works a minimum 60-hour week during the football and basketball seasons. As a handicapper he firmly believes that three things can happen when you bet an underdog, and two of them are good. He enjoys helping others to become better informed.

Marc married his high school sweetheart 40 years ago and has one son, Marc Jr., who works with him in the industry. Aside from publishing the PLAYBOOK Football Yearbook magazine and Weekly Newsletters, Marc enjoys golf and horse racing.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Top College & Pro Upsets, Weekend of SEP 22

Marshall over NC State by 6

The 2-0 Wolfpack were another victim of Hurricane Florence’s postponement roll call last week, not getting the opportunity to square off with highly-ranked West Virginia at Raleigh. Now State makes its first road trip of the season before returning home again for a pair of ACC contests. In this case, though, that extra week of
rest may not pay off: 2-0 away teams in Game Three with a week of rest are 32-49 ATS, including 14-28 ATS in non-conference games. On the flip side, 2-0 home teams with rest like Marshall (the Herd’s game at South Carolina was also canceled) are a healthy 38-17 SU in Game Three when hosting non-division foes. Doc Holliday’s team backs up those numbers with a defi ant 6-1-2 ATS record in their last nine appearances as non-conference home dogs. Marshall also lays down the law with a 4-0-2 ATS effort of late versus the ACC, not to mention a 10-4 ATS run dating back to last year. Taking on the Herd at Huntington has never been easy; even in 2016’s horrendous 3-9 campaign, seven of their nine losses came on the road. All things considered, we look for Holliday to continue rebuilding the
Marshall mystique as his squad pulls one of the evening’s bigger upsets – fully supported by THE CLINCHER: Rested, undefeated non-conference home dogs are15-6 ATS versus undefeated foes, including 11-1 ATS against opponents playing off an ATS win – winning 7 of the games straight-up.

Texas over TCU by 10

The Froggies blew their chance to bring down mighty Ohio State last Saturday night in a hard-hitting contest where the Buckeyes seemed to wear out TCU in the late going of the 40-28 fi nal. Not so for Texas, who took full advantage of a shaky Southern Cal squad last week to roll up a big 37-14 revenge win over the Trojans. Now
the Horned Frogs travel to Austin for a matchup of 2-1 teams on Saturday afternoon. TCU is 3-10 ATS as Big 12 road chalk of less than 21 points and just 7-15 SUATS off a SU loss & ATS win when facing .500 or greater foes. The Longhorns enter off a 37 to 14 win over USC falling behind 14-3 before reeling off 34 unanswered points to secure the victory. Riding a wave of momentum after reeling off 34 unanswered points in the drubbing of USC, the Longhorns arethe answer to the Texas Two Step question: who leads and who follows on Saturday afternoon. Texas head coach Tom Herman is not only the answer to this Week’s TRIVIA TEASER on page 2, he’s also 20-4 SU in games in which his squad boasts a .666 or greater win percentage. Best of all, Herman’s adversary today chips in to provide THE CLINCHER: Gary Patterson is 3-10 ATS as a conference favorite.


SF over KC by 4

A matchup of the league’s latest en vogue quarterbacks – San Francisco’s Jimmy G and Patrick ‘KC Masterpiece’ Mahomes. The Patomic Bomb has tossed an NFL record 10 TD passes the first two weeks of the season to lead the Chiefs into the favorite’s role to the Super Bowl. However, before he’s crowned as the almighty,
the Kansas City Cannon is going to need his defense to make an appearance sooner than later. It’s a stop-unit that ranks DEAD LAST in the NFL, allowing 508 YPG to date. As a result, the Chiefs are 2-0 SUATS but 0-2 ITS this season as they’ve been outyarded in both games by 205 total yards. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, as Marc alludes to in his USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY column, that KC has been out-yarded in 50 of Andy Reid’s 87 games with the Chiefs. On the other side of the coin, Pistol Pat’s counterpart, Jimmy Garappolo, owns a 95.7 career passer rating and is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS as a starter in the NFL. In addition, the Niners are 3-0 SUATS away under Kyle Shanahan in games with at least one win on the season. With NFL teams playing their home opener in Game Three ofthe campaign just 20-45-2 ATS against non-division foes, we close it out with THE CLINCHER: San Francisco is 8-1 ATS with a .500 or greater record in games against foes off a SU underdog win.

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