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, November 02, 2017


Marc Lawrence Best Bet Upsets NOV 4-5


MARSHALL over FLA Atlantic by 8

The high-fl ying Herd were rounded up by the upstart Golden Panthers, 41-30, last week at home as 15-point favorites and now fi nd themselves a game back of FAU for top honors in the C-USA East. However, we have no problem using the Marshall mulligan tonight in Boca Raton as Doc Holliday’s men are 4-0 SUATS in weekday play following a SU favorite loss and looking to avenge an embarrassing setback they suffered to the Owls last season as 12-point home chalk. And despite last week’s glitch on the SU scoreboard, the Herd enter tonight’s fray on a 6-0 ‘ITS’ (In The Stats) run. We realize Lane Kiffi n’s crew arrives on a 4-0 SUATS win skein after outscoring the Hilltoppers 22-0 in the 4th quarter of last week’s 42-28 victory and are averaging 54 points and 569 yards in those contests, but the Owls are branching out (i.e. - nearly double-digit favorites) too fast for our liking as they have been dogs (0-4 SU) in all four of the previous meetings between these two. And though Kiffi n is apparently feeding these nocturnals much more than bird seed, we can’t overlook the fact that the Owls are 1-7 SUATS in home lined weekday contests or 1-12 ATS in their previous 13 home games before his arrival. Thus, the feeling here is if FAU were listed on the NYSE, we’d be selling them at their peak level, especially after hearing from THE CLINCHER: Marshall is 15-3-1 ATS as a dog of fewer than 25 points after allowing 25 or more points under Holliday, including a sweet 14-1-1 ATS the last 16.



SMU over CF by 1

The Knights are 7-0 for the fi rst time in school history, but are ranked just 15th in the nation, which shows there are plenty of unbelievers out there. They lead the FBS in scoring (51 PPG) after a 73-33 annihilation of hapless Austin Peay in a write-in makeup game last week (the Governors were 0-27 entering this season) as UCF scored on 11 of their fi rst 12 possessions. Ironically, the Knights’ biggest game this year will likely be in their I-4 battle against USF in the season fi nale for both teams which will likely decide the AAC East champion, and the right to play in the conference championship game. Hence, a letdown here will be no surprise whatsoever, and there’s an outside chance that HC Scott Frost may not even be there, with the due date for his fi rst child falling on Wednesday of this week. Meanwhile, the Mustangs lost 53-7 at UCF in their most recent meeting in 2014, and the 6-2, 3-1 Ponies are now just a half game behind Memphis in the AAC West. As the ‘noose tightens’ on the Knights, this certainly has the smell of upset surrounding it, especially with THE CLINCHER: UCF is 2-10 ATS as conference favorites of 7 or more points, including 0-7 ATS if they are surrendering more than 18.5 PPG.

NFL

KANSAS CITY over Dallas by 4


As outraged and sickened as Jason Garrett is over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension fi nally being upheld, the fact of the matter is he’ll be sorely missed here today. Not scheduled to return to the Dallas lineup until Dec 17 against the Oakland Raiders, Elliott’s absence means the onus now falls squarely on the shoulders of QB Dak Prescott. For openers, the Cowboys are 21-35-1 ATS at home under head coach Jason Garret, including 3-9 SU and 2-10 ATS against greater than .700 foes. On the other side of the coin, the Chiefs are 5-0 ATS in Game Nine of the season, while head coach Andy Reid 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in his career against Dallas when his teams are coming off a SUATS win and the Cowboys own a win percentage of less than .700 on the season. And speaking of .700 foes, here is THE CLNCHER: Dallas is 4-10 SU and 5-9 ATS against .700 or greater AFC West opponents, including 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS when Dallas is coming off a win of 14 or more points.


Written by John Pricci

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